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Santarem, Brazil

April 10, 2018 Last evening we were invited to dine with the general manager, Thierry, and the human resources manager, Ileana. We had an enjoyable dinner and as always, learned a lot about life on board for these professionals. Enjoyable … Continue reading

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Amazon River

April 9, 2018 We have had a series of lectures from Don Klein, as I mentioned before. With several more to come.  Yesterday, Norm went to the lecture and I watched it on TV later and – wow – what … Continue reading

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Fortaleza, Brazil

April 7, 2018 We had three sea days to travel from Rio to Fortaleza. Our original itinerary was to stop in Recife, but that got changed to Fortaleza.  We did find out that the reason had to do with a … Continue reading

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What a fabulous 3 days we had in Rio.  It is actually hard to decide which photos to post – the city is absolutely beautiful. Sunday, April 1, 2018 Well, to get started, on Easter Sunday we were told that … Continue reading

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Buzios, Brazil

March 31, 2018 The Passover seder last night was well done!  Tom did a great job organizing and running it.  There were 104 people there, well over expectations. Quite a few weren’t Jewish but wanted to experience the seder. Here … Continue reading

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Ilha Grande, Brazil

March 30, 2018 We had a great dance party under the stars and moon last night. The ship’s entertainment team sang and we had caipirinhas which is the national drink here. This morning at breakfast, the bunnies appeared! And there … Continue reading

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Parati, Brazil

March 29, 2018 What a beautiful place!  The sun was shining this morning and it is a warm day.  We were picked up at the ship (at anchor as the port is shallow) by the schooner that took us around … Continue reading

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Santos/Sao Paulo, Brazil

March 28, 2018 We arrived in Santos Brazil at 8 AM.  We are in a shipping port and it is the largest port in Brazil.  We headed to Sao Paolo with our guide, Pedro ( on the right in the … Continue reading

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Porto Bello, Brazil

March 27, 2018 As our cruise director jokes, we are in Porto Bello, home of the mushrooms.  Not really.  Porto Bello is a quaint fishing village on the southeast coast of Brazil. The harbor is shallow so we had to … Continue reading

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At Sea

March 26, 2018 So what did we do on a day at sea? Four miles around the deck. Cooking demonstration with Raffaele Saia, our executive chef, and Sugiri Fnu the chef from the fabulous Red Ginger restaurant.  It was Asia … Continue reading

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