Atlantis returns to Asia in a big way in 2019 with an all-new, all-gay cruise from Hong Kong to Tokyo. In 10 magical nights, you’ll explore four of the world’s most vibrant cities, discover Japan’s most thrilling sights, and immerse yourself in fascinating cultural experiences. Onboard the magnificent Norwegian Jewel, you’ll sail in style on one of the most popular ships we’ve ever sailed!
It’s truly a once in a lifetime experience for our 2300 guests from all corners of the planet. There literally has never been an Atlantis cruise quite like this!
- April 17 Hong Kong, China 5:00 pm
- April 18 Awesome Day at Sea
- April 19 Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan 8:00 am Overnight
- April 20 Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan 4:00 am
- April 21 Shanghai, China 2:00 pm Overnight
- April 22 Shanghai, China 4:00 pm
- April 23 Another Awesome Day at Sea
- April 24 Kochi, Japan 8:00 am 6:00 pm
- April 25 Osaka, Japan 7:00 am 10:00 pm
- April 26 Shimizu, Japan 2:00 pm 10:00 pm
- April 27 Yokohama, Japan 7:00 am
Hong Kong, China
Soaring skyscrapers rise from the legendary Hong Kong harbor, blending geography and nature with breathtaking architecture in a way that brings traditional Chinese and Western culture into perfect harmony. Watch sampans and junks glide through the waters of Aberdeen. Soak in the spectacular view of the world-famous Victoria Harbor from the top of Victoria Peak. Treat your palate to tantalizing flavors, from street food to fine dining in one of Asia’s most fascinating cities. With a friendly and welcoming culture, it’s the perfect place to start!
Awesome Day at Sea
There’s nothing ordinary about an Atlantis day at sea! Options abound, from sophisticated to silly. Take in an informative lecture about our fascinating ports, indulge in a leisurely brunch with friends, join a game of volleyball, or drag yourself to the most outrageous bingo at sea hosted by our talented queens. Just save some energy for Atlantis’ signature sunset T-dance and a fabulous night of non-stop entertainment and fun. That’s a full day to play!
Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan
The modern metropolis and capital city of Taiwan harmoniously blends elements of Japanese, Chinese and Southeast Asian cultures. Its futuristic cityscape is dotted with tranquil parks and green spaces. Some of the world’s best food can be found on every corner from the classic tea houses to lively night markets. Taiwan is the first Asian country to legalize gay marriage, giving our community a real voice and presence. With our overnight stay you’ll have plenty of time to explore Taipei’s thriving and welcoming gay nightlife. Look for more details onboard!
Keelung (Taipei), Taiwan
Continue your second day in Taipei with a visit to one of the legendary hillside hot springs, or take ride to the top of the tallest building in the country for a birds-eye view of this fascinating city.
Some cities are constantly changing, but none at the rapid and breathtaking pace of Shanghai – one of the world’s most alluring and charming cities. Below the towering skyscrapers, you’ll find quiet, tree-lined streets, the Bund’s majestic colonial buildings, sweet boutiques, and a dizzying array of places to eat and drink, from tiny family run places to celebrity chef restaurants. Old City Shanghai is a maze of streets with small shops, restaurants, and street vendors. And no visit is complete without an endless shopping and eating down Nanjing Road.
Gay life in Shanghai is the best in China, with an array of bars, nightclubs, and restaurants to welcome you for our overnight stay. Atlantis is working closely with the local community to create at true once-in-a-lifetime experience for this amazing visit.
Continue your visit in Shanghai to explore the magical contrasts of the city. It is home to some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers, miles of luxury shops, and scores of trendy bars and restaurants. But look just beyond the main streets and you’ll find narrow alleyways packed with traditional lane houses, where laundry billows from bamboo poles, and local communities are alive and well.
Another Awesome Day at Sea
After so much exploring, you’ll be ready to relax and enjoy all the Jewel has to offer. Wake up late and join in a yoga or spin class, relax in one of our outdoor hot tubs, take in a lecture on the wonders of Japan coming up. And of course, you’ll be surrounded by non-stop activities from our legendary pool games to another drag bingo and more!
We arrive into Japan to Kochi on the southern coast of Shikoku. It’s a small and friendly city blessed with beautiful and abundant nature. Explore a 500-year-old castle, take in the classic history of the region, and marvel at the serene mountains and perfect Pacific beaches. The Hirome market bustles with artisanal local delicacies and charming shops.
Japan’s third largest city is best known as the the gateway to Kyoto but on it’s own Osaka is filled with fantastic street food, superb shopping and raucous nightlife. Its main historic landmark is the 16th century Osaka Castle surrounded by a moat and many flowering trees. A short bullet train ride will bring you to magical Kyoto, famous for numerous Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. Options abound, and our extended stay lets you see the best of both of these fascinating cities.
A mesmerizing landscape, revered cultural history, and Japan's most sacred volcano are just a few of the many delights beckoning upon arrival into this ancient city. Towering over the region at approximately 12,388 feet above sea level, the snow-capped Mount Fuji, an active volcano, has been designated a "place and source of artistic inspiration" by UNESCO and is just one of the many unforgettable adventures Shimizu inspires.
Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It's a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. There are so many interesting things about Tokyo it is not possible to list them here. We know you will want to plan to extend your stay and Atlantis will offer a variety of post-cruise packages, available in early September.
Tokyo is the place for virtually unlimited shopping, where new fashion trends seem to spring, and a foodie’s delight, from incredible street food to some of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants. While Tokyo’s neon-lit streets make it seem modernistic, it also prides itself on celebrating its rich Japanese culture where you may want to experience a sumo tournament or a traditional kabuki production.
Set sail in a new direction with our custom itinerary between two of the world’s most iconic cities – Hong Kong and Tokyo – both wonders on their own and the perfect endpoints to an extraordinary experience.
There’s no better place to begin than in the legendary port of Hong Kong, a truly unique city of endless wonder, diversity, and sheer innovation. From the skyscrapers towering over the harbor to densely packed streets lined with alluring shops to endless mouthwatering temptations, this gleaming city sets the stage for a stunning adventure yet to come.
Ten days later, you’ll arrive in the futuristic city of Tokyo, the heart of Japanese culture and style, where ancient traditions and history blend into modern daily life. From stores showcasing advanced technology to Michelin-starred restaurants to the Imperial Palace’s tranquil gardens, it’s a city full of contrasts at every turn.
After our first relaxing day at sea, your journey begins with a full day and night in the capital city of Taipei, rich in history and filled with temptations from tantalizing street food to mountainside hot springs. Visit an ornate dragon-adorned temple or soar up to the top of Taipei 101 before heading out to explore the city’s seriously fun and diverse gay nightlife during our overnight stay.
You’ll need another day to rest and relax at sea before we dock in the heart of China’s largest city for 24 hours of pure excitement. Few cities have as much to offer in visual and cultural wonders as Shanghai. Take in the city’s soaring skyline from the Bund, explore the charming shops and restaurants in the French Quarter, and marvel at the sheer scale of virtually everything in the world’s fastest moving city.
Osaka - Dotonbori Canal
Kyoto - Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Shimizu - Miho Pine Grove
Three Magical Japanese Cities
From the bustle of Shanghai, we’ll sail to the serenely beautiful city of Kochi, our first stop in Japan where clear rivers meet green forests in a region known for its abundant natural beauty. Our next day in Osaka offers plenty of time to explore Japan’s third largest city as well as tours to the legendary temples and awe-inspiring history of Kyoto.
Finally, under the magnificent spectacle of Mt. Fuji, we explore the charming city of Shimizu, the perfect stop to explore one of the world’s greatest natural icons.
You’ll sail with 2300 friends from around the world on the stunning Norwegian Jewel for the ultimate cruise through Asia. Fresh from a multi-million-dollar upgrade, Jewel features a fantastic spacious central pool deck, with incredible open spaces for dancing under the sun and stars. You’ll love her innovative modern look, enticing restaurants, full-service spa, and spectacular performance venues.
While we sail between these amazing ports, there’s plenty to do onboard to keep you entertained, from daytime pool games to our festive afternoon T-dances. Take in an afternoon game of bingo, indulge in a leisurely brunch or a playful game of volleyball, or just find a quiet deck chair. When you’re ready to soothe yourself after a long day of touring, drop into the spectacular spa with every imaginable treatment along with one of the largest and most complete fitness centers at sea.
You’ll marvel to stellar entertainers from around the world including our own unique gay circus show, Broadway singers, world-famous drag performers, and so much more. We’ll even invite a special guest or two from Broadway, TV, or beyond. Past years have featured Patti LuPone, Idina Menzel, Kathy Griffin, Jennifer Hudson, Chita Rivera, Deborah Cox, and so many others.
And that’s just the beginning with a ship packed with performances by Atlantis comedians, cabaret stars, drag performers, piano bar entertainers, and other original shows. There’s nothing like it on any continent!
There’s no better way to celebrate the joy of our community together than on a dance floor. Imagine dancing under the stars to our diverse and spectacular parties in one of the best settings we’ve ever had for a party. All featuring concert sound, awesome lighting, dazzling lasers, mesmerizing video, and the friendliest crowd yet. The world’s top gay DJs headline our signature themes and wide-ranging musical styles.
In addition to our legendary theme nights, you’ll find musical tributes to Classic Disco, 80s retro, great divas from the 90s, and a plenty of surprises. Regardless of your taste in music, or temperament for a party, we’ll find a way to get you out on the dance floor.
Atlantis returns to Asia with the perfect mix of exotic destinations and sensational entertainment. All designed for the most diverse group ever assembled on a gay cruise.
Best of all, fares for this once-in-a-lifetime experience start at just $1599 for ten magical nights. It’s one of the best values in travel – gay or otherwise – and designed to let everyone join us on the biggest adventure of 2019!