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Feb 19, 2017 - Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Day at Sea

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Incheon, South Korea Day 2 Well your Dad has come down with some kind of bug, he has been coughing and congested like most on the ship but is now running a fever 100.8….so off to the doctor’s we went. He is not quarantined to the room for 24 – 36 hours. I sure hope he’s out in time for China overland, would be bad to miss this. I left the ship with the computer and took the shuttle to Incheon where I used their really fast internet to post a lot of pictures, up to the start of the Osaka days. It was great. I...

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Feb 19, 2017 - Saturday, February 18, 2017 – Incheon, South Korea (Seoul)

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – Incheon, South Korea (Seoul) I forgot to let you know our current cruise log information we have gone from FLL to Osaka, Japan a total of 5110 miles, pretty cool! Today is the coldest yet, only 27 degrees and windy at times making it feel even colder. Incheon Port has some kind of issue with tides, so we had to go through a lock to enter the channel to the port. Once through it was a short time until we docked in a mostly industrial area. Their tourist information was outside waiting with maps, but not much...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Nagasaki, Japan

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Nagasaki, Japan We have traveled from the beginning of WW2, Pearl Harbor to its end, Nagasaki, Japan and it has been quite a trip. Today we visit the end where we dropped the atomic bomb for the second time in our history and also the history of the world. August 9, 1945, the sky opened up from being overcast, cloudy to show a city below which the Americans were looking for and soon this city, Nagasaki would be no more. Our B29, a flying fortress, Boxcar, hit the city with the second atomic bomb. It exploded...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Friday, February 17, 2017 – Day at Sea

Friday, February 17, 2017 – Day at Sea Today was a busy day starting with another cruise critic meeting at 10 am, I started the meeting with a couple of short announcements, and then Dad and I left for a culinary class on Asian cooking. The class was 2.5 hrs. long with hands on cooking with the chef and then we ate lunch in the Pinnacle Grill. The chefs prepared the same items we made for us for lunch. You are not allowed to actually eat what you make, but you can taste it???? Anyway, the lunch was great, the food wonderful and we are going...

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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 - 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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