We had such a fabulous time on our bucket list trip to Asia. I was hoping to experience completely different cultures, amazing sights and fabulous food. We got all of that and more. It was phenomenal to have the ability to visit so many different countries in one trip, in fact, I was able to add 6 countries to my list of those visited, quite an achievement! Cruising is such a great way for me to travel due to my limited mobility and fatigue. As we travelled from Thailand to Singapore and sailed Northeast visiting Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, we had a mix of sea days which allowed me to rest so I would have strength for port days. Unfortunately mom & Don were sick for the first week (Don had this thing called a cold which St. Maarteners don't understand, lucky them) but they were able to recover and still enjoy many sites. I have added many awesome things about the trip on my travel page from crossing the street in Saigon as a free adrenaline rush, to a changing of the guard in Taiwan even better than that at Buckingham Palace. One of my favourite moments is in the video above. As we were sailing away from Kagoshima, Japan, there were young drummers putting on an amazing show, and families waving us off, as the volcano in the background was erupting. Japanese people are so helpful, warm and friendly, they always wave to foreigners which made us laugh and smile and made our day. Next time someone looks lost, don't just give them directions, walk them where they need to go, that is the Japanese way, so kind. Of course as was the problem with Africa, instead of being able to cross Asia off our list, our trip has only succeeded in making us want to return!
Carol Jean Skinner (née Sharman)