Phone: 516-626-9000

Toll-Free: 800-807-7009

May 09 - 26, 2019

Accents on the Orient

Hong Kong to Tokyo

The Six-Star Crystal Symphony

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

Immersive overnight stays in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Osaka and Tokyo highlight this Asian odyssey that features maiden calls to scenic Hualien and the unspoiled beaches of Ishigaki.

All this, plus Roberta and Arnold's exciting bridge program!

Participation in our fun-filled bridge groups is available only by booking direct with us at Bridge Holidays LLC

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK THIS CRUISE:
Call us at: 516.626.9000 or 800.807.7009
Fax: 516.626.7255
E-mail: cruises@bridgeholidays.com

ITINERARY

May 09

Hong Kong, China

May 10

Hong Kong, China

May 11

Cruising the South China Sea

May 12

Hualien, Taiwan

May 13

Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan

May 14

Ishigaki, Japan

May 15

Okinawa/Naha, Japan

May 16

Cruising the East China Sea

May 17

Shanghai, China

May 18

Shanghai, China

May 19

Cruising the East China Sea

May 20

Pusan, South Korea

May 21

Nagasaki, Japan

May 22

Kagoshima, Japan

May 23

Osaka, Japan

May 24

Osaka, Japan

May 25

Tokyo, Japan

May 26

Tokyo, Japan

May 09 - Hong Kong, China

Embark PM

Although Hong Kong has returned to its original Chinese roots, it still remains a cosmopolitan city with influences, languages and accents from around the world. Here East meets West and the result is electric. Soaring skyscrapers rise from the hills and harbor, blending geography and nature with commercial concrete, steel and pulsating neon in a way that brings traditional Chinese culture and Western-style commerce into perfect harmony. The bustling city streets are lined with teeming markets and sophisticated boutiques tucked tightly into any available crevice. Some of the world's best shopping is found in Central, located on Hong Kong Island and only a short ferry ride away. Discover the beauty and magic of Hong Kong today!

May 10 - Hong Kong, China

Depart 6 PM

May 11 - Cruising the South China Sea

May 12 - Hualien, Taiwan

8 AM to 6 PM

Hualien County and its commercial and governmental hub Hualien City are a top traveler’s destination, and for good reason. Taroko National Park and Yushan National Park, two of Taiwan’s nine national parks, are jewels of this mountainous east-coast region. Taroko National Park’s claim to fame is Taroko Gorge, a sheer-walled, 12-mile-long river canyon accessed by a scenic winding highway. Eternal Spring Shrine, a picturesque temple complex built over a waterfall, clings to the verdant cliffs of the park’s interior. Yushan National Park offers dramatic mountain landscapes as well, incredibly captivating with more than 30 peaks reaching elevations of more than 9,800 feet. Back in town, Hualien presents an array of historical landmarks and enticing diversions. Tao and Buddhist temples showcase local architecture and culture. The old railway yard, converted into a mini theme park called Solar City, is outfitted with solar panels and frames sea views and slick graffiti art taken into the 21st century with 3D technology. Qixingtan Beach, also spelled Chihsingtan Beach, features hiking trails, ocean-view pavilions and a stretch of black-pebble beach. Whether you are active or laid back, an admirer of nature’s wonders or a partaker of city attractions, you will find Hualien and its surrounds to be a treasure of Taiwan.

May 13 - Taipei/Keelung, Taiwan

7 AM to 7 PM

Across the Formosa Straits from Mainland China lies the island of Taiwan, whose name means "Terraced Bay." Taipei lies just 20 miles from our pier in Keelung. It is Taiwan's largest city and stands on the island's northern tip, where the Tamsui and Keelung Rivers meet. Since becoming the capital of the Taiwanese Republic of China, its population has mushroomed to approximately three million people. That momentum continues today, making this cultural and economic center one of Asia's fastest growing cities. Taiwan is a land of contrasts, from its bustling urban areas to its serene countryside. Explore numerous sites of interest including 19th-century city gates and walls, the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the Sun Yat-sen Memorial and the famous Grand Hotel.

May 14 - Ishigaki, Japan

6 AM to 6 PM

White, sandy beaches. Clear blue waters. Coral reefs. No, you haven’t stumbled upon a Caribbean isle here in the southernmost region of Japan. What you have encountered is a slice of paradise that merges East Asian culture with tropical bliss, an intoxicating blend of sit-on-the-beach relaxation and Shinto-shrine enlightenment. Ishigaki—which is both the name of the island and the name of the city that covers the entire island—seems ready made for snorkeling, hiking, beachcombing and kayaking. One of the more idyllic spots on the island is Kabira Bay, located on the northwest coast and known for beautiful sands and turquoise waters. Part of the Iriomote-Ishigaki National Park, the bay is a popular spot for diving, with a chance to see some of the many manta rays that frequent aptly named Manta Scramble. Inland, dense palm forests, jungle-clad mountains and rivers lined with mangrove are a photographer’s and nature lover’s delight. West-facing Sunset Beach, a stretch of sand on the north end of the island, is ideal for—you guessed it—watching the sun dip into the East China Sea.

May 15 - Okinawa/Naha, Japan

9 AM to 6 PM

Okinawa is the southernmost of Japan's main islands and lies 500 miles beyond the archipelago. Unlike other parts of Japan, Okinawa has its own, separate history stemming from the Ryukyu Kingdom of the 15th century. The nostalgia of royalty remains to this day, as sacred temples and an imperial castle blend with imposing skyscrapers and modern freeways. Though poor in natural resources, the people of Okinawa became skillful mariners, turning the island into a thriving center of trade. Today, its unique culture combines influences from Europe, China, Japan and Southeast Asia. During World War II, Okinawa was the only location in Japan where the Allies landed. From 1945 to 1972, the island was under the control of the United States military and numerous US military bases are still active today. Beyond the modern capital of Naha lie peaceful panoramas of hills dotted with blooming bougainvillea. Due to its tropical climate, sugar cane fields, luminous seas and white beaches, Okinawa is sometimes known as Japan's Hawaii.

May 16 - Cruising the East China Sea

May 17 - Shanghai, China

12 PM*

Shanghai, located just inside the mouth of the great Yangtze River, marks the point where Asia's longest and most important river completes its 3,400-mile journey to the Pacific. The city's unique location is the source of its existence and has determined what it is today. Until 1842, Shanghai was merely a tiny fishing village. Following the first Opium War, Shanghai became a treaty port, which opened the city to foreign influence and resulted in the development of numerous British, French and American colonial settlements within the city and along the Yangtze River. Today, Shanghai is the center of China's economic resurgence and its skyline attests to this development in the form of towering skyscrapers, brightly lit commercial high-rises and the unsettling Oriental Pearl Tower. A testimony to Shanghai's colonial era, stately European buildings in art deco style line the Bund, the city's spacious waterfront promenade. An endless flotilla of sampans edge the Huangpu River, dividing old and new Shanghai. Beyond the rush of the city, serene ponds and gardens offer a gentle respite. Must-see sights include the Jade Buddha Temple and tranquil Yu Garden, impressive monuments to China's history and style. Inland lies Suzhou, with its majestic Grand Canal and classical gardens, as well as equally significant Hangzhou, terminus of the Grand Canal and the center of China's legendary tea industry.

*Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

May 18 - Shanghai, China

Depart 5 PM*

*Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

May 19 - Cruising the East China Sea

May 20 - Pusan, South Korea

8 AM to 7 PM

Pusan, South Korea's largest port city, is the country's second largest city after Seoul and the world's fifth largest port. Even shopping is a huge draw thanks to the world's largest department store, Shinsegae Centrum City, located in Busan.

But this thriving metropolis is a place of smaller pleasures too. Six inviting beaches are ready to accommodate vacationers and day trippers; a trendy university area is alive with cafes, bars and restaurants; and an old central business district features eateries made famous by recipes handed down through the generations.

May 21 - Nagasaki, Japan

7 AM to 9 PM

Nagasaki is a thriving city on Kyushu Island's northwestern shores. As Japan's only access to the West, it flourished during a period of national isolation in the 16th century and continues to be influenced by the ideas and technology of other cultures. Must-see attractions include Japan's oldest gothic-style wooden church and the inspirational Peace Park. Also of particular note is the stately Glover Mansion, an impressive hideaway which was the legendary setting of Puccini's opera, Madame Butterfly. A harmonious blend of ancient and modern influences will be yours to enjoy during your sojourn in Nagasaki.

May 22 - Kagoshima, Japan

8 AM to 6 PM

Kagoshima lies cradled within the protective arms of a large inlet on the island of Kyūshū's extreme southern tip. It is Japan's southernmost city and combines slow-paced charm with thriving commercial activity. World-renowned Mount Sukurajima stands less than three miles away. This rare example of a busy metropolitan area coexisting with a volcano has led to comparisons between Kagoshima and the Italian city of Naples. Stroll picture-perfect Japanese gardens, explore an abundance of historical sites or shop for traditional pottery.

May 23 - Osaka, Japan

5 PM

Osaka, as it was in the 16th century, still remains a city of commerce. Although the nature of the city hasn't changed, it is presently undergoing an architectural revolution, rejuvenating and redefining itself with a dazzling display of gleaming skyscrapers and towers. During the 4th and 5th centuries, Osaka and its surrounding towns and cities were at the core of the developing Japanese society. It was through these centers that Chinese merchants traded their goods with the rest of Japan. Chinese merchants not only brought goods, but new knowledge, technology and culture, all of which filtered into Japan through the port of Osaka. The effects of this cultural trade remain evident to this day in the form of Osaka's superb restaurants, dedicated theater and collection of impressive temples and steadfast castles. Due to Osaka's prime geography and successful seaport, it provides an excellent base from which to venture inland to some of Japan's most stunning and popular cities. The ancient capitals of sacred Kyoto and tranquil Nara beckon travelers with their power and majesty.

May 24 - Osaka, Japan

Depart 7 PM

May 25 - Tokyo, Japan

4 PM*

Fusing the vitality of a modern metropolis with the stately elegance of yesteryear, Tokyo is truly unique. From the timeless beauty of the Meiji Shrine to the glittering Ginza district and impressive Tokyo Tower, this international giant is a complex blend of East and West. Houses of wood and paper stand beside towering steel skyscrapers, while kimono-clad women stroll beside teenagers who have created a fashion all their own.

The timeless Imperial Palace bears testament to Japan's enduring traditions. Despite encroaching urban development, it continues to exist in a verdant parkland of isolation.

Images of the vibrant metropolis of Tokyo, which is home to more than 11 million people, will create memories of a lifetime.

*Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

May 26 - Tokyo, Japan

Disembark AM*

*Arrival and departure times for this port will depend on tidal restrictions.

FARES

All Fares are Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single fares in Brackets)

Fares are All-Inclusive: All beverages (including wine & liquor), WiFi/internet and gratuities are included.

Port Charge: $935

* Fares include the Book Now Savings of $2,000.

Call us for air fares.

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares in brackets)
E2 (8)
Deluxe Room, picture window, extremely limited view
$ 5,920 ( $ 7,695)
E1 (7, 8)
Deluxe Room, picture window, limited view
$ 6,390 ( $ 8,305)
D (5)
Deluxe Room, picture window
$ 6,905 ( $ 8,975)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Room, picture window (Forward)
$ 7,935 ( $10,315)
C1 (7)
Deluxe Room, picture window
$ 8,175 ( $10,625)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 8,505 ( $11,910)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Room, verandah
$ 8,630 ( $12,075)
A3 (9)
Deluxe Room, verandah (Forward)
$ 8,800 ( $12,320)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Room, verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 8,820 ( $12,625)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Room, verandah
$ 9,105 ( $12,750)
SH, PH (9, 10)
Penthouse, large verandah, butler
$ 13,480 ( $23,590)
SS, PS (10)
Penthouse Suite, large verandah, butler
$ 18,200