Price from

$3,428pp*

Duration

16 Days

Departs Melbourne

15 Oct, 2019

Amazing Value

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China, Taiwan & Vietnam with Princess

This round trip from Tokyo, will see you spend 16 glorious days on board the Diamond Princess discovering 7 ports of call in China, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Highlights include:

  • Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan – Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866. Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It’s a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza – an international shopping mecca – stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the “Eastern Capital,” to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the “Western Capital.”
  • Kagoshima, Japan – From the 12th century to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Kagoshima was the chief stronghold of the mighty Shimazu clan. The city lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. The area is also rich in modern Japanese history: Saigo Takamori and the Satsuma samurai were leaders of the Meiji Restoration that toppled the shogun and restored the Emperor to power in 1868. In 1877, dissatisfied with the direction of the new government, Saigo led the Satsuma Rebellion, which ended in his death and the final defeat of the samurai. The symbol of Kagoshima is Sakura Jima – the volcanic island that sits just offshore. The volcano has erupted over 30 times in recorded history.
  • Xiamen, China – Xiamen and Quanzhou were Imperial China’s great windows on the world – seaports where merchants from faraway lands came to trade for the fabulous wealth of the East. Xiamen is perhaps better known to Westerners as Amoy – and it was here that Portuguese traders first made contact with Ming Dynasty China in 1541. In the centuries that followed, Xiamen became the chief export port for tea. Today the city remains an important economic powerhouse to the People’s Republic, which declared Xiamen one of the first of the country’s Special Economic Zones in the 1980s. More importantly to the traveler, the city was also recently selected as the People’s Republic second most suitable city for living. The West’s insatiable demand for tea, silk and porcelain – and the drain in gold and silver on Europe’s balance of payments – led to the Opium Wars of the 19th century. Xiamen was ceded to the West as one of the “Five Treaty Ports” wrested from China after the First Opium War.
  • Da Nang/Hue (Chan May),Vietnam – The port of Chan May is located halfway between two historic and important cities: Da Nang and Hue. At the height of the Vietnam War, Da Nang was America’s major strategic base. And the 1968 Tet Offensive marked a major turning point in that conflict – particularly in the bitter fighting for control of the old imperial capital. But that was nearly four decades ago. Today Hue is a World Heritage Site. Visitors will long remember its imposing Imperial Citadel and the serene harmony of the Thien Mu Pagoda. Marble Mountain Beach, where American marines stormed ashore in 1965, is now an internationally renowned resort. The surrounding coast is lined with superb white-sand beaches. Vietnam’s major cultural attractions are within an easy drive.
  • Cai Lan-Halong Bay, Vietnam – The deepwater port of Cai Lan is your gateway to the splendors of North Vietnam. Nearby Halong Bay is one of the world’s extraordinary scenic wonders. This World Heritage Site boasts a calm bay studded with over 3,000 dramatic limestone islands, islets and rock formations. Visitors to Cai Lan can also venture up the Red River to fabled Hanoi, the “Pearl of the North.” Today, with memories of the Vietnam War fading, the city impresses with its splendid colonial architecture, ancient temples, superb parks and myriad lakes. It’s little wonder that Northern Vietnam remains one of Asia’s most popular vacation destinations. The limestone islands in Halong Bay are riddled with caves. The French who once ruled Vietnam called Go Dao Cave the Grotte de Merveilles, the grotto of marvels. Of course, they left their graffiti among the astounding assortment of stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Hong Kong, China – Skyscrapers form a glistening forest of steel and glass, junks and sampans ply the busy harbor waters, and the green, dragon-crested hills of Kowloon beckon. Welcome to Hong Kong, one of the world’s great travel destinations. Now a semi-autonomous region of China, Hong Kong – literally “Fragrant Harbor” – has lost none of its charm, excitement or exoticism. Modern skyscrapers and luxury hotels climb the slopes of Hong Kong Island. Narrow streets are crammed with noodle vendors, fortunetellers and bonesetters. The endless array of shops offer the visitor everything from hand-tailored suits and ancient porcelain to the latest consumer electronics. And everywhere more than seven million people are moving at a breathtaking pace in one of the world’s great monuments to capitalism, commerce and enterprise.
    The former Crown Colony has enough attractions to last a lifetime. To take in the entire spectacle, head to Victoria Peak for panoramic views. Enjoy lunch on one of the city’s floating restaurants. Walk down one of the crowded streets to take the city’s rapid pulse. And whether you think you are in the mood or not – shop. After all, you are in the duty-free capital of the world.
  • Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan – The oldest Chinese reference to Taiwan dates back to the Han Dynasty in the 3rd century B.C. However, it wasn’t until the 17th century A.D. that Chinese Hakka traders first settled on the island. These bold merchants were soon followed by European and Asian adventurers seeking to control and colonize the strategic island. The most famous migration of all occurred in 1948, when the government of the Republic of China fled the mainland. Taipei is Taiwan’s capital city and one of the world’s most important commercial centers. Despite its turbulent history, Taiwan today boasts an economy that is the envy of the world. Modern Taiwan is a world leader in the production of bicycles, computer chips, plastics, chemicals and computer notebooks. Taipei is a sophisticated modern metropolis that has not forgotten its rich traditional past. The port of Keelung is your gateway to Taiwan. Visit the bustling city of Taipei and other interesting areas surrounding on this fascinating island in the East China Sea.
  • Okinawa, Japan – The largest island in the Ryukyu Archipelago, Okinawa has been a center of trade and a source for conflict through its history. The island has been an independent kingdom, the feudal possession of a Japanese daimyo and a prefecture of Japan following the Meiji Restoration of 1866. Okinawa was the scene of bitter fighting during the closing days of World War II. Over 100,000 civilians perished and the island was left in ruins. A US military possession, Okinawa returned to Japanese rule in 1972. Naha is the island’s largest city and the capital of Okinawa Prefecture. Okinawa is the birthplace of karate. One of the world’s most popular martial arts, karate is a fusion of Chinese kung fu and traditional island martial arts.

DIAMOND PRINCESS®

Diamond Princess is a treasure trove of exceptional delights waiting to be discovered. Dine on freshly prepared sashimi in Kai Sushi, watch street performers in the dazzling Atrium, or take in a lavish production show in our state-of-the-art theater. And for a unique treat visit the Izumi Japanese Bath, the largest of its kind at sea.

  • Last Refurbished: March 2014
  • Guest Capacity: 2,670 lower berths
  • Number of Crew: 1,100
  • Tonnage: 115,875

 

DINING

Passionate about our culinary craft, we’re committed to serving you mouthwatering, handcrafted dishes made from scratch throughout your voyage. Be sure to join us at one of our award-winning specialty restaurants to celebrate your next birthday, anniversary or milestone and enjoy tantalizing specialties.

  • Crafted by Curtis Stone (dining room dishes)
  • Chef’s Table Experience^
  • Chocolate Journeys℠
  • Kai Sushi (specialty restaurant)^
  • Sabatini’s℠ (Italian specialty restaurant)^

^Nominal charges may apply.

ACTIVITIES

Each day, a world of exciting activities awaits, from cooking demonstrations to dance classes, trivia contests and a range of enrichment programs, including our Encounters with Discovery at SEA™ speaker series from experts who offer insights into the places you’ll visit.

  • Discovery at SEA™ Programs
  • Festivals of the World
  • Shops of Princess
  • Art Gallery & Auctions
  • Photo & Video Gallery
  • Platinum Photography Studio
  • Freshwater Pools & Hot Tubs
  • Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Princess Links (putting course)

ENTERTAINMENT

There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.

  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Original Musical Productions
  • Music & Dancing
  • Vegas-style Casino
  • Featured Guest Entertainers
  • Princess Theater
  • Churchill’s (cigar lounge)
  • Club Fusion (dance club)
  • Skywalkers Nightclub
  • Crooners Bar

JOYFUL REJUVENATION

Everything you need to refresh body and mind is right on board. Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or a makeover in the salon, or a soothing massage in the Lotus Spa®. Or maybe it’s a brisk workout in the fitness center, followed by a little “me time” in The Sanctuary, a tranquil retreat reserved just for adults.

  • SLEEP by Princess
  • The Sanctuary (retreat for adults)^
  • Lotus Spa®^
  • Lotus Spa® Fitness Center
  • IZUMI Japanese Bath^
  • Conservatory^
  • Fitness Classes^

^Nominal charges may apply.

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