Island Life in the China Seas

16 March - 29 March 2018

Duration

13 Nights

Journey Type

Sailing from Taiwan

Ports

9 Ports

16-17 March

Setting sail from Keelung (Taipei)

Keelung is a fairly unremarkable port city close to Taiwan's capital, Taipei. The city is best known for its night market, where a mouthwatering array of food is on offer in an atmospheric setting. Otherwise, you are best off heading for Taipei if you want to prolong your stay on the island; the capital draws on an interesting mix of Chinese, Japanese and Western influences, and is home to attractive temples, a burgeoning street food scene and Taipei 101, which was the world's tallest building until it was eclipsed by Dubai's Burj Khalifa in 2010.

Don't miss

Miaokou market is great to see just for the bustle and activity, but this is also a great place to try all sorts of local foods, fresh fish and some Taiwanese specialities.

18 March

Taiwan: Taichung

19-20 March

At sea

21 March

Taiwan: Kaohsiung

22 March

At sea

23 March

Taiwan: Hualien

24 March

At sea

25 March

Japan: Okinawa

26 March

Japan: Amami-Oshima

27-28 March

Japan: Yakushima, Matsuyama

29 March

Arriving in Kobe

Small in size and cosmopolitan in its outlook, Kobe is a thoroughly pleasant city with a long and distinguished history as one of Japan's main trading ports. Kobe's past as a commercial hub is reflected in its architecture, with a number of unusually European-looking houses, as well as a charming, if slightly touristy, Chinatown. Kobe is overlooked by Mount Rokko, and you can take a cable car to the top for marvellous views. The city is also an important centre for sake production, so it's a great place to sample Japan's most famous tipple.

Our tip

Kobe’s nearby Rokko mountains mean it is easy to get up high for great views, with lots of cable cars and ropeways to choose from.

The Ship

Your home from home

Caledonian Sky at sea
Suite on Caledonian Sky
Caledonian Sky sundeck

One of Noble Caledonia’s flagships, Caledonian Sky is more akin to a country hotel than a big cruise ship.

What we love

Formerly known as the Hebridean Spirit, the MS Caledonian Sky has exceptionally spacious suites with a traditional feel created by the wooden panelling and brass features. The grand yet comfortable Lounge and Restaurant contrast with the modern furnishings on the Sun Deck but all combine to make a wonderful home from home on a usually in-depth and fascinating itinerary.

Capacity 114 Guests
Staff 75 International Staff
Style An informal and congenial atmosphere on board is driven by the communal spirit of shared exploration.
Inclusions
  • All meals including wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Afternoon tea
  • Tea and coffee available 24 hours
  • Expedition briefings and lectures
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • Gratuities
Year built 1992
Last refurbished 2012
Tonnage 4,200 grt
Length 267 feet
Breadth 50 feet
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Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Evergreen Laurel Keelung hotel

Where to stay in Keelung

To be honest you would probably be better off staying in Taipei, but if you need a Keelung hotel, we would choose the Evergreen Laurel.

Yeliou Geopark, Taiwan

Excursions from Keelung

Visit the Yeliou Geopark to see its unique rock formations formed by sea erosion and earth movements.

Hotel La Suite, Kobe

Where to stay in Kobe

We like Hotel La Suite right on the waterfront.

Japanese sake

Around Kobe

Go to the Sake breweries in the Nada district – much of the best sake comes from this region.

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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