Asia Africa and Middle East: Kyushu Spring Flowers Cruise

Princess Cruises

See seasonal blooms all over Japan, whether it's visiting a classic Japanese garden, reveling in hundreds of sakura (cherry blossoms) or tasting Tokyo's sakura-flavored treats. Stroll through tranquil gardens and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Explore ports of call including Beppu, Sasebo and Toba.

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Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1 Port of Call Yokohama Departure 4:00pm

Overview

Yokohama is often called the Garden City, though its name actually means "City by the Bay." Its waterfront area provides a port to the rest of the world as well as beautiful beaches. The waterfront district has unique arts galleries and boutiques and one of the largest Chinatown areas in Japan. Yokohama is the home of Japan's Central Baseball League and Japan's first coffee shop. There is even an indoor beach with sand and water and waves! The second largest city in Japan, Yokohama is home to 3 million people and is a growing, innovative business center. Its large, accessible port has made it Japan's largest international trading center. It certainly maintains its own identity and does not fall into the shadow of Tokyo, a mere 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) from Tokyo.

Day 2 Cruising
Day 3 Port of Call Beppu Arrival 9:00am Departure 4:00pm

Overview

Beppu is the leading hot spring resort of Japan with as many as 104 public baths. In an excellent natural setting, 130,000 kiloliters of hot spring water (enough to fill 3,600 2-meter swimming pools) gushes out daily from approximately 2,700 sources scattered over an area of 50 square meters. Since earlier times, Beppu has flourished as a hot spring resort and in 1950 it was designated as an international spa tourist cultural city. It boasts of its large variety of hot springs according to their mineral contents including acid, sulfur, salt, iron, and alum. Beppu has nine out of 11kinds of hot springs designated in the international hot spring conference. Eight areas with especially large amounts of gushing water, namely Hamawaki, Beppu, Kankaiji, Horita, Myoban, Kannawa, Shibaseki and Kamegawa, are called the "Eight Major Hot Springs Areas of Beppu", each featuring its own characteristics as to the mineral contents and natural surroundings. They serve as places for hot spring treatment, recuperation and recreation not only for tourists but also for local residents.

Day 4 Port of Call Miyazaki Arrival 8:00am Departure 6:00pm

Overview

The city was founded on April 1, 1924. On January 1, 2006 the towns of Tano, Sadowara, and Takaoka merged into the city. As of this merger but with 2003 population estimates, the city had an estimated population of 365,311 and a density of 612 persons per km². The total area is 596.68 km².

Day 5 Port of Call Kagoshima Arrival 8:00am Departure 6:00pm

Overview

Kagoshima is a bright sunny tropical city. Tourists can see smoke coming from the magnificent Mt. Sakurajima across Kinko Bay. The city has been known as the Naples of the Orient for many years. It prospered as a castle town of the powerful Lord Shimazu, who had 770 thousand "koku" of rice during the Edo Period. The city still maintains the strong spirit of Takamori Saigo and Toshimichi Okubo, heroes of the Meiji Restoration. The most famous historical spot related to them is the extensive Iso Garden, former villa of Lord Shimazu. The garden´s pond is representative of Kinko Bay, which is north of downtown, and the hill is representative of Mt. Sakurajima. Sightseeing spots in the city are mostly related to Lord Shimazu and Takamori Saigo. Tsurumaru Castle (Reimei Hall), where Lord Shimazu lived, the great view from Shiroyama, where the last fort of the Saigo army was located during the Satsuma Rebellion, Nanshu Cavern, where Saigo barricaded himself, Nanshu Cemetery, where the dead from the Satsuma Rebellion are buried, and the high-tech Museum of the Meiji Restoration (Ishin Furusato-kan) are located along the Kotsuki River. The museum has information about places where Saigo, Okubo, Iwao Oyama, and Heihachiro Togo were born. Tenmonkan in the downtown area offers all types of souvenirs, including Kagoshima dishes such as sakezushi, pork bone, and kibinago, as well as shochu, Kagoshima Ramen, Satsumayaki, satsumaage, and karukan.

Day 6 Port of Call Nagasaki Arrival 8:00am Departure 6:00pm

Overview

Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture located at the south-western coast of Kyushu. Nagasaki lies at the head of a long bay which forms the best natural harbor on the southern Japanese home island of Kyushu. The main commercial and residential area of the city lies on a small plain near the end of the bay. Two rivers divided by a mountain spur form the two main valleys in which the city lies. The heavily built-up area of the city is confined by the terrain to less than 4 square miles out of a total of about 35 square miles in the city as a whole. The city was rebuilt after the war, albeit dramatically changed, as any city would be after such colossal damage. New temples were built and new churches as well, since the Christian presence never died out and even increased dramatically after the war. Some of the rubble was left as a memorial, such as a one-legged torii gate and a stone arch near ground zero. New structures were also raised as memorials, such as the Atomic Bomb Museum. Nagasaki remains first and foremost a port city, supporting a rich shipping industry and setting a strong example of perseverance and peace.

Day 7 Port of Call Busan Arrival 8:00am Departure 6:00pm

Overview

Busan/Pusan is Korea's second largest city. Tourists often come to this region to hike and to visit the Buddhist Temples located deep within the region's mountains. The Beomeosa Temple, founded in 678 AD, is perhaps one of the most frequented temples in the area and is always packed with worshipers and tourists. For art buffs, Busan offers several museums and historical buildings. If scenery is your thing, try visiting the Dongbaek Island, or bird watch at the Nakdong river estuary.

Day 8 Port of Call Sasebo Arrival 7:00am Departure 5:00pm

Overview

Sasebo is a core city located in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. As of 2011, the city has an estimated population of 259,800 and a population density of 609 persons per km². The total area is 426.47 km². The city includes a part of Saikai National Park.

Day 9 Cruising
Day 10 Port of Call Toba Arrival 7:00am Departure 5:00pm

Overview

This is a small coastal city. It has become something of a tourist circus, and it is difficult to understand the attraction of Toba to Japanese. It is a maritime port - Toba was the last place of refuge from storms for junks or boats sailing to Edo (Tokyo) from Mikawa (Okazaki) or Ise Bay (Nagoya). Sake from places like Kunizakari, and pottery from Tokoname, was transshipped via Toba. Old merchant's houses and the graves of seamen are common. These days Toba is best known as the home of Mikimoto and the cultured pearls, and as the gateway to the Ise Grand Shrines and the vast Ise-shima National Park. There are car ferries from Cape Irago on the Atsumi Peninsula in Aichi Prefecture, and JR and Kintetsu railroads run services to Toba.

Day 11 Port of Call Yokohama Arrival 6:30am

Overview

Yokohama is often called the Garden City, though its name actually means "City by the Bay." Its waterfront area provides a port to the rest of the world as well as beautiful beaches. The waterfront district has unique arts galleries and boutiques and one of the largest Chinatown areas in Japan. Yokohama is the home of Japan's Central Baseball League and Japan's first coffee shop. There is even an indoor beach with sand and water and waves! The second largest city in Japan, Yokohama is home to 3 million people and is a growing, innovative business center. Its large, accessible port has made it Japan's largest international trading center. It certainly maintains its own identity and does not fall into the shadow of Tokyo, a mere 18.6 miles (30 kilometers) from Tokyo.

Onboard the Diamond Princess

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Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Movies

  • Card Room
  • Casino
  • Disco/Nightclub
  • Game Arcade
  • Movies Under the Stars®
  • Theater/Show Lounge
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes
  • Miniature Golf
  • Pool - Adults Only
  • Pool - Children's
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Pool - Indoor
  • Pool - Indoor/Covered
  • Sports Facilities
  • Whirlpool/Jacuzzi
  • Art Gallery
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Library
  • Children's Indoor Play Area
  • Children's Outdoor Play Area
  • Educational Classes
  • Organized Age Specific Activities
  • Teen Center or Disco
  • Teen Programs
  • Business Center
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Infirmary/Medical Center
  • Religious Services
  • Self-Service Laundromat
  • Wedding/Vow Renewal

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Full-Service Spa

  • Full-Service Spa
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Educational Programs
  • Internet Center
  • Babysitting
  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service

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Dining

Dining Room

Main Dining

International Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Pacific Moon Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Santa Fe Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Savoy Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Vivaldi Dining Room: After final payment, through the MedallionClass® app, you may request your dining preference with Dine My Way℠. Customize your dining experiences nightly by choosing your seating time, dining companions and dietary needs.

Sabatini's

Specialty Dining

Chef’s Table Experience: Taking dining to a new level, the Chef’s Table Experience includes pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the galley for you and a limited number of fellow guests. After your executive chef describes the specially designed menu for the night, participants are escorted to an intimate table for the main course, including pairing suggestions. This restaurant is available for an additional cost. Limited capacity, reservations required.

Kai Sushi: An exquisitely decorated traditional sushi bar, serving up sushi and sashimi expertly prepared before your eyes. Dine at the sushi bar or enjoy an elegant restaurant experience. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Sabatini's: An upscale authentic Italian dining experience in a remarkable eight-course meal. The menu features both local seafood specialties and other regional favorites. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Sterling Steakhouse℠: An upscale and more refined approach to the traditional steakhouse, this venue features some of the best, most tender cuts of beef, such as New York and porterhouse, plus a prime rib carving station. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Prego Pizzeria

Casual Dining

Chocolate Journeys℠: There are few foods that inspire as much passion as chocolate, and master chocolatier Norman Love has designed some of the most decadent, hand-crafted treats exclusively for Princess' Chocolate Journeys℠ program. Trained in France, and named the Inaugural Inductee into the Chocolatier Hall of Fame by Dessert Professional Magazine, Chef Love combined premium quality chocolate with unique flavors and artful designs to mastermind his exclusive creations found throughout the ship.

Crafted by Curtis Stone: In the Main Dining Room, savor fresh new cuisine designed by award-winning Chef Curtis Stone during every voyage. Personal reflections on the menu by Chef Stone elaborate on each "Crafted" selection, prepared with the most authentic ingredients. Be enticed by dishes featuring delicious meats and seafood, fresh produce and vibrant, bold flavors.

Horizon Court: 24-hour casual buffet dining.

La Patisserie: Casual sidewalk café-style setting for cappuccino, espresso and other coffee specialties, as well as fresh pastries throughout the day. This restaurant is available for an additional cost.

Prego Pizzeria: Poolside pizzeria serving fresh pizza by the slice.

Trident Grill: Follow your nose to the Trident Grill where the burgers are flipping and the hotdogs roasting, served with a variety of fixin’s and crisp fries. Veggie burgers, bratwurst and grilled chicken breast are also served and all are sure to hit the spot when you are relaxing out on deck.

Room Service: Call for room service delivery or order through OceanNow® in the Princess® MedallionClass® app at any time of the day or night. Guests with the latest Princess Plus and Princess Premier packages enjoy OceanNow® and room service delivery with no charge. Otherwise, a one-time access fee of $14.99 per person per voyage will apply for OceanNow® delivery and a $5 room service fee will apply for each order placed by stateroom phone. To order, guests can press the "Room Service" button on their stateroom phone, or order through OceanNow®.


Disclaimer regarding ship dining

Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Interior (Category: IA)

Category: IA
Approximately 168 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IB)

Category: IB
Approximately 168 to 182 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IC)

Category: IC
Approximately 168 to 182 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: ID)

Category: ID
Approximately 168 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IE)

Category: IE
Approximately 168 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Interior (Category: IF)

Category: IF
Approximately 168 sq. ft., this well-appointed interior stateroom provides fine amenities.

Nicely-appointed staterooms feature a picture window, spacious closet and bathroom with shower.

Premium Oceanview (Category: O5)

Category: O5
Approximately 200 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a forward-facing cabin for memorable views.

Oceanview (Category: OC)

Category: OC
Approximately 194 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views.

Oceanview (Category: OF)

Category: OF
Approximately 183 to 194 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window for memorable views.

Oceanview (obstructed view) (Category: OV)

Category: OV
Approximately 183 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window with an obstructed view.

Oceanview (obstructed view) (Category: OW)

Category: OW
Approximately 183 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window with an obstructed view.

Oceanview (obstructed view) (Category: OY)

Category: OY
Approximately 183 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window with an obstructed view.

Oceanview (obstructed view) (Category: OZ)

Category: OZ
Approximately 183 sq. ft., this well-appointed stateroom features a picture window with an obstructed view.

Staterooms feature a private balcony, spacious walk-in closet, desk and bathroom with shower.

Premium Balcony (Category: B2)

Category: B2
Approximately 277 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Premium Balcony (Category: B4)

Category: B4
Approximately 237 to 277 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides dramatic wake views from a rear-facing private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BA)

Category: BA
Approximately 237 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BB)

Category: BB
Approximately 237 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BC)

Category: BC
Approximately 237 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BD)

Category: BD
Approximately 237 to 277 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BE)

Category: BE
Approximately 237 to 277 sq. ft. including balcony, this stateroom provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Balcony (Category: BF)

Category: BF
Approximately 237 sq. ft. including balcony, this cabin provides outstanding views from a private balcony.

Features private balcony and sitting room, two TVs, walk-in closet and bathroom with tub and shower.

Premium Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: M1)

Category: M1
Approximately 354 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious cabin provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MB)

Category: MB
Approximately 354 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious cabin provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: MD)

Category: MD
Approximately 354 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious cabin provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower.

Mini-Suite with Balcony (Category: ME)

Category: ME
Approximately 354 sq. ft. including balcony, this spacious cabin provides a seating area with sofa bed, and full bath with combination tub and shower.

Grand Suite with Balcony (Category: S1)

Category: S1
Approximately 1,329 sq. ft. including balcony, the Grand Suite features an expansive cabin and oversized aft-facing balcony. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Owner's Suite with Balcony (Category: S2)

Category: S2
Approximately 692 sq. ft. including balcony, the Owner's Suite features an expansive cabin and oversized aft-facing balcony. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Penthouse Suite with Balcony (Category: S3)

Category: S3
Approximately 525 to 572 sq. ft. including balcony, the Penthouse Suite features a spacious cabin and aft-facing balcony. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Penthouse Suite with Balcony (Category: S4)

Category: S4
Approximately 555 sq. ft. including balcony, the Penthouse Suite features a spacious cabin and separate seating area with a sofa bed. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Premium Suite with Balcony (Category: S5)

Category: S5
Approximately 705 sq. ft. including balcony, the Premium Suite features a spacious cabin and separate seating area with a sofa bed. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Vista Suite with Balcony (Category: S6)

Category: S6
Approximately 525 to 548 sq. ft. including balcony, the Vista Suite features a spacious cabin and aft-facing balcony. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Two-Bedroom Family Suite with Balcony (Category: S8)

Category: S8
Approximately 613 sq. ft. including balcony, the Two Bedroom Family Suite features 2 bedrooms to accommodate up to 6 passengers. Enjoy exclusive suite-only upgrades and benefits.

Deck Plan

Cruise Ship
Sky Deck
Key to Symbols
SymbolDescription
Two-bedroom family suite (connecting staterooms with private balcony, accommodates up to six persons)Two-bedroom family suite (connecting staterooms with private balcony, accommodates up to six persons)
Will accommodate third personWill accommodate third person
Two lower beds not convertible to queen, shower onlyTwo lower beds not convertible to queen, shower only
Will accommodate a rollawayWill accommodate a rollaway
Will accommodate third and fourth personWill accommodate third and fourth person
Balcony access when in port onlyBalcony access when in port only
Connecting stateroomsConnecting staterooms
Fully accessible stateroom, roll-in shower onlyFully accessible stateroom, roll-in shower only

Ship Facts

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  • Ship Name: Diamond Princess
  • Year Built: 2004
  • Year Refurbished: 2014
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2004
  • Ship Class: Diamond
  • Maximum Capacity: 2,670
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 14
  • Number of Crew: 1,100
  • Officers' Nationality: British/Italian
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 220
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 522
  • Total Inside Staterooms: 377
  • Tonnage (GRT): 115,875
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 2,670
  • Country of Registry: Bermuda
  • Total Staterooms: 1,337
  • Suites with Balcony: 216
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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Ship's registry: © Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd. Ships of Bermudan and British registry

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