Cruising Away: Liners to JapanYou can realize your dream of going on a romantic and exciting cruise in Asia. The Star Cruise ships Taurus and Aries are offering two cruises between Korea and Japan. The cruises, consisting of two routes, depart from Pusan and take travelers to Nagasaki via Cheju Island and Fukuoka, or from Cheju Island to Beppu via Kobe. The cruises last four nights five days and three nights, four days respectively.
These ocean liners, 200 meters long and as high as a 12-story building, are really luxurious floating hotels. Each ship has more than 300 guest rooms, swimming pool, sauna, casino, games room, beauty parlor, medical clinic, lounge and a large stage for shows. There are tanning rooms, ping pong tables and a library, while more than 500 multinational crew members are at your service 24 hours a day. International cuisine completes the picture.
Because of the cruise schedule, the stopover at Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Kobe and other places is limited to daytime only. In port, passengers have a choice of sightseeing tours, although they may cost extra.
The charms of the night include various festivities aboard: dinner shows, cocktail parties and Las Vegas shows are offered to keep passengers entertained.
Cruise fares range from 400,000 won to 1,160,000 won ($360 to $1,040). There is a special discount rate for cruises departing on three dates: Dec. 4, 11 and 18. A popular '70s Korean folk singer, Yoon Hyung-joo, will be performing live on deck on Dec. 17.
Call Star Cruise at 02-752-8998 for more information.
by Choi Seung-shik
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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