Mandy Connell Adventure - South Korea & Japan

Dear Potential Traveling Pal,

Konnichiwa and Annyeonghaseyo!

I would love to invite you to join me, Chuck, and The Q for our next adventure, as we’re headed to South Korea and Japan! This fifteen-day trip starts in Seoul South Korea where we spend a half day exploring the city and its street food. Chuck is thrilled to be able to bring me and The Q back to where he was stationed in the Army! Seoul is a mix of modern skyscrapers, sophisticated complexes, ancient royal palaces, ornate Buddhist temples, and tranquil gardens. From there, we board the Celebrity Millennium for a 12-day sailing from South Korea to Japan. 

Our stops include:

Jeju Island, Japan, is home to the best scuba diving in South Korea. If scuba isn’t your thing how about strolling through the world’s longest lava tube cave?

Nagasaki, where the influence of both European and Chinese cultures radiates.

Kagoshima, Japan, is the sister city of Naples, Italy because of their palm tree-lined streets and looming volcano. See a Japanese garden, or just take a mud bath at one of their acclaimed spas.

Hiroshima, Japan where more than 300 cherry blossom trees in bloom at Peace Memorial Park pay tribute to the nuclear bombing in WWII.

Kochi, Japan to enjoy some Katsuo no tataki, Kochi’s most famous dish, and visit the temple and botanical garden at Mount Godaisan.

Kyoto, Japan where there is so much to do we get two days! Kyoto served as the nation’s capital for more than 1000 years and is home to 17 different World Heritage Sites including Kiyomizudera Temple and Heian Jingu Shrine.

Mt. Fuji, Japan one of the best-known symbols of Japan, this iconic mountain has been considered sacred since ancient times and was even forbidden to women until the early 1900s.

We finish up our adventure in Toyko! All this between June 5th and June 19th, 2025. 

This is the perfect way to visit an exotic culture without having to worry about a language barrier, as we have a guide to assist us. To book your spot you must talk to my friends at Cruise and Tour, as they have taken care of EVERY detail. Flights, hotels, transfers, and most meals are included in the price. More importantly, you don’t have to expend any thought on creating the perfect trip because they’ve done it for us. I hope you can join us! Call Cruise and Tour RIGHT NOW to book your spot. These sell out quick and I don’t want you to miss it. Cruise and Tour’s number is 1-800-383-3131!

-Mandy

Mandy Connell has been in talk radio for over 25 years. She’s hosted #1 rated programs in Fort Myers/Naples, Louisville, Kentucky, and now, Denver. She has been named Talk Radio Woman of the Year by Talkers Magazine, won a Gracie Award, and many Colorado Broadcaster Association honors. As a former flight attendant, her love of travel is deeply embedded in her soul.

She’s a mom to Ryan, Phil, and The Q, and a wife to Chuck, who has far more personality than she does. Speaking of Chuck, he’s a native of Athens, Ohio, and a graduate of Ohio University (Go Bobcats!). He’s Retired Army, claims five kids as his, and loves a great conversation about anything but sports and politics. Q is going to be 16, loves to talk about writing and music, and has a healthy sense of sarcasm.

Per Person Double Occupancy
From $8,799

June 5 – 19, 2025

16 Days / 14 Nights

Itinerary

1
Thursday, June 5, 2025

Depart
Depart for South Korea and Japan with your friends and listeners of KOA.

2
Friday, June 6, 2025

Arrive Seoul, South Korea
Arrive in Seoul, South Korea’s capital and East Asia’s financial and cultural center. Seoul offers a rich and fascinating culture with a mix of traditional and modern influences.

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Saturday, June 7, 2025

Explore Seoul – Board Ship
Today, begin your exploration of Seoul with a visit to Bukchon Hanok Village, home to restored traditional Korean houses known as hanok. Next, visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty dating to the 1300s. Here, witness the Changing of the Guards ceremony before heading off to explore the Gwangjang Market, known for its textiles but more importantly, its street food! Follow Mandy and Chuck through the market to find the best mandu (Korean dumplings), Bibimbap (warm rice dish, or BOP), mayak gimbap (rice rolls), or Gamja Hotdog. This afternoon, settle into your accommodations aboard the Celebrity Millennium, your home for the next 12 nights. (B, D)

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Sunday, June 8, 2025

Day at Sea
Today is all about indulging in the ship’s finest offerings! Whether you’re lounging by the pool with a book, treating yourself to a spa experience, or exploring many restaurants, bars, and lounges aboard the Millennium, the choice is yours to make the most of your day! (B, L, D)
Featured Event: Mandy Q&A – Today is your chance to peel back the curtain and ask Mandy your most burning questions. Everything is fair game! Well… almost everything.

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Monday, June 9, 2025

Jeju Island, South Korea
Today, explore South Korea’s island paradise, Jeju Island, with its sandy beaches, volcanic landscapes, forests, and abundant local produce. Jeju is renowned for its hiking trails, waterfalls, villages, and scuba diving spots. A popular choice is to explore the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Regardless of how you choose to experience the island, you will leave with fond memories. (B, L, D)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2025

Nagasaki, Japan
Known for its volcanoes, beautiful islands, historic buildings, and hot springs, Nagasaki is your playground today. Explore tombs, temples, and ruins dating back to the 3rd century mixed in with modern buildings, showing its history as a major international trade port. The city is influenced by Korea, China, and European settlers. As you stroll the streets of the vibrant city, take in the unique backdrop of rolling hills and forested islands. (B, L, D)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2025

Kagoshima, Japan
Explore Naples’ sister city, Kagoshima, a seaside city on Kyushu Island. Best known for its active volcanoes, Sakurajima and Kirishima. Exploring Kagoshima Castle is also a key highlight to learn more about how lords and their samurai lived. You may choose to visit Japanese garden museums or enjoy their local mud baths and hot springs. Find a local restaurant and sample some Kurobuta pork, award-winning Wagyu beef, and kurosatsuma o dori (black chicken) with a glass of local shochu (traditional Japanese liquor made of grains and vegetables) while you take in the natural beauty of the landscape. (B, L, D)

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Thursday, June 12, 2025

Day At Sea
Make the most of your ship time today, whether it’s trying your luck at the casino, enjoying the serene resort deck with its rooftop terrace and boundless ocean views, catching a theater performance, or exploring the diverse dining options among multiple restaurants, bars, and lounges on the Millennium. (B, L, D)
Featured Event: Cocktails with Mandy – Get to know Mandy, Chuck, and fellow KOA listeners over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

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Friday, June 13, 2025

Hiroshima, Japan
Best known for being destroyed by an atomic bomb during WWII, today Hiroshima is recognized as a beacon of peace and prides itself on its natural beauty. Mostly photographed for its 300 cherry blossom trees along Peace Memorial Park, the city is also home to a local baseball team. The vibrant city is rich in food culture, including popular dishes such as okonomiyaki, a savory pancake with a base cooked with noodles layered with pork and cabbage, paired with a beer. Oysters are also popular, with cultivation dating back to the 16th century. Here, you may choose to enjoy the food scene, visit the memorial, or ride a streetcar. (B, L, D)

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Saturday, June 14, 2025

Kochi, Japan
The gathering place for surfers across Japan, Kochi is one of Japan’s most rewarding off-the-beaten-track destinations! Given UNESCO Global Geopark status for its geological formations along the rugged coastlines, Kochi is an outdoor playground. From waterfalls to the Shimanto River, the sky is the limit! Visiting Kochi Castle, a botanical garden, a temple, or an old sake brewery for a tasting are all great choices! (B, L, D)

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Sunday, June 15, 2025

THROUGH MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2025

Kyoto (Osaka), Japan
Considered the cultural capital of Japan, Kyoto is yours to explore for the next two days! Home to 17 different World Heritage Sites, there is so much to do and explore in this city. From its famous Buddhist temples, gardens, Imperial Palace, and Shinto Shrines to its traditional wooden houses, Kyoto offers a wealth of cultural experiences. Explore the Gion district to see if you can catch a glimpse of a Geisha, sample some local sushi, or enjoy a karaoke bar! (B, L, D)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2025

Day at Sea
During your time at sea, the ship is yours to explore and enjoy, offering endless activities. Relax by the pool, pamper yourself at the spa, stroll along the track, savor delicacies, or explore the various venues on board. You may choose to enjoy a drink at the martini bar before dinner. (B, L, D)
Featured Event: Farewell Cocktails & Music – Tonight, gather one last time with new and old friends over drinks and a live band. “Kanpai!” (“Cheers” translated to “empty cup” in Japanese).

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Wednesday, June 18, 2025

Mount Fuji (Shimizu), Japan
Mount Fuji, an active volcano commonly called “Fuji-san” in Japanese, has been a pilgrimage site for centuries and is one of Japan’s three most sacred mountains. Known by many for its summit hikes or its bubbling pools blackened by sulfur, believed to prolong one’s life by at least seven years, Mount Fuji is nothing short of awe-inspiring. (B, L, D)

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Thursday, June 19, 2025

Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan – Depart for Home
This morning, disembark from the Millennium ship and enjoy a city tour before heading to the airport for your flight home, carrying memories of your remarkable voyage to South Korea and Japan. (B)

Tokyo, Japan Mount Fuji, Kitayama, Fujinomiya, Shizuoka 418-0112, Japan Kyoto, Japan Kochi, Japan Hiroshima, Japan Kagoshima, Japan Nagasaki, Japan Seoul, South Korea

Inclusions

Included

  • Economy Class Roundtrip International Airfare from Denver (DEN)*
  • Premium Hotel Accommodations in Seoul **
  • All Ground Transportation
  • Classic Beverage Package and Basic Wi-Fi Package***
  • Expert English-Speaking Guides
  • 33 Meals (12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners)
  • Gratuities for Cruise Staff, Drivers, Local Guides, and Tour Director
  • Taxes and Fees as of 5/17/24
  • Complete Services of Cruise & Tour Including Tour Director
 

*Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
**Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances.
***Guests booking the Celebrity Suite receive the Premium Beverage and Wi-Fi Package.

Extraordinary Experiences

  • Cocktails with your host, Mandy Connell.
  • Get to know Mandy Connell during a Q&A session.
  • Explore Gwangjang Market so you may choose to sample some of Mandy and Chuck’s favorite Korean Street Foods!

Not Included

  • Increases in Taxes, Fees, or Surcharges After 5/17/24
  • Travel Insurance
  • Air Upgrades
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Shore Excursions
  • Korean Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA)
  • Items of a Personal Nature

 


 

Activity Level 3

This tour moves at a moderate pace where planned activities are extended and there will be limited leisure time. Days may begin earlier or end later in the evening. You can expect to be standing and walking for longer periods of time, climbing steps, walking uphill, walking along uneven surfaces, and extended riding in safari vehicles over rough terrain.

Testimonials

The anticipation was exciting, the realization was thrilling, and the end is filled with memories, stunning and lasting. I am enjoying being back home; however, I would sign up again without reservations! You are to be commended for the impeccable realization of the cruise which went without flaws. Thank you for a most enjoyable and perfect cruise!
- Monique
The Mandy Connell Cruise was exceptional. Highly recommend this cruise if you are thinking about going. As always with Cruise & Tour, you have no worries. Thanks Much.
- Ed

Accommodations

Novotel Ambassador Dongdaemun, Seoul, South Korea
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Oceanview (O2)
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Veranda (V2)
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Concierge Class with Veranda (C2)
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AquaClass Staterooms with Veranda (A2)
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Sky Suite with Veranda (S1)
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Rates

Oceanview$8,799Per Person Double Occupancy
Oceanview Single Supplement (Limited Availability)$2,499Per Single
V2 - Veranda$9,899Per Person Double Occupancy
V2 - Veranda Single Supplement (Limited Availability)$3,399Per Single
C2 - Concierge Class with Veranda$9,999Per Person Double Occupancy
A2 - AquaClass with Veranda (Doubles Only)$10,999Per Person Double Occupancy
S1 - Sky Suite with Veranda$13,999Per Person Double Occupancy
Travel InsuranceQuoted at time of BookingPer Person

 


Deposit/Payment

      • A $1,000 per person deposit is required with your reservation.
      • A second deposit in the amount of $2,000 is due 11/1/24.
      • Final payment due 2/5/25.
      • All payments can be made by credit card or check.

Cancellation/Refund

      • Your initial $1,000 deposit is refundable through 10/31/24, less a $500 per person cancellation fee.
      • Between 11/1/24 and 2/5/25, the cancellation charge is 50% of deposits paid.
      • After 2/5/25 or non-appearance on departure day, 100% of the cost of your travel arrangements is forfeited.

 

Call 800-383-3131 to Reserve Your Spot Today!

How to Book

  1. Call Cruise & Tour at (800) 383-3131 or REQUEST A CALL
  2. Ask to have a place held on this trip
  3. You will receive an email with a link to our online registration form

Fill it out and you’re in!

It’s that easy. Give us a call today!


Travel Insurance Information

Travel Insured International
Worldwide Trip Protector

Cruise & Tour recommends that you purchase travel insurance.

To purchase travel protection insurance:

  1. Click here to view and print the Travel Insured International brochure which has a brief summary of coverage.
  2. After making your travel reservation and deposit, a Cruise & Tour representative will create an insurance quote for you. You will receive that travel insurance quote from Travel Insured International Customer Care.
  3. From here you will be able to view the quote, add additional coverage options such as Cancel for Any Reason, and purchase your policy all in the Travel Insured International Portal.

Please Note: Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion will be waived if you purchase the protection plan within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment. Options such as Cancel for Any Reason or Interrupt for Any Reason must also be purchased within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment.

To view and print the Explanation of Benefits, click here.

Covered events for trip
Cancellation/Interruption
Sickness, Accidental Injury or Death of You, Your Travel Companion, Family Member, or Business Partner Job Loss or Lay Off Traffic Accident en Route to Departure Weather Natural Disaster at Destination Extension of School Year Terrorist Attack Revoked Military Leave Strike Bankruptcy of Travel Supplier Being Hijacked, Quarantined, Subpoenaed, or Asked to Serve on Jury Duty
* See Travel Insured International Description of Coverage for complete coverage details.