Royal Princess is making her return to Japan, marking the first return of a Royal Class Princess ship to the region, as well as Royal Princess’s debut to Japan.
Across the itineraries guests will have the chance to see flowers paint the country over Spring, a range of different summer festivals and all the iconic sights of Japan you’d expect.
Royal Princess will sail a brand new Japan & North Pacific Crossing, which will include visits to the northern Tohoku and Hokkaido regions during the cherry blossom season. Guests will even have the option to create an epic itinerary by combining this sailing with Princess’s signature ‘Voyage of the Glaciers’ cruise and see the best of Alaska as well. This cruise will depart Tokyo on April 27, 2024.
As well as Royal Princess, the Japan-built Diamond Princess also returns to Japan for a March through to August 2024 season, sailing roundtrips out of Tokyo. The vessel is set to visit 35 destinations across three countries and 31 unique itineraries through the season. Itineraries range from seven to 23 days.
Kicking off Diamond Princess’s season will be a series of four 10-day Spring Flowers voyages, which call at a range of Japan’s main islands, following the blooming season from south to north.
The cruise itineraries are particularly curated to coincide with some of Japan’s greatest festivals. With Diamond Princesss sailings coinciding with Aomori Nebuta Festival, Kochi Yosakoi Dance Festival, Tokushima Awa Odori Dance Festival and Kumano Fireworks Festival.
For something different, there are also a series of sailings out to Japan’s Southern Islands, where bustling cities can be traded for coastal beauty, although still a trademark dose of Japanese culture.
John Padgett, Princess Cruises president said: “Japan has been a popular homeport and destination experience for Princess guests for many years and we’re thrilled to offer such a culturally-rich season of cruises in this region for the 2024 season.”