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Kiriwina and Kitava Islands, PNG

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Sunday, 24 Nov 2019 | Views [124]

KIRIWINI ISLAND WAS AS CHARMING a place as you could imagine—like something out of Tales of the South Pacific .  Just as in days of yore when the islands were visited by whaling ships, a ship in the harbor is a big deal for Kiriwini. ... Read more >


Alotau, PNG

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Saturday, 23 Nov 2019 | Views [132]

CONNIE HAS BEEN TO PAPUA NEW GUINEA before on a birding trip.  I begged off on that one so Maasdam ’s stop in Alotau, our only stop on the "mainland," brought me one country nearer to Connie’s 167.       ... Read more >


Photos: Cruising — Papua New Guinea

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Friday, 22 Nov 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Brisbane and Gladstone

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019 | Views [105]

WE’VE BEEN TO BRISSY BEFORE and will be back after this cruise, so yesterday was just a chance to stretch our legs a bit.  The Brisbane City Cat is the best transportation deal ever.  For a few bucks the water taxi catamaran whisked ... Read more >


Cruising: You've Got To Be Somewhere

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 17 Nov 2019 | Views [107]

WITH ALL YOUR NEEDS ATTENDED TO AND NO REAL decisions to make you soon find yourself wholly absorbed with the few tiny matters that are actually at your discretion—whether to have your morning shower now or in a while, whether to get up from ... Read more >


Cruising Again

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 16 Nov 2019 | Views [124]

WE'RE OFF AGAIN—OUR FIFTH CRUISE OF THE YEAR.  We are on Holland America's Maasdam again—third time's a charm they say—this time up the coast of Oz to Papua New Guinea and back.       That's the Ticket —... Read more >


Photos: Cruising—Sydney to PNG

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 16 Nov 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Two Sides of Newcastle

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 15 Nov 2019 | Views [115]

“COALS TO NEWCASTLE” IS AS RELEVANT IN AUSTRALIA as it was in Merry Olde England.  Newcastle is the second largest city in New South Wales and the largest coal exporting port in the world thanks, I’m sure, to China's insatiable ... Read more >


A Town Like Dubbo

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 12 Nov 2019 | Views [101]

DUBBO IS THE KIND OF PLACE WHERE YOU WISH YOU had grown up, a throw-back to a simpler time.  It has everything you could want, including plenty of free street parking.  There is even a Flight Centre travel agency where Ami, a real person, ... Read more >


Welcome to Oz

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 11 Nov 2019 | Views [95]

THE OPERA HOUSE AND HARBOUR BRIDGE WERE dawn silhouettes when the Noordam arrived on Saturday.  The Captain had the pedal to the metal in order to reach the safety of the harbor ahead of the expected weather front.  As it was the temperature ... Read more >


Photos: New South Wales

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 9 Nov 2019 | Photo Gallery


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New Caledonia

NEW CALEDONIA | Wednesday, 6 Nov 2019 | Views [102]

THE CRIPPLED AND THE LAME WERE ENCOURAGED  to remain aboard on Monday in Lifou though, truthfully, the seas weren’t as rough as the Captain inferred.  Once ashore, however, Lifou wasn’t the best introduction to New Caledonia. ... Read more >


Photos: New Caledonia

NEW CALEDONIA | Monday, 4 Nov 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Fiji

FIJI | Saturday, 2 Nov 2019 | Views [95]

TO REALLY ENJOY FIJI YOU HAVE TO STAY AT one of the resorts.  And spend a lot of colorful money.  Or maybe Savusavu is where it’s all happening.  We’ll never know.  After the ‘missing day’ and a day at sea ... Read more >


Photos: Fiji Islands

FIJI | Thursday, 31 Oct 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Pago Pago, American Samoa

AMERICAN SAMOA | Monday, 28 Oct 2019 | Views [87]

THEY SAY THAT IF IT’S RAINING WHEN YOU SAIL into Pago Pago, you will have good luck for the rest of your cruise.  Not this time!  One of our passengers became seriously ill Tuesday night—not the cough that’s affected half ... Read more >


Photos: American Samoa

AMERICAN SAMOA | Monday, 28 Oct 2019 | Photo Gallery


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Aloha, Hawaii

USA | Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019 | Views [99]

OUR STATEROOM ON THE NOORDAM APPEARS to be an afterthought.  It’s about one-third smaller than a normal inside cabin and is oriented longitudinally.  I suppose we, too, are an afterthought.  The cruise began in Vancouver but we ... Read more >


Mad About Madison

USA | Saturday, 19 Oct 2019 | Views [164]

MADISON IS THE FIRST OF MY FRIENDS’ GRANDKIDS we have ever met—Paul and Noreen’s are already approaching adulthood, Rod and Lois’s are solidly entrenched in New Jersey and we will all be long buried before Frank’s daughters ... Read more >


Haoles in Hawaii

USA | Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019 | Views [125]

MORE THAN 9 MILLION HAOLES  LIKE US visit Oahu each year.  They come for the sun and the surf.  For Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head.  And for many, a week in Waikiki is the beginning of a life together.  For others it's the ... Read more >


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