Island-hop your way from Japan to Taiwan aboard the National Geographic Resolution, experiencing a wide array of natural wonders, historic sites, and cultural treasures along the way. From the Edo-period towns on the southern coast of Honshu, set sail to the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, encountering contemporary art and age-old culinary traditions, stunning architecture and iconic shrines. Cruise south to snorkel and kayak among the gemlike islands of the East China Sea before exploring the diverse sites of northeastern Taiwan.


Highlights


• Experience some of Japan’s most cherished sites, from Himeji Castle and the historic merchant towns of Ozu and Uchiko to the “floating” torii gate at Miyajima

• Explore Naoshima, an island transformed by art and cutting-edge architecture, and visit the culinary hub of Shodoshima

• Snorkel the coral reefs of Kerama Island and venture into the mangrove forests of the Yaeyama Islands by Zodiac or kayak

• Hike among ancient cedar trees in Yakushima’s rainforest and marvel at the incredible hoodoo spires in Taiwan’s Yehliu Geopark

Arrive in Osaka, Japan. Transfer to nearby Kobe, and check in to our hotel. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome reception in the evening. (D)
Start the day with a visit to Himeji Castle, a 17thcentury masterpiece of Japan’s early Shogun era. Known as “White Heron Castle” for its soaring architecture and whitewashed façade, the castle was one of the first sites in Japan to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the afternoon, settle into your cabin aboard the National Geographic Resolution. (B,L,D)
Follow the Seto Inland Sea west to Okayama, where we’ll take a walk in Koraku-en Garden, one of Japan’s most beautiful landscape gardens. Designed in 1700, Koraku-en draws together bamboo groves and cherry trees, traditional teahouses, pine forests, and serene lakes. Later stop by the city’s black-walled Okayama Castle, or “Crow Castle.” In the historic center of nearby Kurashiki, stroll along a picturesque canal lined with willow trees and beautifully preserved granaries once used to store rice and other local produce. See the works of Japanese and European masters at the Ohara Museum of Art, and get a glimpse of the past at Ohashi House, the 18th-century home of a wealthy merchant. (B,L,D)
Encounter an astounding range of art—from Monet’s "Water Lilies" to Yayoi Kusama’s polkadotted pumpkins—on Naoshima, an island that has been transformed into a hub for art and artists. Continue to Shodoshima, a culinary mecca for some 400 years, producing soy sauce and delicate somen noodles, and more recently olives and olive oil. Here, admire seaside terraced rice fields and the stunning Kanka-kei Gorge, and pay a visit to a soya house and museum. (B,L,D)
Located just off the mainland, the island of Miyajima is home to one of Japan’s most iconic sites: Itsukushima Shrine. This World Heritage site is a shrine to women built in the sixth century and known for its crimson torii gate that seems to float on the sea at high tide. Spend the afternoon in Hiroshima, the epicenter of the world’s first nuclear bomb attack in 1945, now rebuilt as a center of peace and reconciliation. (B,L,D)
Dock on the island of Shikoku, and travel to Uchiko. Venture into the historic district of Yokaichi to see beautifully preserved merchant houses built in the 19th century, when the region was a major producer of wax. Continue to Ozu and meander along alleyways of old houses from the Edo and Mejii Periods. Then admire the elegant architectural details of Garyu Sanso Villa, a thatched roof manor set on the banks of the Hijikawa River. (B,L,D)
Sail south to Yakushima, a verdant island set at the tip of the main Japanese archipelago. Here, subtropical vegetation lines the coast while the interior harbors an ancient temperate rainforest that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Head out for a hike to examine the island’s diverse plant and animal species, including enormous yakusugi cedars that date back more than a thousand years. (B,L,D)
Just north of Okinawa, Amami Oshima is graced with white sand beaches, mangroves, and giant sago palms, as well as a vibrant artistic tradition. Trace its unique cultural heritage at the Amami City Folk Heritage Museum, and visit the Tanaka Isson Memorial Museum of Art, dedicated to the renowned Japanese artist who made his home here. This afternoon, relax on deck as the ship cruises along the island’s stunning coast. (B,L,D)
Okinawa was the center of the Ryukyu Kingdom for centuries and only became part of Japan in 1868. Learn about the kingdom’s historic importance and the devastating history of World War II on these islands. Visit the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, set on the site of the last battle on the southern tip of the main island. Then continue to pristine Kerama Island to spend the afternoon snorkeling, kayaking, and relaxing on the beach. (B,L,D)
Scattered in the East China Sea off the coast of Taiwan, these tiny islands offer some of the best coral reefs and beaches in the region. Spend three days exploring above and below the water. Ride a Zodiac through the mangroves to spot mudskippers, ruddy kingfishers, or whistling green pigeons. Snorkel vibrant coral reefs and look for the elusive Okinawan dugong, a distant relative of the manatee. (B,L,D)
Dock in the port city of Keelung, situated on Taiwan’s northeastern coast. Trace the shore to Jinbaoshan Cemetery, where intricately carved graves lie among gorgeous seaside gardens filled with sculptures and interesting architecture. Then wander amongst the whimsical hoodoos of Yehliu Geopark, a narrow cape where the elements have whittled rock into thin spires and unusual shapes. Learn about mining culture at Jinguashi, site of the Taiwanese gold rush at the turn of the 20th century. Experience a traditional tea ceremony before returning the ship. (B,L,D)
Disembark this morning and travel overland to Taipei. Here, get a close up look at Taiwan’s traditional decorative arts at the exquisitely restored Bao’an Temple. Continue to the National Palace Museum to see an unparalleled collection of Chinese art and artifacts that Chiang Kai Shek brought with him following the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B,L)
Itineraries are subject to change.

Category 1

$25,070 AUD pp
Category 1
#406, 408, 411, 413, 415 — Fore Deck, with two large windows, two singles that can convert to a queen, armchair, writing desk and chair, two bedside tables, window sofa, and a closet.

Category 2

$25,900 AUD pp
Category 2
#410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427 — Fore Deck, with two large windows, two single beds that can convert to a queen, window sofa, 2 seat sofa, coffee table, armchair, writing desk with an office chair, two bedside tables, and a closet.

Category 3

$31,500 AUD pp
Category 3
#512-524 — Suite with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; two single beds that convert to a queen, convertible sleeper sofa, writing desk with a chair, two bedside tables, and a closet.

Category 4

$34,890 AUD pp
Category 4
#608, 610, 612, 613-623 — Suite with balcony that features two balcony chairs and a table; two single beds that can convert to a queen, convertible sleeper sofa, coffee table, writing desk with chair, hammock, two bedside tables, and a closet.

Category 5

$38,380 AUD pp
Category 5
#708, 709, 711, 713 — Suite with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; two single beds that convert to a queen, convertible sleeper sofa coffee table, writing desk with chair, two bedside tables, and a closet.

Category A Solo

$39,390 AUD pp
Category A Solo
#504-510, 513 — Suite with balcony that features two balcony chairs and a table; single bed, writing desk with an office chair, bedside table, and a closet.

Category B Solo

$43,620 AUD pp
Category B Solo
#604-606, 609, 611 — Suite with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; single bed, bedside table, writing desk with chair, hammock, and a closet.

Category 6

$44,500 AUD pp
Category 6
#710 — Junior suite with balcony that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; two single beds that convert to a queen convertible sleeper sofa, writing desk with chair, two bedside tables, and a closet.

Category 7

$49,400 AUD pp
Category 7
#700-707, 712, 714-717 — Large Balcony Suite that features two balcony chairs, hammock, and a table; two single beds that convert to a queen. Large Suite sized bathroom with double vanity, bathtub, towel warmer, rain shower, separate bathroom with toilet. Sofa bed, coffee table, writing desk and chair, hammock, and a large walk-in closet with full length mirror. Suites include a Bose Bluetooth player.

National Geographic Resolution

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Passenger Capacity: 126

Built: 2020

A next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation expedition ship, purpose-built for polar navigation. A twin to National Geographic Endurance, she is a fully stabilized, highly strengthened, ice-class Polar Class 5 (PC5) vessel, it is designed to navigate polar passages year-round, and safely explore uncharted waters, while providing exceptional comfort. Its patented X-BOW® is key to its design; its powerful wave-slicing action provides an extremely smooth ride in even adverse conditions, and even reduces spray on deck, for superior observation. She carries a full suite of expedition tools and offers a variety of experience-enhancing amenities.

The luxury of comfort on expedition. National Geographic Resolution comfortably accommodates 126 guests in 69 outside-facing cabins. Cabins are efficiently designed, with sizes range from the 140-square-foot solo cabin to the 430-square-foot category 7 suite. Fifty-three of the 69 cabins, including all 12 of the solo cabins, will feature small balconies with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that bring in the spectacular views and ample natural light. 

Comfort & convenience in every room. Every cabin has two portholes, a large window or balcony, and temperature controls. Bathrooms are modern and stocked with botanically inspired hair products, soap, and shower gel, plus a hairdryer. Cabins are equipped with expedition command centers with tablets and USB/mobile device docking, TVs, Wi-Fi connections, and hair dryers.

Dining. Food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious, and sourced from suppliers who share our values of sustainable use whenever possible. Meals aboard are almost always served in the dining room, located aft of the lounge deck. When weather conditions allow, lighter fare may be served on the observation deck. There is no assigned seating and our dining room accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. During meals your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers aboard will join you.

Public Areas: Two restaurants, a Chef’s Table for small group dining, Observation Lounge with bar, gym, Wellness area, infinity-style outdoor hot tubs, library, main lounge with full service bar, 24-hour beverage, state-of-the-art facilities for films, slideshows and presentations, and a photo workshop area; plus, an expedition base with lockers for expedition gear, and an “open bridge” for access to our captain, officers and the art of navigation.

Meals: Two restaurants, featuring local, sustainable choices and unassigned seating for flexible, inclusive dining; plus a Chef’s table for intimate, small group dining. Main restaurant has 270º views, and the Observation deck restaurant features lighter, made-to-order fare. 

Special Features: A full-time doctor, undersea specialist, National Geographic photographer, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor and video chronicler, an internet cafe and laundry.

Wellness: The vessel is staffed by our wellness specialists and features a glass-enclosed yoga studio, gym, treatment rooms and spa relax area, and high- and low-heat saunas with ocean views.

Expedition Landing Craft. Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With 14 of these boats and two loading stations used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer guests off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of comfortably carrying 10-12 people. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat.

Remotely Operated Vehicle. Capable of reaching 1,000 feet, far beyond the range of any Scuba diver, the ROV allows you to literally view parts of the undersea that are as unexplored as the moon. Chances are you, like many of our guests, will be struck by how surprisingly colorful undersea life is in these unlikely places. And this glimpse may fundamentally change how you view the ocean.

Kayaks. National Geographic Resolution will be equipped with a fleet of kayaks large enough to ensure everyone who wants to can paddle at every opportunity. Consequently, prior kayaking experience isn’t necessary—many of our guests have their first kayaking experience in extraordinary locations. Our custom-designed floating platform lets us deploy kayaks from the ship, or any location we want—including far from shore. Kayakers are usually free to explore where they want within boundaries set by the undersea specialist and officer of the watch.

Underwater camera. Our undersea specialist will dive often during your expedition, even in polar regions, with cold-water gear, to shoot high-definition, Cousteau-like footage of the deep. Colorful nudibranchs, swimming, plant-like crinoids, and mysterious fish with antifreeze blood that thrive in the frigid sea will give you an entirely new appreciation of the marine environment.

Video microscope. Naturalists will use the video microscope to help explain all elements of the environment, including tiny organisms that are the building block of the marine ecosystem. Spellbinding live views of krill at 80x magnification fills the high-definition screens in the lounge with vivid detail, and fills every onlooker with a sense of wonder at the importance of otherwise unobservable creatures.

Hydrophone. This underwater microphone is deployed to listen to the vocalizations of marine mammals. Real time transmissions of their eerie, haunting sounds can be broadcast through the ship or recorded for later playback. Few experiences in nature are as captivating as watching humpback whales feed close to the ship as their vocalizations play through the ship’s PA system.

Electronic charts. An electronic chart showing the ship’s location, course, and speed is almost always on display in the lounge.

Open bridge. You’ll find our captains are engaged, knowledgeable members of your expedition who are eager to share their passion with you. National Geographic Resolution's open bridge features comfortable spaces to sit, enjoy the view, drink your morning coffee, or simply chat with the officers.

Snorkeling gear & wetsuits. On warm weather itineraries where there will be snorkeling, you’ll select a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit that remain yours for the duration of the expedition. There’s no need to pack and tote your own gear, although guests who prefer to are welcome to bring their own.


Cabin layout for National Geographic Resolution

Special Offers

FREE BAR TAB AND CREW TIPS INCLUDED. We will cover your bar tab and all tips for the crew on all National Geographic Resolution, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, and National Geographic Orion voyages.

BACK-TO-BACK SAVINGS. Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of our expedition ships. This savings is applicable on voyage fares only, and are not valid on extensions or airfare.

TRAVELING AS A GROUP. Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies.

COMBINING OFFERS. Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• All meals while on board
• Non alcoholic beverages
• Experienced expedition team and leader
• All excursions
• Zodiac and kayak exploration
• Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
• Lectures and presentations on board

Exclusions


• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Travel insurance
• Passport and visa costs if applicable
• Alcoholic beverages on board unless otherwise stated
• Gratuities unless otherwise stated
• Wifi on board
• Any items of a personal nature including laundry
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