Got on the ship!

Trip Start Jan 28, 2013
Trip End Mar 02, 2013

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Monday, February 11, 2013

As expected, today was a traveling day. Up at 6am; left the hotel at 8am; boarded the plane to Bangkok around 10am; arrived in Bangkok before noon and transferred to the Cathy Pacific flight to Singapore, boarded the plane shortly after 1pm; then landed in Singapore around 4pm. Everything was very smooth the entire way – Regent took care of the logistics and we had local tour agents helping us at every stop, which made the whole thing a lot less painful.

The local tour agent contracted by Regent (Seven Seas) welcomed us in Singapore, took care of the checkin luggage, and the big comfortable bus took us directly to the port. Bob and Chris took a taxi to the Fairmont hotel to pick the luggage we stored there, and they got to the port almost at the same time as we did.

We got into our cabin, #850, probably around 6:30. The cabin is very nice, the most spacious we've had. It even has a walk-in closet, and many drawers to put things in. I could really get used to this! J It’ll be hard to take any other cruise lines from now on ….

We waited for a while before the porter brought in all our luggage, all 4 suitcases! It did not take me too long to get things organized into the different places and stored the suitcases under the bed. All neat! I got a BIG pile of dirty laundry to do, from the past 10+ days! Each floor has a laundry place, but it closes at 10pm, and we did not get to do it today.

We met with Lucy and Chris for dinner at the main dining room at 8pm. Very nice! Unfortunately Ira and Fran are not here – Ira fell sick and could not board the ship today. They’re still in Cambodia and hope to rejoin the ship a couple of days later. We did not know about this until we got to the Bangkok airport, when I got 15 minutes free internet and checked my email. Feel really bad for them ….

Another really sad news I got from the email (at Bangkok airport) was that my brother-in-law, Lao Fei, passed away yesterday of a stroke ….. This came too sudden. He was doing quite well when I saw him in December …. I wanted to call my sister Rubi in Beijing, but I had no way of calling …. Spoke with the tour director, she said I could use her office phone tomorrow to make a call. I appreciate that!

Tomorrow is a sea day. I plan to get plenty of rest, do the laundry, explore the ship, and see what other activities they offer.

There is WIFI in the cabin, but internet is very expensive. I chose the plan of $240 for 300 minutes, which means I need to be very conscientious about how I use the net. I will need to write my blog in a document, then upload it. And I probably won’t upload any photos until we get on shore in HongKong, unless there are some really unusual things.

Bob went down to the casino. I will wash and crawl into bed now. Lucy said there’re plenty of movies on TV, and the library has a lot of DVDs we can borrow (we have a DVD player in the room). I will see if there’re any good movies.
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