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Jan 23, 2015 - Thursday, January 22, 2015 Nuku Hiva

We arrived on schedule and awaited clearance. We have been warned not to enter the water today as it is shark infested. Last year no sharks, this year sharks…go figure! We tendered in to the port, very primitive but very beautiful. The native men were cleaning tuna on the pier and pushing the waste into the water in order for the black tipped sharks would eat the left overs. We walked around the large bay, admiring the statutes and flowers on the way. Met a cow or small water buffalo grazing in the ditch; the owner tied the cow in this...

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Jan 20, 2015 - January 19-20

Monday, January 19, 2015 We just past the two week timeframe that we have been gone; just think a few years ago we would never have thought of a World Cruise. Wow, so far this is wonderful; no complaints. Even with our inside room, we are very comfortable. The increase in walking has led to a leg cramp for me; woke at 5:30 am with pain. Bill had to help rub it out for me. Still aches this am, but time will heal. Almost forgot, last night just before sunset we saw a huge pod of dolphin, jumping in front of the ship. They put on quite a show...

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Jan 18, 2015 - January 17-18

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 4th Day at Sea Last night we received another pillow gift; one for each of us. It is a Bluetooth NFC speaker. Bill is very pleased with this one. The front grilling on the speaker has been engraved with a picture of the world and in the right-hand corner is a picture of the Amsterdam with 2015 Grand World Voyage engraved on the plate. It is really cool. We should have taken pictures of all the gifts, so we will go back and do this. So far, we received the lovely canvas bag with all the goodies inside, the...

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Jan 17, 2015 - 1/16 At Sea

Friday, January 16, 2015 - #3 Day At Sea We woke early, Bill is better, still coughing a lot, but better. Almost forgot, we turned the clock back one hour again, so instead of going to bed at 11, we went to bed at 10…no wonder we are up so early. We went to the Location talk about Nuku Hiva. We took an all day tour last year through Jocelyn, this year we are doing it on our own. There is a large sheltered harbor with some interesting things to see as you walk around it. They do have some of the Easter Island statutes and some of their own,...

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Jan 15, 2015 - Wednesday, January 14, 2015….Day at Sea (1st of 8)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015….Day at Sea (1st of 8) We woke early as we had gone to sleep early last night, got up and went to the Lido for breakfast; then back to the room to change to sneakers for a walk on the Promenade Deck. We walked twice around, a little more than a ½ mile and hope to increase this as we go along. Of course, the other walkers were out walking very fast around; we were walking a more relaxed pace, but still fast for us. At 11 we have an invite to the Mariner’s wine tasting event, tonight we have our first invite from...

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Jan 13, 2015 - Manta 1/13/2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Manta, Ecuador The Port of Manta is not very pretty; it is a commercial port with the most important industry being tuna fishing. We did see a ship dumping its tuna cargo into a truck; huge fish that are already dead as the tuna boats freeze them when out to sea. We took the free shuttle into the market called Plaza Civica. Bill and I both found Panama Hats, a Christmas ornament and our new bird for our animal collection. It was carved out of a Tagua Nut or Palm Ivory. The artisans carve many figures, animals,...

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Jan 12, 2015 - Day at Sea

1/12/2015…day at sea Pool today, the weather is cooler and very cloudy; looks like rain in our future. At 11:30, Bill and I decided to go to trivia to watch the interactions. Our table mates, Marcia and Diek play and they have a lady next to them that complains about everything, Marcia may end up clocking her soon….we were kind of hoping it was going to be today so we could watch. No such luck, the session went smoothly, no arguing over the answers. Oh well, there went all my fun! Tonight we are going to one our specialty dinners, the...

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Jan 11, 2015 - Transiting the Panama Canal

1/11/2015…Transiting the Panama Canal 6 am we were on the bow of the ship awaiting our move into the first lock, Gatun Locks. We turned around on the bow to see the beautiful sign painted in the upper bow stating this was the 2015 World Cruise. We will post pictures when we can. The Amsterdam is raised 26 meters x 3 = 88 feet (close). We are now in the Gatun Lake awaiting time to cross the Continental Divide and continue through the canal. The next lock is Pedro Miguel Locks, then the Miraflores Locks to the Pacific Ocean. It takes a full...

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Jan 10, 2015 - San Blas Island, Panama

Saturday, January 10th, 2015…San Blas Islands, Panama I have always wanted to visit this remote group of islands, very primitive, with thatched huts for homes and hammocks to sleep in. The Indian tribe is called Kuna and live as much as they have for centuries. They traditionally fish and collect coconuts to sell on the mainland in the hand carved canoes and wooden boats. The islands we visited are made up of three settled islands and many other non-inhabited islands. From reading the literature there are more islands than I realized…47 of...

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Jan 9, 2015 - Jan 9th and 10th - Santa Marta, Columbia

Thursday January 9, 2015 Last day at sea before reaching Santa Marta, Columbia. Really a slow and quiet day. Only attended the on location guide, Barbara’s talk about Manta. Manta is where Bill will be buying his Panama hat. Today was just relaxing. Happy hour was good, went to Debbie Bacon’s Tribute to Elvis Presley’s 80th Birthday. She is the piano player, sax, flute and clarinet player. She is very good. She brought in Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches for a birthday cake. Dinner was really good tonight. Bill had the dill salmon and I...

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Jan 8, 2015 - Escaping to St. Martin

Thursday, January 8 -- From Snow to Sun With a little bit of luck and the tenacity to wait on hold for 30 minutes for the next US Airways representative yesterday, we were able to modify our 3-hop itinerary through Raleigh-Durham and Miami to a 2-hop route -- arriving 8 hours earlier as an extra bonus. We weren't even upset that we had to settle for the aisle and window seats in the very last row, 26, of the A320 AB for the 5-hour flight from Charlotte to St. Martin. Packing was easy for this beach vacation. We planned to spend most of our...

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Jan 7, 2015 - 1st few days on the cruise

1/4/15 Sunday Bill and I left Charlotte on time headed for Fort Lauderdale. The flight was fine, no issues. Our luggage was safe and sound in the belly of the airplane…all six suitcases. Plus, we had three carry ons! It sounds like a lot of luggage but less than many others boarding the MS Amsterdam, so we found out. We arrived in Ft Lauderdale on time. Hal was right there to gather us up and get us to the Renaissance Hotel where we were met by several representatives from our travel agency, Cruise Specialists. Wow, were they good,...

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