Great torii of Miyajima at sunset, near Hiroshima, Japan

In the Wake of General MacArthur: The Legacy of World War II

from $8,950

DATES: 2019: SEPTEMBER 26

DURATION: 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS

EMBARK: HONG KONG

DISEMBARK: OSAKA, JAPAN

SHIPS:  LE PAPEROUSE

FROM: $8,950

 

Special QUINTESSENTIAL PROGRAM  – with guest speakers James Bradley and Philip Hurst, PLUS $250 per person shipboard credit.

 

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All about the In the Wake of General MacArthur: The Legacy of World War II.

Created specially for like-minded travelers. 

The ports of call on this voyage from China to Japan introduce us to the rich historical and cultural diversity of the western Pacific. 5,000 years of Chinese history collected in the National Palace Museum in Taipei; the unique crafts and music of the people of Ishigaki; the legacy of the Ryuku kingdom represented in the UNESCO World Heritage Shuri Castle on Okinawa; the samurai houses of Chiran; the Fujisan Sengen shrine in the foothills of Mt. Fuji; the Kumano Shinto shrines near Shingu – these are just some of the fascinating places you may visit along our way from Hong Kong to Osaka.

As we explore the natural and cultural heritage of the distant past of islands we visit, we will also attend to a more recent chapter in their history. World War II was without doubt the defining event of the 20th century – realigning the balance of power both in Europe and in Asia, and establishing the United States as a global superpower. As we sail – metaphorically – in the wake of General Douglas MacArthur on his way to accept Japanese surrender in 1945, our guest lecturers, James Bradley and Philip Hurst, will guide us in an exploration of the origins and conduct of the war and consider with us how the war has shaped the world in which we live.

HIGHLIGHTS

As we combine an introduction to the historical legacy of China and Japan with an in depth look at World War II in the Pacific, some of the highlights of our voyage:

• A series of lectures and discussions with historians James Bradley and Philip Hurst

• An included, specially arranged meeting with survivors and successors at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima

• The opportunity to discover landmark iconic sites of Japanese culture, ranging from the distant past through to the present day

• Optional excursions to sites connected to World War II, including a museum in Chiran dedicated to Kamikaze pilots

 

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All accommodations, meals, and excursions described in itinerary
  • Transfers and luggage handling from the airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
  • Comprehensive 13-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Paperouse, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
  • Transfer from the pier to the airport at the end of the cruise.
  • All meals while on board ship (from dinner on embarkation day to breakfast on disembarkation day)
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties
  • One gala dinner
  • Open bar: select wines by the glass, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands (list available upon request). (Please note: Availability and brands vary according to ship.)
  • 24-hour room service (special selection)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • On selected cruises: lecturers, guides, naturalists, expedition leaders, special themes
  • Baggage handling from pier to the ship and vice versa
  • Gratuities to on board crew, local guides, and drivers
  • Port and safety charges
  • Park entry fees into protected areas

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare
  • Items of personal nature, gift shop purchases
  • Pre and post cruise extensions and hotels
  • Optional Excursions

  1. Day 1 ARRIVE HONG KONG

    You will be met at the Hong Kong airport and transferred to the Kowloon Shangri La Hotel (or similar). The afternoon is free to rest or to explore Hong Kong on your own. This evening gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Cocktail Reception, where our guest lecturers, James Bradley and Philip Hurst, and our Tour Manager will introduce the program ahead.

  2. Day 2 HONG KONG TOUR - EMBARKATION

    After breakfast at the hotel, join an excursion that includes a tram ride to Victoria Peak; a visit of the Aberdeen floating fishing village; lunch; and a tour of the Museum of Coastal Defense’s exhibits relating to World War II. Embark Le Laperouse in late afternoon.

     

  3. Day 3 DAY AT SEA

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

  4. Day 4 KEELUNG, TAIWAN

    On the north-east tip of Taiwan, the harbor city of Keelung stands on one of the most beautiful coasts on the island. Nearby is the spectacular natural park of Yehliu, famed for its striking rock formations. It’s easy to tour the city’s historical sites on trails that cross the lush green hills surrounding the harbor from Chung Cheng Park to Fort Ershawan, you can enjoy superb views of Keelung and the coastline. But the main attraction is the Miaokou night market, where you can taste some typically Taiwanese culinary delights. Optional Tours Available.

     

  5. Day 5 ISHIGAKI, JAPAN

    Located to the south of the main island of the Yaeyama archipelago, Ishigaki boasts all the aspects of an authentic piece of paradise. You’ve guessed it, you don’t come here for its skyscrapers but for its pure emerald waters and idyllic beaches. Explore pristine coral reefs on a scuba-dive or snorkeling session, you may witness the ’flight’ of a manta ray. The waters off Shiraho, on the island’s south-west coast, have one of the largest areas of blue coral in the world. Optional Tours Available.

  6. Day 6 NAKAGUSUKU, OKINAWA, JAPAN

    The Japanese islands of the China Sea will surprise you with their vegetation and tropical beaches with turquoise waters. On Okinawa, the vestiges of the  Ryuku dynasty, which reigned over the island for centuries before its annexation by the Meiji Empire at the end of the 9th century, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the village of Chiran, you’ll be able to discover former samurai residences from the Edo era, surrounded by harmoniously designed gardens. The Chiran Peace Museum is a reminder of the dark period experienced by its inhabitants during the Second World War. Today, they welcome visitors seeking to discover the secrets of “the island of centenarians.” Optional Tours Available.

  7. Day 7 DAY AT SEA

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

  8. Day 8 KAGOSHIMA, JAPAN

    The seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island, is best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitantsメ everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything. The top of a buried torii (traditional Japanese gate) measuring three meters that was ’swallowed up’ by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The power of nature will send a shiver down your spine. Optional Tours Available.

  9. Day 9 UWAJIMA, JAPAN

    Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge. The much-visited Taga Shrine is dedicated to fertility and is full of phalluses. As for eating, you must taste jakoten, a local delicacy based on fried fish. Optional Tours Available.

  10. Day 10 HIROSHIMA, JAPAN

    Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn’t forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You’ll enjoy the city’s modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town’s historic garden.

     

    Special Included Programs – Your day in Hiroshima begins with a visit to the Peace Park and Memorial Museum, commemorating the dropping of world’s first atomic bomb. During your time at the museum you will meet with a survivor of the blast and successor survivors who will tell the story of August 6, 1945, and of what followed. In the afternoon, you may choose to travel by boat to Miyajima to the elegant Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating from the 16th century.

     

  11. Day 11 TOKUSHIMA, JAPAN

    On the peaceful island of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s main islands, you will have access to nature and traditions that have been preserved for centuries. Japanese people come from all over the country to Tokushima to admire its folk dance shows and visit the first of the 88 Buddhist  temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage trail or its traditional puppet theater. In the Tokushima Province, the village of Mima carefully conserves the traditional architecture  of its merchants’ houses and continues to keep its local indigo dye craftsmanship alive. Optional Tours Available.

     

  12. Day 12 DAY AT SEA

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

  13. Day 13 SHIMIZU, JAPAN

    The former town of Shimizu is located on the Pacific coast of Japan, south-west of Tokyo. “Former” since, from 2003, it has been absorbed into the neighboring town of Shizuoka. From its port, the view onto the bay of Suruga is unique. Its Kashi-no Ichi fish market rolls out an armada of fresh fish. On the very bustling S-Pulse Dream Plaza, you’ll find cinemas, a museum, restaurants and a shopping mall. In a quieter area, along the coastline, the bike rides are very enjoyable. The Miho no Matsubara beach, bordered by a magnificent pine grove, offers a breathtaking view of mount Fuji, when the weather permits.

     

  14. Day 14 SHINGU, JAPAN

    To the south-west of the Japanese archipelago, Shingu is a port town in the Kansai region. Founded in 1933, it belongs to the peninsula of Kii, the country’s largest. Take a trip around the Kumano Sanzan religious complex dedicated to three sacred mountains and  home to two Shinto temples.

  15. Day 15 OSAKA, JAPAN - DISEMBARK

    Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity. The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.

    Stay a while to explore Osaka and nearby Kyoto and Nara.

    NOTE- Pre- and post-cruise activities can be added – let us know what you would like to do and see!

LE PAPEROUSE

Premiering in June 2018 through Summer 2020, PONANT’s six new luxury expedition ships will set sail to the world’s most inaccessible locations and go further—where others do not go. The PONANT EXPLORER yachts, each measuring 430 feet in length, are designed for just 184 guests and served by 110 crew members. They feature innovative technology, elegantly-designed guest accommodations with private balcony, welcoming lounge areas that open to the outside, and an infinity pool. And, in a world exclusive, the PONANT EXPLORER yachts are the first ships in the world to be equipped with an underwater, multisensory lounge, called Blue Eye, located within the hull eight feet beneath the water line. Two large oculus windows provide views of the underwater marine life, and guests can also hear and sense this life through unique wave technology.

THE PONANT EXPLORERS
Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont-d’Urville, Le Bellot & Le Surville

Ship Specifications

• Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .430 ft.
• Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 ft.
• Draft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 ft.
• Average cruising speed . . . . . . .12.5 knots
• Ice Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1C
• Classification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bureau Veritas
• Flag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .French
• Guest Decks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
• Crew members . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110
• Guest capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 184 guests (double occupancy)
• Staterooms with balcony . . . . .88
• Suites with bay windows and terrace . . . . .. . .4
• Zodiacs  (Mark V HD) . . . . . . . .10 Zodiac craft
• Boston Whaler-type boats . . . .1
• Gross tonnage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9,900 UMS
• Stabilizers (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.1 ft. long x 4.7 ft. wide
• Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VARD, Norway

Public Areas

LOBBY

1,507 sq. ft.
Concierge lounge including reception and customer relations.

RESTAURANTS

Panoramic Restaurant
2,798 sq. ft.
Inside capacity: 184 Outside capacity: 35
Main dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving French
and international cuisine. Cold buffet for salad, dessert, and cheese.

Grill Restaurant
2,530 sq. ft.
Capacity: 70 (outside only)
Casual eating venue for lunch and dinner.

LOUNGES

Main Lounge
2,153 sq. ft.
Capacity: 184
Accommodates all guests. Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance
floor, and cocktail bar. Access to outside pool area.

Observation Lounge
Smaller lounge surrounded by windows with bar and library.

Blue Eye Underwater Lounge
807 sq. ft.
Capacity: 30
Multi-sensory underwater passenger lounge, a world first.

Pool area
Infinity pool, solarium, lounge chairs, bar.

MODULAR MARINA

Transforms to 3 positions:
1. Sun deck (when sailing).
2. Immersed connector port for disembarkation into Zodiacs,
SCUBA diving, or deep sea fishing.
3. Sea level for water sports including kayaking and stand up
paddle boarding.

RECREATION / RELAXATION

Theater
Inside capacity: 184
Main venue for lectures and entertainment. State-of-the-art audio and video technology. LED wall behind stage for projection.

Fitness & Spa/Beauty Corner
Fitness room with top-of-the-line equipment
Spa/Beauty Corner: hairdresser, massage rooms (3), Finnish sauna, sheltered terrace.

Infinity pool with counter-current swimming.

Internet corner, library, and art gallery.

Infirmary staffed by a doctor.

Stateroom Amenities

• Glass door leading to private balcony
• Queen bed or twin-size beds
• Connecting cabins available
• Individually-controlled air conditioning
• Private bathroom with Hermès bath products, hair dryer, and bathrobes
• 110/220-volt outlets
• Direct-dial satellite telephone
• WiFi access
• Flat-screen satellite TV
• Movies on-demand
• iPod™ player
• Desk with stationery
• Mini-bar
• Safe
• 24-hour room service

OWNER’S SUITE
(484 sq.ft. + 328 sq.ft. private patio + Jacuzzi)

3 GRAND DELUXE SUITES
(484 sq.ft. + 328 sq.ft. private patio)
13 PRESTIGE SUITES
(409 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony)
4 PRIVILEGE SUITES
(344 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony)
5 DELUXE SUITES
(291 sq.ft. + 65 sq.ft. private balcony)
13 DELUXE STATEROOMS
(205 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony)
66 PRESTIGE STATEROOMS
(205 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony)