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TheSavvyTraveler's Port Reviews of Sydney (Australia), Darwin, Hong Kong, Nagasaki
Diamond Princess cruise in February 2012
Member Name: TheSavvyTraveler
Cruise Date: February 2012
Embarkation: Sydney (Australia)
Destination: Asia
Member Review: TheSavvyTraveler's Diamond Princess Review
Sydney (Australia)
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Toured on our own. Went to Chinatown, then walked to the Opera House. Toured the Opera House - Fantastic!

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Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Town is within walking distance from the ship. Hot and humid weather. The tourist bureau is downtown. We shopped at several stores. There is a large internet cafe in town.
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Hong Kong
Stanley Market Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
A rather small market. Souvenir items, leather goods, calligraphy, pet clothes. Prices not particularly good.

Victoria Peak Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
The tour bus took us to the top of the peak and we rode the tram down. Riding down you are seated facing forward in the tram, moving backward down the hill. That felt a bit awkward. The view from the top was beautiful.

Aberdeen Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Tour included riding on a motorized sampan through the waterways. Passed the Jumbo floating restaurant and a number of fishing boats. There are only a few boat people left. Glad we got to see them.

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Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+
We toured on our own. It was easy to get around even though we do not speak Japanese. People in the city were friendly and helpful, and many spoke English well. We walked from the ship to the tram and took the tram to Nagasaki Peace Park where many statues and monuments commemorate the dropping of the atomic bomb. Then we walked to the hypocenter, about a block away, which is where the bomb exploded. It is about another block to the Atomic Bomb Museum where artifacts are displayed along with information about nuclear weapons. The museum was disappointing. Antinuclear political overtones diminished what could have been a more moving experience of the historical event.

We then took a tram to the closest stop to the Nagasaki Ropeway and walked approximately one mile. The cable car took us to the top of Mt. Inasa for spectacular views of the city.

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