Spectrum of the Seas has resumed sailings to Japan after nearly four years, with the ship calling at Kobe on August 10, and Yokohama, Japan on August 12.
Featuring her longest itinerary yet, the ship hosted over 4,000 guests on a 12-night sailing, where the guests explored top Asian destinations including Nha Trang, Vietnam; Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as destinations in Japan including Kobe, Okinawa, Ishigaki, Mt Fuji, Kyoto and Kagoshima, before arriving in Yokohama.
“We are thrilled to return to Japan this year,” said Angie Stephen, vice president and managing director, Asia-Pacific, Royal Caribbean International. “These longer sailings which take in key port destinations in Japan have been extremely popular especially with the fly-cruise market from Australia, Europe and the US, with guests who are keen to explore the unique culture and rich heritage of Japan. Many of the sailing’s international guests would have stayed in Tokyo ahead of the sailing, exploring the local sights and enjoying the city’s great food, offering a strong economic benefit to the city’s tourism industry.”
Hiroya Nakano, director general of Port and Harbor Bureau, city of Yokohama, welcomed the arrival of Spectrum of the Seas to the port of Yokohama and hopes the ship will continue to “call the port of Yokohama in the future, and that the many cruise passengers will help revitalise the city’s economy”.
From April 2024, Spectrum of the Seas will set sail from Shanghai, China, offering guests a combination of four- and five-night cruises to destinations like Fukuoka, Okinawa, Nagasaki, Osaka and Tokyo, Japan. The ship will also offer eight sailings from Hong Kong starting from December 2024, bringing guests to places such Ishigaki and Miyazaki in Japan, as well as China and Vietnam.