13 Busan, South Korea Cruise Reviews

Beautiful city, a very nice mix of old and new. The APEC house was under renovation so we were not able to enter. The park and walk was very enjoyable. The international market was very crowded with very narrow alleyways....shopping was ... Read More
Beautiful city, a very nice mix of old and new. The APEC house was under renovation so we were not able to enter. The park and walk was very enjoyable. The international market was very crowded with very narrow alleyways....shopping was better outside the market...food carts with local delicacies abound....unfortunately they only took Korean dong. Luckily there was some food stalls at the dock and we were able to sample some sweets! The excursions to the haedon yonggunsa temple worth the 108 slippery stone steps down to the seashore for the amazingly beautiful view. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Shuttle bus into town dropped us off right near the markets. Fascinating food stalls and lots of doggie outfits. I had an excellent manicure. [ I avoid the spa on ship as I think the prices and add on gratuities are a rip off and I have ... Read More
Shuttle bus into town dropped us off right near the markets. Fascinating food stalls and lots of doggie outfits. I had an excellent manicure. [ I avoid the spa on ship as I think the prices and add on gratuities are a rip off and I have yet to get a decent manicure on a ship.] Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We took the ship’s offered tour to the APEC House and the Buddhist Sea Temple. It was about a 4 1/2 hour tour. I felt we covered a lot of ground and saw a lot. I would recommend it.
We took the ship’s offered tour to the APEC House and the Buddhist Sea Temple. It was about a 4 1/2 hour tour. I felt we covered a lot of ground and saw a lot. I would recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Busan lacks any significant points of interest. Princess chareg $15 for shuttle bus into town but the local tourist authourity provide a free service to Busan railway station, close to China town. Free WiFi in cruise terminal very good
Busan lacks any significant points of interest. Princess chareg $15 for shuttle bus into town but the local tourist authourity provide a free service to Busan railway station, close to China town. Free WiFi in cruise terminal very good Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Final port day and a lunchtime arrival in Busan, South Korea. We booked an independent tour along with a few other passengers and had a great guide, Beth {not her real name which was too hard to pronounce}. She had lived in England and ... Read More
Final port day and a lunchtime arrival in Busan, South Korea. We booked an independent tour along with a few other passengers and had a great guide, Beth {not her real name which was too hard to pronounce}. She had lived in England and Edinburgh {our area!} for several months whilst studying and her English was very good as was her delivery of information. We were driven about the main sights including the cultural village which some say reminds them of Santorini {only if you’ve been drinking and never been to Santorini!} and had a Korean barbecue meal with the locals. Passed under the neon lit up bridge as we left port. An enjoyable day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Used tour with locals to provide a tour of Busan. The tour guide had very good English and was open to speaking about life Korea as well as knowledgable about Busan. Lunch provided was a Korean bbq which you had to cook yourself and was ... Read More
Used tour with locals to provide a tour of Busan. The tour guide had very good English and was open to speaking about life Korea as well as knowledgable about Busan. Lunch provided was a Korean bbq which you had to cook yourself and was very tasty. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Not a bad city, but it was a Sunday morning when we arrived and not much was open. However as the time went by we found a nice little strip of shops and they have some really interesting products for sale at great prices!
Not a bad city, but it was a Sunday morning when we arrived and not much was open. However as the time went by we found a nice little strip of shops and they have some really interesting products for sale at great prices! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
On my first visit to Busan, I took the shore excursion to the Tongdosa Temple and the United Nations Cemetery. We drove through the different areas of Busan out to the north, so I had a good view of the suburbs, then up into the hills to ... Read More
On my first visit to Busan, I took the shore excursion to the Tongdosa Temple and the United Nations Cemetery. We drove through the different areas of Busan out to the north, so I had a good view of the suburbs, then up into the hills to the temple. We also stopped at the UN Cemetery. We had a Korean veteran on board from the UK. We got to visit our own countries section and saw a short film. The second time to Busan was late afternoon. The shuttle bus (US$10) dropped us off in front of the Foret Hotel which is near the fish market and shopping area. There is many modern shops and lots of food vendor stalls. I also wandered up to the nearby park and went up the observation tower (US$8). Escalators take you up into the park but you have to walk down the steps. Cruise terminal has free wifi. There was also a free shuttle that took you to the train station which was fairly close by if you wanted to take a train or do the hop on hop off bus. There was a white van just outside the terminal that had an ATM or you could change money. I changed some yen but they had a board up with about 10 major currencies that they exchanged. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The coach was luxurious and very highly polished; frilly and lace curtains, disco lights and a huge TV at the front and smaller ones all along both sides. We had an interesting tour of the city and then visited the Busan Museum which was ... Read More
The coach was luxurious and very highly polished; frilly and lace curtains, disco lights and a huge TV at the front and smaller ones all along both sides. We had an interesting tour of the city and then visited the Busan Museum which was very well set out. Later we were dropped off at the largest department store in Korea called Lotte. We even found a Krispy Kreme coffee shop so we spent our last 20 minutes enjoying donuts and coffee! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We did that UN Cemetery and then when into the mountains and visited the Tongdosa Temple and grounds. Both were nice. In hindsight, I would have prefered to do the Cemetery and seen more in town rather than traveling to Tongdosa.
We did that UN Cemetery and then when into the mountains and visited the Tongdosa Temple and grounds. Both were nice. In hindsight, I would have prefered to do the Cemetery and seen more in town rather than traveling to Tongdosa. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018

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