Four Japan Luxury Cruises Beckon as Seabourn Introduces 2025-2026 Voyages

Seabourn is debuting new itineraries in exotic Japan. Photo by Seabourn.

Eyeballing Seabourn’s new 2025-2026 fall, winter, and spring itineraries, The Meandering Traveler is enticed by a new exotic option. What’s happening? Well, for the first time, the line plans a series of “fall foliage” Japan luxury cruises.

Between September and November 2025, the 229-passenger Seabourn Quest will operate four of these new voyages. Ranging from 12 to 22 days, they will call at more than 20 destinations on the four main Japanese isles.

In fact, one perk is that Seabourn Quest will call at some hidden gems of Japan’s smaller southern islands. Another bonus for port collectors is that the lineup includes four maiden port calls.

(Shown above is Japan, where Seabourn is introducing several new voyages in 2025-2026. Photo by Seabourn.)

Japan Luxury Cruise: 12 Days 

In one example of the new Japan cruises, a 12-day “Circumnavigation Of Japan’s Fall Foliage” voyage will depart Kobe, Japan, on October 24, 2025. That itinerary includes port calls at Takamatsu, Sakaiminato, Tsuruga and Hakodate, Japan, as well as scenic cruising in the Sea of Japan and Kanmon Strait.

Guests will also enjoy several relaxing sea days and a port call at Busan, South Korea. This Japan trip will conclude at Yokohama, Japan.  

At press time, an ocean view stateroom was priced starting at $7,799 per person, double occupancy.

Japan Luxury Cruises: Four Maiden Calls

Even if you’re a loyal Seabourn traveler, you’ll find unique port options to experience on these new Japan luxury cruises. Here’s a snapshot of the maiden ports of call.

  • Akita, Japan, with hot springs and samurai heritage.
  • Ishinomaki, home to a vibrant arts district and fishing prowess.
  • Niigata, famed for its splendid coastal beauty, and high-quality rice and saki too!
  • Wakayama, a place of impressive architecture.

And here’s a bit more on two of these maiden call port visits.

Discovering Akita, Japan

Sheltered along the Sea of Japan’s coastline, Akita reveals a captivating blend of old and new sites. Its cityscape has an intriguing contrast of architectural styles.

Akita’s hot springs, called “onsen,” offer a therapeutic escape. The springs are nestled against stunningly gorgeous mountain backdrops.

So, if you feel the need to unwind and rejuvenate your senses, in appropriately designated safe spots, you can soak within those mineral-rich waters.

Seabourn is introducing new itineraries in Japan for 2025-2026 with four maiden port calls. Photo by Seabourn.
(Seabourn is introducing new Japan itineraries for 2025-2026 with four maiden port calls. Photo by Seabourn.)

Japan Luxury Cruises: Exploring Wakayama

At Wakayama, Seabourn’s travelers can discover some of Japan’s most sacred sites. Among them is the Kongobuji Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or, guests might venture to Mt. Koya, the center of Shingon Buddhism.

In addition, Wakayama is a prime starting spot for one route of the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage path. As such, it’s an iconic temple town nestled in tree-lined mountains.

Are you a culinary buff? Do you love Japanese cuisine and condiments? Then you’ll likely enjoy delving into soy sauce’s culinary history in Yuasa Town. Or, you can learn about preserved architecture from the Edo Period in the designated “Historic Preservation District of Traditional Buildings.”

More New Seabourn Itineraries

In its new 2025-2026 fall, winter and spring lineup, the 300-passenger Seabourn Encore also returns to Southeast Asia on curated 14-day itineraries that include an overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon).

Between September 2025 and March 2026, Seabourn Ovation, Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Quest, and Seabourn Sojourn will offer 72 itineraries to more than 105 destinations in 40+ countries. Itineraries, fares, and complete details of Seabourn’s schedule can be found on Seabourn’s website.

For instance, Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Sojourn will embark on new Caribbean itineraries too. Those will depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Maarten; Miami, FL; and Barbados.

For a South Pacific vibe, guests can check out Seabourn Sojourn’s extensive voyage to celebrate the holidays “Hawaii style” with a special Christmas Eve overnight stay in Honolulu. 

Stunningly gorgeous scenery awaits along the Kauai coastline in Hawaii. Photo by Seabourn.
(Gorgeous scenery awaits cruisers sailing along Kauai’s coast in Hawaii. Photo by Seabourn.)

Perks of a Seabourn Voyage

While sailing on Seabourn, what can guests expect? First, they’ll be immersed in an ocean of ultra-luxury, personalized service and discovery, according to Natalya Leahy, Seabourn’s president. Second, they’ll explore hidden gems and stay longer in iconic ports with overnight stays.

And third, “our carefully curated itineraries will provide our guests with unforgettable ‘Seabourn Moments’ as they sail the high seas in Seabourn’s ultra-luxury style,” she added.

Options for Longer Voyages

“The new 2025-2026 itineraries range from seven to 22 days,” explains Shelby Steudle, president, Pavlus Travel. “But travelers also have options to combine voyages for longer, more immersive journeys.”

During their ultra-luxury cruise, they’ll enjoy the line’s signature “Caviar in the Surf,” “Shopping with the Chef” and “Marina Day.” Also, during some voyages, “Seabourn’s guests can linger longer in iconic ports, thanks to overnight stays and mid-voyage Seabourn Journeys,” Steudle adds.

In addition, those Seabourn Journeys are also available pre- or post-cruise for some itineraries. Plus, during the cruise itself, Seabourn is offering a new Mediterranean-inspired specialty dining experience; check out our recent blog about this savory new eatery.

A Great Resource for Travelers

To explore the world of Seabourn, experienced Pavlus Travel advisors await your call or web inquiry. See contact information below and start planning a fabulous 2025 or early 2026 vacation in pampered luxury on the high seas.

Right now, cruising is “hot” as a traveler’s vacation choice. Many lines are seeing voyage after voyage heavily booked or sold out. So, call today to secure the best accommodations on the new exotic Japan cruises or other itineraries on Seabourn across the globe.

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