South China Sea

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  • Day47

    Letzte Reise

    March 26, 2019, South China Sea ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    Von der riesigen Stadt Hongkong geht's über kleine Dörfer und Traumstränden in die nächste große Stadt Singapur. Ich bin gespannt auf neue Kulturen und wunderbarer Eindrücke dieser Reise. Danach geht's für mich in Urlaub mit 4 Tagen Singapur. Hotel ist schon gebucht 😃😍 Dann komme ich erholt nCh Hause, freue mich schon sehr 😊Read more

    Cornelia Hohorst

    Wir freuen uns auch 😍😍

  • Day104

    Unterhaltung auf See

    March 16, 2020, South China Sea ⋅ 🌬 7 °C

    Das ist meine Unterhaltung am Arbeitsplatz 🙃

    Bernd Busl

    Die ältere Generation. Auch nicht schlecht

    Ann-Katrin Krabbe

    Wie bestückt ist denn dein Laden noch?🙈

    Steffi on Tour

    Nicht mehr so gut 7 Seifen und 20 Zahnpasta etc. Und das für 2000 Leute für einen Monat 😅

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  • Day67

    Hong Kong

    February 22, 2015, South China Sea ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    February 22 and 23.
    I think that Hong Kong was the part of the trip that both Jeff and I were expecting to be one of the highlights of the whole cruise - it did not disappoint. Hong Kong is at once modern, ancient, pristine and grimy. The shear mass of humanity is impressive, but the demeanor of the masses is remarkably polite, considerate and helpful.
    The sail-in to the harbor was quite foggy, but it lent a bit of a mystical air to the morning.
    When we got off the ship, the port building itself dumped you right into Hong Kong in that it housed 300+ stores, 50 restaurants, etc. We quickly learned that much of Hong Kong is based of consumerism. We were stunned by the high-end shopping that was available. For example, there are 50 Chanel stores in Hong Kong, but there is one particularly favorite location. At that location, people will line up outside the store for hours for the privilege of shopping there. Also, the line outside the Apple store is unbelievable and it is like that whenever the store is open.
    Our approximately 40 hour visit seemed to break into sections. The first section was getting through the very cosmopolitan, high-end shopping district. We saw every high-end brand we’d ever heard of. After that, we took the 8 minute ferry ride to Hong Kong Island and began to wander up (Hong Kong goes from waterfront to hillsides), turning down any street that looked interesting. We got into a district called Soho, which was not unlike NewYork’s Soho in that it had a funky, young vibe with many art galleries and small restaurants.
    Our next adventure was to get a taxi to a market on the other side of Hong Kong island called Stanley Market. This was a fun shopping experience that was the polar opposite of what we had seen that morning. Silk bags for $1 and scarves for $8 were more our speed of shopping. Our taxi driver had taken us there through a tunnel, but suggested that we could take the double-decker public bus back for $1. It was a stunning ride up over the mountain and above the beach.
    We had planned to take a walking tour with a British guide that evening, but since it was pouring rain, we postponed it to the next day and had him drop us at his favorite restaurant. We proceeded to have food, which you would call “Chinese food” :-). It was a real treat, and since we were the only non-Asians there, we simply looked at the other diner’s plates and ordered based on that.
    The next day was a 7 hour walking tour (the 4 of us plus another couple we met on the ship). The British guide had lived in Hong Kong for 40 years and was a wealth of information. He discussed the daily lives of people in Hong Kong as compared to people in China. We learned about the heavy influence of Feng Shui in the placement of everything from small items in the house to skyscrapers. We were also surprised to learn the pervasive nature of numerology - there are no 4th(death), 14th, or 44th floors. And in business, nothing happens in April (the 4th month). You would never have a car license plate with a 4! However, you will see 8’s(wealth) everywhere! In any case, every number has a meaning.
    We were there during Chinese New Year, so our guide brought us to a non-denominational temple that was packed with people walking with lighted incense and kneeling with offerings of food and number sticks that they would shake and spill out, hoping for a lucky number for the new year. There were many statues and we rubbed so many bronze feet, noses and backs that I think we will have good luck forever.
    We finished up with our guide at a very traditional dim sum restaurant. There was a large lazy susan in the middle and things just kept appearing. About 75% of it was unidentifiable, but all pretty tasty. We might not want to know what it was - sometimes ignorance is bliss.
    We spent our last evening in Hong Kong by discovering what we all agreed what we thought was the definition of the city. Lots of locals eating at open-air, tiny restaurants with live seafood outside to choose, the night market, families gathering for meals at tables on the sidewalks and hundreds of lighted signs in Chinese characters. The tall apartment buildings were well-worn and displayed the universal sign of life - drying laundry hanging out the windows.
    I believe that Hong Kong has placed on my list of my top 5 favorite big cities. It had an exuberance and liveliness that left you wanting more.
    The first photo is the visit to the temple - the haze is incense.
    The second photo is what we felt was a typical street scene(it's true, McDonalds is everywhere).
    The third photo is the beautiful Hong Kong skyline at night as seen from our ship.
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    Franz Rosenboom

    Ok, Mc Donalds is anywere.

    JR Hagan

    True that

    Elizabeth Cottrell

    Oh my gosh, what a mass of humanity! I guess my fourth month birthday is the reason I've had such a blessed life :-).

  • Day66

    A Slow Boat To China

    February 21, 2015, South China Sea ⋅ 🌬 82 °F

    February 20.
    Today is a sea day and it’s my chance to talk about a couple of the things that happen on the ship regularly, but don’t necessarily rate getting on the blog.
    First, the pilot boats. The pilot boat approaches our ship outside the harbor and the pilot will board the ship to assist the captain in getting the ship into the harbor and docked. More dramatic is when we leave a port, the pilot rides out with us till we are safely out of the harbor, the pilot boat pulls up alongside of the ship and the pilot leaves our ship and reboards the pilot boat. Now that all sounds good, but throw in some 15’ waves and the whole exchange gets to be much more challenging. When the pilot met us in Sydney to bring us in, it almost didn’t seem possible that the small pilot boat could remain upright! In any case, we never get tired of watching the whole exchange. When the pilot boat pulls away after we leave a port, there is much waving and goodbying.
    Another thing we enjoy at each port is the tugboats. We have decided that they remind us of border collies. They sit out a little ways from the ship, crouched and ready to spring to action at any second should one of it’s sheep/ship get out of line. Sometimes they will get right up to within 10’ of the ship because they want to do something so bad! They have such cute shapes and colors – we never get tired of seeing them either.
    The first photo is the pilot exchange on the side of the ship.
    The second photo is a pilot boat in some rough water.
    The third photo is one of the "border collies" ready for action.
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    Love the pilot boat story--so interesting!

  • Day30

    Last day on boat, tomorrow Singapore!

    October 29, 2019, South China Sea ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    It was a sad day saying goodbye to all our friends and to the last 24 days of luxury we have enjoyed! The staff of this did a great hosting all of us this trip. It was the first time Carnival has ever sailed to Asia and the longest trip they have ever offered, so a lot of new things were done. We had a lot of pool days on the trip and enjoyed all the new countries we were able to explore. The couples at our table were Steve & Della from LA, Ed and Metta from CO, and Karen and Davis from Iowa. All so very nice! Our server Stanimir from Bulgaria was the best one we have EVER had! He made sure I had all sort of amazing Gluten Free items for the entire trip. Tomorrow morning we will be in Singapore. It’s supposed to be beautiful (and quirky with the strange laws: gum chewing and jaywalking are two huge no-no’s along with many more!!) More fun to come!!Read more


    A hint of a smile!!!!


    My fav!!!

  • Day25

    Entering the South China Sea

    October 24, 2019, South China Sea ⋅ 🌙 29 °C

    We traveled all the way through the Philippine Islands, through the Balabec Straight (spelling check when I get internet ;) and into the South China Sea. Right at sunset! It’s beautiful!! We will be arriving in Malaysia in about 8-9 hours!Read more

  • Day27

    Ship galley tour

    October 26, 2019, South China Sea ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Pumping out more than 28,000 meals a day, the main kitchen (galley) is huge! They actually have 4 kitchens on board but we toured the biggest one. It’s incredible how huge it actually is! I’m attaching some pictures.Read more

  • Day27

    Halloween celebrations day.

    October 26, 2019, South China Sea ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    So, apparently most everyone on the ship except us dressed up to celebrate Halloween tonight. The celebration included open bar for about 5 hours before dinner!! (Whoop whoop!) Terry briefly stole our friend Karen’s Japanese fan during dinner. Ed and Betta dressed up as Mr Clean and some mid evil woman. I also found a couple snaps of us chilling in the pool, bad pics but it’s all I have for you right now. Tomorrow morning we will be in Vietnam!!Read more

  • Day185

    Unterwasser Welt bei Tioman

    April 30, 2018, South China Sea ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Den ganzen Tag ging es heute für mich zum Schnorcheln und für Marc zum Tauchen.
    In Malaysia sind public Holiday (Ferien) und das merkt man. An den einzelnen Schnorchel-Spots lagen in der Regel zehn und mehr Boote und im Wasser paddelten Unmengen von Menschen in orangefarbenen Schwimmwesten, meist Einheimische und Chinesen, die nicht schwimmen können. Clevere Lösung, um auch Nichtschwimmern den Blick in die Unterwasserwelt zu ermöglichen. Ich finde es uch immer wieder interessant, wie einheimische Frauen in voller Hosen, darüber Kleider, Kopftuch mit einer kleinen Brosche befestigt und zum Teil noch Gesichtsschutz....schnorcheln gehen. Bequem ist das bestimmt nicht.🤔
    Na gut...ich konnte ja frei schwimmen und auch einfach nur im Salzwasser schweben....und bestaunte wieder mal an vier verschiedenen Spots die Farbenprächtigkeit und Vielfalt des Lebens unter Wasser....sah aber auch mehrfach an Korallen verhakelte Fischernetze. So etwas zu sehen macht schon traurig....Korallen sind schließlich auch Tiere...
    Marc erzählte mir abends, dass sie heute beim Tauchen ein großes Fischernetz bei einer Koralle herausgeschnitten haben...👌👍
    Man glaubt ja gar nicht wie müde man nach solch einem Tag sein kann....Nachdem wir noch den über dem Wasser aufgehenden Vollmond bestaunt haben, gingen abends um 21.00 Uhr bei uns heute schon die Lichter aus.😪🕘🌠🌙
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    Zurück in der Realität plane ich schon wieder meine nächstmögliche Reise 😎 grüssle ✌

    489days Reise um die Welt

    Hallo Alex🤗😊 Schön von dir zu hören.😊 Wie ist es nach vier Monaten Reise zurückzukommen? Das ist ja cool gleich wieder neu zu planen. 👍👌Wann soll es wieder losgehen? Und wohin soll es dann gehen für wie lange? Wir sitzen gerade am Busbahnhof in Mersing und wollen weiter nach Borneo. 😊 Liebe Grüße und bis bald✌🤗


    Wunderschöne Bilder! Wir sind auch schon ganz Wild aufs schnorcheln und später tauchen. 😊

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  • Day187

    Der Abschied fiel schwer

    May 2, 2018, South China Sea ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Ich glaube Katzen spüren es, wenn Veränderungen kommen. Als wir heute früh aufstanden, lag unsere Katzenmama auf Marc's Rucksack, schaute uns mit großen Augen an und mauzte...🐺🐈...die Kleinen mittlerweile schon recht mobil erkundeten mit tapsigen Bewegungen ihre Umgebung...zwei Schritte auf wackligen Beinchen vor und einen zurück...dabei das Schwänzchen immer schön hochgestellt...einfach zu drollig und niedlich...😻😻😻 Wir nahmen schweren Herzens heute Abschied von den uns lieb gewonnenen Mitbewohnern...😢😔 Auf der Insel ist man Katzen wohlgesonnen und so wissen wir, dass es ihnen gut gehen wird.😻🐈
    Für uns ging es heute mit Fähre und Bus nach Johor Bahru. In über sechs Monaten Reisen war dieser Bus von Mersing nach JB der mit Abstand schlimmste, ohne Klimaanlage... Getriebe und Motor hörten sich auch nicht mehr gesund an und bei der Gepäckklappe mußte man im wahrsten Sinne aufpassen, dass man nicht erschlagen wird....😮 Wie man sieht, sind wir aber heil in Johor Bahru angekommen👍😊😎 und haben dort im Swiss Inn Hotel eingecheckt. Das musste mal sein, ein bißchen Schweiz in Malaysia...🇨🇭🇲🇾 Ein komfortables Zimmer mit heißer Dusche und Frühstück für nicht mal 29 Euro...👍
    Wir hatten uns gar nicht weiter über JB (Johor Malaysia kürzt man so die Stadtnamen ab) informiert, da es uns nur als Sprungbrett nach Borneo dienen sollte. Aber schon auf der Fahrt zum Hotel fiel uns der schöne Sultanspalast mit dem riesigen Park auf.
    Abends, als wir noch einmal einen kleinen Spaziergang in die Stadt machten, sahen wir was für eine moderne Stadt JB ist, mit vielen modernen Shoppingmalls. Bei den Plänen, die wir an den Großbaustellen sahen, schlackerten wir ganz schön mit den Ohren...interessante verschiedenartige Architektur von Wolkenkratzervierteln...einfach nur wow...die Architekten hatten Fantasie...👍
    Was uns auch gar nicht so bewußt war, unser Hotel lag 900 Meter vom Checkpoint in Malaysia und 2000 Meter vom Checkpoint Singapur entfernt. Man schaut von JB direkt rüber nach Singapur, beide Städte/Länder sind nur durch den Fluß voneinander getrennt.
    Schon irgendwie ein komisches Gefühl...
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    Ist schon traurig so herzige Mitbewohner zu verlassen. Gut das sie es dort schön haben.😂😒 😘😍 Weiterhin eine schöne und gute Weiterreise.😘😍😊💕

    489days Reise um die Welt

    Ganz lieben Dank.😘


    Schon super süß die Kleinen. Wir haben hier einen total wuscheligen Hund ohne Halsband, aber viel zu gepflegt für einen Straßenhund. Vermutlich wird er vom ganzen Dorf verwöhnt. Jedenfalls wechselt er zwischen Strandbar und 7\11 für ein Nickerchen. 😊 Tiere sind toll.


You might also know this place by the following names:

South China Sea, Biển Đông, China Sea, Laut China Selatan, Laut Tiongkok Selatan, Laut Tjina, Mer de Chine orientale, Nam Hải, Nan Hai, Nan Kai, South Sea, Zuid-Chineesche Zee, Південно-Китайське море, Южно-Китайское море