Southern Islands (9 Days)

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Yokohama, Japan to Yokohama, Japan
Dates: 15 Dec 2019 - 23 Dec 2019

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
15 Dec 2019
Yokohama, Japan
5:00 PM
DAY 2
16 Dec 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 3
17 Dec 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 4
18 Dec 2019
Okinawa, Japan
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 5
19 Dec 2019
Miyako, Japan
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 6
20 Dec 2019
Keelung, Taiwan
7:00 AM 5:00 PM
DAY 7
21 Dec 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 8
22 Dec 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 9
23 Dec 2019
Yokohama, Japan
6:00 AM
Southern Islands map

About the Ship

Princess Cruises®
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.

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations: With ample amenities and attentive staff, your accommodations become your home at sea. A good night’s rest is within reach as you sink into the custom-made Princess® Luxury Bed.

  • Dining: Inclusive dining options are found throughout the ship with a wide range of culinary delights to suit any palate, from endless buffet choice to gourmet pizza, decadent desserts and much more.

  • Onboard Activities: You will find many ways to play, day or night. Our onboard activities will keep you engaged every moment of your cruise vacation.

  • Entertainment: Original musicals, dazzling magic shows, feature films, top comedians and nightclubs that get your feet movin’ and groovin’. There’s something happening around every corner.

  • Wellness: The Princess® Luxury Bed provides the ultimate night of sleep at sea! And from the top-deck retreat reserved for adults to our fitness centers, you’ll find all the elements to come back new.

  • Youth, Teen and Families: Our Youth Centers and Teen Lounges ensure our youngest cruisers stay happy. Each center has a theme where kids make new friends and participate in cruise activities.

Not Included

  • Airfare | Items of a personal nature | Anything not specifically mentioned as included

About Us

At Princess Cruises, we believe in the power of discovery. That's why we design experiences that bring our guests as close as possible with the wonders of the world around them—whether in the Alaskan wilderness or in the warmth of the Caribbean. It's through these experiences that our guests can find a moment of change and come back new. Our marketing campaign highlights the most special gift we can offer our guests: change. It's what's at the heart of our come back new promise. It's the result of the destinations we sail to, the experiences we offer, and the passionate dedication of our crew.

Insider Tip

Get a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes action on the Princess Cruises Ultimate Ship Tour. Final stop is the command center, where you'll meet the Captain and enjoy breathtaking views from the bridge!

Terms & Conditions

Cruise-only fares are per person, based on double occupancy in US dollars, unless otherwise noted. Pricing and itinerary are subject to change without notice. Restrictions may apply. Ship's Registry: Bermuda

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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Yokohama, Japan - 15 Dec 2019

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
Private Tokyo: Japan’s Cultural Curiosities

We’ll start your private Tokyo tour in the neighbourhood of Ningyocho, a district known for its old traditions and, as you’ll discover right away, tasty treats. That’s because the smell of cinnamon will lead us to our first stop, a shop that specialises in Japanese sweets. Established in the Meiji Era (1897), this shop stays true to its original vibe — something that is quite uncommon these days in modern, fast-paced Tokyo! Next up, we’ll stop at an incense store that dates back to 1705, where we’ll learn about Kōdō, the art of appreciating incense and the traditional Japanese incense ceremony. Along the way, we’ll also visit a little gift shop that carries various traditional Japanese items, from calligraphy tools to decorative wares. Hungry? Good! We’ll stop at a snack shop from the Showa Era that carries treats popular in the early 20th century, including candies, caramels, Ramune soda, fish jerky, and bean paste snacks, to name a few. Then, we’ll visit two shops specialising in a specific traditional snack: senbei, or rice crackers. We’ll try sweet kawara senbei (made from flour, not actually rice), as well as salty rice crackers, a favourite in many Japanese households. We’ll then cross the street to a shamisen shop, and learn a bit about this traditional Japanese musical string instrument. From there, we’ll head to a local tenugui shop, where they sell woven hand towels depicting Japanese scenes. Your private Tokyo tour will next lead you to one of the eight temples in Ningyocho. We’ll visit a shrine where virtue, longevity, learning, and wealth are worshipped. You can offer a prayer here, and wash a coin to ensure a prosperous life. Once we’ve exhausted Ningyocho, we’ll visit another nearby neighbourhood, Nihonbashi. The district of Nihonbashi was a hub for merchants during the Edo period. Today, it is predominantly a financial district that houses trading firms, and even the Tokyo Stock Exchange. And although Nihonbashi is very much a modern neighbourhood, it features many traditional Japanese shops hidden in its alleyways and even within its department stores. We’ll visit a seaweed shop, as well as an old-fashioned stationery shop that was established in 1946. You’ll get to browse through the display of calligraphy brushes, inks, traditional paints, handmade greeting cards, and little dolls. We’ll also check out a toothpick shop (yes, toothpicks) that has been in business since 1704 and that gives something extra special to buyers — each toothpick is wrapped in a piece of paper with a poem, and is produced by hand. We’ll also stop at a katsuobushi shop that can be traced back more than 200 years. Katsuobushi is the fish shavings used to make fish broth, the very essence of Japanese cooking. Lastly, we’ll check out the shop that makes golden leaves measuring 0.0001 mm, and that have been traditionally used for decorating ceramics, furnishings, and even food. Our Tokyo tour will finish at the Nihonbashi information centre, where we will get to taste a few more traditional Japanese sweets before saying sayōnara. Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. As most of the shops we visit are small, family-owned businesses, they sometimes unexpectedly close or alter their hours for the day. In such a case, we'll visit other nearby shops or attractions that still keep with the theme and essence of the tour. (If you’d prefer to travel as part of a regular group experience, please book our Cultural Curiosities group tour.) This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers. Tour photos by Ben McNamara

Offered by: Urban Adventures
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: Snack
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Food & Wine
Tokyo After 5

Tokyo’s vibrant food culture is legendary, and is one of the many reasons why people flock to the Japanese capital. On this Tokyo tour enjoy the food culture of Tokyo from an ordinary businessman’s perspective, as well as the tradition of foods in everyday life of Tokyo.

Throughout your Tokyo food tour, your local guide will explain the history of food and places you visit, sharing with you their own personal experiences and food-related family traditions and customs during the tour. We’ll begin our tour in Yakitori Alley, near Yurakucho, an area with many casual bar-style restaurants and the birthplace of yakitori, one of many Japanese people’s favourite appetizers. As many businessmen and women do after 5pm, we’ll enjoy a drink of sake or a local beer, then sample yakitori at one of the many local restaurants, each with their own “tare” (sauce) mixed with their secret ingredients. After having a drink to go with the yakitori, we’ll travel to Tsukishima to visit “Monja” Street, where “Monja-Yaki” is said to have originated. Often compared with Okonomi-yaki in Osaka, Monja-yaki is a type of Japanese pan-fried batter with various ingredients. The ingredients are finely chopped and mixed into the batter before grilling. You’ll have the chance to watch your food being cooked, chat with the cook, and devour your Monja-yaki fresh from the hot plate. In true local style, you’ll use a small metal spatula for cutting it to pieces then chopsticks to eat with right from the grill.

We’ll take a quick stroll through Ginza, where you can find great confectionery shops and learn about the rich variety of traditional Japanese sweets — and, best of all, choose one to try! Usually made of rice and red beans, these sweets change based on the ingredients available at each time of year, and even their shapes are inspired by what you can find in nature during that season. We’ll end our delicious Tokyo night tour by checking out a local pub for some more drinks, where you’re welcome to stay longer or return to the start point with your guide. Your guide can also recommend other cool local bars in small alleys, or a karaoke place for more fun into the night. Tour photos by Ben McNamara

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