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Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 20th 2014

We are having a marvelous time at sea. Meeting many people with interesting stories. Most all that we have met have been to Europe many times and are happy to tell us about their favorite pkaces. And they are equally excited to hear about our travel plans. The entertainment aboard the ship has been fantastic, everything from world class pianist, xylophonist, hypnotist, magician, comic, newly released movies, and today, Easter Sunday, we attended an inter-denominational Easter service with several hundred other passengers. There is always something to do. This afternoon I will be attending a hot glass show and Jerry will be playing poker in the casino. I would live to read my book but there just doesn't seem to be enough time. Oh, and plus we wouldn't want to miss an opportunity to eat something. ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 17th 2014

A few facts about the ship. It was built in 2009. It will accommodate 2,850 guests. It is 1041 feet long with a beam of 121 feet and a draft of 27 feet. It will cruise at 24 knots. There are 15 floors, 9 restaurants, a spa, a fitness center, 2 swimming pools, a library, card room, casino, hot glass studio, a theater, several lounges, several shops, and much more. Plenty to do to keep us busy while at sea.... read more
A hanging Ficus tree
The library
Where in the world are we?

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 15th 2014

We awoke in Fort Lauderdale to 77 degrees and clouds in the sky which burned off by the time we boarded the ship. Not to appear eager but we were the first in line for the cruise. Ship. Boarding early has its benefits--we were able to take a few photos before the crowds arrived and find a good spot to wait for our room to be ready. And speaking of rooms--we purchased an inside cabin which means a small room with no window. A few weeks ago I called to see if we were eligible for an upgrade. Well to our surprise when we opened the door to our cabin, we not only had a window but a room with a balcony. I paid for a windowless room and received a room with a deck. We ... read more
On board Celebrity Equinox
Jerry enjoying his favorite beverage
First in line

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic March 27th 2014

I guess I’ll head north now… I stood on the back deck and watched as Ushuaia vanished into the drizzle. The mountains were gleaming with fresh snow and the greenery was shining in the early evening light. The Beagle Channel was lumpy and strong winds howled across the decks. Gulls followed in the wake of the ship as we headed towards the open ocean of the ever–grumpy South Atlantic... It was eerie being on a ship with no guests! Empty rooms, quiet hallways and decks, no restaurant, no bar, no lectures – nothing! It’s ideal for getting stuff done though! I’m on the ship with Niki, my work colleague, for stage one of the repositioning phase of the ship - a four day stint up the coast from Ushuaia, Argentina to Montevideo, Uruguay. ... read more
Black-browed Albatross
Black-browed Albatrosses
Muck Boot Army

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Ascension Island February 7th 2014

3rd - 7th February – Ascension Island Stayed a few days longer than originally planned at Ascension as Luuk from Boomerang had an operation for his hernia and we wanted to make sure all went well there before departing. He was diagnosed in St Helena and John and Debby were going to have it operated on in Caribbean, but decided (and advised) to get it done sooner rather than later. Ascension is a breeding ground for turtles and now is nesting time, so every morning we can see turtle tracks on the beach. Apparently at this stage there are too many turtles nesting so sometimes another next gets dug up accidently as the turtle is digging her new nest. it's very different from St Helena, but then again, guess it had a different purpose. It is ... read more


Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena January 27th 2014

28 Jan – 3rd Feb Most of this trip we had very light winds in fact, we used the MPS (Multi-purpose sail) for 4 days straight – even carried it overnight. First 2 days of the trip we were wing and wing, and sailing 6kts or more, but then we lost the wind. Boomerang had left a day before us and Frida were sailing behind. Can’t see them but know they’re both out there. Phil got a massive fish on the line, it took heaps of line straight down and there was nothing Phil could do to get it up, eventually it just stopped, and even then he couldn’t pull it in. Then suddenly the line snapped and both were free. Not worried about losing something that big – don’t want to even try and land ... read more
Having 'church' on deck
otherwise known as pretty coloured sail
Hello Ascension

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena January 24th 2014

25 – 28 Jan ST Helena Absolutely LOVE St Helena. Had a few days here, pottering around and exploring. A little ferry boat comes out to collect yachties on the hour as there is no dinghy landing. It costs 2 pound per person return trip. Top biggest highlight was swimming with the whale sharks. We just hopped in our zodi about 4pm and headed out about a mile off to sea. Then, when you see the dorsal fin and tail, you head towards it, jump in the water and try to keep up. The one we swam with often returned back to check us out, so we really didn’t have to swim very far. The first time I jumped in, I was following it around (and boy they can move fast although it looks slow) so ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic » Gulf Stream January 12th 2014

Well finally set sale on Friday last at 8.30pm We had a we sailaway and a pretty eventful Saturday am but as I try to write this we are currently in a Force 10 gale with 15/17 metre swell and have been for 36 hrs. Sorry guys but its coming your way. Couple of pics Cheers... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » English Channel August 31st 2013

Today is the last full day of our cruise. The ship is sailing through moderate seas today and we can actually feel the sway of the ship (at last). The weather has been great all during our trip, but David is glad that at least once we got a little “real feel” of being at sea. Janet is feeling a little nauseous so she would like the sea to be calmer instead. We got up about 7:30 and went to the Botticelli Dinning Room for a leisurely morning meal. Last night Janet had asked our Head Waiter if there was ever going to be Eggs Benedict on the menu. He said to come to his section and he would arrange for it. We were seated at a table for 6 and told the waiter that we ... read more
Cooking Demo
Janet at High Tea
Parade of Baked Alaska

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic August 29th 2013

Hello again. Today is a day at sea with no shore excursions. For that reason we were free to sleep as late as we wanted and not have to set a wake-up call. Despite that, we both woke up about 7:00 AM anyway. We decided to try the sit-down breakfast instead of going through the usual buffet. Janet was hoping for Eggs Benedict, but they weren’t serving that today, so she had the Classic English Breakfast instead. David had a more or less typical omelet. After breakfast, Janet went to meet up with her Knitters & Natters group to work on her project. During that time, one of the ship’s staff came to check on them and heard how much this small group appreciated having the item on the Princess Patter schedule to help get them ... read more
Pastry Demo
Pool Area
Horizon Court

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