Top 10 Reasons to Take an Asian Small Ship Adventure Cruise

1000 Places to See Before You Die

Come see for yourself why the Shanghai Museum, Old Kyoto, Angkor Wat and Hoi An are mentioned in the bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

  1. Cultural Experiences
    For thousands of years, Asia’s intriguing culture has existed, hidden from western eyes, revealed only to the adventurer. Today, the wonders of Asia are yours via a small ship cruise adventure.In Japan, sample authentic Japanese cuisine, travel through 10 of Japan’s 47 prefectures to discover the many styles of pottery, relax in a warm sand treatment, heated naturally by geothermal activity, in Ibusuki’s spa overlooking the beach, purchase a brightly-colored kimono from the second-hand kimono store in Nagasaki, sit shoeless and cross-legged on a tatami mat, sipping matcha from a bowl in a thatch-roofed teahouse in Nara, a Buddhist ritual performed in the same precise, polite, graceful manner since its origin in the ninth century.

    In Korea, visit Jeju Island, known as the “Hawaii of Korea” for its volcanic rock, mountainous terrain and temperate climate. Jeju, which means “Island of the Gods,” boasts South Korea’s highest peak. Explore the Jeju Folk Village Museum, home to over 400 thatched-roof houses still inhabited by villagers. Visit the Biosphere Reserve at Seogwipo and learn the legend of the lone Oedolgae Rock pillar, standing tall off the seashore.

    In China, visit Shanghai, China’s largest city and premier cultural, commercial and financial center. Browse Hong Kong’s open-air Stanley Market for everything from silk garments to arts and crafts to costume jewelry. Also in Hong Kong, visit the Man Mo Temple (built to honor the god of literature and the god of war) alongside students praying for good results on their exams. There’s also an option to participate in a cooking class and savor China’s delectable cuisine.

    In Vietnam, dine at the imposing Co Loa Citadel, an architectural wonder and Vietnam’s first capital.

  2. Unique Locations
    Stroll through Takamatsu’s renowned Ritsurin Koen garden, sigh at the sight of Kyoto’s Kinkakuji & Kiyomizo Temples, Nara’s Todaiji Temple, Kobe’s Himeji Castle, Okayama’s Korakuen Gardens, Hiroshima and the Peace Bell, Nagasaki, Yakushima, Jeju Island, Kagoshima, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Danang, Hoi An and it’s Imperial Citadel and Khai Dhinh’s Tomb, Ha Long Bay and its Thien  Cung Cave, Hanoi with its opera house, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and many other locales. Explore the extraordinary Buddhist Nanputao Temple nestled at the foot of the massive Wulaofeng (Mountain of Five Old Men) overlooking the sea in Xiamen, China. Ride to the top of Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak for a stunning panoramic view of the city. In Vietnam, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Hoi An and Ha Long Bay and Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital.
  3. Personal Experiences
    Meet local silk makers, culinary experts and artisans. Watch and even take part in a Kimono demonstration, interview a geisha, watch a master potter at work, speak with a Buddhist monk, acquire fruit from a local farmer.

  4. Exploration Leaders
    Exploration Leaders, onboard throughout the voyage, lend their insider’s insights. Your Exploration Leaders open doors of understanding into Asia’s history, customs, geography, cuisine and art. Exploration Leaders are perceptive travelers, committed to the quality of your journey. It’s often the information you absorb and the friendships you form with them that will leave the biggest impression.
  5. Guest Speakers & Guides
    Imagine being guided by local experts throughout your trip, eager to share their insider’s insights on a region whose history, politics and culture are uniquely different from your own.
  6. No Worry Travel
    Explore Asia from a single home base … unpacking once and never having to worry about a language barrier, meals, transportation or unexpected costs. Your trip will be an effortless, seamless experience. You’ll feel safe and comfortable throughout your trip.
  7. Inclusions
    Besides the typical included transportation, meals, transfers, taxes, port fees, etc., also included as part of your cruise fare are cultural events, snorkeling, tour or activities in every port, exclusive engagements that only passenger onboard will be privy to, as well as free time to explore on your own.
  8. Opportunities to extend your adventure
    In Japan, travel from Kobe to Tokyo via high-speed bullet train for two days of exploration in this vibrant capital city and a stay at the luxurious Imperial Hotel. An included city tour visits the
    Asakusa Kannon Temple, the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Imperial Palace Plaza. Other land tour options include a Kyoto and Nara, Japan Land Tour, and a Angkor Wat and Cambodia Land Tour.
  9. Your Accommodations & Lifestyle at sea
    The comfortable, spacious and luxurious Spirit of Oceanus kicks up the level of excellence with all 60 suites featuring a view with either a picture window or nautical brass portholes. Staterooms are finished in fine woods and rich fabrics. Subtle lighting and beautiful fittings provide a warm and inviting environment while at sea. Amenities include either a walk-in closet or wardrobe, a large marble vanity and sink, a lounge area, an in-room safe, a chilled refreshment center, satellite telephone, email and Internet access.Spirit of Oceanus’s 14 Grand Titan and Explorer suites are even more spacious than the standard suites, featuring sliding glass doors with private teak balconies roomy enough for two. Absolutely deluxe accommodations are offered in the 550-square-foot Owner’s Suite. And every suite except the Owner’s Suite may be configured as either two twins or one king-sized bed.
  10. Save now by booking early
    • Book, make deposit, and pay in full on Hidden Japan by Oct. 10, 2008 – save up to $800 per cabin
    • Book, make deposit, and pay in full on Grand Asia by Feb. 6, 2009 – save up to $1800 per cabin
    • Book, make deposit, and pay in full on Ring of Fire by Dec. 12, 2008 – save up to $1600 per cabin

60 luxury suites fill up fast. Book your Asian adventure today!

Two Cruising Seasons – Japan

Hanami is the season of cherry blossoms

Hanami is Japan’s word for cherry blossom viewing. In the 7th century, fashionable Japanese would picnic as petals of pale pink and white fell from the blossoming trees above them. Today’s hanami is much the same, although now TV viewers can follow the “Sakura (cherry blossom) Front Line” on the weather map as flowers begin blossoming in the south and make their way north.

Momiji is the time of falling maple leaves

Autumn brings warm, pleasant days and an exceptionally clear blue sky, setting off the vivid reds and yellows of the season. The Japanese view maple leaf autumn colors much as they do cherry blossoms, and celebrate with picnics to admire the scenery. The beauty of momiji is compared to a brocade made of colorful woven threads, and Japanese people travel great distances to view this dramatic foliage.


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