Suzi and I celebrated our 50th anniversary (a little early, our anniversary is in June) by taking a World Cruise. The MS Amsterdam is took us to Central America, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, Indian Ocean isles, Southern Africa, Western Africa and the Caribbean. I took pictures and wrote down my thoughts. Instead of a journal or letters I blogged. When the cruise started we felt like we were crashing a private party, so many people were repeat world cruisers. By the time it was over we were part of the party. You can read my blog posts below. The earliest one first. If you want to skip to the Coda click here.
Excited and a Bit Nervous.
The Alaska Airlines Milk Run.
Will This be the Ship… That Carries Us Into the Storm?
A Sandman Shivering on Ft. Lauderdale Beach.
Building Civil Society on a Cruise Ship
No Taxes Forever, on Order of the King (The Cayman Islands.)
Ethnically Rich, Biologically Diverse, Economically Poor. Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Brutalist or Welcoming, The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Puerto Limon Costa Rica
Banana Train, Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Sloths, Crocs and Herons
The Second Time Around, The Panama Canal
Frank Gehry in Panama
Day at Sea (X8) or Sailing Through the Doldrums.
Looking for Bali Hi — in the Marquesas
Ukulele Playing Saint — In Nuka Hiva
Tikis on Nuka Hiva
Busted — Another Sea Day
Rangiroa — Shooting the Tiputa Pass.
Octopuses Garden – No Octopus
“Our Lady” and the Internet.
Urban Polynesia – Pape’ete
Surprise, Surprise, Surprise – Moorea.
The Footsteps of Michener — Bora Bora
“Half the fun is getting there.” — Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Niue on Sunday
Lost Day at Sea
Lunch in Devonport
Extreme Sports into the Sunset
Happy People — Mount Maunganui
It Fell Like A House of Cards — St. John’s Cathedral, Napier NZ.
Cars older than Cuba’s – Napier, New Zealand.Cars older than Cuba’s – Napier, New Zealand.
A Tragic Solution, The Napier
Art Deco Town – Napier, New Zealand.
Albatross, Penguins and Timber, Otago Bay, South Island.
A Railway Station and its city – Dunedin
Taieri Gorge Railroad.
Fjordlands National Park — Dusky Soound
Doubtful Sound but Familiar Names.
Evaporating Waterfalls — Milford Sound
Community Knitting Project — Sydney
The Rocks Is
Sydney Opera House.
Badu Gili – Water Light.
Workingman’s Beach, — Bondi
QVB in the CBD
Fulfilling Pop’s Dream
Public Art and Pocket Parks —
Community Radio and Kangaroos
It Must Be Raindrops
Why Cruise Ship Life is a Lot Like Living in Southeast Alaska
A Town Reflecting on Slaughter
Albany and Torndirrup National Park,
You Owe Five Farthings (Say the Bells of …)
Yellow Stripes and a Cappuccino Strip.
But Tourists Never Go There — Pura Luhur Batukau
Jatiouwith Rice Fields
Pura Tamam Ayun:
Bad Monkey — Ulu Watu
Tying up loose ends in Bali
Palawan Puts on a Big Welcome.
Sharon Stone and the Virgin Mary – The Puerto Princesa Underground River.
Three More Days, Two More Days, One more Day TODAY!!
Defensive Driver — Manila
Gustave Eiffel in Manila?
Rescued by a Buggy Whip — Intramuros Manila.
Douglas MacArthur Had Dessert Here – The Manila Hotel
Manila Odds and Ends.
Star Ferry — Hong Kong.
A Tale of Two Hotels
Norman Foster in Hong Kong.
Dim Sum at the Top. The Peak Tram
Hong Kong Memories
“Chewing the Fat,” a Persecuted Sect and an Unexpected Fire Drill
Good Morning Viet Nam
Five O’clock Follies
The Courts of Hell with a Trigger Warning.
Tiger Balm Gardens Rebranded.
Little India — Singapore
Hanging Gardens of Singapore
Asia for Beginners.
How Do You Pronounce “Phuket?”
The Viceroy, Almost To Kandy.
Through My Train Window.
Elephant Wash — Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Colombo, Sri Lanka
World’s Smallest Capital City
Beau Vallon Beachm Mahe, Seyschelles
A Pirate’s Grave — Reunion
Sharks Can Hurt the Economy. — Reunion
French Bureaucrats Can’t Ruin a Sunset.
Easter on MS Amsterdam
Maputo’s Classic Railway Station
Namesake Cape? Almost — Cape Maclear, South Africa
Blessed by the Bishop
Cape of Big Storms — Cape of Good Hope
Walking with African Penguins
Home Port — Simons Town
Card-Bordeaux in Stellenbosch
Reformed and re-Reformed.
Victoria and Alfred — Cape Town Waterfront
A Walk Through Cape Town
Cape of Good Hope Castle
Cut Short on Both Ends
Thoughts on Leaving Cape Town
Our Big Splurge in Namibia – WOW!
Artifacts at Sandwich Harbor.
Life in the Desert
Germany in Africa
An Enclave no more – Walvis Bay
Sunset Rainbow – Sailing Out of Luanda.
The Last Gasp of Socialist Realism. — Luanda
Do We Really Need an Ambulance — Luanda
Zero — Zero
Amsterdam Art 101, (Musings on a Sea Day)
Corruption and Color– The Gambia.
Busman’s Holiday — Development Projects in The Gambia.
Do the Hustle – Dakar
In Dakar the Hardware Store Comes to You
Europe with Soul — Cape Verde
Kriol Jazz Festival– Cape Verde
One Nation’s Hero — Another Nation’s Thug
Amsterdam Art 202
My Understanding of Stuff
Crowd Sourcing Help Please — San Juan.
Are We Home Yet? — San Juan
Fortified San Juan
Sunrise, Sunset, Sail Out.
San Juan Stories
A Whirlwind Finish
S#it Happens. — Re-entry
Coda – Around the World at 19 Miles an Hour…
By the numbers:
We sailed 34,128 Nautical Miles, 39,274 statute miles or 63,205 KM
The Cruise lasted 113 days
We visited 39 ports in 26 countries or territories
We missed one port due to weather and substituted one port because of the bubonic plague.
We used 18 currencies (20 if you count the Panamanian Balboa which is the same as a dollar and the Namibian dollar, which is the same as the South African rand.)
I took 16,916 pictures and posted 3,504 on either my blog or Facebook (not counting this post.)
We broke three cameras.
This cruise blog has 143 posts including this one. I didn’t count words.
I lost about 5 pounds.