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Day -2 Shanghai.

We landed on time, no much queues in the airport . Around 8 am we checked in and went up to the room telling ourself that we will rest for 30 and decided de what to do , not to my surprise it was 12:30 Pm when we woked up , we 0 Jet lag 1.

We organized quickly and went to drink something in lounge which is by far the biggest I ever so.

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After the lounge visit we went out to check around. I must say Shanghai seems to be quite clean it's also very quiet as most of the motorcycles are with electric engine. We went to the people square, so some group of people dancing in the park and catched the Subway

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WiFi 

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Two comments regarding navigate in Shanghai :

1. Most of the signs are also in English so it's easy to navigate the street and the subway.

2. Google maps does not have any clue regarding the public transportation databases in Shanghai so it can only show you how to travel by car or foot but not by subway or a bus. If you want better public transportation application for this city try moveit.

We have done our way to train station were we should find the international glass mall. We went off the right station just to find out that although the mall is only 0.3 miles away Google showed 22 minutes walk. At first I thought there is some issue with the app but later I understood we had to take a bypass bto cross the rails which created the long walk. We arrived the mall and searched for the store we got recommendation for. You see both of us use eyeglasses and China is a good place to get some for much cheaper than home. This mall is 3 floors of just eyeglasses shops and factories , it's seems we were almost the only clients. We both choosed 3  frames , 2 regular and one as prescription sunglasses. I paid around 280$ for the three eyeglasses all of them are multifocal/progressive with  lean lenses, so a good deal, oh and it includes eye exam , back home I would pay twice for one per. After we negotiate the price (you must do it in China) we went to eat something while we were waiting for the glasses. We consider eating something local so we went to the local MacDonald and order some hamburger with pineapple and there local version of Poutine its was quite good. I will spare from you the description of some of the food stand we so , but let's just say they do not throw any parts of the chicken, everything is being used, but everything. 70 minutes later and all of our six eyeglasses were ready including the sunglasses, we both already using them and the quality is good, zero adjustment time. We started to do our way back and tried to find out our line , Everytime we went by the signed we found ourself out of the subway again and again , at the end I have up and took another line which we had to switch to get to our station. By the way the price of subway ride is around 40 cent's.

 

Finally we got back to the hotel , enjoyed some drinks at the lounge and went to find a foot massage location. We found one near the hotel that charges 30 $ for 80 minutes massage. The message included soakings our feet while getting back massage , foot massage , pounding our foot with small hammers and finally warming our legs with some ambers . I was not sure if it is a massage or they just prepare our legs to be sold in one of the night food market , after all they marnnied it , tender and grilled it 🙂 but it was good. Post the massage we walked around some more before called it for the day. Indeed interesting day. 

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23 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Wow, those eyeglasses were a great deal.  I admire that you knew how to go about getting this service.  Well done.

For my spouse it was even cheaper as she do not need the progressive one. I just researched it before coming here as usually we do our glasses in Hong Kong buy this year we are not planning going there now. 

 

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Oops , hurricanes apperently not just in the Caribbean but here they just call the Typhoons, was monitoring typhoon Mitag waiting to see what RCL will update . Got this right now , it looks of we will try to avoid it by cruising earlier . hopefully it will not effect our Japanese ports as it looks the Typhoon like our itinerary 🙂

"S: Important information about your upcoming Spectrum of the Seas cruise
We've been closely monitoring Typhoon Mitag and due to its current projections, check-in for your Spectrum of the Seas October 1, 2019 cruise will take place tomorrow from 10:30 AM to 2:15 PM and, we'll set sail at 3:00 PM. Please be sure to make your way to the terminal earlier than originally planned. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!"

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5 minutes ago, Traveler said:

Oops , hurricanes apperently not just in the Caribbean but here they just call the Typhoons, was monitoring typhoon Mitag waiting to see what RCL will update . Got this right now , it looks of we will try to avoid it by cruising earlier . hopefully it will not effect our Japanese ports as it looks the Typhoon like our itinerary 🙂

"S: Important information about your upcoming Spectrum of the Seas cruise
We've been closely monitoring Typhoon Mitag and due to its current projections, check-in for your Spectrum of the Seas October 1, 2019 cruise will take place tomorrow from 10:30 AM to 2:15 PM and, we'll set sail at 3:00 PM. Please be sure to make your way to the terminal earlier than originally planned. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!"

Oh boy! Good luck with that.

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Day -1 , Shanghai.

Today we foght to get up early to enjoy the breakfast which I heard it's very good at this hotel, the rummers were true. There are two main Islands , one western food and one eastern. The western includes fresh egg station , salads station and many fresh worm options.

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The eastern contains many kind of dumplings, soups, fried vegetables and other good things.

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I took one plate from each island 

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Now that can be useful for busy days at the WJ buffet , just think oh simple life would be if we had this option

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After the big breakfast we went to check the big  shopping street of Nanjin, my spouse wanted to buy some pearls  for her mother, we went to a pearls mall, found something we thought is nice and started to negotiate. I must it's easier for me to negotiate with our clients than the sellers there but we got a good price for two chains which per our request combined to one. The street itself very impressive.

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We also passed this Royal Caribbean Blog caffe

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We walked all the way to the famous  Bund street which as a perfect view on the Pearl tower and the other to towers.

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This area includes also some monuments and nice small gardens

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We wanted to cross to the other side of the river so we took the new small under the river train were we bought combo tickets for the Bund tunnel and Shanghai tower observation. The small tunnel trains take you into a tunnel full with light effects , nice but not a must:

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We got out from the tunnel and haded to the tower (around 20 minutes walk) passing near the impressive pearls tower, near buy you also have the aquarium and many other tourist attractions which we decide to pass 

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We finally got to the second biggest building in the world , the Shanghai tower , it's around 650 meters high with 128 floors. The amazing thing that in one year from now it's going to be only number 5 or 6 in the world.

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At the ground floor you have some exhebition of how the build it plus the future and the past of skyscrapers. From there we took the super fast elevator (10 M per second) to the observation platform (118 floor) to watch the very nice view .

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After the Shanghai tower visit we went back using the Bund tunnel to the other side and walking to the hotel , lots of steps . It was already evening so we went to the lounge to eat something , lots of options, I do recommend to book a room with access to the executive lounge.  

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I must say we found Shanghai to be very beautiful

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12 minutes ago, JLMoran said:

Bummer that you'll be missing Kobe

Thanks , yes had plans to eat Kobe beef in Kobe , I guess will have to wait for next time unless will have enough time to take a train from Osaka to Kobe.

On the other side hey we are starting the cruise 1.5 hours earlier 🙂

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Cruise day is here (or as some will say finally). It's a very windy/rainy morning , I aim to go to the port around 9 which hopefully will bring us there by 10am. For now waiting to someone to get organized , 

Here are some night pictures from Shanghai.

First the lounge  of the  Marriot city center which offer very nice option during the happy hour 

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Here is the shopping street during the night.

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Finally the Bund as some light show which all the building are being illuminated in different colors and some laser show. I must admit we did not went to see it from the Bund as it meant to be , we were just too tired and we need to leave something for next week but here how it looked from our room 🙂

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13 hours ago, Traveler said:

 

Here is the shopping street during the night.

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They call New York City the city that never sleeps. Looking at the picture above, Shanghai may give it a run for it's money.

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Hi all , 

Still alive , the Typhoon did not brook us , 
For some reason the blog site is blocked by RCL internet , I guess someone from there IT was reading what people think about them here 🙂

Anyway to connect I am using my work VPN but to connect to the VPN I needed to have two internet connections  , the work VPN using require my cellphone to be connected so it can authenticate  me.

Finally I got something to work , it will be harder to update but I will try .  

Anyway , so far so good , it seems we are currently on track with all the ports , but we will know more later , hope to update soon .

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56 minutes ago, Traveler said:

Spooked too soon , it was working for few minutes and gone 😞

Back to the VPN.

It would be interesting  to know where your internet is based for a ship based in China.

When not on VPN if you go to ipchcken.com does it display your IP address?

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