Sharon and John G


Sharon and John G

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal July 19th 2014

Now that there's decent internet speed at home I can upload some additional photos from our trip... read more
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

North America » Canada » Quebec » Montréal July 12th 2014

Our large suitcases had been spirited away in the middle of the night by those magical HAL luggage fairies. Our bags had been marked as BLUE-1 and we were due to disembark at 8:30 AM. We made our way to the Rotterdam Dining Room for one last meal aboard the Maasdam. We were seated by the window and could overlook the dockside activities. Already people were departing, many to catch flights home. We looked up to see a couple being seated with us, and it was déjà vu all over again. As we had joined our Trivia Teammates for breakfast quite by accident just one week earlier, with them departing and we happily continuing back to Montreal, this Saturday morning it would be our turn to depart; while, Edie and Fred had the leisure of taking ... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City July 11th 2014

We awoke around 6:00 AM this morning, early enough for a workout in the gym; but, I decided to skip my exercising this morning. Little did I know the aerobic workout in store for me today! I had just the Scottish Stone Ground Oatmeal with bananas and some brown sugar, and some potato cakes, and a croissant, and some of Sharon’s crisp Turkey Bacon which she says that I need to find back home. Okay, so maybe I got carried away with my eating healthy, and what good that might have done was probably cancelled out by those tempting add-ons! Sharon started to order the All American Breakfast, but then switched to French Toast, and doesn’t even try to order it with just one slice because they always bring it with two anyway! We did our ... read more
St. Anne Canyon
St. Anne Canyon
St. Anne Canyon

North America » Canada » Prince Edward Island July 10th 2014

With our clocks set back one hour to Eastern Daylight Savings time, we awoke to begin our first and only sea day of this leg of our Collector’s Voyage. My day started in the gym looking out at the expanse of water in front of us. I could see the shoreline in the far distance and can only imagine the enormity of the task for early explorers seeking to find that elusive Northwest Passage. This being Thursday, I concentrated my anaerobic workout on the legs after thirty minutes on the treadmill. The Maasdam has three machines for the legs, so I also spent some time on their crunch machine and one for the arms. Sharon was about to leave for mass when I returned to the cabin. The plan was for me to work on the ... read more

Maasdam was scheduled to dock in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island about 9:00 AM this morning, about the time we were waking up. This tour-free day for us is certainly starting out at a leisurely pace. As I checked the booty that Sharon’s raffle ticket had won in the casino the night before, I was happy to see that the T-Shirt was an XL-size, and the hat was a nice one too. That’s when I couldn’t find the baseball hat from Niagara Falls that I’d been wearing. We had to rush to get up to the Lido to get there in time for the open buffet breakfast. Sharon had her French toast and bacon and I waited quite a while in the omelet line, as the gentleman at the front ordered up not just one, but ... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Sydney July 8th 2014

I went up to the gym for my morning workout around 7:00 AM to discover quite an early crowd already burning calories. I finished on the treadmill with only fog to be seen outside. I had to juggle the order of my workout to follow to allow some of the machines I wanted to use to free up. Afterwards, we went up to the Lido for breakfast. I picked up a bowl of Swiss Style Muesli and a bowl of fresh fruit, and then went outside by the pool where pancakes and crepes were being served to the tunes of the fiddle tunes being performed by the couple that had graced the Showroom Stage the night before. Sharon had some pancakes, whipped cream, powdered sugar and chocolate shavings with her potato cakes and bacon. I decided ... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax July 7th 2014

I awoke without any artificial stimulus prior to 6:00 AM and rose to do some work on the blog. I went up to the Lido Deck to work out in the gym at 7:00 AM, expecting it to be empty after the time change; but, it already had nearly ten people working out on the cycles, treadmills, weights and machines. Halifax was just the slightest shiny sliver on the horizon. After working out on the treadmill, and doing some arms and legs on the machines that HAL does have, it was time to get cleaned up for breakfast. Breakfast service in the Dining Room lasted until 9:30 AM this morning, and we were just arriving at our berth in Halifax as we went up for breakfast. They asked us if we’d mind sharing a table with ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor July 6th 2014

The wakeup call Sharon requested rang shortly after the alarm I’d set on my phone alarm for 5:30 AM. We went up to the Lido to eat before meeting in the Showroom for taking a tender ashore for our whale watching tour. I had some Swiss Muesli, grapefruit juice, cantaloupe, watermelon and some rolls; while, Sharon had a chocolate croissant with her French Toast. After breakfast we gathered ourselves together, and went to wait for our tour in the Showroom. Unfortunately, they announced that our tour had been cancelled due to rough seas in our whale watching area. So, we are going to have another leisurely day, walking around town a bit, and we’ll need to take it from there. We decided to go ashore later, and stopped by the library to pick up today’s Sudoku ... read more

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston July 5th 2014

We approached Boston, and the captain did an excellent job of keeping guests comfortable; because, we never were inconvenienced in any way by Hurricane Arthur. I decided to postpone my work-out until after breakfast since the Rotterdam Dining Room would close at 8 AM when disembarkation of departing passengers was scheduled to begin. We spotted Sara and Charles in line just behind us, and asked to be seated with them. It was nice to have a chance to say goodbye to our Penguin Spotters teammates. And we agreed to continue to use the team name on future cruises, including our return leg to Montreal. Charles thought that perhaps in Southern Waters when they cruise with HAL to Antarctica, perhaps they should modify the name to Polar Bear Spotters. I did get my workout in the gym, ... read more

North America » United States » Maine » Bar Harbor July 4th 2014

We enjoyed the extra hour of sleep as we awoke this Fourth of July. I got the gym again this morning, concentrating on the arms today. When I got back, there had been an announcement that we can clear US immigration at any time up in the Exploration Lounge. We decided not to wait for our 9:15 AM appointment, go there now, and then head to the Dining Room for breakfast before it closes at 9:00 AM this morning. I went with the oatmeal and banana and the Frittata Italiano again, and Sharon had French Toast. We met another couple, Vivian and John at our table for eight were from California. We exchanged contact info, as she expressed an interest in the blog that we write. The Captain announced over the PA system that due to ... read more

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