Cruise ship, the new way to explore Setouchi.
JR West has been working towards introducing cruises as a new way to tour Setouchi, allowing visitors to tour the region's many islands, as well as destinations that may be harder to reach via land.
Following 2016-2017's Onomichi Suido Gourmet Cruise and 2018's Setouchi Shimatabi Cruise, JR West has collaborated with Setonaikaikisen to present Setouchi Shimatabi Cruise, touring popular islands along the Tobishima and Shimanami Kaido Expressways.
The new cruise offers a casual alternative to a luxury liner.
• Dates of Operation
The cruise ship will operate on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the months of October and November.
October 5, October 11, October 20, 2019.
November 23, 2019.
October 4, October 5, October 11, October 12, October 18, October 26, October 28, 2019.
November 1, November 8, November 22, November 23, 2019.
Please use the "meipuru-pu" loop bus for access between Hiroshima Station and Hiroshima Port.
• Route and Timetable
*Passengers may embark (eastbound) and disembark (westbound) at Kure Port.
• Scenery from the ship
Enjoy exclusive scenery aboard the cruise, and discover the wonders of Setouchi.
• Tourist Destinations
Visit various destinations including Osaki-Shimojima Island and Mitarai's historic sites and traditional homes; Okunoshima Island, known as the town of rabbits; and Shimo-Kamagarijima Island which has prospered as a key area for cultural exchange, with many cultural facilities still standing. Discover the allure of these Setouchi islands only by cruise ship.
• Hospitality (Cruise Guide/Goods
A full-time tour guide is aboard the cruise ships each day to introduce you to spectacular sights and history. Local Setouchi delicacies such as lemon and seafood are available for purchase on the cruise ships.
・Hassaku Lemon Cider
・Dashi Douraku Cashew Nuts
・Lemon Cake Shima-Gokoro
Items are also available for purchase through leading travel agencies, travel MaaS app "setowa", and the Setonaikaikisen website.
*The above products are subject to availability.
*2019 operations have ended. From September 2020 (date tentative), the cruise line will be renamed Setouchi Shimatabi Line and will operate on the new SEA SPICA cruiser. A portion of the cruise route is expected to change. Please click here for details on the new SEA SPICA cruiser.