Dive deep into Japan, from feudal Samurai towns to tech-driven Tokyo, as you circumnavigate the country with stops at every major port. This voyage has eight maiden calls including less-traveled Hakodate, one of Japan's first treaty ports in 1854, and Akita, which has been inhabited for thousands of years. Samurai fans will want to visit the ruins of Akita castle (from 733 AD) and Kubota Castle, where a defeated warrior once lived. Another noteworthy stop is the small fishing port of Sakaiminato, known for crab, Bluefin tuna and fertile farmlands. From here you can visit Honshu's ancient shrines and Bronze Age burial mounds, but above all you'll want to see Matsue Castle, one of Japan's few remaining feudal castles.
Throughout this voyage you can join small-group experiences to learn about Japan's culture and traditions. Become a mini-expert in Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, Japanese architecture, bonsai, origami, geisha, or the etiquette of sushi. Of course you'll dine like a king on incredible seafood, Kobe beef, ramen, shabu-shabu, tonkatsu and more. And you'll be surrounded by gorgeous scenery too, from perfectly tended national forests and gardens to beautiful coastal bays and towering snow-capped peaks.
STAY LONGER. EXPERIENCE MORE.
“Stay longer. Experience more." It's the philosophy behind every Azamara Club CruisesÒ voyage. It's what brings you to iconic destinations like Monte Carlo, and offers the opportunity to attend the world famous Monaco Grand Prix. It's what led to complimentary AzAmazing EveningsÒ, where you can listen to the sounds of a private performance by a 12-piece string orchestra, in the cozy atmosphere of the Odeon, a classic Roman theater. And it's what enables you to go behind-the-scenes of local life, with more time and opportunities to experience local culture in authentic ways thanks to Destination ImmersionÒ. Go farther, travel deeper, and bring your boutique hotel at sea with you every step of the way.
So much to do. So much time to do it.
Some things in life shouldn't be rushed, and we believe travel is certainly one of them. Every Azamara voyage features longer and overnight stays in port, so you can experience your destinations at all hours of the day. More time on land offers the opportunity to take a train ride through the deep green mountains of New Zealand, capped off with a traditional meal cooked over a pit oven of hot rocks. With overnight stays, you can spend an evening and following morning at a quaint Bed & Breakfast in the hills of Tuscany. And nights docked in port let you attend a show or two on the other side of the world.
Where in the world would you like to go? From the tropical West Indies to the stunning Mediterranean to the Land Down Under, if there is a destination you've always wanted to experience, there is a good chance you can get there on one of the various Azamara itineraries, taking you to both famous destinations and hidden gem locales. Azamara itineraries seldom repeat ports, so you can make the most of your time spent traveling the world while getting an immersive look into a variety of destinations, all on one voyage. Sit back and relax. Or get out and explore. We'll be here a while.
When you do choose to come back onboard, you'll be completely taken care of with inclusive amenities, a relaxed atmosphere, and a passionate and friendly staff and crew that will go out of their way to make your voyage one you won't soon forget. Welcome to your home sweet ship.
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