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Luxury liner Queen Elizabeth to start cruise from Japan for 1st time

2017.03.14 | Hyogo

Luxury liner Queen Elizabeth arrives in Kobe Luxury liner Queen Elizabeth arrives at the port of Kobe, Japan, on March 13, 2017. The 90,901-ton cruise ship is on an around-the-world voyage. (Kyodo)

The luxury cruise ship Queen Elizabeth arrived at Kobe port in western Japan on Monday ahead of its first cruise departing from and returning to Japan.

The eight-day voyage from Kobe through March 20 comes after the municipal government of Kobe asked the Cunard Line, the ship's British operator, to organize a Kobe-originating tour as it celebrates the 150th anniversary this year of the port's opening.

The 90,901-ton cruise ship that went into service in 2010 is due to visit Kagoshima, South Korea's Busan, Hiroshima and Kochi in western Japan before returning to Kobe.

The ship is currently on an around-the-world voyage after leaving Southampton in southern England. After Kobe, it is due to set sail for Shanghai.

The first Queen Elizabeth went into service in 1940. The current vessel was built at the cost of about $500 million.

==Kyodo

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