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Princess is the only company as far as I know that concentrates on Japanese markert during the summer and fall. The Diamond and Sapphire Princess's have been moved and refurbished for the Asia , China and Japanese markets.

There are s few local cruise lines but they are mostly short gambling cruises for the Chinese Market.

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Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises is doing Japanese cruises out of Yokohama.

 

We were just on three back-to-back cruises, all different itineraries, with the exception of repeat calls in Busan, South Korea and Nagasaki, on two of those cruises. One call was also Korsakov, Sahkalin, Russia.

 

Great experience!

 

Cheers.

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Princess is the only company as far as I know that concentrates on Japanese markert during the summer and fall. The Diamond and Sapphire Princess's have been moved and refurbished for the Asia , China and Japanese markets.

There are s few local cruise lines but they are mostly short gambling cruises for the Chinese Market.

 

It is true that there are several local Japanese cruise lines that concentrate on Japan.

Orient Venus, Asuka, Peace Boat, and Nippon Maru are the best known companies.

 

But it is NOT true that they are short gambling cruises for the Chinese market.

Some of the ships I listed above do not even have casinos onboard.

They cater almost entirely to the Japanese Market. Food, entertainment, announcements, printed materials, tours, and other offerings are generally all Japanese. Orient Venus, Asuka, and Nippon Maru also do world cruises every year.

Asuka II is the original Crystal Harmony. The parent company of Asuka is NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha), the owners of Crystal Cruises.

Star Cruises in Singapore occasionally offers cruises to Japan for the Chinese Market.

 

Royal Caribbean and HAL also have ships sailing around Japan part of the year.

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Any feedback as to whether or not I need to get Yen before leaving America would be appreciated. We are doing the October Diamond princess going from Tokyo to Hong Kong.

 

suzie

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If you had a little yen might help but most times now, we just go to ATM. I could recognize the ATM even without English help. We had JPY from our youngest daughter's business trip. :D First time ever that our child gave us money!! Seriously it was helpful when had to cab back from bus tour because of noro onset !!:eek::(. Usually though just ATM if going to be there awhile and otherwise if have guide ask for their help. In Hiroshima I think there were ATMs in the cruise terminal. That is all for my Japanese experience but in Feb. will spend over a week there after a cruise Bali to Osaka.

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Any feedback as to whether or not I need to get Yen before leaving America would be appreciated. We are doing the October Diamond princess going from Tokyo to Hong Kong.

 

suzie

 

I took some Yen when we went last year. Turned out it was not necessary flying into Narita.

 

If you fly into Narita, there are Seven Bank ATM's just past passport control that you can get yen before leaving the airport. Same company as 7-11 Japan. There are 7-11s everywhere and they all have ATM's that take US debit cards.

Tom

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