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Asia » Japan March 24th 2008

Saturday, March 22nd In Naha, Okinawa today, so our first visit to Japan ever. Naha is the capital city of Okinawa Prefecture. The city was founded in May 1921. It is on the southern part of the Okinawa Island, the largest of the Ryukyu Islands. The city is developed around Shuri Castle, the palace of the Ryukyu kingdom. During the battle of Okinawa in WWII, Naha suffered extensive damage from attacks by US forces. The city center was rebuilt following the war. We started our day at 6:30am so we could be ready for when they called our deck number. It never came. The started with deck 4 and then about an hour to an hour and a half later they called deck 10. We were neither of those decks and then they called for all ... read more

Asia » Japan » Okinawa March 22nd 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008 We are at sea today and the calm came after a somewhat wild wave night. The ship was rocking and rolling through about 11:00am. Luckily we are at the back of the ship and it is far less bumpy in the back. People in the front said they were literally being pulled up in their beds. This morning there was another of the Explorations Speaker Series with David Horner talking about Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay. While an interesting topic, it was really a re-hash of much of the information we had heard in previous talks. In the afternoon they had signups for the Snow Job Game Show. This is a game where a group from the “event staff” try to figure out what job you had - only folks with unusual ... read more

Asia » Japan March 21st 2008

Thursday, March 20th Today we awoke to be able to see land, not that impressive unless you have previously sailed for three days and not seen any land. And this was not just any land but Iwo Jima! Yes we got to see this small, but incredible island, only 5 miles long and 2 and one half miles wide. Statistics from that battle show there were: 800 ships, 74 days of bombing, 36 days of hand-to-hand combat, 11 miles of fortified tunnels, 10,000 soldiers per square mile, 12,600 pints of plasma, 27 Medals of Honor, over 25,000 Americans wounded, over 20,000 Japanese died,and over 6,000 Americans died. The ship was able to get fairly close, about where the ships putting shells on it were positioned during then invasion 63 years ago. We could still see the ... read more

Oceania » Northern Mariana Islands » Saipan March 20th 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008 We are in Guam today, the largest island in Micronesia, the southern most of the Mariana Islands. It was created from the peaks of two ancient volcanoes that sank into the sea and fused together millions of years ago. Guam is an island territory of the United States located 900 miles north of the equator in the Western Pacific. As part of the US, we have to go through all the US immigration and customs. Because we, along with half the ship, had a tour today we had to be downstairs between 6 and 6:30am to collect our passport and then go through the line for immigration and customs. Of course the Customs folks didn’t get onboard until 6:30am and the immigration people at 7:00am. There were some hot people in the ... read more

Oceania » Guam March 17th 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008 Today is another sea day so it is filled with activities like eating, going to the fitness center, eating again, playing BINGO, and then eating again. You might have to roll everyone off the ship in Japan - although many are staying on until Hong Kong, and came on 14 days before us by touring Australia and the south island of New Zealand. I can handle 3 weeks on board by not sure right now I want to do a 53 day voyage. Maybe someday, but not now. The show tonight was a Statendam Cast show, On Track - again one we had seen before, but they still do a pretty good show. Well tomorrow we are on land - and the ship will be restocking with vegetables and fruit - ... read more

Oceania » Micronesia » Yap March 16th 2008

Saturday, March 15, 2008 Today we arrived at Yap Island, the Land of Stone Money, at approximately 6:00 am only to find that the pilot boat- this is a local person(s) that helps direct you through the harbor and to the dock. In this case they did not arrive at the ship until after 7:30 am. They work on Yap time which is apparently similar to Lake City, Colorado time - at your own slow pace. We were supposed to anchor out in the harbor and then use the tenders to go to shore. This is a slow process and you must leave about 45 minutes each way to get to the shore or ship depending on your direction. We were all very happy when the Captain (Captain Jack actually) decided to try and go in ... read more

Oceania » Micronesia » Yap March 15th 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008 Today was another sea day so the activities calendar was filled to the brim. It is always a matter of pick and choose since there is really too much to choose, let alone try to do everything. The day began like most by going to Mass, exercise class and finally breakfast. I ate with some folks I met on Cruise Critic - that has been really great meeting, or getting to know people on cruise critic and then travelling with them so you get to know them even more. I have had a good time getting to know them. This morning’s lecture was, “The Marianas Bitter Fighting, and the “Turkey Shoot” which occurred closer to Guam than to where we are currently. The awesome American naval air forces were fighting a major ... read more

Oceania » Micronesia » Yap March 13th 2008

Wednesday and Thursday, March 12/13, 2008 On these two days we were at sea travelling to Yap Island in the Federated States of Micronesia. On Wednesday night at about 11:00pm we passed over the equator and if you haven’t had the opportunity to do that on a ship it is quite the ceremony. Of course the joke on the ship was to go out at night and watch for the bouys that designate where the equator is - I doubt anyone would fess up to going out on deck to look, but I bet a few folks did it. Both days were pretty uneventful - went to the normal things like going to the lecture, losing at Bingo, going to the Sit and Be Fit Class, going to Mass - I have had a lot of ... read more

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » East New Britain » Rabaul March 12th 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 Today was our day to tour Rabaul, Papua New Guinea on the island of New Britain. We had to wait to get into the port to dock because a cargo ship was late leaving so we were all out on the decks and noticed one of the volcanoes starting to put out a lot of steam. It was very interesting, but also a little unnerving. Again we had been told to expect rough roads, tour guides that were students and vans/buses without air conditioning. All of that was true. We were in Toyota Hiace (spelling?), which is a 15-passenger bus, and material to cover the worn seats and dust/volcanic ash all over. Our guide spoke English but very little and she spoke so softly we could not understand her most of the ... read more

Oceania » Papua New Guinea » East New Britain » Rabaul March 11th 2008

March 10, 2008 The day began with a fitness class and Mass and if that doesn’t prepare one for the day then I am not sure what else I can do to get ready. But the programs were about to start - first was a program on “Making the Most of Rabaul.” Our stop tomorrow is Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. We have been told to expect very rustic tours - meaning no luxury air conditioned buses - in fact maybe they will not even have buses at all and we will have students as our guides and their English is not all that good. We will know when we get there. Our next program was by David Horner with the program, “Rabaul Left to Wither on the Vine.” He talked about the battles fought over and ... read more

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