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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

J.J. and Cathi Are Unable to Access Internet on Cruise

Aloha Everyone,

J.J. and Cathi are unable to access the internet on their cruise ship,  They did make it safely to Hawaii and had ports of call on the island of Oahu, Kauai, Big Island and Maui.

They are healthy and in good spirits.  They return to California in 6 or 7 days,  They will post all of their blogs around the 20th of January.

Aloha - Jeff (son of J.J. and Cathi)

Monday, January 3, 2022

Upgrading Face Masks for Cruise

Aloha Everyone,

Walmart had run out of face masks. CVS Pharmacy was closed and the posted note directed customers to go to another CVS.

Fortunately, there was Korean Supermarket in the same shopping complex. We purchased 20 pieces of KN-95 and paid 99 cents each.


The two of us now have a sufficient number of KN-95 and 3-layered surgical masks for our cruise and beyond.

Aloha -- Cathi

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Covid Test to Board Ship

Aloha Everyone,

There were roughly 70 people in line for a Covid test. Everyone was hopeful, determined to be patient and wait. 

An hour passed then another. By the time our turn came, we had waited for 3 hours.





The two of us met a woman who was accompanying her mother. The older lady was returning to Nicaragua after spending the holidays with her family. Nohelia and I had a lively conversation standing 6 feet away with our masks on. We learned so much about her homeland including the Spanish colonial town of Granada.

This testing site were offering two types: PCR and Antigen. They also had RT-PCR as required for Japan. For our requirements, a simple antigen was all we needed. We each paid $100. The verbal result was given in 15 minutes, but the official form required by the cruise company was promised to be emailed to us the following morning.

Aloha -- Cathi

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Preparing for Our Cruise During the Omicron Surge

Aloha Everyone,

One must remain flexible during the time of Covid-19. With Omicron surging, pre boarding requirements also are being modified. On a daily basis, we receive conflicting and confusing emails from the Hawaii government website. J.J. spent two hours trying to obtain our QR code.

Taking advantage of the bright sunny sky, this was a wonderful morning.



Aloha -- Cathi

Friday, December 31, 2021

Stormy Weather

Aloha Everyone,

Stormy weather, which began in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Southern California, drenched the land. It brought much needed rain but also caused havoc including mudslides and falling trees. 

Snowfalls as low as 2,500 ft elevation caused some mountain communities to suffer while it delighted others to enjoy winter activities.

Our condolences and sympathies to everyone who have been affected by stormy weather.

Aloha -- Cathi