Archive for November, 2015


Grand Asia Hawaii and Pacific

Day 33 – November 26,2012 – At Sea Today was our Mariners’ Brunch… with the pretty little tile gifts. (And a day for me to discover people who have extras to give me – as well as the wonderful plates they don’t want to take home on the planes.) “Blue Hawaii” was our movie… and […]

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Grand Asia Samoa

Day 28 – November 22, 2012 – Apia, Samoa You never know what to expect. Today’s surprise was the gauntlet of taxi drivers! Usually Holland America takes us to nearest town on a bus… and we’ve grown quite spoiled to these Grand Voyage accommodations! Ha! Today we were met by a wall of large Samoan […]

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Grand Asia Fiji

Day 26 – November 20, 2012 – Fiji What a special day! We docked in Lautoka and were told we weren’t at an island with any pretty beaches. All aboard was 2:30, so really not enough time to get out to the gorgeous areas of Fiji… so we got off the ship with no expectations […]

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Grand Asia Auckland

Day 23 – November 17, 2012 – Auckland, New Zealand We were off the ship as soon as possible this morning… 7:00, and there was Mandy – waiting for us at the docks, looking just the same as she did 30 years ago when she came to Portales as an exchange student! What fun! We […]

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Grand Asia Bay of Islands

Day 22 – November 16, 2012 – Waitangi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand The day begins early because we keep losing time. Every day we reset the clocks! Gary dashed off to his final acupuncture appointment with Christopher from Sydney at 8:00. I met him in the standard after-the-appointment-spot by the pool, coffee in hand […]

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Grand Asia Eden and Beyond

Day 19 – November 13, 2012 – Eden, Australia A lovely stop. A little piece of paradise… a camping area, a retirement community. The people rolled out the red carpet for us! They were out clipping hedges along the walk ways, visiting with us, welcoming us to their home. We loved it! We only had […]

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Grand Asia Sydney

Day 17 – November 11, 2012 – Sydney, Australia Up early this morning to be in the Crow’s Nest at 6:30 to cruise into Sydney. Oh my! How wonderful to see that bridge and the Opera House come into view. Finally… we have been to Sydney. Enjoyed our day. Toured the Opera House, browsed through […]

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Grand Asia Brisbane

Day 15 – November 9, 2012 – Brisbane, Australia What a pretty place! The meandering Brisbane River defines the contours of this city. We had a full day here. Although we’re home now, the Amsterdam is still docked, and we won’t pull out until 10:30 tonight. We shopped in the ritzy district, rode the bus […]

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Grand Asia Australia at Sea

Day 10 – November 4, 2012 – At Sea Today’s momentous occasion… the black and gold ball. Me in my dress of pewter-bronze (the closest I had to precious metal) and G in his tux with the tie to match me. Steak & Lobster, photos and dancing in the Queen’s Lounge. Steiff Teddy Bears in […]

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Grand Asia Darwin Australia

Day 9 – November 3, 2012 – Darwin, Australia Didn’t realize I’d feel so giddy about arriving in the Land Down Under! What a fun day. Off of the ship to do a tiny bit of walking in Darwin, then back to the ship to catch our excursion to the Adelaide River to see the […]

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