Amid confetti and blaring music, the Mangyongbong embarks on its maiden voyage from North Korea's Rason City to the picturesque Mount Kumgang resort.
No endless buffets, but plenty to eat for some in the recluse country where its people suffer from food shortages and malnutrition.
A waitress dances as a North Korean man sings karaoke.
Accommodations are are a shared experience for these foreign journalists.
View from the lido deck. No shuffle board, but there are plastic chairs and bright umbrellas for the comfort of passengers.
Mangyongbong, tied up in the port city of Rason. Passengers had to navigate the pot holed dock before setting sail.
North Korea's first ever cruise ship is slightly rusty, doesn't offer unlimited buffets and has a bed shortage that forces guests to sleep on the floor. But the maiden voyage of the Mangyongbong -- a former cargo ship-turned-cruise ship -- was cause for celebration for the recluse country.