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Beijing (Tianjin) , China | Nagasaki , Japan | Kagoshima , Japan | Okinawa (Nakagusuku) , Japan | Beijing (Tianjin) , China

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Discover everything this vacation visionary has to offer, from 300-foot-high views in the North Star®, to jamming out at an impromptu parade. In between thrills, fuel up on dining designed to please your palate, like family-style favorites at Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and elevated fare at Chef's Table.

DAY 1 - Departure Day

Beijing (Tianjin), China

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM
WALL-TO-WALL

ADVENTURE

One day is simply not enough in Tianjin and Beijing, so make sure to see some of the essential sights before your cruise departs. Cruise from Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China at Huangya Pass, located about an hour and a half from town. If you're an adventure junky, try climbing to the top of Widow's Peak, the highest point of this portion of the wall, and snap a few breathtaking photos.

View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
The great wall of China in Beijing
Tourists fill the grounds of the Taihedian Square in the Forbidden City in Beijing

One day is simply not enough in Tianjin and Beijing, so make sure to see some of the essential sights before your cruise departs. Cruise from Beijing to visit the Great Wall of China at Huangya Pass, located about an hour and a half from town. If you're an adventure junky, try climbing to the top of Widow's Peak, the highest point of this portion of the wall, and snap a few breathtaking photos.

View of the cityscape in Beijing, China
The great wall of China in Beijing
Tourists fill the grounds of the Taihedian Square in the Forbidden City in Beijing
Things To Do

in Beijing (Tianjin)

View of the Eye of Tianjin in Beijing, China

Open Your Eyes

With panoramic views of the city, there's no question as to why the Tianjin Eye is the city's number one attraction. Grab your camera and step onto the Ferris Wheel on Yongle Bridge along the Haihe River. On a clear, sunny day, you can see for miles.

Lantern colorful pavilions in an old colonist city called Tianjin in Beijing China

Ride Back in Time

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a history buff's dream. Board a horse-drawn cart and transport yourself back into time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin. Home to historical villas from the last two centuries, the Five Great Avenues is a section of the city begging to be explored.

China's largest Catholic Church inspired by Roman and French architecture

Cultures Collide

A product of the golden age and northern China's largest Catholic church, the XiKai Church was built in 1916 and is still in use today. Visit the church to admire the Roman- and French-inspired architecture, or catch a service in English or Chinese during your Beijing cruise.

Xiao Long Bao Steamed Buns Cuisine in Beijing, China

Local Cuisine

Follow your nose to Tianjin Goubuli for a goubuli steamed stuffed bun — the mouth-watering snack is stuffed with chicken and accompanied by sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, sink your teeth into a ma hau, a fried dough twist deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.

Shopping through asian markets in Beijing, China

Shopping

Wander to the Tianjin Shenyangdao Antique Market to test out your haggling skills during your Beijing cruise. You'll find jade jewelry, porcelain items and copper handicrafts. Afterwards, find your way to Ancient Culture Street for silks, animal-shaped Weiji kites and Niren Zhang, the painted clay figurines that are traditional to the Tianjin area.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

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Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

North Star Raised Above Rear of the Ship
Guests Watching a Man Enjoying the iFly

Things to Do

North Star Lounge Chairs in the Upper Deck
North Star®

THE SKY'S THE LIMIT

Stand in a jewel-shaped capsule that reveals breathtaking 360-degree views as you gently ascend 300 feet above sea level.

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RipCord® by iFLY®

GRAVITY-DEFYING FUN

Experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying in an air machine that lets you soar in a safe, controlled environment.

Xbox One Consoles at the SeaPlex Arcade
SeaPlex®

HAVE THE PLAYTIME OF YOUR LIFE

The largest indoor active space at sea is only on Royal Caribbean®. Roller skating, basketball, bumper cars, a trapeze school— it's the first time you'll ever play like this on a cruise.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Nagasaki, Japan

ARRIVES:
10:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM
WHERE EAST

MEETS WEST

Explore the mix of east and west in Nagasaki: Start off your day at Oura Church, a Gothic-style church built in 1864 to harken back to Europe's Middle Ages. Then, visit Kofukuji Temple — dating back to 1620, it's the oldest of the Buddhist temples built by the community of Chinese merchants that lived here. Finish the day with a bird's-eye view of the city from the top of Mt. Inasa, and catch a glimpse of the sparkling sea.

The Shimabara castle in Nagasaki, Japan
Yellow lanterns lined up along the Megane bashi, or glass bridge, in Nagasaki, Japan
The Peace Statue of a man with his hands up while sitting found in the Nagasaki Peace Park in Japan

Explore the mix of east and west in Nagasaki: Start off your day at Oura Church, a Gothic-style church built in 1864 to harken back to Europe's Middle Ages. Then, visit Kofukuji Temple — dating back to 1620, it's the oldest of the Buddhist temples built by the community of Chinese merchants that lived here. Finish the day with a bird's-eye view of the city from the top of Mt. Inasa, and catch a glimpse of the sparkling sea.

The Shimabara castle in Nagasaki, Japan
Yellow lanterns lined up along the Megane bashi, or glass bridge, in Nagasaki, Japan
The Peace Statue of a man with his hands up while sitting found in the Nagasaki Peace Park in Japan
Things To Do

in Nagasaki

Hashima Island on the corner view from the sea in Nagasaki, Japan

Play James Bond

Just 20 kilometers from the shore of Nagasaki lies a mysterious, abandoned island. Commonly called Gunkanjima or Battleship Island, its derelict shores tell a story of coal mines and immigrants. On a guided tour, you can see the areas that famously appeared in the James Bond movie "Skyfall".

Glover Garden, nature and city view in Nagasaki, Japan

City of Firsts

Nagasaki is home to some of Japan's oldest structures. See the Spectacles Bridge built in 1643, it the oldest bridge in Japan. Then stop in at Oura Catholic Church, the first wooden Gothic church in the country, or see the island's oldest European-style house at the picturesque Glover Gardens.

View from Mt. Inasa in Nagasaki, Japan

View From Above

Mt. Inasa is the tallest mountain in Nagasaki and gives you a dazzling view over the city and the bay. At 333 meters high, you can see as far as the Goto Islands on a clear day. To get to the observation deck, hop on the ropeway up the mountainside.

Pork belly with boiled egg called Kakuni in Japan

Local Cuisine

Dine like royalty at a Shippoku Ryori restaurant. You'll be served shareable small plates that blend Japanese staples with influences from China and Europe. Sample kakuni, cubes of pork belly braised in a dashi broth flavored with umami-packed dried bonito fish. Cruise to Nagasaki to indulge in a Sasebo burger, typically topped with egg, bacon and Japanese mayo. For dessert, try the Portuguese-inspired castella, a fluffy vanilla sponge cake balanced with gentle sweetness.

A kimono under a purple umbrella

Shopping

Hamano-machi shopping district sells just about everything you can imagine. Pick up delicately patterned cotton and silks, or spring for a pair of unique, hand-carved chopsticks. Stop in at a fun 100 Yen store, where every item in the shop only costs 100 yen (less than a dollar).

INSIDER TIP

Getting around is easy in Nagasaki: The port is conveniently located in the center of the city, every major destination is connected via trams, and taxis are available at will.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Kagoshima, Japan

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
3:00 PM

CRAZY ABOUT KYUSHU

Soak in the mix of history and scenery that is Kagoshima. Stroll through a samurai garden overlooking the sea at Sengan-en. Then, head to Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park and refresh yourself in the Magma Onsen hot spring or take the Nagisa Lava Trail up volcanic Mount Sakurajima. Fill up on local korubuta pork, then finish your day with a memorable view of the city and the volcano in the distance at Shiroyama Lookout.

View of the city overlooking the volcano in Kagoshima, Japan
View from the ocean looking at the volcano and a modern building along the coast on a sunny cloudy day
Kirishima Shinto Shrine in Kagoshima, Japan

Soak in the mix of history and scenery that is Kagoshima. Stroll through a samurai garden overlooking the sea at Sengan-en. Then, head to Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park and refresh yourself in the Magma Onsen hot spring or take the Nagisa Lava Trail up volcanic Mount Sakurajima. Fill up on local korubuta pork, then finish your day with a memorable view of the city and the volcano in the distance at Shiroyama Lookout.

View of the city overlooking the volcano in Kagoshima, Japan
View from the ocean looking at the volcano and a modern building along the coast on a sunny cloudy day
Kirishima Shinto Shrine in Kagoshima, Japan
Things To Do

in Kagoshima

The Sakurajima Volcano Crater in Kagoshima, Japan

Sakurajima Soak

Take the 15-minute ferry ride from Kagoshima and Sakurajima Yogan Nagisa Park. From here you can admire the smoky peak of Sakurajima volcano from several observation points, including Yunohira. Or take a dip into Magma Onsen, one of several hot springs where you can refresh yourself before the return trip.

Beautiful landscape with flowers and trees in Sengan-en, Kagoshima, Japan.

Samurai Garden

Step back in time at Sengan-en, a sprawling samurai estate originally built in the 17th century that offers breathtaking garden views of the bay and Sakurajima puffing in the distance. The villa here was built out of Yakushima cedar trees over 1,000 years old; it's perfect place to try traditional Japanese green tea and chocolate sweets.

Shiroyama historic lookout overlooking the volcano in Kagoshima, Japan

Historic Lookout

Head to Shiroyama Lookout, a hillside park overlooking the city and Sakurajima volcano. Heads up, history buffs: This was the site of the final battle of the Satsuma Rebellion, in which the last samurai, Saigo Takamori, met his end. Cruise to Kagoshima and check out Reimeikan Museum at the foot of the hill, based on the remains of a fort that once stood here.

Kurobuta Meat soup local cuisine in Kagoshima, Japan

Local Cuisine

Cuisine in Kagoshima centers around kurobuta, or "black pork" — it comes from a black-haired breed of heritage pig that produces meat with a delicate, sweet flavor. Try the good stuff shabu-shabu hot pot style, wash it down with a cup of shochu, a distilled liquor from southern Japan that's often made with sweet potato, barley, sugar cane and buckwheat.

Japanese porcelain blue pottery sold in Kagoshima, Japan

Shopping

Head over to the Tenmonkan district for unique Kagoshima goods, including handmade Satsumakiriko cut glass, Satsumayaki porcelain vases and bowls, Oshima tsumugi textiles and other handicrafts from Kagoshima and the Ryukyu Islands to the south. Tenmonkan shops also offer different varieties of shochu.

INSIDER TIP

There's no tipping in Japan, but you'll face an 8 percent sales tax everywhere except major retailers, which often have no-fee shopping.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Okinawa (Nakagusuku), Japan

ARRIVES:
11:00 AM
DEPARTS:
9:00 PM
FIND YOUR INNER

WARRIOR

Jump into the car and explore the Nakagusuku Castle ruins — the stone walls of former courtyards are what remain today after the structure was defeated in 1458 by an opposing lord. Head south to Yachimun and discover a village dedicated to the traditional Okinawan art of hand-made pottery. Or stop off at Naha city to see famous Shuri Castle and dig into bold fusion food like Taco Rice and other quirky dishes that bear the influence of island's U.S. military base.

Red gates of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan
World Heritage Nakagusuku castle ruins, in Okinawa, Japan
The outer wall of Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan

Jump into the car and explore the Nakagusuku Castle ruins — the stone walls of former courtyards are what remain today after the structure was defeated in 1458 by an opposing lord. Head south to Yachimun and discover a village dedicated to the traditional Okinawan art of hand-made pottery. Or stop off at Naha city to see famous Shuri Castle and dig into bold fusion food like Taco Rice and other quirky dishes that bear the influence of island's U.S. military base.

Red gates of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan
World Heritage Nakagusuku castle ruins, in Okinawa, Japan
The outer wall of Shuri Castle in Okinawa, Japan
Things To Do

in Okinawa (Nakagusuku)

Part of the stone wall with stairs at Nakagusuku castle in Okinawa, Japan

Visit a Fallen Kingdom

Nakagusugu city is near a wealth of castle ruins dating back to the Ryukyu Kingdom, which had its heyday from the 1400s to the 1800s. Start off at the Katsuren Castle ruins and retrace an army's footsteps to Nakagusugu Castle (destroyed by the lord of Katsuren). It's easy to imagine the impressive structures in their prime while walking through the ancient battlements.<

View from the Okinawa sea road in Okinawa, Japan

Island-Hop by Car

Henza Island is connected to the Okinawa mainland via a scenic stretch of red bridge. From there, you can continue driving through to Hamahige, Miyagi and Ikei Island — stopping at beaches along the way. Pop into the Nuchi Una salt factory to see how local sea salt is made and taste dishes flavored with its mineral-rich goodness.

Stone gate of Shuri castle in Okinawa, Japan

Culture in the Capital

Naha, the capital of Okinawa, is only an hour away by car. Head there for some of the island's most iconic pieces of culture: Pay your respects at Naminoue Shrine, perched on a cliff above the idyllic ocean. Walk through the relaxing ponds and pagodas of Chinese-style Fukushu-en Garden, and a slice of Ryukyu history at reconstructed Shuri Castle.

Taco filling with rice and cheese, fusion dish of Okinawa, Japan

Local Cuisine

American tastes have had a big effect on Okinawan food due to the presence of the U.S. military base here, and the result is a fusion food like you've never tried before. Cruise to Okinawa to dig into a delicious bowl of Taco Rice topped with crunchy salsa and a deep purple sweet potato tartlet. Don't forget to try the Ube (purple sweet potato) ice cream at Okinawan mainstay Blue Seal.

Colorful glasses on sale at a souvenir shop in Okinawa, Japan

Shopping

To get the most authentic souvenirs, venture into Yomitan Pottery Village in Yachimun. The village is home to 45 artisan potters who glaze their wares in the Okinawan style. Pick up chunky handmade fruit bowls or delicately decorated sake sets during your Japan cruise. At Kousaki Dori street in Naha, you can find some handblown Ryukyu glass to complement your collection.

INSIDER TIP

Public transport is limited here: Hire a car in advance, or organize a taxi or tour.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

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Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

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Shrimp Wonton Soup served at Izumi, fine dining Japanese Restaurant. One of Royal Caribbean's best cruise dining restaurants.

Things to Do

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Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver

FAMOUSLY FANTASTIC ITALIAN

At Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver, you’ll enjoy Tuscan-inspired dishes like the crowd-pleasing Famous Plank and pastas made in-house — all crafted by one of Britain’s most famous chefs.

Baby Vegetables in the Garden at Wonderland on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Wonderland

VENTURE DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

Our Wonderland chefs twist their culinary kaleidoscopes, inventing elaborate dreamscapes of never-before-seen fare. The story begins as you "brush" the menu and find your element— Sun, Ice, Fire, Water, Earth and Dreams.

Assorted Sushi Rolls Platter served at Izumi, Japanese Restaurant. One of the best fine dining cuisine on a cruise.
Izumi

A FAR EAST FEAST

Say “Konnichiwa” to a reimagined favorite. Sushi, sashimi and more, all made-to-order with intense flavors, the best ingredients and impeccable presentation. Now that’s fresh.

DAY 7 - AT SEA

CRUISING

SHOW STOPPERS

Performer on stage with lights during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean
Performers skating under a tent with bright red lights during ice skating shows onboard.

Performer on stage with lights during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean
Performers skating under a tent with bright red lights during ice skating shows onboard.

Things to Do

A man is drumming during the Sonic Odyssey Cruise Show by Royal Caribbean
Sonic Odyssey

TUNED TO THE ROOM

Take your seat for an immersive musical journey, where instruments envelop you in the next dimension of global sound.

Two couples at Music Hall Enjoying the Live Bands
Live bands

THEY'RE PLAYING YOUR SONG

Pick the genre you please and you're likely to find a band of talented musicians onboard to match, from live jazz to cover bands, quartets, Latin, and acoustic performers across the fleet nightly.

Women performer jumping during ice skating shows onboard a cruise.
Ice Skating Shows

GLITTER AND GLAM ON ICE

Royal Caribbean is the first and only cruise line with ice-skating rinks right onboard, plus complimentary ice spectaculars with amazing jumps, lifts, and spins performed by professional skaters .

DAY 8 - Arrival Day

Beijing (Tianjin), China

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
WALL-TO-WALL

ADVENTURE

Before you leave Tianjin, be sure to see a portion of the Huangyaguan Great Wall or visit the Great Wall Museum in the center of town. Take some time to soak in the views at the Panshan Mountain Scenic Area. Then, grab a bullet train to Beijing, where most flights depart — see the astonishing Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex, where you can wander the Imperial Gardens and the historic Tiananmen, or Gate of Heavenly Peace.

A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
The financial district skyline in Beijing
The Suzhou market in Beijing, China

Before you leave Tianjin, be sure to see a portion of the Huangyaguan Great Wall or visit the Great Wall Museum in the center of town. Take some time to soak in the views at the Panshan Mountain Scenic Area. Then, grab a bullet train to Beijing, where most flights depart — see the astonishing Forbidden City, the world's largest palace complex, where you can wander the Imperial Gardens and the historic Tiananmen, or Gate of Heavenly Peace.

A traditional Chinese building at Beihai Park in Beijing, China
The financial district skyline in Beijing
The Suzhou market in Beijing, China
Things To Do

in Beijing (Tianjin)

View of the Eye of Tianjin in Beijing, China

Open Your Eyes

With panoramic views of the city, there's no question as to why the Tianjin Eye is the city's number one attraction. Grab your camera and step onto the Ferris Wheel on Yongle Bridge along the Haihe River. On a clear, sunny day, you can see for miles.

Lantern colorful pavilions in an old colonist city called Tianjin in Beijing China

Ride Back in Time

Wu Da Dao, or the Five Great Avenues, is a history buff's dream. Board a horse-drawn cart and transport yourself back into time to see how colonists lived in Tianjin. Home to historical villas from the last two centuries, the Five Great Avenues is a section of the city begging to be explored.

China's largest Catholic Church inspired by Roman and French architecture

Cultures Collide

A product of the golden age and northern China's largest Catholic church, the XiKai Church was built in 1916 and is still in use today. Visit the church to admire the Roman- and French-inspired architecture, or catch a service in English or Chinese during your Beijing cruise.

Xiao Long Bao Steamed Buns Cuisine in Beijing, China

Local Cuisine

Follow your nose to Tianjin Goubuli for a goubuli steamed stuffed bun — the mouth-watering snack is stuffed with chicken and accompanied by sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger. Or, if you're looking for something sweeter, sink your teeth into a ma hau, a fried dough twist deep-fried in peanut oil and stuffed with bean paste.

Shopping through asian markets in Beijing, China

Shopping

Wander to the Tianjin Shenyangdao Antique Market to test out your haggling skills during your Beijing cruise. You'll find jade jewelry, porcelain items and copper handicrafts. Afterwards, find your way to Ancient Culture Street for silks, animal-shaped Weiji kites and Niren Zhang, the painted clay figurines that are traditional to the Tianjin area.

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