Princess Cruises offers several different itineraries, one of which – a 24-night cruise – begins in Australia. After an overnight stay in Sydney, the Diamond Princess sails north to call on Port Douglas and Darwin, Australia, then threads its way through the islands of Indonesia to call on Hong Kong. The ship continues to Taipei, Taiwan; Kagoshima, Japan; Busan, South Korea; and Dalian, China, before proceeding to Beijing. Dalian has a strategically important position on the tip of the Liaodong peninsula, and the influence of past invaders and traders from Russia, Japan, and Western Europe can be seen and felt in the city.
Princess also offers a 16-day repositioning cruise that begins in Anchorage, Alaska, and ends in Beijing – a great opportunity to experience two distinctive destinations, with a relaxing sea voyage in between.
For a briefer look at China and Southeast Asia, Royal Caribbean offers a five-night cruise on the Legend of the Seas that departs from the cruise terminal in Xiamen, China, and sails to Halong Bay, Vietnam, known for its striking limestone formations. On the return trip to Xiamen, the ship also calls on Hong Kong.
For a truly China-centric cruise experience, you might also consider a cruise of the country’s mighty Yangtze (Yellow) River, which passes through spectacular scenery. Or, consider a “cruisetour” package that combines your cruise with a land-based exploration of China’s interior. For more information on your China cruise options, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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