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September 9th, 2023 at 9:54:07 AM permalink
Gambling Update

Mrs Q played through her $ 600 in freeplay ( 500 for booking the cruise, and another 100 in one of the Premier drawings ), but then hit a HAND PAY RF on a 10 cent denom game with a 3X multiplier. Woot woot. I was playing FUN 21 and they make a big deal about having your cell phone out, even though they use a CSM, so I ignored her texts and didn't go over to her machine to get a picture. She probably has one.

I have played a little Bonus Poker VP but mostly FUN 21. One evening, a gentleman came over to our table and played up to $ 2000 per hand. He had approval from the casino to double the posted per hand limit of $ 1000. Seemed like a nice enough guy.

For the trip right now, I am up $ 225. Well, better than being down that much !

Mrs Q also won a drawing at the Premier cocktail reception for $ 100 at the on-board candy store. We don't want $ 100 of candy and also didn't want to buy a bunch of beach towels that they had there, so we asked and the casino host and he let us go to the Steakhouse instead. The service there last night was TERRIBLE ( it took 1 full hour to get our first appetizer ) and the staff up there was curt and just not pleasant.


- Not Exactly what I was hoping for, but I the NEXT BEST THING I guess.

Other Pix from Skagway

The weather forecast was lousy so we didn't reserve E-bikes, and then it turned out to be OK afterall. So we walked around, bought some postcards to send back home, had a bowl of Caribou chili, and then stumbled onto a reasonably priced bus tour. Our driver/guide Marissa was excellent, constantly sharing stories and history on a 2.5 hour tour.







Misc

We had ESPN and ESPN2 on our little TV in the Cabin when we started the cruise, but we don't have it now. ;-(

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September 9th, 2023 at 10:23:04 AM permalink
Thatís disappointing to hear about the steakhouse as Iíd say the thing that makes carnival standout from other cruises is their service. I find them to be more attentive than other cruise lines.
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September 9th, 2023 at 12:27:25 PM permalink
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Gambling Update

Mrs Q played through her $ 600 in freeplay ( 500 for booking the cruise, and another 100 in one of the Premier drawings ), but then hit a HAND PAY RF on a 10 cent denom game with a 3X multiplier. Woot woot. I was playing FUN 21 and they make a big deal about having your cell phone out, even though they use a CSM, so I ignored her texts and didn't go over to her machine to get a picture. She probably has one.
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If she doesn't, tell her she is welcome to borrow mine!

This was from my cruise last month on the Carnival Elation.
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September 9th, 2023 at 12:35:13 PM permalink
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Sadly they only do this port stop to appease the law that they have to stop in another country if they go to international waters. Thatís why the Hawaii cruise stops in a small Mexico town before going back to LA.



Interesting, I did not know that.
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September 9th, 2023 at 12:40:09 PM permalink
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Sadly they only do this port stop to appease the law that they have to stop in another country if they go to international waters. Thatís why the Hawaii cruise stops in a small Mexico town before going back to LA.



Interesting, I did not know that.
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I didnít either before the Alaskan cruise. I asked why it was so short and this was the answer I was given. Although why not just give customers a proper port stop if we are there anyways. We arrived in the afternoon but stayed in open waters for hours.
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September 12th, 2023 at 3:31:22 PM permalink
We bumped into our cruise director one evening and I asked her about the short Victoria, BC, stop. She told us about the JONES act.

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September 12th, 2023 at 4:31:51 PM permalink
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Thatís disappointing to hear about the steakhouse as Iíd say the thing that makes carnival standout from other cruises is their service. I find them to be more attentive than other cruise lines.

Our 2nd outing to the Steak house was much, much better.

We asked and the casino comp'd us for that again ( Mrs Q had played a good amount of VP and I had a decent amount of playing time at the $ 20 FUN 21 table ).

It was surprising to me that the Steak house was mostly empty on the last night of the cruise at 7 pm. I had the 9 oz Filet Mignon and Mrs Q had the twin lobster tails.
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September 12th, 2023 at 4:40:27 PM permalink
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We had ESPN and ESPN2 on our little TV in the Cabin when we started the cruise, but we don't have it now.

That got straightened out after a bit.

The cabin TV sports programming was actually pretty good on the cruise. We also had FOX Sports College football, US Open Tennis coverage, the NFL on Sunday, and Monday Night Football. I HOPE the same is true on the upcoming 30 day trip to Australia.

Right now, we are just hanging out in Seattle for a couple of days between cruises.

We walked to a theater today and used our Movie Passes to see Barbie ( Mission Impossible had already come and gone ). The regular price was $ 15 per ticket for a weekday early show ( yikes ). The theater was nice enuff but not as nice as the one we have back home.
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September 12th, 2023 at 5:07:04 PM permalink
Gambling Summary

I finished this 7 night cruise up around $ 500 thanks to some good sessions at FUN 21. So, thanks to this forum for bringing that game to my attention and also to the WIZ for creating the strategy table on WoO !

Mrs Q did even better than me on this cruise ( which is unusual, BUT I am NOT complaining ! ). She had one hand pay early on and then hit for another $ 700 or so on Ultimate X. And she was up on FUN 21 overall as well ( she played a couple of times, sitting next to me so I could help her with the strategy ). One night she lost a bunch of hands to start out ( like down a couple hundred if I recall correctly ) but we continued to play until she finally clawed her way back into positive territory. Needless to say, we were there for a while.

I usually did new buy-ins most days at the tables, and whatever winnings I had from the night before stayed in the cabin safe. One of the first things we did today was walk to a branch of our bank out here and deposit 42 one hundred dollar bills. Not all of that was profit, of course. But still a nice feeling ( and relief ) to have it safely back in our bank.
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September 12th, 2023 at 6:05:36 PM permalink
Nice job on the wins. Free cruises plus winning is the cherry on top. Iíve ran very well on my 4 cruises this year with one medium win, two big wins and one small loss. Iím up just over 20k on the year on cruises. Guaranteed not to give it back this year as I have no more planned lol.
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September 12th, 2023 at 7:15:32 PM permalink
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Nice job on the wins. Free cruises plus winning is the cherry on top. Iíve ran very well on my 4 cruises this year with one medium win, two big wins and one small loss. Iím up just over 20k on the year on cruises. Guaranteed not to give it back this year as I have no more planned lol.
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What do you play on the cruises?

I was on a Royal Caribbean ship last week. Lost $725 on slots, but hit exactly 1500 pts ($7500 coin in) to get another ďfreeĒ cruise on an Oasis-class ship in April.
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September 12th, 2023 at 8:01:58 PM permalink
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One of the first things we did today was walk to a branch of our bank out here and deposit 42 one hundred dollar bills. Not all of that was profit, of course. But still a nice feeling ( and relief ) to have it safely back in our bank.
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Congrats but i think the entire $4200 amount was probably reported to the IRS by the bank because it's a large deposit.

Yes, it's under the mandatory $10k filing threshold but some banks have a lower threshold, like $4k.
Or am i confusing this with another form banks send to the federal govt?
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September 12th, 2023 at 8:03:47 PM permalink
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Nice job on the wins. Free cruises plus winning is the cherry on top. Iíve ran very well on my 4 cruises this year with one medium win, two big wins and one small loss. Iím up just over 20k on the year on cruises.
Guaranteed not to give it back this year as I have no more planned lol.
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Nice!
In 2022, I cruised like 6 times. I made a profit in all but 1 cruise.
The loss happened on the last cruise of the year and it wiped out all the profit from the other cruises plus a little more. :(
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September 13th, 2023 at 3:55:39 AM permalink
Ams288 mostly slots.

Oof 100x that really sucks. Should have skipped that last cruise lol.
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September 13th, 2023 at 7:54:52 AM permalink
It actually isn't too expensive to have a small bag of laundry done on the ship. Some Carnival ships even have self-serve machines.

But I have finally reached platinum status and am excited to have the free laundry service now. IF we take any other long cruises in the future, we can bring less clothes, which ( hopefully ! ) means not having to lug Mrs Q's 50 lb suitcase around.




Their website:

Earn VIFP points just lounging by the pool. Each day you cruise is another VIFP point earned, so whether you like long cruises or spontaneous getaways, every one is totally worth it.
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September 13th, 2023 at 8:27:18 AM permalink
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It actually isn't too expensive to have a small bag of laundry done on the ship. Some Carnival ships even have self-serve machines.

But I have finally reached platinum status and am excited to have the free laundry service now. IF we take any other long cruises in the future, we can bring less clothes, which ( hopefully ! ) means not having to lug Mrs Q's 50 lb suitcase around.




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Earn VIFP points just lounging by the pool. Each day you cruise is another VIFP point earned, so whether you like long cruises or spontaneous getaways, every one is totally worth it.
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With Celebrity, 1 free laundry when you make Elite, 2 free laundry when you make Elite plus.
2 free laundry's are great for 12+ day cruises.

NCL is free laundry at Platinum.
no 2nd bag when your Loyalty level goes up but for every 6 days of cruise is an additional laundry day.
12 day cruise = 2 laundry days
18day cruise (ie: panama canal) = 3 laundry days

For both celebrity and ncl, it doesnt matter when you take the laundry days. It doesnt have to be x days part
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September 13th, 2023 at 9:32:02 AM permalink
Iím only 56 cruise days or so with carnival so I donít get free laundry. I have gotten lucky that a lady I met on my Norway cruise sent my laundry in for me on that cruise and my Iceland one and the Alaska one we were comped a laundry order because they lost half my friends clothes during boarding.

My next cruise is in Australia in February and I still wonít be platinum but because itís an Elite offer Iím going on I get temporary platinum status for the whole cruise. So free laundry!!!!
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September 13th, 2023 at 10:12:41 AM permalink
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but because itís an Elite offer Iím going on I get temporary platinum status for the whole cruise. So free laundry!!!!

Woot woot !
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September 13th, 2023 at 12:09:28 PM permalink
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One of the first things we did today was walk to a branch of our bank out here and deposit 42 one hundred dollar bills. Not all of that was profit, of course. But still a nice feeling ( and relief ) to have it safely back in our bank.
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Congrats but i think the entire $4200 amount was probably reported to the IRS by the bank because it's a large deposit.

Yes, it's under the mandatory $10k filing threshold but some banks have a lower threshold, like $4k.
Or am i confusing this with another form banks send to the federal govt?
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The bank might generate an SAR, but there are 10's of millions of these reports. Nobody will ever look at it unless you commit some other crime. It will never be reported to the IRS. The bank will not generate a CTR for this small amount.
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September 13th, 2023 at 12:28:39 PM permalink
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Iím only 56 cruise days or so with carnival so I donít get free laundry. I have gotten lucky that a lady I met on my Norway cruise sent my laundry in for me on that cruise and my Iceland one and the Alaska one we were comped a laundry order because they lost half my friends clothes during boarding.

My next cruise is in Australia in February and I still wonít be platinum but because itís an Elite offer Iím going on I get temporary platinum status for the whole cruise. So free laundry!!!!
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Iíve very intrigued to see how much better the elite offers are. Iíve done premium but never used an ultra offer cause my premium offers are better than my ultra. This elite offer randomly came and it comes with some cool stuff. Airport pick up and drop off, bottle of alcohol and soft drinks in room, free shore excursion, high end gifts in the rooms etc. I was told by a casino host on my previous cruise that while the free gifts for premium cruises are like tote bags, hats etc the ones for elite are electronics like portable battery packs. She said once they even did an iPhone but that seems insane.
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September 13th, 2023 at 7:40:40 PM permalink
This is our last full day in Seattle before the transpacific cruise starts, so we decided to take the commuter light rail that has a station very close to our hotel:



.....and get some fairly reasonable Seatgeek tix to the Seattle Mariners game.

We were right behind the visiting dugout about even with 3rd base, in the sixth row overall. Actually, because the dugout extends into the stands a little bit, we were in the 3rd row at that point. It was a nice afternoon for a game with a 1:10 pm start time.



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September 13th, 2023 at 8:26:19 PM permalink
Nice! I did the exact same thing the day before the Alaskan cruise out of Seattle lol.
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September 13th, 2023 at 8:48:59 PM permalink
It was a pleasant surprise finding a vendor grilling large hotdogs and onions just outside the stadium who had a "combo" for the hotdog, chips, and a can of coke for $ 6. We also bought some water bottles there for $ 1 and we were allowed to take them in.

I think hotdogs inside the stadium were $ 12 just by themselves. Water was $ 6. The shade didn't reach our seats on the 3rd baseline until late in the game.

I treated myself to a couple 12 oz cans of beer inside the ballpark and they were $ 6 each, which is sortof reasonable.
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September 13th, 2023 at 9:38:26 PM permalink
Food prices are insane, I paid $23 for a bag of peanuts, smokie and a water.

Tip for games, I always book seats higher up (like row 20 or so) so I get the shade and also a better view of the field.
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September 14th, 2023 at 6:11:59 AM permalink
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I treated myself to a couple 12 oz cans of beer inside the ballpark and they were $ 6 each, which is sortof reasonable.



Wow, that is shocking. The last baseball game I went to the beers were $16 but they were the bigger can.
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September 14th, 2023 at 11:20:57 AM permalink
Yes !

Every so often, life serves up a pleasant surprise. But as usual, it is all relative. I would not be crazy about $ 6 for a can of beer anywhere else. I thought the $ 6 combo for a large hotdog, chips, and a coke OUTSIDE the park was great.

Pokegrinder may have planted the idea of going to the game deep in my subcouncious, but it was reinforced when the 2 gents we had breakfast with on the last day of the cruise said they were going to a game.

And then the fact that the Seattle LINK rail had a station 1 block from our hotel, and the cheap-ish seats on Seatgeek, $ 5.50 for a roundtrip to/from the stadium per person, and finally "approval" from Mrs Q, all SEALED the DEAL.

We are going to get an UBER to the ship in a couple of hours.
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September 14th, 2023 at 12:26:41 PM permalink
Just got this e-mail this morning.

;-(

We were looking forward to stopping in Alaska again. Oh well. We've been there plenty of times.

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September 14th, 2023 at 1:12:37 PM permalink
Yikes. Thatís a huge change. And I suspect that since itís such a long cruise there are a lot of ďentitledĒ (platinum) cruisers who wonít be happy and will make their thoughts known.
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September 14th, 2023 at 5:29:44 PM permalink
Iíd actually say for people who have done Alaska before that this is a good trade off.
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September 14th, 2023 at 5:39:11 PM permalink
Iím picky when it comes to Carnival ships, I donít think I could survive ~9 sea days in a row on Luminosa.
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September 14th, 2023 at 5:43:27 PM permalink
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Iím picky when it comes to Carnival ships, I donít think I could survive ~9 sea days in a row on Luminosa.

Well, wish us good luck ( positive variance ? ) then !

We are on-board.

The casino looked nice. Spacious, really nice chairs.
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Iím picky when it comes to Carnival ships, I donít think I could survive ~9 sea days in a row on Luminosa.

Well, wish us good luck ( positive variance ? ) then !

We are on-board.

The casino looked nice. Spacious, really nice chairs.
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Good luck!

Iím sure you will enjoy it. I just enjoy the mega ships more.
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September 14th, 2023 at 6:02:44 PM permalink
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Good luck!

Iím sure you will enjoy it. I just enjoy the mega ships more.



I am the opposite. Give me a small ship.
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September 25th, 2023 at 1:35:50 AM permalink
Well we FINALLY made it to Japan and had our first day ashore in OTARU.

We will be pulling out shortly and I will lose our I-phone hotspot in a bit, so will try to post a couple of pix (sometime) and then comment more tomorrow, which is also a shore day somewhere.

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September 25th, 2023 at 7:08:46 PM permalink
Our stop today is Hakodate, but it is sprinkling right now so we will wait on that before going ashore for some sight-seeing.

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September 26th, 2023 at 2:20:58 AM permalink
Mrs Q is doing pretty well overall:



And Iím down about 500.
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September 26th, 2023 at 7:07:44 AM permalink
7x Royal?
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September 26th, 2023 at 5:31:02 PM permalink
Yes sir, 7x royal, woot woot.

I am getting ďhttp response code! = 200Ē when I try to post a picture. HmmmmmmÖ..

I guess I will turn phone off and then back on.
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September 26th, 2023 at 6:28:34 PM permalink


Lunch in Otaru < ! >
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September 26th, 2023 at 7:48:13 PM permalink
That sunset is gorgeous, almost as gorgeous as the 7x royal.
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September 26th, 2023 at 9:13:37 PM permalink
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Yes sir, 7x royal, woot woot.

I am getting ďhttp response code! = 200Ē when I try to post a picture. HmmmmmmÖ..

I guess I will turn phone off and then back on.
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is that how you fix code 200?
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September 26th, 2023 at 11:04:35 PM permalink
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Yes sir, 7x royal, woot woot.

I am getting ďhttp response code! = 200Ē when I try to post a picture. HmmmmmmÖ..

I guess I will turn phone off and then back on.
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is that how you fix code 200?
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I usually resize the image.
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September 27th, 2023 at 12:37:55 AM permalink
This is the nice casino chair I mentioned a dozen or so posts ago. The casino can be very crowded at times, probably because:

A) there were so many days at sea in a row

B) my impression is that a lot of people got a deep discount offer from the casino and decided - ďwhat the heck, letís goĒ

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September 27th, 2023 at 12:44:09 AM permalink
Lunch today was on the 10th floor of this building, and I was figuring on big bucks. But it was very reasonable, Mrs Q and I ate for 2950 yen, or about $ 20 total.

There was an excellent view of the harbor.







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September 27th, 2023 at 1:04:15 AM permalink
I guess weíre going to be in Japanese territorial waters for quite a while tonight. All aboard time is 5:30 pm, and sail-away should be around 6 pm from AMORI.

Tomorrow is at sea, and then we will be in TOKYO.



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September 27th, 2023 at 11:31:28 AM permalink
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September 29th, 2023 at 12:06:36 AM permalink
We did a ďLandmarksĒ bus tour excursion which consisted of the Meiji Shrine to one of the previous Emperors, and also the Zojoji Temple where some Shoguns are entombed.

It was an OK tour, about 4.5 hours and $ 100 pp (which is actually reasonable for something booked thru the ship) but a lot of the time was driving in the bus. We could at least see some of the other sights of Tokyo.

We donít have to be back on the ship until 9:30, so no casino tonight for me. It probably canít open any earlier than 10:30 pm, and maybe a lot later. And besides, I donít think we are even to the halfway point of this cruise yet.



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September 29th, 2023 at 2:32:25 AM permalink
I wasnít expecting to see this by one of the shopping malls near the cruise terminal:



Sure, Godzilla maybe, but not this either:



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September 30th, 2023 at 1:57:54 PM permalink
We are pulling into the Hiroshima harbor right now (5:54 Sunday morning), so will get off the ship later this morning and work our way over to the Atomic Dome Memorial.

We do have FOX college football coverage again sortof, the signal comes and goes on the cabin TV. (Spoke too quickly, the signal for that has been lost now).

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September 30th, 2023 at 11:52:19 PM permalink
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