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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 28 nights
  • Departs 13 Mar 2023
  • Sails from Yokohama (Tokyo)
  • Ship Westerdam
  • Flights and transfersNo
  • Cruise code ‍1781746‍
  • Voyage code ‍W317A‍

Your Itinerary

Tokyo, Japan

Yokohama (Tokyo) Mon 13 Mar 2023

Tokyo, Japan

A city where you’ll find centuries-old culture jostling for position next to cutting-edge technology – a fabulous blend of history and modernity that has to be seen to be believed.

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Shimizu, Japan Tue 14 Mar 2023

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A thriving harbor town for centuries, Shimizu is best known for its incredible scenic beauty. Take an excursion to Miho no Matsubara and enjoy stunning views of Mount Fuji and expansive black sand beaches; stroll through the graceful gardens and unique art installations of Tokachi Millennium Forest; and visit Kongofukuji Temple, first built by Kobo-daishi in 822 and rebuilt from 1662.

At Sea Wed 15 Mar 2023

Takamatsu, Japan

Takamatsu, Japan Thu 16 Mar 2023

Takamatsu, Japan

Founded in 1890, Takamatsu is home to the Ritsurin Garden, created by an Edo-era feudal lord. This magical place comes to life with cherry blossoms in the spring and brilliant color in the fall.

Temple in Kobe, Japan

Kobe Fri 17 Mar 2023

Temple in Kobe, Japan

This cosmopolitan port city is known for more than just its world-famous Kobe beef. Discover the boutiques and markets of the Motomashi and Kokashita districts, explore the Fashion Museum or venture out to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge-the longest suspension bridge in the world. In the Kitano district, tour stately injikan, western-style Victorian and Gothic homes, or enjoy a glass of sake from one of Kobe's famed wineries.

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Kochi, Japan Sun 19 Mar 2023

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High atop a hill in Kochi sits 17th-century Kochi Castle, once the seat of the Yamauchi lords. Explore this historic site and enjoy panoramic views of the city, then dine on sushi at Hirome Market.

Scenic Cruising Kanmon Strait Mon 20 Mar 2023

Tsuruga, Japan

Tsuruga Tue 21 Mar 2023

Tsuruga, Japan

This sleepy little port city is home to the intimate Kehi Shrine, with its red-lacquered Torii gate and koi pond. Learn about the fascinating history of the town at the Tsuruga Museum. Dine on grilled seafood like a local at Nihonkai Sakana Machi.

Sakaiminato, Japan

Sakaiminato, Japan Wed 22 Mar 2023

Sakaiminato, Japan

Sakaiminato is home to Shigeru Mizuki, creator of GeGeGe no Kitaro (a character who’s everywhere in contemporary Japan), and gateway to the ancient region of Honshu, site of the famous “Black Castle.”

Busan, Japan

Busan Thu 23 Mar 2023

Busan, Japan

South Korea’s second-largest city (after the capital, Seoul), Busan is located in the southeastern corner of the country along the Sea of Japan. It combines a vibrant, big-city atmosphere with a famously laid-back attitude and subtropical landscapes. Often described as the "San Francisco of Korea," thanks mainly to its hilly terrain and close-knit neighborhoods, it offers visitors a little of everything: fashionable boutiques, dynamic culture and buzzy nightlife, as well as sandy beaches, hot springs and nearby mountains crossed with hiking trails and dotted with temples. Cultural highlights include the Gamcheon Cultural Village; the spectacular Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, built into the side of a cliff; and Art Street in Sinchang-dong, which hosts art competitions, exhibitions and cultural events such as the annual Busan International Film Festival. Those who enjoy hiking can explore the famed cliffs of Taejongdae Park, while the white sand beaches at Gwangalli and Haeundae are ideal places to relax by the seashore. Foodies will love Busan, too, not just for its excellent restaurants but also for the many atmospheric markets: the low-key Millak Hoe Town Market, tourist spots like Jagalchi Fish Market and the market at Haeundae with its ramshackle stalls selling gukpab (a traditional rice soup).

Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju (Cheju) City Fri 24 Mar 2023

Jeju Island, South Korea

Revered as an idyllic honeymoon hotspot, the volcanic island of Jeju (known locally as Jeju-do or Cheju) is the southernmost province of South Korea. Famed for its free-diving haenyeo (sea women) and maze of lava tubes, the island offers a wealth of cultural attractions, natural landmarks and tempting activities. Its populous capital is Jeju city, also referred to as Jeju-si.

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Kagoshima Sat 25 Mar 2023

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Situated at the southern tip of Japan, Kagoshima is the capital of the prefecture of the same name and famous for its dramatic views of Sakurajima, an active volcano that smolders across the bay. One of the most popular activities is taking a ferry to Sakurajima and hiking on the 100-year-old lava flow that is now a grassy peninsula. Kagoshima, however, offers much more than the volcano’s almost overwhelming beauty. The food scene provides opportunities to experience the area’s rich culinary culture and features dishes using locally caught fish and regional specialties, like satsuma a’ge (deep-fried fish cake) and shōchū, a traditional beverage made at more than 100 distilleries in Kagoshima alone. Although the city was officially founded in 1889, it has an even longer history that is reflected in the 17th-century gardens of Sengan-en. More recent events are covered at a museum dedicated to the kamikaze pilots who flew out of Kagoshima. Other popular attractions include the City Aquarium, the Museum of the Meiji Restoration with its exhibits exploring local history and the City Museum of Art with its collection that covers both local contemporary and older art. With so much to do, visitors may want to consider the Cute transit card. Available at tourist information offices, one-day Cute cards cover city buses, trams and Sakurajima ferries and also provide discounted admission to several attractions.

At Sea Sun 26 Mar 2023

Tokyo, Japan

Yokohama (Tokyo) Mon 27 Mar 2023

Tokyo, Japan

A city where you’ll find centuries-old culture jostling for position next to cutting-edge technology – a fabulous blend of history and modernity that has to be seen to be believed.

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Shimizu, Japan Tue 28 Mar 2023

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A thriving harbor town for centuries, Shimizu is best known for its incredible scenic beauty. Take an excursion to Miho no Matsubara and enjoy stunning views of Mount Fuji and expansive black sand beaches; stroll through the graceful gardens and unique art installations of Tokachi Millennium Forest; and visit Kongofukuji Temple, first built by Kobo-daishi in 822 and rebuilt from 1662.

At Sea Wed 29 Mar 2023

Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki Thu 30 Mar 2023

Nagasaki, Japan

City of melancholy memories. Visit Glover House, where Puccini's Madame Butterfly reputedly awaited her errant Lt. Pinkerton; pay tribute to lives lost in WWII at Peace Memorial Park. Sample shore excursions: Nagasaki Half-day Tour; Sakai Bridge & 99 Islands;Arita, Birthplace of Ceramics.

At Sea Fri 31 Mar 2023

Ishigaki Island, Japan

Ishigaki Island, Japan Sat 01 Apr 2023

Ishigaki Island, Japan

Talk with the Japanese a while about the Japanese and you’re going to hear the word shimagunikonjo. The breakdown is simple: shima—island; guni—nation; konjo—consciousness. In one word, it's the firm belief that people who live on islands are different from people who live on continents, and anyone who’s done both is likely to agree. American culture may be the strongest influence in Japan now, but the Japanese will understand the motivations of the Brits a whole lot better. Islands require a different mind-set than continents. Islands require manners. But what if your island was never meant to be part of another bunch of islands? That’s what’s happened with today’s Okinawa Prefecture. The people who’ve always been there are Okinawan, one of the healthiest, longest-living people on earth. But now they’re part of Japan and seriously outnumbered by the Japanese. (And they’re not at all happy that the Japanese interlopers gave so much of their land over to U.S. military bases.) Signs of Okinawan culture can be subtle but are easier to pick out in more remote islands of the chain, like Ishigaki. Traditional buildings are a mixture of Chinese and Japanese influences. In the markets, you’ll find fu chanpuru (an Okinawan stir fry dish) and whole-wheat soba, which the Japanese won't touch. The ryuso robe holds on despite crowded kimono stores. The few people left who speak Uchinaguchi are praying for a movement like the Hawaiian renaissance to bring the culture back. The tipping point is close. A trip to Ishigaki now is to witness either the beginning or the end.

Hualien, Taiwan

Hualien, Taiwan Sun 02 Apr 2023

Hualien, Taiwan

Hualien City is on the east coast of Taiwan. The central Pine Garden is a cultural center set inside a former Japanese military office. The Hualien County Stone Sculpture Museum showcases contemporary and traditional stone carvings. Tzu Chi Cultural Park is a tranquil green space, with statues and a meditation hall. On the Pacific Ocean coast, sprawling Nanbin Park features a popular night market.

Keelung, Taiwan

Keelung, Taiwan Mon 03 Apr 2023

Keelung, Taiwan

Keelung City’s sheltered harbor and its location on Taiwan’s north coast have meant that, over the centuries, it has been ruled by the Spanish, Dutch and Chinese. While there are plenty of good coffee shops, markets and museums in the compact downtown and you can enjoy delicious seafood dishes at the Night Market, the city is today principally a gateway to Taipei for many travelers. Taiwan’s capital is just a half hour away by car or around 45 minutes by train. Long a small outpost of the Chinese empire, the city began to grow in the 19th century, when settlement from the mainland was encouraged. Then, from 1895 to 1945, the city (and all of Taiwan) was occupied by the Japanese. At the end of World War II, Taipei was handed over to the Republic of China, led by Chiang Kai-shek. In the decades since, it has seen an explosion of growth, but traditional temples and world-class museums still sit amid the skyscrapers. The modern metropolis also has top restaurants, food markets and upscale shopping. The Taipei Metro makes it easy to explore the city, or you can take an excursion to the countryside: A national park and a protected forest make for excellent day trips from both Taipei and Keelung.

Naha, Okinawa

Naha Tue 04 Apr 2023

Naha, Okinawa

Naha, the capital of Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture and its biggest city, also serves as the region’s key political, economic and transportation hub. With a fascinating past as the capital of the Ryukyu Kingdom and a working port that dates back to the 15th century, this city of 300,000 residents manages to be both a compelling city and a laid-back one. Because it was largely destroyed during World War II, there aren’t many old buildings here; however, a few restored remains from the Ryukyu Kingdom era provide historic interest, including Shuri Castle, the royal residence, and its extraordinary gardens—both of which are included in a local group designated together as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other legendary sites include the Royal Mausoleum (burial tombs set inside caves) and the Shurei Gate, so magnificent that its image appears on the 2,000-yen note. There are also a few contemporary hotspots, namely Kokusai Street, which offers almost two kilometers (1.25 miles) of shops, cafés and restaurants, and the nearby Makishi Public Market, which has dozens of food vendors hawking delicious treats. If you want to explore farther afield, Naha is the ideal jumping-off point for excursions to the rest of Okinawa.

At Sea Wed 05 Apr 2023

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Kochi, Japan Thu 06 Apr 2023

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High atop a hill in Kochi sits 17th-century Kochi Castle, once the seat of the Yamauchi lords. Explore this historic site and enjoy panoramic views of the city, then dine on sushi at Hirome Market.

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Osaka, Japan Fri 07 Apr 2023

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At Sea Sun 09 Apr 2023

Tokyo, Japan

Yokohama (Tokyo) Mon 10 Apr 2023

Tokyo, Japan

A city where you’ll find centuries-old culture jostling for position next to cutting-edge technology – a fabulous blend of history and modernity that has to be seen to be believed.

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  • Spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms, many with private verandas
  • All meals throughout your cruise - five course fine dining, informal buffets and late-night snacks throughout the day and early evening
  • All evening entertainment, including Broadway-style shows and live music in many of the lounges
  • On board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and use of gym equipment
  • A choice of daily on board activities
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Luxurious Mariner's Dream™ beds and premium linens
  • Luxurious bathrobes and Elemis skincare and spa therapy products
  • 24 hour in-room dining
  • ABTA & ATOL Protection
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Standard Interior Stateroom

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Approximately 151-233 sq. ft. Two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities are featured in these comfortable staterooms. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Approximately 151-233 sq. ft. These spacious staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Large Interior Stateroom

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Approximately 151-233 sq. ft. These spacious staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Large Ocean-view Stateroom (Obstructed View)

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2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower. Stateroom amenities include: Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens. Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage. 100% Egyptian cotton towels. Premium massage showerheads. 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers. Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure. Complimentary fresh fruit on request. Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages. Flat-panel TV and DVD player. Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service. Note - Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities. Room measurements are approximate. Please confirm before booking.

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Large Ocean view Stateroom

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Approximately 174-180 sq. ft. These expansive staterooms include include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Large Ocean view Stateroom (Fully Obstructed View)

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Approximately 174-180 sq. ft. These large staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities. The view is fully obstructed. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Large Ocean view Stateroom (Partial Sea View)

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Approximately 174-180 sq. ft. These staterooms feature a partial sea view and include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus premium massage shower heads and a variety of amenities. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub, shower, sitting area, private verandah, floor-to-ceiling windows. Stateroom amenities include: Our signature Mariner's Dream™ bed featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic® Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens. Luxurious bathrobes for use during your voyage. 100% Egyptian cotton towels. Premium massage showerhead. 5x magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer. Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure. Complimentary fresh fruit on request. Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages. Flat-panel TV and DVD player. Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service. Note - Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities. Room measurements are approximate. Please confirm before booking.

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2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person, floor-to-ceiling windows. Approximately 372–384 sq. ft. including verandah. Amenities include: Luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens. Deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage. 100% Egyptian cotton towels. Premium massage showerheads. 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers. Fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure. Complimentary fresh fruit on request. Elegant ice bucket and serving tray for in-stateroom beverages. Flat-panel TV and DVD player. Ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service. A variety of firm, medium and soft pillows. No-host mini-bar for easy entertaining. Personalized cruise stationery. Oversized bath towels. One-touch telephone concierge service. Fresh flowers. Complimentary DVD library. Note - Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities. Room measurements are approximate. Please confirm before booking.

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Neptune Suite

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Approximately 500-712 sq. ft. including verandah With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these spacious suites are flooded with light. They feature a large sitting area and two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses plus a separate dressing room. There's also a sofa bed, suitable for two people. The bathroom comes with a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, plus additional shower stall. Amenities include use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge, a private concierge and an array of complimentary services. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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Pinnacle Suite

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Approximately 1,150 sq. ft including verandah Generously proportioned and filled with light, these elegant suites include a living room, dining room, pantry with microwave and refrigerator, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah with whirlpool. The bedroom features a king-size bed—our Signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, plus a separate dressing room and the bath includes an oversize whirlpool bath and shower as well as an additional shower stall. There's also a sofa bed, suitable for two people, and a guest toilet. Amenities include a private stereo system, use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge, private concierge and an array of complimentary services. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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The Ship - Westerdam

  • Occupancy1,916
  • Tonnage82,348 tons
  • Length936 ft (285.30 m)
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Recently updated with new bar, entertainment and dining venues, plus completely reimagined suites, Westerdam is a fascinating destination in her own right. On board, enjoy live entertainment with Music Walk, including Lincoln Center Stage, B.B. King's Blues Club and Billboard Onboard. Enjoy regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table. Enrich your travel experience at the new Exploration Central atop the ship.

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  • Our ABTA membership & ATOL license protects all our package or tailormade holidays booked through ROL Cruise so you can book with confidence knowing you are fully protected
  • Award winning Cruise Miles® loyalty programme; with over 400,000 UK members
  • Winners of more than 50 Cruise Awards over the last 5 years
  • The UK's No.1 Independent Cruise Specialist; delivering impartial advice
  • Customer satisfaction at 98% and a Feefo score of 4.8/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating our 25th year as a cruise-only specialist
  • Key strategic partner with the major cruise lines
  • Voted The UK & Ireland's No.1 Ocean Cruise Specialist in TTG's 2020 Top 50 Travel Agencies Awards
  • Ambassadors representing us and guiding our customers onboard and at key locations on their holidays

Frequently Asked Questions about Holland America Line

Does Holland America Line have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Holland America Line does have a flexible cancellation policy.

Book a cruise by 30th September 2021 on sailings departing through to 31st December 2021 and you will be able to cancel for any reason no less than 30 days prior to departure. You will receive a refund of monies paid in form of a Future Cruise Credit. Your Future Cruise Credit will be valid for one year from the date of issue and can be used on any Holland America sailing departing up until 31st December 2022.


Do I need a COVID-19 vaccine to travel aboard a Holland America cruise ship?

 

No, you do not currently need to have had your COVID-19 vaccines to board a Holland America ship. Please note this is subject to change and excludes Holland America's 2021 Alaska season.


Last updated: 22.06.21

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