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Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean April 30th 2009

Day 24 This was our last day at sea. The last three days had been quite hectic, so it was nice to have a rest day. Today would see the ending of some of the competitions that had been running throughout the voyage. At 10:30 there was Show on Disembarkation presented by Dru Pavlov (our Cruise Director) in the Solstice Theatre. Dru gave us all the information about leaving the ship on Monday 4th May. He also related to us his top tep of the silly things people say or do on a cruise. After Dru's speeches, came the parade by crew from the Solstice & a emotional speech from Capatain Dimitrios Kafetzis, praising his staff & thanking all the passengers. At the conclusion of the show, we had a walk around the ship. Went... read more

Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean » Balearic Sea April 29th 2009

Today is our last “sea day” so it’s pretty laid back. We are sailing from Gibraltar to Calgiari, Sardinia. It is now 2:30 PM our time and we have about 320 miles to go to Sardinia. We are about 5015 miles from Ft. Lauderdale, and have about 1500 to go to the end. Several Europeans joined us in Madeira and again in Cadiz. We have discovered that this cruise could have been done in several configurations. Some passengers who got on in Ft. Lauderdale are not getting off in Barcelona but continuing around the Mediterranean to Greece, Turkey, etc., and ending up in Venice. The Mediterranean is almost like a lake compared to the Atlantic. We are going with the waves and with the wind so it is really lovely sailing. The wind isn’t too strong ... read more
From yesterday
On deck yeterday

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean April 26th 2009

After waiting for 6 LONG months, the time had finally come for the Shazam West Coast Swing Dance Cruise!! ( With an all-star staff of some of THE top pros: Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Mollman, Kyle Redd and Sarah Vann Drake, Parker Dearborn and Jessica Cox, Arjay Centeno and Melissa Rutz, and Ronnie Debenedetta.. it was a dream trip! The Itinerary: Sun. Tampa, FL (Depart 4pm) Mon. - At Sea Tues. Cozumel, Mexico (7am-5pm) Wed. Belize City, Belize (8am-5pm) Thurs. Roatan, Honduras (7am-3pm ) Fri. - Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (10am-6pm ) Sat. - At Sea Sun. Tampa, Fl (Arrive 8am) I won’t talk much about the ports in this entry.. they each have their own entries!!! ... read more
Emergency drill with Jason
Fruit Display
There was a medical emergency evacuation

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 24th 2009

Rest of Thursday - After our naps we got dressed up for the second formal night - I wore a red jacket with my long Black skirt. We went to dinner - lovely meal with candlelight and all - keeping with a Valentine’s Day theme. We were just about done with dessert when the Cruise Director came on the intercom and announced that there was a medical emergency on the ship and they wanted active blood donors who were A Pos or O Neg to report to the conference room. I figured that the patient was an A Pos and they were only considering O Neg as a “universal donor”. Ken just donated in early April so he wasn’t’ eligible anyway. When we finished dinner, we went to the conference room and I offered to help; ... read more
waves hitting below our balcony
Waves at bow

Oceans and Seas » Pacific April 23rd 2009

Søndag 19/4 - fredag 24/4. Yap Del 1 Først: Det er veldig hyggelig å lese kommentarer og meldinger som dere legger inn. Dere kan være sikre på at vi leser alt og koser oss med å høre fra dere. Vi er veldig sugne på å høre fra dere. Vi er jo ganske alene her ute i den store verden, langt fra alle vi er glad i. På flyplassen i Palau står det: Velkommen til Palau - ved enden av regnbuen”. Her i Yap burde det stått: ”Velkommen til en bit av Paradiset”. Da vi kom hit kl 3 om natta, sto det to unge kledd i de tradisjonelle antrekkene, og gav oss blomsterkranser. Klumpen i halsen ble stor og vanskelig å svelge. De første fem dagene har vi bodd på Manta Ray Bay Hotell ( i ... read more
Blomsterkransene vi fikk ved ankomst Yap
Litt av rommet vårt på Manta Ray Bay Hotel. Det fortsetter med store vinduer mot venstre. Utrolig utsikt fra senga
Sømmebassenget og skuta med restauranten


Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 23rd 2009

Wednesday, 04/22/09 It was windy and rough seas again today - 40 mph. When we took showers, we noticed tsunami waves around our ankles in the tub. At dinner they had people dressed like pirates as you went into the “Caribbean themed dinner” so you could have your picture taken with them. I am fairly certain that they will be the only pirates we see. WE did discover that there are no firearms on the ship - British law. But they do have pirate plans and have all been to training. After dinner, we went to the Explorer’s lounge for live music and then a comedy show - Celebrity Liars. The Captain, ship’s Doctor, comedian Darrel Jones and a production woman from the Princess Cruise office in Los Angeles were on the panel. They had to ... read more

Oceans and Seas April 23rd 2009

23 April 2009 Tomorrow the Canary Islands, but time to talk about being on board a cruise ship. It’s a curious mixture of spa and resort combined with goods hawking and special services that cost extra. I presume an art buyer went out and chose the pieces they keep trying to auction off. If so, he or she has vastly different taste than I, but people attend these auctions and buy stuff—so what do I know. A haircut and beard trim runs $40, including a gratuity, better known as the tip, that you are more or less forced to pay. This is true of every drink you get other than what is served at the food services. Coffee is available around the clock at one of the ship’s dining cafes, but costs at an expresso bar. ... read more
Yes, I got a haircut
Summit's All Stars

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 22nd 2009

Tuesday, 04/21/09 Tuesday we had a late breakfast again - see a pattern? I went to watch a cocktail making demo and Ken went to buy a cap - he didn’t want to take one along - didn’t think he would need one. We walked around the ship Promenade Deck and top deck - but it was too windy to be out long. The ocean is much rougher today but don’t really feel it. We had tea this afternoon and the group we sat with was enjoyable. But the service at tea was the first disappointment with Princess we have ever had. The servers for our table treated us in a “cattle car” manner; so unlike the usual Princess service. Definitely not Quality. We wanted to see “Slumdog Millionaire” outdoors at the Movies Under the Stars, ... read more
Movies under the stars

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 21st 2009

Yesterday morning we docked in Southampton, England at around 7 A.M. and by late morning, we had transferred to the Queen Mary2, a ship we like as much as the Queen Victoria, although it is a couple of years older. Here is an interactive website for the Queen Mary 2: Tour the Queen Mary 2 Both ships are really quite spectacular. This morning early, 7 A.M. we were notified that we had turned back toward England to meet a medical helicopter, which was coming out to pick up one of our passengers who had a serious medical problem. The helicopter didn't land on the ship. The patient was hoisted aboard on a stretcher in a basket. We had to evacuate our room as we are on the 12th deck and the helicopter hovered one deck up ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 20th 2009

Although our cruise instructions said to arrive between 1-4 PM, the free shuttle from the hotel left for the port about 10:45 AM. We were able to get on the ship by 11:30. It is a beautiful ship with 5 dining rooms and 3 swimming pools - easy to get lost. The ship sailed about 6, later than expected due to repairs to an electric motor and late arriving passengers. We had a bottle of wine and a lovely prime rib dinner and went to bed fairly early. The ocean was sort of rough and Laurie didn’t really sleep all night - kept worrying “shaken old lady” syndrome. Sunday was a beautiful day; so warm and nice. Ken had refused to bring shorts, so the first purchase we made on board was a pair of khaki ... read more
sailing 2
sailing 3
cabin with balcony

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