Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The Diamond Princess has room for 2,700 passengers, with 1,100 crew. She is 952 feet long, 205 feet high, and has 18 decks. There are five main dining rooms, a buffet, an Italian restaurant, a steakhouse, a burger grill, a pizzeria, a hamburger grill, an ice cream parlour, 6 theatres and lounges, 4 pools, a gym, and much more. Is it any wonder I like cruising?
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
These were views of Okinawa waterfront as we sailed into port. We were up early today to have a good breakfast ready for our tour this morning.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Entertainment on board a cruise ship is usually included in the ticket price. On our last cruise we had made it a nightly exercise to check out the entertainment in the theatre after dinner, and we did the same on this particular cruise. On this particular night it was a tribute to Billy Joel, Elton John,, Barry Menalow and Peter Allen. It was music I had grown up with and could sing along with, although you will not find it in my personal music collection. It was pleasant to listen to, and filled in some time, before a final drink with friends and a good night sleep, ready for a busy day tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Monday, June 15, 2015
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
The Yumemai Bridge in Osaka is apparently the world's first floating turntable bride. Interesting.... I didn't know such things existed! I was just taking pics of a bridge!
Apparently designed to take waves, wind and earthquakes, it connects two re-claimed islands, and works on a pivot action with the help of tugboats. I wonder how many times they pivot this bridge?
Thursday, June 11, 2015
It was in this walk that we found the ice- cream parlour!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
Sunday, June 7, 2015
A closer view now as we got closer to docking. Check out the height of this Ferris wheel! That's a twelve story building behind it.
Standing at a height of 112.5 meters, with a diameter of 100 meters, in this view we can see the rainbow colours of the riding cars.
This view was taken as we left the port of Osaka a few hours later. It was dusk, and all the lights were coming on. Apparently the colour of the lights on the Ferris wheel predict the weather for the next day. This time it was green, the sign of a cloudy day tomorrow.
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015
The Port of Osaka is one of the main ports in Japan, situated within Osaka Bay. It has become one of the major ports in Asia.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
We sailed over night, down the coast of Japan, and were due into Osaka at 1pm. The schedule of our cruise had changed because of the typhoon, so we were still sailing down the coast in daylight hours the next morning.
This suited us fine, and made for great photo opportunities from our cabin balcony.
We were not far from land at all.
Osaka was in view, but we were still a fair way away. There was time for a quick bight to eat before we docked. By this time we had found the buffet upstairs, and the choice of salad items and cold meats was endless. There was plenty of hot food as well but I was hungry for salad.
Ahhhhh......... food and relaxation watching the world slip by. What more could I need!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
We had booked shore tours before we left home, and as we unpacked in our cabin we found a note saying our shore tour for the next day had been cancelled. We did discuss what we would do & decided to have a quiet day relaxing on board. The last five days had been very full on and we both needed a rest. We did go and have a look at all the other shore tours that were still on offer, and to do this we went via the Atrium.
The Atrium is the center section of the Diamond Princess and is three levels high. If you find yourself in the Atrium, you can find your way to anything on board. Dining rooms, the main desk, shopping, bars, lounges, theater, the list goes on.
I personally was more interested in the artwork that went three levels in height.
Monday, June 1, 2015
As we sailed away from Yokohama we passed under the Yokohama Bay Bridge.
Built in 1989, it crosses Tokyo Bay with a span of 460 meters, and is one of the largest suspension briges in the world. it certainly made a nice view as we sailed under it with the sun going down.