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Beijing (Tianjin) , China | Fukuoka , Japan | Sakaiminato , Japan | Vladivostok , Russia | Beijing (Tianjin) , China

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Discover everything this vacation visionary has to offer, from 300-foot-high views in the North Star®, to jamming out at an impromptu parade. In between thrills, fuel up on dining designed to please your palate, like family-style favorites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated fare at Chef's Table.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Beijing (Tianjin), China

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
WALL-TO-WALL

ADVENTURE

One day is simply not enough in Tianjin and Beijing, so make sure to see some of the essential sights before your cruise departs. Cruise from Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China at Huangya Pass, located about an hour and a half from town. If you're an adventure junky, try climbing to the top of Widow's Peak, the highest point of this portion of the wall, and snap a few breathtaking photos.

View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
The great wall of China in Beijing
Tourists fill the grounds of the Taihedian Square in the Forbidden City in Beijing

One day is simply not enough in Tianjin and Beijing, so make sure to see some of the essential sights before your cruise departs. Cruise from Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China at Huangya Pass, located about an hour and a half from town. If you're an adventure junky, try climbing to the top of Widow's Peak, the highest point of this portion of the wall, and snap a few breathtaking photos.

View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
The great wall of China in Beijing
Tourists fill the grounds of the Taihedian Square in the Forbidden City in Beijing
Things To Do

in Beijing (Tianjin)

View of the Eye of Tianjin in Beijing, China

Open Your Eyes

With panoramic views of the city, there's no question as to why the Tianjin Eye is the city's number one attraction. Grab your camera and step onto the Ferris Wheel on Yongle Bridge along the Haihe River. On a clear, sunny day, you can see for miles.

Lantern colorful pavilions in an old colonist city called Tianjin in Beijing China

Ride Back in Time

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a history buff's dream. Board a horse-drawn cart and transport yourself back into time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin. Home to historical villas from the last two centuries, the Five Great Avenues is a section of the city begging to be explored.

China's largest Catholic Church inspired by Roman and French architecture

Cultures Collide

A product of the golden age and northern China's largest Catholic church, the XiKai Church was built in 1916 and is still in use today. Visit the church to admire the Roman- and French-inspired architecture, or catch a service in English or Chinese during your Beijing cruise.

Xiao Long Bao Steamed Buns Cuisine in Beijing, China

Local Cuisine

Follow your nose to Tianjin Goubuli for a goubuli steamed stuffed bun — the mouth-watering snack is stuffed with chicken and accompanied by sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, sink your teeth into a ma hau, a fried dough twist deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.

Shopping through asian markets in Beijing, China

Shopping

Wander to the Tianjin Shenyangdao Antique Market to test out your haggling skills during your Beijing cruise. You'll find jade jewelry, porcelain items and copper handicrafts. Afterwards, find your way to Ancient Culture Street for silks, animal-shaped Weiji kites and Niren Zhang, the painted clay figurines that are traditional to the Tianjin area.

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.

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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

Fukuoka, Japan

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Fukuoka's got culture

Fukuoka is a historic port city where cultural imports from the Asian mainland were introduced to Japan. Explore Japan's first Zen Buddhist temple at Shofukuji. Then, see the ruins of Fukuoka Castle amid the dazzling cherry blossoms of Maizuru Park. Or hit the sands at Momochi Seaside Park, a long artificial beach along the waterfront, with modern skyscrapers towering behind you and forest-covered mountains in the distance.

Tocho-ji temple or Fukuoka Giant Buddha temple in Fukuoka, Japan
Traditional poled boat, parked at deck in Yanagawa, Fukuoka, Japan
Cherry blossoms with views of the Himeji Castle in Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka is a historic port city where cultural imports from the Asian mainland were introduced to Japan. Explore Japan's first Zen Buddhist temple at Shofukuji. Then, see the ruins of Fukuoka Castle amid the dazzling cherry blossoms of Maizuru Park. Or hit the sands at Momochi Seaside Park, a long artificial beach along the waterfront, with modern skyscrapers towering behind you and forest-covered mountains in the distance.

Tocho-ji temple or Fukuoka Giant Buddha temple in Fukuoka, Japan
Traditional poled boat, parked at deck in Yanagawa, Fukuoka, Japan
Cherry blossoms with views of the Himeji Castle in Fukuoka, Japan
Things To Do

in Fukuoka

Views of the 768 foot Fukuoka Tower in Fukuoka, Japan

Towering Views

Head over to the 768-foot Fukuoka Tower for stunning views of the city and the coast. Then take a relaxing stroll on the beach right next door at Momochi Seaside Park. To cool down, get familiar with local history at the nearby Fukuoka City Museum, which houses the Gold Seal, a national treasure linked to the foundations of Japan as a country.

Shofukuji Zen Temple in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan

Get Centered

Founded in the late 12th century by the priest Eisai, Shofukuji is Japan's first temple dedicated to Zen Buddhism. The philosophy of Zen grew to become a central teaching for Japan's samurai warriors. The tranquil grounds here are perfect for reflection or a respite from the bustle of the city.

Main hall of Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, Japan

Bee-Line for Shrines

On the outskirts of Fukuoka, Dazaifu is a historic administrative center packed with temples and shrines. During your Fukuoka, Japan cruise, head to the grandest of them all, Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to scholar Sugawara Michizane. Some 40 kilometers south but easily reachable by train, you can find Yanagawa, an ancient castle town of gorgeous old canals overhung by willows and cherry trees.

Ramen noodles is a local cuisine in Fukuoka, Japan

Local Cuisine

Fukuoka is synonymous with noodles. While ramen originated in China, Fukuoka took the dish to new heights with its hearty tonkotsu broth — made from long-simmered pork bones — and long, thin noodles. One of the best ways to enjoy this dish is at an outdoor yatai stand, where the beer and sake flow.

Ceramic Japanese dolls known as Hakata Ningyo from the 17th century found in Japan

Shopping

In Fukuoka, you can pick up Hakata ningyo, ceramic dolls that were first made in the 17th century and gained international renown in the 19th. They're elaborately painted and can be remarkably lifelike. Shogetsudo in the Nakasu district offers a wide selection of dolls — you can even create your own.

INSIDER TIP

There's no tipping in Japan, but there is a blanket 8 percent sales tax. Look for tax-free sales promotions.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Sakaiminato, Japan

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Coastal Japan

Sweeping seascapes, mountain vistas and ancient shrines await in Sakaiminato. Drive out to the striking samurai fortress of Matsue Castle and the Shinto sanctuary of Izumo Taisha less than an hour down the road — legend has it the gods come together for a meeting here once a year. Then, relax in the hot springs at Kaike Onsen. Or spend your day hiking among the lush forest and volcanic peaks of Daisen Oki National Park.

Matsue Castle during cherry blossom season in Sakaiminato, Japan
Second gate entrance of the Izumo Taisha (Izumo Grand Shrine) in Sakaiminato, Japan
Field of agriculture in Sakaiminato, Japan

Sweeping seascapes, mountain vistas and ancient shrines await in Sakaiminato. Drive out to the striking samurai fortress of Matsue Castle and the Shinto sanctuary of Izumo Taisha less than an hour down the road — legend has it the gods come together for a meeting here once a year. Then, relax in the hot springs at Kaike Onsen. Or spend your day hiking among the lush forest and volcanic peaks of Daisen Oki National Park.

Matsue Castle during cherry blossom season in Sakaiminato, Japan
Second gate entrance of the Izumo Taisha (Izumo Grand Shrine) in Sakaiminato, Japan
Field of agriculture in Sakaiminato, Japan
Things To Do

in Sakaiminato

Matsue Castle in Sakaiminato, Japan

Storm the Castle

Less than an hour by bus or train from Sakaiminato is the lakeside city of Matsue, capital of Shimane Prefecture and home to one of Japan's few still-standing 17th-century samurai fortresses, Matsue Castle. Another excellent piece of traditional architecture is the nearby Koizumi Yakumo Memorial Museum, dedicated to Greek-Irish writer Lafcadio Hearn.

Statue of Okuninushi in Izumo Taisha grand shrine in Sakaiminato, Japan

Sacred Stop

Believed to be Japan's oldest Shinto shrine, Izumo Taisha is a revered sanctuary dedicated to Okuninushi, the god of marriage. The shrine is famous for its enormous shimenawa sacred ropes, and while its design dates back to the mid-18th century, this spot has been a place of worship since at least the year 950. The Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo next door has a comprehensive account of local history.

Eyeball shaped fountain in Sakaiminato, Japan

Get Comical

If you prefer to stay in Sakaiminato, check out the legacy of local hero Shigeru Mizuki, a celebrated comic artist who created many yokai (monster) characters including the beloved GeGeGe no Kitaro. Mizuki Shigeru Road features 153 bronze statues of these creations, and the Mizuki Shigeru Museum offers a fascinating look at the artist's life and the world of yokai.

Crab seafood in Sakaiminato, Japan

Local Cuisine

Sakaiminato offers some of the best seafood in Japan, so come hungry. There's sushi, sashimi and kaisendon — a bowl of sashimi and fish roe over rice. If you're lucky enough to visit in winter, don't miss matsubagani, the sweet-tasting regional snow crab: Enjoy it raw sashimi-style, tossed into a hearty stew or grilled with soy-based dipping sauce.

Sake bottles in a traditional bottle in Sakaiminato, Japan

Shopping

Tottori Prefecture is known for its fine sake rice wine. Browse the selection at Chiyomusubi sake brewery off Mizuki Shigeru Road in Sakaiminato. You can watch the sake craftsmen in action with a brewery tour. During your Sakaiminato cruise vacation, pick up a figurine of GeGeGe no Kitaro or another of Shigeru Mizuki's characters in Sakaiminato center.

INSIDER TIP

Be sure to check the return timetables for buses and trains if you're going to venture to Matsue or Izumo Taisha.

DAY 5 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

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Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

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Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

Things to Do

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Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

FAMOUSLY FANTASTIC ITALIAN

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.

Baby Vegetables in the Garden at Wonderland on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Wonderland

VENTURE DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Our Wonderland chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes, inventing elaborate dreamscapes of never-before-seen fare. The story begins as you "brush" the menu and find your element— Sun, Ice, Fire, Water, Earth and Dreams.

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Vladivostok, Russia

ARRIVES:
5:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Eastern City

Say "privet" — Russian for "hello" — to history with a trip to Vladivostok Fortress, with its 19th-century military fortifications, and catch a traditional changing of the guard ceremony. Get up-close and personal with the dolphins of Primorsky Aquarium, or head out onto the water yourself and go for a stand-up paddleboarding adventure just off the Vladivostok Embankment.

The Zolotoy Golden Bridge, a cable bridge crossing the Zolotoy Rog in Vladivostok, Russia
Chapel and Monument of Cyril and Methodius, Educators and creators of the Slavic alphabet Eagle Nest Mount in Vladivostok, Russia
Waterfountain on Admiral Fokin street in Vladivostok, Russia

Say "privet" — Russian for "hello" — to history with a trip to Vladivostok Fortress, with its 19th-century military fortifications, and catch a traditional changing of the guard ceremony. Get up-close and personal with the dolphins of Primorsky Aquarium, or head out onto the water yourself and go for a stand-up paddleboarding adventure just off the Vladivostok Embankment.

The Zolotoy Golden Bridge, a cable bridge crossing the Zolotoy Rog in Vladivostok, Russia
Chapel and Monument of Cyril and Methodius, Educators and creators of the Slavic alphabet Eagle Nest Mount in Vladivostok, Russia
Waterfountain on Admiral Fokin street in Vladivostok, Russia
Things To Do

in Vladivostok

An old abandoned gun battery aiming at the bay in Vladivostok, Russia

Historic Stronghold

Check out Vladivostok Fortress: Its placards tell the story of the Russo-Japanese War. Enjoy a more inspiring history of the city by visiting the museum erected to honor Vladimir Arsenyev, whose explorations led to the founding of the city.

Shell shaped oceanarium in Vladivostok, Russia

Animals Abound

Primorsky Aquarium, appropriately shaped like a half-shell, is home to a small population of extremely friendly dolphins, which greet visitors several times per day. Alternatively, head to Primorye Safari Park, where Siberian tigers are in easy range of your camera, but far enough away not to eat you.

A unique beach of smooth glass, Glass Bay in Vladivostok, Russia

The Glass is Greener

While Vladivostok has only a few weeks per year of what can be considered beach weather, you don't have to visit in summer to enjoy the sea in Siberia. During your Russia cruise, carve out some time for an ice-fishing adventure, or take a walk along nearby Glass Beach, where eroded glass deposited over years has become multicolored stones on the shoreline.

Dumplings of Pan-Asian cuisine from a restaurant in Vladivostok, Russia

Local Cuisine

With a location closer to Seoul than Moscow — by a long shot — Vladivostok's cuisine is markedly Asian-inspired. Try Korean-inflected Pian-se dumplings, where ground meat, onions, spices and cabbage come together inside soft, steamed dough. Cruise to Russia and dig into this port city's top-notch cold-water seafood: Stop by the vendors at Sportivnaya Market and have them prepare you giant crab legs, ultra-fresh sea urchin or king prawns to eat on the spot.

Closeup of traditional Gzhel style, ceramic tableware in a shop in Vladivostok, Russia

Shopping

Shopping in Vladivostok is as diverse an experience as eating there, with goods that range from traditional Russian Matryoshka dolls to avant-garde paintings by local artists or Korean-influenced blue-and-white Ghzel porcelain plates and household items. You'll also find a large selection of locally produced liqueurs, including regional favorite Ussuri Balsam, a type of bitters flavored with the lemongrass that grows wild here.

INSIDER TIP

As is the case even in Moscow and St. Petersburg, most local Russians don't speak English. Download Russian in your phone's "Translate" app, and cache it so you can use it offline.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performer on stage with lights during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean
Performers skating under a tent with bright red lights during ice skating shows onboard.

Performer on stage with lights during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean
Performers skating under a tent with bright red lights during ice skating shows onboard.

Things to Do

A man is drumming during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean
Sonic Odyssey

TUNED TO THE ROOM

Take your seat for an immersive musical journey, where instruments envelop you in the next dimension of global sound.

Two couples at Music Hall Enjoying the Live Bands
Live bands

THEY'RE PLAYING YOUR SONG

Pick the genre you please and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin, and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.

Women performer jumping during ice skating shows onboard a cruise.
Ice Skating Shows

GLITTER AND GLAM ON ICE

Royal Caribbean is the first and only cruise line with ice-skating rinks right onboard, plus complimentary ice spectaculars with amazing jumps, lifts, and spins performed by professional skaters .

DAY 8 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider

Solarium Bar and cafe on the OA, Oasis of the Seas
Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider

Things to Do

Girl Surfing Flowrider at Daytime with a Smile
FlowRider®

NOW BOARDING FOR ADVENTURE

Grab your board and get ready for 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome headed your way. The surf’s always up on the 40-foot-long FlowRider® surf simulator.

Guests Enjoying the Drinks and Pool at the Solarium
Solarium

SUN AND SERENITY

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.

DAY 9 - Arrival Day

Beijing (Tianjin), China

ARRIVES:
6:30 AM
WALL-TO-WALL

ADVENTURE

Before you leave Tianjin, be sure to see a portion of the Huangyaguan Great Wall or visit the Great Wall Museum in the center of town. Take some time to soak in the views at the Panshan Mountain Scenic Area. Then, grab a bullet train to Beijing, where most flights depart — see the astonishing Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex, where you can wander the Imperial Gardens and the historic Tiananmen, or Gate of Heavenly Peace.

A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
The financial district skyline in Beijing
The Suzhou market in Beijing, China

Before you leave Tianjin, be sure to see a portion of the Huangyaguan Great Wall or visit the Great Wall Museum in the center of town. Take some time to soak in the views at the Panshan Mountain Scenic Area. Then, grab a bullet train to Beijing, where most flights depart — see the astonishing Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex, where you can wander the Imperial Gardens and the historic Tiananmen, or Gate of Heavenly Peace.

A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
The financial district skyline in Beijing
The Suzhou market in Beijing, China
Things To Do

in Beijing (Tianjin)

View of the Eye of Tianjin in Beijing, China

Open Your Eyes

With panoramic views of the city, there's no question as to why the Tianjin Eye is the city's number one attraction. Grab your camera and step onto the Ferris Wheel on Yongle Bridge along the Haihe River. On a clear, sunny day, you can see for miles.

Lantern colorful pavilions in an old colonist city called Tianjin in Beijing China

Ride Back in Time

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a history buff's dream. Board a horse-drawn cart and transport yourself back into time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin. Home to historical villas from the last two centuries, the Five Great Avenues is a section of the city begging to be explored.

China's largest Catholic Church inspired by Roman and French architecture

Cultures Collide

A product of the golden age and northern China's largest Catholic church, the XiKai Church was built in 1916 and is still in use today. Visit the church to admire the Roman- and French-inspired architecture, or catch a service in English or Chinese during your Beijing cruise.

Xiao Long Bao Steamed Buns Cuisine in Beijing, China

Local Cuisine

Follow your nose to Tianjin Goubuli for a goubuli steamed stuffed bun — the mouth-watering snack is stuffed with chicken and accompanied by sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, sink your teeth into a ma hau, a fried dough twist deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.

Shopping through asian markets in Beijing, China

Shopping

Wander to the Tianjin Shenyangdao Antique Market to test out your haggling skills during your Beijing cruise. You'll find jade jewelry, porcelain items and copper handicrafts. Afterwards, find your way to Ancient Culture Street for silks, animal-shaped Weiji kites and Niren Zhang, the painted clay figurines that are traditional to the Tianjin area.

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