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Old April 27th, 2007, 01:32 AM
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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.

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Old April 27th, 2007, 05:04 AM
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Hi Sue,

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.....

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Old April 28th, 2007, 09:55 PM
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Hi Sue,
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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Old May 2nd, 2007, 06:02 AM
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Hi Sue,

Was hoping to read your post of your trip....for whatever reason.....was unable to access it....any thoughts????

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Old May 10th, 2007, 08:59 AM
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Great Review. Thanks so much.
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