IN THE WAKE OF GENERAL MACARTHUR: THE LEGACY OF WW11

fr $10,830*

HURRY, LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Cancel

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. World 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.

In the Wake of General MacArthur: The Legacy of World War II
Quintessential Collection included cruise package

CRUISE ASIA

Departure Date: 27 September 2019 to 10 October 2019
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Departure Port: Hong Kong
Arrival Port: Osaka
Ship: Le Laperouse

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

GUEST LECTURER

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.

fr $10,830*



Offer Ends: When Sold Out – Limited Availability

Secure your Cruise Package with travel key today on 1300 852 182

CHECK CRUISE AVAILABILITY











  • Note your preferred cabin type if required.

Sans-titre-15
  • 1660164
  • 1978351
  • 1660160
  • 1660159
  • 1660162
  • 1660161
  • 1359085
  • 1359083
  • 1359087
  • 1359086

TOUR DETAILS

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

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.

The Japanese islands of the China Sea will surprise you with their vegetation and tropical beaches with turquoise waters. OnOkinawa, the vestiges of the  Ryuku dynasty, which reigned over the island for centuries before its annexation by the Meiji Empire at the end of the 9th century, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the village of Chiran, you’ll be able to discover’former samurai residences from the Edo era, surrounded by harmoniously designed gardens. The Chiran Peace Museum is a reminder of the dark period experienced by its inhabitants during the Second World War. Today, they welcome visitors seeking to discover the secrets of “the island of centenarians.”

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. 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.

On the peaceful island of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s main islands, you will have access to nature and traditions that have been preserved for centuries. Japanese people come from all over the country to Tokushima to admire its folk dance shows and visit the first of the 88 Buddhist  temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage trail or its traditional puppet theatre. In the Tokushima Province, the village of Mima carefully conserves thetraditional architecture  of its merchants’ houses and continues to keep its local indigo dye craftsmanship alive.

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. 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.