Carnival Corporation opened a new office in Tokyo recently, officially entering the growing Japanese cruise market. Carnival Japan was created to oversee the largest deployment ever by a global cruise line in the Japanese market with the launch of Princess Cruises homeport sailings, specially developed for Japanese travelers.
“The grand opening of Carnival Japan’s new office is an important milestone in Princess’ expansion into the Japanese cruise market,” said Alan Buckelew, Princess’ president.
Carnival Japan, Inc. was formed in March to sell Princess Cruises and other Carnival brands in Japan. From April to July of next year Princess will operate an 87-day program featuring a total of nine cruises, nine to 12 days in length, on seven different itineraries sailing from both Yokohama and Kobe.
- 9-day Golden Week: Departs April 27, 2013 sailing roundtrip from Yokohama with calls at Hiroshima (overnight); Nagasaki; Busan, South Korea, and Hakata (overnight).
- 12-day Round Japan with Festivals: Departs May 6, 2013 sailing roundtrip from Yokohama with calls at Aomori, Busan, Kanazawa (overnight), Sakaiminato, Maizuru, and Nagoya.
- 9-day Korea & Taiwan: Departs May 18, 2013 sailing roundtrip from Yokohama and June 23, 2013 sailing from Yokohama to Kobe, with calls at Busan and Cheju, South Korea; and Kaohsiung and Taipei, Taiwan.
- 9-day Round Japan with Onsens: Departs May 27, 2013 sailing roundtrip from Yokohama with calls at Nagoya, Kobe, scenic cruising of Japan Inland Sea, Matsuyama, Busan, Kagoshima and Beppu.
- 9-day Kyushu & Korea: Departs June 5, 2013 sailing roundtrip from Yokohama with calls at Koshi, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Cheju, Busan and Hiroshima.
- 9-day Hokkaido & Russia: Departs June 14 and July 14, 2013 sailing roundtrip from Yokohama with calls at Kushiro, scenic cruising of Shiretoko Peninsula; Korsakov, Russia; Otaru, Hakodate and Aomori.
- 12-day Round Japan: Departs July 2, 2013 sailing from Kobe (overnight) to Yokohama with scenic cruising of Japan Inland Sea and calls at Hiroshima (overnight), Busan, Sakaiminato, Maizuru, Kanazawa, Aomori and Sapporo.
This new season of cruises is currently open for sale and is sold in Japanese Yen. Pricing for these cruises starts at ¥124,000 per person, double occupancy for a nine-day sailing.
The cruise experience will be much the same as the Princess Cruises product offered around the world, with a few modifications for the Japan-sourced passsengers:
- Japanese-speaking crew members will be in key passenger-facing positions.
- Dining room menus will offer international Princess cuisine while additional offerings will cater to Japanese tastes.
- An a la carte sushi bar will be opened.
- A specially designed enrichment program will include an expert lecture series on art, culture and history.
- Other amenities such as the shopping selection and spa treatments will also be tailored to Japanese preferences.
- Onboard collateral items and stateroom information will be translated into Japanese.
The inaugural season launches aboard the line’s Sun Princess in April 2013 and 18,000 passengers are expected to be carried during the first season of cruising in Japan.
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