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Mar 19, 2016 - still at sea

If I say, “see Friday”, that about sums up most of it ……and very nice too ! We both hit the gym, we actually managed to sit in the sun for a while although it was accompanied by a force 10 gale so didn’t last long. Finally in full evening rig – long frock and black tie (guess which of us was which?), we went to the Captain’s Gala Party before dinner – bizarrely held around the swimming pool, with about 750 assorted passengers and some 50 or so crew. Most passengers have by this time met or got to know 10 or a dozen other passengers, so the...

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Mar 18, 2016 - at sea

Fog. What a grey day…again. Fabulous late night entertainment watching HK disappear until gone 1am. Woke this morning to white-out. Thick fog – which has persisted all day, with accompanying frequent toots and honks from the bridge. Breakfast was not reassuring when we realised the “muzak” was in fact the Titanic theme tune…..the TV channel that shows “the view from the Bridge” has in fact been a white screen ALL DAY. Watching moving fog or watching paint dry ? Dead heat, I’d say. Apparently we are somewhere to the west of Taiwan. We are...

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Mar 17, 2016 - All At Sea

The adventure begins……we have finally arrived on board what will be our new home for the next 7 weeks. And what a home ! OK, the process of getting from the hotel to on board could have been quicker; if you tell 150 people at the hotel that coaches are going at 4 different times, you can be pretty sure that 90% of them fully intend and will try their utmost to be on the first coach, no matter what time they are told. The coach ride through the HK traffic took nearly an hour to go less than a mile, what with the one way system and road...

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Mar 16, 2016 - Hong Kong : escalator day

The name "Hong Kong" derives from the same Chinese characters as the word "escalator". Actually, I made that bit up, but after an exhaustive and exhausting day of sightseeing in HK, our overriding impression is that we have been up and down more escalators than any city ought to have. Not just escalators for the Metro, but escalators to go over footbridges, escalators to get right up to the viewing platform of the Peak, and of course the official "world's longest covered escalator" which is about half a mile long, very steep and is tidal....

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Mar 16, 2016 - Advice to travellers

Before we leave HK, here are some nuggets of wisdom about life here for future reference: * it is perfectly ok to stop and park/unload on any road at any time. Double parking ? no problem. Block the road ? they can all wait....toot toot....but you can jolly well wait for the green man no matter how clear the junction or empty the road. (not that many were) * everyone in HK walks faster than us. We were overtaken by babies in buggies, grannys with zimmer frames....I mean EVERYONE has to be somewhere else really, really quickly. Including...

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Mar 15, 2016 - Getting here

For such a long journey it all went remarkably smoothly. OK, so I set the alarms off at Heathrow, and had a fun time being screened before we concluded it was probably my necklace (where did it say take your necklace off?). The nice lady even cleaned my shoes with a swab thing, but it came back Cherry Blossom not nitroglycerine so we were good to go. 12 hours is a VERY long time to be sat in one seat pretending to be asleep, that's all I am going to say. Serving breakfast does very little to convince the shattered tail-bones that night is...

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Mar 13, 2016 - untitledTRIP SO FAR

First entry as getting to a computer is not easy in China,that said nothing is easy in China.Had a great week in Hong Kong saw all the sights only drawback was the constant touts wanting you to come to their store to buy anything from a watch to a suit. Then on to Guangzhou nice there although as in everywhere so far you never see the sun always grey. Stayed in a nice hostel there and they sold a beer from Belgiun called Chimany it was 7% and very enjoyable.Next on the list was Shaoguan only stayed there to break the journey down to about...

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Europe BY RAIL 2012

Feb 28, 2016 - Thoughts

A few thoughts about our trip: 1.New Zealand people are the most friendliest. 2.Chinese (Hong Kong) are the most strange. 3.Scenery, goes to New Zealand (got to go back to do the South Island now). 4.Resort, goes to Palm Cove, Queensland (Paradise) 5.Best food, goes to Eileen & Wayne (thanks very much guys, hospitality much appreciated). We will return. 6.Best experience, without re-reading our blog, is impossible to choose. We are so pleased we wrote this blog as it was written at the time of the experience so is possibly the truest way...

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Feb 28, 2016 - Hong Kong

Arrived at hotel around midnight. Reception greeted us with the news that they had prepared a cake and champagne for Deb’s birthday and our anniversary! Oops Deb forgot that shed’d emailed them a while ago when it was her birthday to say we were staying with them. Oh well, looks like we’re getting a free bottle of bubbly and a cake!!!! On looking out of our bedroom window on the 11th floor, all you could see was lights (we had a harbour view but being a bit disorientated couldn’t really pick it out). Tuesday (2nd March) went to find out...

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Feb 2, 2016 - Hong Gong

Which brings us to Hong Kong. Or gong as I always expect to hear after Hong Kong. Should be required. Gross assumptions: Jam packed, high rises from one end to the other, no green space, no hills, totally urban Singapore tidy and small and no fresh water. Wrong on all accounts. We had a good orientation tour, after being picked up from the ship, of the high points like Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Kowloon and Hong Kong island, brought to you buy a British gal who has been here 8 years. Hong Kong looks and acts like Singapore, but sounds...

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Dec 1, 2015 - Hong Kong - shoppers paradise

What a city! Just when I thought I was getting tired of travel, we arrive in Hong Kong. What a fantastic city! But I wonder, who the heck purchases the awful gold jewellery? Really, it is horrible. In this city, dedicated as it is to shopping, every 5th store is a jewellery store or a watch store. There must be at least 5,000 watch store in Hong Kong, and 5,000 jewellery stores. Each jewellery store carries the most hideous gold jewellery. I took some photos of the jewellery for you at some considerable risk to myself - there is a suited...

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Oct 14, 2015 - Hong Kong, China

Pete had a great time for his last visit in Hong Kong this season. He visited Hong Kong Disneyland again, one of his favorite tourist areas. He has really enjoyed his time in Asia and is sad about the Asia season coming to an end, although he loves New Zealand, too, so is looking forward to the coming itinerary, as well. It was Turnaround Day on the ship but, since the ship is changing its location soon, this cruise starts in Hong Kong but ends in Singapore.

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