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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 April 11th 2022

Monday, April 11, 2022 At Sea WOW. Once again, another rough night of rocking and rolling. We are at sea all day today, so we gotta grin and bear it. Interesting, when we look out at the seas, they don’t look too menacing, so I have a feeling it has to do with the way we are traversing over the waves – which is really unsettling. Walking is actually hazardous to one’s health. It’s a “nice” day today, but NOT great, a little chilly. We spent the day playing rummykub – Christopher cleaned my clock. It happens, rarely, but it happens. Tonight, we have our third World Club party. It will be interesting to hear this particular cruises’ statistics. The ship has not stopped rolling from side to side ALL day long. During the party, there ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 7th 2022

At Sea Today was one of those great days at sea, where one does nothing but relax, unwind, and vegetate. We all need at least one of those days, NO? The seas were calm – one might think Mother Nature and Poseidon FINALLY came to an agreement regarding the weather. Perfect skies. Why is it when we are at sea the clouds feel as though we can reach out and grasp them? Almost, but not quite within our reach; teasing us as they drift slowly by. We spent the entire day up on the pool deck shaded by the deck above us. The people watching is fantastic from here. The men who wander around with too little clothing on – and should be more covered – for a variety of reasons. Women of a certain age ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic March 29th 2022

At Sea Tuesday, March 29, 2022 Yet another sea day – which normally we LOVE….but we JUST came off of 9 days at sea. It would have been MUCH better if it weren’t so bloody cold. I mean 62 Fahrenheit isn’t THAT cool – but add a little wind and BRRRRRR. So, deck with blanket…CHECK. Didn’t last all that long, but we did go on the deck. We lost another hour (should be our last) so we managed to sleep until 10ish (after, actually) – hey…we’ve lost 5 hours in the last week. We managed to get up to Waves with 10 minutes to spare before shutting down breakfast. So I just had some muesli with fresh fruit as did Christopher. Then…with our cherished espresso, Pasteis de Nata!! We each had one, so the pleasure will ... read more

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 March 25th 2022

Tuesday – Friday March 25, 2022 We’ve been on board Riviera for a week now, and at sea six of the seven days. In that time a lot has happened, and nothing much has happened! I’ll start with some rather sad news, so I can end on a high. Yesterday during noon announcements, the Captain said there’s a medical emergency on board and we shall have to divert to Funchal ASAP. Can you imaging being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with a medical emergency? NOPE. No thank you. So, we shall dock at Funchal around 9pm, where emergency medical team will be on hand, and depart around 10pm and be under way to Lisbon. I’m certain the passenger did NOT sign up for this. Hope they have travel insurance and are covered by medical ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic March 22nd 2022

Sunday & Monday March 20 & 21 At Sea Saturday night was a bit rough both for me and the ship. It started with me experiencing a nasty bout with vertigo. I was reading and writing on the computer while the ship was rocking and rolling – I got hot, then broke out in a sweat and was so dizzy I couldn’t focus on anything. So…I took to the bed. Nothing else to do but rest. No point in fighting it. My vertigo was diagnosed July of ’20. I’d had some “experiences” which I thought were vertigo, but nothing as bad as what sent me to the Doctor. Funny…while strolling on the beach last week, I had to keep my eyes on the horizon. The minute I looked down and saw the waves I lost my ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic September 24th 2020

I'm very happy I have made a lot of accomplishments in 8 yrs before the Coronavirus Pandemic from 2013-2020! I have done this at a very young age because I had always wanted to travel. I was so proud and grateful for all the travel experiences(though I will add more travel blogs from the past 8 years) because you never know what life is going to happen in the future. Because guess what? There's the Coronvirus pandemic.. It's not a matter of earning more than $13 per hour or request time off from work. It's a matter of making travel work and what's right for you in your life. You have to learn what your priorities are and what job would do that. It's not an easy task but it was worth it. The stress 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
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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
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