Posted July 19th, 2017, 05:11 PM
Thanks for posting. We are on the grand Japanese trip next July. I just was wondering what they offered cultural wise onboard ship. Did they talk about the ports and did they have origami or other things Japanese to immerse yourself in their culture.
There were no port talks, just a very short 2 minute blurb on tv about each port. That is one of the few things I felt was missing. I understand that Japanese are in the majority on those cruises, but it would be nice to have some lectures on Japanese history, art and life on board. I mentioned that on my survey last year and this year, but so far no changes.
Luckily all of our tour guides were excellent and answered all of our sometimes silly questions about Japan. One even thought origami during a bus ride to our destination.
If you are in Ishigaki, take a ferry to Taketomi island. It is a short ride and only $10. It is a sleepy village with sandy alleys, beautiful flowers and beaches. It even has 'star' sand. In the small post office you can buy a set of beautiful Taketomi stamps. You can rent a bike to ride around the island. There are tiny cafes to stop for refreshments and ice cream.
Enjoy your cruise ! This was my 2nd one and I can't wait for next year to visit Japan again.