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    City of Angels, CA
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    Cruising, Hockey, College football
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    Holland America Line
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    Europe (all of it)

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  1. Continuing on with Amsterdam's Grand Asia/Pacific voyage, after arrival in Hong Kong and having taken care of admin and logistical business, I went out at night to explore the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR) at night. it is generally believed that the name "Hong Kong" is an early phonetic rendering of the Cantonese pronunciation "Heung Gong." The name translates as "fragrant harbor" or "incense harbor". "Fragrant" may refer to the sweet taste of the harbor's freshwater influx from the Pearl River or to the odor from incense factories lining the
  2. Distance between the two is about 257 miles and both are semi-regular stops on left to right coast Panama Canal cruises. Two different states however, Huatulco is in the state of Oaxaca while Puerto Chiapas is in the state of Chiapas, not far from the Mexican-Guatemalan border. If you're heading south from Puerto Chiapas, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala is usually your next stop
  3. We met in Huatulco (had to be before the stop in Chiapas you described) and you had arranged a tour of the Symphony for me by having me placed on the ship's visitors list. A nice way to see a Crystal ship if you've never been on one; thanks again Roy, much obliged! 🙂
  4. Change of plan for Noordam; instead of sailing straight in to the port of L.A., she made a hook shank right/starboard and is mow joining Norwegian Jewel and Grand Princess at the Long Beach (inner breakwater) anchorage. Kinda strange because all three of San Pedro's berths are vacant/open
  5. Noordam off Newport Beach (Orange County) as we speak, heading for San Pedro/Port of L.A. at 6.4 knots
  6. No worries Susan! 😉 Back in the late nineties, we took a scenic flight on a Twin Otter N235SA operated by Promech Air, also out of Juneau (see pic). We wound up taking a HAL cruise some four-five months later which called at Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI. To our surprise, that same Twin Otter was now operating flightseeing trips out of the USVI, so we took another flight on her. It turns out, like the employees of Diamond Int'l and other such fine establishments 🤐, this single DHC-6, once the Alaska season was over, flew cross-country, and then some, all the way from Juneau, AK to Charlo
  7. The ones you see on the Juneau webcam "docking" at the downtown Juneau "seadrome" (right smack in front of the Alaska Steamship dock) belong to Wings Airways and they own/use five identical DeHavilland-Canada DHC-3T Turbo Otters, aka "Texas Turbine Otter." The five aircraft had their (single) engines changed from Pratt and Whitney radial engines to Garrett TPE331-10 turbine engines between 2004 and 2005 in Vernon, BC. In addition, the five had modern Chelton GPS-based EFIS glass cockpits installed. The basic DHC-3 Otter first flew in 1951! Here's N338AK before, and after, her conv
  8. Affirmative on that, plus always be on the lookout for Kato!
  9. Your photographic evidence preceded my investigative legwork! Great job, you're hired as part of the team! 😉
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