I won’t lie – last night, our first evening on board, was rough! 15 foot waves were bouncing us around and I even heard the experienced crew complaining of sea sickness. Choppy waters out the window were cresting white and loud. “Will the entire two weeks to Japan be like this?”, I couldn’t help but wonder aloud. Luckily, once I put myself in bed and let the 40 mile and hour winds rock me to sleep, I was able to drift off without too much of an issue, digestive or otherwise.

Over the Rainbow 2!

Over the Rainbow 2!

Waking up this morning, I found the ship to be perfectly still and anchored off Kodiak Alaska. I headed to the balcony and looked out to find another beautiful rainbow! So far, I’ve seen more rainbows in Alaska than you see during Pride month in Chelsea! Even on my third day away from New York, I found the sea air to be shockingly fresh and the surrounding islands to be incredibly beautiful.

I However, didn’t have time for excursions on shore today, as I was meeting with the food and beverage crew to discuss planning for my upcoming sake classes.

I found out my lectures will be happening at 3pm on the days we are at sea (i.e. no ports of call) and held in the elegantly appointed Compass Rose Restaurant. After a few more meetings and discussions with the crew, almost all details were set. and tomorrow I start my lecture series!

Urban Sake Channel

Urban Sake Channel

Last but not least, I was asked for a TV interview by Jamie Logan the Cruise Director. Jamie films a daily TV show for the “number 1 onboard TV channel” aka Channel 1 on the ship board TV. My big TV debut was broadcast across the entire ship! I’m actually on an endless loop all day. That’s a little too much Timothy air time even for me.

I’m happy to report that the seas are calmer tonight and I can’t help but wonder aloud, will the entire two weeks to Japan be like this!! yea!

7 replies
  1. Timothy
    Timothy says:

    Hi Carlin! I wish we could have a visit in Hakodate, too! I’ll catch you and Rie-san on my next trip to Hokkaido. I wouldn’t miss it. I’m looking forward to Landing in Hokkaido – It’s my first stop in Japan for this trip. stay tuned!

  2. Carlin
    Carlin says:

    Sounds like you are having a blast!
    Looking forward to hearing about the Sake seminars!
    Wish we could meet up with you in Hakodate,
    but I’m sure you will have tons of stuff to do while there.
    Good luck and keep the news flowing!


  3. Timothy
    Timothy says:

    Hi Hiroko!
    I’m crossing the date line day after tomorrow. I go from Sunday Sept 20 to Tues sept 22nd. I lose a whole day! but I know I get it back at some point!

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