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I've placed a trip report on Travelpod discussing our recent 34 day cruise on Holland America MS Statendam.
The itinerary was:
Sydney, Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Cairns, and Darwin
before heading out to Bali, Semarang (Java), Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China (Xiamen, Shanghai, Beijing, Dalian), Pusan (Korea), Nagasaki, and Osaka.
We spent a week in Sydney before the cruise and a week in Japan after, visiting Takayama in the Japanese Alps, and Tokyo.
I loved your trip report on Sydney, Brisbane, Whitsundays, Cairns and Darwin. You mentioned "pennies"; 1 and 2 cent coins are no longer legal tender in Australia. Every cash purchase is rounded up or down to the nearest five cents. And a couple of corrections for your Brisbane trip. The gentleman that you saw playing a didgeridoo would have been an Aborigine (not a Samoan) and Oxford 152 is in the suburb of Bulimba (my brother-in-law works there). It's a great pub (despite what you were told) but for good old Aussie atmosphere, value for money, and milion dollar views you couldn't go past the Merthyr Bowls Club; great choice.
And I loved your ANZAC Day comment - yes, we don't follow the British anymore.....
Norwegian Star (Norwegian Capricon Line) 1999 (I think)
I haven't finished reading your review yet. I find myself coming back to it each day to read a section. I'm up to Hong Kong. Thanks so much for posting the link here.
I've still got several more days to go until Tokyo. Very enjoyable.
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