Absorbing and redefining the architecture and mannerisms of traditional Asia, drawing influences from the entire continent, Japan thrives off a fascinating unique contrast of conventional and modern customs. Clearly living in the moment, the and of the rising sun firmly has one eye on the future, and the other on the past.

Here, there seems to be no end to the discoveries one can make. From sprawling metropolises to forested natural wonders and sublime culinary delights, Japan is a charming nation of ever-changing surprises.

Highlights


• Embark on a full-day excursion to the World Heritage-listed city of Masan in South Korea

• Explore the 28 acres of the famous Koraku-en Gardens and partake in a tea ceremony

• In Nagasaki, tour the Nagasaki Peace Park, and the Atomic Bomb Museum as well as Glover Garden

On arrival, be transferred from the airport to Tokyo Station and take the Bullet Train to Kanazawa, embark Ship.
Explore Kanazawa today, known for its lacquerware, Kutani-style pottery and delicate hand-painting. The fascinating open-air market displays a vast variety of items from flowers to fish to local handicrafts. Visit the imposing ruins of Kanazawa Castle and the famed Kenroku-en Garden, one of the most beautiful feudal lords’ gardens in Japan.
Known as the ‘town of water’, Matsue nestles between a scenic lake and a serene lagoon. Perhaps explore Matsue Castle before a cruise on the castle moat. Alternatively, tour the town of Daisen and take a nature hike through the forests and meadows around Mount Daisen.
In Hagi, Japan’s revolution began in Jokamachi’s old samurai residential quarter. Here, you will tour a samurai’s home before visiting Daisho Temple, the resting place of the two first Mori Daimyo. You will also explore Hagi Castle, Shizuki Park and Tokoji Temple.
From our berth in Masan we head inland to the Haeinsa Temple. Regarded as one of the three great temples in Korea it was first settled in 802 A.D. and its name derives from a verse in a Buddhist Sutra as “reflections on a smooth sea”. In the 13th century when Korea was at war with the Mongols, the government commissioned the Triptaka Koreana, a complete copy of Buddhist scriptures, in the hope of Buddha’s intervention in the war. We also visit the Daejokkwangjeon, the main worship hall of the temple. After lunch in a nearby restaurant we will return to Masan this afternoon, here you may want to visit the vibrant fish market selling the daily catch as well as dried and salted fish and seaweed and try a sample at one of the raw fish restaurants.
South Korea’s Jeju-do was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2002. Here, you may like to visit Sangumburi Crater, an extinct volcanic crater that’s home to a variety of plant life. Afterwards, continue on to the World-Heritage-listed Manjanggul Cave, one of the world’s finest lava tunnels. Alternatively, walk one of the ‘olle’ routes, referring to the lanes that run through villages, as you gain an insight into daily life. See the Haenyeo (women divers) who, since the 17th century, have collected shellfish and seaweed from the waters without using any diving equipment, plus visit the museum dedicated to their unique methods.
Arrive in Nagasaki, the second city to be destroyed by an A-bomb during World War II. On a guided sightseeing tour, visit the Nagasaki Peace Park, the Atomic Bomb Museum and Glover Garden, which overlooks Nagasaki’s harbour. Then continue on to Dejima Island, an artificial island built in the bay of Nagasaki during the Edo Period to accommodate Portuguese Christian missionaries. It also used to be the residential quarters of the Dutch, the only foreigners allowed to trade in Japan during the Sakoku (Isolation) Period.
This afternoon, arrive on the island of Yakushima and be astounded by the diverse flora. On a nature walk, experience Yakusugi Land, a beautiful park populated by a number of ancient cedar trees. Alternatively, you may like to embark on a more active hike around the island.
Arrive in the pearl cultivation centre of Uwajima, situated in Uwajima Bay. During a visit to a pearl farm, learn the process of implanting, harvesting, extracting and sorting these precious pearls. Afterwards, explore Sakiiya Square and the historic Daikakuji Temple.
Arrive in Hiroshima and perhaps visit the Peace Memorial Park. Dotted with memorials, the park includes a cenotaph that lists the names of all the known victims of the A-bomb. Alternatively, go on a hike to Sandankyo gorge. Return to the ship and continue to Miyajima. Considered one of Japan’s scenic wonders, Miyajima provides a picture-postcard vista of the scarlet Torii gate. Go ashore to explore the World Heritage-listed Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, founded in the 6th century and dedicated to three sea goddesses. Alternatively, join one of your Expedition Team members for a shrine walk.
Visit one of Japan’s most famed gardens, Koraku-en. This stunning 17th-century formal garden has 28 acres of trails, ponds, plum and cherry trees as well as a classic teahouse where you will experience a traditional tea ceremony. After a local lunch, continue to Kurashiki and explore the old merchant quarter and its 17th-century wooden warehouses.
Disembark in Osaka and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

Standard Suite Forward

$ 15995 NZD pp
Standard Suite Forward
Castle Deck. 244 square feet / 22.6 square metres. Standard Suites feature multiple portholes, ensuite bathroom with a shower, as well as a spacious wardrobe.

Standard Suite

$ 16440 NZD pp
Standard Suite
Castle Deck. 244 square feet / 22.6 square metres. Standard Suites feature multiple portholes, ensuite bathroom with a shower, as well as a spacious wardrobe.

Superior Suite

$ 18240 NZD pp
Superior Suite
Caledonian Deck. 232 square feet / 21.6 square metres. Superior Suites feature a large window, ensuite bathroom with a shower, as well as a spacious wardrobe

Premium Suite

$ 19340 NZD pp
Premium Suite
Promenade Deck. 217 square feet / 20.2 square metres. Premium Suites feature a large window, ensuite bathroom with a shower, as well as spacious wardrobes.

Deluxe Balcony Suite

$ 19740 NZD pp
Deluxe Balcony Suite
Bridge Deck. 260 square feet / 20 square metres. Deluxe Balcony Suites feature a private balcony, ensuite bathroom with a shower and a spacious walk-in wardrobe.

Premium Balcony Suite

$ 20490 NZD pp
Premium Balcony Suite
Promenade Deck. 277 square feet / 20.2 square metres. Premium Balcony Suites feature a large private balcony, ensuite bathroom with a shower and a spacious walk-in wardrobe.

Owner's Corner Balcony Suite

$ 21490 NZD pp
Owner's Corner Balcony Suite
Promenade Deck. 22.6 square metres. Suites feature a private balcony measuring 5.6 square metres and two forward facing portholes, a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with shower.

Caledonian Sky

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites)

Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012

The MS Caledonian Sky accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 spacious outside suites. Many have walk-in wardrobes and some feature tub baths. There will be seven categories of suites and sixteen suites will have private balconies. For those familiar with the MS Island Sky she will feel like a second home, although there are some differences. The dining room, lounge, Lido Deck and bar are all similar. However, the ‘Club’ on the MS Caledonian Sky has been transported to the very top deck. Here, there is a library and bar which leads out on to a lovely forward deck. The ‘Club’ has wonderful views with ceiling to floor windows.

If you like the MS Island Sky, we are sure you will also approve of her sister. And, of course it is important that we offer the very best of facilities. However, equally as important are the staff on board whether they are the vessel’s crew or our own expedition staff. Noble Caledonia’s reputation has been built on providing the very best in all areas. Their crew of 74 not only offer an excellent service they are also noted for their kindness and attention to detail. A well run ship with a warm atmosphere is what we are known for, and it is because most of our crew have been with us for many years that we are able to engender such an atmosphere.

Your Suite
Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. The passenger accommodation is arranged over four decks and all suites have outside views. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, hot towel rack and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or bath tub.

Facilities in the suites also include walk-in or spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool or desk, mini-fridge, flat screen television, telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort.

Your space
The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge where daily briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage and an elegant bar where a pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. In addition there is the Club Lounge on the Panoramic Deck which features a bar. The onboard travel library is the perfect place to relax with a book and is stocked with reference books pertaining to the places the vessel is visiting along with a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. Outside there is a rear Lido deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. On the top deck there is a further observation and sun deck with bar service and comfortable deck furniture for sun bathing or relaxing with a book. There is also a small gymnasium onboard and hairdressers with appointments made on request.

Your dining
With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the quality of cuisine will be of a consistent superior quality. Where possible and when it meets his high standards, our accomplished chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and bring a local touch to the varied menus. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order and lunch and dinner is à la carte. When weather permits, breakfast, a buffet-style lunch and dinner are also served on deck. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and tea and coffee are available 24 hours. With sufficient notice, most diets can be catered for on board.

For your comfort, safety and security
The vessel is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilisers to minimise the ship’s motion. The Captain and officers operate an open-bridge policy that allows passengers onto the bridge at most times with the exception of arrival and departure from port and during times of complicated navigation. Here you can check the ship’s progress by charts and learn more from the officers about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to outside decks only.

Gratuities
Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Caledonian Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included them in your holiday price. In addition we tip all their guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you.

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