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Kobe to Otaru (Hokkaido)

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Departs Kobe
On 07 Jun 2020
For 11 nights
To Indian Ocean
With Silversea
On Board Silver Explorer
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Date Port Arrive Depart
07 Jun 20 Kobe, Japan 17:00
08 Jun 20 Okayama 07:00 23:00
09 Jun 20 Takamatsu 06:30 17:00
10 Jun 20 Miyajima 07:00 11:30
10 Jun 20 Hiroshima, Japan 14:00 18:30
11 Jun 20 Hagi, Japan 12:30 19:00
12 Jun 20 Busan, South Korea 08:00 23:00
13 Jun 20 At Sea
14 Jun 20 Sakaiminato 06:00 17:00
15 Jun 20 Kanazawa 09:00 21:00
16 Jun 20 At Sea
17 Jun 20 Hakodate, Japan 06:00 14:00
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Silver Explorer
Silversea’s purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, incl.. Read more
11 night cruise sailing from Kobe aboard the Silver Explorer
Visit Okayama, Takamatsu, Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Hagi, Busan, South Korea, Sakaiminato, Kanazawa, Hakodate and Otaru, Japan.


Located on the calm waters of the Inland Sea, Kobe has served as an important port town for hundreds of years. It was one of the first harbors to accept foreign traders in 1868 when Japan was just emerging from its centuries of isolation. What followed was a surge of Western trade and exports. Today, Kobe is quite multicultural, with expatriates from 98 different nations in residence, providing a cultural diversity most easily visible in restaurants serving every kind of cuisine, including the now world-famous Kobe beef. The Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 set back Kobe's development, but not for long. Kobe emerged more vibrant than before - with additional attractions, hotels and urban redevelopment, and only a few remnants of the extensive damage. It is a cosmopolitan place with lively shopping arcades, interesting museums, great restaurants and a port that is still at the heart of things. Kobe is well known for its nightlife, in an intimate quarter of neon lights, cozy bars and sophisticated nightclubs. It also serves as the gateway to the ancient Japanese capitals of Kyoto and Nara.


Hiroshima was founded in 1593 when a castle was built at the mouth of the Ota River. Following the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the harbor was enlarged and the Kobe to Shimonoseki railway is routed through Hiroshima. The town gained more prominence during the first Sino-Japanese War in 1894-5 as the Imperial Headquarters. The continual growth of Hiroshima saw it as the nations seventh largest city by 1941 when Japan enters WWII. Hiroshima escapes allied bombing until August 6th, 1945, when Hiroshima suffered humankind's first nuclear-weapons tragedy. The devastation was almost complete, but reconstruction begins in 1949. By 1974, Hiroshima has doubled its pre-war population and has become the International City of Peace.


Busan is South Korea’s second largest city, and its principal port. It is also the only major South Korean city to have escaped capture by the communists during the Korean War, when its population was increased by an unbelievable four million refugees. Although the city is nestled between mountain ridges and peaks, its port has given it an outward orientation, and a certain cosmopolitan ambience has resulted from the constant exposure to sailors from all over the world. Lovely beaches, scenic cliffs, mountain panoramas, and hot springs are all found within the city. Under the new Romanisation system promulgated in 2000, Pusan, as the city was formerly called, is now spelled Busan.


Located in the southern part of Hokkaido Island, Hakodate was founded during the feudal era and one of the first Japanese ports opened to international trade. In 1854, Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy arrived and a treaty was signed, opening Hakodate, Yokohama and Nagasaki to trade with the West. Soon, a customs office was established, treaty countries opened consulates in the city, and foreign culture and technology were introduced. The subsequent influx of foreign settlers left a lasting influence, which is apparent in the Euro-American style architecture that still exists today.
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Silversea Cruises offer a boutique service, creating a luxurious and personalised experience for each guest. While many cruise lines opt for bigger ships, Silversea Cruises maintain the intimacy of smaller ships. Onboard, there is no service spared to provide a comfortable and sophisticated experience for each guest. Every suite has a view of the ocean and most have a private veranda. And, with a guest to staff ratio of almost one to one, you are tended to by the personalised service of your own private butler. All meals are included, beverages are complimentary and your preferred selections will be stocked in your suite.

Enjoy the onboard entertainment without the stress of reservations, cover charges or bar tabs. Take in a cabaret-style show or a lecture on specialised topics relating to your destination. With live music, casino games, feature films and variety acts, there’s never a lack of entertainment to experience onboard a Silversea’s cruise.

Silversea’s smaller ships offer you a chance to explore rare ports of call, as well as the most famous cities. There are a variety of destinations available with popular itineraries through the Mediterranean, Alaska and the Caribbean. Take an intimate cruise through Africa, Arabia and the Indian Ocean, or Canada and New England. Go on a Grand Voyage from Venice to Istanbul, or Monte Carlo to Copenhagen. Other journeys include Australia and new Zealand on Silver Shadow, with ports of call such as Auckland, Bay of Islands, Dunedin, Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney.


Onboard Silversea, culinary inspiration is taken from the port destination, allowing you to immerse yourself in the culture of the region. The sophisticated main dining room on every ship, The Restaurant, is always open seating, so you can arrive whenever and dine with whomever you choose. Le Champagne, the only Wine Restaurant by Relais & Chateaux (Silversea Cruises dining partners) at sea, offers fine wines complemented by a set tasting menu. For something more casual, have lunch at the Pool Grill for oven-fresh pizza and lighter dare. At night-time it transforms into The Grill, featuring “hot rock” dining under the stars.


Silversea Cruises offers an adult-oriented cruise experiences, and only accommodates children over the age of six months. The cruise line also limits the number of children under the age of threee onboard. A youth programme, staffed by counsellors, is available on holidays and select sailings, but no other children's facilities.

Quick Stats

Cruise Line Silversea
Passenger Capacity 132
Tonnage 6072
Total Crew 117
Length 354
Launched 1st Jun 2008

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Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer cruise adventure.


Boutique, Hair Salon, Reception, Experts Lecture Programme, Security Safe, Medical Centre, Duty-free shop, Self Service Laundry, Observation Lounge, Guest Relations Office, Future Cruise Sales, Concierge,

Sauna, Massage, Spa, Beauty Salon, Whirlpool, Facial Treatments, Steam Room, Manicures, Pedicures,

24-hour Room Service, Restaurant, The Restaurant, Grill, Body Wraps,

Fitness Center, Jogging Track, Fitness Equipment, Aerobics, Yoga, Personal Training, Pilates,

Connoisseur Club, Panorama Lounge, Humidor, Theatre,

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