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Hong Kong , China | Hiroshima , Japan | Kobe , Japan | Kobe , Japan | Kyoto (Osaka) , Japan | Kochi , Japan | Hong Kong , China

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WAKE UP AND WANDER

Voyager of the Seas® has plenty of surprises to fill your wandering with wonder. Onboard you'll find junkanoo-jamming parades on the Promenade, Far East flavors at Izumi, and thrills on every deck, from wave riding on the FlowRider® surf simulator to late night spins around the ice-skating rink.

DAG 1 - Avreisedato

Hong Kong, China

AVREISE:
6:00 PM

SHOULDA, WOULDA, BUDDHA

After you arrive at Hong Kong's airport on Lantau Island, see the enormous Tian Tan Buddha, measuring 112 feet tall and weighing over 200 tons. Then, take a harbor cruise to get your bearings and see Hong Kong's modern architecture. Later, slurp noodles at the Temple Street Night Market. If you have an extra day, head out to Dragon's Back portion of the Hong Kong Trail for some scenic hiking among mist-covered peaks.

A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Ferris wheel and skyscrapers during the day in Hong Kong, China
View from a mountain top looking down at the Hong Kong skyline

After you arrive at Hong Kong's airport on Lantau Island, see the enormous Tian Tan Buddha, measuring 112 feet tall and weighing over 200 tons. Then, take a harbor cruise to get your bearings and see Hong Kong's modern architecture. Later, slurp noodles at the Temple Street Night Market. If you have an extra day, head out to Dragon's Back portion of the Hong Kong Trail for some scenic hiking among mist-covered peaks.

A red bridge leading to a temple Chinese architecture in a garden in Hong Kong, China
Ferris wheel and skyscrapers during the day in Hong Kong, China
View from a mountain top looking down at the Hong Kong skyline
Things To Do

in Hong Kong

The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.

Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.

Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.

Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.

Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China

Shopping

Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

DAG 2 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Family Playing Mini Golf Onboard
Girl Climbing the Rock Wall while Parents Watch

Things to Do

DAG 3 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Hamburgers on the Boardwalk

Romaine lettuce tossed with radicchio, herb croutons and cheese. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table Italian restaurant.
Hamburgers on the Boardwalk

Things to Do

DAG 4 - DOKKET

Hiroshima, Japan

ANKOMMER:
1:00 PM
AVREISE:
9:00 PM
A TEMPLE

TO HISTORY

Don't miss Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park — learn more about that fateful day in 1945, or take in the contemplative feel of the park's simple, austere monuments like the Peace Flame and Cenotaph. Hop on the tram system to explore more: Check out the traditional Japanese architecture of moat-surrounded Hiroshima Castle. Or stroll through Shukkei-en, a traditional Japanese-style garden that dates back to 1620 during the Edo Period.

Floating shrine over the water in Hiroshima, Japan
The entrance of the Hiroshima castle with the reflection on the lake
Views of Hiroshima with lush Spring landscape

Don't miss Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park — learn more about that fateful day in 1945, or take in the contemplative feel of the park's simple, austere monuments like the Peace Flame and Cenotaph. Hop on the tram system to explore more: Check out the traditional Japanese architecture of moat-surrounded Hiroshima Castle. Or stroll through Shukkei-en, a traditional Japanese-style garden that dates back to 1620 during the Edo Period.

Floating shrine over the water in Hiroshima, Japan
The entrance of the Hiroshima castle with the reflection on the lake
Views of Hiroshima with lush Spring landscape
Things To Do

in Hiroshima

Tori gate of Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan

Shrine on the Sea

Miyajima Island is home to one of the most photographed sights in Japan: Itsukushima Shrine. The buildings of the revered shrine float mysteriously on top the water at high tide, and a single blood-orange torii gate appears marooned in the Seto Inland Sea. Mt. Mizen provides a spectacular view as you approach the treasured island via high-speed ferry.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in Japan

Homage to History

Hiroshima has rebuilt and recovered since it became the first city in the world to be hit by an atomic bomb in 1945. Today, the Peace Memorial Museum recounts the somber history of the event. Outside, the Peace Memorial Park is dedicated to the joy of life and holds simple, commemorative monuments like the Peace Flame and Memorial Cenotaph.

Hiroshima Castle in Hiroshima, Japan

Classic Castle

Hiroshima Castle is a classic example of traditional Japanese archictecture. First constructed in 1589 by a feudal lord, it was rebuilt in the 1950s retaining its original style. Check out the moat that surrounds the castle, head to the top floor for views of the city, or see the museum within that houses samurai arifacts.

Japenese style pancakes known as Okonomiyaki drizzled with sauce

Local Cuisine

Hiroshima is famous for its take on the traditional dish okonomiyaki. Also called Japanese pizza, this comfort food is a mix of flour, cabbage, egg and meat — but this city takes it to a new level by frying it all on top of a delicious pile of noodles. If you're looking for something a little lighter during your cruise, try grilled oysters from Hiroshima Bay.

Colorful kimonos on a rack of clothing found shopping in Hiroshima, Japan

Shopping

As one of the largest regional shopping arcades, Hiroshima Hondori Shopping Arcade is the perfect place to pick up some keepsakes. Jump onboard a Japan cruise and pick up the latest fashion prints or indulge in beautiful ceramics and lacquerware. You can even explore traditional Japanese clothes shops and pick up a decorative kimono.

DAG 5 - DOKKET

Kobe, Japan

ANKOMMER:
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.

DAG 6 - DOKKET

Kobe, Japan

AVREISE:
5:00 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.

DAG 7 - DOKKET

Kyoto (Osaka), Japan

ANKOMMER:
9:00 AM
AVREISE:
7:00 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.

DAG 8 - DOKKET

Kochi, Japan

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM
AVREISE:
3:00 PM
TEMPLES, TOWELS

AND TATAKAI

Kochi is a friendly city with a wealth of cultural, historical and natural heritage waiting to be explored. Snap your holiday photos at the postcard-perfect Katsurahama Beach, where azure waters break against pagoda-topped cliffs. Check out historic Kochi Castle, and snap a picture of the city and the cherry blossom-flecked landscape below. Or walk through Chikurinji Shrine and its grounds full of Buddha statues and Japanese-style gardens.

Katsurahama beach with a tree in Kochi, Japan
A small red shrine on the point of Katsurahama beach in Kochi, Japan
Calm and flat stream with a view of the mountain reflected on the water in the Shimanto River in Kochi, Japan

Kochi is a friendly city with a wealth of cultural, historical and natural heritage waiting to be explored. Snap your holiday photos at the postcard-perfect Katsurahama Beach, where azure waters break against pagoda-topped cliffs. Check out historic Kochi Castle, and snap a picture of the city and the cherry blossom-flecked landscape below. Or walk through Chikurinji Shrine and its grounds full of Buddha statues and Japanese-style gardens.

Katsurahama beach with a tree in Kochi, Japan
A small red shrine on the point of Katsurahama beach in Kochi, Japan
Calm and flat stream with a view of the mountain reflected on the water in the Shimanto River in Kochi, Japan
Things To Do

in Kochi

The statue of Sakamoto in the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum in Kochi, Japan

Peace on the Pacific

A bronze statue of Sakamoto Ryoma — an Edo-period patriot who brought about the Meiji Restoration — peacefully overlooks the blue Pacific ocean from the picturesque Katsurahama Beach. Although you can't swim here (the currents are too strong), you can wander the shore and visit the nearby Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum.

The Kochi castle in Kochi, Japan

Feudal Fortress

Unlike most castles in Japan, Kochi Castle is an original and not a restoration. One of 12 castles that survived the feudal period, its historical significance radiates from the walls built in 1601. The castle is a short bus ride or 25-minute walk from the main city station, and it offers of a panoramic view of the city and landscape from its top level.

Asao, also known as a low water crossing with a bridge over it in Kochi, Japan

River Blues

An hour outside of Kochi city center, Niyodo river has the cleanest, clearest blue water you've ever seen. Around 124 kilometers long, its startlingly transparent waters consistently rank among the purest in Japan. Cruise to Kochi and experience the waters on a yakatabune, a traditional Japanese houseboat, or walk through the cool valley.

Lightly roasted bochi is a local cuisine in Kochi, Japan

Local Cuisine

In Kochi, freshly caught bonito fish are expertly filleted, wrapped in straw and seared over white-hot coals. The seared fish are gently sliced into sashimi and served with a salt or citrus dressing. Called tatakai, this dish is best enjoyed at one of the food stalls of Hirome Ichiba marketplace.

Various necklaces made out of red coral is typical jewelry of Kochi, Japan

Shopping

Escape the summer heat or rain by walking through the covered Obiyamachi Ichibangai Shopping Street. With everything from food to delicate trinkets, it's a great place to pick up some keepsakes. The street leads to Harimayabashi Shopping Street, which eventually takes you to to the Kochi Castle. Keep an eye out for coral jewelry during your Kochi cruise: About 80 percent of Japan's coral artifact producers are located in Kochi.

DAG 9 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

SUN DRENCHED DAYS

Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Man Doing Air Trick on Flowrider
Guests Enjoying the Solarium

Things to Do

DAG 10 - TIL SJØS

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performers dancing on stage for the Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas
Performers on Stage during the Music in Pictures Cruise Show on Voyager of the Seas

Performers dancing on stage for the Rhythm and Rhyme Cruise Show on Grandeur of the Seas
Performers on Stage during the Music in Pictures Cruise Show on Voyager of the Seas

Things to Do

DAG 11 - Ankomstdato

Hong Kong, China

ANKOMMER:
7:00 AM

ASIA'S URBAN HEARTBEAT

Before leaving Hong Kong, pop over to the island of Macau — you'll need to bring your passport but not a Chinese visa. Check out the island's Vegas-style casinos like the Grand Lisboa, one of the oldest. Inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino, see singing gondoliers and do some shopping. Stroll through Senado Square and the narrow surrounding streets and grab a Portuguese egg tart, the iconic Macau brunch food.

The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
The Golden Pagoda of Nan Lian garden in Hong Kong
Lanterns hanging at the Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong

Before leaving Hong Kong, pop over to the island of Macau — you'll need to bring your passport but not a Chinese visa. Check out the island's Vegas-style casinos like the Grand Lisboa, one of the oldest. Inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino, see singing gondoliers and do some shopping. Stroll through Senado Square and the narrow surrounding streets and grab a Portuguese egg tart, the iconic Macau brunch food.

The Giant Buddha Monastery in Hong Kong, Lantau Island
The Golden Pagoda of Nan Lian garden in Hong Kong
Lanterns hanging at the Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong
Things To Do

in Hong Kong

The Victoria peak tram arriving at a station overlooking the skyline in Hong Kong, China

Peek From the Peak

The Peak Tram takes you up to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong's 1,800-foot-high mountain. Less expensive buses will get you there, too. Once you're up top, admire the views over the city from the hiking trails. The Peak also offers an escape from the subtropical climate below — the air here is cooler and less humid.

Boats out on the harbor alongside a rocky coast in Hong Kong

Scenic Ride to Stanley

Stanley Harbour, on the other side of Hong Kong Island, will give you a taste of a different Hong Kong. It's a fishing village on Repulse Bay with a lovely seaside walk (snap some photos of the fishing boats) as well as a famous street market. There's lots of British history, a boardwalk and even a few beaches. You can take the bus from Central for a scenic trip, though the express bus is faster.

Tourist sailboat crosses Victoria Harbour to the Hong Kong Island with skyscrapers in the background

Out on the Harbor

Use an Octopus card for a ride on Hong Kong's iconic Star Ferry for inexpensive views of Hong Kong's harbor. The tour makes a scenic circular route between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, stopping at three piers. Skyscrapers are everywhere, but look closely for the smaller Golden Bauhinia near the Wan Chai Pier, a golden flower statue where the handover of Hong Kong took place in 1997.

Delicious array of dim sum in bamboo steamers in Hong Kong, China

Local Cuisine

Hong Kong is famous for dim sum, a meal of bite-sized foods with various selections brought to your table. Traditionally eaten for brunch, you'll find it at other hours, too. Choose from steamed buns, dumplings or fried rolls filled with spinach, crab or chicken. You'll likely need to share a table — but then you'll have help deciding what to order. Restaurants with lots of locals are a sign of quality and good prices.

Traditional Jade necklaces sold in markets while souvenir shopping in Hong Kong, China

Shopping

Head to Causeway Bay for modern retail therapy: This stretch of Hong Kong is virtually covered in malls and shops. Central is the district to go to for upscale designer clothes, shoes and other items. But don't overlook the markets for local handicrafts during your Hong Kong cruise. Pick up an inexpensive but distinctive jade necklace or ornament, or look for poetry-inscribed paintings and bamboo handicrafts from the antique dealers on Cat Street.

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