Day 3: Tour of Maizuru in Kyoto
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From Fukuoka, we finally arrived at the port of Maizuru in Kyoto. I finally had enough time to sleep inside my cabin; however, I decided not to join the City tour due to unbearable pains due to gout attack. I just learned that I have this type of arthritis two days before I left for Japan. I did a mistake of eating beans, mushroom soup and lots of raw fish the other night which may have increased my uric acid and triggered my gout.
I already felt the pain the night before our arrival in Maizuru and to save time and effort to go to the breakfast area, I tried their breakfast delivery service. With their free food delivery service, passengers can order bread, cereals, juices, porridge, yoghurt, coffee and tea for breakfast. The options may be limited compare to the buffet spread available in the breakfast place but this helps a lot for sick passengers or for those who just prefer light breakfast.
After making up my mind not to join the tour, I immediately informed Ms. Regina, the Media Relations officer of Costa Cruises, and she immediately advised me to just take the opportunity to rest and prepare myself for our activity the next day.
Since I was practically inside my cabin the entire day, I was able to appreciate it even more. Imagine a hotel-sized room with a veranda offering a great view of the ocean!
My cabin also has a work desk and, since I had nothing to do the entire day, I took the opportunity to write stories from my previous trips.
Although I can control the temperature inside the room, there are times that it was just too cold. It was a good thing that I had a nice private veranda where I can relax, eat fruits and have a cigarette break.
I also had a mini bar complete with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and, just in case I wanted tea or coffee, there was also a coffee and tea facility located right next to the minibar.
The bathroom is quite small but I guess that’s just normal in cruise ships. I’ve been to several cruise ships already and I haven’t seen a cabin with huge bathrooms.
My cabin has a dedicated steward, who made sure my room was kept clean every day. He also provided me with a printed list of daily activities such as tours, dinner schedules, activities and more.
Best of all, food can be ordered for an additional fee anytime of the day. Each cabin is equipped with a telephone just in case you need to call the restaurant, front office or even your dedicated cabin steward.
Watch Cora’s Vlog about their Tour of Maizuru in Kyoto, Japan
The best thing about joining Costa Victoria Japan Cruise is, of course, the chance to travel to several areas of Japan seamlessly. There was no need to change hotels every night or navigate the local transportation system, bringing around your luggage, which I think is the most challenging part.