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    Local Industries of Amami

    Naze (Oshima Island), Japan

    Duration 4 1/4 hrs

    Discover how the natural resources on Amami are maximized to create products that are revered far beyond the island. ...
    Discover how the natural resources on Amami are maximized to create products that are revered far beyond the island. more...

    Discover how the natural resources on Amami are maximized to create products that are revered far beyond the island. The silk produced there is particularly valued and has been for more than 1,300 years. As you will see at Oshima Tsumugi Village, the silk manufacturing involves dozens of processes that take up to six months to complete, resulting in distinct textiles with remarkably detailed patterns. You will notice while driving around the island that Amami is almost completely covered with trees, including sago palms. These iron-rich plants are used for dying silk and often eaten despite being toxic if not properly prepared. You will learn about the multi-step process to remove the toxins at Ankiyaba. Bananas are also grown there for their natural fibers, which are used in textiles. The brown sugar from the island’s abundant sugar cane is a key ingredient in making shochu, a unique distilled liquor that you will sample after touring a brewery.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Watch a remarkably complex silk manufacturing process that produces distinct textiles.
    • Discover how sago palms and bananas trees are harvested for various industries.
    • Tour a brewery that makes the distilled liquor shochu and sample the product.

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    • Adult from: $266.14 NZD
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    DURATION 4 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Saigon Highlights

    Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

    Duration 9 hrs

    Gain an overall understanding of Saigon through landmark architecture that reflects the changing face of the metropolis known as Ho Chi Minh City since 1976. In the lively Chinatown district of Cholon, you will find Giac Lam, the city’s oldest pagoda. ...
    Gain an overall understanding of Saigon through landmark architecture that reflects the changing face of the metropolis known as Ho Chi Minh City since 1976. In the lively Chinatown district of Cholon, you will find Giac Lam, the city’s oldest pagoda. more...

    Gain an overall understanding of Saigon through landmark architecture that reflects the changing face of the metropolis known as Ho Chi Minh City since 1976. In the lively Chinatown district of Cholon, you will find Giac Lam, the city’s oldest pagoda. A haven of tranquility where Taoism and Confucianism merge with Buddhism, the pagoda compound includes ornate tombs, a rare bodhi tree and an elegant statue of the Goddess of Mercy. For a more contemporary perspective, you will view Independence Palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, a modernistic white building that was home to the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon presents a glimpse into colonial life, as the French constructed it in the mid-1800s. The ornate Central Post Office is another French-built colonial gem. If not for the large portrait of Ho Chi Minh inside, you might think you were in Paris.

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    • Adult from: $140.16 NZD
    • Child from: $108.66 NZD
    DURATION 9 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Brunei Culture & Visit to Water Village

    Muara, Brunei Darussalam

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    An eye-opening study in contrasts, this tour presents the extravagant world of Brunei's sultan, followed by a look at life in a village built on stilts in the river. ...
    An eye-opening study in contrasts, this tour presents the extravagant world of Brunei's sultan, followed by a look at life in a village built on stilts in the river. more...

    An eye-opening study in contrasts, this tour presents the extravagant world of Brunei's sultan, followed by a look at life in a village built on stilts in the river.


    Starting off from the pier, you will first travel inland toward the majestic Jame Mosque, Brunei's largest, where you will pause briefly for photos. Nearby, you will have a second photo stop that offers you a distant view of the Sultan's Palace (there is no stop at the Palace itself) which is situated on the leafy banks of the Brunei River.


    Continuing on, you will arrive at the white-domed Royal Regalia where you can wander through exhibits of luxurious items from the Sultan's lavish coronation and other celebrations. Some of the items you may have the opportunity to see here are His Majesty's royal chariot, ceremonial swords, a model of the palace and various gifts from foreign dignitaries. But as you will soon see, there's more to Brunei than the extravagances afforded by its abundant oil and natural gas.


    Making your way to a nearby jetty, you will board a boat and cruise to Water Village where you will witness firsthand a much different side of life. More than 30,000 people live here in thousands of structures built on stilts in the Brunei River. The village is an amazing assortment of homes, restaurants, mosques, shops and hospitals, all connected by wooden boardwalks. Surprisingly, some of the homes are quite elaborate, and you will have the unique opportunity of stopping by one for a cup of tea. Amazingly, people have lived in the Water Village for more than 1,300 years, making it one of the most historic areas in Brunei.


    Following your time at the Water Village, you will retrace your route as you make your way back to the pier.


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    • Adult from: $155.91 NZD
    • Child from: $108.66 NZD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Charms of Old Manila

    Manila, Philippines

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Manila's tumultuous past comes alive on this exploration of its most historic sites, many of them contained within Intramuros, the city's original 16th-century district. ...
    Manila's tumultuous past comes alive on this exploration of its most historic sites, many of them contained within Intramuros, the city's original 16th-century district. more...

    Manila's tumultuous past comes alive on this exploration of its most historic sites, many of them contained within Intramuros, the city's original 16th-century district.


    Depart from the pier by coach and begin driving along Roxas Boulevard, the wide wonderfully scenic thoroughfare that hugs the shore of Manila Bay. Before long, you'll arrive in Intramuros, the city's oldest district, which is enclosed within a thick wall that the Spanish built for defense in the 1500s. Here, you'll tour notorious Fort Santiago, where prisoners were held and tortured throughout the history of Manila. You may even see the symbolic bronzed footsteps of Dr. Jose Rizal, a national hero who was imprisoned in the fortress before walking to his execution, the penalty for his inflammatory, anti-colonial writings.


    Then, after some free time to shop for souvenirs, you'll travel to serene Rizal Park, whose focal point is the Rizal Monument which was built in honor of the country's national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. After a photo stop you'll continue on to view the Manila Hotel, a luxurious Philippine landmark that opened in 1912. General Douglas MacArthur used the hotel as his command post during much of World War II. After viewing these most notable landmarks of old Manila, you'll return to the pier where your tour concludes.


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    • Adult from: $155.91 NZD
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    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Meijimura Museum & Inuyama Castle

    Nagoya, Japan

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    Delve into the history of the surrounding Aichi Prefecture by browsing an open-air museum and a 16th-century castle that is remarkably intact. Dozens of buildings from the Meiji Period have been carefully reconstructed at the Meijimura museum, and you will easily recognize the Western influence in the architecture. ...
    Delve into the history of the surrounding Aichi Prefecture by browsing an open-air museum and a 16th-century castle that is remarkably intact. Dozens of buildings from the Meiji Period have been carefully reconstructed at the Meijimura museum, and you will easily recognize the Western influence in the architecture. more...

    Delve into the history of the surrounding Aichi Prefecture by browsing an open-air museum and a 16th-century castle that is remarkably intact. Dozens of buildings from the Meiji Period have been carefully reconstructed at the Meijimura museum, and you will easily recognize the Western influence in the architecture. This short period in Japanese history ended in 1912 and marked the end of samurai rule and the beginning of Japan’s modernization.


    The nearby Inuyama Castle is even more impressive architecturally as it is one of the few castles in Japan that survived wars and natural disasters without being severely damaged. As you meander through this official national treasure, you will see artifacts relating to the Naruse family that once owned the castle. The armory of samurai weapons and the hidden doors for the guards are of particular note, as they shed light on the fact that the castle was under constant threat of attack.


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    • Adult from: $392.13 NZD
    • Child from: $313.39 NZD
    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Highlights of Hiroshima

    Hiroshima, Japan

    Duration 4 hrs

    View the landmarks of Hiroshima, some commemorating the atomic bomb blast here in 1945 and others reflecting the city’s celebration of peace. ...
    View the landmarks of Hiroshima, some commemorating the atomic bomb blast here in 1945 and others reflecting the city’s celebration of peace. more...

    View the landmarks of Hiroshima, some commemorating the atomic bomb blast here in 1945 and others reflecting the city’s celebration of peace. At the poignant Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, you will behold the ruins of some of the few concrete buildings left after the atomic bomb was dropped. One of them, the Atomic Bomb Dome, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and has become a symbol of Hiroshima. You will also browse the Peace Memorial Museum whose exhibits show Hiroshima before and after the bombing and personal artifacts from the victims that humanize the devastating event. The museum encourages visitors to make a vow for universal peace. While the mood there is somber, serenity is the overarching theme at Shukkei-en Garden. Besides being a wonderful respite from the hubbub of the city, the garden is a visual delight, as plants are always in bloom. Although the atomic bomb destroyed the garden, it has been fully restored.


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    • Adult from: $203.15 NZD
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    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Best of Beppu

    Beppu, Japan

    Duration 4 hrs

    Visit two of Beppu’s many hot springs known as jigokus and a forested park that countless wild monkeys inhabit. With more than 2,500 thermal springs in and around Beppu, thick clouds of steam can always be seen rising from the ground. ...
    Visit two of Beppu’s many hot springs known as jigokus and a forested park that countless wild monkeys inhabit. With more than 2,500 thermal springs in and around Beppu, thick clouds of steam can always be seen rising from the ground. more...

    Visit two of Beppu’s many hot springs known as jigokus and a forested park that countless wild monkeys inhabit. With more than 2,500 thermal springs in and around Beppu, thick clouds of steam can always be seen rising from the ground. At the Umi Jigoku, the so called Sea Hell, you will notice that the cobalt-blue water is near boiling and so hot that visitors only observe the thermal phenomenon. However, at the Chinoike Jigoku or Blood Pond Hell, you might take a foot bath in the iron oxide-rich water that gives the pool its reddish color. The hot springs throughout Beppu are said to have restorative powers, and visitors come from all over to soak in them. The Takasakiyama Monkey Park is also wildly popular, as it offers a rare close-up look at macaques freely roaming the forested mountain slopes. You too will be free to wander about while observing these Old World monkeys.


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    • Adult from: $218.90 NZD
    • Child from: $171.65 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Hiroshima & Miyajima Exploration

    Hiroshima, Japan

    Duration 7 1/2 hrs

    Visit a memorial park that recounts the devastation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 and then enjoy the wonders on beautiful Miyajima Island. ...
    Visit a memorial park that recounts the devastation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 and then enjoy the wonders on beautiful Miyajima Island. more...

    Visit a memorial park that recounts the devastation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 and then enjoy the wonders on beautiful Miyajima Island. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was built after World War II as a memorial to the tens of thousands of people who died in the atomic bomb blast. While here, you will see the Atomic Bomb Dome, one of the few structures left after the blast, and the Peace Memorial Museum, a repository for enlightening artifacts from the bomb blast. Following lunch, you will enjoy an entirely different perspective of the area at Miyajima Island, which you will reach by ferry. Revered for its breathtaking beauty since ancient times, the island is home to the glorious Itukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site renowned for its “floating” red torii gate. You will have time to wander through the main hall and the adjoining shrines, which can be reached through bright-red passageways.


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    • Adult from: $392.13 NZD
    • Child from: $313.39 NZD
    DURATION 7 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Old Manila & Jeepney

    Manila, Philippines

    Duration 3 3/4 hrs

    Delve deeply into Manila's past by visiting key historic landmarks, at times traveling by Jeepney, a wildly colored, bus-like vehicle that's considered a cultural icon. ...
    Delve deeply into Manila's past by visiting key historic landmarks, at times traveling by Jeepney, a wildly colored, bus-like vehicle that's considered a cultural icon. more...

    Delve deeply into Manila's past by visiting key historic landmarks, at times traveling by Jeepney, a wildly colored, bus-like vehicle that's considered a cultural icon.


    Boarding your motor coach at the pier, you will first drive along Roxas Boulevard, the wide wonderfully scenic thoroughfare that hugs the shore of Manila Bay. Before long, you'll arrive in Intramuros, the city's oldest district, which is enclosed within a thick wall that the Spanish built for defense in the 1500s. Here, you'll tour notorious Fort Santiago, an imposing fortress where prisoners were held and tortured throughout the history of Manila.


    n, after some free time for souvenir shopping, you'll continue the tour via Jeepney. A uniquely Manilan form of transportation, these bus-like vehicles were originally made from U.S. military Jeeps after World War II. Today's Jeepneys are air-conditioned, typically painted in flamboyant colors, and abundant on the streets of Manila.


    More historical sites await you, starting with magnificent San Agustin, a stone church constructed in 1606, and Casa Manila, a replica of a lavish Spanish colonial house decorated with period furniture. It was built as a pet project of the Philippines' former first lady Imelda Marcos.


    Re-boarding your coach, you'll make a photo stop at serene Rizal Park, which is dedicated to national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, you'll see the Manila Hotel, a luxurious Philippine landmark that opened in 1912. General Douglas MacArthur used the hotel as his command post during much of World War II. Afterwards, you'll return to the pier.


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    • Adult from: $203.15 NZD
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    DURATION 3 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Amami Oshima Highlights

    Naze (Oshima Island), Japan

    Duration 4 1/4 hrs

    Settle in for a panoramic driving tour around the island, stopping along the way at attractions that highlight Amami’s extraordinary natural beauty. ...
    Settle in for a panoramic driving tour around the island, stopping along the way at attractions that highlight Amami’s extraordinary natural beauty. more...

    Settle in for a panoramic driving tour around the island, stopping along the way at attractions that highlight Amami’s extraordinary natural beauty. As you travel to Cape Ayamaru on the northeastern tip of the island, you will notice that dense forests almost entirely blanket the landscape. It makes for a wonderfully serene backdrop, especially in the coastal areas where trees rim the turquoise water. From the cape, you will enjoy a sweeping view of Amami and Kikaijima Island, if it is a clear day. Not far away, you will find Amami Park, a natural setting overlooking the sea. Besides enjoying the beauty, you can learn about the local environment and history by browsing exhibits in the Amami-no-Sato building. The museum next door is the perfect complement as it showcases the work of artist Tanaka Isson, Japan’s so-called Paul Gauguin. He spent the last decade of his life painting the birds and flowers on Amami.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Enjoy the panoramic view from Cape Ayamaru, one of Amami’s loveliest seascapes.
    • Browse exhibits showcasing the island’s culture and natural beauty at Amami Park.
    • Behold the paintings of Tanaka Isson, an artist that captured Amami’s flora and fauna.

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    • Adult from: $266.14 NZD
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    DURATION 4 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Cu Chi Tunnels

    Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam

    Duration 9 hrs

    Explore a vast underground network of tunnels that hid and protected thousands of Viet Cong troops during the Vietnam War. The section that you will tour lies beneath the Cu Chi district in the countryside north of Ho Chi Minh City. ...
    Explore a vast underground network of tunnels that hid and protected thousands of Viet Cong troops during the Vietnam War. The section that you will tour lies beneath the Cu Chi district in the countryside north of Ho Chi Minh City. more...

    Explore a vast underground network of tunnels that hid and protected thousands of Viet Cong troops during the Vietnam War. The section that you will tour lies beneath the Cu Chi district in the countryside north of Ho Chi Minh City. Communist forces began digging the tunnels in the late 1940s, when they were fighting the French for independence. As you will discover, the tunnels span thousands of miles and once hid an underground city of sorts with living quarters, smokeless kitchens, hospitals and schools. The tunnels were typically five feet high and not even three feet wide, with air passages to the surface camouflaged to look like natural holes from tree roots or animals. The tunnels that you will traverse have been expanded somewhat for safety and convenience. Digging the tunnels was an incredibly arduous and time-consuming endeavor, as they were often dug by hand. Before abandoning them, the Viet Cong left booby traps for the invading troops.

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    • Adult from: $187.40 NZD
    • Child from: $108.66 NZD
    DURATION 9 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Beauty of the South

    Miyakojima (Okinawa), Japan

    Duration 4 hrs

    See southern Miyakojima Island from every angle, beginning with an aerial view from a gondola on the Shigira Lift Ocean Sky. ...
    See southern Miyakojima Island from every angle, beginning with an aerial view from a gondola on the Shigira Lift Ocean Sky. more...

    See southern Miyakojima Island from every angle, beginning with an aerial view from a gondola on the Shigira Lift Ocean Sky. It will be easy to get your bearings of the surrounding area as the gondola glides over the lush landscape toward the ocean that rims the southern shore. For a look at the marine life along the southern coast, you will ease into the Sea Sky Hakuai, a semi-submersible vessel with viewing windows just below the water’s surface. Visibility is usually excellent so you can expect to see everything from colorful clown fish to graceful sea turtles swimming about the reef. You will be treated to other outstanding seaside views at park-like Imugya Marine Garden and from the rocky cape Higashi Hennazaki. The latter is a lengthy finger of land that juts into the sea on the island’s southeasternmost point. A bit of free time for shopping will round out the island tour.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Enjoy an aerial view of the southern coast from a gondola on the Shigira Lift Ocean Sky.
    • Observe the teeming marine life by cruising the southern coast in a semi-submersible.
    • Gaze out over the ocean from a beautiful seaside park and a long rocky cape.

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    • Adult from: $313.39 NZD
    • Child from: $234.65 NZD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

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Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.