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Spectrum of the Seas returns to Tokyo, showcasing expanded 12-night itinerary

Spectrum of the Seas in Japan
(L-to-R) – Executive Director Miyata Ayako, Port Promotion Dept, Port and Harbor Bureau, Yokohama City, Director Sashida Toru, Director of Maritime Bureau from Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Director General Nakano Hiroya from the Port and Harbour Bureau, Yokohama City, Angie Stephen, Vice president and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Royal Caribbean International, Director Naruaki Hisada, Director of Ports and Habour Bureau from Ministry of Land, infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and Spectrum of the Seas’ Captain Wu Huimin at the Welcome Ceremony on Aug 12 in Yokohama.

Royal Caribbean’s flagship, Spectrum of the Seas, sails back to Tokyo after a successful 12-night Asian journey, heralding an optimistic boost to the region’s tourism.

The Spectrum of the Seas, renowned as Asia’s premier and most technologically advanced ship, made its anticipated return to Yokohama, Japan on August 12. The ship concluded its longest itinerary, a 12-night voyage with over 4,000 guests, marking ports in significant Asian locales such as Nha Trang, Vietnam; Hong Kong; Taiwan; Kobe; and Mt. Fuji.

The ship’s return, featuring the extended 12-night sailings, was marked with celebrations both in Kobe on August 10 and upon arrival in Yokohama.

During the Yokohama leg, an emblematic plaque and key ceremony saw exchanges between Angie Stephen, Asia-Pacific Vice President and Managing Director for Royal Caribbean International, the ship’s Captain Wu Huimin, and Yokohama’s official representatives: Mr. Hiroya Nakano, Director General of Port and Harbor Bureau, and Ayako Miyata, Executive Director of Port Promotion Department. This was followed by an exclusive ship tour.

Angie Stephen expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “This is the moment we have been waiting for! Japan is a coveted travel spot for global travelers. The extended sailings, highlighting Japan’s rich heritage, have garnered immense popularity, particularly among fly-cruise patrons from Australia, Europe, and the US. Our guests now eagerly await to experience Tokyo’s cultural landmarks, thereby positively influencing Tokyo’s tourism economy.”

Echoing the sentiment, Mr. Hiroya Nakano commented, “The Port of Yokohama, now a pivotal cruise hub for East Asia, heartily welcomes Spectrum of the Seas after a gap of nearly four years. We’re optimistic that the inflow of cruise passengers will rejuvenate the city’s economy, and we remain committed to enhancing the Yokohama experience for every visitor.”

The Spectrum of the Seas’ itinerary includes coveted destinations across Japan and wider Asia. Come April 2024, the ship will commence sailings from Shanghai, China, with trips ranging between 4- and 5-night durations. Additionally, starting December 2024, Spectrum will roll out eight voyages from Hong Kong, connecting guests to premier destinations in Japan, China, and Vietnam.

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