briefing and Itinerary.
18.01.2012 - 18.01.2012
Hello (proof)readers. I've decided to attempt to start a blog on travellerspoint as this is a good place for fellow travellers to congregate; exchange photos and get some advice and travel tips. I've found travellerspoint useful at times, so if i could throw something worth reading (doubtful) into the mix then this blog (and hopefully ones to come) will be worthwhile.
I'm going to skip any 'prelude' and get to the thick of it. On the 24th of January i'll be setting sail from Yokohama on a cruise ship called the 'SS Oceanic' (funnily enough not peaceboat) to be a volunteer English teacher for a Japanese NGO called Peaceboat. I hadn't heard of Peaceboat until about a year ago and as far as I'm aware it's not well known.
It's been going since 1983, and essentially is a world cruise ship aimed at breaking down cultural barriers and bringing people together. It also is deeply involved in many Global issues such as working towards a nuclear power free world or the Millenium Development Goals based around eradicating Poverty (you can find out more at Peaceboat
I've always wanted to do some volunteer work but its not cheap as I'm sure you know and time constraints sometimes meant I couldn't however now seems like the right time to get on board (excuse the pun).
There will be over 1000 people on board 90% will be Japanese. Thus the boat is obviously very big (you might say Titanic size) and it is apparently like a mini town on board (cinema, gym, restaurants, swimming pool on board). Throughout the voyage (which will be a bit of a whistle stop tour as we are briefly stopping at about 20 'ports of call') various Guest Speakers will come on board from different countries to educate people and discuss the work their doing in trying to make some sort of change related to a specific cause or issue. Also many events based around education, entertainment and/or language will take place to keep everyone busy day to day.
My voyage will be 101days and there won't be much (if any) internet access on board therefore the only contact (and blog adding chance) I'll have is when we stop at each port, therefore i can't guarantee if this blog/Peaceboat update will be regular (if continue at all, I'm not much into this sorta thing) and therefore I'll just have to see how things pan out.
If i get the inspiration and time to continue posting blogs then they will be about the Journey itself, what i think of the various ports of call and how the boat-trip is going. I won't be writing about teaching.
If anyone reading has any suggestion about any of the ports lists below (anything at all), whether I know you or not I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Yokohama, Japan, January 24, 2012
Papeete, Tahiti, February 6, 2012
Callao, Peru, February 18-20, 2012
Balboa, Panama, February 24-25, 2012
Panama Canal, February 25, 2012
Montego Bay, Jamaica, February 27, 2012
Havana, Cuba, March 1, 2012
Dakar, Senegal, March 12, 2012
Las Palmas (Canary Islands), Spain, March 15, 2012
Casablanca, Morocco, March 17, 2012
Barcelona, Spain, March 20, 2012
Marseilles, France, March 21, 2012
Monte Carlo, Monaco, March 22, 2012
Civitavecchia, Italy, March 23-24, 2012
Piraeus, Greece, March 27, 2012
Istanbul, Turkey, March 29, 2012
Bourgas, Bulgaria, March 30, 2012
Constanza, Romania, March 31, 2012
Odessa, Ukraine, April 1-2, 2012
Port Said, Egypt, April 6, 2012
Suez Canal, April 7, 2012
Kochi, India, April 18, 2012
Singapore, April 24, 2012
Keelung, Taiwan, April 29, 2012
Yokohama, Japan, May 3, 2012
Initially i thought the boat would stop at each port overnight but it seems that at only a few ports this will be the case, I don't mind however I'm just going to embrace the experience and good or bad it should make for a tale to tell after...
For now i'll leave it at that.