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In Hakodate, Hokkaido: navigating on our own is not that difficult


Schoolgirl greeters in Hakodate
The ship staff had warned that navigating on your own in Japan is different than elsewhere. Very few locals speak English and signs are only in Japanese. I understand now why in the U.S. Japanese tourists always move in a group with a guide. more
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A visit to a Japanese hot springs – Onseng – resort in Hokkaido


The port of Otaru in Hokkaido seen from the Diamond Princess
Good news! I’m going to live at least seven years longer. That’s because I’ve visited a Japanese Onseng—a hot springs resort. They are ubiquitous in Japan—there are thousands of them. more
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Japanese hot tubs and other amenities on the Diamond Princess


Japanese baths onboard the Diamond Princess
The on board Izumi Japanese Bath features indoor and outdoor bathing experiences ($15 for 90 minute visit), including misted steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and hot tubs, some open to the sky. more
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On a cruise – options for dining vary on taste and budget


Steakhouse selection on Diamond Princess
Like other cruise lines, Princess offers specialty restaurants on board for which you pay an extra fee. Like on other cruise lines, the specialty restaurants offer an enhanced experience. more
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Shore excursions: Cranes, marshes, pluses and minuses


Juvenile Red Crested Cranes at reserve near Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
We’re in Kushiro, Japan, on the island of Hokkaido, and are visiting the Japanese Crane Reserve on a shore excursion from the Diamond Princess, which is spending the morning here. more
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East meets West means education on a Princess Cruise in Japan


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Until I came aboard in Yokohama, I hadn’t thought much about the cruise experience being educational but here, with more than 1000 Japanese passengers, we westerners are getting a lesson in Japanese culture and food. more
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On a multigenerational cruise with Windstar in Scotland


Windstar cruise map
The 91-year-old had chosen the Windstar Star Legend, a 212-passenger ship for a cruise with her 17-year-old grandson— one of three yachts without the line’s famous sails that the company has recently acquired from Seabourn more
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Cruise shore excursions: go with a group or on your own?


Or you might see a cute border collie as we did on the Isle of Mull
When you take a cruise, you can opt for a shore excursion offered by the cruise line, or you can take your own, often booking local guides. more
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At Scotland’s Fort George: a youth bagpipe band outperforms


One of the youngest band members
Tour buses took us to Fort George, where the Inverness Youth Band with 30-plus members --drummers as young as nine and led by adults are “Beating Retreat,” performing a traditional military ceremony 16th Century England. more
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The Miracle of Camp 60 – in the Orkney Islands north of Scotland


The Italian Chapel in the Orkney Islands
In the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, our cruise excursion takes us to an unexpected place: The Italian Chapel at a former POW camp, also known as The Miracle of Camp 60. more
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