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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
On board Celebrity Equinox
Jerry enjoying his favorite beverage
First in line

Oceans and Seas March 30th 2014

Colder and Foggier. Wetter and darker. I slept terribly and woke with angst. I needed to summit. The day was a short one in the dark of the rising cloud. I was swirling up, damply. It felt like I was in slow motion. My small wristwatch weighed down my hand. My light pack heaved down its burden. My bright blue jacket beaded with moisture. The mist was heavy. I wasn't there. It wasn't happening. My breathing was shorter and tougher. I had lived in Colorado two years ago and the mountains were high. The Himalayas were 2 times higher than the very highest peaks of the Rocky Mountains 14,000! This day I was walking to that elevation to be in the shadow of peaks of nearly 28,000 feet. It's no wonder my body was slowing and ... read more

Happy Mother's day to all you mummies back at home. Had a brilliant time in the last two ports. Mauritius and the Reunion island. Yes Stevie that is near Madagascar. We arrived in Mauritius on Friday,travelled over land through the sugar cane plantations and boarded a Catamaran which took us around the island where we saw the white sandy beaches and swam in the warm blue seas of the Indian ocean.Reunion Island was beautiful too. We visited the city and travelled in the heat which is still 30 plus. Now back on the high seas on our way to South Africa.It's a hard life but someone has to do it. Xx... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » South China Se March 30th 2014

Queen Mary Day 17-18 More fog and mist and not much was happening as far as physical activity. The weather had turned a bit cooler and the trip south from Shanghai to Hong Kong was a little disappointing because of the weather and not being able to go out on deck. We attended some information lectures and while Phillip should have been as interested in Capt Arthur Philip as Jennifer, somehow his brain did not want to play the same game. Lack of oxygen (probably manners) had Phillip falling asleep and to Jennifer’s horror, the audience heard the zzzzzz’s hitting the soundwaves. Someone did say they learnt something from the lecture. Jennifer actually learnt two points, firstly that Capt Philip did not bring the convicts just to set up a convict settlement, but rather the convicts ... read more


Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Tasman Sea March 29th 2014

This is the last full day at sea before we get to Sydney. That means it is the last day of enjoying all the pleasures of cruising. It does NOT mean the end of our story because we have about 10 more days scheduled on land before we return home, but it does mean we will slide down a little on the “pampered passenger” scale. That being said, this is as good a time as any to proclaim our appreciation and praise the service we received this cruise. However good this was, it actually is not unusual – we always get excellent service from Princess Cruises. We don’t want to make this into a commercial, but this is a terrific way to take a vacation and we recommend it to anyway who wants to see different ... read more
Pool on Last Day
Janet waiting at Terrace Grill

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » South China Se March 28th 2014

Queen Mary Day 13-15 These three days have been at sea with not much besides food, sleep, talks, and the odd performance. We have seen a few islands, but it is amazing how many there are in the vicinity and we cannot see them. The trip has taken us passed the Philippines and we are heading for Shanghai. There have been a greater number of shipping vessels in the area, and they have ranged in size from small fishing vessels to tankers and car freighters. Have also seen a few small “runabouts”. One of the amazing sights relates to “flying fish”. They seem to be everywhere since we left the Queensland coast and they appear to “fly” for about 70 metres. Some people have said they have seen dolphins and we have seen the odd fish. ... read more
QM2 in South China Sea
QM2 in South China Sea
QM2 in South China Sea

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 28th 2014

Hello from someplace in the Coral Sea, sailing south back across the Tropic of Capricorn. Yes, we have left the tropics and are back in the ordinary Southern Hemisphere (latitude 26S). It was very rainy this morning so it was fortunate that we did not have any port excursions today. But the rain stopped about 11:00 and the temperature got up to the high 70’s by mid-afternoon (although it was overcast all day). We received a question last night about our blog, so we are going to make it into a TRIVIA QUESTION: “ Read the results of the competition regarding the number of days one cruised. You indicated you two weren’t close, but how many days have you sailed?” So the trivia question is HOW MANY DAYS do you think we have sailed. Watch for ... read more
Part of the Galley
Janet & David
Kim with Baked Alaska

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 » 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

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