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Shanghai, China

April 10, 2011 We were scheduled to arrive at 5 PM yesterday in Shanghai.  Well, at 10 AM the captain came on the intercom to tell us that the port in Shanghai was closed due to dense fog.  No surprise, … Continue reading

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Tianjin/Beijing, China

April 7, 2019 Here is our arrival into the port of Tianjin which is the port you go to for Beijing. It is a huge container port. Our morning started with a compulsory immigration face to face inspection.  Because we … Continue reading

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Cruising the Yellow Sea

April 6, 2019 I typically do not do a blog post while at sea unless something special is going on.  Well, today was something special. Each segment, there is a special ATW gathering.  Victor, our general manager, reminded us that … Continue reading

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Sasebo, Japan

Well, here we are in our last Japanese port.  Sasebo is the second largest city in the Nagasaki prefecture, Nagasaki is the largest. Although it was spared an atomic bomb, Sasebo was one of the original 17 possible targets and … Continue reading

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Sasebo, Japan

Well, here we are in our last Japanese port.  Sasebo is the second largest city in the Nagasaki prefecture, Nagasaki is the largest. Although it was spared an atomic bomb, Sasebo was one of the original 17 possible targets and … Continue reading

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Kagoshima, Japan

Last night was the captain’s cocktail party and Victor is back as our general manager.  So I needed a picture with Victor and Captain Kurilic And here are a few more pictures from the event. The captain always introduces his … Continue reading

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Hiroshima, Japan

April 2, 2019 We missed Godzilla in Tokyo but our friend Mary Anne got a picture of him. Beautiful sunrise over Hiroshima this morning. And pictures from our sail in. Today we chose to go on a tour to Miyajima.  … Continue reading

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Day 2, Tokyo, Japan

March 31, 2019 Our second day in Tokyo, and we had a full day tour. Today our guide was Himoto. She was really amazing – good English speaker and full of facts about Japan and Tokyo. She even showed us … Continue reading

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Tokyo, Japan

March 30, 2019 Our arrival in Tokyo was quite spectacular.  We didn’t know that it was the first time that the Insignia was in this port of call and there was a ceremony with the captain which our friends Karin … Continue reading

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Kobe, Japan

Last night we had a Japanese dinner in the Terrace Café and I have to say that Mario again outdid himself.  Both the food and the decorations were outstanding. Our port today, Kobe, is the fifth largest city in Japan … Continue reading

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