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Celebrate Halloween in Colonial Williamsburg Virginia

Oct 12, 2015
Now trick-or-treaters of all ages can mix the haunted and historical at the celebrated houses of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Downtown in Virginia

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Kids have a different take on cultural exchanges aboard cruises

The captain of the Diamond Princess and his family
Listen up parents -- if you thought the educational part of cruising was only seeing historic and cultural sites, you were wrong. It seems much more cultural exchange happens right on board at the kids’ and teen club, kids say. more
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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

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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Returning to Tokyo after 60 years revives old childhood memories

Grant Heights sign circa 1974
60 years ago my father, a U.S. Air Force officer, moved his growing family to Japan for four years. So when we had the opportunity to visit Tokyo this month, I naturally thought of my childhood and wondered if we could try to find some of my old haunts. more
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At the Tokyo Fish Market: mixing culture and tradition in unique culinary ways

Trimming tuna at Tokyo Fish Market
It is eight in the morning and we are at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan’ largest. More than 15,000 people work here; international tourists line up in the early hours of the morning for the chance to watch the famous auctions of the fish, including the tuna. more
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A long flight to Japan – jet lag cured with spa treatment at Conrad Tokyo

Room at Conrad Tokyo's Mizuki Spa
The Mizuki Spa at the Conrad Tokyo is the largest spa of its kind in Tokyo and boasts Tokyo’s only true Hinoki bath. Treatments are inspired by the moon and the water. more
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