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Hong Kong - Hotel Stay
Diverse and delicious with an insatiable appetite, Hong Kong – also called the 'City of Life' – is bursting with energy. Experience the excitement, vibrancy and colour of this unforgettable duty-free port. The harbour is the lifeline of the city, with its deep, sheltered waters and constant parade of vessels – modern and traditional – all set against a stunning backdrop.
Hong Kong - Embark ms Westerdam
In Hong Kong you’ll embark the wonderful ms Westerdam, a ship that successfully blends the finest elements of cruising heritage with a selection of modern innovations. It’s a superb choice for those looking for a leisurely pace of life at sea in exquisite surroundings, yet with stimulating activities and high-quality entertainment available.
During your days and nights at sea, you’ll find plenty on board to entertain you. The Vista Show Lounge lights up at night with superb live entertainment while Holland America’s Dancing with the Stars at Sea lets passengers get involved with the fun! Night owls will love the classy casino, open until late.
Shanghai (overnight in port)
Art Deco buildings squeeze between climbing skyscrapers in the fast-paced city of Shanghai. This unique cosmopolitan metropolis is a city of contrasts. You’ll find yourself surrounded by cool modern architecture one moment, before stumbling upon old Jewish synagogues and rickety street stalls the next.
Bright neon meets ancient tradition in Shanghai. Few cities evoke such a strong sense of history, awe and mysticism. Seek serenity in the Yuyuan Gardens located in the Old City, explore the pop-up boutiques and shop for antiques, ceramics and unique jewellery – or seek culture in the Shanghai museum.
Explore a wide range of delicious on board dining options - everything from a burger and fries by the Lido pool to the Pan-Asian flavors of Tamarind to the ultimate in refined and luxurious dining at Pinnacle Grill. A team of world-class celebrity chefs is charting an exciting course for dining across the Holland America fleet.
Known as China’s sailing city, this attractive town looks out over the sea on two sides and features long, sandy beaches. There’s a distinctive European feel to the city with its red roofed villas and German-style architecture - a legacy of occupation just before the First World War. The Germans also inspired a passion for beer and today Qingdao produces the famous Tsingtao lager and hosts a renowned international beer festival.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a relaxed drink with friends or somewhere to dance the night away you’ll find it on board the ms Westerdam. Sip cocktails while enjoying spectacular ocean views in the Crow’s Nest and then head to the dazzling Northern Lights Nightclub for a boogie.
Tianjin, Beijing (overnight in port)
Beijing is the beating heart of Chinese politics, culture and economic development. Here you could visit the Temple of Heaven, a tranquil park, where locals practice Tai Chi, for an authentic taste of Beijing life. Or you could visit Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest public squares, and the Forbidden City, the former home to 24 emperors.
During your visit to Beijing, you could visit the magnificent Great Wall of China. China’s greatest landmark weaves majestically between the East and West of China, through dry and dusty deserts and lush mountains, carrying with it a tragic, yet triumphant history that spans more than 2,000 years.
When it comes to activities on board ms Westerdam, much-loved favourites such as the Greenhouse Spa and fitness centre will ensure guests are well looked-after, while more recent introductions such as informative digital workshops and the brilliant Culinary Arts Centre add a new twist to the cruise holiday experience.
Nagasaki is beautiful city, set on a plain between the active harbour and a backdrop of stunning mountains. You’ll see Spanish, Dutch and Portuguese influences all over this vibrant, bustling city. The Atomic Bomb Museum gives you an insight into the devastation of the war and highlights the strength of the Nagasaki people who have rebuilt their city.
This friendly city lies at the top of the Satsuma Peninsula, a mountainous, geothermal wonderland of hot springs and geysers. Kagoshima is often described as a Japanese version of Naples with a warm and sunny climate and its very own active volcano that towers over the city. Here you can sample some of Japan’s best sake, brewed from the Satsuma sweet potatoes.
Showcasing comedy, song, dance and more, the Mainstage presents performances and presentations that are sure to entertain and inform throughout your voyage. These include Holland America Line exclusives such as the BBC Earth Experiences live show Planet Earth II in Concert.
Yokohama - Disembark ms Westerdam and Tokyo Hotel Stay
In Yokohama you’ll disembark ms Westerdam for your hotel stay in Tokyo. You arrive in Japan’s mega-city at the perfect time to experience the mystical scents and colour of its iconic cherry blooms. The whole metropolis turns pale pink at this time of year. To immerse yourself in this enchanting symbol of Japanese culture, make your way to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden or Ueno Park for the perfect viewing points of hundreds of flowering trees.
Tokyo - Mount Fuji & Lake Ashi Tour
During your Tokyo stay, you’ll enjoy a tour of the sacred Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain. You’ll admire the symmetrical beauty of its near perfect volcanic cone and take in stunning panoramic views from halfway up the mountain. You’ll also take a sky ride on the Hakone gondola and a boat trip across the serene Lake Ashi before the Bullet Trains whisk you back to Tokyo.
Tokyo - Hotel Stay
Take time to explore this bustling, clean and easy to navigate city. It’s a place of contrasts – skyscraper skylines and ancient temples, edgy bars and Shinto shrines. Head for Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple, and cross the Nijubashi Bridge on your way to the Imperial Palace. Go shopping in the Ginza district, and be sure to stop off for some nigiri-zushi and tempura – in Tokyo you’ve reached foodie heaven.
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