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Hong Kong , China | Okinawa (Nakagusuku) , Japan | Ilocos (Salomague) , Philippines | Subic Bay , Philippines | Hong Kong , China

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FAR EAST FEAT

The next in the award-winning Quantum Class lineup, Spectrum of the Seas℠ is a Far East adventure full of feats and firsts designed with our Chinese guests in mind.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Hong Kong, China

DEPARTS:
4:00 PM

COASTAL SKYLINE

After you arrive at Hong Kong's airport on Lantau Island, see the enormous Tian Tan Buddha, measuring 112 feet tall and weighing over 200 tons. Then, take a harbor cruise to get your bearings and see Hong Kong's modern architecture. Later, slurp noodles at the Temple Street Night Market. If you have an extra day, head out to Dragon's Back portion of the Hong Kong Trail for some scenic hiking among mist-covered peaks.

A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Ferris wheel and skyscrapers during the day in Hong Kong, China
View from a mountain top looking down at the Hong Kong skyline

After you arrive at Hong Kong's airport on Lantau Island, see the enormous Tian Tan Buddha, measuring 112 feet tall and weighing over 200 tons. Then, take a harbor cruise to get your bearings and see Hong Kong's modern architecture. Later, slurp noodles at the Temple Street Night Market. If you have an extra day, head out to Dragon's Back portion of the Hong Kong Trail for some scenic hiking among mist-covered peaks.

A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Ferris wheel and skyscrapers during the day in Hong Kong, China
View from a mountain top looking down at the Hong Kong skyline
Things To Do

in Hong Kong

The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.

Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.

Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.

Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.

Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China

Shopping

Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

Things to Do

North Star Lounge Chairs in the Upper Deck
North Star®

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

Stand in a jewel-shaped capsule that reveals breathtaking 360-degree views as you gently ascend 300 feet above sea level.

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®

GRAVITY-DEFYING FUN

Experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying in an air machine that lets you soar in a safe, controlled environment.

Xbox One Consoles at the SeaPlex Arcade
SeaPlex®

HAVE THE PLAYTIME OF YOUR LIFE

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 - DOCKED

Okinawa (Nakagusuku), Japan

ARRIVES:
12:00 PM
DEPARTS:
9:00 PM

Warrior City

Jump into the car and explore the Nakagusuku Castle ruins — the stone walls of former courtyards are what remain today after the structure was defeated in 1458 by an opposing lord. Head south to Yachimun and discover a village dedicated to the traditional Okinawan art of hand-made pottery. Or stop off at Naha city to see famous Shuri Castle and dig into bold fusion food like Taco Rice and other quirky dishes that bear the influence of island's U.S. military base.

Red gates of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan
World Heritage Nakagusuku castle ruins, in Okinawa, Japan
The outer wall of Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan

Jump into the car and explore the Nakagusuku Castle ruins — the stone walls of former courtyards are what remain today after the structure was defeated in 1458 by an opposing lord. Head south to Yachimun and discover a village dedicated to the traditional Okinawan art of hand-made pottery. Or stop off at Naha city to see famous Shuri Castle and dig into bold fusion food like Taco Rice and other quirky dishes that bear the influence of island's U.S. military base.

Red gates of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan
World Heritage Nakagusuku castle ruins, in Okinawa, Japan
The outer wall of Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan
Things To Do

in Okinawa (Nakagusuku)

Part of the stone wall with stairs at Nakagusuku castle in Okinawa, Japan

Visit a Fallen Kingdom

Nakagusugu city is near a wealth of castle ruins dating back to the Ryukyu Kingdom, which had its heyday from the 1400s to the 1800s. Start off at the Katsuren Castle ruins and retrace an army's footsteps to Nakagusugu Castle (destroyed by the lord of Katsuren). It's easy to imagine the impressive structures in their prime while walking through the ancient battlements.<

View from the Okinawa sea road in Okinawa, Japan

Island-Hop by Car

Henza Island is connected to the Okinawa mainland via a scenic stretch of red bridge. From there, you can continue driving through to Hamahige, Miyagi and Ikei Island — stopping at beaches along the way. Pop into the Nuchi Una salt factory to see how local sea salt is made and taste dishes flavored with its mineral-rich goodness.

Stone gate of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan

Culture in the Capital

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, is only an hour away by car. Head there for some of the island's most iconic pieces of culture: Pay your respects at Naminoue Shrine, perched on a cliff above the idyllic ocean. Walk through the relaxing ponds and pagodas of Chinese-style Fukushu-en Garden, and a slice of Ryukyu history at reconstructed Shuri Castle.

Taco filling with rice and cheese, fusion dish of Okinawa, Japan

Local Cuisine

American tastes have had a big effect on Okinawan food due to the presence of the U.S. military base here, and the result is a fusion food like you've never tried before. Cruise to Okinawa to dig into a delicious bowl of Taco Rice topped with crunchy salsa and a deep purple sweet potato tartlet. Don't forget to try the Ube (purple sweet potato) ice cream at Okinawan mainstay Blue Seal.

Colorful glasses on sale at a souvenir shop in Okinawa, Japan

Shopping

To get the most authentic souvenirs, venture into Yomitan Pottery Village in Yachimun. The village is home to 45 artisan potters who glaze their wares in the Okinawan style. Pick up chunky handmade fruit bowls or delicately decorated sake sets during your Japan cruise. At Kousaki Dori street in Naha, you can find some handblown Ryukyu glass to complement your collection.

INSIDER TIP

Public transport is limited here: Hire a car in advance, or organize a taxi or tour.

DAY 4 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Things to Do

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

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 5 - TENDERED

Ilocos (Salomague), Philippines

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Adventure in the Philippines

Use your stop in Ilocos to discover the beaches of Cabugao and the rich heritage of historic Vigan, where you can watch masters of centuries-old pottery techniques at work. From here you can ride on a traditional horse past cathedrals and heritage homes that date back to colonial times. Or stay close to port with a short boat ride to Salomague Island, where lonely beaches are so idyllic you'll feel like you've stepped into a postcard.

City center street scene in historic colonial town with horse and carriage in Ilocos, Philippines
Famous landmark Paoay church with a decayed look and surrounded by beautifully kept greenery, in Ilocos, Philippines
Bantay Church bell tower in Ilocos, Philippines

Use your stop in Ilocos to discover the beaches of Cabugao and the rich heritage of historic Vigan, where you can watch masters of centuries-old pottery techniques at work. From here you can ride on a traditional horse past cathedrals and heritage homes that date back to colonial times. Or stay close to port with a short boat ride to Salomague Island, where lonely beaches are so idyllic you'll feel like you've stepped into a postcard.

City center street scene in historic colonial town with horse and carriage in Ilocos, Philippines
Famous landmark Paoay church with a decayed look and surrounded by beautifully kept greenery, in Ilocos, Philippines
Bantay Church bell tower in Ilocos, Philippines
Things To Do

in Ilocos (Salomague)

Tropical beach of Pagudpud in Ilocos, Philippines

Cabugao to the Beach

The waters off of Salomague port itself are clear and blue, but a quick taxi ride to nearby Cabugao will allow you to experience stretches of coastline unobscured by ships. Pug-os Beach, which is home to several beach resorts, is a popular option with white sands just waiting to be tread upon. Surf in turquoise waters or sip on fresh mango juice in a comfy lounge chair with your favorite book.

Stairway leading up to Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Ilocos, Philippines

Find Nostalgia in Vigan

If you have at least four hours in Ilocos, consider a day trip to Vigan, a city that's home to dozens of colonial architectural treasures. Ride a horse-drawn calesa buggy past landmarks such as St. Paul's Metropolitan Cathedral and the Spanish-era archbishop's residence. The bright orange roofs reflect the afternoon sun and the clip-clop of hooves on cobblestone streets draws travelers back to simpler days.

Blue boat docked by the shore in Ilocos, Philippines

Sail to Salomague Island

An alternative way to hit the beach from Salomague is to take a five-minute ride on a traditional banca boat and head to Salomague Island. Here, you'll escape to deserted white-sand beaches and the kind of solitude you can't find in urban areas. Cruise to Ilocos, Philippines and take a quick dip with a snorkel to enjoy the world-class diving these clear waters boast.

Crispy bagnet, a deep fried crispy pork belly dish, served with onion and fresh tomatoes and a side of rice, in Ilocos, Philippines

Local Cuisine

South Iloco is a surprising culinary hot spot, especially when you consider how low-profile it is compared to other regions of the Philippines. Fried food is king here, from melt-in-your-mouth bagnet pork belly, to fatty but sweet and spicy longganisa sausage, which is the Philippines' answer to pan-Latin chorizo sausage.

Clay pottery for sale in Ilocos, Philippines

Shopping

Even if you can't make it down to Vigan to visit the workshops where super-strong and smooth-to-the-touch Pagburnayan pottery is made by hand, you can still take some home with you. Several vendors around Salomague's cruise port sell pieces large and small, including sizes you can take back on the ship with you.

INSIDER TIP

The Philippines' rainy season runs from May to October. Always carry an umbrella or a raincoat to be ready for anything.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Subic Bay, Philippines

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

Discover Subic Bay

Subic Bay is one of the best spots for admiring the Phillipines' wildlife and natural beauty. Marvel at birds and rainforest flora as you hike the wild Pamaulaklakin Forest Trail. Or head to Subic Bay Ocean Adventure to come face-to-face with dolphins. SCUBA dive through reefs and shipwrecks in Subic Bay, or take a dive from the cliffs into cool waters at the El Kabayo Waterfalls.

Lighthouse on the coast of Subic Bay, Philippines
Boat on a peaceful blue sky scenery in Subic Bay, Philippines
Green hill under a blue cloudy sky in Subic Bay, Philippines

Subic Bay is one of the best spots for admiring the Phillipines' wildlife and natural beauty. Marvel at birds and rainforest flora as you hike the wild Pamaulaklakin Forest Trail. Or head to Subic Bay Ocean Adventure to come face-to-face with dolphins. SCUBA dive through reefs and shipwrecks in Subic Bay, or take a dive from the cliffs into cool waters at the El Kabayo Waterfalls.

Lighthouse on the coast of Subic Bay, Philippines
Boat on a peaceful blue sky scenery in Subic Bay, Philippines
Green hill under a blue cloudy sky in Subic Bay, Philippines
Things To Do

in Subic Bay

Twin dolphin show in Subic Bay, Philippines

Wonder at the Wildlife

Wildlife abounds in Subic Bay, and you don't have to go far from civilization to see the local fauna. Get up-close-and-personal with marine animals at Subic Bay Ocean Adventure. Or see the creatures of the land at Zoobic Safari, a 25-hectare wildlife sanctuary where you can glimpse tigers, camels, ostriches, wild boars and other animals native to the rainforests here.

Scuba Diving on coral reef with tropical fish in Subic Bay, Philippines

Dare to Dive

Are you SCUBA-certified? If so, there's no shortage of dive companies around Subic Harbor to escort you on an underwater adventure. Swim through magnificent reefs, or see shipwrecks up close and personal. Even if you have only a short time to spare, diving in Subic is an accessible activity.

Tropical river running through rainforest in Subic Bay, Philippines

Take to the Trails

Get to know the stunning landscapes of Subic Bay the old-fashioned way: on two foot. Head to Pamaulaklakin Forest, where you can hike the trail through the rainforest and learn ancient survival methods from the Aetas, the native people who preserve their traditional ways here.

Popular ice cream dessert Halo-halo in Subic Bay, Philippines

Local Cuisine

Subic retains a lot of American character, but seek out the Filipino favorites. Cruise to Subic Bay to try pancit, the regional rice noodle stir fry with chicken, cabbage and carrots. Spice it up with tambakol, local yellowfin tuna with chopped chilies, cooked in coconut milk. For dessert, indulge in colorful halo-halo, shaved ice sweetened with evaporated milk and mixed with sweet beans, coconut, fruit or other toppings.

Souvenir shells from a marketplace in Subic Bay, Philippines

Shopping

Shopping malls have become a favorite Filipino past-time, largely due to their promise of free A/C in this typically humid climate. But you can also find classic souvenirs in modern shopping centers such as Harbor Point and Royal Subic during your Philippines cruise vacation. Pick up seashells from the local shoreline or kitschy key chains shaped like Jeepneys — the Jeeps-turned-buses that are the Philippines' most famous form of public transport.

INSIDER TIP

Jeepneys aren't permitted within the Subic free zone. If you want to ride one, make sure you have time to exit the free zone.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Two 70 Virtual Concert "Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns"
QN, Quantum of the Seas, Bionic Bar, technology, entertainment, beverage, drinks, robot, robotic bartender

Two 70 Virtual Concert "Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns"
QN, Quantum of the Seas, Bionic Bar, technology, entertainment, beverage, drinks, robot, robotic bartender

Things to Do

Dancer and Singers Performing on the Starwater Show
Two70®

AHH-INSPIRING IN ANY LIGHT

Go on a transformative journey from day to night in this grand room. By day, it's an open area living room with panoramic views. By night, the lights go down and the music fades up to reveal a spellbinding aerial show.

Bionic Bar - Deck 5 Starboard Midship (Royal Promenade)
Harmony of the Seas - Royla Caribbean International
Bionic Bar®

MIXOLOGY MEETS TECHNOLOGY

Meet two robotic bartenders who know how to shake up your night. At Bionic Bar® they can mix, muddle, and stir it up too.

DAY 8 - Arrival Day

Hong Kong, China

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

ASIA'S URBAN HEARTBEAT

Before leaving Hong Kong, pop over to the island of Macau — you'll need to bring your passport but not a Chinese visa. Check out the island's Vegas-style casinos like the Grand Lisboa, one of the oldest. Inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino, see singing gondoliers and do some shopping. Stroll through Senado Square and the narrow surrounding streets and grab a Portuguese egg tart, the iconic Macau brunch food.

The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
The Golden Pagoda of Nan Lian garden in Hong Kong
Lanterns hanging at the Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong

Before leaving Hong Kong, pop over to the island of Macau — you'll need to bring your passport but not a Chinese visa. Check out the island's Vegas-style casinos like the Grand Lisboa, one of the oldest. Inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino, see singing gondoliers and do some shopping. Stroll through Senado Square and the narrow surrounding streets and grab a Portuguese egg tart, the iconic Macau brunch food.

The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
The Golden Pagoda of Nan Lian garden in Hong Kong
Lanterns hanging at the Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong
Things To Do

in Hong Kong

The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.

Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.

Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.

Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.

Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China

Shopping

Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

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