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You can sail on an ultra-luxury cruise from Vancouver to Japan

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Vancouver, BC locals can sail with Silversea Cruises on a lavish cruise ship in 2023. Look at the itinerary and what you need to know before you go.

Locals looking to sail on one of the most luxurious ocean cruise lines can take advantage of a transoceanic cruise to Japan this fall. 

If you associate ocean cruises with huge crowds, boisterous guests, and massive ships, this cruise line may sound like a luxurious breath of fresh air. Not only is the guest capacity significantly lower — try 596 passengers rather than 1,500 to 6,000 on medium and large ocean liners — but the guest-to-crew ratio is much higher.

For those 596 passengers, there are roughly 408 crew members on board. This means guests are afforded the highest, most attentive level of service, with the crew anticipating their every need. 

The cruise departs from Vancouver on Sept. 7 and sails to Alaska, where it makes stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Zodiak, and Dutch Harbor before it heads across the Pacific Ocean.

When it reaches Japan, the cruise numerous stops around the country, starting with the first in Kushiro on Sept. 22. The Japanese portion of the itinerary also includes stops in Muroran, Shimizu, an overnight in Osaka, Busan, an overnight in Kanazawa, Aomori, Hakodate, and then it finally disembarks in Tokyo on Oct. 9.

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Date Port Arrive Depart
Thursday, September 7 Vancouver, BC, Canada   6:00 p.m.
Friday, September 8 Inside Passage, AK (Cruising)    
Saturday, September 9 Ketchikan, AK 8:00 a.m. 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 10 Juneau, AK 9:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Monday, September 11 Sitka, AK 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 12 At Sea    
Wednesday, September 13 Kodiak, AK 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 14 At Sea    
Friday, September 15 Dutch Harbor, AK 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 16 At Sea    
Sunday, September 17 At Sea    
Monday, September 18 Crossing International Dateline (Cruising)    
Tuesday, September 19 At Sea    
Wednesday, September 20 At Sea    
Thursday, September 21 At Sea    
Friday, September 22 Kushiro, Japan 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 Muroran, Japan 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 24 At Sea    
Monday, September 25 Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan 6:30 a.m. 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26 Shimizu, Japan 1:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 27 Osaka, Japan 8:00 a.m.  
Thursday, September 28 Osaka, Japan   11:00 p.m.
Friday, September 29 At Sea    
Saturday, September 30 Hiroshima, Japan 7:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 1 Busan, South Korea 9:00 a.m. 11:30 p.m.
Monday, October 2 At Sea    
Tuesday, October 3 Kanazawa, Japan 8:00 a.m.  
Wednesday, October 4 Kanazawa, Japan   2:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 5 Akita, Japan 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Friday, October 6 Aomori, Japan 8:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 7 Hakodate, Japan 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 8 At Sea    
Monday, October 9 Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan 6:30 a.m.

Vancouver cruise: Silversea Cruises experience 

Headquartered in Monaco, Silversea Cruises offers all-inclusive luxury cruising experiences. Guests enjoy 24-hour room service, open dining at a wide choice of restaurants, and beverages in their cabin and throughout the ship. This includes champagne, selected wines, and premium spirits, too. 

To complete the pampered cruising experience, guests each have their own butler on board, too. 

In addition to a high guest-to-crew ratio, the ship for this itinerary, the Silver Muse, boasts the most dining options of any luxury ship. This means you'll have a wide range of dining options to choose from while not sacrificing gourmet quality. There is a jogging track, fitness centre, swimming pool, showroom, dancing area, casino, and five bars/lounges.

There are only three suite categories currently available: the deluxe veranda suite, the superior veranda suite, and the panorama suite. 

The cruise starts at $21,600 per person for the 31-night sailing, which works out to roughly $696.99  per diem. Keep in mind, however, that this includes all of your meals and premium alcohol, entertainment, luxury accommodation, transportation, and butler service for the entirety of your cruise.

For comparison's sake, a one-night stay at a luxury hotel generally costs more -- and that's without any food, entertainment, butler service, or alcohol. 

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