Carole A Lalor


Carole A Lalor

Retired accountant who always loved to travel and now has the time to do it.

Central America Caribbean » Curaçao January 19th 2023

All went smoothly from leaving the house to checking in at the hotel in Fort Lauderdale. We are all excited to be on this adventure. Our rooms overlook the port so the view should be great during the day. We walked across the street to an Irish Pub. Wendy had nachos, I had Guinness Brown Bread with a pull and Bill chose the winner with smoked salmon. Will eat there again. By that time we all were wrecked so off to bed we went. After a restful sleep I awoke and there were four ships in port. Looks as if i’m awake early Sunday I can watch our ship come in. We met for breakfast at 8:30 and it looks like the entire hotel was there. We finally found a table, went for coffee and juice ... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan October 28th 2022

Eagles, Life in the Fast Line; Doobie Brothers, Without Love; Fleetwood Mac, Bowie, Van Halen, Toto, Beatles, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Elton John, Santana, Pink Floyd5 this band can do it all. I even got up, not on the dance floor, and moved to the beat. If I were sixty years younger and single lol I could be a groupie for this group. They are not only great musicians, but also seem to friends. Forget the rocking seas, the foggy days, the aching back, good music heals all. The little bird lives. It has been identified as a European Robin. Someone reported fresh bird poop so I’m hopeful it will land safely like so many immigrants in the past. Today, the 25th, is sunny with calm seas. Plan to sit on my deck chair and pretend ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic October 23rd 2022

I Sunday, 23 and the seas are calming and the skies blue. My back is improved but still concerning. It will either be healed by the time I get home or....... Yesterday, in that time before getting out of bed, I spotted our little stowaway. I had heard about it at dinner a couple of nights ago. It appears the fluffy little wren or sparrow flew on board in England and then was unable to fly home. That morning it was riding on my deck chair. Wish I had something to feed it but the best I could do was put out half an orange. Two days later it was still untouched. Imagining it making a new home in the USA. A note about the rock band playing in the Rolling Stone Rock Room. They are ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Sea October 22nd 2022

We are now on the high seas. Our two ports in Europe, La Harve in France and Plymouth in England started out rainy but cleared up as the days went on. I had planed to explore Devon and experience Devon High Tea but it was a tender port, the seas were rough and my back is aching. So I bailed. Last night I enjoyed a lovely veal chop and capped the evening off listening to the rock group. I so wanted to get up and dance but sanity prevailed. One brave woman got on the dance floor solo and the lead guitarist joined here for a bit. The seas began to get rougher by bedtime. During the night we were rocking and rolling and today there is rain, thunder and high swells. I am thankful for ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam October 14th 2022

And so it begins....with a wild ride to JFK by kamikaze driver. Had my eyes shut all the way and shivered under the air conditioning. Exited the car guessed it..... managed to fall flat on my back. Hopefully I got that out of the way. I was trying to wrestle the suitcase, carryon, handbag, jacket and cane. Did I ask for help? Once on the ground I gathered myself, asked for my wheelchair, checked in and headed to the gate. My wheelchair driver did not take me to the TSA pre check at first and the checkin line was very, very long. My advice is to get TSA Precheck or plan for three hours to check in. Once on the right line I breezed through, enjoyed my security massage and settled down in the lounge. ... read more

North America » United States » Connecticut » Trumbull March 7th 2022

The Captain was spot on and I enjoyed every rock and roll of the seas. Today is our last port, Little Salvadore Island in the Bahamas, known to HAL cruisers as Half Moon Cay. The winds are still strong so I miss coffee on the verandah. Couldn’t get the door open. Those are strong winds. No more breakfasts in bed for a while. Some of the excursions ashore have been cancelled including everything involving the stingrays. They must enjoy calm waters. I decide to read for a while, enjoy a light lunch, check in for my flight and start thinking about packing up. I am anxious to see Joe and Casper but I sure will miss the warm sunshine and the nice people I’ve met along the way. Tonight I met a couple from LI who ... read more

We arrive at Saint Thomas and there is already one other ship in port. As I enjoy my coffee on the verandah and third vessel arrives the Enchanted Princess. She will dock behind us and that puts paid to privacy on the balcony . Boo hoo, first world issues. Her upper decks are crowded with onlookers and here I am in my robe and slippers. So here we are, bow to stern with the Rotterdam and stern to stern with the Enchanted Princess. I heard there are two more large cruise ships at the other dock so that makes five. Last night I had planned to dine at the Tamarind for Asian goodies. Then I saw the dining room menu. Frogs legs (I haven’t had them since Quebec City years ago) and calves liver and bacon. ... read more
Prom Night
Last day

The day begins as usual. I take me coffee out to the verandah along with my IPad and manage to spill my coffee all over my robe and the IPad. Cleaning up the mess a manage to get coffee on the coverup just returned from the laundry. Bridgetown port is busy with tugs a pilot boats sailing back and forth. I watched as a small, luxury vessel left its berth and gave all watching a lesson in seamanship. There is an Azamara and Costa vessel at berths and another large cruise ship standing off. Add commercial traffic and the tugs are working. I was by the Lido Pool when approached by a Spa lady. They were running a port day special and you all know I love a massage. Well I was exfoliated and creamed and ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Saint Lucia » Castries February 28th 2022

Yesterday, Saturday, we arrived at Saint Martin to bright blue skies and a temperature of 85. There are five vessels in port including us and I am delighted to see that the island is busy. The last time I was here it was recovering from a major hurricane. Then Covid hit. It has been tough times for the island travel industry. My day is much like all the others. Coffee on the verandah, lunch at the Lido, reading stretched out on a couch by the Seaview pool, nap time, Happy Hour and trivia then dinner. Tonight I had watermelon with feta and it was a yummy combo. The Mahi Mahi was done perfectly and I was pleasantly full. Sunday Saint Lucia port is rainy. The sun is trying to shine and I hope it clears up ... read more

Central America Caribbean February 27th 2022

It’s Thursday the 24th and we are rocking and rolling onboard. Cruising Southeast and the winds are from the ENE at 20 mph. The sea swells are 6 to 12 feet and we are tooling along at 18 knots. It makes for a rather bumpy ride but i enjoy the movement. The Captain expects tomorrow to be much the same. For a while the ship’s TV had our first port as St. Petersburg rather than Philipsburg, St. Martin. Would have been an adventure in travel to see that happen. The excursion videos showed the cayman Island instead of Philipsburg. Poor St. Martin gets no respect. Another relaxing day. The seas have calmed some and the winds moderated. Still i am very aware i am at sea. There are times when i have cruised when the passage ... read more

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