North Pacific Ocean

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  • Day19

    Erste Nacht SD + Whale Watching

    July 25, 2019, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Unsere erste Nacht im Airbnb war tatsächlich durchwachsen. Juli und ich kamen nur schwer in den Schlaf. Das lag vermutlich daran, dass draußen vor unserem Fenster Licht brannte (das muss so) und unsere Nachbarn recht laut waren (eine Gruppe Mexikaner). Zudem hatten wir all unsere Fenster auf, da es einfach zu warm bei uns war.

    Am nächsten Morgen hat der Wecker bereits um 7.30 Uhr geklingelt, da unsere Whale-Watching Tour um 10.00 startete, wir aber 45 Minuten eher da sein sollten. Ziemlich pünktlich sind wir am Hafen „Mission Bay“ angekommen. Kurz eingecheckt, haben wir darauf gewartet, auf das Schiff zu kommen. Um 10.00 Uhr ging es dann los. Im Hafen ging es vorbei an Pelikanen, Fischreiern und Seelöwen in Richtung Delphinen und Wale.

    Wir sind ca. 7 Meilen auf dem offenen Meer in Richtung Westen gefahren, bis wir die ersten Delphine (California Dolphins) gesehen haben. Das war echt richtig cool. Da Delphine immer in Gruppen schwimmen, waren es bei uns echt super viele. Die Delphine waren zudem super neugierig und haben mit uns „gespielt“. Sie sind die ganze Zeit mit uns mitgeschwommen bzw. neben unserem Schiff „gesurft“ und gesprungen. Echt faszinierend und einfach nur schön, diese wunderbaren Tiere in ihrer natürlichen Umgebung zu sehen. Letztes Jahr in Portugal haben wir zwar auch Delphine gesehen, die aber lange nicht so aktiv waren wie die heutigen Delphine. 😍

    Kurz muss noch erwähnt werden, dass Juli erneut total tapfer war. Juli ist nämlich seekrank geworden, hat zweimal in die Tüte, naja, ihr wisst schon und hat dann tapfer weiter nach Walen Ausschau gehalten! 😄💪🏻

    Natürlich wuchs die Aufregung und Spannung, auch endlich Wale zu sehen, aber leider sollte, vorerst, nichts kommen. Wir sind relativ lange umher geschippert, haben zwischendurch immer mal wieder Delphine gesehen und wurden ziemlich „durchgeschüttelt“. Der Wellengang war gar nicht so stark, das Schiff hat trotzdem ordentlich gewackelt. Dann irgendwann hatte unsere „Kapitänin“ vom Schiff erklärt, dass wir nun an einem sehr tiefen Punkt angekommen sind und dass das der „Hotspot“ für Walbeobachtungen wäre.

    Kurz gewartet, hat sich tatsächlich ein Wal gezeigt, der sogenannte „Minke Whale“. Der Wal ist einer der kleinsten Wale und sieht Delphinen sehr ähnlich. Geschätzt würde ich sagen, hat er die vierfache Größe von einem Delphin. Unser Wal war ein gemütlicher „Geselle“. Er hat sich zwischendurch immer mal wieder gezeigt, aber auch nur kurz. Einmal schwamm er sogar direkt an unserem Boot vorbei. Das war total faszinierend. Man hat nur eine blaue Silhouette gesehen und auf einmal tauchte er auf. Das sollte aber auch „leider“ der erste und letzte Wal sein. Buckelwale und Orkas haben wir nicht gesehen. Blauwale leider auch nicht. Gut war, dass ein Angestellter vom Schiff mit einer Drohne über dem Wal geflogen ist. So konnte das komplette Schiff verfolgen, wo der Wal sich aktuell befindet. Kleiner Funfact zum Minke Wal: Minke Wale schlafen nicht, sie holen sich ihren Schlaf, in dem eine Gehirnhälfte „ausgeschaltet“ wird. 😄😊

    Danach ging es wieder in Richtung Bay.
    Um Punkt 13 Uhr haben wir im Hafen angelegt. Kurz haben wir uns bei Starbucks einen Kaffee und Joghurt zum Frühstück geholt, etwas ausgeruht (man war schon ordentlich durchgeschüttelt), bis wir dann wieder in Richtung Airbnb gefahren sind, um uns für unseren Strandtag auszustatten.
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  • Day12

    Delfin tour

    January 16, 2020, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Am morge am achti ischs los gange. De sinmer vo de schuel us es stückli durab am stand gfahre.
    Det simmer uf euses boot und is meer use zum delfin beobachte.

    As ersts hemmer (ich als einzige ned, han uf die falsch siite gluegt) en manta gseh us em wasser gumpe. Denn en erste einzelne delfin entdeckt und denn über einigi minute en gruppe vo ca 20 delfin beobachtet. Die gruppe isch us junge und ältere bestande. Delfin hend sich anschienend ned grossartig a eus gstört, sind immer weder uftaucht und au immer weder en meter zwoi us em wasser gumped.
    Uf einisch hed sich no en schildchrot dzue gsellt wo ad oberflächi go luft hole cho isch.

    Nach de delfin simmer no amene chline, eher bescheidene riff go schnorchle. Hed doch es paaf fisch gha und han mer en rechte schrecke igholt woni en seeschlange gseh han.
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  • Day26

    Pacific Ocean

    April 17, 2019, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Today is Wednesday. I know that because my elevator told me so.

    Walking the Promenade Deck after breakfast has become our daily routine. What a great way to start the day! Reading on the balcony and watching the Pacific Ocean float by ain't bad either.

    There are many dining options on board and tonight we chose Asian. We started with something called a Ritz Cocktail in the lounge of the restaurant watching the sun set over the Pacific.

    We ended with some very unusual desserts. The middle of the meal was filled with much more food than we could possibly eat.

    Check out our "Doggie Bag " in the picture.
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  • Day24

    Pacific Ocean

    April 15, 2019, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    The first thing that hits you about this ship is the cleanliness.

    And the genuine friendliness of the entire staff. They are not working for tips. All of that is included in the fare. The meals are outstanding and we love the fresh fruit delivered to our stateroom every morning.

    Denny and I walked the Promenade Deck after breakfast passing underneath our designated lifeboat on each lap. We had a mandatory muster drill before we left port so we would know where to go in case of . . .

    Sunsicle rum drinks in the Crow's Nest and balcony reading filled the afternoon followed by the Gala Dinner this evening.

    We could get used to this.
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  • Day31

    Kauai, Hawaii (Almost)

    April 22, 2019, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    The Captain's announcement explained in detail why he had to turn the Eurodam around. The seas were just too rough to dock safely at Nawiliwili on the island of Kauai. So for us it meant no:

    Kauai Coffee Plantation
    Kilohana Plantation Estate
    Koloa Rum Company
    Kauai Plantation Railway Ride

    Oh well. We found some other stuff to do on board ship. Like:

    Reading on the balcony
    Watching the Ben Affleck movie Pearl Harbor
    Eating ice cream cones on the Promenade Deck
    Playing video poker in the Casino
    Playing Scrabble in the Game Room

    😎 😎
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  • Day25

    Pacific Ocean

    April 16, 2019, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    What time is it? What date is it? What day is it?

    All relevant questions when traveling across several different time zones. Then throw in the fact that some places like Arizona and Hawaii don't observe Daylight Saving Time.

    What a mess!

    Our usually reliable Smartphone kept us on track during this whole trip - until now. My phone at this minute is telling me it's 2:52. I have no idea what day it thinks it is.

    It is actually 6:52 PM on Tuesday, April 16. The Captain announced this morning that we will be gaining another hour some time today. The staff changes the rugs daily in the elevators to make sure we know the day. 😊

    Speaking of the Captain - nice chap from New Zealand name of John Scott. He has spent 44 years at sea so we feel pretty safe in his hands. He also announced this morning that we have about 12,000 feet of Pacific Ocean under us right now and we are right on schedule for arrival at Lahaina on Maui on Friday.

    Our wonderful neighbors sent us some great pictures of our blooming redbuds back at our house. Thank you, Peggy and Steve!

    Sending blooming thoughts to all. 🌸
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  • Day13

    At sea

    March 6, 2020, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ 🌬 29 °C

    We experienced quite a windy, rocky night, beginning at 2:30 am, with the worst at 5:30 am, described as hurricane force winds by our Captain, gusts up to 100 mph. Many outside cabins with patio doors were flooded. Our window was wind and water tight. By 9 am it had calmed considerably and the skies are blue and slightly less windy. By 11 it was 30C and gentle breezes. Our next port was changed to Manzanillo from Huatulco because of the high winds. Should be interesting to see a new port.

    Last night’s cellar master dinner was lovely. Our cellar master is the only female cellar master on HAL. Tihana is from Croatia and has a 20-year career aboard ships. This afternoon’s wine tasting should prove interesting. She was quite excited to tell us about it when we met in the corridor.

    By noon the seas were like glass and the winds were calm.

    The premiere wine tasting event was interesting, even the choice of glass or crystal makes a difference in the flavour of the wine. If you don’t believe me, try it at home.

    The plate of cheeses and seafood and chocolate was used as pairings with the various wines. The fat in the smoked salmon and the cheese smoothes out the acid in the wine with which it is paired. Who says vacation can’t be educational?
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  • Day17

    Last day befor San Diego

    March 10, 2020, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Last day on board the elegant Rotterdam. After breakfast Carolynne and I sat in the outdoor hot tubs until it thundered and began to rain. Packed the majority of my things after a nice, warm shower.

    Decided to have lunch in the dining room as we hadn’t done that before. Menu the same as in the Lido but more relaxed and no temptation to go for seconds.

    Took advantage of a two-hour window to have a nice long nap. Raining anyway so perfect opportunity to do so. First rain we have had this trip. It had sprinkled a bit in Costa Rica but this was a serious rain.

    Attended afternoon tea where we met a woman from Washington State and another from Victoria, BC. Had a nice chat with them.

    Final dinner in the dining room where we found out that our waiter Rai was leaving the ship at San Diego to return home for a family problem. We hope things will work out for his family. Left his thank you tip at the purser’s desk for them to forward to him. Gave Andi and our wine steward Noel their tips and after the final variety show were able to connect with our room stewards as well.

    Went up to the Crow’s Nest for a final happy hour. Have never been so tired on a vacation. Surprised I could stay up long enough to do so. To bed shorty after 10.
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  • Day16

    Second last day at sea

    March 9, 2020, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    After what felt like a short night due to the clocks being set ahead last night, we visited Explorations Cafe for a good cup of coffee. Had to wait until 6:30 for it to open. We are along the Baja Peninsula today. Vic saw some whales this morning after we attended the Captain’s Q and A. Very interesting.

    Took the Galley Tour for something to do.

    Lunch was surprising, large quantities of cold shrimp and king crab, also mussels and clams. What a treat!

    We were invited to a complementary wine tasting this afternoon. Seven stations with 12 wines and snacks to cleanse the palate. Carolynne won the raffle and chose an Argentinian Malbec. It will go well with the filet mignon and lobster tail for dinner tonight. Met Jody from Burlington who pulled the winning ticket. She is Inhouse counsel for an insurance company. Had a nice chat.

    Surf and Turf for dinner was nice and the show with Savannah Jack was fun. Again, early to bed. Must be getting old.
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  • Day15

    International date line and lobsters

    October 14, 2019, North Pacific Ocean ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Lots of days at sea. Some of the activities are kind of neat, some not so much. Plenty of time spent in the pool, jacuzzi, and reading on our balcony. It’s kind of difficult to keep up with all the time changes. The ship crossed the international date line yesterday, what that means is we are now a day (and some hours) ahead of Eastern time zone. I’m typing this on Wednesday afternoon and it’s still Tuesday afternoon in TN. One of the people at our dinner table had a birthday on October 14th. Since we went from the 13th to the 15tb when we crossed the line, that poor fellow didn’t get a birthday. What he still got was birthday cake though, that made up for it. :-). Tonight is dress up night in the dining room so I get to feast on Lobster again! (My reward for wearing nice clothes). Lol. I attended a lecture today on Astronomy which was very interesting. There are so many advanced apps now that make stargazing super interesting!
    I will be purchasing 24 hours of internet again this week to plan what we will be doing in Guam and Malaysia. I also need to book the tour of the Great Wall of China for when we are in Beijing. I suppose this post won’t be read until I have internet anyway. So until then!!! 🙃
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You might also know this place by the following names:

North Pacific Ocean, Océano Pacífico Norte, Océan Pacifique Nord