Getting Ready

Trip Start Jan 17, 2006
Trip End Apr 28, 2006

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine
I'm getting excited. I've been so nervous and anxious and although all of this travelling is going to be far more expensive than I ever would have imagined now I am trying not to focus on that. The limitations that having a strained budget will put on me should only help me to experience the true country and not spend so much of my time with the touristy fake attractions of these wonderful and exciting countries. I have to admit that although I have been trying I am still far from packed. Thankfully my passport and Visa's did get here yesterday. That was a total answer to prayer. My sisters passport has yet to make its appearance but thankfully she will be able to travel without it. My mom ofcourse has been worrying about everything but she seems more and more calm as the actual day approaches. I have also been emailing constantly trying to get in contact with everyone that I need to before I leave. It doesn't help that Monday is a holiday. We are planning on leaving here at 5pm and staying that night at Dr. Baileys house in Bloomington. It should be interesting since I'm sure we will all be a wreck. I'm really writing this entry to give you guys some more information about how you will be able to contact me while I'm out to sea. Here is a list of how you can send me mail and how you can do that. The advice from the previous SAS'ers has been to get people to send you as much mail as possible. They say that even though it is two weeks out of date it still is wonderful to recieve. I also wanted to clear the money situation up with you since my birthday will be while I am in the middle of the Indian Ocean. You can send money to the ship through the university of pittsburgh but I personally would prefer that you send it/give it to my mom and she will either pay off my bills or she will put it directly into my checking account where I have a debit card that I am taking with me to the other countries. Feel free to email me any questions or anything at all at or Here is the addresses to send the mail. I'd really appreciate it!
Communication with the Ship

Important Reminder: Mail to those aboard ship should be addressed as follows:

Name of Person
C/O: Explorer
Arrival Date
Port Agent Address

Currently the U.S. Post Office recommends sending international mail at least two weeks in advance. Please keep in mind that mail service in other countries may vary. Letters should be sent Airmail only. Please do not send any mail to the Institute for Shipboard Education to be forwarded. Do not enclose currency in the mail.

Please do not send packages to the ship - Excessive duty is charged in some countries. In many instances, packages are not delivered to the ship. Packages may be held in customs, or at a local post office, and the recipient aboard ship is never notified. If you send packages, you do so at your own risk.

Please note: The agents listed below are not contracted by the Institute for Shipboard Education, but by the ship's management company. Therefore, the Institute cannot assume liability for the actions, or lack thereof, taken by those listed below regarding receipt and delivery of mail and faxes.

PORT Address of
Port Agent Suggested
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone: 787-982-8888
Fax: 787-982-8890 Cruise Plus Service & Sales
1760 Fernandez Juncos Avenue
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00909
Jan. 09
Salvador, BRAZIL
Phone: 55 71 241 4990
Fax: 55 71 243 5633 Oceanus Agencia Maritima
Av. Estados Unidos, 555
7th Floor/Room 712
40015-010 Salvador, BAHIA-BRASIL
Jan. 18
Phone: 27 21 419 8660
Fax: 27 21 421 6984 John T. Rennie & Sons
P.O. Box 702
1 Thibault House
8000 Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
Jan. 31
Phone: 230 202 7040
Fax: 230 208 5814 Ireland Blyth, Ltd.
1 Queen Street
P.O. 53
Feb. 11
Chennai, INDIA
Phone: 91 44 252 12032
Fax: 91 44 252 43813 J.M. Baxi & CO.
3rd Floor, Clive Battery Complex
4 & 4A, Rajaji Salai
Chennai-600 001, INDIA
Feb. 23
Phone: 95 1 256 913
Fax: 95 1 256 321 Myanmar Port Authority
Sea Horse Agency
347/1st Floor, Mahabandoola Road
Kyauktada, Yangon, MYANMAR Mar. 02
Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM
Phone: 84 8 823 1052
Fax: 84 8 824 2996 General Forwarding & Agency Co., Inc.
5th Fl. OSIC Bldg.
8 Nguyen Hue Avenue
Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM
Mar. 11
Hong Kong
Phone: 852 2746 7312
Fax: 852 2744 3240 Inchcape Shipping Services (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Units 1802-1805, 18/F
No. 3 Lockhart Road
Wanchai, HONG KONG-China
Mar. 20
Qingdao, PRC
Phone: 86 532 2653 332
Fax: 86 532 2655 752 Penavico Qingdao
21 Wuxia Road
Quingdao, 266002, P. R. CHINA
Mar. 24
Phone: 34 94 424 2100
Fax: 34 94 424 0123
Inchcape Shipping Services
Kenryu Bldg. Room 502
6, Kaigan-dori, Chuo-ku
KOBE-shi, Hyogo-ken 650 0024, JAPAN
Mar. 28

Time Aboard Ship is based on Eastern Standard Time - the time on the ship is ahead by the number of hours listed below:

Country Time Difference
Puerto Rico 1 hour
Brazil 2 hours
South Africa 7 hours
Kenya 7 hours
India 10.5 hours
Myanmar 10.5 hours
Vietnam 11 hours
Hong Kong 12 hours
China 12 hours
Japan 13 hours
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