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From the cow kings to an Empress, Norton goes on a little Sojourn

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Time to pull the suitcases from hibernation and start packing for a little Sojourn. I have to Shanghai myself before heading off to a meet and eat with the king of cows in Kobe.

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Time to pull the suitcases from hibernation and start packing for a little Sojourn. I have to Shanghai myself before heading off to a meet and eat with the king of cows in Kobe.

I am reluctant to correct your lovely play on words, Emperor Norton, but wouldn't "king of cattle" be more appropriate, as Kobe meat is from bullocks (steer or castrated bull);)

Have a lovely cruise, I hope that the pool deck has finally been repaired:o

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You are correct. My mind wandered to an alleged easter egg from something in the past. I wonder if I can report the post to get the title changed.:confused:

 

 

Darn.

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Sorry we missed you. Got off in shanghai.

 

 

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Drat. How'd you find the Shanghai airport? I'm connecting through there.

 

 

 

The airport itself nice and modern. The traffic each way was horrible.

 

 

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Have a great vacation. I'll be looking forward to your fabulous photos. I have to admit that I don't understand half of your commentaires, but your photos are fantastic.

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Don't worry--even we Americans don't always understand Emperor Norton. I do agree that his photography is terrific!:D

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I believe in America, especially in Texas, "cow" can mean head of beef cattle. If you're not a dairy farmer, that is. As in, "cowboy".

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The airport itself nice and modern. The traffic each way was horrible.

 

 

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Forget the traffic, take the train.

The airport train is unbelievable, when my wife and I were there in 2016, we took the local train from "The Bund" where Sojourn was docked out to Pudong station in the suburbs, just so we could ride the "Maglev" train out to the airport and back.

The train accelerated to its maximum of 431 kmph (268 mph). The only real impression of speed was when we passed a train going the opposite way at the same speed.

We found the station staff were eager to help a couple of "Gweilo" toirists

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_maglev_train

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Pre-cruise I like to quaff some libations that will hopefully keep wee beasties away.

 

A little something that I haven't found available on any line (yet)

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My favorite rendition of a Bloody Mary (it has Sangrita in it)

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Something else I can't quite get on the ship

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Because it's travel related - a Sidecar

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I should put this in before the actual travel parts start -

 

This is all my opinion. I'm not being given a free trip in exchange for exposure. There is no special discount nor do I expect special treatment based on what I may or may not feel like saying. This will be my 7th cruise on Seabourn. It will only be my second on an Odyssey class ship. I even lost the GTY lottery. Again.:eek:

 

This seems like a good place to stop until the travel starts.

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this was a servers idea of a joke - I did not create the mess

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"A little something that I haven't found available on any line (yet)"

 

Emperor Norton, Guinness is available on Seabourn, not Draft, but in a can with the "widget" you just have to ask for it, unopened, and pour it yourself.

Also Seabourn usually have some other heavy brown ales available for the asking.

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I should put this in before the actual travel parts start -

 

This is all my opinion. I'm not being given a free trip in exchange for exposure. There is no special discount nor do I expect special treatment based on what I may or may not feel like saying. This will be my 7th cruise on Seabourn. It will only be my second on an Odyssey class ship. I even lost the GTY lottery. Again.:eek:

 

This seems like a good place to stop until the travel starts.

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Can you please tell what you mean by losing the GTY lottery?

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A GTY room just means you'll have a room somewhere on the ship. It's a lottery because sometimes you can get a very nice room or others you may get a less than desirable room.

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I was picked up early and arrived at the airport very early. I had to wait an hour for the counter to open. Security was interesting as I’d forgotten that cameras now count as laptops. Oops.

 

I’m in the China Airlines lounge (shared with China Eastern who shares my flight with Delta). I think for SFO Virgin Atlantic has the best of the international lounges. There’s a separate room for first class that has couches instead of chairs. I’m not finding any public electrical outlets but did find a new to me beer. 19 or more hours and I should be in Kobe.

 

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So I was too early for this

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Which meant cooling my heels. Oh joy. Eventually we could check in, deal with the security theater (take out anything with a li-ion battery now) and were up high enough to see my house. Well may be if the clouds weren't in the way.

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I'm not sure if this is my snack or a descriptor for some of my coworkers.

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This was supposed to be a vodka ginger ale but I couldn't taste the vodka (that theme would continue with other mixed drinks from them).

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Amuse Bouches that for my tastes weren't overly amusing.

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I'd opted for the Chinese dining option rather than the rather ho-hum looking Western options.

 

These were my appetizers (scallops, salad, jello beef with beef bits, pork soup with cartilage and pickled carrots)

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The pork soup with mystery somethings.

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My entree - beef noodles with fatty brisket, tendons, scallions, hot chili oil and a hot chili pepper. While not spicy enough for me I did feel the tingle of heat from the first bite through dessert.

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Fruits in various stages of ripeness

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Dessert

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The ice cream even had its own secret spoon/paddle/thing.

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There really was nothing in the way of service after the meal service ended. It was a case of track someone down and ask for what you wanted.

 

It's not much, but I prefer it to congee.

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After getting thermally scanned in China and Japan as well as having my "lighters" examined I got into Japan.

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Emperor have a good trip. That is interesting that Nelson is onboard. Friends who were very recently on Odyssey said he had been doing his bar tendering there. Seabourn must have known you were missing him.

 

Julie

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Emperor have a good trip. That is interesting that Nelson is onboard. Friends who were very recently on Odyssey said he had been doing his bar tendering there. Seabourn must have known you were missing him.

 

Julie

Curiouser and curiouser as Alice said. We were on Quest from Monte Carlo to Barcelona, which finished on 2 May and he definitely remembered, and poured, my pre-dinner JW Black with a splash in the Sky Bar most nights and then went on to serve wine in the Colonnade. Maybe Seabourn has found a way of cloning him, given his devoted following

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Curiouser and curiouser as Alice said. We were on Quest from Monte Carlo to Barcelona, which finished on 2 May and he definitely remembered, and poured, my pre-dinner JW Black with a splash in the Sky Bar most nights and then went on to serve wine in the Colonnade. Maybe Seabourn has found a way of cloning him, given his very high popularity levels ;p;p

 

I meant Quest and got it wrong. :(

Say hello to your lovely wife, who told me where Nelson was. :)

 

Julie

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Get up

Have breakfast in the Colonnade watching the ships wake

Wander

Have a cappuccino in the Square

 

 

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Emperor have a good trip. That is interesting that Nelson is onboard. Friends who were very recently on Odyssey said he had been doing his bar tendering there. Seabourn must have known you were missing him.

 

Julie

 

Thanks.

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Get up

Have breakfast in the Colonnade watching the ships wake

Wander

Have a cappuccino in the Square

 

 

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Emperor Norton, I'm concerned that you're pushing yourself too hard, perhaps you should slow down and relax a little;)

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Emperor Norton, I'm concerned that you're pushing yourself too hard, perhaps you should slow down and relax a little;)
Agree,a cup of coffee picture is going the extra mile I think.

 

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Agree,a cup of coffee picture is going the extra mile I think.

 

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NB I didn’t do it American style [emoji6]

 

 

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the weather it was getting rough, the tiny ship was...

 

Due to weather we have another 24 hours in Aomori and a possible promise of an interesting Bering crossing.

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No patio grill and the Sojourn in Hakodate. d09272907362705743d4d4f16ffa3700.jpgde52bab54042f915206c2710cb01f1be.jpg

 

 

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It appears that they're now trying to fix the pool deck properly, instead of the piecemeal efforts when we were onboard in March.

Weather looks better for you now :)

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The weather has definitely improved. Im hoping the grill closure is only two days (even then I feel Seabourn was negligent in mentioning this to people pre-booking and boarding). We seem to have boarded some interesting people (a corporate guy responsible for making sure Seabourn is in compliance with TKs requirements in the restaurants as well as someone from the TK group). Hopefully that means when we have Ad Hoc night the fried chicken isn't breaded shoe leather.

 

Tomorrow will be our last stop prior to the crossing and rumor has it we may (or may not:confused:) miss a port in Alaska due to the second day in Aomori + expected sea conditions.

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Left port about 3 hours-ish late and now feeling the notion of the ocean.

 

 

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The noisy and dusty (and extensive) pool deck repairs are going to have a severe impact if they keep the pool grill and bar effectively closed during the crossing. Sky Bar is open but the noise/dust issue remains. This isn't an easy job and won't be a quick fix. We too are very disappointed not to have been told about this. I know it wasn't foreseen that the original job wasn't done properly, but trying to get some questions answered is proving difficult.

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The noisy and dusty (and extensive) pool deck repairs are going to have a severe impact if they keep the pool grill and bar effectively closed during the crossing. Sky Bar is open but the noise/dust issue remains. This isn't an easy job and won't be a quick fix. We too are very disappointed not to have been told about this. I know it wasn't foreseen that the original job wasn't done properly, but trying to get some questions answered is proving difficult.

 

 

 

And what about those poor passengers in the suites below on deck 7?

 

 

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