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Oceans and Seas » Indian April 23rd 2014

Today is like everyday we travel to a remote island and a sandbar. We do a lot of snorkeling, swimming and kayaking. The water is very calm today (almost glassy) inside the atoll. Shelly asks the captain if the dingy can pull the kayak. The captain, says, no but then she shows him pictures of her surf kayaking and they decide to try it. They tie the boat to the dingy and off they go. It is a hoot to watch. Shelly loves it and does it twice during the day. We work more on our visa problems, it is not looking good for us to get our visa's by Monday, we are continuing with all options we can come up with. I'm amazed India makes it so hard to visit. This is really crazy.... read more
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Oceans and Seas » Indian April 22nd 2014

Easter Sunday We wake up early 6am and head out for breakfast on the water. After breakfast Shelly takes another surf lesson. I go along to take a few pictures. Around 9am I take a taxi back to the hotel. I get our passports and head to the Indian Embassy. It is a very long distance away (across the street). Friday and Saturday are the weekend days here so the embassy is open on Sunday. They also don’t celebrate Easter. I walk in and find out all that we need to do. The first thing is to fill in the online application. This is going to be the same long process that I had to do before. Oh, no. I go back to the hotel and start entering all the information. I then discover once you ... read more
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Oceans and Seas » Indian April 22nd 2014

Today started with Shelly kayaking around the area where we were anchored. Then we sailed to a sandbar and later an island. At the sandbar we all snorkeled and saw some wonderful fish. The water is so warm. In the evening we went to the very small island and hiked around it. We saw crabs running about. The food is wonderful. We have lots of curry and local spices and tons of fruit. The cook actually caught several fish off the back of the boat today and we had some for lunch and dinner. The lunch fish was sashimi (one of the fish he caught). The dinner it was baked. Both were wonderful. I got internet access this evening. It is a usb stick that dials in but at least we get some internet. I read ... read more
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Oceans and Seas April 22nd 2014

I have been told that since travel blog has updated their website a week ago that it has been difficult to see my blogs. I have emailed travel blog to see if I need to uninvited users and re send invites so I will let you all know if I have to do that. Sorry for the troubles everybody. Thanks Lee... read more

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 » Indian April 19th 2014

Well we started our trip with a flight from Wilmington to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Amsterdam. We were in first class lie flat seats on this flight and started out with a toast of champagne. I watched 2 movies and really didn't sleep. We arrive in Amsterdam and head to the airline club for a bit then onto our next flight to Mumbai. We go thru the check in portion up to where they are checking our passports. Shelly makes it thru but the guy tells me, I'm sorry you are not allowed to board this flight, your visa to India is expired. WHAT???? I thought it was good for a year and it says it expires 08-04-2014. That is the European date so April 8th, 10 days before. They yell at Shelly to get out ... 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
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Oceans and Seas » Indian April 16th 2014

16thApril At Sea, Straits of Hormusz Now that I’m up to date We are ab1out to arrive in Abu Dhabi a day early Yesterday the 15th April we had to do an emergency drop off of two passengers at Muscat, Oman. We had been steaming at full speed to arrive early evening for the transfer. Whilst we did not stop it now puts us ahead of schedule for Abu Dhabi Also we have lost our Egypt ports of call because of unrest and are now spending two days in Haifa, Israel... read more

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
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Oceans and Seas April 13th 2014

Saturday April 12th, 9:37pm At Sea Today was late start as I didn’t have to be at the desk until 9:45am, unfortunately I forgot it was cabin inspection morning so at 8:30am I was woken up by a knock at my door, good thing they didn’t look in my fridge as I have a bunch of apples in there. I got to the desk at 9:45am and there wasn’t much going on. Wade and AK had to go through the slideshow again with Eloise and James, Ana and I stayed at the desk to finish the tickets and start the order forms for next week. We are going to make a lot of money next week as we are already at 73% of our budget for the week and we haven’t even started yet. We closed ... read more

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