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Japan Cruise – Diamond Princess – Day 2&3 – August 29-30, 2017

  • Posted on September 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Day 2 – An “At Sea” day, wonderful and relaxing!!

While sunbathing during the day we watched “Boss Baby” movie which was so fun.

We ate, and ate, and ate during the day, various foods, pizzas, crepes, curry’s, etc.

That night was a “Bravo Show” with the entertainment cast preforming a variety of show tunes.  Wonderful!

Finally, we ended the awesome day watching “Dr. Strange” “Movie Under the Stars”.

 

Day 3 – The cruise ship stopped at Aburatsu for the day, but we chose to stay on board and rest.

At the breakfast buffet I found bread pudding with a lovely rum sauce.  What a great way to start the day!

More sunbathing, then I had a seabass burger while Husband had a cheeseburger.

We sunned and relaxed, and then it was time for my spa day.  I enjoyed a lime/ginger salt scrub, with a deep tissue massage from a lovely Thai masseuse.

Dinner was yum, but for the life of me I can’t remember what we had… too much good food for sure!

Then the evening’s event was our “Movie Under the Stars” was “Guardians of the Galaxy 2”.  We’d seen it before, but we’re getting really addicted to this lush movie event.

Have a good one….

HUGS – Ellen

Japan Cruise – Diamond Princess – Day 1 – August 28, 2017

  • Posted on September 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Up and out early, we joined our tour group for the last part of our tour before being taken to our cruise ship.  The streets are amazing, especially with the number of people walking, biking, etc., everywhere we looked.

Tokyo streets

Tokyo Streets

Tokyo Streets

We headed to Asakusa to the Senso-ji Temple and a bit of shopping afterwards.

Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple

Senso-ji Temple

Then our bus headed to Yokahama port to board our cruise ship, Diamond Princess.  For more info on the Diamond Princess and the other Princess cruise ships, check them out here.

We boarded the ship, got into our cabin, found some lunch, enjoyed the obligatory lifeboat drill, explored the various decks and rested a bit before dinner.

We found our assigned table for dinner and husband enjoyed Prime Rib, while I had a delicious seafood stew.  The highlight for me of course was the wonderful creme brulee (always a favorite).  This version of creme brulee was vanilla bean with a sugar cane crust and lemon madellaines.  So delicious!

Our table for 2 was in a lovely little alcove along with 2 other tables for 2.  We made friends with our table neighbors, one Japanese couple and 2 awesome ladies from Houston who had needed to leave Houston early to get ahead of Hurricane Harvey to make the cruise.

One of the most fabulous highlights of the cruise was getting to enjoy “Movie Under the Stars”.  The Lido Pool Deck was transformed each night into a movie theater, with a large screen and pillows, pads and blankets spread out on the deck chairs.  First night we enjoyed Going in Style with Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin.  I can’t tell you how decadent I felt watching a movie, getting drinks from the bar and eating fresh pizza on the cruise ship out under the stars.  WOW… what an experience, and the trip was just starting!

Hugs – Ellen

Highlights of Japan Tour (Diamond Princess) 8/27/2017 – Day 5

  • Posted on September 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm

This day in Tokyo was amazing.  We traveled to the Hakone Ropeway , a sky-gondola arrangement over the Owakudani volcano.

Hakone Ropeway

Hakone Ropeway

Hakone Ropeway

Then we arrived at Lake Ashi for a lovely lake cruise.

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi

Lake Ashi

After the cruise, we had a delicious lunch at a local hotel restaurant, including some very tiny creme brulees.  Yum!

Then we traveled to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji, a truly amazing site.  The air was chill and we saw many groups of hikers about to start the climb.

Mr Fuji – 5th Station

Mr Fuji – 5th Station

Mr Fuji – 5th Station

Mr Fuji – 5th Station

Mr Fuji – 5th Station

Mr Fuji – 5th Station

Mr Fuji – 5th Station

Mr Fuji – 5th Station

Mr Fuji – 5th Station

 

Traffic was incredible going back to Tokyo and we ended up taking 5 hours to get back instead of the 3 that were planned.  However, we had a delicious teppenyaki dinner when we got back to the hotel.

Hugs to you and yours,

Ellen

Highlights of Japan Tour (Diamond Princess) 8/26/2017 – Day 4

  • Posted on September 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm

A beautiful day in Tokyo with just a few items on the agenda.  The hotel (New Otani Tokyo) had an absolutely amazing Japanese Garden.

New Otani Tokyo – Japanese Garden

New Otani Tokyo – Japanese Garden

New Otani Tokyo – Japanese Garden

New Otani Tokyo – Japanese Garden

New Otani Tokyo – Japanese Garden

Then our tour group gathered and went to the Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest tower at 634 meters.  The views were amazing.

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree

Lastly for the day, we visit the Meiji Shrine.  The Shrine was holding a dance festival with hundreds of dancers and groups of all age and types.

Meiji Shrine

There was also a lovely bride and groom taking pictures in the Shrine courtyard.

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine

After this, we drove through the Ginza (shopping district) and some of the tour members got off for more shopping, but we headed back to the hotel for a rest and a brief exploration of the restaurants and shops in the area of the hotel.  We found a yummy sushi dinner at a little local restaurant and had a very lovely evening.

Hugs and more to come!

Ellen