Hiroshima is an incredible starting place for your next cruise! Despite the city’s gloomy past, there are many fabulous things to do, see, and enjoy there today. Hiroshima is best known for its famous history (as it was the site of the atomic bomb drop), as well as its culture (there are many shrines, temples, and roots to Buddhism). While spending time in this city, you can check out its numerous parks, gardens, museums, historical attractions, and more. Once you reach the city center, you will find that most attractions are easily within walking distance. Plus, Hiroshima is filled with tons of restaurants where you can enjoy everything from sushi, seafood, Chinese, Italian, and Indian cuisine.
A great time to visit Hiroshima is between March and May, as that is when you can usually enjoy its more desirable.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Hiroshima. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Hiroshima. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Hiroshima:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Hiroshima, along with a brief description:
♦ Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is one of the top highlights of Hiroshima. This memorial pays homage to those who were killed during the atomic bomb explosion over the city in 1945. Among some of the notable sites contained within this park include the Atomic Bomb Dome (ruins of a structure that survived the attack), the Children’s Peace Monument (dedicated to the children who died during the attack), and the Rest House (another building to survive, now a souvenir shop and tourist center). The park also contains a few museums where you can learn more about the bombing, as well as a few monuments dedicated to the victims (including the Peace Flame and Peace Bells). You can easily spend half a day here taking everything in and learning about one of the most famous events in history.
♦ Hiroshima Castle
Visit Hiroshima Castle to take in even more of Hiroshima’s history, post-WWII. The castle, also damaged during the bombing, has seen been rebuilt and now serves as a history museum. Among some of the exhibits you can check out inside the museum include sword displays, samurai armor, art, poetry, and more. Plus, the grounds surrounding this castle are beautiful and free to explore! Hiroshima Castle is sometimes called Carp Castle due to the amount of fish that inhabit the surrounding waters.
Located in Hiroshima Bay, this small island is home to many famous shrines, temples, pagodas, and other religious sites. It’s also a wonderful way to spend some time outdoors during your vacation. Just a quick ferry ride from the mainland, you can easily access Itsukushima and take it its culturally curious atmosphere. Among some of the island's most popular features are the Itsukushima Shrine, Daiganji Temple, Daisho-in Temple, Senjokaku Shine, and a five-story pagoda. Many of the buildings feature Edo-style architecture, and you can enjoy the presence of friendly wild deer as you explore.
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