Often referred to as the "Hawaii of Korea," Jeju Island is a stunning destination for travelers seeking warm weather, beautiful beaches, and picturesque mountains. A popular pick among honeymooners, South Korea's largest island offers splendid scenery and natural wonders to explore. Climb the long-dormant Mount Hallasan volcano, or tour the well-kept lava tunnels underground. This unique island is also known for haenyeo, female divers who go 10-20 meters under the water without a breathing apparatus. Get a full taste of Jeju Island's culture by taking a majestic boat tour, and while tasting, save some room for its famous peanut ice cream. With so many distinct sites and customs, Jeju Island is unlike most destinations in Asia, or anywhere in the world!
Princess Cruises and Holland American Line are among the cruises that go to Jeju Island. The best times to visit Jeju Island are late spring (April to June) and early fall (September to October).
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The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Jeju Island, South Korea. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Jeju Island, South Korea:
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.
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 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.
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 Jeju Island, along with a brief description:
♦ Seongsan Ilchulbong
Also known as Sunrise Peak, a good hint for when to go for the most scenic views, Seongsan Ilchulbong was formed by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. The tuff cone's sphere-shaped crater hovers nearly 600 feet above the ocean, providing access to picturesque sights of Jeju Island. The hike to the top of the summit is steep, but not overly difficult with the help of steps. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a must-see during your stay at Jeju Island.
♦ Manjanggul Cave
One of the world's largest lava tubes is a popular tourist attraction on Jeju Island. Nearly nine kilometers (5.5 miles) long, Manjanggul Cave traces back hundreds of thousands of years, but the lava formations and columns remain well maintained. Explore the lava stalagmites and stalactites while witnessing cave spiders and bent-wing bats.
Jeju Island will feel more like a tropical paradise when exploring its long-running coastline of beautiful beaches. Hyeopjae Beach is a great family-friendly option with gorgeous gardens and views. Located in Juju City, Hamdeok Beach is better-suited for adventurers looking to kayak. Jungmun Beach, meanwhile, is the place to go for surfers looking to catch the best waves. You're unlikely to go wrong with whichever beach you choose!
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