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Some Enchanted Evening (mornings and afternoons also included!) aka: how I survived 25 days onboard a Princess cruise ship Saturday morning in Fort Lauderdale dawned bright and clear – an auspicious start (one can only hope) to what will be a lengthy stay onboard the Enchanted – the newest ship in the Princess fleet. Despite having sailed previously with other cruise lines, I faced this upcoming event with some trepidation, based on my experience with the infamous Medallion app. This smartphone app has been the bane of my existence for a couple of weeks prior to departure. It is without a doubt, one of the worst examples of current technology available today – in a word it sucks! Not only does it qualify as an arachnid Motel 6, but I have developed a finger callus from ... read more
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Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic March 27th 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022 We started the day with an alarm clock waking us at 8am so we could get our PCR test. No test? No leaving the ship when we dock in Lisbon….even if it’s your final destination. SO…everyone needs the test. Piece of cake. We, of course, forgot our paperwork in the stateroom, so Christopher ran back papers in hand, and we moved through the line. First, they scan your Oceania Card, then take your temperature, then you hand over the documents and someone scans your card again which creates a barcode to indicate (anonymously) the testee (not to be confused with any anatomical reference). Then off to the test. Thank goodness it wasn’t one of those that went back to your brain. Those are most unpleasant. This was easy. At the start of ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic April 9th 2020

Penultimate Blog..... Managed it! A few photos from my iPad! There’s not much scenery except sea and sky. The picture of the people on the ship if from the day the second showing of support for NHS staff took place, at noon, the whole ship took part and the ships horn blew for the whole minute. I found it very moving, Thursday 9th April. Our days are blending into one, it’s hard to distinguish between them. I’m not sure how interesting this all is to you, dear readers, but it will remind us of our long sea crossing this spring. I hope it’s not boring. We really are enjoying ourselves still. Who wouldn’t? A floating hotel with lots of nice people, all our meals prepared, no housekeeping, we would happily go on and on. Day 48 ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic April 4th 2020

Saturday 4th April. Have been trying to catch up with the blog but although not much is going on time seems to fly, especially now we are on our last leg of the cruise. Have heard this morning we will be anchoring outside Tenerife to refuel in a few days. Other than that we are enjoying the tropics. Passed over the equator yesterday afternoon at almost exactly 4pm, so now in the northern hemisphere. It’s hot and humid, cloudy, but quite pleasant at the moment with some light airs. Better than yesterday when the air was full of moisture and everywhere outside felt like a sauna. It rained several times, but cleared up later in the evening. Enjoy the news below. We are about 160 miles off the African coast near Liberia. First picture Cape of ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic November 7th 2019

This is a first – not beginning my latest adventure with my usual shuttle ride to the airport but instead, taking a coach journey from Edinburgh south to Southampton in Hampshire, a drive of approximately 14 hours and some 431 miles. I’m bidding adieu to Edinburgh via the central bus station at 9pm and after an overnight drive, arriving at Harbour Parade bus station around 11am. Unfortunately, I won’t get to enjoy the spectacular scenery I’ll be traversing in darkness, but fingers crossed I can grab a few zzzzz’s between station stops. I booked my ticket online via National Express a few weeks ago for £77.50 ($95.64), cheaper than flying and a pleasant change from always being a mile high in the sky. My last morning in Scotland I awoke to light rain but not the ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic August 24th 2019

At Noon this day, the captain reported Caribbean Princess had crossed 60 degrees north latitude at 5:30 in the morning. We were now officially in the Arctic Region! Presentations were held on board about maritime navigation and the preparations Princess Cruises had made for this cruise. In one lecture, the Third Officer discussed navigation. Ships today normally use electronic charts. However, sailing to Greenland would require plotting the course on traditional paper charts. Bridge officers had taken special training in Arctic navigation. In addition, Greenland pilots had boarded at Sydney, NS, and would remain with the ship until St. Johns, Newfoundland. We had been hearing the ship's whistle sound often during a frequently foggy passage. Sounding a foghorn is required whenever visibility drops below two nautical miles, we learned. The Third Officer then took us on ... read more
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Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic December 25th 2018

Once far away from the lands of home and once far away from the lands of Virginia, oh travel brings lots of joy and happiness! I was basically just making up that special poet quote about my travels! I took a nice World Nurse Assistant Journey through Philippines Sea Countries as well as across from there to Indian Ocean to Red Sea to Medterrean Sea to Atlantic Seas,etc. I got to see all the ports of call through Cruising! Amman, Jordan; Libson, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Jidahh, Saudi Arabia, Mumbai, India; Bangkok, Thailand; Hamilton,Bermuda, Johannesburg, South Africa; Tokyo,Japan;etc. Unfortunately, my pictures I tried to paste on this message won't let me but I walked around Thailand's Grand Palace,etc. I didn't pay too much money to explore the Grand Palace and the streets were ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic November 5th 2018

North Atlantic Crossing – Rome to Fort Lauderdale, October 2018 My next ocean experience begins with crack-of-dawn Delta flights across country to New York, and then over the pond to Rome, where I plan to spend a few days, rediscovering the Eternal City. Being autumn, kids are back in school, the majority of “ugly tourists” have departed for home shores, and I feel as though I have the city to myself. I had a long 6-hour layout at JFK, but thankfully my arrival and departure gates were in the same terminal and the Delta Sky Lounge was right in the middle. It’s been updated a lot since I was last here a few years ago – looks good, the drinks are cold, and the food selections are varied and delicious. Sure beats sitting on those rock-hard ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic October 27th 2018

This is ridiculous. It is 813 a.m ship’s time and Susan and I are sitting outside on our south-facing balcony in brilliant sunlight. It is so warm in our protected little spot that we are only wearing our pajamas!!! For your sake, there will be no pictures of the event. (Well, maybe one or two. The sensitive among you might want to avert your eyes now.) I mean, really? In the North Atlantic on October 27? Unbelievable. I just had to write this while sitting out here because I doubt I will ever have this sort of chance in this sort of weather at this time of year ever again. But I am going to stop now as my eyes are watering from the light and when I put my sun glasses on, the polarizing effect ... read more
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Captain Tim

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic October 26th 2018

The Queen Mary 2, somewhere in the North Atlantic On board, finally, and settling into our stateroom is like coming home. Absurd though it may seem, we were just so delighted to end up in a spot where we do not have to move for seven days. Susan had everything unpacked and put away in the time it took me to read the room service menu and flick through the TV channels. Which is our usual division of labor upon arrival. Well, from each according to ability . . . . We then went to the Royal Court theatre where I DID get up on the stage and Henry V all over the place to an audience of one. The smell of ham permeated the air, let me tell you! Bless her, she is so patient ... read more

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