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Japan from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Cruise Line

Japan from Yokohama (Tokyo) with the Norwegian Spirit

10 nights

From Yokohama (Tokyo) to Seoul

Norwegian Spirit

23/03/2025 - 02/04/2025

Cruise

Inside

from £3,240 pp

£3,447

Outside

from £2,551 pp

£2,899

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Far East Cruises

History & culture

The Far East is a treasure trove of history and culture that will captivate your imagination as you explore its diverse destinations. Discover the ancient wonders of China, from the iconic Great Wall to the terracotta warriors of Xi’an. Uncover the rich tapestry of Japan’s past, with its majestic castles, serene temples, and age-old traditions. Experience the fusion of old and new in South Korea, where ancient palaces and bustling markets coexist with cutting-edge architecture and technology. With knowledgeable guides and immersive experiences, our Far East cruises will take you on a fascinating journey through the diverse stories and heritage that have shaped this extraordinary part of the world.

Food & drink

A culinary odyssey awaits you on our Far East cruises, as you indulge in the mouthwatering flavours and diverse cuisines of this vibrant region. From the succulent Peking duck of China to the delicate sashimi of Japan, your taste buds will be treated to an array of exquisite dishes. Explore the tantalising world of Korean cuisine, with its fiery kimchi and tender barbecued meats, or savour the fragrant spices and aromatic herbs of Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Onboard, our talented chefs will showcase the finest regional fare, ensuring an authentic and memorable dining experience throughout your voyage.

Featured Far East Destinations to visit

Hong Kong

Hong Kong, a vibrant city known for its iconic skyline and bustling harbour, is another must-see destination on a Far East cruise. This dynamic metropolis offers a fascinating mix of British colonial history, traditional Chinese culture, and modern urban development. Take the historic Peak Tram to Victoria Peak for panoramic views of the city, or explore the bustling markets of Kowloon for unique souvenirs and mouth-watering street food. Don’t miss a traditional sampan ride in Aberdeen Harbour, where you can witness the city’s iconic junk boats and floating villages. Hong Kong’s unique blend of old and new makes it a captivating port of call for any cruise traveller.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok, the bustling capital of Thailand, offers a mesmerising blend of ancient temples, bustling markets, and modern skyscrapers, making it a must-visit destination on a Far East cruise. Immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural heritage by exploring the opulent Grand Palace and the stunning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Wander through the vibrant streets of Chinatown, or visit the famous floating markets for a taste of local life. Delight your senses with the tantalising flavours of Thai cuisine, from spicy curries to refreshing mango sticky rice. With its lively atmosphere and captivating sights, Bangkok is a thrilling destination for all cruise travellers.

Tokyo, Japan

As Japan’s bustling capital city, Tokyo is a must-visit destination on a Far East cruise. This electrifying metropolis is a thrilling blend of ancient traditions, modern innovation, and fascinating culture. Delve into Japan’s rich history with a visit to the Imperial Palace, the serene Meiji Shrine, or the historic Asakusa district, home to the famous Senso-ji temple. Experience the city’s cutting-edge technology and vibrant pop culture in districts like Akihabara and Harajuku. With world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment, Tokyo offers an exhilarating experience for all cruise travellers.

What not to miss in a cruise to Far East

Mount Fuji, Japan

A visit to the iconic Mount Fuji is a must when cruising to the Far East. This majestic mountain, Japan’s highest peak, is renowned for its symmetrical shape and cultural significance. While docking in a port near Tokyo or Yokohama, take a guided tour to explore the surrounding Fuji Five Lakes region, with its breathtaking landscapes and picturesque villages. For the more adventurous, consider a guided climb to the summit during the summer months, or simply admire the mountain’s beauty from afar. With its inspiring vistas and spiritual importance, Mount Fuji offers an unforgettable experience for travellers.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay is a futuristic horticultural wonderland that showcases the city-state’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. This must-see attraction features over 100 hectares of lush greenery, including the iconic Supertree Grove, which comes alive with a dazzling light and sound show every night. When your cruise docks in Singapore, make your way to the gardens to explore the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome conservatories, which house exotic plant species from around the world. With its awe-inspiring architecture and diverse flora, Gardens by the Bay offers a unique and unforgettable experience for Far East cruise travellers.

The Tian Tan Buddha, Hong Kong

Another must-see attraction in Hong Kong is the Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha. Situated on Lantau Island, this colossal bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni is one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world. When your cruise ship docks in Hong Kong, take an excursion to Lantau Island and ascend the 268 steps to reach the base of the Big Buddha. Alongside the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the sea, you can also visit the nearby Po Lin Monastery, a beautiful Buddhist complex that exudes serenity and spiritual ambience. The combination of the Tian Tan Buddha’s grandeur and the tranquil setting makes this attraction an unforgettable highlight of any visit to Hong Kong.

Tips for cruising to the Far East

Currency considerations

When cruising to the Far East, it’s important to plan for currency exchanges and familiarize yourself with the local currencies of the countries you’ll be visiting. While major credit cards are widely accepted in cities and tourist areas, it’s always a good idea to have some local cash on hand for smaller purchases, transportation, or in places where cards may not be accepted. Research exchange rates before your trip and consider exchanging a small amount of money in advance or using an ATM upon arrival in each country to obtain local currency. Additionally, be aware of any fees your bank or credit card may charge for international transactions.

Customs / traditions to be aware of 

Respecting local customs and traditions is essential when cruising to the Far East. Each country has its own unique set of cultural practices and etiquette, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with these norms before your trip. Some common practices to be mindful of include removing your shoes when entering homes or temples, dressing modestly in religious or culturally significant sites, and not touching people’s heads, as this is considered disrespectful in many Asian cultures. It’s also a good idea to learn basic greetings and polite phrases in the local language of each destination to foster positive interactions with locals.

Making the most use of short durations in port

To make the most of your time at each port during your Far East cruise, plan your activities and excursions in advance. Research the highlights and attractions of each destination before your trip and prioritize the sites you’re most interested in. Booking guided tours or shore excursions through your cruise line can help ensure you see the most important attractions within the limited time available. Alternatively, if you prefer to explore independently, create a detailed itinerary and arrange transportation in advance, so you can maximize your time onshore.

Transport

Understanding the transportation options at each port of call is crucial for a smooth and enjoyable experience during your Far East cruise. Research the best ways to get around each destination, whether it’s public transportation, taxis, rideshare services, or private car hires. Be aware that traffic and transportation infrastructure can vary greatly across the region, so plan accordingly and factor in any potential delays. When using taxis, ensure they are licensed and agree on a fare or ensure the meter is running before starting your journey. If you’re comfortable using public transportation, download local transit apps and maps to help you navigate more efficiently.

FAQs about cruising to Far East

We have put together the following FAQs. We hope that you will be able to find an answer to your question below, but if you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team

What are the most popular cruise ports in the Far East?

Singapore and Shanghai are the most popular cruise ports in the Far East. Singapore alone sees almost 1 million passengers docking there each year. Both locations have a stellar mix of dazzling skyscrapers, gourmet cuisine and Far Eastern art and culture with an added sense of exotic mystique you won’t experience elsewhere. 

Do I need a Visa when cruising to the Far East?

You may need a Visa when cruising to the Far East. This will depend on what passport you hold and the countries your cruise is docking in. For example, if you hold a UK passport, you will need a visa when cruising to China. You can quickly check the visa requirements for any destination at https://www.passportindex.org/travel-visa-checker/ 

What currency do I need to bring on a Far East cruise?

Make a list of the currencies you’ll need to bring to the Far East based on your itinerary list. You could be docking in 3, 4 or 5 different countries – all with different currencies. To make payments abroad simpler – and avoid carrying several different currencies on a Far East cruise consider a prepaid card that works with several currencies.

What is the best month for a Far East cruise?

The best month for a Far East cruise is May. You’ll still benefit from warm weather, but won’t be sailing in the highest temperatures of a Far East summer and the rainfall across the region tends to be lower. October and November are also good months for this Cruise.