Okinawa Travel Blog› entry 16 of 23 › view all entries
This wasă€€a great stop but we had very little time here. Japan requires a temperature check before we can get off the boat as part of immigration and health rules. This couldn't start until the boat docked which was at 11am. The check itself wasn't bad, it was the waiting that sucked. The cruise staff had a plan that they put out the night before however the majority of the ship's passengers cannot follow directions. The line was emmense. It stretched along all of deck 7, down to deck 6 and then most of the way across the ship again. It actualy didn't take that long though because all we had to do was walk in front of an infrared camera and we were done. We were only in line for a half hour but since we only had 6 hours on shore anyway any delay was painful.
As soon as we got off we had to take a short shuttle to the downtown area. Of course this is a shopping area so we jumped on the monorail. The monorail in Okinawa is nice, although there are only about 6 stops. We took it up a few and then grabbed a cab to take us the rest of the way to the a WWII underground bunker that has since been converted to a memorială€€museum. It was really interesting. The commander and remaining staff committed suicide as they were loseing to invading US troops. As the commander planned he wrote a letter requesting that the people of Okinawa be recognized for their support. The tunnels were really interesting.
As we were riding the monorail we saw a festival in on of the parks. They were selling lots of different foods and products. There were performers and artists all around and lots to see. I had the best ribs that came with rice and corn. Kim had a stew that looked great. We wandered around looking at everything people were buying.
It was a pretty straight forward day since we didn't have much time. After the festival we went to the shuttle stop so we would be close when it was time to leave.
Princess Cruise ships include meals as part of the booking, however they recently have begun to offer specialized meals for an additional fee. For dinner Kim and I tried the steak house which is one of the two dining alternatives. It was good and the steak was cooked perfectly. I'm not sure that it was $15/pp better than the meal we could have had for free. The ambiance was a little better than the traditional dining areas. From there we played Majority Rules Trivia followed by dancing and drinking until 1am. Fortunatly the next day is a sea day.