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Someday we will all get to cruise again, and I'm planning for the future.  We would be leaving from Yokohama, and plan 2 nights prior to our departure.  I've been looking at the New Grand hotel, and the Royal Park Hotel.  Does anyone have any input?  I've read a few trip advisor reviews, but I'm still kind of stuck.  I like the idea of being right outside of Chinatown, but the Royal Park appears more elegant, and seems like more of a splurge.  Any feedback as to area, accommodations, etc would be appreciated.

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In August 2018 we stayed at the Daiwa Roynet - Koen hotel.  Pretty reasonable rate, very clean.  It's across the street from the Yokohama baseball park and right near Chinatown.  I found it on trip advisors, it had good ratings. It's close to the port so a taxi was less than $20.  

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Jabrown40,

 

It may be helpful for you to understand that Japanese Hotels have a generally very high standard - not only for cleanliness, but also for quality and service. These standards are quite a bit higher than what you find in America.

There probably are a few poor hotels in Japan, but in over 30 years living and traveling here, I have never encountered one.

Both the hotels mentioned in your post are very nice. Both are close to Chinatown and the Osanbashi Cruise Terminal. You will be quite happy with either one.

 

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On 10/4/2020 at 4:03 PM, jabrown40 said:

Someday we will all get to cruise again, and I'm planning for the future.  We would be leaving from Yokohama, and plan 2 nights prior to our departure.  I've been looking at the New Grand hotel, and the Royal Park Hotel.  Does anyone have any input?  I've read a few trip advisor reviews, but I'm still kind of stuck.  I like the idea of being right outside of Chinatown, but the Royal Park appears more elegant, and seems like more of a splurge.  Any feedback as to area, accommodations, etc would be appreciated.

 

I love this! Keep the good thoughts going, it will get better, right now we simply don't know when, but it will. A lot of the time, planning gets rushed, or we overlook it entirely, or don't get to enjoy it as much. It was always one of the most favorite parts of any journey and continues to be. 

 

Certain expeditions required a lot more planning and my first trip to Asia was certainly one of them. It didn't prepare me for how fascinating and wondrous it would be and nothing but some experience prepares you (somewhat!) a new cultural immersion with such rich history. At least not to the extent I would have preferred, which may have required some of the reading I did AFTER I got home from that trip, to satisfy my new found wonder and curiosity. 

 

Fill your dance cards with plans everyone, it will happen. Grab all the books, maps, guides you can now and start the dreams/plans for whatever is next. For now, keep well and carry on. We'll get there. 🙂 

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On 10/24/2020 at 11:25 AM, BruceMuzz said:

Jabrown40,

 

It may be helpful for you to understand that Japanese Hotels have a generally very high standard - not only for cleanliness, but also for quality and service. These standards are quite a bit higher than what you find in America.

There probably are a few poor hotels in Japan, but in over 30 years living and traveling here, I have never encountered one.

Both the hotels mentioned in your post are very nice. Both are close to Chinatown and the Osanbashi Cruise Terminal. You will be quite happy with either one.

 

 

Just a small note.

Not all cruise ships moor at Osanbashi Cruise Terminal. Generally those ships larger than Diamond Princess will use Daikoku Terminal, since they cannot pass under the bridge and reach Osanbashi. Diamond Princess will also be at Daikoku in the future.

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21 hours ago, Cruise Wonderland said:

 

Just a small note.

Not all cruise ships moor at Osanbashi Cruise Terminal. Generally those ships larger than Diamond Princess will use Daikoku Terminal, since they cannot pass under the bridge and reach Osanbashi. Diamond Princess will also be at Daikoku in the future.

Uhhh, not quite correct.

There is no low bridge to go under to get to Osanbashi Cruise Terminal in Yokohama.

Ships that go to the Daikoku cargo terminal do so because they either want to pay a lower docking fee, or because Osanbashi Terminal is already full.

 

The bridge you are talking about is probably the Rainbow Bridge over Tokyo Bay, which prevents larger ships from calling at Tokyo’s Harumi Cruise Terminal, which is located right downtown in Tokyo.  (Harumi is located in the middle of the new Tokyo Olympics Village)

 

In September, the new Tokyo International Cruise Terminal opened just South of the Rainbow Bridge, allowing cruise ships of any size to dock much closer to Tokyo. This new Terminal is located about halfway between Haneda Airport and Tokyo City. When international cruising resumes in Japan, you will most likely see many of the ships calling at the new Tokyo Terminal.

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37 minutes ago, BruceMuzz said:

Uhhh, not quite correct.

There is no low bridge to go under to get to Osanbashi Cruise Terminal in Yokohama.

Ships that go to the Daikoku cargo terminal do so because they either want to pay a lower docking fee, or because Osanbashi Terminal is already full.

 

The bridge you are talking about is probably the Rainbow Bridge over Tokyo Bay, which prevents larger ships from calling at Tokyo’s Harumi Cruise Terminal, which is located right downtown in Tokyo.  (Harumi is located in the middle of the new Tokyo Olympics Village)

 

In September, the new Tokyo International Cruise Terminal opened just South of the Rainbow Bridge, allowing cruise ships of any size to dock much closer to Tokyo. This new Terminal is located about halfway between Haneda Airport and Tokyo City. When international cruising resumes in Japan, you will most likely see many of the ships calling at the new Tokyo Terminal.

 

You're right about Rainbow bridge and the new terminal in Tokyo. But I haven't mixed up Yokohama and Tokyo. I have been to both Yokohama and Tokyo for a couple of times.

 

The Yokohama Bay Bridge (横浜ベイブリッジ) is the obstacle which makes large cruise ships unable to dock at Osanbashi. You may think it is not a low bridge with a clearance of 55 metres. However many large ships nowadays are even taller than 55 metres at their highest point.

 

Diamond Princess and Sapphire Princess (115875 tons) are the largest ship that can pass under Yokohama Bay Bridge (and thus dock at Osanbashi). Below picture is my previous voyage on Celebrity Millennium (90940 tons) which could also sail under the bridge.

 

For some larger ships which have ever visited Yokohama, such as Quantum of the Seas (168666 tons), Norwegian Joy (167725 tons), Queen Mary 2 (149215 tons), Voyager of the Seas (138194 tons), MSC Splendida (137936 tons), none of them have managed to pass under the bridge since they are all taller than (or close to the limit of) 55 metres. These gigantic ships can only berth at Daikoku.

 

 

 

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