China & Japan

27 October - 10 November 2017

Duration

14 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

9 Ports

27-28 October

Setting sail from Shanghai

Shanghai has long been China's most outward-looking, cosmopolitan city, as evidenced by the fascinating mixture of European and Oriental architecture. The Bund, a riverfront promenade flanked by grand colonial era buildings, is the city's most famous thoroughfare, while the Pudong financial district lights up the city skyline at night with its futuristic towers. Shanghai's restaurant scene is thriving like never before, with a number of Michelin-starred chefs setting up shop here, while Nanjing Road is the place to head for a spot of retail therapy, with its shiny shopping malls and luxury boutiques.

Our tip

Take time to stroll along the Bund where the Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classical and Renaissance style buildings of the west side are starkly juxtaposed with the super modern Pudong district.

29 October

At sea

30 October

Japan: Fukuoka

31 October

Japan: Nagasaki

1 November

At sea

2 November

Japan: Naha

3 November

Japan: Ishigaki Island

4 November

Taiwan: Keelung (Taipei)

5 November

Taiwan: Kaohsiung

6 November

At sea

7 November

Philippines: Manila

8 November

At sea

9-10 November

Arriving in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a fantastic place to begin or end a cruise, a striking mix of ancient and modern, Chinese and British, and there is a lot more to the city than just skyscrapers and high finance. On Hong Kong Island itself you'll find the bustling financial centre of Central district, the more traditionally Chinese Western district and the shops of Causeway Bay, while on the mainland Kowloon Peninsula the district of Tsim Sha Tsui is where most of Hong Kong's best hotels are located, and the atmospheric markets of Mong Kok are just to the north.

Don't miss

The views from Victoria Peak. Accessible by the Peak Tram, a funicular railway which claims to be one of the oldest cableways in the world, the views across the city are excellent.

The Ship

Your home from home

Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam
Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam Verandah Suite
Holland America Line cruises - MS Volendam pool deck

The lovely sisters Volendam and Zaandam, carrying just over 1,400 guests each, are the perfect size to combine intimacy with extensive facilities, and a great onboard experience with a comfortable ride.

What we love

The Holland America hallmark décor is distinctive and memorable, with a huge collection of art and sculptures as a backdrop to the stylish public areas. Volendam and Veendam have distinctive themes in play - a floral garden focus for Volendam, and great world music through the ages on Veendam.

Capacity 1,432 Guests
Crew 615 International Staff
Style

These intimate ships are perfect for meeting new people, so the atmosphere is elegant but friendly, with lots to do and plenty of choice.

Year Built 1996 (Volendam) / 2000 (Zaandam)
Last Refurbished 2014 (Volendam) / 2013 (Zaandam)
Tonnage 61,214 grt (Volendam) / 61,396 (Zaandam)
Length 781 feet
Breadth 106 feet
Cruising Speed 23 knots
More about MS Volendam

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Rooftop bar at The Peninsula Shanghai

Where to stay in Shanghai

So many fabulous hotels to choose from, but we would go for the Peninsula on the Bund.

Yuyuan Gardens, Shanghai

Another side to Shanghai

Wander the Yuyuan Gardens with its serene fish ponds, pretty pagodas and enjoy a rest from the crowds at the Mid-Lake Pavilion Teahouse, reached by a zigzag causeway designed to stop evil spirits.

Deluxe Harbourview Room at The Peninsula Hong Kong

Our favourite hotel in Hong Kong

The iconic Peninsula Hong Kong is, in our opinion, the city’s finest, and the Harbour View rooms offer picture postcard views of Victoria Harbour.

Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Explore Hong Kong

There’s more to Hong Kong than just the city, so explore Lantau Island, home to the Po Lin Monastery and its 34 metre high bronze Tian Tan Budda statue.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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