ESSENTIAL ASIA 

ESSENTIAL ASIA 

Kanazawa to Hong Kong

Sep 21, 2022 to Oct 2, 2022

11 Days

SeaDream Innovation

32225

Economic epicenters or lush panoramas, Asia is as diverse and compelling as it is vast. Visit Jeju-do, South Korea, for volcanic terrains and beautiful countryside. Explore the modern, urban landscape of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, before concluding your vacation admiring the iconic skyline of Hong Kong.

Date Ports of Call Arrive Depart
Sep 21, 2022 Kanazawa,
Japan
2 PM - 4 PM
(Embarkation)
Evening
Sep 22, 2022 Maizuru (Kyoto),
Japan
Early Morning Late Evening
Sep 23, 2022 Sakaiminato,
Japan
Morning Late Evening
Sep 24, 2022 Busan,
Korea, Republic Of
Morning Evening
Sep 25, 2022 Jeju-do,
Korea, Republic Of
Afternoon Overnight
Sep 26, 2022 Shanghai,
China
Evening
Sep 27, 2022 Shanghai,
China
Morning Evening
Sep 28, 2022 Putuo Shan,
China
Sep 29, 2022 At Sea,
Morning Evening
Sep 30, 2022 Xiamen,
China
Morning Evening
Oct 01, 2022 Hong Kong,
China
Afternoon Overnight
Oct 02, 2022 Hong Kong,
China
8 AM - 10 AM
(Disembarkation)

Ports

  • Kanazawa

    The Edo period in Japan was the age of shoguns and samurai, during which Kanazawa Castle, a typical Japanese fortress, was the seat of the powerful Maeda Clan. At the foot of the castle lies the Samurai district, where upper and middle-class warriors made their homes. A restored residence provides a peek into their lives. In the Higashi Chaya District, discover the country’s teahouse heritage. Also intriguing is the 16th century Ninja Temple. Billed as a place of worship, it garnered its sobriquet because of its cunning, hidden defenses. Gardens have long played an important role in Japanese culture. Kenrokuen is considered one of the best, with all the requisite features that make a perfect landscape, including spaciousness, seclusion, abundant water and expansive views. A wide variety of flowering trees provide a vista that changes by the season. Kanazawa also has a few modern surprises. The Museum of Contemporary Art features 21st century artists from around the globe, and its circular architecture does not include a main entrance. For a snack, don’t miss the trendy gold leaf-topped ice cream cone – yes, it is real gold.

  • Maizuru (Kyoto)

    Bordered by a shimmering bay to the north and by verdant mountains on every other side, the tucked-away port of Maizuru holds several nearly unknown treasures. Take in the lush panorama from the Goro Sky Tower, a utilitarian building that nevertheless offers some of the best views in the country. The city is headquarters to Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force and boasts an impressive array of military ships docked at port. You’ll learn Maizuru is also known for its production of red bricks in the early 20th century, evident in the handsome buildings dotting Akarenga Park, also home to the surprisingly engrossing World Brick Museum. You might venture inland to Kyoto, once Japan’s imperial capital and a place so rich in cultural treasures that it boasts the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites of any city worldwide. Among the many indelible sights, you’ll be awestruck by Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, and sprawling Nijo Castle, once home of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Should you remain in Maizuru, visit the extraordinary wooden temple of Kongoin, among the most revered in Japan and highly memorable for its three-tiered pagoda, a wonderfully graceful structure evocatively framed by the surrounding trees.

  • Sakaiminato

    Settled on a wide spit of land that separates the Sea of Japan from Lake Nakaumi, the compact town of Sakaiminato allows for easy exploration. Scattered around the streets, you’ll find a slew of curious sculptures depicting characters from the fertile mind of revered manga artist Shigeru Mizuki. Visit one of the city’s bustling hubs, the Nakaura Fish Market, to absorb the local atmosphere and for a look at the area’s coveted matsuba crabs. East of town rises Mount Daisen, hailed as one of Japan’s most beautiful mountains and accessible via well-marked hiking trails. To the west, the heavily fortified 17th-century Matsue Castle, also known as the Black Castle for its dark-colored roof tiles, is a superb example of Tokugawa dynasty multi-tiered architecture. Further on lies one of Japan’s most renowned Shinto temples, the Izumo Grand Shrine, an extraordinary complex of dark-wood buildings that have been named National Treasures of Japan. On Daikonshima Island, find inner peace at the gardens of Yushi-en, a maze of paths through exquisitely manicured grounds that truly capture the ineffable spirit of Japan.

  • Busan

    The seaport city of Busan is ideally situated amidst mountains, beaches and steaming hot springs. The Songdo marine cable car is perfect for a scenic overview; adventurous riders might want to try the cars with the clear glass floors. Glide over the bay for a mile, enjoying panoramas of leafy hillsides and rugged cliffs. Jagalchi fish market is a highlight if you don’t mind the scent of seafood. Vendors hawk just about every edible creature of the sea, many still alive and wiggling. Your own selection can be cooked and served right on the premises. For local color, don’t miss Gamcheon village. Once a slum, this quirky mountainside neighborhood now resembles a Lego village; a riot of color set against equally bright emerald hillsides. Busan’s religious sites are perfect for an escape into serenity. Mountaintop Beomeo Temple is cherished for its lush forest surroundings and lovely gardens. Destroyed and rebuilt many times since it was founded in 678 AD, its soothing atmosphere remains unchanged. Seokbul-sa is a hermitage covered in intricate figures carved into the stones of walls and structures. Intertwined dragons, Buddhas and bodhisattvas, and 32-foot-tall sculptures are certain to elicit a wow!

  • Jeju-do

    Jeju-do is rich in natural beauty, with subtropical forests, stunning beaches and appealing rural scenery. Mount Hallasan rises for 6,400 feet in its center and makes up the bulk of this volcanic island. It has not erupted in 5,000 years but that is recent enough for some geologists to consider it still active. Black, jagged lava rock is everywhere, used to construct the walls surrounding farms and fields, and the cottages that dot the country lanes. The world’s longest system of lava tube caves is also found here. Miles of trails of varying difficulty and landscapes are worthy of a hike and reveal magnificent views and inspiring natural settings. Along the coast, fishermen can be seen mending their nets and stocky stone figures with conical hats punctuate the shoreline – ancestors busily protecting the island from invasion. Female divers harvest shellfish, seaweed, and other marine life. These Haenyeo (sea women) are so important that there is a museum dedicated to them. Do not miss the superb local seafood.

  • Shanghai

    Shanghai is one of the largest cities in the world, with a population of 24 million, and is one of Asia’s major financial centers. It is a city with a long and colorful history, the center of many activities that helped to shape modern China. Today the emphasis is emphatically on the future, but nuggets of a traditional past do remain, including a 14th century temple dedicated to Confucius and the Ming Dynasty Yu Yuyuan, a classical Chinese garden. The maze of alleyways in old town still house fruit and vegetable stalls, but the century-old traditional stores of Nanjing Road, the main shopping street, are now lined with modern malls and designer boutiques. The Huangpu River bisects the city with strikingly different views on either side. Stroll along the Bund promenade and you will find a colonial era heritage: neoclassical customs houses and art deco banks. But across the river rises the unmistakably 21st century district of Pudong, home to an ever-growing forest of futuristic skyscrapers. Travel to the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower in a double-decker elevator moving at 23 feet per second. Take a five-minute sample ride on a levitating train that can travel at speeds up to 267 MPH and explore the World Financial Center known as “the bottle opener,” which contains a hotel, offices, shopping options and features a skywalk of transparent glass on the 100th floor.

  • Putuo Shan

    Zhoushan city is actually an archipelago whose islands are the peaks of submerged mountains rising steeply from the sea. The most celebrated of these is Mount Putuo, one of four mountains in China that are held sacred by Buddhists, this one known as a place of religious activity for millennia. Its striking mountain and sea views and lush, peaceful forest are the perfect setting for contemplation and devotion, especially appropriate as the island is said to be the abode of Guanyin, Buddhist Goddess of Mercy. Explore the three temples remaining from among the many that have risen here over the centuries. All are adorned with images of the goddess. She also appears in two towering statues, one, at 26 feet, is surrounded by 32 bodhisattvas in a variety of poses and costumes. A bodhisattva is an ordinary person who is approaching enlightenment (nirvana), but chooses instead to remain in human form and assist others in their quest. The latest addition to the display is the Nanhai Guanyin, built in 1998 and at 60 feet tall on a 42-foot foundation, makes it the tallest outdoor statue of Guanyin in Asia. Seek her guidance, and you may note that she leans slightly forward as if to listen carefully to your concerns. For natural sights don’t miss the waves splashing into Chaoyin Cave with a thunderous roar, and the One Hundred Steps Golden Beach.

  • At Sea

  • Xiamen

    Xiamen has been previously ranked China’s most romantic leisure city, but today it is more often referred to as the country’s “capital of cool,” a title based on its lively contemporary scene, sophisticated but laid-back atmosphere, rich musical and artistic heritage and its own special quirkiness. Its botanical garden is a nature lover’s paradise, abandoned warehouses have morphed into artist studios, and you can have a look the world’s longest elevated cycling path, the Xiamen Skyway, running for almost five miles at 16 feet above the ground. Make your way through narrow alleyways housing tiny shops filled with antiques and delicate ceramics; the one known as Cat Street sports life-sized kitty statues everywhere, on building facades and even telephone poles. Xiamen opened to foreign trade in the middle of the 19th century and retains a visible western influence best observed on the tiny offshore island of Gulangyu, a strictly pedestrian zone with its own major symphony orchestra and a long history of musical excellence and noted Chinese musicians. Many well-preserved old Chinese and western buildings remain. Visitors strolling the streets are often treated to the sound of melodies drifting out of open windows as the artists rehearse for performances.

  • Hong Kong

    The most striking visual aspect of Hong Kong is its skyscrapers, more than 300 of them. For the best view head to “The Peak,” traveling by tram up the steep slope. The panorama from the top – the busy harbor, forest of high-rises, and green hills beyond – is spectacular. The deep waters of Victoria Harbor that separate Hong Kong Island from Kowloon on the mainland are the reason for Hong Kong’s success. Traces of old Hong Kong can be found beneath the towers in the Central district, seat of government and finance. There are many boutiques carrying designer brands, but also small markets and eateries hidden in the alleyways to discover. Numerous Buddhist and Daoist temples and monasteries, some centuries old, are scattered around the city. Anything and everything is available in Hong Kong’s shops, and its street markets are a cultural phenomenon that’s fun to observe, even if you don’t buy anything. Practice your bargaining skills at the Ladies Market, with over 100 stalls selling bargain clothing and accessories, and Stanley Market, a warren of clothing and handicrafts stands. Food is also a favorite pastime for the locals. A favorite tradition is joining family and friends for dim sum. This small plate dining is fun, delicious, and a cultural experience.


Suites & Staterooms

Heyerdahl Suite

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Eriksson Suite

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Amundsen Suite

From: $ 19,299*

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Sverdrup Suite

From: $ 18,399*

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Archer Suite

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Nansen Suite

From: $ 16,499*

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Adventurer Suite Deck 7

From: $ 13,799*

Journey Suite Deck 7

From: $ 10,499*

Journey Suite Deck 6

From: $ 10,099*

Journey Suite Deck 5

From: $ 9,899*

Discovery Suite Oceanview

From: $ 8,299*

*Government, Port, Document Issuance, Handling & Service fees: $660 per guest



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