Posted by: Gary Guertin | February 6, 2017

13. World Cruise – Majuro, Marshall Islands – Feb. 2, 2017

Hi All, (written Feb. 4, 2017 – ship date and time)

Have to start out with us passing over the international date line going West.  What happened is that at 2:00 AM, on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 we had to move our clocks ahead 24 hours and it became Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at 2:00 AM.  Don’t worry we’ll eventually slow down (setting our clocks back one hour as we pass from one time zone to another) until when we get back to Ft. Lauderdale we’ll be on your time, but until then we’ve jumped to behind you in time to ahead of you.  I’ll keep my Blog on ships time, so I hope that won’t confuse you.

Now the next hitch I’ve encountered is that Holland American has not been able to provide the Amsterdam with its usual port history information on Majuro, Guam, and Saipan (our next ports).  They’re going to get it for me, but it could be days.  I’m going to write these posts anyway with what I have and if I pick up anything interesting I’ll pass it along later.

As you probably are aware the history, tours, etc. of these small islands is the role they played in World War II.  Each one was held by the Japanese, and one by one re-taken by us and our allies.  There were many bloody battles, with monuments left behind to remind us of those days.  I’m going to skip most of that in this and future posts (plus there is a lot of information I don’t have) so let’s take a look at Majuro strictly from today’s perspective.

Here’s a map of the island, so you can see it’s just a narrow strip of land:

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In my photos from the ship you can see in the next two photos how barren the island is (the ship is docked where the red arrow is pointing). Forward:

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Back:

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Since there wasn’t much to see, we got on a shuttle bus and went on our usual hunt for Wi-Fi.  The ships port sign:

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As you can see from the map the island is just a narrow strip of land with a road (sometimes 4 lanes) down the middle and shops, stores, resorts, hotels, etc. all along the sides.  Here’s some photos as we drove and walked up the length of the island:

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Local church bus:

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A Church:

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Have you ever seen a building like this?  (the roof is actually orange):

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As we got off the shuttle bus we started looking for a resort with Wi – Fi, but on the way encountered some school girls:

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The Street view:

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Susy in front of a museum:

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An interesting alley:

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Here’s a look at one of the hundreds of boats located around the island, I presume fishing boats:

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Lastly, here’s a photo of one of my posts on its way to you.  We have a lot of days at sea with Guam scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 and Saipan, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017:

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Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

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