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Shanghai (Baoshan) , China | Fukuoka , Japan | Sasebo , Japan | Shanghai (Baoshan) , China

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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

Shanghai (Baoshan), China

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM

BACK TO THE FUTURE

When you cruise from Shanghai, check the essential items off the to-do list: See the classical architecture of the Bund neighborhood and walk among the smell of tea and incense in the fortified Old City. Then, if you have extra time, see the nearby Qibao Ancient Town — check out the pagoda-like bell tower, see Qibao Template (it dates back to the 900s) and snap pics of the photogenic bridges and buildings along the Puhui River.

View of a traditional Chinese pagoda from the street in Shanghai, China
View of historical Waibaidu bridge and skyline of Shanghai, China
Yuyuan garden in Shanghai, China

When you cruise from Shanghai, check the essential items off the to-do list: See the classical architecture of the Bund neighborhood and walk among the smell of tea and incense in the fortified Old City. Then, if you have extra time, see the nearby Qibao Ancient Town — check out the pagoda-like bell tower, see Qibao Template (it dates back to the 900s) and snap pics of the photogenic bridges and buildings along the Puhui River.

View of a traditional Chinese pagoda from the street in Shanghai, China
View of historical Waibaidu bridge and skyline of Shanghai, China
Yuyuan garden in Shanghai, China
Things To Do

in Shanghai (Baoshan)

Historical buildings at the Bund in Shanghai, China

Better in the Bund

The Bund is Shanghai's art deco heritage neighborhood, 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.

Shanghai Towers and cityscape of Shanghai, China

Height of Adventure

Take a river cruise to see some of Shanghai's modern architectural highlights: The 1536-foot-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 Center Tower looks like a giant bottle opener.

Traditional pavillions in Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai, China

Ancient Ambiance

Get a feel for old China by wandering through the Yu Garden during your Shanghai cruise vacation. 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 artifacts and sculptures.

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 scallion pancake — this comfort food is practically a way of life here.

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 specialty food shops to modern malls. 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.

INSIDER TIP

China's currency is the renminbi (abbreviated as RMB) and also called the yuan. Shanghai has lots of ATMs, though not all accept foreign cards. Smaller Chinese cities don't always have ATMs, so it's wise to stock up on extra cash in Shanghai.

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

Fukuoka, Japan

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

FUKUOKA’S GOT FLAVOR

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

Sasebo, Japan

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

JAPAN'S EMERALD ISLANDS

Take a boat tour to the Kujukushima Islands, 208 emerald-green islands dotted along the coast, famous for their jagged shores. From the observatory decks on Mt. Ishidake or Mt. Hiyamizudake, enjoy panoramic views of the islands, mountains and bay. Then, explore the unique Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, or stop in at the Kujukushima Aquarium to learn how to harvest pearls.

Colorful flower garden with European stlye building in the background at Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, Japan
View of Kujuku Island (99 Islands) in Sasebo, Japan
View of Saikai bridge with whirlpools on the water

Take a boat tour to the Kujukushima Islands, 208 emerald-green islands dotted along the coast, famous for their jagged shores. From the observatory decks on Mt. Ishidake or Mt. Hiyamizudake, enjoy panoramic views of the islands, mountains and bay. Then, explore the unique Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, or stop in at the Kujukushima Aquarium to learn how to harvest pearls.

Colorful flower garden with European stlye building in the background at Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, Japan
View of Kujuku Island (99 Islands) in Sasebo, Japan
View of Saikai bridge with whirlpools on the water
Things To Do

in Sasebo

View from the Tenkaiho observatory in Sasebo, Japan

99 Islands in a Day

The Kujukushima Islands — the name translates to "99 islands," although there are actually 208 — are a beautiful sight to behold. Ranging from tiny to massive, each island features a jagged shoreline, a rocky base and abundant green forestry. See each island up close with a boat tour or view from above at the Tenkai-ho observation deck.

Colorful flowers in the flower road zone inside Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Sasebo, Japan

Tulip Fever

At the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park, you can enjoy recreated Dutch landscapes, buildings, canals and gardens. Celebrating the beneficial relationship between the Netherlands and Japan, the park doubles as a beautiful botanical resort — a different array of flowers blooms each season in rows designed to resemble Dutch tulip fields.

Jellyfish swimming about in Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort

Mother of Pearl

Spend the day at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort: Explore the aquarium, learn to sail, or take a guided island tour. Learn how to harvest a pearl with a hands-on experience, and check out the Jellyfish Symphony Dome, where you can see jellyfish swim alongside a video, music and light show. During winter, you can taste delicious Kujukushima oysters at the Oyster Festival.

Chicken nanban, deep fried chicken with tartar sauce, Sasebo, Japan

Local Cuisine

An outcome of the town's history as a U.S. naval base, Sasebo Burgers are a delicious fusion of Japanese and Western tastes. Made to order, vendors entice you with topping combos like egg, cheese and bacon. Try other favorites unique to the Kyushu region, like nanban fried chicken brined in vinegar and topped with tartar sauce or Hakata-style ramen with its creamy white broth and chewy, straight noodles.

Lacquer wood boxes and items from Sasebo, Japan

Shopping

Near the dock, you'll see Sasebo 5bangai, an air conditioned mall with everything from fashion outlets to trendy restaurants. During your Sasaebo cruise vacation, head to Tonneru Yokocho shopping arcade to see the small shops built in wartime and protected by metal doors. Vendors often sell novelty naval-themed trinkets, traditional kimonos and lacquered wood homeware and decorations.

INSIDER TIP

The port is in the center of town, and you won't have to walk far to find public transport or a taxi.

DAY 5 - 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 6 - Arrival Day

Shanghai (Baoshan), China

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Most international flights arrive at Pudong Airport. Take the bullet train into the city; it takes only 8 minutes between the airport and Longyang Road Station. From there, check out Longhua Temple: You'll recognize its two-meter-tall copper bell from Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun." Then, marvel at the modern skycrapers of Pudong — head to the Oriental Pearl Tower with its three distinctive spheres and get a 360-degree view of the city from the observation deck.

View of the skyscrapers at the Pudong district
The Jade Buddha Temple with a fountain on a sunny day in Shanghai, China
Beautiful river scene of Old Chinatown in Shanghai, China

Most international flights arrive at Pudong Airport. Take the bullet train into the city; it takes only 8 minutes between the airport and Longyang Road Station. From there, check out Longhua Temple: You'll recognize its two-meter-tall copper bell from Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun." Then, marvel at the modern skycrapers of Pudong — head to the Oriental Pearl Tower with its three distinctive spheres and get a 360-degree view of the city from the observation deck.

View of the skyscrapers at the Pudong district
The Jade Buddha Temple with a fountain on a sunny day in Shanghai, China
Beautiful river scene of Old Chinatown in Shanghai, China
Things To Do

in Shanghai (Baoshan)

Historical buildings at the Bund in Shanghai, China

Better in the Bund

The Bund is Shanghai's art deco heritage neighborhood, 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.

Shanghai Towers and cityscape of Shanghai, China

Height of Adventure

Take a river cruise to see some of Shanghai's modern architectural highlights: The 1536-foot-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 Center Tower looks like a giant bottle opener.

Traditional pavillions in Yuyuan Gardens in Shanghai, China

Ancient Ambiance

Get a feel for old China by wandering through the Yu Garden during your Shanghai cruise vacation. 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 artifacts and sculptures.

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 scallion pancake — this comfort food is practically a way of life here.

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 specialty food shops to modern malls. 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.

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.

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