Ron Schuster

Ron Darold

Ron Schuster

Former TravelPod Member: ronschuster
Joined: January 19th, 2008
From: lives in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic November 15th 2023

On our cruise around the Continent of Africa! Well it has been a challenge getting wifi and finding the time to work on my travelblog! The travelblog website that I have used over the last 20 years is not working properly. I can’t consistently upload my photos. So this will be my last travelblog on this website. Unfortunately it is without my photos!!! I apologize for that to all of you! I will post some photos on facebook but sadly doesn't respond to my calls for help! I wanted to let everyone know that we are safe and sound and now past the war zone in Gaza and past the pirate waters off Somalia! Holland America Cruise lines have been extremely cautious and are looking after our welfare on this trip. As a result of ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Fort Lauderdale October 10th 2023

NOTE TO ALL: I am so sorry but I am having technical problems with my travelblog website. I can't upload photos so here is my first travel blog with only 1 photo. I will try another website and let you know if I continue with my travelblog. I may just do a couple of posts along the trip on Facebook. Once again - Sooo Sorry! Fort Lauderdale… or Wilton Manors actually! After a 24-hour grueling flight from Nanaimo to Fort Lauderdale, we arrived safely and exhausted into the Fort Lauderdale airport! An 8-hour layover in Vancouver was followed with a 3-hour layover in Toronto! But there was a bright moment as we saw a stunning sunrise as we raced through Toronto airport trying to get through US customs in time! We needed that 3 hour layover ... read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu May 3rd 2023

This will be my last Travelpost for this trip. It covers life on board our Holland American Cruise Ship, the Noordam, and our 3 stops in Hawaii. When we crossed the equator, the Noordam had a crazy ritual for those crew members who had never crossed the equator before. They caged them all in a large net and then presented them to Neptune and his Queen (2 of the musicians from the house band) as well as the Captain and all his officers. They were sentenced, the officers voted with thumbs down then they were put on tables and covered with colored foam. They all ended in the pool amidst a lot of enthusiastic onlookers! Darold and I being the sun worshippers that we are, spent most of our time at the back deck and pool ... read more
Noordam - Crossing the Equator2.
Oahu - Aloha Tower in Honolulu
Noordam - Ron and Darold at back deck pool

Oceania » Fiji April 24th 2023

Our next port was in Lautoka, Fiji where we did our first excursion – a sailboat to Tivua Island. This was a private island for the Captain Cook sailing company that operated the catamaran! They squeezed 156 of us onto this boat and started our sail by performing a Fijian song on the bow of the ship. The sail was less than an hour and we spent the day on the private island, sunning, snorkeling and reading. They served a delicious bar-b-que lunch, and it was all you could drink at the bar. This sounds wonderful but the only white wine they had was Sauvignon Blanc, so we definitely didn’t get our money’s worth at this bar!!! The return sail was filled with music and singing by the crew and Darold and I taught them a ... read more
RK's boy band on board Noordam
Lautoka, Fiji - arriving at Tivua Island
Lautoka, Fiji - Tivua Island Beach.

Oceania » Samoa » American Samoa April 16th 2023

This is our second visit to this island. This time we stopped at a town called Fagoto. Soon after disembarking there is a lovely museum (closed since it was Sunday) but they had this lovely mural and story of creation in front that I wanted to share. There are some interesting buildings that added a bit of character to our walkabout. Further down we stopped at the only bar in town (which was also closed) but I got this great poster of Sadie Thomson! A beautiful and lush island – very green as the average rainfall is around 200 inches per year! Take a taxi for a trip around the island to see the views and hope that you never have only a Sunday to visit Pago Pago! I added a photo of Darold outside our ... read more
Fagatogo - American Samoa
Sadies' Bar and Grill sign
Welcome Sign

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea April 11th 2023

Noumea, the capital city of New Caledonia was our first stop. It is located on Grand Terre, the main island, known for beaches and its blend of French and native Kanak influences. Not the most interesting city but I was intrigued as all New Caledonians speak French (it is a French Territory). Citizens get to vote for the President of France! The French used New Caledonia as the location to send prisoners (in particular political prisoners) after they annexed the islands in 1853. Napolean III made it a penal colony and sent around 5,000 Communard deportees to these islands. The islands were first discovered by James Cook in 1774 and named New Caledonia because the mountainous scenery reminded him of his native Scotland. We booked a hop on, hop off bus for the day and circled ... read more
Nomea - Beach in town - closed due to Shark Attacks!
Nomea - Honestly I wasn't the captain!
Easo, Lifou, New Caledonia - Dancers.

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Darling Harbour April 8th 2023

After a grueling flight that was 6 hours late (it was supposed to depart at 10 pm but left at 4:30 am!), we arrive exhausted in Sydney. Made our way to the funky Ibis Barangaroo hotel that was near the ship port (by the Sydney opera house). Barangaroo is around the Darling harbour on the other side of “The Rocks”. This was a perfect location to stay before we boarded our cruise. We love Sydney but only had 1 night! Unfortunately, we arrived on Good Friday, so all the bottle stores were closed. So, we had an expensive dinner along Darling harbor and then drank our beloved chardonnay in our hotel lounge which was only a couple blocks from the harbour. What a fun lounge and great place to stay. The outside featured colorful windows in ... read more
Mona Livia1
Mona Livia2
Easter Morning - Treats for Ron and Darold!

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 27th 2023

We took a break from the fast pace of visiting a new city every 3 days and booked a home exchange in Nha Trang for sun and beach time. Nha Trang was a 1 hour plane ride north of Ho Chi Minh City (but it is not listed with this travelblog site so I had to use Saigon again). We spent 16 days here and loved it! I felt that Nha Trang was like the Vietnam version of Waikiki but with less people, cheaper prices and a much better beach – 6 kilometres of soft sand with no rocks and gentle waves! We loved splashing and sunning and watching the intriguing culture of this Vietnam beach. Our host, Khanh was wonderful! We loved staying at her studio apartment, right in the Nha Trang Centre across the ... read more
Nha Trang Beach - Daily ritual with Beach empty until 4 pm!
Nha Trang Beach - March 22-23
Nha Trang Beach after 4 pm

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City March 19th 2023

Our river cruise took us further down the Mekong Delta to Sa Dec, a typical village on the Mekong where we stopped at the local market. They work here 364 days of the year - one day off on a national holiday only! The market was labeled a fish market but there was everything that a Vietnamese family could want here! We saw them butchering chickens - dropping them in boiling water, plucking and chopping up with hatchets. Talk about fresh! The fish was even fresher as it swam in tanks, and basins ready to be killed and taken home. Lots of vegetables as well, many I had to ask about as I didn't recognize them. We stopped at a fading French colonial home that was the site of the true life romantic novel by Marguerite ... read more
Sa Dec Market - Fish Vendor
Sa Dec Market - Plucking Chickens
Sa Dec Market - Vegetables Wholesale!

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta March 17th 2023

We had a full day of splendid sailing after departing Phnom Penh. Sailing the Mekong River during daylight was one of the highlights of this trip. We watched life on the Mekong with its many villages, temples, farmlands and we even spotted a reclining Golden Buddha near the shores. We captured a lovely sunset photo featuring a red sun! We had a long delay at the Vietnamese Border, I presume due to Vietnamese border issues. We didn't plan our trip very well as we started in Vietnam, flew to Cambodia then returned to Vietnam on the cruise. As a result, the Vietnamese embassy made us pay for 2 visas (one time entry only) which set us back about $900! So plan to do Vietnam in a one time, one month visit or you will pay the ... read more
AmaDara Chef's Table - tres chic!
Tan Chau - Rattan mats
Village - Pa the War Vet

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