Sail Date: October 2014
We were a group of two couples – family related – and the few days before we left Australia were filled with uncertainty because of a typhoon heading for Japan. With much relief we did make it to Japan the evening of 4th Oct, and what ... Read More
We were a group of two couples – family related – and the few days before we left Australia were filled with uncertainty because of a typhoon heading for Japan. With much relief we did make it to Japan the evening of 4th Oct, and what a delightful stay in the Rose Hotel, Yokohama. The rooms were large – two queen beds in each room, and the staff were fantastic. It felt like home away from home. And then messages started to come through about the impending typhoon – Phanfone, was it? – which was due to hit Yokohama and Tokyo Sunday night, causing a delay with our cruise. The day was a brilliant clear day, which we spent sightseeing around Yokohama. What typhoon, we thought. Anyhow, it arrived in the middle of the night and brought with it wind and rain. It did not dampen our spirits, though we were disappointed that our cruise ship was delayed two days – Princess Cruises reimbursed us the two days. Our cruise was now a seven day one, instead of nine. There is nothing anyone can do about the weather, so we made the most of it and had a great time sightseeing Yokohama and Tokyo. The Rose Hotel was able to accommodate us the extra two days, which was a relief to us. Embarkation came on the Wednesday morning of the 8th. It went very well, and it took all of 45 minutes from start to finish. Our balcony cabin was spacious, the wardrobe space – and hangers – was huge. We were pleasantly surprised. I can’t say enough about how good the crew were, and the food was fantastic, and the shows were wonderful. The ship lived up to its name. The captain had bad news for us as we headed for Kobe. The itinerary had to be changed yet again, due to another typhoon, a super typhoon heading our way. We spent a lovely day in Kobe, a ship’s excursion to Nara filled in most of the time, and it was an amazing experience for us. Osaka was a bonus – not on the original itinerary – and we were able to catch the Shinkansen to Kyoto – somewhere we really wanted to visit. And I’m glad we did. An absolutely enchanting place. We were told we had to divert out to the Yellow Sea, away from the super typhoon Vongfong, which meant a delay in returning to Yokohama. Another disappointment for us as the rest of the itinerary went out the window. However, we were able to stay with the ship as we had several days in Tokyo at the end of the cruise planned, unlike some of our passengers who had to disembark in Osaka due to flight plans. The Inland Sea cruising day was a calm and wonderful one. I was unsure how I would handle rough seas once they arrived but I survived without a hint of sea sickness. The ship handled the seas wonderfully, though once we were back on land we found ourselves rolling along with a sailor’s sea legs. We were worried for our safety and so therefore accepted any changes that would make for a safer voyage. It was an adventure. There was enough on board to keep us occupied for the remaining sea days. Disembarkation was a breeze. It took a matter of minutes before we found ourselves standing out in the sun at the Osanbashi Pier. Thank you, Princess Cruises for the extra day we had on board, plus the 100% cruise credit for a future cruise. We will definitely be cruising with Princess again.   Read Less

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