8 Night Russia & Japan Cruise on Spectrum of the Seas from Shanghai, Baoshan, China Fukuoka, Japan Red Bridge Shrine
The 8 Night Russia & Japan Cruise from Shanghai, Baoshan, China visits Vladivostok, Russia; Kyoto (Maizuru), Japan; Fukuoka, 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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8 Night Russia & Japan Cruise
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Explore Spectrum of the Seas
Day 1 - Shanghai (Baoshan), China
Day 2 - 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Vladivostok, Russia
Day 5 - Cruising
Day 6 - Kyoto (Maizuru), Japan
Day 7 - Fukuoka, Japan
Day 8 - Cruising
Day 9 - Shanghai (Baoshan), China
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Fukuoka, Japan Red Bridge Shrine
A red bridge over a water canal at the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Fukuoka, Japan
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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 - 3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Vladivostok, Russia
From 3:00 AM - 8:00 PM
5
Cruising
Day at sea
6
Kyoto (Maizuru), Japan
From 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7
Fukuoka, Japan
From 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
8
Cruising
Day at sea
9
Shanghai (Baoshan), China
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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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.

INCREDIBLE SUITES

Redefining the cruising experience one room at a time. Our staterooms are an alluring escape from the non-stop action our cruise ships are known for. From our spectacular views to our deluxe amenities, a stay with us is like nothing at sea. Discover the true meaning of exclusivity in the Suite Club, a lavish oasis encompassing private dining rooms, lounges and an upscale Solarium. Our Gold Suite guests also have access to The Balcony, a private outdoor space offering the best views of the sunset, and The Boutique, which can be reserved for private shopping, tea ceremonies, and more.

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 <em>longjing </em>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 <em>renminbi</em> (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 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.
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 - 3: Cruising

Day 2 - 3
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 Pool Deck Aerial
North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship

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 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.
SeaPlex Arcade
Xbox One Consoles at the SeaPlex Arcade

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 4: Vladivostok, Russia

Day 4
Vladivostok
Russia
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Vladivostok, Russia Zolotoy Golden Bridge
The Zolotoy Golden Bridge, a cable bridge crossing the Zolotoy Rog in Vladivostok, Russia
Things to do in
Vladivostok
From 3:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Though not as well-known as Moscow or St. Petersburg, Russia's far-eastern city of Vladivostok is full of charm and unique culture. Stroll along the Vladivostok Embankment, the city's waterfront walkway where you can catch a glimpse of the fountain at its central point lit up in blue and green.
Vladivostok, Russia Abandoned Gun Battery
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, a famous Russian explorer.
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.
Vladivostok, Russia Oceanarium
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 twice per day.
Insider tip
Head back to the port well in advance of your departure time — traffic delays are common here.
Vladivostok, Russia Glass Bay
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 Far East sea. During your Russia cruise, take a walk along nearby Glass Beach, where eroded glass deposited over years has become multicolored stones on the shoreline.
Vladivostok, Russia Pan-Asian Cuisine
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.
Vladivostok, Russia Tableware
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 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 lemongrass.

Day 5: Cruising

Day 5
Cruising
At Sea
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Chops Grille Dinner Table Dishes
A top-down view of a couple enjoying dinner dishes at Chops Grille on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
FOR FOODIES
Grilled NY-Strip Steak -  Chops Grille
12 oz Grilled NY-Strip Steak served at the fine dining steakhouse, Chops Grille. One of the best cruise line restaurants.

Chops Grille

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: Kyoto, Japan

Day 6
Kyoto
Maizuru, Japan
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Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Orange Column Entrance Tori Gates
The orange or red column entrance for the Tori Gates in Kyoto, Japan
Things to do in
Kyoto
From 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The gentle seaside city of Maizuru will win you over with its quaint collection of mountainside temples, pristine beaches and historical museums. Cruise to Kyoto and check out Maizuru Red Brick Park, a series of warehouses that today serve as a museum, and be transported to a Cold War-era spy thriller. See the nearby Amanohashidate sandbar, a 3-kilometer-long isthmus that connects the bay in a picturesque stretch of white sand and pine trees. Or head into central Kyoto, about a 90-minute drive from port — walk among the red torii gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, or climb to the top of Kyoto Tower for the area's best views.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Brick Museum
Maizuru's World Brick Museum Exterior View

Brick and Mortar

Because Maizuru was a naval base, many buildings were built with striking red brick instead of traditional wood. Learn exactly how brick transformed this little seaside town at the Maizuru Brick Park. Don't forget to take a peek at the nearby naval ships floating casually in the bay.
Insider tip
Maizuru is quite spread out, so keep an eye on the time to make sure you make it back for departure.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Mountain View
A mountain view of Kyoto's cityscape

Winding to the Heavens

The road to the Goro Sky Tower is almost as beautiful as the view from the tower itself. Winding up the side of a mountain, you'll find yourself surrounded by never-ending peaks and the vast blue ocean. From the tower, things get even better with an uninterrupted 360-degree view of the sea and the mountains.
Insider tip
Hiring a taxi or taking a tour for the day will let you see as many sights as possible.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Bridge Across Beach
A bridge crossing the beach with temples on either side filled with trees

Sandbar Stopover

Amanohashidate, translated as "Bridge in Heaven," is a picturesque sandbar stretching across the mouth of Miyazu Bay. With temples on either side, you can walk its length and enjoy the fine white sand. At the nearby Kitahama beach, the unique sand squeaks and sings as you step on it.
Insider tip
Tipping and haggling are not practiced in Japan — what you see is what you pay.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Shojin Ryori Vegetables
Traditional shojin ryori japanese vegetables

Local Cuisine

Try a shojin ryori, a vegetarian set menu of seasonal Japanese vegetables and tofu. If vegetarian food isn't your thing, the Maizuru Port Toretore Center has the freshest fish available in the whole of Kyoto. Be sure to try whatever fish is in season during your visit to Kyoto.
Kyoto, Maizuru, Japan Colorful Kimonos
A rack of colorful kimonos for sale in Kyoto, Japan

Shopping

Pick up packets of Japanese seaweed snacks or dried fish at the Maixuru Port Toretore Center. For an unforgettable fashion experience, head inland to the Nishijin Textile center. You'll be treated to an array of brightly colored kimono and cloth imprinted with traditional floral designs.

Day 7: Fukuoka, Japan

Day 7
Fukuoka
Japan
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Fukuoka, Japan Giant Buddha Temple
Tocho-ji temple or Fukuoka Giant Buddha temple in Fukuoka, Japan
Things to do in
Fukuoka
From 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Fukuoka, on the northern shore of Japan's Kyushu Island, is known for ancient temples and beautiful beaches. Explore the 17th-century ruins of Fukuoka Castle in Maizuru Park. Then head to the central Hakata district, home to Tocho-ji Temple, where a 10-meter wooden Buddha sits. Cruise to Fukuoka and dive deeper into history at the Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, with displays on daily life in the Meiji and Taisho eras. Slurp ramen noodles in rich tonkotsu broth at one of the city's yatai (outdoor food stalls), then walk it off with a stroll along the winding canals. Pop into Shofukuji Zen temple for some quiet reflection. Or embrace the bustle instead and head to Canal City Hakata, one of Japan's largest shopping complexes.
Fukuoka, Japan Tower
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.
Insider tip
There's no tipping in Japan, but there is a blanket 8 percent sales tax. Look for tax-free sales promotions.
Fukuoka, Japan Temple Hakata
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.
Insider tip
Smaller restaurants, cafes and yatai stands may not accept credit cards, so have enough yen cash on hand.
Fukuoka, Japan Main Hall Shrine
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.
Fukuoka, Japan Ramen Noodles
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.
Fukuoka, Japan Ceramic Japanese Dolls
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.

Day 8: Cruising

Day 8
Cruising
At Sea
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Two 70 Bar View
Two 70 Virtual Concert "Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns"
SHOW STOPPERS
Two70 Virtual Concert Music Hall
Two70 Virtual Concert "Santa Fe & the Fat City Horns"

Two70®

By day, it's an open area living room with panoramic views through windows two decks high. By night, the lights go down, the windows become screens and the space comes alive with aerialists, robots and much more. This is Two70® — a place that can take you anyplace.
Symphony of the Seas Bionic Bar Woman Picking Drinks
Bionic Bar Woman Picking a Cocktail

Bionic Bar®

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: Shanghai, China

Day 9
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 <em>longjing </em>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 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.
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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