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Le Laperouse

In the Wake of General MacArthur - The Legacy of World War II

Launching in 2018, Le Lapérouse is the first of a new series of Explorer ships that remain true to the Ponant spirit, embodying the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. The ship offers guests elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. Le Lapérouse will be the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye, located within the hull beneath the water line.

 

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Embark

You will be greeted at Hong Kong airport and transferred to the Kowloon Shangri La Hotel for a one night stay. The following day join an excursion then transfer to Le Laperouse in the afternoon.

Day 1: Hong Kong

You will be greeted at Hong Kong airport and transferred to the Kowloon Shangri La Hotel (or similar) for a one night stay. In the evening enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception, where the guest lecturers, James Bradley and Philip Hurst, and your Tour Manager will introduce the program ahead.

Day 2: Hong Kong

After breakfast at the hotel, join an excursion that includes a tram ride to Victoria Peak; a visit of the Aberdeen floating fishing village; lunch; and a tour of the Museum of Coastal Defence’s exhibits relating to World War II. Embark Le Laperouse in late afternoon and settle into your cabin.

Day 3: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards the harbour city of Keelung.

Day 4: Keelung, Taiwan

Arrive at the harbour city of Keelung, Taiwan first thing in the morning. Nearby you will find the spectacular natural park of Yehliu, famed for its striking rock formations. It's easy to tour the city's historical sites on trails that cross the lush green hills surrounding the harbour from Chung Cheng Park to Fort Ershawan, where you can enjoy superb views of Keelung and the coastline.

Day 5: Ishigaki

Spend a full day at the main island of the Yaeyama archipelago. Ishigaki boasts all the aspects of an authentic piece of paradise, turquoise blue sea, stunning white sandy beaches and incredible snorkeling and diving experiences. The waters off Shiraho, on the island's south-west coast, have one of the largest areas of blue coral in the world.

Day 6: Naha, Okinawa

Arrive at the town of Naha is located on the south-west of the island of Okinawa. The picturesque Makishi Public Market, nicknamed Naha's kitchen offers a profusion of colourful fish, Okinawan foodstuffs and local spices and you can sample delicacies cooked on the spot .

Day 7: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Kagoshima.

Day 8: Kagoshima

Spend the day at the seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island, best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitant's everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything.

Day 9: Uwajima

Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge.

Day 10: Hiroshima

You will spend a full day in the incredible emotive city of Hiroshima. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto. Your day in Hiroshima begins with a visit to the Peace Park and Memorial Museum, commemorating the dropping of world's first atomic bomb. During your time at the museum you will meet with a survivor of the blast and successor survivors who will tell the story of August 6, 1945, and of what followed. In the afternoon, you may choose to travel by boat to Miyajima to the elegant Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating from the 16th century.

Day 11: Tokushima

Arrive at Tokushima which lies on the eastern part of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's four main islands. Mount Bizan sits majestically overlooking the town and is known as the symbol of the city.

Day 12: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Shingu.

Day 13: Shimzu

The former town of Shimizu is located on the Pacific coast of Japan, south-west of Tokyo. “Former” since, from 2003, it has been absorbed into the neighbouring town of Shizuoka. From its port, the view onto the bay of Suruga is unique. Its Kashi-no Ichi fish market rolls out an armada of fresh fish.

Day 14: Shingu

To the south-west of the Japanese archipelago, Shingu is a port town in the Kansai region. Take a trip around the Kumano Sanzan religious complex dedicated to three sacred mountains and home to two Shinto temples, Kumano Hong, Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha.

Day 15: Osaka

Arrive in Osaka where you disembark the ship. You will then be transferred to the airport.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Osaka, then transfer from the ship to Osaka airport.

Includes

  • Transfer from airport to hotel
  • 1 nights accommodation at the Kowloon Shangri La Hotel
  • Excursion including a tram ride to Victoria Peak; a visit of the Aberdeen floating fishing village; lunch; and a tour of the Museum of Coastal Defence’s
  • 13 Nights' accommodation on board Le Laperouse
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English speaking only cruise
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port taxes
  • Transfer from the ship to the Osaka airport at the end of the cruise
  • A series of lectures and discussions with historians James Bradley and Philip Hurst
  • Excursion to the Peace Park and Memorial Museum in Hiroshima. Meet with a survivor of the blast and successor survivors who will tell the story of August 6, 1945, and of what followed. Option to travel by boat to Miyajima to the elegant Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating from the 16th century

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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