Shinkansen Service reaches Hokkaido

Japan’s shinkansen high-speed rail network marked a significant milestone today with the official opening of the first stage of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, directly linking the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu with the promise of faster travel times and comfortable, sleek new trains. The first scheduled service, Hayate 91, left Shin-Aomori station at 0632 hrs for … Continue reading

Princess Cruises Plans New Japan Deployment

Princess Cruises is preparing to expand in Japan with the announcement that it will send a ship to the country next year. The 2,022-passenger Sun Princess will be based out of Kobe and Yokohama from April 2013 to operate a series of 9 cruises in what is arguably the largest ever deployment by a global cruise line in the … Continue reading

JR East Introduces New Series E5 Hayabusa Shinkansen

Japanese high-speed rail operator JR East has introduced its new Series E5 Hayabusa Shinkansen into service on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori stations, reducing journey times to 3 hours 10 minutes. The inaugural service departed Shin-Aomori station at 0610 hrs this morning, following festivities celebrating its launch and arrived in Tokyo station … Continue reading

Japan’s Tohoku Shinkansen Completed With New Extension

Japan’s high-speed rail network marked another milestone yesterday with the completion of the Tohoku Shinkansen line, 38 years after it was first planned. Operator JR East has begun services along a 81.8-kilometer extension from Hachinohe (the previous terminus) station to Shin-Aomori station, connecting the country’s 3 major high-speed lines, Tohoku, Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen.   Inauguration ceremonies … Continue reading

Holland America Line To Deploy 2 Ships To Asia Pacific For 2011/2012 Season

Holland America Line has announced that it will deploy 2 vessels to cruise the Asia Pacific region simultaneously in 2011/2012 for the first time. The 60,890-GRT ms Volendam and her sister ship ms Zaandam will offer a variety of itineraries ranging from 13 to 26 days, calling at some of the most popular and exotic ports in the … Continue reading