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Mar 2, 2015 - Day of Rest at Sea - Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Saturday, February 28th, 2015…Day of Rest at Sea Did nothing today, played tiles and I won this time. We walked a little and rested for our big day tomorrow. Dinner was an Indonesian dinner which I thought was good. Went up to the Crow’s Nest at 9 and danced until 11:30. We then took showers and tried to sleep until alarm at 4:30 am. Oh, I did find out the name of the coffee for you. It is called Lowak Coffee and the animal involved in the pooping process is the Civet. Not 100% sure of spelling here, but that’s Ok.

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Mar 2, 2015 - Semarang (Java) Indonesia - Sunday, March 01, 2015

Sunday, March 01, 2015 Semarang (Java) Indonesia We are up and at it today….to breakfast by 5 am, the Lido opened early for all of us on the Borobudur Tour. Ours meets at 6 am and we take both bus and train to get there. It is supposed to be one of the most incredible sights in South East Asia, the Temple of Borobudur. Everyone has warned us about the traffic; it is supposed to be horrendous. The temple itself has the most wonderful views; at the top is the Great Stupa which towers above all the other 76 of them. Once we arrive at the...

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Mar 2, 2015 - Jakarta, Indonesia (Tanjung Priok) - Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday, March 02, 2015… Jakarta, Indonesia (Tanjung Priok) This is a large container and working port; not scenic at all. It takes about an hour to get to the city from here and it is highly suggested you use the transfer service to get there. We are on a Highlights tour as there was not much to excite us here. I was not about to go to Obama’s elementary school for a visit nor on an 8 hour tour of the city. So we decided on a 5 ½ hr. tour remembering it takes an hour each way to get to Jakarta. We have just come back from watching our ship...

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Feb 26, 2015 - 2 days in Bali - February 26th & 27th

Thursday, February 26, 2015 …arrived in Benoa, Bali, Indonesia We arrived to a very warm and humid day and very warm people. There was a band and dancers waiting for us on the docks…see pictures already posted! We grabbed a cab with Diek and Marcia for $50/couple for the day. We also discovered there was pretty good free internet in the terminal at the port so we will use this later. Marcia had done the research for this day so we went with her suggestions. We first went to Tengonan, a walled mountain village built by the earliest settlers...

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Feb 25, 2015 - 2 days at sea before Bali - February 24th and 25th

Tuesday, February 24, 2015…sailing away from Au towards Indonesia We had a quiet day at sea. Bill and I attended the shore excursion review of the next few islands. We also went to trivia to watch again as our friends play. I think I only got two right; Bill did better as we ended up with14. After lunch I went to the spa and had my toenails cut and polished. I needed a softer color for tonight’s formal night and our Dinner with the Captain in the Pinnacle. At 4;30 I went and had my hair done, she actually parted it on the left side and was...

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Feb 23, 2015 - Geraldton 3rd missed port - Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015…Geraldton 3rd missed port We awoke to what we had suspected another missed port due to the high, choppy waves. It would be too dangerous to tender over a mile to shore in this rough sea, so we skip this port. The Captain is trying to get us into Bali early around 9 am instead of 4 pm. This would be a plus, but we wait his announcement of whether a berth is open or not. It still was a wonderful day even though it was at sea. The Captain was able to get an early berth in Bali so we will arrive at 8am instead of 4pm....

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Feb 22, 2015 - Freemantle/Perth Saturday, February 21, 2015 and February 22, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015…Freemantle/Perth Today we have a HAL excursion to a wildlife park and a cruise down the Swan River. We did not leave for this excursion until 12:30 pm so we had time to use the free Wi-Fi in the terminal. I thought everything was going well, pictures uploaded but never connected to the blog….then as more and more people were using the Wi-Fi, it was impossible to connect, so we gave up thinking we would try in the later evening time. We left on a big bus for our tour, thinking we were going a long distance when in...

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Feb 19, 2015 - Albany and at sea - 18th, 19th and 20th of February

Tuesday, February 18, 2015 Woke early this morning, still somewhat sleepy but awake. I started watching the movie again and it’s really getting good. Tomorrow we are at port, a place called Albany (Elbenny). It is whaling town, so we will probably go to the whaling museum for starts. No organized tour, just ourselves, Jerry and Kathy and Ada and Chuck. Cool outside just like yesterday in the 60’s; although from what we can tell much warmer than NY or even Charlotte. The seas are still angry, swells are large and we sway from side to side,...

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Feb 17, 2015 - FAT Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015…..At Sea...FAT Tuesday We have begun our first of two days at sea until we reach the port of Albany, AU. We have no planned activity for this port, just want to walk around and see the town. Albany is a former whaling city in western AU. The last whaling operation closed in1978, but visitors can relive the life of a whaler in the whaling museum called Whaleworld. You can also see a full scale replica of the Brig Amity. This was the ship that brought the first settlers, soldiers and convicts from Sydney to Albany...

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Feb 15, 2015 - Adelaide, Southern Australia - February 15th and 16th, 2015

February 15, 2015…Adelaide, Southern Australia Beautiful but hot day; was over 100 degrees or 39 Celsius. They told us to double it and add 30 but that makes it too hot!!! We were on a HAL Excursion this morning; “The Best of Adelaide” which was an 8 hr. tour round Adelaide to the mountains, the Cleland Wildlife Park and back to Adelaide to the Rundle Mall area. Rundle Mall is a pedestrian only shopping area, so it makes it very nice. We also saw their open stadium for cricket. They were holding the ¼ finals for the World Cup yesterday and...

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Feb 13, 2015 - A day at Sea - February 12, 2015

February 12, 2015…A day at Sea We are in the Tasman Sea which we have been told is nearly always rough and it is living up to its name. The seas are very rough and choppy, but not so much as to cause us any real problems, except walking straight or dancing properly. It is really funny to see us and others walking the halls like drunken sailors all day. We are beginning to get lessons on the Didgeridoo, the entirely unique Australian Aboriginal instrument. We went and listened but it is not our cup of tea so we left. We did go to Barbara’s...

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Feb 13, 2015 - Wominjeka to Melbourne, Australia - February 13, 2015 & Feb 14th at Sea Valentine's Day

February 13, 2015...Melbourne, AU Wominjeka means welcome in the language of the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of this land. It was misting slightly as we berthed in Melbourne (Melben, not Melbun as I originally thought). We met our guide and off we went for a day in the country and mountains. We went to the Dandenong Ranges, beautiful short mountainous volcanic ranges, where we took morning tea with hot scones, jam and cream. The name of the ranges means burning of the past in aboriginie language. We saw a lot of Toucans which...

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