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Star Wars at Sea: On A Cruise Line Far, Far Away (in 2018)

Feb 20, 2017
Star Wars at Sea returns to Disney Cruise Line with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April 2018.

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In Hakodate, Hokkaido: navigating on our own is not that difficult

Schoolgirl greeters in Hakodate
The ship staff had warned that navigating on your own in Japan is different than elsewhere. Very few locals speak English and signs are only in Japanese. I understand now why in the U.S. Japanese tourists always move in a group with a guide. more
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Sampling Orlando’s changing restaurant scene during Magical Dining Month

The BOATHOUSE in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort
Visit Orlando’s magical dining month, which starts August 24 and continues throughout September and highlights many restaurants offering prix fixe dinners for $33. (Ready to share with your junior foodie?) more
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A visit to a Japanese hot springs – Onseng – resort in Hokkaido

The port of Otaru in Hokkaido seen from the Diamond Princess
Good news! I’m going to live at least seven years longer. That’s because I’ve visited a Japanese Onseng—a hot springs resort. They are ubiquitous in Japan—there are thousands of them. more
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Japanese hot tubs and other amenities on the Diamond Princess

Japanese baths onboard the Diamond Princess
The on board Izumi Japanese Bath features indoor and outdoor bathing experiences ($15 for 90 minute visit), including misted steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and hot tubs, some open to the sky. more
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On a cruise – options for dining vary on taste and budget

Steakhouse selection on Diamond Princess
Like other cruise lines, Princess offers specialty restaurants on board for which you pay an extra fee. Like on other cruise lines, the specialty restaurants offer an enhanced experience. more
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Shore excursions: Cranes, marshes, pluses and minuses

We’re in Kushiro, Japan, on the island of Hokkaido, and are visiting the Japanese Crane Reserve on a shore excursion from the Diamond Princess, which is spending the morning here. more
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East meets West means education on a Princess Cruise in Japan

Until I came aboard in Yokohama, I hadn’t thought much about the cruise experience being educational but here, with more than 1000 Japanese passengers, we westerners are getting a lesson in Japanese culture and food. more
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Returning to Tokyo after 60 years revives old childhood memories

Grant Heights sign circa 1974
60 years ago my father, a U.S. Air Force officer, moved his growing family to Japan for four years. So when we had the opportunity to visit Tokyo this month, I naturally thought of my childhood and wondered if we could try to find some of my old haunts. more
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Families trying falconry, the sport of kings

Falconry at the Greenbrier
We are at Ireland’s School of Falconry — the oldest in the country and home to more than 30 birds, including the always popular Dingle the owl. The school is located at Ashford Castle more
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At the Tokyo Fish Market: mixing culture and tradition in unique culinary ways

It is eight in the morning and we are at Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji Fish Market, Japan’ largest. More than 15,000 people work here; international tourists line up in the early hours of the morning for the chance to watch the famous auctions of the fish, including the tuna. more
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