Home to some of the world’s largest cities, neon-lit backdrops and architectural wonders, East Asia is the sort of destination which begs repeat exploration. From China’s twin behemoths Beijing and Shanghai, to the bustling streets of Seoul in South Korea and Japan’s high-tech cityscapes, there’s so much to see and do you’ll almost be left breathless!
Taking a cruise to East Asia is a great way to explore this unheralded region, so dust off your suitcases and book a cruise deal today!
East Asia is the eastern subregion of the Asian continent and is generally considered to be comprised of China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan.
Covering a total area of 12 million square kilometres, it is home to almost 1.5 billion people, making it one of the most densely populated regions on the planet.
Boasting a temperate climate, the region enjoys warm summers and cool winters, with most of its precipitation occurring during the rainy season in summer. The warm and wet climate produces the perfect growing conditions for the region’s prime crop – rice – although a heavy focus on industry means that East Asia long ago transformed from an agrarian society into one of the world’s genuine economic powerhouses.
Taking much of the cultural influence from China and its long-standing Confucian beliefs, the main languages of East Asia are Mandarin and Cantonese, Japanese and Korean – although English is understood to varying degrees in most East Asian countries.
Who goes there?
A variety of cruise lines offer a wide range of itineraries to East Asia, with ports such as Beijing, Osaka and Incheon all popular.
Small-ship cruises are popular on board lines such as Crystal Cruises, Fred Olsen, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Azamara Club Cruises, Compagnie Du Ponant and Swan Hellenic.
For a more traditional big-ship experience, the likes of Costa Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Star Cruises, P&O International, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Holland America Line also offer popular itineraries.
River cruising is also a possibility, with Yangtze River cruises a popular choice for travellers visiting China.
Best time to go?
The most popular time for cruises to East Asia tends to be between January and April, when temperatures are cold to mild ahead of the coming spring. Occasional repositioning cruises call in on the region throughout the year, with temperatures at their warmest in June and July.
With some of the world’s largest cities shining their neon lights across the region, there’s plenty to see and do around the ports and harbours of East Asia.
- Head on down to the shimmering port city of Yokohama in Japan, where on a clear day you can catch a glimpse of the towering Mount Fuji in the distance
- Spend some time in the bustling South Korean capital Seoul, one of the most vibrant and atmospheric of East Asia’s countless big cities
- Beijing may be China’s bustling capital, but Shanghai is arguably its glittering jewel, and this cosmopolitan city is also a popular departure point for Yangtze River cruises.