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Beijing (Tianjin) , China | Nagasaki , Japan | Kumamoto , Japan | Fukuoka , Japan | Beijing (Tianjin) , China

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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.

DAG 1 - Avreisedato

Beijing (Tianjin), China

AVREISE:
5:00 PM
WALL-TO-WALL

ADVENTURE

One day is simply not enough in Tianjin and Beijing, so make sure to see some of the essential sights before your cruise departs. Cruise from Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China at Huangya Pass, located about an hour and a half from town. If you're an adventure junky, try climbing to the top of Widow's Peak, the highest point of this portion of the wall, and snap a few breathtaking photos.

View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
The great wall of China in Beijing
Tourists fill the grounds of the Taihedian Square in the Forbidden City in Beijing

One day is simply not enough in Tianjin and Beijing, so make sure to see some of the essential sights before your cruise departs. Cruise from Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China at Huangya Pass, located about an hour and a half from town. If you're an adventure junky, try climbing to the top of Widow's Peak, the highest point of this portion of the wall, and snap a few breathtaking photos.

View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
The great wall of China in Beijing
Tourists fill the grounds of the Taihedian Square in the Forbidden City in Beijing
Things To Do

in Beijing (Tianjin)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

DAG 2 - TIL SJØS

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

DAG 3 - DOKKET

Nagasaki, Japan

ANKOMMER:
10:00 AM
AVREISE:
8:00 PM
WHERE EAST

MEETS WEST

Explore the mix of east and west in Nagasaki: Start off your day at Oura Church, a Gothic-style church built in 1864 to harken back to Europe's Middle Ages. Then, visit Kofukuji Temple — dating back to 1620, it's the oldest of the Buddhist temples built by the community of Chinese merchants that lived here. Finish the day with a bird's-eye view of the city from the top of Mt. Inasa, and catch a glimpse of the sparkling sea.

The Shimabara castle in Nagasaki, Japan
Yellow lanterns lined up along the Megane bashi, or glass bridge, in Nagasaki, Japan
The Peace Statue of a man with his hands up while sitting found in the Nagasaki Peace Park in Japan

Explore the mix of east and west in Nagasaki: Start off your day at Oura Church, a Gothic-style church built in 1864 to harken back to Europe's Middle Ages. Then, visit Kofukuji Temple — dating back to 1620, it's the oldest of the Buddhist temples built by the community of Chinese merchants that lived here. Finish the day with a bird's-eye view of the city from the top of Mt. Inasa, and catch a glimpse of the sparkling sea.

The Shimabara castle in Nagasaki, Japan
Yellow lanterns lined up along the Megane bashi, or glass bridge, in Nagasaki, Japan
The Peace Statue of a man with his hands up while sitting found in the Nagasaki Peace Park in Japan
Things To Do

in Nagasaki

Hashima Island on the corner view from the sea in Nagasaki, Japan

Play James Bond

Just 20 kilometers from the shore of Nagasaki lies a mysterious, abandoned island. Commonly called Gunkanjima or Battleship Island, its derelict shores tell a story of coal mines and immigrants. On a guided tour, you can see the areas that famously appeared in the James Bond movie "Skyfall".

Glover Garden, nature and city view in Nagasaki, Japan

City of Firsts

Nagasaki is home to some of Japan's oldest structures. See the Spectacles Bridge built in 1643, it the oldest bridge in Japan. Then stop in at Oura Catholic Church, the first wooden Gothic church in the country, or see the island's oldest European-style house at the picturesque Glover Gardens.

View from Mt. Inasa in Nagasaki, Japan

View From Above

Mt. Inasa is the tallest mountain in Nagasaki and gives you a dazzling view over the city and the bay. At 333 meters high, you can see as far as the Goto Islands on a clear day. To get to the observation deck, hop on the ropeway up the mountainside.

Pork belly with boiled egg called Kakuni in Japan

Local Cuisine

Dine like royalty at a Shippoku Ryori restaurant. You'll be served shareable small plates that blend Japanese staples with influences from China and Europe. Sample kakuni, cubes of pork belly braised in a dashi broth flavored with umami-packed dried bonito fish. Cruise to Nagasaki to indulge in a Sasebo burger, typically topped with egg, bacon and Japanese mayo. For dessert, try the Portuguese-inspired castella, a fluffy vanilla sponge cake balanced with gentle sweetness.

A kimono under a purple umbrella

Shopping

Hamano-machi shopping district sells just about everything you can imagine. Pick up delicately patterned cotton and silks, or spring for a pair of unique, hand-carved chopsticks. Stop in at a fun 100 Yen store, where every item in the shop only costs 100 yen (less than a dollar).

DAG 4 - DOKKET

Kumamoto, Japan

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
5:00 PM
ADVENTURE IN

SAMURAI CITY

Kumamoto City proudly traces its roots to Japan's samurai age — see these roots on clear display at 15th-century Kumamoto Castle and its cherry-tree-covered grounds. Then, stroll through traditional Suizenji Garden, with its manicured trees and artificial mountain replicating Mount Fuji. Or head outside the city for a dose of nature and climb volcanic Mount Aso, the site of one of the world's largest volcanic calderas.

Green and bright landscape with views of the mountain in Kumamoto, Japan
The castle in Kumamoto, Japan
Empty rice farm with a small red house in the right corner in Kumamoto, Japan

Kumamoto City proudly traces its roots to Japan's samurai age — see these roots on clear display at 15th-century Kumamoto Castle and its cherry-tree-covered grounds. Then, stroll through traditional Suizenji Garden, with its manicured trees and artificial mountain replicating Mount Fuji. Or head outside the city for a dose of nature and climb volcanic Mount Aso, the site of one of the world's largest volcanic calderas.

Green and bright landscape with views of the mountain in Kumamoto, Japan
The castle in Kumamoto, Japan
Empty rice farm with a small red house in the right corner in Kumamoto, Japan
Things To Do

in Kumamoto

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

DAG 5 - DOKKET

Fukuoka, Japan

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
3:30 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.

DAG 6 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

QN, quantum, dynamic dining, Jamie''s Italian, cuisine, culinary image,
Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

Things to Do

DAG 7 - Ankomstdato

Beijing (Tianjin), China

ANKOMMER:
6:30 AM
WALL-TO-WALL

ADVENTURE

Before you leave Tianjin, be sure to see a portion of the Huangyaguan Great Wall or visit the Great Wall Museum in the center of town. Take some time to soak in the views at the Panshan Mountain Scenic Area. Then, grab a bullet train to Beijing, where most flights depart — see the astonishing Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex, where you can wander the Imperial Gardens and the historic Tiananmen, or Gate of Heavenly Peace.

A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
The financial district skyline in Beijing
The Suzhou market in Beijing, China

Before you leave Tianjin, be sure to see a portion of the Huangyaguan Great Wall or visit the Great Wall Museum in the center of town. Take some time to soak in the views at the Panshan Mountain Scenic Area. Then, grab a bullet train to Beijing, where most flights depart — see the astonishing Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex, where you can wander the Imperial Gardens and the historic Tiananmen, or Gate of Heavenly Peace.

A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
The financial district skyline in Beijing
The Suzhou market in Beijing, China
Things To Do

in Beijing (Tianjin)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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