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#1
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Good Morning Fellow Cruisers, Our Journey is about to Begin This has been in the planning for almost 2 years. Japan has been on my Bucket list for... well since I returned from Japan as a Teenager in 1970. I was an Iowa Girl that had the opportunity to be part of a performing group that performed at the Expo 70 in Osaka in July 1970. This is my return journey and wanting to bring my husband of 40+ years to Japan. We are very fortunate that a good friend we met through cruising lives in Japan so we will be spending time with him and his wife for our first 3 days prior to boarding the Diamond in Yokohama on Monday. We have pretty much done the whole trip through Princess, Air and Hotel and excursions. So I will be able to give you a full review of all Princess Japan.
Very recently Verizon has placed cell towers in Japan and even has 4G in Tokyo so between that and wifi I will be able to report in frequently. I plan to include lots of picture of the hotel/ship and sites of Japan.
We are all packed, just a couple of last minute things to place in the luggage and we head to the airport in about 20 minutes.
We fly from LAS very early to LAX and at 10:25 board our flight to Tokyo Haneda airport. while we will arrive at 10:30 pacific time on Thursday it will be 2:30 in the afternoon on Friday in Tokyo
Certainly hope to get some sleep on the plane because as you can guess, both Tom and I got very little sleep last night.
I will be checking in while in flight so stay tuned
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#2
SoCal, USA
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Thanks for doing a "Live from..." I'll be following (and pretending I am traveling with you ).
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#3
Eastern North Carolina
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Thanks Lisa, I will be following your thread here on the Princess boards. Japan is on my bucket list to visit some day also. I have a long list of places that I would love to visit in person after I retire.


Thanks,
David
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New Brunswick
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Thanks Lisa

Looking forward to your updates.

That's a long flight you have so I do hope you can sleep on the plane.

Wishing you very safe, smooth travels and of course Bon Voyage
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#6
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The airport was crazy busy at 4:50 am this morning, probably the worst I have seen in a long time, fortunately we had priority check in and TSA precheck so we sailed through everything quickly. Hopefully our son made it to work on time at 5:30.
First off I have to say that we were as excited for the flight as the cruise because we splurged and this is our first ever Business Class flight. We have done First Class a few times many years ago flying to Hawaii but not quite the same as the 777 Business Class searing of 15 years ago.
I will post pics and maybe even a video a bit later for those interested. I know when I was planning this trip that was one thing a googled a lot.
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Have a great trip - I can't wait to read all about it !!!

Smooth Sailing!
Gerry
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Have a great trip! ✈️


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#10
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Thanks Lisa! We're doing Diamond Princess next April so will be interested in what you have to say.
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Have a wonderful time and cruise Lisa and Tom!
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#15
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Have a fabulous time you two!


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#16
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Lisa, have a great cruise!
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#17
San Diego
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Lisa have a fabulous trip and enjoy the beautiful Diamond Princess.
Nice to see you on Princess boards (and see your fellow Holland America posters here with you).
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on my favorite cruise line Princess.
Have fun
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#18
SoCal
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Looking forward to your reports!

First of all, if you are ever going to splurge for business class air, flights to Asia are the ones to choose. What carrier are you on?

As for Japan, I am going to predict you will enjoy it very much.

We did a Circle Hokkaido itinerary on the Diamond a couple of years ago, and it ranks as one of our favorite cruises.

Bon voyage and enjoy!!!!
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North Carolina
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Bon Voyage...looking forward to your blog...especially the pictures Enjoy
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Hi we have made it to LAX early, enjoying a morning Bloody Mary and an Everything Bagel, we arrived in Lax early in terminal 4 and we depart also in terminal 4, we are flying America Airlines and their Admirals Club in terminal 4 is being remodeled but they have a lounge in terminal 5 which was easy to get to.
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1.RCI Monarch Mar 2002 Carib,2.HAL ZUIDM Apr 2003 Carib,3.RCI Monarch Dec 2003 Mex,4.HAL Oosterdam May 2004 Alaska,5.HAL Ryndam Nov 2004 Sea of Cortez,6.HAL MS Westerndam Mar 2005 Carib,7. HAL Maasdam NE/Ca July 2005,8. HAL Oosterdam Oct 2005 Mex,9.HAL Oosterdam Feb 2006 Mex,10.HAL Ryndam May 2006 Alaska,11.HAL Veendam Sept 2006 Pac Coastal,12.HAL Zaandam Nov 2006 10 day Mex,13.HAL Oosterdam 30th Anniversary Mar 2007 Mex,14.HAL Noordam Alaska June 2007,15.HAL Noordam Alaska Sept 2007, 16HAL Oosterdam Dec 2007 Mex, 17.HAL Oosterdam Feb 2008, 18. HAL Amsterdam Alaska June 2008 19. HAL Oosterdam Mex Oct 2008 20. HAL Eurodam Carib Dec.2009 B2B w/ 21. HAL Eurodam Christmas Carib Dec 2008 22. February 2009 HAL Oosterdam Yum Yum Man II Mex 23. April 2009 HAL Statendam Panama Canal 24. HAL Westerdam Alaska June 2009 25. NCL Star Nov.2009 26. PCL Crown Princess .Carib Jan. 2010 27. NCL Pearl Pac Coastal April 2010 28. Cel Solstice W Carib Sept 2010 29.RCI Mariner Mex Nov 2010 30. HAL Nieuw Amsterdam E Carib Mar 2011 31. HAL Westerdam Alaska May 2011 32.HAL Oosterdam Hawaii Oct 2011 33.HAL Westerdam S. Carib Mar 2012 34. HAL Zuiderdam Pac Coastal May 2012 35. HAL Zuiderdam Alaska May 2012 36. NCL Dawn W. Carib Nov. 2012 37. HAL Zuiderdam Pac Coastal May 2013 38. HAL Zuiderdam Alaska May 2013 39. HAL Veendam Mex Dec 2013 40. NCL Jewel W Carib March 2014 41. NCL Jewel W Carib Nov 2014, 42. HAL Volendam Alaska May 2015, 43. NCL Jewel Mexico Nov 2015 44. HAL Koningsdam Inaugural April 2016, 45.HAL Westerdam Oct. 2016 Mexico 46. NCL Dawn W Carib Mar 2017 47. PCL Diamond Japan Oct 2017

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