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J_M_F

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    Puyallup Washington
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    Holland America

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  1. We did a sail by on HAL 8 years ago and really liked it. Two years ago we went there on an expedition ship from Silver Seas. The best part of going on the expedition ship was stopping at some unusual spots on the Falkland Islands and spending several days at South Georgia Island. South Georgia has lots of Penguins and fur and elephant seals that you can walk among. At one stop we stood at the edge of a group of King Penguins that numbered in the tens of thousands. We were able to land in the Antarctic on the expedition ship, and it was great to be able to say you have actually set foot on the
  2. We are five star on HAL. We have sailed Oceana on a Dubai to Cape Town itinerary and liked it very much. We were scheduled on another last March that hit the western part of Africa but Covid caused it to be canceled. We transferred our credit for that cruise to another similar itinerary in 2022. We like the size of the ships and the packages you can get with your cruise. I wish they had a wrap around Prominade deck, but other than that the ship layout is fine. They like to brag about their food in their broachers, but we found it to be about the same as HAL's. The problem we are having with HA
  3. Seven years ago on this date we were on Fanning Island.
  4. Correct. Its the Maritime Museum in Freemantle. I got to talking to a docent there about steam engines and he took back into some of the workshop areas of the museum. There is also a great brewery in Freemantle called Little Creatures.
  5. From the glass fixtures on the ceiling I would say the Veendam.
  6. Not all rivers are in Europe. On which river were these pictures taken?
  7. It looks like Hakodate, Japan. I recognize the fort, although we did not go up into the tower that overlooks it.
  8. Here is another view of that mosque at sunset.
  9. Here is an easy one. Where is the Volendam?
  10. Correct. A local bartender gave me a bad time for ordering a Victoria Bitter in New South Wales.
  11. I think that there are two different types of cruisers. There are those that want to go on a long explore and those that want to party for a week. We were on the Prinsendam when she docked at St Thomas after a month long trip to the Amazon river. There were at least six other ships docked there, all much larger. The town was so crowed that you could hardly move. Most of the folks were not exploring the town, they were going into the tourist stores like Diamonds International. The contrast between those from the Prinsendam and those who wanted to party was obvious. Don't get me wrong, there is
  12. Where is the Volandam? We got a canon salute as we were leaving the harbor.
  13. This is Otaru, Japan. We were there on the Masdam last year.
  14. Jan Mayen is correct! We were sailing from Iceland to Spitzbergen and sailed along the west side of the island. It was a formal night and I remember standing out on the promenade deck in a suit freezing my tail off while I took pictures. We also spotted a whale between the ship and the island. At that time of year the sun never goes down, it only gets close to the horizon, so we had to use clothes pins to hold the window drapes closed to make it dark enough to sleep.
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