New 53-day Japan cruises will be offered by Holland America Line starting in September 2024.
Westerdam sails roundtrip from Seattle as a first for the company.
It includes 13 Japanese port cities during autumn, when temperatures are cooler, making it an excellent opportunity to explore Japan during the nearly two-month cruise.
Holland America Line’s Deployment & Itinerary Planning Vice President Paul Grigsby, said, “This cruise allows us to offer Japan ‘from your doorstep’.”
We will stop at Kodiak and Dutch Harbor in Alaska before cruising to Kushiro, Hokkaido for the first port of call in Japan due to the fact that we have the opportunity to linger along the way.
The itinerary also includes beautiful cruises along Alaska’s Inside Passage and Stephen’s Passage and visits to Juneau, Sitka, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor.
Holland America said guests can also visit sites important to World War II history during the voyage, including the Children’s Peace Monument and Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Upon entering Japan, the Westerdam is scheduled to visit Kushiro, Hakodate, Yokohama (Tokyo), Kobe, Kochi, Hiroshima, Kanmon Straight, Fukuoka (Hakata), Sakaiminato, Toyama, Kanazawa, Nagasaki, Ishigaki Island, and Naha.
In addition, the 2004-built vessel will cruise around Iwo Jima and Midway Island before returning to Hawaii, stopping at three Hawaiian destinations: Nawiliwili, Kauai, and Honolulu.
In addition to Yokohama (Tokyo), Kobe and Honolulu, overnight stays will be scheduled.
This cruise will give you a deep insight into Japan’s northern and mountainous regions, Kobe and Yokohama’s populations, and the east coast where we sail as far north as Toyama,” Grigsby stated.
On the September cruise, you may see the leaves changing color on Mt. Tateyama near Toyama because it is a September cruise.”
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