5 Night Sasebo & Kumamoto Cruise on Spectrum of the Seas from Shanghai, Baoshan, China Kumamoto, Japan Garden Japanese Tree
The 5 Night Sasebo & Kumamoto Cruise from Shanghai, Baoshan, China visits Sasebo (Uragashira), Japan; Kumamoto, Japan; Shanghai (Baoshan), 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 Sasebo & Kumamoto Cruise
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Explore Spectrum of the Seas
Day 1 - Shanghai (Baoshan), China
Day 2 - Cruising
Day 3 - Sasebo (Uragashira), Japan
Day 4 - Kumamoto, 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 Sasebo & Kumamoto 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
Sasebo (Uragashira), Japan
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
4
Kumamoto, Japan
From 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Shanghai (Baoshan), China
Arrives at 7:00 AM
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Spectrum of the Seas
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.

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 300 feet above deck in the North Star®. And practice riding waves on the FlowRider® surf simulator.

BOLD FLAVORS

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

SPECTACULAR NIGHTS

Craving some futuristic sounds? Take in an epic fusion of music and innovation at the Two70® shows. Want a drink served by a robot? Get captivated by the groundbreaking technology every night.

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 neighborhood 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 B.C. 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 longjing 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 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.
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.
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 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.
Shanghai, China Yuyuan Garden Pavillion
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.
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 straws 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.
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 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.

Day 2: Cruising

Day 2
Cruising
At Sea
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Spectrum of the Seas Flowrider, Skypad, and Ripcord Activities
Spectrum of the Seas Flowrider, Skypad, and Ripcord Activities
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Quantum of the Seas, Bumper Cars
Buggy going Fast

Bumper Cars

Buckle up and take the wheel for nonstop fun on the only bumper cars at sea. Rush hour gets a thrilling spin at the largest indoor activity space ever to set sail — SeaPlex®.
Ripcord by iFly Instructor with a Kid
Boy Enjoying the iFly with Instructor

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.
Harmony of the Seas Splashaway Bay Girl Sliding and Landing on Water
Splashaway Bay Girl Sliding and Landing on Water

Splashaway Bay℠

The fun comes in gallons. This bigger, better kids aqua park features slides, water cannons, waterfalls and more. And when the drench bucket gets full, everyone gets wet.
Skypad Daytime Girl Jumping
Skypad Daytime Girl Jumping

Sky Pad®

Strap in, put on your virtual reality headset and soar high into the sky for gravity-defying fun at Sky Pad®. Whether you’re smashing candies in a sugar-coated world or traveling light years into the future — this brand-new bungee trampoline experience opens up a whole new universe of possibility.

Day 3: Sasebo, Japan

Day 3
Sasebo
Uragashira, Japan
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Japan 99 islands Aerial Sasebo Nagasaki
99 islands Aerial Sasebo Nagasaki
Things to do in
Sasebo
From 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Glide gently into the new port of Uragashira, set in the quiet city of Sasebo. Known as the second-largest city in the Nagasaki Prefecture, the city is peaceful and friendly with a laid-back countryside atmosphere. Famously home to the 99 islands, seaside shrines and one of Japan's most colorful tulip gardens, Sasebo is brimming with natural beauty. Currently a naval base for Japan and the U.S., English is commonly spoken and the fusion food is simply mouthwatering. Sasebo is a particularly popular winter destination for the season-long oyster festival held at the Kujukushima Pearl Sea Resort. Cruise to Sasebo and enjoy the delights of every spectacular season.
Japan 99 Islands Sasebo Nagasaki Bridge
99 Islands Sssebo Nagasaki Bridge

Three Observations

Sasebo is famous for its 99 islands, but there are surprisingly 208 total. Take a photo of them from every angle by going up to the top of three famous observation decks. Get as high as possible by climbing up the Tenkaiho observation tower stairs, go to leafy Ishidake Observatory for a slightly lower viewpoint or head to the quieter Yumihari Observatory for some prime selfie time.
Insider tip
Trains and public transportation are readily available, you just need Japanese yen to buy a ticket.
Japan Three Japanese Women in Kimonos
Three Japanese Women in Kimonos

A Shrine for Your Thoughts?

The shrines in and around Sasebo, visited by the locals, are home to many ceremonies and festivals. Near Huis Ten Bosch, visit the old Kasuga Shrine and the bigger Mijatake Shrine where you can pick up charms. Or head to the seaside and stop at the picturesque Awashima shrine, known for its stunning ocean pathway.
Insider tip
Trains and public transport are readily available, you just need Japanese yen to buy a ticket.
Japan 99 island Sasebo Nagasaki Flowers
99 island Sasebo Nagasaki Flowers

Peaceful Records

Built as a tribute to the victims of bombs in WWII, Uragashira Hikiage Peace Park and Memorial Museum is a celebration of peace. Learn Nagasaki and Sasebo's history while you walk through the small museum collection. The library holds the records of many Uragashira locals, and the children of survivors often come to see the monument and look for their family name.
Insider tip
Check if there are any festivals before you visit, as Sasebo has many throughout the year.
Japan Hamburger with Bacon and Fried Egg
Local Japanese Burger with Fried Egg

Local Cuisine

Try the crowd-pleasing Sasebo burger, usually topped off with bacon and a fried egg. Each restaurant will entice you with their own top-secret recipe. Indulge in the famous winter-long oyster festival and the traditional izakaya Sasaizumi Shimokyomachi Honten for a unique lunch of crystal squid sashimi and freshly caught fish.
Japanese Spinning Top
Local Shopping Japan Spinning Top

Shopping

Go to the Yonka-cho traditional shopping arcade where you'll find old stores selling all sorts of crafts and goodies for you to take home. Pick up a handmade Sasebo City spinning top (known as a Sasebo Koma) traditionally used by the nobility. To play, shout out a challenging "Ikinaga shoumon shoukurabe!" and see whose top spins the longest!

Day 4: Kumamoto, Japan

Day 4
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 - 5:00 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 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Spectrum of the Seas La Patisserie Exterior
Sitting Area Outside La Patisserie
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Spectrum of the Seas Sichuan Red
Sichuan Red Interior Sitting Area

Sichuan Red®

Savor an exotic tapestry of authentic spices and wow-worthy Asian-inspired flavors while feasting your eyes on endless views for the whole table at Sichuan Red®, Designed just for Spectrum of the Seas®, this is one game changing specialty dining experience foodies won’t want to miss.
Coffee and Tea Shop
Coffee and Tea Shop Peaceful Interior

Coffee & Tea Shop

This chic cafe serves up all your favorite hot and cold drinks, from original Chinese teas to classic coffee creations. Want the best of both worlds? Choose from a selection of trendy teas inspired by coffee-making culture — all paired with pastries from around the globe.
Spectrum of the Seas Teppanyaki Hibachi
Teppanyaki Hibachi Eating Stations

Teppanyaki

At Teppanyaki, expert chefs elevate cooking to a performance art form — and you’ve got front row seats to the show. Enjoy authentic Far East flavors prepared right at your table and served up with a sizzle, from succulent seafood to top-grade steaks seared to perfection.
Spectrum of the Seas Splashaway Cafe Interior
plashaway Cafe Interior with Swinging Colorful Chairs

Splashaway Café

Treat your little ones to a tasty snack-a-thon made just for them. Located right near the kids’ pool area, Splashaway Café is the perfect flip-flop-friendly spot to fuel up in between epic adventures onboard.

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 neighborhood 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 B.C. 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 longjing 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 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.
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 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.
Insider tip
Within the city, getting around by subway is cheap, easy and avoids surface-level traffic.
Shanghai, China Yuyuan Garden Pavillion
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.
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 straws 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.
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 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.

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