Archive for December, 2015

Around The World In 115 Days

     On January 5 we will set sail on the Amsterdam, Holland America’s co-flagship.  It is a medium sized ship with a capacity of 1300+ (although we expect a lot fewer than that on this voyage).  The title above, obviously cribbed from Jules Verne’s book, is original in the sense that I (Rick) made it up.  Since I made it up, however, I have seen it used by several other people who independently made it up (indicating its pretty obvious & not very clever).  I considered dropping it, but what the heck . . . it’s my blog & I did think of it on my own.  So, there it is.

     There should be quite a lot of interesting stuff on this voyage.  We will be going through both the Panama & the Suez canals.  We will visit lots of churches, mosques & temples.  We will see elephants & camels & kangaroos.  We will see islands, mountains, deserts & The Great Barrier Reef.  So if our ship is not scuttled by an El Nino induced cyclone, and we are not done in by pirates or terrorists along the way, we expect to be back home in May with a new appreciation of parts of the world we have never seen before & some interesting stories to tell.  Of course, many of those stories & all of our best photos will be available to all on this blog.  So welcome aboard.

WC Map0002

     Above is a map of our itinerary, & below is an easier to follow listing of the ports & sea days  (note that if you hover your mouse cursor over a picture a caption will pop up).  Of course, this is the planned itinerary; experience tells us that there will be changes along the way due to such things as weather or local political unrest.  But not too many, we hope!

Day
Date
Port
Arrive
Depart
0
05 Jan 2016
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
11:00 PM
1
06 Jan 2016
At Sea
2
07 Jan 2016
At Sea
3
08 Jan 2016
At Sea
4
09 Jan 2016
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
07:00 AM
04:00 PM
5
10 Jan 2016
Enter Panama Canal at Cristobal
05:00 AM
05:00 AM
5
10 Jan 2016
Cruising Panama Canal
5
10 Jan 2016
Exit Panama Canal at Balboa 
07:00 PM
07:00 PM
5
10 Jan 2016
Fuerte Amador, Panama
08:00 PM
6
11 Jan 2016
Fuerte Amador, Panama
04:00 PM
7
12 Jan 2016
At Sea
8
13 Jan 2016
At Sea
9
14 Jan 2016
At Sea
10
15 Jan 2016
At Sea
11
16 Jan 2016
At Sea
12
17 Jan 2016
At Sea
13
18 Jan 2016
At Sea
14
19 Jan 2016
At Sea
15
20 Jan 2016
Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia
11:00 AM
06:00 PM
16
21 Jan 2016
At Sea
17
22 Jan 2016
Avatoru, Rangiroa, French Polynesia
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
18
23 Jan 2016
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia 
08:00 AM
19
24 Jan 2016
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
05:00 AM
19
24 Jan 2016
Moorea, French Polynesia
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
20
25 Jan 2016
At Sea
21
26 Jan 2016
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
22
27 Jan 2016
At Sea
23
28 Jan 2016
Cross International Dateline 
24
30 Jan 2016
At Sea
25
31 Jan 2016
At Sea
26
01 Feb 2016
Waitangi (Bay of Islands), New Zealand
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
27
02 Feb 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
28
03 Feb 2016
At Sea
29
04 Feb 2016
Picton, New Zealand
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
30
05 Feb 2016
At Sea
31
06 Feb 2016
At Sea
32
07 Feb 2016
At Sea
33
08 Feb 2016
Melbourne, Australia
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
34
09 Feb 2016
At Sea
35
10 Feb 2016
Sydney, Australia
08:00 AM
36
11 Feb 2016
Sydney, Australia
06:00 PM
37
12 Feb 2016
At Sea
38
13 Feb 2016
Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
39
14 Feb 2016
At Sea
40
15 Feb 2016
At Sea
41
16 Feb 2016
Cairns, Australia
08:00 AM
05:00 PM
42
17 Feb 2016
Great Barrier Reef 
42
17 Feb 2016
The Ribbon Reef Region
42
17 Feb 2016
Sherrard Island Anchorage, Queensland, Australia
06:00 PM
43
18 Feb 2016
Sherrard Island Anchorage, Queensland, Australia
04:00 AM
43
18 Feb 2016
Great Barrier Reef
43
18 Feb 2016
The Far North Region
43
18 Feb 2016
The Torres Strait
44
19 Feb 2016
At Sea
45
20 Feb 2016
Darwin, Australia
10:00 AM
07:00 PM
46
21 Feb 2016
At Sea
47
22 Feb 2016
At Sea
48
23 Feb 2016
Benoa, Bali, Indonesia
08:00 AM
06:00 PM
49
24 Feb 2016
At Sea
50
25 Feb 2016
Semarang, Java, Indonesia 
06:00 AM
04:00 PM
51
26 Feb 2016
Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, Indonesia
08:00 AM
06:00 PM
52
27 Feb 2016
Crossing the Equator
53
28 Feb 2016
At Sea
54
29 Feb 2016
At Sea
55
01 Mar 2016
At Sea
56
02 Mar 2016
Hong Kong, China
10:00 AM
57
03 Mar 2016
Hong Kong, China
58
04 Mar 2016
Hong Kong, China
09:00 PM
59
05 Mar 2016
At Sea
60
06 Mar 2016
Da Nang (Hue), Vietnam
08:00 AM
61
07 Mar 2016
Da Nang (Hue), Vietnam
05:00 PM
62
08 Mar 2016
At Sea
63
09 Mar 2016
Phu My (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
06:00 AM
06:00 PM
64
10 Mar 2016
At Sea
65
11 Mar 2016
Sihanoukville, Cambodia
06:00 AM
07:00 PM
66
12 Mar 2016
At Sea
67
13 Mar 2016
Singapore
06:00 PM
68
14 Mar 2016
Singapore
69
15 Mar 2016
Singapore
10:00 PM
70
16 Mar 2016
At Sea
71
17 Mar 2016
Phuket, Thailand
08:00 AM
06:00 PM
72
18 Mar 2016
At Sea
73
19 Mar 2016
At Sea
74
20 Mar 2016
Hambantota, Sri Lanka
08:00 AM
07:00 PM
75
21 Mar 2016
Colombo, Sri Lanka
07:00 AM
76
22 Mar 2016
Colombo, Sri Lanka
05:00 PM
77
23 Mar 2016
At Sea
78
24 Mar 2016
At Sea
79
25 Mar 2016
At Sea
80
26 Mar 2016
At Sea
81
27 Mar 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
08:00 AM
82
28 Mar 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
11:00 PM
83
29 Mar 2016
At Sea
84
30 Mar 2016
Muscat, Oman
08:00 AM
06:00 PM
85
31 Mar 2016
At Sea
86
01 Apr 2016
Salalah, Oman
08:00 AM
06:00 PM
87
02 Apr 2016
At Sea
88
03 Apr 2016
At Sea
89
04 Apr 2016
At Sea
90
05 Apr 2016
At Sea
91
06 Apr 2016
Aqaba (Petra), Jordan
08:00 AM
11:00 PM
92
07 Apr 2016
At Sea
93
08 Apr 2016
Enter Suez Canal at Suez
06:00 AM
06:00 AM
93
08 Apr 2016
Transit the Suez Canal
93
08 Apr 2016
Exit Suez Canal at Port Said 
06:00 PM
06:00 PM
94
09 Apr 2016
Haifa, Israel
08:00 AM
11:59 PM
95
10 Apr 2016
Ashdod (Jerusalem), Israel
07:00 AM
06:00 PM
96
11 Apr 2016
At Sea
97
12 Apr 2016
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
09:00 AM
06:00 PM
98
13 Apr 2016
Katakolon (Olympia), Greece
10:00 AM
06:00 PM
99
14 Apr 2016
At Sea
100
15 Apr 2016
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
07:00 AM
08:00 PM
101
16 Apr 2016
Livorno (Florence), Italy
07:00 AM
07:00 PM
102
17 Apr 2016
Monte Carlo, Monaco
07:00 AM
04:00 PM
103
18 Apr 2016
Barcelona, Spain
09:00 AM
08:00 PM
104
19 Apr 2016
At Sea
105
20 Apr 2016
Cadiz, Spain
07:00 AM
05:00 PM
106
21 Apr 2016
At Sea
107
22 Apr 2016
Funchal (Madeira), Portugal
07:00 AM
05:00 PM
108
23 Apr 2016
At Sea
109
24 Apr 2016
At Sea
110
25 Apr 2016
At Sea
111
26 Apr 2016
At Sea
112
27 Apr 2016
At Sea
113
28 Apr 2016
At Sea
114
29 Apr 2016
At Sea
115
30 Apr 2016
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
07:00 AM

      No one will be shocked to learn that we will not be the first to circumnavigate the globe.  Actually, the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan was the first to complete such a journey, from 1519-1522.  Magellan didn’t make it because he was killed in a foolish skirmish with the locals in the Philippines; only one ship from his fleet with 18 survivors made it back.  We saw a monument to Juan Sebastian Elcano, the leader of those survivors, in Seville a couple of years ago.

map of Magellan's routeMagellanMonument to Elcano in Seville

      Other circumnavigators over the centuries of whom you might have heard include:

* The first by an Englishman, Sir Francis Drake, in 1577-1580 (discovering the Drake Passage in South America)

Drakes routeSir Francis Drake

*  The first French circumnavigation by Louis de Bougainville (after whom the flower bougainvillea is named) in 1766-1768.  His crew included Jeanne Bare, the first woman to sail around the globe, who was disguised as a man on board.

*  Captain James Cook in 1766-1771.  He actually had three such voyages, but was killed in Hawaii during the third one.  We will be visiting the sites of several of his stops in the South Pacific.

Captain-CookCook_Three_Voyages_59(1red, 2green, 3blue)

*  Teddy Roosevelt sent America’s “Great White Fleet” around the world in 1907-1909 to assert the United States’ claim as an emerging world power.

*  In 1966-1967 Sir Francis Chichester made the first solo circumnavigation of the globe, stopping in port only once.

        While not technically circumnavigations, there are several other well known trips around the globe at least partly by sea that are quite entertaining.  One famous journey that didn’t actually take place, of course, was that of Phileas Fogg & his servant Passepartout in 1872, recounted by Jules Verne in Around The World in 80 Days. It is still a good read (even if you have seen one of the films) and if you have an ereader you can download a copy for free at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/103.  American journalist Nellie Bly was inspired by Verne in 1889-1890 to try to encircle the globe in 80 days and actually made it in 72, a new world record.  Her trip was an international sensation, particularly since it was quite unusual at that time for a young woman to travel alone (her luggage was limited to a single small hand bag).  In 1988 Michael Palin (of Monty Python fame) set out to follow Phileas Fogg’s route as closely as possible and return in 80 days.  You can (and should) find out how it turned out by viewing his 1988 BBC documentary “Around the World in 80 Days,” available on DVD (we borrowed it from Netflix).

Phileas Fogg's route in 1872

Fogg & PassepartoutMichael Palin on his global tripNellie Bly in her travel coat carrying her luggageNellie Bly's route

      Last but not least (at least to us), Rick’s grandparents – Arthur & Freda Bleich – sailed around the world in 1954.  Listening to their stories about visiting Japan, Egypt, Israel & the Taj Mahal in India is what first made me (Rick) aware that such a voyage could be done & what wonders could be seen.  Of course, world cruises were a lot less common 60 years ago so this was quite exotic.  They sailed on a ship called the President Monroe from the American Presidents Line, a combined cargo & passenger ship with fewer than 100 passengers (interestingly, Monroe was also their son’s name).  The Amsterdam, which is fairly small by modern cruise ship standards with a capacity of 1380 passengers, is almost twice as long and about 9 times as heavy as the President Monroe, so times have really changed.  Here are some pictures of them on their world cruise:

Arthur & Freda Bleich waving from the President MonroeArthur & Freda Bleich in Kyoto, JapanArthur & Fred Bleich on camels at the Pyramids in Egypt

The President Monroe

     They told us they were taking this ultimate trip at that time because they were in their 60’s so their travelling days were probably over.  Yet Arthur lived 20 more years & Freda lived another 50 years!  It just goes to show that you can never tell when your ability to travel will be gone; it could be over sooner or later than you anticipate.  So you have to see what you can while you can.  At least that’s our philosophy.

     Anyway, that’s enough historical background (anyone familiar with this blog knows that history is one of our primary interests).  The next posting down from this is entitled “About This Blog,” which details how to go about using this website, get the most out of reading the postings & navigate its contents.  There probably won’t be a lot of content here before late January because the Internet is particularly slow & often inaccessible when crossing the Pacific.  And be prepared for the blog posts to fall further & further behind our real-time position as the trip goes on, but be assured that it will eventually be completed!


About This Blog (revised December, 2018)

                 These are the voyages of Rick & Mary Bader.  Our continuing mission:  to boldly go where we have never gone before!

     Welcome to Bader Journal, the travel blog of Rick & Mary Bader.  That’s us, pictured at the top, in old travel pictures that will rotate randomly each time you open the blog, but have nothing to do with the content of the post appearing below them.  This blog was created primarily for our family & friends but anyone who is interested is welcome to view it.  We set sail on January 4, 2019 on our second trip to South America & Antarctica, roundtrip from Ft Lauderdale.  We are sailing on the M/S Prinsendam, Holland America’s smallest & oldest ship, with a capacity of about 850 passengers.  Sadly, this is Prinsendam’s last Grand Voyage, as it has been sold and will be gone by late summer.   This will be our second voyage to South America & Antarctica on this ship, having done this on a somewhat different itinerary in 2012 (see below).  Here is a map of our itinerary for this year:

Grand South America 2019 map

       Our posts typically contain a lot of pictures & text so they take some time to create.  This can only be done on sea days, when we are on the ship & have leisure time.  In addition, internet access on a cruise ship is very spotty & slow.  For these reasons our blog postings usually are not completed until well after we return home. 

       On this voyage we will compose the blog posts as we go along (at a time when we can still remember fairly clearly what we did & what is in the pictures) but may not post many (if any) before we return to the USA.   If you want to be notified when new posts appear, read Part B below.

     One general caveat:  please don’t take what is written here about the places we visit as authoritative.  We do our best to be accurate but really we are mostly repeating things we have read or been told.  You may sometimes note a skeptical tone when we tell you something we have heard but don’t necessarily believe, though even things we do believe sometimes turn out to be inaccurate.  So, caveat emptor!


     What follows is an outline of instructions for using the tools built into the blog.  Use anything that is helpful to you & just ignore the rest.  But don’t skip reading item D.


                      A.  Menu Buttons At The Top of the Page:

     1.  The “About This Blog” button will always bring up this post, in case you want to review the itinerary or the instructions for using the blog. 

     2.  The “Home” button will always bring you back to the default view, with the latest post at the top, if you have been looking at something else.

    3.  The “M/S Prinsendam’s Current Position” button will take you to a webpage that always displays just where that ship is at the moment (or at least where it is scheduled to be).   It will also tell you how the weather is there.


       B.  Subscribing To Email Notifications Of New Postings:

     If you scroll to the very bottom of your computer screen you will find several “widgets” in 4 columns.  In the second column from the left (next to the calendar and above the orange RSS buttons) is a button to subscribe to email notifications of new postings.  If you sign up you will receive an email right after a posting is published with a link to the new blog page, so you won’t have to waste time on the internet looking for one that isn’t yet there.


       C.  Navigating the Blog:

     1.  Google:  The easiest way to find a particular post is to use Google.  If you google "Bader Journal" & the place in which you are interested, the posting on this blog should be one of the first results listed (e.g. "bader journal rome" will bring up our posts about visiting Rome).  If we have visited that place more than once, all of those visits should appear in the google results.

     2.  Blog tools:  At the  bottom of your computer screen you will find several widgets (probably overkill) that may (or may not) be useful in navigating the blog:

             a.  In the left position is a calendar on which the posting dates of blog entries are blue.  Click a blue date with your mouse and that day’s post(s) should  pop up to the top of the blog.

             b.  Next to that is a section with three items.  The first is the email subscription described above.  The middle one has two orange buttons for subscribing to RSS feeds of the posts and/or the comments (We have no idea how well – if at all — that works). The bottom one is a search function that should allow you to find a previous posting by search for a particular word or phrase in the text (e.g. “camel” or “Peru” or "Alhambra").

            c.  In the right hand position is a list of the 5 most recent posts; click on one to bring it to the top.

            d.  Second from the right is an “Archives.”  After the name of each month is the number of postings during that month. Click on a month to bring up that month’s blog postings. This is probably the easiest way to access all of one of our previous voyages on this blog, which I will list here as a sort of table of contents (note that the dates indicated are when the posts went up on the blog, not when we were sailing on the cruise):

 

       — Grand South America & Antarctica Voyage can be found at December 2011 through March 2012:

2012 South America itinerary

 

          — Grand Mediterranean Voyage can be found at March through October 2013:

2013 Grand Mediterranean itinerary

 

         — Southern Caribbean can be found at April through May 2014:

2014 Southern Caribbean itinerary

 

       — Voyage Of The Vikings can be found at July through September, 2014:

2014 Voyage of the Vikings itinerary

 

           First Grand World Cruise can be found at December, 2015, through July, 2016:WC itinerary map (9-23-2015)

     Alaska Cruise can be found at August, 2017:image

     Second World Cruise can be found at January through September, 2018:

image

**Remember that if you use any of these menu buttons or widgets to bring up old posts, you can always go right back to the default view with the newest entry on top by using the “Home” button on the menu.**


      D.  Viewing Captions of Pictures ( most important point! )

     The pictures have captions, but they are not visible in the Blog’s text.  If you hover your mouse cursor over a picture a caption should pop up that will contain some identifying information and sometimes more substance as well.  The popup is temporary; if it closes before you finish reading it just move your mouse away and then back over the picture and it will pop up again.  If you click on a picture you may be rewarded with a separate larger view of that pictureThis works on a computer browser using a mouse, but we don’t know how or whether it will work on a tablet or phone or RSS feed.


       E.  Comments

      Last, but far from least, at the end of each posting is a small blue text button reading “Leave a comment.”  If there have already been comments posted it will read “[number] Comments,” but you can still click on that to add yours.  Comments are heartily welcomed!  When away from friends & family it is always good to hear from them (by which I mean you).  Even when we are home again we enjoy hearing from folks who read the blog.  If you want to leave a public comment (this blog can be found on Google & has, to our surprise, been viewed by many people from all over the world) then use the “Leave a comment” button & your comment will become part of the blog (and will also be sent to Rick by email).  But if you would rather communicate privately with us – about the blog, about something else, or just to say hi – then you can use our regular email addresses.  When on a cruise we read our email semi-regularly (depending on our schedule & how well the internet connection is working) so a response (if one is called for) may take a few days.  Please have patience.