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Siem Reap and Cruising the Mekong

Phnom Penh to the Vietnam border

sunny 87 °F

Today was a much needed break day. We left Phnom Penh at about 0900 and cruised down the Mekong arriving at the Vietnam boarder at about 1700. During the trip, there was a Vietnamese Tea demonstration and a cooking demonstration by our Executive Chef. Once we arrived, we debarked the Cambodian pilot and the Vietnamese health officials came on board to measure everyone's temperature to insure no one with a virus would enter the country. It was a comfortable, relaxing day! Surprisingly there was 4G cell phone coverage the entire trip!

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Posted by rpickett 00:51 Archived in Cambodia Tagged vietnam to cruising Comments (0)

Sydney to Auckland

Cruising to Fjordland, New Zealand

semi-overcast 68 °F

Our first two days have been spent at sea transiting southeast toward the west coast of the Southern Island of New Zealand. The first day was rather quiet and we enjoyed the comfort of our cabin.

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On day two in the morning we had the standard cruise vegetable carving by three very talented Philipino chefs. In the space of a few minutes they created some very imaginative creatures!

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The highlight of the day was learning the New Zealand National Rugby Team "All Black Haka". If you have seen the Kiwi's play, it is quite a show. The All Blacks have been doing a traditional Haka for about 100 years, with the current version the last 20 years ago. A Haka is a Mali tradition for just about every type of occasion....some are scripted, some spontaneous. It was a blast!

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Posted by rpickett 18:32 Archived in New Zealand Tagged to cruising fjordland Comments (0)

Chile aboard Crystal Serenity

Cruising south towards the Stra

overcast 58 °F

Several hours after we left port we entered the open Southern Pacific, where we spent the night being somewhat tossed and turned with 20 foot seas. We slept, but not that well. Late in the morning we entered the inland waters and the seas calmed, the air cleared and we were greeted with some wonderful scenery.

The morning was filled by two wonderful enrichment lectures. The first was given by South African Ambassador to South America, Tony Leon. His lecture "New Hope for the New World? The New South America", provided some interesting insight in the the future of South American countries.

The second lecture was "Trump Takes Washington, Shaken not Stirred" was an excellent, thoughtful discussion of the situation President Trump inherited upon assuming office. The presenter was former US Ambassador to Morocco, Marc Ginsberg. Although a democrat, he served under three administrations and presented facts and realities of the current world situation, vice ideology.

The day ending with yet another wonderful sunset.

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Posted by rpickett 06:58 Archived in Chile Tagged the of magellan cruising towards straits Comments (0)

Norway and the Northern Lights

Cruising toward Bergen

overcast 36 °F

Our last 24 hours on board was spent cruising southbound towards Bergen. The scenery was spectacular and you never seem to get tired of looking at a beautiful coastline.

All in all, the cruise was more than we expected in terms of scenery and enjoyment. The cabin was comfortable, only about 350 people on board primarily Norwegian, German and French and everyone enjoyed each other. The crew was exceptionally friendly and truly liked their work. Their schedule is roundtrips on and two roundtrips (22 days) off, year round. The get on and off the ship at whichever port is closest to their hometown, which makes life very good for them. This will not be my last trip on Hurtigruten - Spitzbergen and Antarctica (again) await.

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Posted by rpickett 08:50 Archived in Norway Tagged bergen to cruising Comments (0)

Norway and the Northern Lights

Trondheim, and cruising!

sunny 31 °F

Our first stop was Trondheim. There were several excursions available, but we are stopping on the way back and decided to do our excursion then. The highlight of Trondheim is their cathedral, who's spire you can see in the distance. We decided to just walk into town and catch the sites instead. Even though is was a Tuesday morning, there was not much activity in the city.
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At noon, we again started our trek north passing some wonderful scenery including one of Norway's oldest lighthouses constructed in 1880
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Even though the wind chill was in the single digits there were folks in both hot tubes.....and there didn't seem to be alcohol involved!
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The Hurtigruten ships are working ferries below decks. There is a car deck and they transport significant pallets of cargo.
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Posted by rpickett 04:17 Archived in Norway Tagged and cruising trondheim Comments (0)

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