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Feb 16, 2017 - Wednesday, February 15, 2017…Kagoshima, Japan

Wednesday, February 15, 2017…Kagoshima, Japan After a day at sea where we did nothing but recover from two very active days in Osaka, we landed in Kagoshima, Japan. Air temperature was better, not as cold, but still windy. Our plan for today was to go over to the volcano island (Sakurajuma) and use their bus to tour around the volcano, return to the shuttle and go back to the ship. A free shuttle was provided to take us to the center on Kagoshima where we walked to the harbor to catch the ferry. Not a long way, just pleasant enough to see...

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Feb 13, 2017 - Monday, February 13, 2017 – Osaka, Japan day 2

Monday, February 13, 2017 – Osaka, Japan day 2 Today we are staying in Osaka for the day. We joined with Ada and Chuck for an all day tour with a Japanese Good Will Guide. They do not charge for guiding you round, their goal is to improve their English while showing us their beautiful city. We pay for her transport, meals and any admissions as needed. We met Toshi, our 54 year old guide outside the port gate and started our day with another long walk to the subway, three subway rides and a train ride later we arrived in the far side of...

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Feb 13, 2017 - Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Osaka, Japan

Sunday, February 12, 2017 – Osaka, Japan Snow and ice on the upper deck this morning as we stepped out on the Lido to take pictures of the Osaka Port. COLD! It is 36 degrees out, time for the layers to come out and be worn. Our first job was to pass through immigration. It took 2 hours to finally clear through, the Japanese take their time, fingerprint everyone, take pictures and scrutinize your pass port. Finally ours was stamped and we could leave. We were two hours behind our tour time frame so we had to cut out one location which Ken...

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Feb 11, 2017 - Saturday, February 11, 2017…AT SEA

Saturday, February 11, 2017…AT SEA What a night, we did not sleep very much due to the high winds and high waves battering the ship. Up and down, side to side all night long, at 4 am we hit a wave or series of waves 20+ feet high and it slammed the ship down in the water. There even could have been some damage to the ship, but the Captain actually changed course to prevent it. His report to us was swells 15 to 20 feet with winds to 60 mph. Really the roughest day and night we have ever experienced on a ship in all our years of cruising. We...

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Feb 9, 2017 - Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10, 2017...Days at Sea

Thursday, February 9, 2017…Day at Sea Was somewhat rough today but Captain Jonathan said tomorrow will be much worse….gale winds from 40 miles/hr. and up high waves and the ship will be rocking. You can hear the elevator weights hitting the sides …Clunk! Very scary at times but we can still walk. Today we went to a location guide on Kagoshima, Japan, one of the ports we will be visiting in Japan. It is situated in a bay with 700,000 residents and overlooks their own peninsula with an active volcano, Sakurajima. We are planning on taking the...

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Feb 8, 2017 - Wednesday, February 8, 2017…Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Wednesday, February 8, 2017…Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands We awoke to wicked waves and wild winds outside which eventually ended our day in Saipan. Captain Jonathan decided it was too dangerous to approach our berth with the 11 foot waves cresting over the dock and the rain, winds were just too much, and so we are at sea today missing our stop in Saipan. Better safe than sorry, we applaud Jonathan for the decision as we tried to walk out to see and the wind just blew us back in. Terrible day outside. Right now it is 9 am and the staff...

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Feb 7, 2017 - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Guam

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Guam We will be docking at the port in Apra Harbor which is 2 miles west of the capital – Hagatna. This is our goal for the day…internet and shopping as many shops are very familiar to us, Macy’s, Payless Shoes, Gap, K MART (someone told us it is the largest in the world), Ross and Premier Outlets. We understand we have a shuttle which takes us to the Premier Mall so we will start there. We also need to find the US Post Office to mail our box home. And for the foodies….McDonald’s Hard Rock and Planet Hollywood...

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Feb 5, 2017 - Friday, February 3, 2017 and Saturday, February 4, 2017…AT SEA

Friday, February 3, 2017 and Saturday, February 4, 2017…AT SEA Next four days at sea until we reach Guam and the next day, Saipan. Remember when I say Friday it is really Thursday to you and Saturday is Friday. Our Super Bowl is on Monday while yours will be Sunday. In fact we start the celebration at 8:30 am, the countdown to the Super Bowl at 9 am. Who wants to drink at 9 am, not me!!!! Although we do hear they may be serving breakfast in the Queens Lounge but may only be for the people who bought the package seats for $50/pp. Friends of...

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Feb 5, 2017 - Sunday, February 5 and Monday, February 6, 2017…AT SEA

Sunday, February 5 and Monday, February 6, 2017…AT SEA Sunday began with our attendance at church in the showroom. It was really nice. The minister conducts an Interdenominational Service every Sunday with occasional communion included. It was actually funny as none of us mentioned going, but all 8 of our table mates (Including us) showed up. Bobbie Brooks Wilson showed up and sang “Nearer God to Thee”…quite wonderful. Was a great way to start the day? Later we went to the talk about Osaka which included Nara and Kyoto as well. Nara is the...

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Feb 2, 2017 - Thursday, February 2, 2017 Majuro, Marshall Islands

Thursday, February 2, 2017 Majuro, Marshall Islands The Marshall Islands consists of 1156 coral Atoll Islands of which Majuro is the largest island in the chain. It was once called the “Pearl of the Pacific” by Robert Lewis Stevenson. Majuro is the capital and largest city in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. People have lived here for over 2000 years and have built a warm family culture here. It is here that HAL decided we should go this year as a place few would go on their own. Diving and snorkeling are two popular sports but so is...

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Feb 2, 2017 - February, 1, 2017…Wednesday…AT SEA

February, 1, 2017…Wednesday…AT SEA We are both much better today, Dad is over his 24 hour bug and I my fall on the dance floor. We were up early, walking around, had breakfast and took a long walk around the outside deck. Weather is warm and sunny with just a few clouds in the sky. Nothing much going on today, arts and crafts are on a two day project so as I missed day 1, I am not going to try to catch up on day 2. Did a lot of reading, went to the pool and swam for a while. Went up to Happy Hour, then dinner which was fine. The show...

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Jan 31, 2017 - Friday, January 27, 2017…Day 2 Honolulu, Hawaii

Friday, January 27, 2017…Day 2 Honolulu, Hawaii Another day in paradise. We walked to the Aloha Towers Mall Area and used the internet for a couple of hours to upload photos for the blog then left by cab for Waikiki and Duke’s. We stopped and saw the new International Market Place all jazzed up with high end stores. They did keep the Bunyan tree as it is bad luck to chop those beautiful old trees down. No longer do the little streams of water and little ponds have Koi fish though. It’s too bad as it has lost some of its magic. Shopped...

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