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Oceans and Seas » Atlantic May 25th 2013

Bermuda + 1 The Captain is trying to avoid a low pressure area heading down from Newfoundland so we are really running hot. To add to his challenges we are running on three engines since one went out on the previous voyage and is being repaired on the run. This means that there is a little vibration in our cabin but nothing to keep us awake at night. Our days fall into a kind of routine. Coffee and juice in the room, then a light breakfast, and the rest of the day is up to us. I play trivia, ML goes to bingo, we catch up with Bev or Jan or visit with the great folks on board. One lovely thing about a small ship is that you are always running into people you sailed with ... read more

Crossing back across the Atlantic sailors largely have two choices; go direct from the Caribbean to the Azores or go via Bermuda and skip around the western edge of the Azores High to get a better wind angle for the Azores. By choosing to head to Bermuda additional miles are added to the crossing but rather than facing an upwind slog all the way to the Azores with retching children (and adults!) it seems sensible to head the 850 miles to Bermuda. In addition Bermuda is not a place that one might usually travel to. It sits 500 miles from the coast of America and is a beautifully sculpted and manicured island with pastel coloured buildings and white sand beaches encircled with vicious reefs. It is not a centre for yachting but is a transit point ... read more
Beam reaching
Cold and wet in the cockpit
Alex on watch

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic May 9th 2013

Woke up around 8:30. The captain was announcing that there would be a safety drill for crew members including lowering a life boat, so Ken went downstairs and got our lattes, I quickly got dressed and joined him downstairs. We saw Bobbie and Annie. We were all hoping to see the drill. We couldn't see anything. We shared stories from the night before. They had went to see a show: The Chapman Brothers. Annie thought it was fabulous and Bobbie thought it was horrible! We went upstairs for our breakfast and back downstairs for showers. They had announced that some of the power may go out during the drill, but never mentioned water. I successfully took my shower, no problems. Ken got in and just as he soaped up, the water stopped. He had to wait ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Celtic Sea May 7th 2013

Around 3 am, I was woken up by Ken opening the curtains and then the balcony door. I said what are you doing? He said, "didn't you hear that?" I said "hear what?" He said "the fog horn". I said "no I was sleeping; what can you do about it? Do you think you can help,the captain?" He said he just wanted to make sure everything was ok because he also heard some loud noises above us. He came back to bed. For the next 40 minutes I tried to go back to sleep; the fog horn went off every two minutes and it was loud. I finally got up, turned on the light , took half a sleeping aid and read my book until I got sleepy (the fog horn still sounding). Ken told me ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic May 6th 2013

Got up late, lost another hour. We had our latte and croissants out on the balcony with pjs and a robe's chilly! We went up at 11:20 and got an egg, toast and oj. We saw Bobbie and Annie and they had just gotten up. Breakfast was over so they got fruit and a roll. The weather is pretty foggy-kind of like pea soup. Ken walked on the outside deck 7 and slipped a few times, cut his thumb catching himself. He won't try that again; there is a full gym upstairs. We spent most of the day reading. We skipped lunch since we are going to the Crown Grill to celebrate Bobbie's birthday. We had a wonderful dinner; our table was next to a window looking out at the sea. Our choices: Appetizer: Grilled ... read more


Oceans and Seas » Atlantic May 5th 2013

Up at 8:10. Ken got our lattes and croissants and we sat on the balcony. The sky is very cloudy and it is a lot cooler.....58 degrees....brrrr. I think our weather is going to be different now as we head north. 3226 nautical miles since we left Ft Lauderdale and 324 more miles to reach Dublin. We walked on deck 7 and then went up for an egg on toast. We looked at the photos that the photographers on the ship have taken. We bought our Embarkation one-pretty good. One night they took single shots of us at dinner. We found ours-not bad; two photos down from Ken's was an elderly man that could pass for his dad!! He is adopted so you never know! We went back to the room and read for a couple ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic May 3rd 2013

Normal morning EXCEPT we lost another hour and we woke up at 10 am. We are now 4 hrs ahead of Atlanta time. Tomorrow we arrive in Porta Delgado. We are taking a 4x4 jeep tour. I'll have to set the alarm!Ken got our lattes and we sat on the balcony. Annie heard us; (they are next door to us) they had just gotten up too, so Bobbie went and got their lattes and they joined us. It was nearly noon when Ken and Bobbie went up to our favorite spot on the deck while Annie and I went to a $10 sale. I bought a few things; Annie didn't get anything. It's another beautiful sunny day-68 degrees. As Annie and I joined the guys, I went to sit on end of my lounge chair and ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic May 1st 2013

I didn't sleep well last night. I'm reading a book "Dark Places" by Gillian Flynn-a murder thriller. I had a dream that Ken had murdered some people and was running from the law. So weird and disturbing! Anyway we woke to another beautiful sunny day, 68 degrees. Ken went down and got our coffee and we drank it on the balcony. We haven't seen any sea life.....we'll keep looking. We went up for breakfast: egg on English muffin, bacon, fruit. As soon as we finished Annie and Bobbie showed up so we sat with them while they ate. We walked up to the Skywalker's lounge. It's the highest you can get on the ship. It's a beautiful view. We were going to go to the Line Dancing class but when we saw how beautiful it was ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 29th 2013

Ken woke me about 7:40. He had a latte for me so I couldn't complain. After I woke up a bit by sipping my latte on the balcony, we headed up for breakfast. It's definitely cooler today as we head north. We ate on the very back deck of the ship: eggs, bacon, croissant and fruit. As we were walking back inside we saw Bobbie so we joined him and Annie while they ate their breakfast. I have a massage at 2 pm today and Annie decided to have one too so we went up to the spa to book the appointment. Annie went back to the room and Bobbie, Kenny and I decided to go to deck 7-the walking deck; you can walk the outside perimeter of the ship 3 X for one mile. We ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Saint Helena March 29th 2013

Dark Sky Week Well, how long is a year? We know all the numbers, don’t we but there is something miraculous and strange that from our own point of view, time is not constant. A year away from family, friends and hometown has been longer than I imagined it to be. My geriatric gap year has been as full of fun, challenge, interest and difference as I imagined it to be – I know that it will stand out to be one of the best years of my life – but a year is still a jolly long time. Reflecting back, there is a year of public events in the UK and the rest of the world that scarcely rippled the quiet surface of life on St Helena. The South Atlantic Media Services (SAMS) news which ... read more

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