Travel Weekly Editor in Chief Arnie Weissmann is sailing onboard the Azamara Quest from Hong Kong to Osaka, Japan, and reporting back. His latest report, from Nagasaki, follows:
15:58 pm, local time: Azamara Quest is calling in Nagasaki, Japan, and Cruise Director Russ Grieve is in his cabin watching CNN. He sees a report that an 8.9 magnitude earthquake has occurred off the northeast coast of Japan, and that a tsunami warning has been issued. He immediately phones hotel director Philip Herbert and reports what he heard. Herbert immediately calls Captain Carl Smith, who is in his office.
March 10, Kagoshima
We arrived in the bay of Kagoshima in the early hours. We arrived in the bay as early as possible to get out of the swell, and slowed all the way down to arrive alongside at 7:00am. Staff Captain Michalis did the maneuver, turning the ship gently to starboard, and backing in the last half mile, hardly using the thrusters to avoid waking our guests. As we came closer to the quay, we could make out the beautiful Japanese Gardens which have been built around the cruise pier, the big “Welcome to Kagoshima” sign above the mosaic map of South West Japan, and we were greeted by both a wonderful Brass Band on the quay, and the Sunshine as the sun rose over the top of Sukurajima Volcano.