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Oceans and Seas » Caribbean March 27th 2014

Last Blog for this voyage! It’s hard to believe but this 49-day journey ends tomorrow morning in Ft. Lauderdale. The Captain in his midday announcements stated that he expected to pick up the harbour pilot tomorrow morning at 4:15 and that we would be at the pier by 5:30. Our disembarkation time is set for 08:15am and a short trip over to the airport for a 11:51am flight home. We expect to be back to the house by early evening. You will see that the following notes cover a full week of days at sea and shore excursions. Our internet connectivity has been intermittent, especially in areas close to the equator and a number of island ports. It was explained in one of the daily “Today On Location” bulletins as follows: Possible ... read more
Looking back!
Pilot boat and floating plant mass
Animal Towel Zoo

We spent the day at sea today whilst the boat slowly sailed, manoeuvred and meandered back to Miami, Florida. This was one of the days that we were slightly worried about again, but the time just flew by. Our worries were needless. Whenever a ship is at sea for the day, there is a major entertainment and dinning programme in place to prevent any chance of boredom at all. Following our ship tour (shown on a separate blog), George went for another special upper back massage which took in 90 minutes. These treatments do seem to have helped reduce the Sciatica pain. Theresa completed the packing alongside some chilling / personal time and relaxation. We have had all our detailed dismemberment information through in some detail, and it sounds like the easiest option is to leave ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 8th 2014

Most Carnival guests are aware that behind the scenes of a cruise vacation there’s a bustle of activity to deliver fun memorable vacation experiences, but few have gotten an up close look at these inner workings. The ship tour was an exclusive opportunity to experience an array of ‘back house areas’ that are vital to a ship’s daily operations. We were to be given a unique opportunity to explore way beyond the public areas with visits to the ships Bridge, engine control room, main galley, staff dining areas, storerooms, laundry and other spaces for a rare insider’s view of many areas typically seen only by the ship’s crew. The tour was extremely exclusive, it was only offered once during the cruise, on the last day, and only to the first paying 16 passengers. The group was ... read more
Tour group at front of ship with our guide

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 3rd 2014

Today was the day that we were not really looking forward to as we were not sure how it would feel being confined to the ship. As it turned out, the time was gone before we knew it. We had a small lay in to be rid of any remaining jet lag following our three days of travelling, but were excited to get on with whatever the day had to offer. We had a walk around the ship and tried to familiarize ourselves with the vast layout. We found it would be initially easier to just use a map when we wanted to go anywhere. It was very easy to get lost on board. We made a visit to the Guest Services desk to find out how the internet works in case we need it and ... read more
We are out enjoying the ship
Many people enjoying themselves - Aft end
Dress code advise for restaurant

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 14th 2014

Days 9-11 – The “ABC” Islands Its hard to believe that it was one week ago today that we set sail from Ft. Lauderdale and here we are tied up to the dock in Kralendijk, Bonaire. This is the third island in the famous “ABC” islands which originally part of the Dutch overseas empire. Our visit to the islands started with Oranjestad, Aruba on Wednesday; Willemstad, Curacao on Thursday and Kralendijk, Bonaire today. The islands are close enough to each other and the Venezuelan coast that in reality it really doesn’t take all night to get from one to another. It takes only 15 to 20 minutes to fly between Aruba and Curacao, a fact that one of our tour guides pointed out. Since our arrival in Aruba wasn’t scheduled until 1:00 p.m. it gave us ... read more
Shopping area
Fancy staircase
Iguana in town


Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 7th 2014

Let's make the very most of these last two days. Not going to let one piece of this high life pass us by, we ordered room service again for the pre-breakfast. What a way to greet the beautiful morning: enjoying the company of our good friends on our balconies over looking the majestic Atlantic Ocean. I've died; I know it! Okay, enough snacking...the main dining room beckons us for the biggie breakfast. Today, I selected "Crab Cake Eggs Benedict" plus a chocolate drizzled croissant. Don't say it....I already know I am heading to become a participant on the "Greatest Loser" show. Our daily ritual after breakfast is to go to the casino and check the lottery tickets where Sam & Cory have put their hopes and dreams. Cory won a Casino T-shirt for his winning points ... read more
Towel Folding Lesson
Cake Decorating Class
Back Stage Tour

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 7th 2014

On a last minute deal, Ron and I booked an inside cabin on the Jewel of the Seas, a ship that does a Caribbean cruise starting and ending in Puerto Rico. It was about 250 pounds each for the week including accommodation and food; I couldn’t say no to that. Even if it was a cruise. And cruises are for old people. Or so I thought... All the best adventures begin when Plan A doesn’t quite go as expected. While the initial plan was simply to get to our cruise departure point, the alternative was much more exciting. Turns out even a cruise can turn into an adventure. Halfway across the Atlantic, our pilot gave a long winded explanation as to why we were no longer landing at JFK airport, but diverting to Detroit. Snow. In ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 6th 2014

Yahooooo - Wake up......another fabulous day is calling. Today we are back sailing....time to begin the seafaring journey home. Not wanting to miss out on any of this opulent luxury, we ordered a light breakfast from room service. Here the four of sat on our adjoining balconies, sipping our coffee, snacking on pastries, laughing from our hearts as the world floated by under us. Can this truly be real or am I still asleep in that heavenly bed? We are a very happy foursome with so much to appreciate. My mind and eyes are having a difficult time taking all of this in. It is truly sensory overload. We have been taken to a new world that never existed for us before. It has been overwhelming. We are in awe of it all and so grateful ... read more
Promenade Parade
Promenade Parade

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 5th 2014

Ring, Ring....Wake's breakfast time again. We ordered room service (living large 100%)not realizing we should debark the ship earlier than planned for our next island visit. Actually, we thought today was going to be another cruising day but surprise: put on the old hiking shoes and get moving: we are docked at St. Maarten. Left a note on our door "Thanks but No Thanks" for the room service and off we sped to the dining room for our sit-down breakfast service. I'm loving this ALOT and not quite sure how I am going to return to the real world. It won't be easy or pretty. Sated, we rolled off the ship and into another wonderful, fantasy land. The Island of St. Maarten is part French and part Dutch. It looks similar to St. Thomas with ... read more
Oasis of the Seas
Welcome to St. Maarten
Cory & Policeman

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 4th 2014

Morning brought our arrival to the dock of St. Thomas Island. What a gorgeous picture it made....postcard pretty. Ooooooo, Ahhhhhhh. Enough beauty ogling. I still think it is terrific how we go to sleep in one location and wake in another. What a way to travel and see the world...or at least a part of it. But now it's the breakfast hour which we must attend in order to provide us with stamina for the busy day ahead. Once we debarked and set foot on the island, we found our way to the taxi station. These are not the usual yellow cabs. Although, there is a lot of yelling and hollering for cabs as in any city. The "cabs" have a front end of a pick up truck with what might look like a safari wagon ... read more
Lulu on her ass + taxi cabs
Load 'er Up. Matey
Rum to Resting Spots

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