Queen Elizabeth coming to Kobe to celebrate port's 150th anniversary

posted on October 5, 2015

Britain's Queen Elizabeth will visit Kobe to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the city's port. The luxury cruise ship and not the reigning British monarch, that is.

At 99,000 tons, the Queen Elizabeth is capable of carrying roughly 2,000 passengers. It will enter Kobe Port midway through a world cruise in 2017.

It will then embark on its first-ever cruise that starts and ends in Japan. The eight-day trip starts March 13 and will include stops at Kagoshima, Busan in South Korea, and Hiroshima before returning to Kobe. The price per passenger for seven nights will range from 169,000 yen to 595,000 yen ($1,410-$4,980).

Tickets will go on sale from Nov. 5.

Kobe invited the operator of the ship to make a port call as part of the celebrations commemorating the 150th year of the port's opening in January 2018.

The third-generation Queen Elizabeth, launched in 2010, made its first port call in Japan last year, and it has visited Kobe two years in a row, the last occasion being in March.

source by newsonjapan
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