In the Wake of General MacArthur: The Legacy of World War II

14 days / 13 nights
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    In the Wake of General MacArthur: The Legacy of World War II
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    Cruise Asia

    from 27 September 2019 to 10 October 2019
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Hong Kong
    Arrival Port : Osaka

    Ship : LE LAPEROUSE

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    The ports of call on this voyage from China to Japan introduce us to the rich historical and cultural diversity of the western Pacific. 5,000 years of Chinese history collected in the National Palace Museum in Taipei; the unique crafts and music of the people of Ishigaki; the legacy of the Ryuku kingdom represented in the UNESCO World Heritage Shuri Castle on Okinawa; the samurai houses of Chiran; the Fujisan Sengen shrine in the foothills of Mt. Fuji; the Kumano Shinto shrines near Shingu – these are just some of the fascinating places you may visit along our way from Hong Kong to Osaka.
    As we explore the natural and cultural heritage of the distant past of islands we visit, we will also attend to a more recent chapter in their history. Word War II was without doubt the defining event of the 20th century – realigning the balance of power both in Europe and in Asia, and establishing the United States as a global superpower. As we sail – metaphorically – in the wake of General Douglas MacArthur on his way to accept Japanese surrender in 1945, our guest lecturers, James Bradley and Philip Hurst, will guide us in an exploration of the origins and conduct of the war and consider with us how the war has shaped the world in which we live.

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    Highlights

    As we combine an introduction to the historical legacy of China and Japan with an in depth look at World War II in the Pacific, some of the highlights of our voyage:
    • A series of lectures and discussions with historians James Bradley and Philip Hurst
    • An included, specially arranged meeting with survivors and successors at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima
    • The opportunity to discover landmark iconic sites of Japanese culture, ranging from the distant past through to the present day
    • Optional excursions to sites connected to World War II, including a museum in Chiran dedicated to Kamikaze pilots

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    LE LAPEROUSE

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    27 September 2019 – At sea

    Hong Kong

    Embarkation 27/09/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 27/09/2019 at 18H00 .

    Hong Kong, known as the “Fragrant harbour”, bordered by the South China Sea, is a heady place attracting tourists from the world over. This former British colony today combines ultramodern shopping malls and authentic markets like the Ladie’s Market or the night market on Temple Street. At first sight, you’ll be overwhelmed by the city’s architecture which, because of lack of ground space, reaches skywards, with its 1,250 skyscrapers and other towers. Believing is seeing, so if you go up to Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island, you’ll see a dizzying and unforgettable view of the bay.

    28 September 2019 – At sea

    28 September 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 28/09/2019. Departure 28/09/2019.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    29 September 2019 – Keelung (Chilung)

    29 September 2019 – Keelung (Chilung)

    Arrival 29/09/2019 early morning. Departure 29/09/2019 late afternoon.

    On the north-east tip of Taiwan, the harbour city of Keelung stands on one of the most beautiful coasts on the island. Nearby is the spectacular natural park of Yehliu, famed for its striking rock formations. It's easy to tour the city's historical sites on trails that cross the lush green hills surrounding the harbour from Chung Cheng Park to Fort Ershawan, you can enjoy superb views of Keelung and the coastline. But the main attraction is the Miaokou night market, where you can taste some typically Taiwanese culinary delights.

    30 September 2019 – Ishigaki

    30 September 2019 – Ishigaki

    Arrival 30/09/2019 early morning. Departure 30/09/2019 late afternoon.

    Located to the south of the main island of the Yaeyama archipelago, Ishigaki boasts all the aspects of an authentic piece of paradise. You've guessed it, you don't come here for its skyscrapers but for its pure emerald waters and idyllic beaches. Explore pristine coral reefs on a scuba-dive or snorkelling session, you may witness the 'flight' of a manta ray. The waters off Shiraho, on the island's south-west coast, have one of the largest areas of blue coral in the world.

    1 October 2019 – Nakagusuku

    1 October 2019 – Nakagusuku

    Arrival 01/10/2019 midday. Departure 01/10/2019 evening.

    2 October 2019 – At sea

    2 October 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 02/10/2019. Departure 02/10/2019.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    3 October 2019 – Kagoshima

    3 October 2019 – Kagoshima

    Arrival 03/10/2019 early morning. Departure 03/10/2019 late afternoon.

    The seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island, ᅠis best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitantsメ everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything. The top of a buried torii (traditional Japanese gate) measuring three metres that was 'swallowed up' by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The power of nature will send a shiver down your spine.

    4 October 2019 – Uwajima

    4 October 2019 – Uwajima

    Arrival 04/10/2019 midday. Departure 04/10/2019 late afternoon.

    Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge. The much-visited Taga Shrine is dedicated to fertility and is full of phalluses. Another interesting tradition is togyu, a Japanese variant of bull-fighting where two bulls are pitted against each other without a toreador. As for eating, you must taste jakoten, a local delicacy based on fried fish.

    5 October 2019 – Hiroshima

    5 October 2019 – Hiroshima

    Arrival 05/10/2019 early morning. Departure 05/10/2019 early evening.

    Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn't forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You'll enjoy the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town's historic garden.

    6 October 2019 – Tokushima

    6 October 2019 – Tokushima

    Arrival 06/10/2019 midday. Departure 06/10/2019 evening.

    7 October 2019 – At sea

    7 October 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 07/10/2019. Departure 07/10/2019.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    8 October 2019 – Shimizu

    8 October 2019 – Shimizu

    Arrival 08/10/2019 early morning. Departure 08/10/2019 late afternoon.

    The former town of Shimizu is located on the Pacific coast of Japan, south-west of Tokyo. “Former” since, from 2003, it has been absorbed into the neighbouring town of Shizuoka. From its port, the view onto the bay of Suruga is unique. Its Kashi-no Ichi fish market rolls out an armada of fresh fish. On the very bustling S-Pulse Dream Plaza, you’ll find cinemas, a museum, restaurants and a shopping mall. In a quieter area, along the coastline, the bike rides are very enjoyable. The Miho no Matsubara beach, bordered by a magnificent pine grove, offers a breathtaking view of mount Fuji, when the weather permits.

    9 October 2019 – Shingu

    9 October 2019 – Shingu

    Arrival 09/10/2019 early morning. Departure 09/10/2019 late afternoon.

    To the south-west of the Japanese archipelago, Shingu is a port town in the Kansai region. Founded in 1933, it belongs to the peninsula of Kii, the countryメs largest. Take a trip around the Kumano Sanzan religious complex dedicated to three sacred mountains and home to two Shinto temples, Kumano Hong? Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha.ᅠThe latter features the famous sacred nagi tree, said to have been planted around 1159. Pilgrims flock to these two sanctuaries that feature on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Hop on a boat and journey to the Dorokyo Gorge, a natural beauty spot carved out by the emerald waters of the Kumano river.

    10 October 2019▸9 October 2019 – Osaka

    Osaka

    Disembarkation 10/10/2019 at 07H00 .

    Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity.ᅠ The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Hong Kong: a visa is not necessary for Hong Kong. However, should you plan on staying in China before or after your cruise, you will need to obtain an individual visa for China. 

    Theme

    QUINTESSENTIAL COLLECTION

    QUINTESSENTIAL COLLECTION

    PONANT Quintessential Collection™ voyages are designed for travelers who want to engage with the world in order to understand it. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, these voyages include a pre- or post-cruise stay with excursions relevant to the theme, lectures and performances aboard ship by world class experts and musicians, and one or two exceptional activities ashore that encourage guests to embrace the sights and sounds, tastes and smells of the local culture.

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    Your Quintessential Theme Package

    Thursday, September 26

    You will be met at the Hong Kong airport and transferred to the Kowloon Shangri La Hotel (or similar). The afternoon is free to rest or to explore Hong Kong on your own. This evening gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Cocktail Reception, where our guest lecturers, James Bradley and Philip Hurst, and our Tour Manager will introduce the program ahead.

    Friday, September 27

    After breakfast at the hotel, join an excursion that includes a tram ride to Victoria Peak; a visit of the Aberdeen floating fishing village; lunch; and a tour of the Museum of Coastal Defence’s exhibits relating to World War II. Embark Le Laperouse in late afternoon.

    Saturday, October 5

    Your day in Hiroshima begins with a visit to the Peace Park and Memorial Museum, commemorating the dropping of world's first atomic bomb. During your time at the museum you will meet with a survivor of the blast and successor survivors who will tell the story of August 6, 1945, and of what followed. In the afternoon, you may choose to travel by boat to Miyajima to the elegant Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site dating from the 16th century.

    Your Hotel:
    The Kowloon Shangri La Hotel has been honored by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best hotels in the world. It is located in the famous shopping and entertainment district of Hong King – Tsim Sha Tsui East. Your stay will include a reception in one of the hotel’s stunning meeting rooms and breakfast the following morning.

    Included features:
    • All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
    • Transfers and luggage handling from the Hong Kong airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
    • Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
    • Comprehensive 13-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Laperouse, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
    • Transfer from the ship to the Osaka airport at the end of the cruise.

    Not included:
    • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
    • Optional excursions
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet, etc.)

    Notes:
    This voyage is offered on a space available basis.
    Program is subject to change without notice.

     

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    James Bradley

    James Bradley

    James Bradley is a New York Times number one best-selling author and a son of John Bradley, who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of that event is the world’s most reproduced photo. Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood told their father-son story in their movie Flags of Our Fathers. James has been traveling in and learning about Asia since 1974.
    America’s best-selling Pacific historian, Bradley’s first book, Flags of Our Fathers, chronicled the lives of the boys who raised the flag on Iwo Jima; his second, Flyboys: A True Story of Courage, detailed the air war in the Pacific and the dramatic story of George Herbert Walker Bush’s close escape from capture and death; his third, The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War, tells the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt promoted the Japanese Monroe Doctrine for Asia; and his fourth, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia, tells of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s attitudes towards China in the lead-up to World War II in the Pacific.
    Bradley is currently working on his fifth book, which focuses on the early years of World War II in Indonesia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. An acclaimed professional speaker who has entertained thousands, he brings Pacific history alive.

    Philip Hurst

    Philip Hurst

    Philip Hurst is a popular lecturer on world affairs, geopolitics, and modern history. After several decades practicing international law, his focus is on history, with a particular interest in modern states in transition, from colony to independence and from dictatorship to democracy, Imperial history, and the geopolitics of World War I.
    Formerly Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, and Counsel at The World Bank, Philip is a distinguished international and constitutional lawyer. In the course of his diverse career he practiced in New York, Washington DC, and London, having been an English solicitor, a member of the New York and California Bars, and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia. Philip has worked in many of the world’s most remote and exotic countries, having visited well over 100 nations. He also advised governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs and private sector clients on infrastructure and resources projects. He has been consulted frequently by governments on regional security issues.

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