5 Night Kumamoto & Nagasaki Cruise on Spectrum of the Seas from Shanghai, Baoshan, China Kumamoto, Japan Garden Japanese Tree
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5 Night Kumamoto & Nagasaki Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Spectrum of the Seas
Day 1 - Shanghai (Baoshan), China
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Kumamoto, Japan
Day 4 - Nagasaki, Japan
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Shanghai (Baoshan), China
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Kumamoto, Japan Garden Japanese Tree
A japanese garden called Suizenji in Kumamoto, Japan
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5 Night Kumamoto & Nagasaki Cruise

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Leaving from
Shanghai (Baoshan), China
Onboard
Spectrum of the Seas
Day Port
1
Shanghai (Baoshan), China
Departs at 4:30 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Kumamoto, Japan
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Nagasaki, Japan
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Shanghai (Baoshan), China
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Spectrum of the Seas
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Spectrum of the Seas
The next in the award-winning Quantum Class line-up, Spectrum of the Seas℠ is a Far East adventure full of feats and firsts designed with our Chinese guests in mind.

NEW ADVENTURES ON DECK

Launch yourself into a virtual world on a bungee trampoline in the Sky Pad℠. Defy gravity on RipCord® by iFLY® – the first skydiving simulator at sea. Soak up 360 views 90 metres above deck in the North Star®. And practise riding waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator.

BOLD FLAVOURS

Savour a bold tapestry of authentic spices and flavours while feasting on endless views for the whole table at Sichuan Red. Indulge in a celebration of authentic oriental flavours cooked at Teppanyaki. And take your sweet tooth on a journey at La Patisserie.

INCREDIBLE SUITES

Redefining the cruising experience one room at a time. Our staterooms are an alluring escape from the non-stop action that our cruise ships are known for. From our spectacular views to our deluxe amenities, a stay with us is like nothing else at sea. Discover the true meaning of exclusivity in the Suite Club, a lavish oasis encompassing private dining rooms, lounges and an upmarket Solarium. Our Gold Suite guests also have access to The Balcony, a private outdoor space offering the best views of the sunset, and The Boutique, which can be reserved for private shopping, tea ceremonies and more.

Day 1: Shanghai, China

Day 1
Shanghai
Baoshan, China
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Shanghai, China Pagoda View
View of a traditional Chinese pagoda from the street in Shanghai, China
Things to do in
Shanghai
Departs at 4:30 PM
Called Hu for short, glamorous Shanghai is China's largest city, and it reverberates with echoes of China's past. But at the same time, it's a city with its eyes on the future, where Gothic and neoclassical architecture contrasts space-age skyscrapers. Cruise to Shanghai and visit the Bund, a historic neighbourhood on the west side of the Huangpu River, where you can still see buildings from the city's past prior to 1949. Across the way on the east side, you can gaze up at the futuristic towers of Pudong. See decorative bronze artifacts dating back to the 18th century BC at the Shanghai Museum. Then, head to the Old City, where you can wander the bustling narrow streets inside the fortified walls, take in the smell of incense and sip <em>longjing </em>green tea at a traditional teahouse.
Shanghai, China Historical Buildings
Historical buildings at the Bund in Shanghai, China

Better in the Bund

The Bund is Shanghai's art deco heritage neighbourhood, with colonial architecture from the 1920s and '40s. Walk along the riverfront promenade at the golden hour for beautiful photos – from here, you can see the futuristic skyscrapers of Pudong's skyscrapers across the river.
Insider tip
China's currency is the <em>renminbi</em> (abbreviated as RMB) and also called the yuan. Shanghai has lots of cash machines, though not all accept foreign cards. Smaller Chinese cities don't always have cash machines, so it's wise to stock up on extra cash in Shanghai.
Shanghai, China Shanghai Towers
Shanghai Towers and cityscape of Shanghai, China

Height of Adventure

Take a river cruise to see some of Shanghai's modern architectural highlights: The 470-metre-tall Oriental Pearl Tower looks like something straight out of the Jetsons, while the twisting Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, is meant to evoke a lucky dragon coming out of the earth. The World Finance Centre Tower looks like a giant bottle opener.
Shanghai, China Yuyuan Garden Pavillion
Traditional pavillions in Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai, China

Ancient Ambience

Get a feel for old China by wandering through the Yu Garden during your Shanghai cruise holiday. The classical garden is 400 years old, with carp-filled pools and bamboo groves. See more of ancient China at the Shanghai Museum, which has 120,000 ancient relics, including bronze artefacts and sculptures.
Shanghai, China Dumplings
Dumplings with dip in Shanghai, China

Local Cuisine

Eating in Shanghai is all about street food. You'll see people drinking from giant dumplings through strwas in a dish called xiao long bao – a soup dumpling. Join in, or eat them with chopsticks in a sit-down restaurant. Try cold noodles with eel, ginger and bamboo shoots, or pick up a flaky, pork-flecked spring onion pancake – this comfort food is practically a way of life here.
Shanghai, China Chinese Lanterns
Red Chinese lanterns at the antique market in Shanghai, China

Shopping

It's hard not to find shopping in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is the busiest, with everything from speciality food shops to modern shopping centre. If you have time to get something tailored, try the South Bund Fabric Market. During your China cruise, pick up a distinctive Chinese red lantern at the Antique Market or at most street markets.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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North Star Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
CAN'T-MISS FAVOURITES
North Star Lounge Chairs
North Star Lounge Chairs in the Upper Deck

North Star®

It’s time to raise the bar on adventure — with 360-degree views of the world from 300 feet above sea level in the North Star® observation capsule — winner of the Guinness World Record for tallest viewing deck on a cruise ship.
Ripcord by iFly Instructor
iFly instructor on Anthem in the Skydiving Tunnel, wind tunnel, skydive, skydiver, skydiving simulator, iFly by Ripcord, instructor in the Anthem ifly

RipCord® by iFLY®

There’s no rush in the world like skydiving — and on the RipCord® by iFLY® simulator you can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
Bumper Cars at the Sea Plex
Bumper Cars at Night

SeaPlex®

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Basketball and bumper cars — it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.  

Day 3: Kumamoto, Japan

Day 3
Kumamoto
Japan
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Kumamoto, Japan Mountains Landscape
Green and bright landscape with views of the mountain in Kumamoto, Japan
Things to do in
Kumamoto
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Kumamoto City offers insight into both Japan's samurai past and its modern-day love of kawaii cuteness. Check out the city's old downtown area dominated by Kumamoto Castle, a reconstruction of the fortress from which samurai lords ruled their domain. Cruise to Kumamoto and walk alongside the Shirakawa River past traditional Japanese gardens the homes of prominent 19th- and 20th-century writers — pop into the former residence of Lafcadio Hearn, one of the first Western writers to settle in Japan. Then, see ancient and modern art and relax in the calming stone garden at the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art, or head to Musashizuka Park to see the tomb and statue of famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.
Kumamoto, Japan View from Bottom Of Castle
View from below of the castle in Kumamoto, Japan

Home of the Samurai

Kumamoto Castle is a stunning samurai fortress with spectacular rooms of tatami, wood and painted panels beneath its somber, soot-black exterior. Originally built in the 17th century, it's at its prettiest in spring, when hundreds of cherry trees around the moat are in bloom. It's under reconstruction after the 2016 earthquakes, but you can still view parts of the fortifications from around Ninomaru Square and Kato Shrine.
Insider tip
Remember that many small restaurants, cafes and bars in Japan may not accept credit cards, so carry enough cash.
Kumamoto, Japan Shrine
Haiden of Inari Shrine at Suizenji Jojoen Garden in Kumamoto

Suizenji Stroll

Dating back to 1632, Suizenji Garden is like a picture come to life. You'll find beautiful cherry trees, pines and elegant arched bridges over a central pond at this traditional Japanese garden. The grounds have been landscaped into small "hills." You'll also find a Shinto shrine and a mini Mt. Fuji to evoke the ancient Tokaido road that linked Kyoto with Edo (present-day Tokyo).
Insider tip
Tipping is not done in Japan, but gifts from one's homeland are always appreciated.
Kumamoto, Japan Japanese Home Zen
An inside look of a Japanese home in Kumamoto, Japan

Literary Lives

Explore the tatami-mat rooms and gardens the former homes of two prominent writers who lived in Kumamoto. The residence of Natsume Soseki celebrates the author of "I Am a Cat," who lived here around 1900 while teaching at Kumamoto University. The Lafcadio Hearn residence is dedicated to the Greek-Irish author of "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan" who lived here in the 1890s.
Kumamoto, Japan Traditional Ramen
Traditional ramen noodles in a bowl in Japan

Local Cuisine

Kumamoto's culinary claim to fame is Kumamoto ramen — the local take on the pan-Japanese soup features a mild pork broth, medium-sized noodles and smoky fried garlic chips. Cruise to Kumamoto to try Red Wagyu donburi, with rare-seared strips of lean Wagyu beef served over rice with an oozy egg. Snack of karashi renkon (fried lotus root dipped in mustard), and sample some shochu, the Kyushu's region's nutty-tasting liqueur.
Kumamoto, Japan Lanterns
Japanese lanterns hung from tree to tree

Shopping

The Kumamoto Prefectural Traditional Crafts Center is a museum and shop offering a wide range of local handicrafts. There are some 80 craft types on display here, including Yamaga lanterns, Higo gold inlay metal craft and ceramics. For more modern souvenirs — including items imprinted with Kumamon, the cute bear that serves as Kumamoto's mascot — try the Kumamoto Prefectural Products Center.

Day 4: Nagasaki, Japan

Day 4
Nagasaki
Japan
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Nagasaki, Japan Castle
The Shimabara castle in Nagasaki, Japan
Things to do in
Nagasaki
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
A beautiful and bustling city, Nagasaki's streets have been touched by foreign culture for generations. This is the port by which the Portuguese and Dutch brought Japan into contact with Western culture in the 1500s, and over the years, international influence has continued to transform Nagasaki into the hub of cosmopolitan activity it is today. Explore the Dutch Slope, where you'll find Dutch residences from the 1800s and Japan's first Protestant Church, Higashi Yamate. Cruise to Nagasaki to see the oldest bridge in Japan, Megane-bashi – or 'Spectacles Bridge', so called for its arched appearance. Then, visit Nagasaki Peace Park, with its 18-metre-wide fountain built to memorialise the events that took place here when the atomic bomb struck in 1945.
Nagasaki, Japan Hashima Island
Hashima Island on the corner view from the sea in Nagasaki, Japan

Play James Bond

Just 20 kilometres from the shore of Nagasaki lies a mysterious, abandoned island. Commonly called Gunkanjima or Battleship Island, its derelict shores tell a story of coal mines and immigrants. On a guided tour, you can see the areas that famously appeared in the James Bond movie 'Skyfall'.
Insider tip
Getting around is easy in Nagasaki: The port is conveniently located in the centre of the city, every major destination is connected via trams, and taxis are available at will.
Nagasaki, Japan Glover Garden
Glover Garden, nature and city view in Nagasaki, Japan

City of Firsts

Nagasaki is home to some of Japan's oldest structures. See the Spectacles Bridge built in 1643, it the oldest bridge in Japan. Then stop in at Oura Catholic Church, the first wooden Gothic church in the country, or see the island's oldest European-style house at the picturesque Glover Gardens.
Insider tip
If you'd like to save on public transport and taxis, spend your time doing a walking tour of the inner city.
Nagasaki, Japan View Mount Inasa
View from Mt. Inasa in Nagasaki, Japan

View from Above

Mt Inasa is the tallest mountain in Nagasaki and gives you a dazzling view over the city and the bay. At 333 metres high, you can see as far as the Goto Islands on a clear day. To get to the observation deck, hop on the ropeway up the mountainside.
Nagasaki, Japan Pork Belly
Pork belly with boiled egg called Kakuni in Japan

Local Cuisine

Dine like royalty at a Shippoku Ryori restaurant. You'll be served shareable small plates that blend Japanese staples with influences from China and Europe. Sample kakuni, cubes of pork belly braised in a dashi broth flavoured with umami-packed dried bonito fish. Cruise to Nagasaki to indulge in a Sasebo burger, typically topped with egg, bacon and Japanese mayo. For dessert, try the Portuguese-inspired castella, a fluffy vanilla sponge cake balanced with gentle sweetness.
Nagasaki, Japan Kimono Umbrella
A kimono under a purple umbrella

Shopping

The Hamano-machi shopping district sells just about everything you can imagine. Pick up delicately patterned cotton and silks, or spring for a pair of unique, hand-carved chopsticks. Stop in at a fun 100 Yen store, where every item in the shop only costs 100 yen (less than a dollar).

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Chops Grille Dinner Table Dishes
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
FOR FOODIES
Chops Grille Dinner Table Dishes
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chops Grille

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Day 6: Shanghai, China

Day 6
Shanghai
Baoshan, China
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Shanghai, China Pudong District
View of the skyscrapers at the Pudong district
Things to do in
Shanghai
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Called Hu for short, glamorous Shanghai is China's largest city, and it reverberates with echoes of China's past. But at the same time, it's a city with its eyes on the future, where Gothic and neoclassical architecture contrasts space-age skyscrapers. Cruise to Shanghai and visit the Bund, a historic neighbourhood on the west side of the Huangpu River, where you can still see buildings from the city's past prior to 1949. Across the way on the east side, you can gaze up at the futuristic towers of Pudong. See decorative bronze artifacts dating back to the 18th century BC at the Shanghai Museum. Then, head to the Old City, where you can wander the bustling narrow streets inside the fortified walls, take in the smell of incense and sip <em>longjing </em>green tea at a traditional teahouse.
Shanghai, China Historical Buildings
Historical buildings at the Bund in Shanghai, China

Better in the Bund

The Bund is Shanghai's art deco heritage neighbourhood, with colonial architecture from the 1920s and '40s. Walk along the riverfront promenade at the golden hour for beautiful photos – from here, you can see the futuristic skyscrapers of Pudong's skyscrapers across the river.
Insider tip
Check visa rules carefully. They vary greatly depending on your nationality, length of stay, where you visit and if you re-enter the country.
Shanghai, China Shanghai Towers
Shanghai Towers and cityscape of Shanghai, China

Height of Adventure

Take a river cruise to see some of Shanghai's modern architectural highlights: The 470-metre-tall Oriental Pearl Tower looks like something straight out of the Jetsons, while the twisting Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, is meant to evoke a lucky dragon coming out of the earth. The World Finance Centre Tower looks like a giant bottle opener.
Insider tip
Within the city, getting around by train is cheap, easy and avoids surface-level traffic.
Shanghai, China Yuyuan Garden Pavillion
Traditional pavillions in Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai, China

Ancient Ambience

Get a feel for old China by wandering through the Yu Garden during your Shanghai cruise holiday. The classical garden is 400 years old, with carp-filled pools and bamboo groves. See more of ancient China at the Shanghai Museum, which has 120,000 ancient relics, including bronze artefacts and sculptures.
Shanghai, China Dumplings
Dumplings with dip in Shanghai, China

Local Cuisine

Eating in Shanghai is all about street food. You'll see people drinking from giant dumplings through strwas in a dish called xiao long bao – a soup dumpling. Join in, or eat them with chopsticks in a sit-down restaurant. Try cold noodles with eel, ginger and bamboo shoots, or pick up a flaky, pork-flecked spring onion pancake – this comfort food is practically a way of life here.
Shanghai, China Chinese Lanterns
Red Chinese lanterns at the antique market in Shanghai, China

Shopping

It's hard not to find shopping in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is the busiest, with everything from speciality food shops to modern shopping centre. If you have time to get something tailored, try the South Bund Fabric Market. During your China cruise, pick up a distinctive Chinese red lantern at the Antique Market or at most street markets.

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