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Cherry Blossom Explorer & Mount Fuji Discovery
Fully Escorted Mount Fuji tour
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$5,999pp
Duration
17 nights
Departing
25 Mar 2020

Your Experience:

  • All flights, taxes & transfers
  • 3 night hotel stay in Tokyo
  • Fully escorted tour of Mount Fuji including the Hakone Sky Gondola
  • Fully escorted boat trip across Lake Ashi
  • High-speed Bullet Train to Tokyo
  • 14 night full-board Japan cruise on board ms Westerdam with all meals and entertainment

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Cruise Code: ASA2397 Call: 1800 924 450
Mon to Sat: 7am - 8pm (AEST)
Sunday: 7am - 7pm (AEST)

Your Holiday Itinerary

  • Day 1 Tokyo Hotel stay
  • Day 2 Tokyo Hotel stay
  • Day 3 Tokyo Hotel stay
  • Day 4 Yokohama Embark ship
  • Day 5 At Sea
  • Day 6 Kobe
  • Day 7 Kobe
  • Day 8 At Sea
  • Day 9 Naha
  • Day 10 Ishigaki
  • Day 11 Hualien
  • Day 12 Keelung
  • Day 13 At Sea
  • Day 14 Kagoshima
  • Day 15 Hososhima
  • Day 16 At Sea
  • Day 17 Shimizu
  • Day 18 Yokohama Disembark ship
  • Day 1

    Tokyo - Hotel Stay

    You arrive in Japan’s mega-city at the perfect time to experience the mystical scents and colour of its iconic cherry blooms. The whole metropolis turns pale pink at this time of year. To immerse yourself in this enchanting symbol of Japanese culture, make your way to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or Ueno Park for the perfect viewing points of hundreds of flowering trees.

    Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

    Day 1

    Tokyo - Hotel Stay

    You arrive in Japan’s mega-city at the perfect time to experience the mystical scents and colour of its iconic cherry blooms. The whole metropolis turns pale pink at this time of year. To immerse yourself in this enchanting symbol of Japanese culture, make your way to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or Ueno Park for the perfect viewing points of hundreds of flowering trees.

  • Day 2

    Tokyo - Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi tour

    During your Tokyo stay, you’ll enjoy a tour of the sacred Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. You’ll admire the symmetrical beauty of its near perfect volcanic cone surrounded by pink cherry blossom and take in stunning panoramic views from halfway up the mountain. You’ll also take a sky ride on the Hakone gondola and a boat trip across the serene Lake Ashi, before the bullet train whisks you back to Tokyo.

    Lake Ashi

    Day 2

    Tokyo - Mount Fuji and Lake Ashi tour

    During your Tokyo stay, you’ll enjoy a tour of the sacred Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. You’ll admire the symmetrical beauty of its near perfect volcanic cone surrounded by pink cherry blossom and take in stunning panoramic views from halfway up the mountain. You’ll also take a sky ride on the Hakone gondola and a boat trip across the serene Lake Ashi, before the bullet train whisks you back to Tokyo.

  • Day 3

    Tokyo - Hotel Stay

    Discover Japan’s fascinating city of contrasts from serene ancient shrines to dizzying neon-lit streets. Visit the famous Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Palace, home to Japanese royalty and take your pick of shopping, dining and entertainment options in the district of Ginza. In the evening, head to the Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Illuminations where over 800 cherry trees are lit up along the river lined with red lanterns and festive food stalls.

    Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Illuminations

    Day 3

    Tokyo - Hotel Stay

    Discover Japan’s fascinating city of contrasts from serene ancient shrines to dizzying neon-lit streets. Visit the famous Meiji Shrine and the Imperial Palace, home to Japanese royalty and take your pick of shopping, dining and entertainment options in the district of Ginza. In the evening, head to the Nakameguro Cherry Blossom Illuminations where over 800 cherry trees are lit up along the river lined with red lanterns and festive food stalls.

  • Day 4

    Yokohama - Embark ms Westerdam

    You’ll transfer to Yokohama to embark the wonderful ms Westerdam, a ship that successfully blends the finest elements of cruising heritage with a selection of modern innovations. It’s a superb choice for those looking for a leisurely pace of life at sea in exquisite surroundings, yet with stimulating activities and high-quality entertainment available.

    ms Westerdam

    Day 4

    Yokohama - Embark ms Westerdam

    You’ll transfer to Yokohama to embark the wonderful ms Westerdam, a ship that successfully blends the finest elements of cruising heritage with a selection of modern innovations. It’s a superb choice for those looking for a leisurely pace of life at sea in exquisite surroundings, yet with stimulating activities and high-quality entertainment available.

  • Day 5

    At Sea

    During your days and nights at sea, you’ll find plenty on board to entertain you. The Vista Show Lounge lights up at night with superb live entertainment while Holland America’s Dancing with the Stars at Sea lets passengers get involved with the fun! Night owls will love the classy casino, open until late.

    Vista Lounge

    Day 5

    At Sea

    During your days and nights at sea, you’ll find plenty on board to entertain you. The Vista Show Lounge lights up at night with superb live entertainment while Holland America’s Dancing with the Stars at Sea lets passengers get involved with the fun! Night owls will love the classy casino, open until late.

  • Day 6

    Kobe

    Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, this attractive city has a long maritime history and cosmopolitan outlook. You have an overnight stay in port to explore Kobe and its high-quality restaurants. Try the local speciality, Kobe beef with its distinctive marbling that produces delicious melt in the mouth steak. Its small size makes it easy to explore and seek out its beautiful ‘sakura’ or cherry blossom. Visit the Hokura Shrine, halfway up Mount Kinchozan for panoramic views of the city and blooming weeping cherry trees on either side of the shrine.

    Nofukuji Temple, Kobe

    Day 6

    Kobe

    Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea, this attractive city has a long maritime history and cosmopolitan outlook. You have an overnight stay in port to explore Kobe and its high-quality restaurants. Try the local speciality, Kobe beef with its distinctive marbling that produces delicious melt in the mouth steak. Its small size makes it easy to explore and seek out its beautiful ‘sakura’ or cherry blossom. Visit the Hokura Shrine, halfway up Mount Kinchozan for panoramic views of the city and blooming weeping cherry trees on either side of the shrine.

  • Day 7

    Kobe

    From Kobe you could visit Osaka, one of the best cities in Japan to see spectacular cherry blossom. Head to Kema Sakuranomiya Park, where seemingly endless rows of cherry trees can be admired from the scenic riverside promenade, or Osaka Castle where you can sit and enjoy a picnic among among the 4,000 cherry trees in its grounds.

    Osaka Castle

    Day 7

    Kobe

    From Kobe you could visit Osaka, one of the best cities in Japan to see spectacular cherry blossom. Head to Kema Sakuranomiya Park, where seemingly endless rows of cherry trees can be admired from the scenic riverside promenade, or Osaka Castle where you can sit and enjoy a picnic among among the 4,000 cherry trees in its grounds.

  • Day 8

    At Sea

    Explore a wide range of delicious on board dining options - everything from a burger and fries by the Lido pool to the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at Pinnacle Grill. A team of world-class celebrity chefs is charting an exciting course for dining across the Holland America fleet.

    Pinnacle Grill

    Day 8

    At Sea

    Explore a wide range of delicious on board dining options - everything from a burger and fries by the Lido pool to the Pan-Asian flavours of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at Pinnacle Grill. A team of world-class celebrity chefs is charting an exciting course for dining across the Holland America fleet.

  • Day 9

    Naha

    Subtropical Okinawa sees the cherry blossom earlier than other parts of Japan. Many of the Cold Scarlet cherry trees are found amongst the ruins of Nakajin Castle, next to Shuri Castle and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Okinawa, you can also visit the Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum that commemorates the Battle of Okinawa. Stroll the grounds and learn about the events leading up to this devastating period in the island’s history.

    Shuri Castle, Naha

    Day 9

    Naha

    Subtropical Okinawa sees the cherry blossom earlier than other parts of Japan. Many of the Cold Scarlet cherry trees are found amongst the ruins of Nakajin Castle, next to Shuri Castle and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Okinawa, you can also visit the Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum that commemorates the Battle of Okinawa. Stroll the grounds and learn about the events leading up to this devastating period in the island’s history.

  • Day 10

    Ishigaki

    This island’s white-sand beaches and turquoise waters draw divers and snorkelers hoping to glimpse the island's famed manta rays. Ishigaki is a nature lover’s paradise, with palm forests, mangrove-lined rivers that you can kayak down, and jungle-covered mountains perfect for hiking adventures. As well as its wealth of natural beauty, you'll find an abundance of cultural sites with ties to the island's rich history.

    Kabira Bay, Ishigaki

    Day 10

    Ishigaki

    This island’s white-sand beaches and turquoise waters draw divers and snorkelers hoping to glimpse the island's famed manta rays. Ishigaki is a nature lover’s paradise, with palm forests, mangrove-lined rivers that you can kayak down, and jungle-covered mountains perfect for hiking adventures. As well as its wealth of natural beauty, you'll find an abundance of cultural sites with ties to the island's rich history.

  • Day 11

    Hualien

    Although it’s one of Taiwan’s largest cities, Hualian has a lots of natural beauty and an easy going pace of life. It boasts a good choice of restaurants, parks and ocean views but it’s also the gateway to discover Taiwan’s beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls and hot springs. Visit Taroko National Park with an astounding 12-mile-long canyon—a breathtaking spectacle of craggy rocks and cascading water.

    Taroko National Park

    Day 11

    Hualien

    Although it’s one of Taiwan’s largest cities, Hualian has a lots of natural beauty and an easy going pace of life. It boasts a good choice of restaurants, parks and ocean views but it’s also the gateway to discover Taiwan’s beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls and hot springs. Visit Taroko National Park with an astounding 12-mile-long canyon—a breathtaking spectacle of craggy rocks and cascading water.

  • Day 12

    Keelung

    Despite a turbulent history and a booming economy, Taipei hasn’t forgotten its traditional past so you’ll find the Taipei 101 skyscraper alongside Taoist temples and Japanese-era buildings. Eating out is a way of life and the options are so plentiful, cheap and delicious that many studio don’t even bother having kitchens. You’ll find Taiwanese specialities as well as regional Chinese, Japanese and Indian cuisine and a huge choice of eateries from high-end restaurants to superb street food.

    Keelung Skyline

    Day 12

    Keelung

    Despite a turbulent history and a booming economy, Taipei hasn’t forgotten its traditional past so you’ll find the Taipei 101 skyscraper alongside Taoist temples and Japanese-era buildings. Eating out is a way of life and the options are so plentiful, cheap and delicious that many studio don’t even bother having kitchens. You’ll find Taiwanese specialities as well as regional Chinese, Japanese and Indian cuisine and a huge choice of eateries from high-end restaurants to superb street food.

  • Day 13

    At Sea

    Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed drink with friends or somewhere to dance the night away you’ll find it on board the ms Westerdam. Sip cocktails while enjoying spectacular ocean views in the Crow’s Nest and then head to the dazzling Northern Lights Nightclub for a dance.

    Ocean Bar

    Day 13

    At Sea

    Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed drink with friends or somewhere to dance the night away you’ll find it on board the ms Westerdam. Sip cocktails while enjoying spectacular ocean views in the Crow’s Nest and then head to the dazzling Northern Lights Nightclub for a dance.

  • Day 14

    Kagoshima

    This friendly city, with its towering active volcano, lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. This city has a number of gardens and parks where you can see spectacular cherry blossom, including Yoshino Park with over 800 cherry trees and the riverside with over 500 cherry trees lining the banks of the Kotsukigawa River. Here you can also sample some of Japan’s best sake, brewed from the Satsuma sweet potatoes.

    Sakurajima Volcano, Kagoshima

    Day 14

    Kagoshima

    This friendly city, with its towering active volcano, lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. This city has a number of gardens and parks where you can see spectacular cherry blossom, including Yoshino Park with over 800 cherry trees and the riverside with over 500 cherry trees lining the banks of the Kotsukigawa River. Here you can also sample some of Japan’s best sake, brewed from the Satsuma sweet potatoes.

  • Day 15

    Hososhima

    Bestowed with tranquil resorts, enticing beaches and one of Japan’s warmest climates, Miyazaki Prefecture, on the south side of the island of Kyushu, has one of Japan’s top cherry blossom viewing sites, Mochio-koen in Miyakonojo. Here you can walk through a two kilometre tunnel of 2,600 cherry trees and also enjoy the blooms at nearby Sekino-o Falls, one of Japan’s most famous waterfalls.

    Sekino-o Falls

    Day 15

    Hososhima

    Bestowed with tranquil resorts, enticing beaches and one of Japan’s warmest climates, Miyazaki Prefecture, on the south side of the island of Kyushu, has one of Japan’s top cherry blossom viewing sites, Mochio-koen in Miyakonojo. Here you can walk through a two kilometre tunnel of 2,600 cherry trees and also enjoy the blooms at nearby Sekino-o Falls, one of Japan’s most famous waterfalls.

  • Day 16

    At Sea

    When it comes to activities on board ms Westerdam, much-loved favourites such as the Greenhouse Spa and fitness centre will ensure guests are well looked-after, while more recent introductions such as informative digital workshops and the brilliant Culinary Arts Centre add a new twist to the cruise holiday experience.

    Greenhouse Spa & Salon

    Day 16

    At Sea

    When it comes to activities on board ms Westerdam, much-loved favourites such as the Greenhouse Spa and fitness centre will ensure guests are well looked-after, while more recent introductions such as informative digital workshops and the brilliant Culinary Arts Centre add a new twist to the cruise holiday experience.

  • Day 17

    Shimizu

    Shimizu Park is one of Japan’s Top 100 cherry blossom viewing sites where Someiyoshino, weeping and Kanhi cherry trees blossom beautifully. On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji from this pretty port rich in natural beauty and cultural gems. A few of the main attractions include Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government, Sunpu Castle and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, where ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu, who ushered in the Edo period, held his coming-of-age ceremony.

    Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, Shimizu

    Day 17

    Shimizu

    Shimizu Park is one of Japan’s Top 100 cherry blossom viewing sites where Someiyoshino, weeping and Kanhi cherry trees blossom beautifully. On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji from this pretty port rich in natural beauty and cultural gems. A few of the main attractions include Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, designated a National Treasure by the Japanese government, Sunpu Castle and Shizuoka Sengen Shrine, where ruler Tokugawa Ieyasu, who ushered in the Edo period, held his coming-of-age ceremony.

  • Day 18

    Yokohama - Disembark ms Westerdam

    Arriving back in Yokohama you’ll disembark ms Westerdam and fly home.

    Disembark your Ship

    Day 18

    Yokohama - Disembark ms Westerdam

    Arriving back in Yokohama you’ll disembark ms Westerdam and fly home.

ms Westerdam

The wonderful ms Westerdam offers the very finest elements of cruising heritage with the addition of some neat modern innovations that today’s passengers will love. The theme of ms Westerdam's art collection is Dutch heritage in the New World. Art ranges from paintings of historic Dutch ships, such as Henry Hudson's Half Moon, to a huge Indian silver-overlaid wood palace doorway. Contemporary pieces include an original Andy Warhol portrait. The Westerdam is a superb choice of ship for those looking for a leisurely pace of life at sea, yet with interesting activities and high-quality entertainment available whenever you want them.

Key Facts

Entered service: 01/04/2004

Number of Decks: 11

Passenger Capacity: 1,916

Total Crew: 817

Number of Cabins: 958

Wheelchair Accessible Cabins: Yes

Number of Pools: 3

Number of Restaurants: 2

Formal Nights: Yes

Kids Club: Yes

Great places to visit on board:

The Explorer’s Lounge

Enjoy a glass of wine, a cocktail, or your favourite liqueur in this elegant and refined space.

America’s Test Kitchen

This culinary programme includes live cooking workshops and hands-on workshops.

Pinnacle Grill

Celebrate the day’s adventures at this intimate restaurant with signature recipes.

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