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Continuation of the Travellers tales by Aureen and Jack Morath, UK Pionairs Social Secretary, from NetLetter #1425 -

We arrived in Hiroshima at 12.00 the next day with a free shuttle into the city, and with our new Australian friends we took a tram to the Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima is best remembered as the first city targeted by a nuclear weapon at the end of the Second World War. Most of the city was destroyed, but the remains of one building still stands in the park as a reminder of the event. We took a boat ride along the canal which runs through the Park and then a tram ride back to our shuttle bus point to go to our ship.

Kochi was next on our cruise and is on the island of Shikoku. We explored parts of the city on foot before returning to the ship. Our next stop was Osaka and we spent a full day with our Australian friends taking a local train to Nara to see a temple which was one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. And then on to Osaka to get the famous Bullet Train which was quite an experience. Delays are timed by seconds not minutes. The ride was extremely smooth and so well organized with specific parts of the platform open to coincide with the doors on the train. Along the way we also had a view of Mount Fuji from the train.

Our last stop on the cruise was Shimizu which was only a short stop so didn't take long to explore. Back on the ship our bags had to be left outside our cabin door by midnight so that they could be off-loaded on our arrival back in Yokohama early the next morning. It was a most memorable cruise although we didn't see much of the blossoms as it only happens for about two weeks and it came early before we arrived. In fact there was more blossom in Camberley than we saw in Japan!

Here are a few statistics of the cruise:

  • Officers and crew totaled 616, under Captain Christopher Michael Turner.
  • Nationalities of the crew was 32.
  • Miles sailed on the cruise was 2,771 and fuel used was 186,150 gallons.
  • 17,219 eggs were consumed.
  • The 14-day cruise visited Japan, China, and South Korea.

(Source: UK Pionairs newsletter #311)

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