Prepare to experience all that Asia has to offer on this wonder-filled 8 night cruise 

Set sail on the Sapphire Princess and get ready to immerse yourself into all that Asia has to offer. On this 8 night cruise you will set sail from Shanghai, and get to explore the Asian cities of Busan, Kagoshima, Hualien, and Kaohsiung, which are located respectively in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

Duration: 8 days

Departure: Shangahi, China on 2nd May 2020

Ends: Hong Kong, 10th May 2020

Ship: Sapphire Princess


Map illustration may contain port order and/or port substitutions, please review itinerary listing for actual list of ports. Port arrival and departure times are approximate and subject to change without notice. 

Date Port Arrive Depart
Sat, May 2 Shanghai 08:00 pm
Sun, May 3 At Sea
Mon, May 4 Busan, South Korea 07:00 am 04:00 pm
Tue, May 5 Kagoshima, Japan 10:00 am 08:00 pm
Wed, May 6 At Sea
Thu, May 7 Hualien, Taiwan 09:00 am 07:00 pm
Fri, May 8 Kaohsiung, Taiwan 09:00 am 07:00 pm
Sat, May 9 At Sea
Sun, May 10 Hong Kong 07:00 am


When visiting the 4 ports detailed on this cruise, there are many different activities you can do while docked in port.

Shanghai, China 

  • Yu Gardens: are one of the most spectacular gardens located in Shanghai. It was established in 1559, and features five actes of magnificent cliffs, caves and gorges, ponds, as well as pavilions. It is a must see when visiting this region.
  • The Bund: is the former financial district of colonial Shanghai. Its total length stretches one mile along the bank of the Huangpu River.
  • Pearl TV Tower: is located in a field of grass. The 1,500 foot structure looks like pearls shining on a jade plate. At the top of the tower there are restaurants and shops for your convienience.

Busan, South Korea 

  • Beomeosa Temple: dates back to 678 A.D. and is just one of the HwaEom temples located throughout Korea. This temple comprises of a three-stone Pagoda (9th Century), and a beautifully coloured main temple hall built in 1614.
  • Ja-Gal-Ch’i Fish Market: was established by women peddlers throuhout the duration of the Korean War. It is also known as ‘Aunts Market’ and boasts colourful, and unique varieties of seafood and seaweed.
  • Bokcheon Museum and Tombs: is home to an amazing collection of artefacts from the Three Kingdom period, which started in the 1st Century B.C. and ended in the 6th Century A.D.

Kagoshima, Japan

  • Chiran: for the duration of Japans fuedal era, Chiran was a stronghold of the Shimazu Samurai. When visiting this site, you will be able to walk and see houses and gardens that previously belonged to Samurai from this region.
  • Ibusuki: is famous for its unique sand baths. Geothermal springs help to heat the sand to 180 degrees farenheit. This definitely makes for a unique experience!
  • Sakura Jima: Mount Sakura Jima is over 3,000 feet taller than the waters of Kagoshima Bay. It has erupted over 30 times and is still slightly active to this day.

Hualein, Taiwan   

  • Taroko Gorge National Park: is a beautiful marble canyon that offers unique scenery, plants, and animals to look at. It is also a prime location for photo opportunities!
  • Eternal Spring Shrine: when visiting this shrine light a cigarette (instead of incense) in remembrance of the 212 military veterans who were killed helping build the Central Cross-Island Highway.
  • Pine Garden: Observe the Meilun River, Hualien Port, and the Pacific Ocean from this beautiful garden and landmark that is considered apart of th “Top 100 Historic Sites in Taiwan.”

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

  • Chikan Towers: were constructed on top of a 360 year old Dutch fort. It is located in Tainan, Taiwans oldest city.
  • Confucius Temple: is also located in Tainan and is the oldest temple in the country. It has undergone many renovations, the most recent being in 1917.
  • Lotus Lake: dates back over 3o0 years. It has a large number of Pagodas, temples, and shrines located throughout its 185 acres.

Hong Kong 

  • Macau: is a blend of Chinese and Portugese cultures. This former colony offers much to see, such as temples, a sky tower, and cultural museum.
  • Victoria Peak and Tram: Accessed via one of the world’s oldest funicular railways, Victoria Peak offers panoramic views of Hong Kong, Kowloon Peninsula, and Victoria Harbor.

Ship Profile 

 As soon as you step on board the Sapphire Princess you better be prepared for the holiday of a lifetime!

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As you prepare to explore the wonders of Asia, let the Sapphire Princess and her crew indulge all your hearts desires.

With over 750 balconies, extravagant world class dining,  and spectacular entertainment options, why limit yourself when you’re at the beginning of your sea-time adventure. Be sure to take advantage of being able to dance the night away, indulge in the casino, or relax your body and mind at the Lotus Spa.

When it comes to selecting your accomodation on board, choose from a range of options, including interior, oceanview, balcony, mini suite, club class, and suites that comprise the 1,000 guest cabins onboard. The ship offers a fully functional sports court, Lotus Spa and Fitness Centre, Discovery at SEA Programs, internet cafe and library, fresh water pools and hot tubs, movies under the stars,  music and dancing, and art gallery auctions that are sure to to tickle anyones fancy.

If you are fancying a bite to eat, feel free to explore the amazing restaurants and cafes on board that will suit any palate. Food options range from an endless buffet to gourmet pizza, hot dogs and burgers, delectable desserts and much more! 

Book a cabin on this amazing cruise!

8 nights from $1705*

*Pricing is per person, double occupancy; NZD. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses included: $269

Cruise departs on 02 May 2020 onboard Sapphire Princess

If you are looking to book a trip on this magnificent cruise, please contact  Michelle or Cathy at Bucket List Travel for up to date pricing.