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Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Bering Sea November 9th 2023

After leaving Dutch Harbor it was a five day passage across the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean to our first port of call in Japan. Every night we added an extra hour of sleep as we crossed multiple time zones and then lost a day as we crossed the International Dateline. There was plenty to do on those sea days as Silversea packed the daily schedule with interesting events and activities. The Assistant Cruise Director gave iPhone lessons and he even set up my phone with a SIM card so it would work in Japan. There were two Arts and Crafts instructors on board offering jewelry making classes, water color painting, dot art and origami folding classes. There were dance and bridge lessons available. We played ping pong and in the process met some ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Bering Sea May 11th 2019

Arriving at the Yokohama’s Oi Marine Wharf around 11am it was general check-in chaos as usual to board Celebrity’s Millennium, but with this being a container port and not a standard cruise ship terminal, it only added to the confusion. Larger cruise vessels are unable to pass under the Rainbow Bridge to dock at the regular terminal, making Oi Pier the only option currently available, until the new cruise terminal opens in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Brand loyalty once more paid off, as I was eligible to join a much smaller line of “Elite” level passengers for the checking-in process. This trip I’m in an ocean view cabin which works just fine – most of the actual cruise will be “at sea” days with nothing to see but water in every direction, so pointless ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Bering Sea September 30th 2018

Transpacific Adventure, Vancouver to Tokyo, September 2018 I’ve done a few cruises over the years with different companies, and today I’m again boarding a Celebrity ship for a repositioning cruise across the northern Pacific Ocean. What’s different about this journey is the fact I’m sailing Concierge Class, which comes with a boatload (no pun intended) of benefits I haven’t had the opportunity to sample previously. The one I probably appreciate most is the priority check-in which, for anyone who has cruised in the past knows, is a godsend – sometimes the line to get from quayside to cabin is a living nightmare – I don’t DO crowds and long lines, period! The other goodies of this cabin class rate fairly high on my list as well and I can’t wait to get started. Checking out of ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Bering Sea October 1st 2013

We are finally at sea! And not the Bering Sea but I had to pick one to get this blog to work. Anyway, we left Seattle at noon and left the Str. of Juan de Fuca about seven and hit 15' swells. Thankfully the dramamine is working!!! Walt has good sea legs and seems to be immune to mal de mer. The show tonight was a very good illusionist much to Walt's delight. Now I'm going to sleep to escape Walt's repeated "Shiver me timbers!" Hopefully tomorrow will find us sailing smoother waters..... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Bering Sea October 23rd 2008

Disclaimer: This blog is not about traveling so if that is what you expect, don't read it. It is instead somewhere where I write when I feel like writing about something that no one wants to hear or read anyway. I write as though it were to an audience because nobody is consistently the best listener. It was around this time 3 years ago that I would stumble into a misfortune and make a decision that has shaped where I am at this very moment. I think there are few such moments in life where one single decision can be pinpointed as being so crucial that it has blatantly put a person on their present path. Not a day has gone past where that misadventure that started 3 years ago hasn't crossed my mind. Not a ... read more

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