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Shanghai (Baoshan) , China | Kobe , Japan | Kobe , Japan | Kyoto (Osaka) , Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Tokyo, Japan | Shanghai (Baoshan) , 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

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

Kobe, Japan

ARRIVES:
1:00 PM

SAY ‘KONNICHIWA’ TO KOBE

Kobe has a melting-pot cultural allure that reflects its origins as a 19th century port city. The city is also all about its world-famous beef, served up by humble street vendors and Michelin-starred chefs alike. Once you've taken in the mountain views and strolled the historic streets, passing mansions once owned by well-to-do foreign merchants, catch a train to Osaka and eat like a sumo wrestler.

View of the Suma Temple in Kobe, Japan surrounded by lush trees
A picturesque view of the Kobe, Japan skyline
The Himeji Castle in Kobe, Japan

Kobe has a melting-pot cultural allure that reflects its origins as a 19th century port city. The city is also all about its world-famous beef, served up by humble street vendors and Michelin-starred chefs alike. Once you've taken in the mountain views and strolled the historic streets, passing mansions once owned by well-to-do foreign merchants, catch a train to Osaka and eat like a sumo wrestler.

View of the Suma Temple in Kobe, Japan surrounded by lush trees
A picturesque view of the Kobe, Japan skyline
The Himeji Castle in Kobe, Japan
Things To Do

in Kobe

A Japanese hot spring bath

Get in Hot Water

Onsen — a hot spring bath — is a unique Japanese pastime that will get you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, and Arima Onsen is where you go to partake when in Kobe. Baths are filled with naturally occurring hot spring water, which locals claim has medicinal effects. Choose from day, half-day or spa packages, or sample a few different baths.

The Nunobiki Falls in Kobe, Japan

Hike the Heavens

The Nunobiki — or "Divine" — Falls are a natural wonder on the back of Mt. Rokko. A quick 15-minute walk will get you to the first of the four waterfalls — the biggest is a thundering 43 meters high. If walking isn't your thing, take the Shin-Kobe cable lift to the top. It takes you past all four falls and stops at the Nunobiki Herb Garden, where you can experience the colors and aromas of 200 different kinds of herbs and flowers.

An aerial view of the Historic Kitano District in Kobe, Japan

Go Mansion-Hunting

Got a taste for classic luxury? Kobe's Kitano-cho district contains more than a dozen ijinkan, historic mansions formerly owned by foreign merchants who settled here. Today, they're open to the public as museums. The England House, France House and Dutch Museum reflect the origins of their former owners, who brought European sensibilities to their new Asian home.

A chef slicing Kobe beef on a grill

Local Cuisine

There's only one city to go to if you want serious Kobe beef. Hang out with the locals at Nankingmachi Square, home to street-style Kobe beef a la carte. Want dinner and a show in one? Head to a teppanyaki restaurant, where your chef will cook your meal in front of you. If meat's not your thing, don't worry: Any steakhouse will also serve crunchy Yakiyasai (grilled vegetables) and Agedashi-dofu (crispy tofu with dipping sauce).

A traditional Japanese tea set

Shopping

To sample the freshest seafood Kobe has to offer with your Japan cruise, visit the Uonotana Fish Market, a wholesale marketplace boasting the day's catch. Later in the day, move on to the bustling Sannomiya shopping area, where streets are packed with stores selling everything from the latest fashions to traditional tea sets.

INSIDER TIP

You don't need to tip in Japan — save some cash (and an awkward moment) and only pay the amount of your bill.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Kobe, Japan

DEPARTS:
4:30 AM

SAY ‘KONNICHIWA’ TO KOBE

Kobe has a melting-pot cultural allure that reflects its origins as a 19th century port city. The city is also all about its world-famous beef, served up by humble street vendors and Michelin-starred chefs alike. Once you've taken in the mountain views and strolled the historic streets, passing mansions once owned by well-to-do foreign merchants, catch a train to Osaka and eat like a sumo wrestler.

View of the Suma Temple in Kobe, Japan surrounded by lush trees
A picturesque view of the Kobe, Japan skyline
The Himeji Castle in Kobe, Japan

Kobe has a melting-pot cultural allure that reflects its origins as a 19th century port city. The city is also all about its world-famous beef, served up by humble street vendors and Michelin-starred chefs alike. Once you've taken in the mountain views and strolled the historic streets, passing mansions once owned by well-to-do foreign merchants, catch a train to Osaka and eat like a sumo wrestler.

View of the Suma Temple in Kobe, Japan surrounded by lush trees
A picturesque view of the Kobe, Japan skyline
The Himeji Castle in Kobe, Japan
Things To Do

in Kobe

A Japanese hot spring bath

Get in Hot Water

Onsen — a hot spring bath — is a unique Japanese pastime that will get you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, and Arima Onsen is where you go to partake when in Kobe. Baths are filled with naturally occurring hot spring water, which locals claim has medicinal effects. Choose from day, half-day or spa packages, or sample a few different baths.

The Nunobiki Falls in Kobe, Japan

Hike the Heavens

The Nunobiki — or "Divine" — Falls are a natural wonder on the back of Mt. Rokko. A quick 15-minute walk will get you to the first of the four waterfalls — the biggest is a thundering 43 meters high. If walking isn't your thing, take the Shin-Kobe cable lift to the top. It takes you past all four falls and stops at the Nunobiki Herb Garden, where you can experience the colors and aromas of 200 different kinds of herbs and flowers.

An aerial view of the Historic Kitano District in Kobe, Japan

Go Mansion-Hunting

Got a taste for classic luxury? Kobe's Kitano-cho district contains more than a dozen ijinkan, historic mansions formerly owned by foreign merchants who settled here. Today, they're open to the public as museums. The England House, France House and Dutch Museum reflect the origins of their former owners, who brought European sensibilities to their new Asian home.

A chef slicing Kobe beef on a grill

Local Cuisine

There's only one city to go to if you want serious Kobe beef. Hang out with the locals at Nankingmachi Square, home to street-style Kobe beef a la carte. Want dinner and a show in one? Head to a teppanyaki restaurant, where your chef will cook your meal in front of you. If meat's not your thing, don't worry: Any steakhouse will also serve crunchy Yakiyasai (grilled vegetables) and Agedashi-dofu (crispy tofu with dipping sauce).

A traditional Japanese tea set

Shopping

To sample the freshest seafood Kobe has to offer with your Japan cruise, visit the Uonotana Fish Market, a wholesale marketplace boasting the day's catch. Later in the day, move on to the bustling Sannomiya shopping area, where streets are packed with stores selling everything from the latest fashions to traditional tea sets.

INSIDER TIP

You don't need to tip in Japan — save some cash (and an awkward moment) and only pay the amount of your bill.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Kyoto (Osaka), Japan

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM
A TASTE OF

OLD JAPAN

At once a modern metropolis and a bastion of traditional Japanese culture, Kyoto is home to more than 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines and 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After you take the 30-minute train journey from Osaka, see the iconic red gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Then, stroll through Nishiki Market and pick up yakitori grilled chicken for a snack, and take in a panoramic view of the city from Kyoto Tower.

The Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, Japan surrounded by pink flower trees
Beautiful Japanese red temple with a green pond and trees in Kyoto, Japan
A walking path through the bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan

At once a modern metropolis and a bastion of traditional Japanese culture, Kyoto is home to more than 1,600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shinto shrines and 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After you take the 30-minute train journey from Osaka, see the iconic red gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Then, stroll through Nishiki Market and pick up yakitori grilled chicken for a snack, and take in a panoramic view of the city from Kyoto Tower.

The Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, Japan surrounded by pink flower trees
Beautiful Japanese red temple with a green pond and trees in Kyoto, Japan
A walking path through the bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan
Things To Do

in Kyoto (Osaka)

The Kinkakuji Temple, also called the Golden Pavilion for its yellow-colored walls atop a pond in Kyoto, Japan

Golden Pavilion

A traveler's favorite for centuries and one of Japan's most famous sights, the gold-covered main hall of Kinkaku-ji temple seems to float between the sky and the pond of Kyoko-chi that it stands over. It was originally built in the 14th century as a villa for Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, a samurai lord. Snap photos while walking around Kyoko-chi, and see the temple from Sekka-tei Cottage — the view from here can't be beat.

A zen rock garden in the Ryoan Temple in Kyoto, Japan

Garden Without Plants

Not far from the Golden Pavilion, the Zen temple of Ryoan-ji is famed for its mysterious yet beautiful rock garden. This grouping of 15 rocks set in raked gravel is a delight to contemplate from the veranda of the Hojo, the residence of the temple's head priest. Walk around the tatami rooms, and admire the painted fusuma sliding doors. Don't miss the picturesque tsukubai stone washbasin with a bamboo pipe in the back — designed for the tea ceremony, it's inscribed with a Buddhist maxim saying one should be happy with what one already has.

The red Tori Gates pathway with tall red columns with Japanese letters written in black in Kyoto, Japan

Ten Thousand Gates

Beloved for its spectacular rows of red torii gates, this hilly, sprawling Shinto shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice and business; you'll see statues of his messenger, the fox, everywhere. During your visit to Osaka, take the four-kilometer path up the mountain and lose yourself in this vermilion wonderland — the number of gates totals around 10,000. Small restaurants along the paths sell kitsune udon noodle soup and inarizushi rice balls.

Kaiseki and traditional Japenese cuisine layed out on a table

Local Cuisine

As the kitchen for Japan's imperial court for centuries, Kyoto has a long tradition of excellent food. Get the full experience with Kyo-kaiseki-ryori, a multicourse meal of seasonal Kyoto cuisine: You'll be treated to many dishes made with exceptional attention to detail, including gently sashimi-style raw fish and vegetable dishes like turnips simmered in local water with white miso.

A kimono on a mannequin on the streets of Kyoto, Japan

Shopping

Head to the Kyoto Handicraft Center near Heian-jingu shrine for a wide selection of Kyoto crafts including ironware kettles, woodblock prints, Japanese dolls, lacquer ware, as well as kimono and yukata (lightweight summer kimono). Visitors can also try their hand at making handicrafts, such as painting folding fans.

INSIDER TIP

For popular sites like the Golden Pavilion, be sure to arrive as early as possible to beat the crowds.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Tokyo, Japan

ARRIVES:
1:30 PM

DAY 6 - DOCKED

Tokyo, Japan

DEPARTS:
11:00 PM

DAY 7 - 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 8 - 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 9 - 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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