Blogs from Atlantic, Oceans and Seas


Oceans and Seas » Atlantic February 1st 2016

A perfect day for cruising the's raining. Not hard but enough that you don't need sun block or sunglasses. Cory was up before me (he likes talking a fast walk around the ship) ...actually everyone else was up before me. We headed off to the dining room for breakfast. I ordered scrambled eggs, corn beef hash and a link sausage. But first, I ordered tomato soup! Why not? The waiter brought me a large bowl with only 2 cubes of bread and a half slice of a cherry tomato.....what is this? Are you joking? No...soon he brings a creamer of tomato juice and pours it over my miniature morsels. I'll stick with Progresso's Tomato Basil Soup. In the late morning, we went to a seminar about various excursions you can take at the various islands. ... read more
Back of ship view
Lulu loves casino chips
This says it all

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic January 30th 2016

Saturday January 30th, 2016. Cruising the South Atlantic Ocean. After a posh breakfast M went to craft and made a "Handbag" Card. We gave the lecture on wildlife a miss so we could get a seat in the Captain's Lounge. The temperature has dropped considerably now and everyone, apart from the hardened bird and wildlife watchers (who are all dressed like Scott of the Antarctic), is inside. Stewart joined us at 12 pm for some more computer lessons. After lunch D went to Jim's lecture on "Sailing on the Northern Coast of Spain: Part 2" while M caught up on some more blogs and sorted out and labelled the photos from the previous stop. At 14:45 we got a space in the show lounge for Clive's 15.30 lecture on "Chile; to Hell and Back" which was ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic January 29th 2016

Friday January 29th, 2016. Cruising the Atlantic Ocean After a posh breakfast we amused ourselves until about 10.15 am when we went to the show lounge to get good seats for the 11 am lecture by Clive which was 'The Falklands (Malvinas): The Background'. As usual this was an excellent lecture but we are not sure everyone will agree as Clive put forward his own 'lefty' views on the whole situation - which we agreed with incidentally. Before lunch M spent another hour with Stewart helping him label his photos. After lunch D went to the lecture by a passenger called Jim on 'Sailing on the Northern Coast of Spain: Part 1'. M caught up with the blogs At 4.30 we went to Egg Heads on the pool deck but the show team were absent and ... read more
D in his Penguin Suit

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic January 26th 2016

Tuesday January 26th, 2016. Cruising the Atlantic Ocean M skipped breakfast again and went straight to Barbara's class as she overslept. She made another card using Acetate Butterflies. At 12.00 M gave Stewart another hour's tuition. After lunch the lesson continued until the lecture at 3.30 pm which was by Sue on "City Wildlife in Buenos Aires and Montevideo". After that M continued to help Stewart with his computer in the Captain's Lounge until Eggheads started. The Eggheads (with our help) won for the second time. We read and relaxed for the rest of the afternoon and then after dinner we went to see Ross do his one man show in the show lounge which was really very good. After this we went to the "Trash the Seventies" cabaret in Scott's Bar. We had a bit ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic January 24th 2016

Sunday January 24th, 2016. Cruising the Atlantic Ocean After a posh breakfast M went to Barbara's craft class. This was a couple of cards using peel off gold and silver stickers that she had made before on the world cruise but was happy to do again (especially as she had already dished it out the first ones). At 11.00 am we went to Sue Walsh's lecture on "How Birds Use Their Feathers". M then spent an hour with Stewart helping him download the photos from his camera. At 15.30 we went to Clive's lecture "Argentina: A Poisoned Chalice?" which was excellent as usual. We spent the rest of the afternoon before dinner reading. After dinner the four of us went to the "Stars in their Eyes" show in the Show Lounge. It was very good, with ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic January 21st 2016

Thursday January 21st, 2016. At Sea. A lazy day today. Stayed in the cabin until lunch time. Went to the quiz and came second. M spent the rest of the afternoon teaching Stewart how to use MS Word and some of the other features on his laptop. After dinner we gave part II of the Pauline Daniels Shirley Valentine a miss and went up to Scott's bar where we watched Claudia perfom her first cabaret. She had a sore throat so it wasn't great. We stayed for a few disco tunes and then went to bed and read. Rio tomorrow!... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic January 19th 2016

Tuesday January 19th, 2016. At Sea and Bridge Tour We went for a posh breakfast for the first time in a few days. We sat with a really interesting couple who live in France and exchanged a few horror stories about French bureaucracy. After breakfast we went on a pre-booked tour of the ship's bridge. This was really very interesting and we were told to "Please not press any buttons"! At 11 am we went to Clive's lecture "Britain in the South Atlantic - St Helena - Paradise or Purgatory". We really enjoyed this as we were on this island early in 2008. The new airport opens in a few weeks time so the island will never be isolated in the same way ever again. After lunch we went to Sue's lecture on "The Pantanal" which ... read more
M & D on the  Bridge Tour (
M on the Bridge Tour

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic January 17th 2016

Sunday January 17th, 2016. Cruising the Atlantic Ocean No breakfast again today. M went to make a butterfly greetings card with Barbara Ashmore. At 11 am we went to Clive's lecture "Brazil - Sunny Smiles and Dark Secrets" which was excellent again. M walked 3 and a half miles on the treadmill before lunch. After lunch we went to Sue Walsh's lecture on hummingbirds. We hope to see a few of these amazing little birds on this trip. We didn't go to the restaurant for dinner as there was a deck party this evening to celebrate our arrival in South America. It started at 9.15 which would be right in the middle of our dinner and we knew we wouldn't get a seat if we went down to the restaurant. We settled for a bowl of ... read more
Little Katie Dancing with the Tall Bloke
Pam and Stewart at the Deck Party
Pam and Stewart Doing the Conga Deck Party

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic January 16th 2016

Saturday January 16th, 2016. Cruising the Atlantic Ocean Nothing much on this morning. Didn't bother with breakfast. At 11 am we went to the lecture by Sue Walsh called "Wildlife of Brazil's Atlantic Coast". She told us about the birds and sea life that we might expect to see from the ship. After the lecture M went on the treadmill for 4 miles (too hot outside now). After lunch we went to watch the Crossing the Line Ceremony on the deck. We did not actually cross the equator until 5 pm but the traditional crossing ceremony was at 2 pm. Here the crew dress up as King Neptune and his entorage plus a doctor and a couple of nurses to punish wayward passengers and crew by covering them in jelly, egg, cream and other lovely sludge. ... read more
Crossing the Line (42)
Crossing the Line (43)
Crossing the Line (35)

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic January 15th 2016

Friday January 15th, 2016. Cruising the Atlantic Ocean This morning we went to a lecture called "1492: Columbus and America - Falsehoods and Fantasies" by Clive Leatherdale, which was excellent as usual. M walked 3 and a half miles around the deck before lunch. After lunch D went to the photography lecture while M labelled the photographs from Mindelo. At 5.00 we got ready for dinner early in order to attend the Columbus Club Reception. This was a reception for those passengers who had cruised for more than 50 days with Cruise & Maritime. We were given a few drinks and some nibbles and the Captain came round and shook everyone's hands. There were hundreds of passengers there so we weren't elite. We chatted to the Hotel Manager who is from Italy. He introduced us to ... read more

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