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Japan Discovery

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Cruise Overview

  • Duration 13 nights
  • Departs 15 Oct 2023
  • Sails from Yokohama (Tokyo)
  • Ship Westerdam
  • Flights and transfersNo
  • Cruise code ‍1961394
  • Voyage code ‍W371

Your Itinerary

Tokyo, Japan

Yokohama (Tokyo) Sun 15 Oct 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.

Westerdam, Holland America Line

At Sea Mon 16 Oct 2023

Westerdam, Holland America Line
Miyakojima (Hirara), Miyako, Japan

Miyako, Japan Tue 17 Oct 2023

Miyakojima (Hirara), Miyako, Japan

Set against a ruggedly beautiful coastline, Miyako is home to Jodogahama Beach, a picturesque pebble beach with rock outcroppings. Go for a swim then stop at Miyako Fish Market for a tasty lunch.

Hakodate

Hakodate, Japan Wed 18 Oct 2023

Hakodate

Explore Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan from the base of Hakodate or fall in love with the city itself.

Aomori, Japan

Aomori Thu 19 Oct 2023

Aomori, Japan

Most Japanese used to think of Aomori merely as the place you caught the ferry to when you were going to Hokkaido. By the time you’d gotten here, they figured, you were pretty much at the edge of the civilized world. The small Tsugaru Strait that separates Honshu from Hokkaido isn’t big—only about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) at its narrowest point—but it’s ecologically important: Hokkaido has animals related to northern Asia, whereas Honshu’s are more closely related to southern Asia’s. The strait is also famous for sudden, very rough weather and for no shortage of shipwrecks. The city was flattened in World War II, so there isn’t much history left to see. Still, it’s a lovely area, not much congestion or development, and because the town is still the major gateway to Hokkaido, the city has money to spend on architecture and parks. Its setting on the edge of Mutsu Bay means you will often be surprised by lovely water views through the buildings. The old way of thinking of Aomori is over. Aomori may not be quite what most people think of when they plan a Japan trip, but it is what Japan thinks of when they consider where they got the new century right.

Westerdam, Holland America Line

At Sea Fri 20 Oct 2023

Westerdam, Holland America Line
Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok Sat 21 Oct 2023

Vladivostok, Russia

Off-limits during much of the Soviet era, Vladivostok is perhaps best known as one end of the Trans-Siberian Railway and—at least among Russians—for its many hills, which leads to comparisons with another city by the sea, San Francisco. But Vladivostok, nestled in the hook-shaped Golden Horn Bay that lies between two large gulfs, hasn’t even been Russian all that long. It was ceded by the Qing dynasty in 1860 through the Treaty of Peking, when it was only a small Manchu fishing enclave (which explains why the local cuisine reflects strong Chinese, as well as Japanese and Korean, influences).By the early 1900s, Vladivostok had grown past its phase as a military post and into a truly international port, drawing people from around the world—including Yul Brynner's grandfather, for one, who had arrived from Switzerland. During that boom time, the city rapidly filled with theaters, music halls and other fine buildings that still stand, as do the tramways linking them. The arts continue to thrive: Today, the brand-new glass-and-steel Primorsky Stage is a branch of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky, while a Hermitage Vladivostok is due to open soon. A statue honoring Vladivostok's famous native son Yul Brynner, who was born here in 1920, was also recently erected.

Westerdam, Holland America Line

At Sea Sun 22 Oct 2023

Westerdam, Holland America Line
Sakaiminato, Japan

Sakaiminato, Japan Mon 23 Oct 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.”

Sasebo

Sasebo, Japan Tue 24 Oct 2023

Sasebo

When Japan was a closed domain, the port city of Sasebo hosted a thriving Dutch trading franchise. Offshore, the Kujuku Islands boast many traditional structures built by Japanese Catholic refugees.

Cruises to Japan

Kagoshima Wed 25 Oct 2023

Cruises to Japan

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.

Cruises to Japan

Kochi, Japan Thu 26 Oct 2023

Cruises to Japan

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.

Westerdam, Holland America Line

At Sea Fri 27 Oct 2023

Westerdam, Holland America Line
Tokyo, Japan

Yokohama (Tokyo) Sat 28 Oct 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.

What's included *

  • 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
  • Upgrade to 'Have It All' for £40pppd and enjoy Included Drinks, Wi-Fi, Speciality Dining & Shore Excursions
  • Plus, book an Ocean View or above by 8pm 10th July 2022 and receive a FREE Pimm's Gift Set

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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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Large/Standard Inside 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 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

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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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Verandah Stateroom

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Approximately 212-359 sq. ft including verandah Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and bath tub with premium massage showerheads. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

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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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Signature Suite

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Approximately 372-384 sq. ft. including verandah These large, comfortable suites feature a spacious sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner's Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and one sofa bed for one person. The bathroom includes a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, and an additional shower stall. 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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Westerdam expertly blends sophistication, opulence and a vibrant, energetic spirit, while also encapsulating Holland America Line’s signature essence of modern luxury steeped in classic tradition. A cruise aboard Westerdam is one that you will remember for years to come.

What’s on board: Art Gallery, Atrium, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Billboard Onboard, Bridge, Canaletto, Casino, Club HAL, Crow’s Nest, Dive-In, Explorations Central & Cafe, Explorer’s Lounge, Fitness Center, Gallery Bar, Greenhouse Spa & Salon, Half Moon, Hudson, Hydro Pool, Lido Bar, Lido Market, Lido Pool, Lincoln Center Stage, Microsoft Studio, Neptune Lounge, Ocean Bar, Photo Shop, Pinnacle Bar, Pinnacle Grill, Sea View Bar, Sea View Pool, Sliding Dome Cover, Sports Courts, Stuyvesant, Tasman Room, The Dining Room, The Mainstage, The Retreat, The Shops, World Stage and much, much more.

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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 4.9/5.
  • Expert staff with over 1,000 years of combined travel expertise offering 5★ service
  • Flexible Payment Options Available
  • Celebrating over 25 years as a cruise-only specialist
  • Insurance Guidance - ROL Cruise will assist you with obtaining insurance cover, including Covid-cover.
  • 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

Holland America Line FAQs

Do Holland America Line have a flexible cancellation policy?

Yes, Holland America Line does have a flexible cancellation policy. Book a cruise by 8pm 30th September 2022 on sailings departing through to 30th September 2022 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?

For everyone’s safety and peace of mind, all guests must be fully vaccinated and provide a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within the 2 days before sailing. If you’re required to take a test before you return to your home country, we’ll provide one for you at no charge. For more information, please enquire at time of booking. 


Last updated: 01/07/2022

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