If you're seeking a slice of Japan away from the major metropolitan areas, Kanazawa might be the perfect destination. Often described as "Little Kyoto," the decorative town offers plenty of charm, but with less tourist traffic. As one of few cities not majorly damaged by bombings during World War II, Kanazawa maintains its rich history alongside contemporary settings celebrating a burgeoning culture. Foodies can traverse the local markets for the finest fresh seafood and sake, and curious minds will revel in an eclectic blend of modern and classical museums. Also plentiful in gardens with excellent public transportation, Kanazawa offers a cozy getaway spot for all travelers.
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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 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.
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).
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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 Kanazawa, along with a brief description:
♦ Kenroku-en Garden
Classified as one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens, Kenroku-en features thousands of scenic trees and hundreds of unique plants. The name translates to "Garden of the Six Sublimities," referring to the six tenets of what Chinese landscapers believed to encapsulate the perfect garden: spaciousness, seclusion, artificiality, antiquity, abundant water and broad views. It lives up to that ideal with a picture-perfect morsel of colors and views that have made Kenroku-en a popular spot to take a stroll for centuries.
♦ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
This modern model is sure to enthrall visitors of all ages. A sleek circular design and wide array of interactive exhibits make this a museum unlike any other. Bask in Kanazawa's thriving arts scene through gripping displays and galleries. Be sure to check out "The Swimming Pool," a one-of-a-kind optical illusion. While the creation looks and feels like a pool, a small area of water is actually surrounded by transparent glass. With a special aqua room assembled below the surface, you can go "underwater" without getting wet!
♦ Omicho Market
Kanazawa is teeming with lively markets, but Omicho Market is a must for seafood lovers. Experience the finest local cuisine by perusing the many shops and restaurants, full of fresh crabs, shrimp, kaisendon (raw fish served in a bowl on white rice) and much more. Known for its delectable rice, this is also the perfect place to savor the finest sake.
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