If Japan is on your travel bucket list, why not take the scenic route?
Holland America Line’s new Majestic Japan cruise will take guests there and back over nearly two months in 2024. During the 53-day cruise, one of the cruise line’s Legendary Voyages, passengers will also visit Alaska and Hawaii and Canada, and feature multiple overnight stays.
“This cruise allows us to offer Japan ‘from your doorstep’ with no more than a domestic air flight to Seattle,” Paul Grigsby, the line’s Vice President of Deployment & Itinerary Planning, said in a statement.
Here’s what travelers can expect.
When is Holland America Line’s Majestic Japan cruise?
The Majestic Japan cruise will sail round-trip from Seattle on Sept. 1, 2024, on the line’s 1,964-passenger Westerdam ship.
Where will the cruise sail?
The cruise will make its first stop in Vancouver. Passengers can then take in views of glaciers in Alaska’s Inside Passage and Stephens Passage, before visiting ports including Juneau and Sitka.
“Because we can linger on our way, we have chosen to visit some of the best ports in Alaska, including Kodiak and Dutch Harbor, before landing at Kushiro, Hokkaido as (the) first port of call in Japan,” Grigsby said. Other ports include Yokohama and Kobe, where the ship will stay overnight, Kochi and Hiroshima.
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Guests can visit sites like the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and Grigsby said travelers may also see leaves turning in the high country around Mount Tateyama.
The rest of the itinerary will include stops in Kanazawa and Nagasaki, views of Iwo Jima, an overnight stay in Honolulu and more.
How much does the cruise cost?
The sailing currently starts at $8,084 per person based on double occupancy, according to Holland America’s website.
The fares include the majority of food on board, drinks like regular coffee and tea and more.
Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.