Joined December 2019
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    Home

    March 31 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    I didn't have an energy to write after we came home. Still fighting jet lag.
    We came home to a new world of distancing, face mask wearing, hand washing 100 times a day and sterilizing everything. Not even talking of somehow getting groceries and cooking.
    By now we are somewhat getting into this routine.
    As every day look the same, I will finish this until we have something interesting to write about.
    Wishing everyone health and hope this madness ends soon with minimum loses.
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    Embarcation

    January 4 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    At noon we took a shuttle from the hotel to the port. Then spent 2.5 hours checking in. The whole process was so poorly organized plus since we do not sail on HAL that often, our status is only 3 stats mariner. Most passengers are 5 stars, so they all went ahead of us.
    Finally on the ship, went for a lunch and started to unpack our suitcases.
    At 5 pm there was a party on the upper deck with music and booze. That was a lot of fun.
    After that we unpacked a little more, had a light dinner on Lido deck and went to sleep.
    Tomorrow is a sea day with lots of activities.
    I took more pictures with Boris's phone, can't load then here yet.
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    Fort Lauterdale at last

    January 3 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 75 °F

    Originally I booked a direct flight from DIA to FLL on Southwest, but being lucky, SW changed our flight with connection in Houston. Both flights were to the max capacity. We arrived in FLL only 20 minutes late, but then it took another 40 minutes to get our suitcase and another 25 minutes for the shuttle from the hotel to pick us up.
    With all these we arrived at the hotel after 9:00 pm and very hungry. We decided to walk few block to a restaurant and had a great seafood dinner.
    For now.... good night.
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    One more day.

    January 2 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 36 °F

    It fills like our days are divided in two categories – traveling or preparing to travel. The former is relaxing, but the latter can be stressful.
    And now we are ready for the stress of preparation to end when we board the MS
    Amsterdam on Saturday.
    It was a busy day today. It started with my dentist appointment to remove stitches after extraction of the tooth, haircut and then manicure and pedicure. After that cleaning our apartment, empty fridge and washing it.
    And now it is all done and we are ready to fly to FLL tomorrow.
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    Visas

    December 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 36 °F

    For the 2020 ATW cruise we need lots of visa.
    1. New Zealand - done
    2. Australia -done
    3. Sri Lanka - done
    4. Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique - we decided to let cruise company to do it when we get on the ship.

    All vaccinations are done. All packed. We are ready!

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    Eight days before...

    December 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 30 °F

    Just got our cabin number. We booked guarantee Lanai cabin. It is the cabin with a french glass door that opens to the deck. No private balcony, but good for Boris. He can get out of the room from both sides. Also this cabin has shower stoll and not a bathtub which is better for him. Safety first!
    Our luggage was delivered to Fort Lauderdale. HAL includes 2 suitcases under 75lb each per person in the price of the cruise.
    So far, so good.
    All visas are done, except Sri Lanka, which has to be applied for less then 90 days before visit.
    Have to pack small things like make up, chargers and all electronics.
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    Itinerary

    December 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Our Itinerary for the upcoming cruise.

    Saturday, January 4_____Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US Departs 5 PM
    Sunday, January 5 ______At Sea
    Monday, January 6 ______At Sea
    Tuesday, January 7______At Sea
    Wednesday, January 8___Roseau, Dominica
    Thursday, January 9 _____Castries, Saint Lucia
    Friday, January 10_______At Sea
    Saturday, January 11______Devils Island, French Guiana
    Sunday, January 12_______Crossing the Equator
    Monday, January 13______Icoaraci (Belem), Brazil
    Tuesday, January 14______At Sea
    Wednesday, January 15____At Sea
    Thursday, January 16______Recife, Brazil
    Friday, January 17________At Sea
    Saturday, January 18______At Sea
    Sunday, January 19_______Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Monday, January 20______Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Tuesday, January 21______At Sea
    Wednesday, January 22____At Sea
    Thursday, January 23______Punta del Este, Uruguay
    Punta del Este, Uruguay____Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Saturday, January 25______Montevideo, Uruguay
    Sunday, January 26_______At Ses
    Monday, January 27_______At Sea
    Tuesday, January 28_______Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas
    Wednesday, January 29____At Sea
    Thursday, January 30______Antarctic Experience
    Friday, January 31_________Antarctic Experience
    Saturday, February 1_______Antarctic Experience
    Sunday, February 2________Antarctic Experience
    Monday, February 3________At Sea
    Tuesday, February 4________Drake Passage and Cape Horn
    Wednesday, February 5______Wednesday, February 5
    Thursday, February 6________Punta Arenas, Chile
    Friday, February 7__________Scenic cruising Amalia or Brujo Glacier
    Scenic cruising Sarmiento Channel
    Saturday, February 8________Cruising Chilean Fjords
    Sunday, February 9_________Puerto Montt, Chile
    Monday, February 10________At Sea
    Tuesday, February 11________San Antonio (Santiago), Chile
    Wednesday, February 12 to Saturday, February 15__At Sea
    Sunday, February 16_________Easter Island, Chile
    Monday, February 17_________At Sea
    Tuesday, February 18_________At Sea
    Wednesday, February 19______Scenic Cruising Pitcairn Island
    Thursday, February 20________At Sea
    Friday, February 21___________At Sea
    Saturday, February 22_________Papeete, French Polynesia
    Sunday, February 23__________At Sea
    Monday, February 24_________Rarotonga, Cook Islands
    Tuesday, February 25_________At Sea
    Wednesday, February 26_______Cross International Dateline
    Friday, February 28___________Nuku alofa, Tonga
    Saturday, February 29_________At Sea
    Sunday, March 1_____________At Sea
    Sunday, March 2_____________Auckland, New Zealand
    Tuesday, March 3____________Auckland, New Zealand
    Wednesday, March 4__________Waitangi (Bay of Islands), New Zealand
    Thursday, March 5____________At Sea
    Friday, March 6______________At Sea
    Saturday, March 7____________Sydney, Australia
    Sunday, March 8____________Sydney, Australia
    Monday, March 9____________At Sea
    Tuesday, March 10___________At Sea
    Wednesday, March 11_________Townsville, Australia
    Friday, March 13_____________At Sea (Great Barrier Reef)
    Saturday, March 14___________Scenic Cruising Torres Strait
    Sunday, March 15____________At Sea
    Monday, March 16____________Darwin, Australia
    Tuesday, March 17____________At Sea
    Wednesday, March 18__________At Sea
    Thursday, March 19____________Komodo Island, Indonesia
    Friday, March 20______________Benoa (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia
    Saturday, March 21____________At Sea
    Sunday, March 22_____________Surabaya, Indonesia
    Monday, March 23____________Semarang, Java, Indonesia
    Tuesday, March 24____________At Sea
    Wednesday, March 25__________Singapore
    Thursday, March 26____________Singapore
    Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29___At Sea
    Monday, March 30_____________Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Wednesday, April 1_____________Male, Maldives
    Thursday, April 2_______________At Sea
    Friday, April 3_________________At Sea
    Saturday, April 4_______________Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
    Sunday, April 5________________Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
    Monday, April 6_______________At Sea
    Tuesday, April 7_______________At Sea
    Thursday, April 9______________Mombasa, Kenya
    Friday, April 10________________Zanzibar, Tanzania
    Saturday, April 11_______________At Sea
    Sunday, April 12_______________Mamoudzou, Mayotte
    Monday, April 13______________Andoany (Hell-Ville), Nosy-Be, Madagascar
    Tuesday, April 14______________At Sea
    Wednesday, April 15____________At Sea
    Thursday, April 16______________Maputo, Mozambique
    We will be in Kruger National Park from April 16 to April 21
    Tuesday, April 21_______________Cape Town, South Africa
    Wednesday, April 22____________Cape Town, South Africa
    Thursday, April 23______________At Sea
    Friday, April 24________________Luderitz, Namibia
    Saturday, April 25______________Walvis Bay, Namibia
    Sunday, April 26_______________At Sea
    Monday, April 27_______________At Sea
    Tuesday, April 28_______________Jamestown, Saint Helena
    Wednesday, April 29____________At Sea
    Thursday, April 30______________Georgetown, Ascension Island
    Friday, May 1 to Wednesday, May 6___At Sea
    Thursday, May 7________________Bridgetown, Barbados
    Friday, May 8__________________Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe
    Saturday, May 9________________San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Sunday, May 10________________At Sea
    Monday, May 11________________At Sea
    Tuesday, May 12________________Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
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