Panama Cruise. Chain of Supply

Have you ever wondered how a cruise ship can keep 36,000 eggs and 15,000 pounds of potatoes for a week on board? It’s all part of the supply chain process. On average, there are 3,000 individual and company suppliers for a 1 week cruise. There are not many second chances if a delivery of fresh…

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Panama Cruise. Caribbean Pool Deck Party in Aruba

We arrived in Aruba on Sunday, December 27. After a day of touring, we enjoyed an evening on the pool deck, dancing, frolicking and eating and drinking Caribbean fare. Here are a few photos from this event.

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Panama Cruise. Aruba

If there is one island in all of the Caribbean, Aruba epitomizes what an island in the azure blue should be. Pixy dust, sandy beaches, as fine and soft as baby powder with warm bathwater lapping at the shore. In the 15th century, Spanish explorers arrived to colonize Aruba. However, the Dutch defeated the Spaniards…

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Panama Cruise. Willemstad, Curacao

We arrived around 1530 on Sat26Dec in Willemstad, Curacao, slightly behind schedule because of the strong headwinds and current. Curacao is most-known for the spot which gives the liqueur its name. It is a 38 mile long volcanic isle, home to a living history of cultural birthrights . . . Dutch, Spanish, English, French and…

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Panama Canal Cruise

We are preparing for our Panama Canal cruise aboard the Azamara Journey. This vessel accomodates only 694 guests and is the boutique line of the Royal Caribbean Group. The Journey has only 1 sister ship, the Azamara Quest. Azamara Club Cruises is our favourite cruise line by far. We are boarding our ship on Wed23Dec…

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Beijing (again)

Today we had the same start time as yesterday. Our camera memory cards and batteries were ready to go to Taianamen Square, the largest urban public square in the world. It is 100 acres in size and can hold 1,000,000 people at one time! After the student protests riots and subsequent student massacres, it’s name…

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Beijing, China & The Great Wall of China

For every passenger onboard, this is the highlight . . . Tianjin . . . the gateway to Beijing, formerly known as Peking. Ming and Quing Dynasty architecture, contrast sharply with ultra-modern 21st century housing and commercial buildings.  Over 800 guests elected to remain off-ship and took a 3-day/2-night excursion, which also included the Terra…

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Incheon (Seoul), South Korea

Incheon means “kind river”. The city’s growth and development of its port is due to its natural advantages as a coastal city and is considered part of the capital Seoul. In 2003, it was designated as Korea’s first Free Economic Zone, offering companies such as Samsung and Kia to heavily invest in this destination, tax…

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Jeju Island, South Korea

After Rick’s early morning departure, Sylvia enjoyed the Turkish Steam Baths in the Persian Gardens on board our ship. This was followed by a Thai body massage, where the spa attendant walked on her back and performed reflexology to loosen muscles and joints. The Eucalyptus Room offered healing inhalants and then she was shuffled off…

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Busan, South Korea

Busan is South Korea’s second largest metropolis after Seoul, approximately 3.6 million people. It is located at the southeastern tip of Korea’s peninsula. This area is also prone to Tsunamis and monsoons. It hosted 2002 FIFA World Cup and is bidding for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. With no tour arranged,new took a free shuttle…

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