Princess Cruises to Sail Longest-Ever Japan Cruise Season in 2018

Princess Cruises has announced its longest Japan cruise season yet, complete with 2018 voyages from Tokyo and Kobe that circle the country. 

With port calls to Ishinomaki, Iwakuni, Niigata, Sakata, Toba and Tokkaichi, along with visits to South Korea, Taiwan, China, Russia, Hong Kong and Vietnam, the voyages offer opportunities to explore UNESCO World Heritage sites and chances to participate in cultural festivals and special events. 

A total of 63 voyages are open for sale on Diamond Princess, ranging from four to 23 nights, with 38 destinations in seven countries. The 2018 season runs from April through December 2018. 

“We are honored to bring guests more departures and visits to top-rated ports in 2018 than ever before,” said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. “Through local cultural entertainment and culinary experiences to our purpose-made ship specific to Japan; our guests are sure to enjoy the most of this storied country at sea with Princess.” 

2018 Japan Program Highlights

Festivals and Special Events

  • Three Spring Flowers voyages depart in April, providing guests with access to Japan’s largest Tulip Fair and some of Japan’s top cherry blossom viewing sites.
  • Princess Cruises also offers five, 8-to 19-day voyages visiting the Aomori Nebuta and Akita Kanto Festivals with float figures, music and vibrant dancers. 
  • Six Fall Foliage voyages depart in Early October and November bringing guests to regions of Japan that showcase the changing colors of the Japanese maple and Gingko trees. 

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  • The 2018 Japan season offers access to 12 UNESCO World Cruise Heritage Sites including: the historic temples of Kyoto and Nara, Mt. Fuji and the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima. 

Japan Cruise Tours

  • Princess Cruises offers two cruise tour options, available on select cruises, to explore Kyoto and Tokyo. The tours provide guests with opportunities to explore main sightseeing attractions and immerse themselves in Japanese culture. An experienced tour direction and most meals are included on both cruise tour options.