On the 26th of July, the beautiful cruise ship “Sun Princess” called at Marine Port Kagoshima.
- Travelling on a luxury liner – I was imagining it was just a dream.
But, I’m really interested in it!
What are the customers like?
What it’s like in the ship?
How or what exactly is, “luxury”?
The Sun Princess customer service directer, Angus Wilkinson showed us the true pleasure and attraction of travelling on a luxury liner.
The Sun Princess is a ship of 77,000 tons, and the white, gently curved body is suitable for the name of “princess”
“Princess Cruise” is an American company, so even though the ship stops at Kagoshima, the inside of the ship is America! You need to give in your identification such as a driving license or passport at the desk and get a security check before you enter the ship.
The first thing you see in the ship is an atrium which is suggestive of a first-class hotel. I was surprised to see that such a big and gorgeous area exists in the ship.
The customer service director, Mr. Angus Wilkinson is a tall gentleman. The uniform suits him and he has a soft manner. It was really nice to talk to him and I felt relaxed being with him.
The first thing I wanted to know was “what it’s like travelling on a cruise ship”.
The cruising period ranges from 5 days to over 100 days.
According to Mr. Wilkinson, cruising is one of the most relaxing ways to travel.
You pack once and when you wake up you are in a different country each day. There are no hassles of airports and security, and all those kind of things.
So it’s a very easy way to travel.
Also, you can visit many areas and countries on one trip.
Yes, it is easy, but, cruising across the Pacific, you may not see any land for days and you could be bored….?
The answer is “No”. Actually, the ship is full of pleasures!
First, the Princess Cruise offers very tasty food!
The cost of meals at the dining restaurant and the buffet is included in the traveling fee (but, you need to pay at the sushi bar and the steak house), so it is possible to eat all day! Moreover, the chefs on Princess Cruises are all first-class. Customers said that the food was very tasty. If you are worried about getting fat, there are sports gyms, yoga classes and pilates classes etc…
Food is not the only pleasure on the ship.
The newsletter “Princess Patter” is delivered to each cabin every morning, and customers can check the events on the newsletter. Various events are held from morning to midnight every day, so there is no time to be bored.
For example, the day The Sun Princess called at Kagoshima there was information broadcasting about Kagoshima on the TV in the cabins. Sports activities such as basketball, table tennis, and golf patting were held for people who stay on the ship. Some movies were shown, and parties for bachelors and GLBTs, music performances, dance parties, and dance lessons were held at night.
Even if you don’t want to attend the activities, there are many things to do. Enjoy shopping at the duty free shop, be excited at the casino, web surfing at the internet café, relax at the spa, take a Jacuzzi while watching a cinema on a big screen on the deck, read books or play board games in the library or enjoy sports in the gym.
What I want to do the most is having room service at my own balcony. Looking at the open sea and drinking wine sounds very attractive. Just imagining it makes me grin.
Cruise plans which arrives and depart from Japan are available. Ports of departure are Otaru, Yokohama and Kobe. They are 5 to 10 day tours and the fees are from 69,000 yen. Various services for the Japan cruise such as offering Japanese food, and Rakugo performances are included. There are many staff who speak Japanese, so you don’t need to worry about the language.
These cruises are easy for people who live in Japan, but I think speaking of cruising, The Mediterranean is the place!
I’m already thinking of going for the Mediterranean cruise, so I checked the fee.
A 14 day trip including the air tickets from and to Tokyo costs 398,000 yen to 798,000 yen per person. (Staying 12 nights in The Emerald Princess, JTB home page).
It is not a price which is impossible to afford, is it?
Lastly, I want to thank Carnival Japan, Ink which is the service contact point of Princes Cruises and Yumeminato Kagoshima (NPO) which is working at waterfront revitalization of Kagoshima, for helping to make the interview possible.