Konichiwa from Hakata, Japan

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Visit A Shrine And Get A Free Umbrella Ocean Princess called on the neighboring cities of Fukuoka, Tenjin, and Hakata today as part of the 12 day China and Japan cruise itinerary. When we arrived to the Hakata Port International Terminal for immigration processing,  it was raining. Not a huge rain but enough to get your attention and to make […]

Russian Far East – port review Vladivostok

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Welcome to Vladivostok, Russia! Founded in 1860, Vladivostok is the gateway to Siberia. Cruise ships, like the Ocean Princess, dock in the heart of Vladivostok.  Although there are many shore excursions available for cruise guests, most of the attractions are within walking distance to the ship.   Cruise passengers can choose to visit the Arsenev Regional Museum, which is a […]

The Great Wall Welcomes Heroes From Princess Cruises in Beijing

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Shore excursion review from a visit to China on Princess Cruises.   Chinese fortune cookie moment at the Great Wall Ancient Chinese saying says, “one who fails to reach the Great Wall would not be regarded as a hero.”  Or the quote might have come from Mao Zedong who said, “he who has not climed the Great Wall is not […]

Ocean Princess Sails Into Snowy Dalian, China

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Snow puts a damper on romance in Dalian Dalian is a typical Chinese city that has a label and is trying to make a statement. The branding of Dalian as “the romantic city” appeals to those that flock to the beaches during the summer.  However, it wasn’t the sizzling heat of the beaches that greeted us today when the Ocean […]

Cruise port review: Shanghai, China

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There are about as many opinions about Shanghai as there are dialects to the Chinese language. Part of my Asian enrichment program for 2011 is to see how the ports and the ships that are serving them are fairing. The basics: Time Zone: GMY + 8 Size: 3,705,472 square miles, slightly smaller than the United States Meet Shanghai Shanghai is […]