Today was not too bad considering the weather. We still have gale force winds and cold temperatures. We have a lot more sun but at times it’s just too cold to sit. The winds are swirling and you really can’t get out of them too easily. This makes for a pretty cold wind chill, too much for me (at times). Tonight is a formal night, Black & White theme, without the scheduled ball. The rough seas make it a bit dangerous for the ladies in heels. I am having drinks with the Captain & Apollonia after dinner which should be nice. It would have been nice if Allan & Sandra were there, we talk about them often.... I’ll get a photo with everyone scrubbed up…. We only have one more day at sea before we reach our first port of Hakodate, Japan. I am enjoying the people on this voyage, they are very pleasant. Some voyages you run across a lot of disagreeable people and others you meet a lot of really nice people. After a bit more than a week aboard I am happy to report that the food has been excellent. Even with a much smaller selection of choices as was the case in the past, the choices that remain are very good. The staff are very pleasant and the service impeccable as usual. I’m glad that we are getting ready to start getting serious about visiting some interesting places. We could have some excitement in our future…. I understand a typhoon is heading for Hong Kong…..