Princess Cruises said it will offer pre- and post-cruise
land tours for 2016 Japan cruises on the Diamond Princess.
When Princess launched cruises from Japanese homeports in
2013, they were designed for Japanese travelers, but they have proved popular
with North Americans.
The new multi-day land packages explore the departure cities
Kyoto and Tokyo. The Kyoto tours will include sightseeing at Nijo Castle, the
Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), and popular Japanese gardens, Princess
said. In Tokyo, there will be city tours as well as visits to Mt. Fuji,
Togendai and Lake Ashi.
The 2016 season will again run from April through October
and feature four- to 20-day cruises, including circumnavigations of Japan, two
new ports of call on the island of Kyushu, along with visits to Korea, Taiwan
Although the cruises have found an international audience,
Diamond Princess remains customized for Japanese guests. The ship features a
traditional Izumi Japanese bath, a restaurant with made-to-order sushi and a large
selection of sake, a traditional Japanese breakfast omelet, noodle stations and
unique Japanese entertainment offerings such as “rakugo” storytelling
performances and origami classes.
Sales for the 2016 Japan cruises open April 16.