Third cruise in and around Japan...10 days and counting...


On our way to the alpaca farm in New Plymouth, New Zealand on this date in 2016, we stopped at a few scenic overlooks in the rain. For more photos, please click here.
Saturday was yet another fun day and evening. Around 4:00 pm we grilled New York steaks on the grill at Colleen's home. I'd brought a salad and broiled the butterflied garlic shrimp under the broiler in her oven.

Colleen made potatoes, gravy, and garlic bread, and a fantastic dinner was enjoyed by all, sitting inside at two tables for the eight of us, away from bees on the patio.

After dinner and cleanup, we started yet another round of Buck Euchre but this time we set up two tables and most of us played for hours. There was endless laughter, teasing, and banter among all of us. 

By 9:30 I was fading and headed back to our place to unwind and relax. Tom joined me around 11:00 pm and by midnight we were fast asleep. This morning, was relatively uneventful. I prepped everything for tonight's dinner which we'll have some time during the football games.

By 1:00 pm Tom was settled in front of the TV to begin watching the NFL football playoffs. With little interest in teams other than the Minnesota Vikings, who now are out of the running, I kept busy doing laundry and other household chores.

Today is a good day for me to conduct research for our future travels. As we've lined up these three cruises in Japan, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific it gives us a point from which to backtrack for locations that appeal to us prior to the cruises in 2022.

This week will be busy. Tomorrow evening I meet with friend/reader Staci in Mesa for dinner. On Thursday, all the family is driving an hour to Tom's niece (Mary and Eugene's daughter) Laurie and her husband Craig's home in Goodyear, Arizona where we'll all spend the day.

No doubt, in between there will be more "happy hours" celebrations in the neighborhood as we wind down our time in Apache Junction. And, before we know it, we'll be completing our packing to be on our way to India.

Here is the information on this third and final cruise in and around Japan. We'll be back with more later.

12 nights departing April 24, 2022, on
Celebrity's Celebrity Solstice


Brochure Inside$1,988
Our Inside$784
You Save 61%

Brochure Oceanview$2,248
Our Oceanview$914
You Save 59%


Brochure Balcony$2,548
Our Balcony$1,064
You Save 58%

Brochure Suite$6,848
Our Suite$3,274
You Save 52%



DatePortArriveDepart
Sunday, April 24 Tokyo (Yokohama), Japan 7:00pm

Monday, April 25 At Sea

Tuesday, April 26 Hakodate, Japan 7:00am 4:00pm

Wednesday, April 27 At Sea

Thursday, April 28 At Sea

Friday, April 29 Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka, Russia 8:00am 7:00pm

Saturday, April 30 Cross International Dateline (Cruising)

Sunday, May 1 At Sea

Monday, May 2 At Sea

Tuesday, May 3 At Sea

Wednesday, May 4 At Sea

Thursday, May 5 At Sea

Friday, May 6 Vancouver, BC, Canada 7:00am 

It's blissfully warm here today, in the 70s! It's about time it warmed up!

Carpe diem!
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Photo from one year ago today, January 19, 2019:
A rhino beetle we found on the veranda on Thursday.  They are harmless to humans and don't bite. They have a horn in the center of their foreheads comparable to a rhino. Thus the name "rhino" beetle. For more please click here.

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