Japan Coastal Discovery (Caledonian Sky)

Japan Coastal Discovery (Caledonian Sky)

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Your Boutique Expedition Ship. MS Caledonian Sky offers the ultimate expedition cruising experience with exclusive access to remote locations.

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Trip Name
Japan Coastal Discovery (Caledonian Sky)
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition Length: 90 metres Passenger Capacity: 114 (in 57 suites) Built: 1991 / refurbished 2012 The MS Caledonian Sky accommodates a maximum of 114 passengers in 57 spacious outside suites. Many have walk-in wardrobes and some feature tub baths. There will be seven categories of suites and sixteen suites will have private balconies. For those familiar with the MS Island Sky she will feel like a second home, although there are some differences. The dining room, lounge, Lido Deck and bar are all similar. However, the ‘Club’ on the MS Caledonian Sky has been transported to the very top deck. Here, there is a library and bar which leads out on to a lovely forward deck. The ‘Club’ has wonderful views with ceiling to floor windows. If you like the MS Island Sky, we are sure you will also approve of her sister. And, of course it is important that we offer the very best of facilities. However, equally as important are the staff on board whether they are the vessel’s crew or our own expedition staff. Noble Caledonia’s reputation has been built on providing the very best in all areas. Their crew of 74 not only offer an excellent service they are also noted for their kindness and attention to detail. A well run ship with a warm atmosphere is what we are known for, and it is because most of our crew have been with us for many years that we are able to engender such an atmosphere. Your Suite Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. The passenger accommodation is arranged over four decks and all suites have outside views. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring a country style wash basin, hot towel rack and vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower and/or bath tub. Facilities in the suites also include walk-in or spacious wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool or desk, mini-fridge, flat screen television, telephone, programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries, air-conditioning and heating. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Your space The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge where daily briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage and an elegant bar where a pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. In addition there is the Club Lounge on the Panoramic Deck which features a bar. The onboard travel library is the perfect place to relax with a book and is stocked with reference books pertaining to the places the vessel is visiting along with a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. Outside there is a rear Lido deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade. On the top deck there is a further observation and sun deck with bar service and comfortable deck furniture for sun bathing or relaxing with a book. There is also a small gymnasium onboard and hairdressers with appointments made on request. Your dining With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the quality of cuisine will be of a consistent superior quality. Where possible and when it meets his high standards, our accomplished chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and bring a local touch to the varied menus. In the main elegant dining room, breakfast is served buffet-style, with certain items cooked to order and lunch and dinner is à la carte. When weather permits, breakfast, a buffet-style lunch and dinner are also served on deck. To enhance your dining experience even further a selection of wines are included with lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge and tea and coffee are available 24 hours. With sufficient notice, most diets can be catered for on board. For your comfort, safety and security The vessel is equipped with the latest safety, navigation and communications equipment along with roll stabilisers to minimise the ship’s motion. The Captain and officers operate an open-bridge policy that allows passengers onto the bridge at most times with the exception of arrival and departure from port and during times of complicated navigation. Here you can check the ship’s progress by charts and learn more from the officers about your journey. There is also a dedicated channel on your television in your suite showing the routing of the vessel along with technical information and estimated times of arrival and departure from port. On board you will also find a clinic and doctor and a lift that serves all decks. Smoking on board is restricted to outside decks only. Gratuities Unlike many other cruise vessels, onboard the MS Caledonian Sky you do not need to worry about tipping staff as we have included them in your holiday price. In addition we tip all their guides and drivers along the way, thereby taking away the hassle of always having to remember to have some small change with you.


Day 1 - DAY 1 Arrive Tokyo
We meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. There’s time to step out to explore some of the city.
Day 2 - DAY 2 Tokyo, Niigata, Embark Ship
Enjoy a real taste of Tokyo today as you head into the bustling Shibuya district, home to two of the world’s busiest railway stations. While lively crowds are all part of the experience here, you’ll find a restful haven at Meiji Shrine, which is surrounded by forest. Also visit Tokyo’s oldest temple, Sensoji, located in the Asakusa district, and the Imperial Palace Plaza among other key sights. Then, farewell the neon-lit city as you board a bullet train and race towards Niigata. Here, your ship is waiting with drinks and dinner to welcome you aboard.
Day 3 - DAY 3 Sado Island
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEExperience traditional taiko drumming during a live performance.Worlds away from Tokyo’s skyscrapers, Sado Island is remote and quiet, offering a much needed breath of fresh air. Aside from the temples and fishing villages, the island is best-known for the world-famous Kodo group of taiko drummers, which you’ll witness during a Signature Experience. Onwards, see the traditional Edo-period homes in the village of Shukunegi and ride in the traditional tarai-bune boats used for abalone fishing.
Day 4 - DAY 4 Kanazawa
Today, taste your way through ‘Kanazawa’s Kitchen’, the city’s beloved Omicho Market. After lunch back on board, head out and see if you can spot geisha as you take a walk through the Higashi Chaya Gai area. Just two original geisha teahouses remain here today, the others have been converted into restaurants or souvenir shops. You’ll also have the chance to visit Kenroku-en Garden and Kanazawa Castle.
Day 5 - DAY 5 Oki Islands
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingOpt to cliff walk along the coast, or explore the island on a panoramic tour.When you think of Japan, it’s somewhat hard to picture anything but busy streets and bullet trains, but the Oki Islands couldn’t be further from this. The spectacular archipelago is classed as a UNESCO Global Geopark, with rugged coastlines, ancient forests and beautiful beaches. From your base at Nishinoshima, choose your sightseeing.
Day 6 - DAY 6 Matsue
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingExplore the castle and its grounds and watch a samurai performance, then cruise along the castle’s moat. Or, head to the town of Daisen for a hike through the forests around Mt Daisen.Back on the mainland, Matsue is the next stop. Discover Matsue how you like with your choice of sightseeing. Reconvene in the afternoon for a visit to Yuushien Garden, the region’s largest Japanese-style garden.
Day 7 - DAY 7 Hagi
Your ship arrives in Hagi this morning. Step off for a tour. See ancient temples and samurai homes. Walk through streets lined with merchant houses to the ruins of Hagi Castle in Shizuki Park. Head back on board for lunch before free time this afternoon.
Day 8 - DAY 8 Masan, Haeinsa (Evening Departure/Overnight)
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCETravel to the Haeinsa Temple. One of the country’s three great temples, here you’ll learn about ancient Buddhist traditions that date all the way back to AD802.Wake up to South Korean shores. You’ll experience an entirely new culture today in Masan, from where you’ll enjoy a Signature Experience. Enjoy more typical Korean cuisine over lunch before a wander through the lively fish market back at Masan.
Day 9 - DAY 9 Ulsan, Gyeongju (Evening Departure/Overnight)
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCEDiscover the World Heritage-listed city of Gyeongju on South Korea’s southern shores.Start your day with a Signature Experience. Try typical Korean fare over lunch and watch a traditional dance performance. The afternoon is yours to explore.
Day 10 - DAY 10 Ube
From the port of Ube, your first stop today is the five-storied Pagoda of Rurikoji Temple. As you wander through the surrounding park, you’ll wonder how this magnificent structure has stood the test of time since 1442. Later, at the Fujigochi Tea Plantation, you’ll see where the local Ono Tea is produced. The rolling green countryside is indeed a beautiful sight in itself.
Day 11 - DAY 11 Miyajima, Hiroshima
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - SightseeingIt’s impossible to visit Hiroshima without visiting the Peace Memorial Park. See the cenotaph, and the A-Bomb Dome before entering the museum. If you’d rather stretch your legs, choose to hike up to Sandankyo Gorge.Spend the first half of your day on Miyajima Island, famous for its ‘Floating Torii Gate’ and deer that roam along the shoreline nibbling crackers from tourists. It’s then on to Hiroshima where you can choose your sightseeing.
Day 12 - DAY 12 Uno-Ko (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Little compares to the serenity of a classic Japanese garden, and Koraku-en is ranked among Japan’s top three best. Wander along the trails, leading you past ponds, cherry trees and plum trees. At the tea garden, sample matcha green tea, a specialty of the region. Continue to Kurashiki and explore the old merchant quarter and canals. Finish the day at the Ohara Museum of Art, where you’ll view rare works by Matisse, Picasso and Renoir.
Day 13 - DAY 13 Himeji
Venture inside the walls of World Heritage-listed Himeji Castle, one of the few remaining feudal-era fortresses. Later, at the Koko-en Japanese garden, stroll across bridges arching over koi-filled ponds. After lunch back aboard your ship, enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore a little more.
Day 14 - DAY 14 Kobe, Disembark Ship, Osaka
Awaking in Kobe this morning means it’s time to say goodbye to your ship. You’ll be transferred to the airport at Osaka where the journey comes to an end.
Day 15 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

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    • Japan's Vibrant Capital City. Tokyo is a city of contrasts, from tranquil shrines and ancient palaces to sleek skyscrapers and neon flashing lights.
    • Taiko Drum Performance. In Kyoto, the rhythms of a traditional taiko drum performance elevates your dining experience.
    • Day Trip To Gyeongju. A day trip to South Korea's World Heritage-listed city of Gyeongju guarantees intrigue steeped in ancient history.