5 Night Kitakyushi & Sasebo Cruise on Quantum of the Seas from Beijing, Tianjin, China Kitakyushu, Japan Cherry Blossoms
The 5 Night Kitakyushi & Sasebo Cruise from Beijing, Tianjin, China visits Kitakyushu, Japan; Sasebo, Japan; Beijing (Tianjin), China. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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5 Night Kitakyushi & Sasebo Cruise
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Explore Quantum of the Seas
Day 1 - Beijing (Tianjin), China
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Kitakyushu, Japan
Day 4 - Sasebo, Japan
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Beijing (Tianjin), China
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Kitakyushu, Japan Cherry Blossoms
Cherry blossoms in full bloom in Kitakyushu, Japan
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5 Night Kitakyushi & Sasebo Cruise

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Leaving from
Beijing (Tianjin), China
Onboard
Quantum of the Seas
Day Port
1
Beijing (Tianjin), China
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Cruising
Day at sea
3
Kitakyushu, Japan
From 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
4
Sasebo, Japan
From 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Beijing (Tianjin), China
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Quantum of the Seas

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Quantum of the Seas
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Quantum of  the Seas, Side View, China and Japan Destinations
Side View of Quantum of the Seas Cruise Ship Visiting Destinations in China and Japan
Get to know
Quantum of the Seas
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.

ADVENTURE FROM EVERY ANGLE

The first of its class, Quantum of the Seas® is real a game changer. Defy gravity on RipCord® by iFLY® — the first skydiving simulator at sea. Soak up 360 views 300 feet above deck in the North Star®. Practice riding waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator. And take in transformative entertainment at Two70®.

A CELEBRATION FOR YOUR SENSES

You'll find plenty onboard to tease your taste buds, like cocktails mixed by robotic bartenders at the Bionic Bar® and five courses of gourmet goodness at Chef's Table. Not to mention family-style favorites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated Mediterranean fare at Coastal Kitchen.

PUTTING THE SPECTACLE IN SPECTACULAR

Craving some futuristic sounds? Take in an epic fusion of music and innovation at Sonic Odyssey. Or dive into the mysteries of the sea in the spellbinding production, Starwater.

Day 1: Beijing, China

Day 1
Beijing
Tianjin, China
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Beijing, China Cityscape
View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
Things to do in
Beijing
Departs at 5:00 PM
The centuries have left a lasting impression on Tianjin, and it's waiting to be discovered. In this portside metropolitan area, you can climb a 1,400-year-old section of the Great Wall or wander through Jinmen Guli, the ancient cultural street, where you'll find shops selling traditional jade handicrafts and architecture dating back to the 1600s. Soak up the history at the Tianjin Museum, home to ancient cultural artifacts. Then, head to the Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park, which sits atop a former Soviet Russian aircraft carrier. Cruise to Beijing and take the 1.5-hour trip to nearby Beijing, where you can shop in 700-year-old Nan Luogu Xiang alley or the city's massive silk market.
Beijing, China Tianjin Eye
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.
Beijing, China Lantern Tianjin City
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.
Beijing, China Italian Church
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.
Beijing, China Steamed Buns
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.
Beijing, China Shopping
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: 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 FAVORITES
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 Helping Guest
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the 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: Kitakyushu, Japan

Day 3
Kitakyushu
Japan
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Kitakyushu, Japan Kokura Castle
View of Kokura Castle with water reflections and trees surrounding
Things to do in
Kitakyushu
From 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Steeped in historical beauty, Kitakyushu is an age-old gateway to the rest of Japan's Kyushu island. Formed in 1963 from the merger of five cities, you'll find Kitakyushu is both a sprawling metropolis and a picturesque portside city. Cruise to Kitakyushu and explore its industrial history in the eclectic old Mojiko Port, where the whimsical facades of century-old buildings are interwoven with the backdrop of the modern buildings. Get familiar with the island's cultural depth at Kokura Castle — see the classic Edo Period architecture with its sweeping white eaves, and stroll through the cherry blossoms that dot the castle grounds. Or stretch your legs in Kawachi Wisteria Garden, where you can walk through dreamy purple tunnels of carefully cultivated wisteria flowers.
Kitakyushu, Japan Purple Flowers Garden
The wisteria tunnel kawachi with a curtain of purple flowers flowing over in the Kawachi Fuji Garden in Kitakyushu, Japan

Purple Tunnels

In the mountainside Kitakyushu lies a private garden of purple flowers called Kawachi Wisteria Garden. Wander through seemingly endless tunnels of cultivated wisteria that shroud you in shades of purple. The most popular viewing season is late April to early May, but the gardens are also open for the fiery colors of autumn.
Insider tip
If you're going to the wisteria gardens, it's best to go with a tour and book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Kitakyushu, Japan Memorial Library
Kitakyushu international friendship memorial library in Mojiko retro town, Japan

Get Retro

In days of old, Mojiko port was a hub of commercial activity. When the port moved, buildings with historical significance were renovated and preserved in what today is called Mojiko Retro. Visit the striking red-brick Moji Customs Building, take a tour of the Kyushu Railway History Museum, or enjoy the view at the Mojiko Retro Observation Room.
Insider tip
You can easily get around via bus or train, as the whole city is connected.
Kitakyushu, Japan Kokura Castle Angled View
The Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu, Japan

Castle Calm

First built in 1602, Kokura Castle is famous for its Chinese-style tower and hand-built natural stone walls. The castle was rebuilt in 1959 and today houses a small museum, where you can see gold-leaf tiger paintings and or sit in a palanquin sedan chair that once belonged to Japanese royalty. Then, do some hanami (flower-viewing) in the gardens and visit the Shinto Kokura Yasaka shrine.
Insider tip
Japan is predominantly a cash-based society, so make sure you always have some cash on hand in case you need it.
Kochi, Japan Pufferfish Sashimi
Pufferfish Sashimi in a bowl served in Kitakyushu, Japan

Local Cuisine

Japanese chefs are some of the world's best when it comes to preparing seafood, and Kitakyushu is an ideal place to experience their skill. Pufferfish caught in the treacherous nearby seas of Kanmon Strait is said to be the best in all Japan — enjoy as sashimi or boiled in a hearty hot-pot at a fugu restaurant. Jump onboard a Kitakyushu cruise and try the favorite local snack karashi mentaiko, salty, spicy cod roe expertly pickled.
Kitakyushu, Japan Wooden Japanese Dolls
Traditional wooden japanese dolls sold in souvenir shops in Japan

Shopping

The best places to pick up souvenirs are in Mojiko Retro. If you are looking for a one-stop shop, head to Mojiko Retro Tourist Center. You'll find everything from sweets to signature crafts like Japanese wooden dolls. Mojiko Kaikyo Plaza has a collection of shops selling traditional music boxes and other trinkets.

Day 4: Sasebo, Japan

Day 4
Sasebo
Japan
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Sasebo, Japan Huis Ten Bosch Flower Garden
Colorful flower garden with European stlye building in the background at Huis Ten Bosch in Sasebo, Japan
Things to do in
Sasebo
From 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Centrally placed in the heart of the Nagasaki prefecture, Sasebo is a quaint, romantic town blessed by nature. Hike up Mount Ishidake to take in the scenery from Ishidake Observatory: In the distance, you'll see tiny emerald green islands nestled in the calm bay surrounded by mountain peaks. Stop by one of many festivals and celebrations that happen here throughout the year: Indulge in flavorful oysters during the winter-long oyster festival at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort, or dance with the locals in the yearly, city-wide Yosakoi Sasebo festival held in autumn. Cruise to Sasaebo, Japan and don't miss Huis Ten Bosch, a replica Dutch town with Netherlands-inspired theme park rides that reflects the Kyushu region's heritage as a cultural crossroads.
Sasebo, Japan Tenkaiho Observatory
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.
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.
Sasebo, Japan Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park
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.
Insider tip
In Japan, it's considered rude to walk and eat: Stop and finish your food first if you pick up a snack from a street vendor.
Sasebo, Japan Aquarium Jellyfish
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.
Insider tip
You can only draw local currency from international ATMs commonly located in 7-11 or Lawson stores.
Sasebo, Japan Chicken Nanban
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.
Sasebo, Japan Lacquer Ware
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.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Shrimp Wonton Soup - Izumi Restaurant
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.
FOR FOODIES
Jamie's Italian Meat and Cheese Charcuterie Plank
QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,

Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

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.
Wonderland Imaginative Cuisine Liquid Truffle Risotto
Liquid Truffle Risotto served at Wonderland

Wonderland

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.
Salmon Salad with Watercress - Izumi Restaurant
Salmon Salad bowl with Watercress served at Izumi, a fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of our best vacation cruise dining.

Izumi

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

Day 6: Beijing, China

Day 6
Beijing
Tianjin, China
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Beijing, China, Beihai Park
A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
Things to do in
Beijing
Arrives at 7:00 AM
The centuries have left a lasting impression on Tianjin, and it's waiting to be discovered. In this portside metropolitan area, you can climb a 1,400-year-old section of the Great Wall or wander through Jinmen Guli, the ancient cultural street, where you'll find shops selling traditional jade handicrafts and architecture dating back to the 1600s. Soak up the history at the Tianjin Museum, home to ancient cultural artifacts. Then, head to the Binhai Aircraft Carrier Theme Park, which sits atop a former Soviet Russian aircraft carrier. Cruise to Beijing and take the 1.5-hour trip to nearby Beijing, where you can shop in 700-year-old Nan Luogu Xiang alley or the city's massive silk market.
Beijing, China Tianjin Eye
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.
Beijing, China Lantern Tianjin City
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.
Beijing, China Italian Church
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.
Beijing, China Steamed Buns
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.
Beijing, China Shopping
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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