Princess Cruises has revealed it will redeploy the Diamond Princess to Japan in 2025.

Following a successful season in 2024, the ship will visit 36 destinations in three countries over spring and summer of 2025.

The Diamond Princess will be departing from her homeport of Tokyo between March and August 2025. The Diamond Princess will sail on seven to 22-day voyages.

Some of the highlight itineraries include a 10-day or a new 11-day Spring Flowers itinerary only available in March and April. The cruise sails to Japan’s four main islands and follows the blooming season from south to north.

The 10-day Japan Explorer takes cruisers to iconic places like Mt. Fuji, Osaka, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.

But the sailings visit the Land of the Rising Sun during major festival periods. Guests can see the Aomori Nebuta Festival, the Kochi Yosakoi Dance Festival, the Tokushima Awa Dance Festival, and the Kumano Fireworks Festival, all held in August in Japan on Diamond Princess sailings. 

“Japan is best experienced on a cruise, sailing around this scenic island nation taking in festivals, flowers, legendary sites, and landscapes,” said John Padgett, Princess Cruises president.

“Our upcoming 2025 season features itineraries and offerings crafted with area tourism boards to showcase the best of the local art, cuisine, music, and popular culture.”

Princess are also offering two cruisetours as an addition to the Diamond Princess’ 2025 schedule. The 13-day Highlights of Japan include a land tour in Kyoto and Tokyo for the first five days. It is then followed by an eight-day sailing with port calls to Nagasaki, Sakaiminato, and Aomori in Japan. The Diamond Princess will also call at Busan in South Korea.

There is also a 14-day option which includes a five-day land tour visiting the same sites as the short package. There is then a nine-day sailing on the Diamond Princess that calls at Akita, Toyama, Tsuruga, Sakaiminato, and Kagoshima in Japan. The ship also visits Busan in South Korea.  

Both land tour components include sightseeing at Kyoto’s famous gardens, Nijo Castle, the Great Buddha of Todaiji Temple, and more.

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