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  1. A couple of highlights from us. In Jeju our guide was Sunny - - and her name fit her perfectly. The best English speaking guide we have had on this journey plus she finished the day with a beautiful song (great voice). Our tour was the Tea Cluture and Market. I ended up being the one to prepare the tea at our table - (it is all set up for a right handed person - -of course I am left handed) - and managed to pour without a spill - -amazing to me!! Next we donned Korean wedding gowns as if we were getting married. Beautiful silk and funny hats. (I don’t know how to upload the picture). Follow this with our tour in Seoul where at the palace we were chosen to be the King and Queen. We sure have felt special. Our tour was the Grand Tour of Seoul. We had.. a typical Korean lunch where the food was cooked at our table - beef, noodle and vegetables with all the condiments too at the market in Insadong. Met the protestors for the release of the president as well as saw pictures of the “Little Rocket Man” = (North Korea). One of course had to see the socks - -done with pictures of our presidents, cartoon figures, etc - bargain, only $1.00 a pair. The tour of the National Museum was extremely interesting and of course we could have spent hours there. Happy to have a sea day today to relax. Park our guide was the second best speaking English guide and full of humor - -had us all laughing!
  2. Catching up and wanted to share our fantastic tour in Tianjin. We took the Historical Heritage tour (8 3/4 hrs). Began with seeing the last emperor’s house called Jing Garden. A video of Puyi’s life, his excile from Beijing and influence from the Japanese was shown. He was excited to the Soviet Union for 10 years and upon his return he was rehabilitated and worked at a gardner. The concubine revolution started during his time in Tianjin — first time a woman ever left the emperor - -From there to the museum at the beautiful Astor Hotel - underground and filled with antiques. Lastly we toured Prince Quing’s mansion. The most interesting part is the story - -the concubine’s euchinic built this beautiful home, but with 18 steps —9 up and 9 down he used the emperors number. Decided to sell it to the Prince and built another home for his safety. Finally we joined the locals and walked the circuit in the reclaimed soccer stadium (finding toilets with seats!!). Passed many a fish farm on the drive to the back from the city. Our guide did give us some history of the People’s Revolution explaining how Chairman Mao came power.
  3. Funny—you made me look and I found the same picture in our room!! Our beginning was a little different - -our plane was delayed two hours in LAX so we didn’t get to the ship until after 7 pm!! Jet lagged and had an 8 hours tour in Shanghai which was fasntastic yesterday. Today was the cruise critic meet and mingle which I attended for all of 5 minutes and simply said hello before joining hubby at a bridge class. Because of our late arrival we have a muster drill at 4;30 today. The sun is shining and it feels wonderful to just relax. Here’s to a wonderful trip.
  4. I was informed that the itinerary and schedule was not yet available for 2020. We are very interested in booking for January, 2020. May I ask you to send me an email? donna4869 at gmail dot com Thanks in advance. Donna
  5. Am back for an update. Sara (social director) broughtus a wonderful script for the wedding vow ceremony. We did a couple of corrections and also wrote our vows. The ceremony was in the Captain’s quarters and was fantastic. We found out afterwards it was the FIRST time the Captain had ever done this. WOW — did we feel special. We have had such a wonderful time on this trip. Laughter so hard at the Neptune ceremony today - - You needed to see this. We have found ourselves so busy that I haven’ written. Enjoying the daily Mensa questions - - challenge to our minds - the bridge lessons and duplicate games, and today we tried trivial and won third - - which is amazing since we are so bad at knowing the answers. Hubby got one and I got one out our 15 - - thanks to our partners for all the other answers. We also play a fun 30 minute game with Jamie at noon - -from a dice game of 31 to a card game of crazy eight. Those not playing bridg are making beautiful necklaces with shells, etc. There is just not enough time in the day. Gotta go - -Just wanted to let you know how much fun we have been having.
  6. We are onRegensnow and really enjoy the Sterling Cab S.For a Pinot noir we like the Back House. And our real feelings about this is there is no perfect wine - It is your pallet which decides - - I cannot find the world cruise thread for 2019 == and I can only tell you that we are having a super fantastic time. Today we saw the Polly Wong’s get to be Shell BACKS AND IT WAS SO FUNNY!!! D
  7. I’m back for a quick update. Yesterday was wonderful. We had a great bridge game - -cards were all our way and bid the slam!! At dinner in addition to the song they sang for us - -The Captain came over and offered to do a service of renewing our vows!! We said yes of course. Swans and roses in our room at night. It was a perfect day and night. .At the piano bar they played our favorite song and we danced and celebrated.
  8. Just finished making a lei and it took over 60 orchids to make one in all white. Learned the Hawaiian customs for giving one to another. It was fun!! Once in a lifetime experience for me. They fought in 9000 orchids and both men and women were making them - including my hubby.
  9. Hi everyone, We are aboard the Navigator now. Found Mario in the main dining room and are very pleased with our dining experience. We play bridge and have found the instructors to be wonderful - -our game in the afternoon is 18 boards - - Risky was promoted two years ago and is upstairs running La Veranda. We introduced ourselves to both of them and let them know it was from the cruise critic list. Rough seas last night - but it was bedtime so slept through the night. Only negative is the airport to cruise ship. I won’t go into details but did make a complaint onboard with the executive consieur and he stated it was a third party operation and appreciated hearing the criticism. They brought 900 flowers onboard and we will thread and make leis this afternoon. Our meeting (meet and mingle) was a big success in that many of the ship’s personnel were there. Captain spoke and answered all our questions. The crew circulated with all of us. It was fun. A small group of us also met up in Galleos after muster. Last night was the block party - -Capt got to every floor before 6:30! Tonight is formal and it is the Captain’s reception. Sun is shining and our enrichment series with Terry are wonderful (lectures). Time to go and make a lei to wear for tonight. It is our 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow - -I hope it will last for two days. Will give you more info later. Oh - -we found a white burgundy wine that we love - -very crisp and we still like the Pinot Noir too. Donna
  10. Turtle and John - - I have never scrolled down the forum before - - first time and of course I found Ports of Call at last. Thanks so much.
  11. I know there is supposed to be a site where I can read the reviews and recommendations for shore excursions in each port. However, when I checked Halifax I got all Viator tours. I thought there was a special site where cruise critic members posted their reviews. Am I doing this wrong. I clicked on shore excursions, then picked the port, Halifax and that is when I followed the links and just got Viator. Is there another site to see what our members had to say about their tours? Thanks for your help. Donna
  12. Thank you so much!!! I would never have found this without your help. WOW - so simple. Donna
  13. I went to complete my profile, but I did not find how to upload a profile picture. I also tried search, but I am not successful there either. Help would certainly be appreciated. Thanks Donna
  14. We will look forward to finding them on the ship. Thanks. Donna
  15. Thank you Jackie and Cool Cruiser!! We will look for both Risky and Mario. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! This trip is to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary - - where did the time go?
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