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A Panda-monium Holiday Experience

By HarryTuesday 21st March 2017

Who doesn’t love adorable giant panda bears? The lazy giants sit around eating bamboo for up to 12 hours a day, and are notoriously very solitary animals. With only approximately 1000 of them left in the wild, it’s important to appreciate these beautiful creatures and visit the centres that protect them. We’re here to give you some advice on where to find them when you’re on holiday with us.

Pandas in Hong Kong

Ueno Zoological Gardens

Founded in 1882, Ueno Zoological Gardens is the oldest zoo in Hong Kong. The wildlife refuge focuses on breeding giant pandas, having reared them longer than any other zoo in the country. Working together with China Panda Protection and Research Centre, it’s an important contributor to panda conservation. The pandas are the zoo’s main attraction, and children adore going to visit Ri Ri and Shin Shin, the zoo’s resident panda couple. In order to get the alone time that they need, the pair live separately – see if you can catch them happily chomping on a pawful of bamboo shoots! Home to over 3,000 animals from 400 different species, a trip to Ueno Zoo is the perfect family day out. You’ll discover lots of fun facts about the animals, and children will learn all sorts of exciting information.

How Do I Get There?

We have a number of ships that travel to Hong Kong and a wide range of shore excursions available. From experiencing bustling exotic markets to being blown away by tremendous light shows, you can be sure that there’s something for everyone!

Pandas Onboard

DreamWorks Experience

Have you ever dreamed of meeting a real-life panda? While we sadly can’t have these beautiful giants onboard, we do have the next best thing! You’ll find that there’s a new friendship waiting to be formed onboard with us, with Kung Fu Panda’s very own Po from DreamWorks! Everyone’s favourite martial arts master will join you at the DreamWorks Character Breakfast, before posing for photos and demonstrating his unique panda fighting-skills at the theatre. You can even catch him in action in 3D on one of our cinema screens onboard.

Discover the magic of the DreamWorks Experience on the following ships:

Panda-stic Art

If you wander by the fifteenth deck of Ovation of the Seas, you’ll spot the wonderful ‘Mama and Baby’ panda bears, reaching out lovingly to each other across the decks. Designed by artist Jo Smith, the pandas are part of the ship’s art collection. Together, the pandas weigh around six-and-a-half tonnes. Mama is 33 feet tall, whereas Baby stands at 10’. Make sure you have your camera ready for a photo!
Get involved with the panda-monium onboard by taking a look at our destinations in Asia.

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