Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Royal Caribbean International said that because of what it calls the “stabilization of the situation” in Japan and the recent lifting of travel advisories on that country by Singapore and China, it plans to deploy its cruise ship Legend of the Seas back to Japanese ports of call starting with Okinawa on Aug. 1, following the ship’s Hong Kong summer season.
Legend of the Seas will operate 11 sailings, including a number of charters to various Japanese ports of call such as Okinawa, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Beppu, Nagasaki and Hokkaido, out from Hong Kong, Tianjin and Shanghai, from late July to early October. Royal Caribbean said these sailings are mostly based on the ship’s itineraries originally planned for this year, which do not call at the areas affected by the tsunami and nuclear crisis.
“Judging from the current situation in Japan, we are well-assured of the safety of traveling to Japan,” said Kelvin Tan, regional director, Asia Pacific for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Japan has always been an attractive tourist destination and its show of great resilience in the face of the recent crisis has given travelers the confidence to visit the country again. Travelers also understand that visiting these cities on a cruise ship is a safe and hassle-free option.”
Besides the North Asian cruises to Japan and Korea, Legend of the Seas is also offering cruises to Taiwan, Vietnam and Sanya from Hong Kong from June to July and from October to November.
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