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Join MSC Splendida For Japan’s Spectacular Cherry Blossom Season

June 14, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Next May, just in time for Japan’s famous cherry blossom season, MSC Splendida will set sail on a nine-night round-trip from Yokohama, taking in some of the islands’ most beautiful natural, historic and contemporary sights. Cherry-blossom viewing is celebrated with picnics in parks, poetry sessions and everything imaginable turns pink – including fizzy drinks and cherry-flavoured cakes.

MSC Splendida will circumnavigate the main island of Honshu, calling at Fushiki-Toyama, Kanazawa and Maizuru; then she will spend half a day at Busan in South Korea, before visiting Kagoshima on Kyushu Island and Kochi on Shikoku Island.

Each port offers a fascinating insight into the many different facets of the Japanese way of life, from gleaming high-rise cities to exquisite gardens, traditional ceremonies and crafts, ancient temples and feudal castles. The Japanese archipelago is also blessed with many scenic wonders – hot springs, forests and rivers – and a famously active volcano that overlooks the attractive seaside city of Kagoshima.

Two separate days at sea offer the chance for guests to make the most of MSC Splendida ’s many attractions. The stylish, modern ship is one of five in MSC Cruises’ fleet to feature the MSC Yacht Club, a luxurious ship-within-a-ship that has 71 spacious suites, its own Concierge Reception, 24-hour butler service, plus a private lounge, pool deck and bar.
Maintaining fitness is a breeze on board as the ship boasts four swimming pools, a jogging track, squash court and state-of-the-art gym – and the exotic Aurea Spa offers a fabulous range of Balinese massages, beauty treatments, thalassotherapy, a steam bath, solarium and whirlpool.

Wining and dining is world-class onboard MSC Splendida; there are dozens of bars and restaurants offering a smorgasbord of cuisines, from traditional Mediterranean dishes to spicy Tex-Mex. Guests can enjoy live music every night in different venues around the ship and spectacular shows are staged in the stunning Strand Theater.

MSC Splendida’s nine-night Yokohama round-trip cruise departs on May 6, 2018. Fares start from $AU1,549 per person (NZ$1,699 per person); children under the age of 18 sharing a cabin with parents cruise free only paying port charges.

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