Japanese tourists are coming to Crete on Thursday morning, on board cruise ship “Asuka”.

“Asuka” comes to Crete with almost 2.000 passengers, at 8 a.m.

The Region of Crete has scheduled a warm “welcome”, with traditional products for all passengers and cretan dances.

A stand will be placed at Liontaria Sq., for the best service and information for the passengers of “Asuka”.

MS Asuka is owned and operated by Nippon Yusen Kaisha. It was originally built by the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Nagasaki, Japan, as Crystal Harmony for Crystal Cruises.

In 2006, Crystal Harmony was transferred from the fleet of Crystal Cruises to that of Crystal’s parent company, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, and entered service under her current name.

As of February 2009, it was the largest cruise ship in Japan.