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Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima
May 27, 2009
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The bus rounded the corner and there it was: one of the most recognizable ruins in the world. Today we were in Hiroshima, standing across from the A-Bomb Dome.

The fractured, skeletal remains of the building stopped us in our tracks. We just stood there, imagining the blast blowing out the windows and peeling the copper off the dome, then the fire consuming the building as the walls and roof collapse.

As we walked through Peace Memorial Park, we came to a memorial standing in...

Kyoto, Japan
May 19, 2009
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After a pleasant international flight from Seattle to Osaka, Japan, I was woken from a gentle slumber in the early evening by the phone. On the other end was a familiar South African voice: "Hi Matt, Lynne here. Would you like to join our group for Shabu Shabu dinner tonight? We are meeting in 30 minutes." Would I—yes! So off we went to Saami Ryotei, a traditional Japanese inn and restaurant built in 1615 on a hill in Maruyama Park. On arrival we had time to walk through...

Rabaul, East New Britain Island
April 11, 2009
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Our day began with everyone out on deck enjoying grand views of Mt. Tavurvur, which has been angrily spewing black dust and white ash since 1994. Some say that the locals treat Tavurvur like a member of the family, talking quietly to it, shouting at it, encouraging it to go to sleep, and assessing its mood each day.

Arriving in the magnificent caldera harbor by 11AM, we had a fabulous day with a variety of excursions to choose from. Options included the volcano’s hot springs viewing...

Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
May 6, 2008
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Our visits this past week to Rano Island, Vanuatu, and Utupua and Santa Ana in the Solomon Islands were truly memorable, both for the incredible array of colorful sights, and for the warmth of our welcome by the villagers. Here are some brief excerpts from emails we’ve received from our staff on our Faces of Melanesia voyage:

...One thing that stands out—and everyone has commented about it—is just how amazing it is that each island is still so different. The dances...

Zodiac Cruising in Greenland
August 4, 2009
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The Watkins Mountains and Gunnbjornsfjeld, the highest mountain in Greenland, were on the horizon as we rose for breakfast this morning marking the beginning of an exciting first day on this remote island. We entered Nansen Fjord through loose ice cover and sailed past steep, bare mountains of glacier-sculpted basalt. The eight-mile tidewater front of Christian IV Glacier, bringing ice down from the distant ice sheet, filled the head of the fjord. Icebergs, white, blue, and black drifted...

Northern Fur Seals, St. George Island, Pribilof Islands
July 28, 2009
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The Pribilof Islands are known for the dense fog that regularly envelops them throughout the summer months, and today was no exception. We couldn’t see the island of St. George from the ship, nor for most of our short Zodiac ride to shore. However, soon the rocky coastline materialized before us, and we arrived at a small and very atmospheric village, nestled amongst green hillsides accented with beautiful wildflowers.

The Pribilofs are the most important breeding site in the world...

Polar Bear
August 11, 2009
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We continued our exploration of unvisited fjords farther south on the eastern Greenland coast where we entered Napassorssuaq Fjord, a spectacular glacial inlet containing a huge number of icebergs. We passed many sharp horned peaks and wide glaciers and had a view of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Our captain carefully maneuvered the Clipper Adventurer through the ice to the head of the fjord where we took the Zodiacs out for a cruise through the icebergs.

After enjoying a...

Taveuni, Fiji
December 2, 2009
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Beginning our voyage in Tahiti, we have sailed toward the sunset across the vast Pacific Ocean to find ourselves, on this last day aboard the Clipper Odyssey, anchored off the island of Taveuni, Fiji.

During our voyage across the Pacific we have observed various features of Polynesian culture. Some commonalities include social systems articulated by royal lineages, nobles and commoners, a remarkably similar pantheon of gods, as well as reverence for ancestors, and an...

Rangiroa, Tuamotu Islands
October 24, 2009
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We have just spent a superb week in the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia. The Clipper Odyssey sailed amongst the many atolls with enchanting names – Fakarava, Tahanea, Motu Tunga, Raroia, Napuka – under clear blue skies, with an occasional cumulus cloud bringing a welcome moment of shade, and the reliable south-easterly trade winds kindly cooling the atmosphere. Wherever we went ashore we were greeted in the Polynesian tradition, with lei, singing and dancing, and magnificent...

Nuka Hiva Island, Marquesas Islands
October 20, 2009
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On our last day in the Marquesas Islands, we were treated to a real Polynesian experience. While having breakfast, the Clipper Odyssey entered Hatiheu Bay on the north side of Nuku Hiva. The nature show was grandiose: the little village of Hatiheu is located at the bottom of an amphitheater shaped basin. The jagged peaks surrounding us provided an impressive backdrop to the black-sand beach onto which the long Pacific rollers broke in the early morning light. On either side of the...

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