A really popular cafe in downtown Rio!
~Cruise #3~ Rio de Janeiro:
This was the first day of our new cruise, and so our time ashore in Rio wasn’t as long as it was the prior days. Also, it was pretty rainy out, so Larry and I decided to head to a popular little old-style tearoom called the Confeitaria Colombo. Here we had lunch and did a lot of people-watching, as this place happens to be right in the middle of downtown Rio and becomes quite busy during midday. Afterwards we did a little shopping. Buenos Aires:
This was my first official day in Buenos Aires, however, unfortunately for Larry, he had IPM again and couldn’t get off the ship. I made the most of my morning alone and signed up for a Buenos Aires “Highlights Tour” to see some sights and get a general feel for the city. Some of the places I saw on my tour were Recoleta Cemetery, where Eva Peron is laid to rest, and La Boca - a colorful neighborhood with lots of tango dancers and art vendors gracing the streets. We also saw the famous Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada. After the tour, I met up with my
in Confeitaria Colombo.
friend Nicole and we headed to Cabana Las Lilas, a famous Buenos Aires steakhouse, for lunch. Then, we went back to Plaza de Maya to catch the “March of the Mothers” which only takes place every month or so on a Thursday afternoon. It is when the mothers of the missing children during the war come together and march - in honor of their disappeared loved ones. It was a very touching event to see. We finished the day off with some shopping and a McDonald’s Cadbury McFlurry! Montevideo:
On this port day, we got off with lots of friends and fellow coworkers: Drew, Nicole, Danny & Kristen. Most of the day we spent near Independence Square, where we drank and had some lunch. Some famous historic landmarks we saw included the Palacio Taranco, the statue of General Jose Gervasio Artigas, and another beautiful church - Iglesia Matriz. The highlight of the day for most of us, however, was when Drew & Larry held hands and skipped across the square! Cast / Show photos:
From Showgirl Stanley, Falkland Islands:
On this particular stop in Port Stanley, Larry and I got to go on a Double Decker bus
tour and then to a sheep-shearing show. As you can see, we got to see a lot of famous shipwrecks of these islands, as well as some important statues & memorials. Afterwards we headed to the Victory Pub for some local fish ‘n’ chips and hung out with some of the town locals. Club HAL (the onboard children’s program) - Backstage tour:
Since there were a lot of children on this particular cruise, we decided to give them a chance to come backstage and see all of our costumes on their own. Later that night, they came and cheered us on in our show, On the Air
. Antarctica - Days 1-3:
Although we visited most of the same areas of Antarctica on this trip as we did on our first cruise, it was still just as magical and special. The first day was quite windy as we made our way through the Antarctic Sound. The next day we were in Paradise Bay, and got to see Esperanza Station once again. The highlight of this day for me, however, was watching Larry do the “Penguin Plunge.” (Just in case you forgot, this is where volunteers - crew and passengers
The March of the Mothers
Honors all the mothers who lost loved ones in the war.
alike - jump into the outdoor pool while we’re in freezing cold Antarctica! You get a certificate to document your stupidity, err, uh, jump!) The funniest part was that they forgot to heat up the pool too…so it wasn’t nearly as warm as the first time the “Penguin Plunge” took place. Oh well, I got some good pictures of it all. Finally, on Day 3 we made it to Palmer Station again and had LOVELY weather Here, the scientists were once again invited to come aboard our ship to give lectures, and to educate us of their lifestyle and work. Always an interesting talk to attend. Towards the late afternoon we bid them farewell as we prepared to head out of Antarctica for the second time. Another amazing experience! The Black & White Ball:
This is a fancy ball that occurs once in the Crow’s Nest each and every cruise. As you can see by the photos, everyone must wear black & white formal attire. It’s a very fun event for both passengers and crew - especially since we all get free drinks! Michelle’s Good-Bye:
Michelle was our ship’s Cruise Director - the head of the Entertainment Department
Posing with Nicole...
She was helping out the photo dept. at the gangway...
- for our first 3 cruises. Unfortunately, this was her last cruise with us all. On this particular night, most of the Entertainment Department who worked the most closely with her gathered to bid her a proper farewell. We’ll miss you, Michelle! Ushuaia, Argentina:
On this port day, Larry and I got to do another tour. This one explored the Beagle Channel and the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego - which translates into “the end of the world national park.” We ended up taking in some really beautiful scenery and some cool wildlife, too. My favorite was the small fox we saw while we were boarding the catamaran that would take us all around the Beagle Channel! The seals were cool too…there were SO many of them on the rocks we passed. The smell of that area wasn’t so cool though. Chilean Fjords / Strait of Magellan:
These lovely scenic photos were taken on our way up to Valparaiso, Chile.
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Larry & Melanie
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