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Feb 21, 2012 - Mardi Gras

Tonight we participate in the extraordinary Mardi Gras Afloat celebration. The Amsterdam team has transformed the Lido Deck into a New Orleans neighborhood. A New Orleans-style paddle boat has been created over the swimming pool. We wander past French Quarter wrought iron balconies, socialize around Bourbon Street lamps and “catch a throw” while watching the Mardi Gras parade. We feast on good old Southern dishes: fried catfish, creole shrimp, collard greens, red beans ‘n rice and cornbread. We listen to the sounds of a traditional New...

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Feb 20, 2012 - What Happened to this Day?

Last night, we crossed the International Date Line, the imaginary line on the Earth that separates two consecutive calendar days. The date in the Eastern hemisphere (to the left of the line) is always one day ahead of the date in the Western hemisphere. So we lost the 20th of February. We were in American Samoa 12 hours ago and it was Sunday (Feb 19). This morning we woke up and it is Tuesday (Feb 21). It is very confusing to do this by sea. Our dinner tablemates and we discussed it for two nights and totally confused ourselves every time....

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Feb 19, 2012 - Pago Pago, American Samoa

Talofa – that is hello from American Samoa. We sail into Pago Pago Harbor early in the morning. The Pilot arrives on his tugboat with arms open wide and a loud “welcome to Pago Pago”. Pago Pago is on the largest island in the archipelago of Samoan Islands called Tutuila. Since American Samoa is a U.S. territory, one expects it to seem familiar. But the tropical breeze and f’asamoa (‘Samoan way’) lifestyle soon informs us that we have arrived at a serene paradise. There are no five star hotels here or fancy name retail outlets. There is...

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