July 16 (Thurs) Flying to Beijing
Optional, low cost, group air transportation to and from the cruise will be offered. Details and pricing will be available this fall. Most people will depart home this day and arrive in Beijing the next morning.
July 17 (Fri) Tianjin (Beijing), China
Tianjin is the major port City for Beijing and is about 60 miles east of downtown Beijing. Passengers should plan on arriving in Beijing by 10am. Passengers should plan on being onboard by 2:00 pm. Ship departs 5:00 pm
July 18 (Sat) At Sea
A series of lectures about the region, the eclipse and astronomy will begin today.
July 19 (Sun) Cheju, South Korea
Cheju is the major port for the South Korean Island of Cheju-Do (sometimes referred to as Jeju-do). Cheju's temperate, subtropical, climate, natural scenery, and beaches make it a popular tourist destination. The Island is located off the southern tip of South Korea and is about 100 miles long and 20 miles wide.
Ship arrives 8:00 am - departs 2:00 pm
July 20 (Mon) Kagoshima, Japan
Kagoshima is Kyushu's southernmost, major city and the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. The city is often compared with its Italian sister city Naples due to a similarly mild climate, palm tree lined streets, relatively hot tempered inhabitants and Sakurajima, Kagoshima's Vesuvius. Ship arrives 8:00 am - departs 2:00 pm
July 21 (Tue) At Sea
The ship continues to sail for our rendezvous, at maximum eclipse, with the longest total eclipse of the Century. Our lecture series continues today. At mid day we will conduct a "dress rehearsal" to help you prepare for tomorrow's grand event. We will sail at the same course speed and time of day so you will know where the eclipse will be with relationship to your setup.
July 22 (Wed) Eclipse Day!
We will, likely, be the only group, in the world, to see this eclipse at greatest eclipse! 6 Minutes 38.9 seconds. For fun we're going to use the forward motion of the ship along the center line of the eclipse to push the length of totality to 6 minutes 39 seconds - a "silly" tenth of a second longer. Why? 'cause it's fun and we can!
The geographic coordinates for our target viewing location are 24° 12.2' North and 144° 07.0 East. At mid eclipse the sun altitude will be 85.9° the sun azimuth 197.6°. The path width at greatest eclipse will be 258.4 km.
July 23 (Thur) At Sea
The lecture series continues today as we sail to Kobe, Japan. Included is an eclipse de-briefing where each of us will have an opportunity to share his or her experience.
July 24 (Fri) Kobe, Japan
We arrive in Kobe for two full days to explore Japan! An historic port and distinct city in its own right, KOBE, is the capital of Hyogo-ken. An optional overnight excursion by high speed train to Tokyo will be offered as well as various half day and full days tours in and around the Kobe area. Ship arrives 8:00am
July 25 (Sat) Kobe, Japan
This is our final day in Japan. Ship departs 6:00pm
July 26 (Sun) At Sea
The lecture series continues.
July 27 (Mon) At Sea
The lecture series concludes and we prepare for our final two days in China.
July 28 (Tue) Tianjin (Beijing), China
We arrive back in Tianjin at 12 noon today and we overnight on the ship. Whether you call it Beijing or Peking, it's the cultural and political center of China.
Ship arrives 12:00 noon - overnight onboard
July 29 (Wed) Tianjin (Beijing), China
Today you disembark the ship and begin your trip back home.
|TRIPLE AND QUAD
Triple Occupant Cabins - Are available in categories 2
through 5 inside cabins and category 6 through 9 oceanview
cabins. All have two lower beds and one upper berth and
are not available in queen configuration. Quad Occupant
Cabins - Are available in categories 2 through 5 inside
cabins only. There are no oceanview cabins that are quad
capable. All quad cabins have two lower beds and two upper
berths and are not available in queen configuration.
GUESTS TRAVELING AS SINGLES
Sole occupants will be charged a cruise fare equal to
175% of the double occupancy rate for that category of
cabin for categories 1 through 9. A single share program
is available for this cruise. We will attempt to match up
single guests asking for this service based on gender and
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Rates do not include items, such as airfare,
transfers, airline or cruise line fuel surcharges that may
be imposed, shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, laundry
or valet service or other goods or services purchased
onboard the ship.
PASSPORTS AND VISA
Each passenger is required to have a valid passport
issued by his or her country of citizenship and it must be
valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return
date of your vacation. Each passenger is required to have
a valid entry visa for each Country on the itinerary that
conforms to that country’s entry requirements as they
pertain to citizens of the Country issuing the passport.
Requirements vary by country and you are advised to check
with your respective Departments of State for
requirements. US guests must have a valid entry visa for
China. The current cost for this is $100 and it is subject
to change. US guests will be sent instructions about how
to obtain this early next year.
SUPPLY IS LIMITED
This cruise is capacity controlled. The number of cabins
is limited and is subject to prior sale. All cabins are
sold on a first come first served basis.
DEPOSIT REQUIREMENTS AND CANCELLATION PENALTY DETAILS
A deposit of $1000 per person is required at time of
booking to hold your cabin. A second deposit of $900 per
person is due November 15, 2008. Final Payment is due
February 1, 2009. There is a $250 per person
administrative fee if you cancel your cruise prior to
November 15, 2008. This fee will be deducted from your
refund. If you cancel between November 16, 2008 and
January 31, 2009 a cancellation penalty of $1,000 will be
assessed and deducted from your refund. If you cancel
between February 1, 2009 and May 14, 2009 a cancellation
penalty of 50% of the total of the cruise cost, and 100%
of any air or tour add-ons will be assessed and deducted
from your refund. If you cancel after May, 14, 2009 there
is no refund.
Comprehensive Travel Protection insurance, including
coverage for cancellation penalties, is available for this
program and is highly recommended to protect your
investment in your vacation. The cost varies depending on
trip cost and trip length. Terms and conditions will apply
and details about this coverage will be sent to you with