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Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico April 7th 2018

Dateline April 6, Georgetown, Grand Cayman Today is a shore day or to be more precise it is a day of swimming with the Sting Rays and snorkeling a beautiful reef. We headed out at 8:15 for the theatre where we would meet up with other passengers heading in the same direction. We glanced down at our tickets and notice that they say you must be between the ages of 8 and 70 to go. What the heck! 70? 70? Forget it, we are going. So… fortunately no one asks us anything and after joining our group we head for the tender to take us in to shore. What a crock, 70! Anyway LOL, ah my, we tender in and walk about a block to the small bus that is waiting for us. Everyone jumps on ... read more
New friends
Sting Ray City
Sting Rays

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 27th 2018

Our schedule for today is open. No meetings. No luncheons or receptions. No nothing. We have a few things we may be interested in checking out but no obligations of any kind. We wander up to breakfast for some cereal and fruit, Karen has toast and some vegetables along with an egg. Other than coffee, that's it. Returning to our room, I grab my laptop and IPad and head for the theater while Karen takes her swimsuit and bag. I plan on listening to a presentation by the on board cruise consultants for those interested in future cruises aboard Holland America and Karen is going up to the spa. We make the split. The cruise consultants, a husband and wife team, are knowledgeable and dispense some valuable information. I'm already aware of most of their "secrets ... read more
Future Cruise Presentation Today
Tonight's Towel Animal

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 26th 2018

Upon weakening this morning, we get good news. As we are traveling westward, the clocks were set back last night by one hour so it's only 7:30am. We have plenty of time before our first activity, a Meet & Greet with Cruise Critic members. We saunter up to the Lido, sitting poolside while Karen tries the scrambled eggs and bacon while I go with oatmeal, English muffin and prunes. All guests aboard are required to eat prunes. Just kidding. I can tell you that four stewed prunes a day will correct any issues brought on from an irregular diet or odd meal times. I never experience any problems in this area. After breakfast, we travel to Deck 2 to the Billboard Onboard lounge for the Meet & Greet scheduled for 10am. No one is here. I ... read more
Here's the Flyer for the Spa
The Fancy Spa Area as Seen From Pool
The Men's Bathroom at the Spa

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 22nd 2018

A strong breeze has been with us all night and remains this morning, kicking up white caps on the normally calm blue-green sea. It's still warm compared to back home at 72F but a full 12 degrees cooler than yesterday in Mexico as we make our way north toward The Keys. Tomorrow will be our last full day aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam. It's 9am when we awake and we have a busy day ahead if we're to partake in the activities Holland America has in store for us. First it's breakfast on our own and we create little excitement here as cereal, oatmeal, coffee and some fruit complete that task. We sit out by the pool to enjoy a little environmental change compared to the Lido. The pool is busy before 10 am with some adults ... read more
Lunch Menu
Our Dinner Table #
I Don't Like This at All

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 19th 2018

After partying all night we didn't even return to our room until 9:30pm. After that, the festivities continued, watching two nature films while I finished yesterday's blog and Karen lay sound asleep beside me on the bed. Many of our co-traveler's, unable to keep up with us, had given up after dinner and returned to their staterooms but not us. Unfortunately, the nightlife we live comes with a price and dawn at 7am is no match for the heavy curtains in our room and so we sleep. It's not until 9:15 that I awake and realize we have a date at 10am, the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet we had promised to attend. No time to lollygag! Surprisingly, we make it up one floor to the Lido and have a light meal, our usual. While we ... read more
No Waiting on Tenders for Us
BB King All Star Band on Stage
Our Wine Tasting Invite

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico February 24th 2017

Hola. Cómo estás hoy? (Hello. How are you today). I'm trying to fit in with the locals as we make our last stop at Cozumel, Mexico. We think this port was our favorite of the three ports we visited. It was large and we walked a million miles after taking a taxi into the main shopping area. Of course, there was the initial tourist shopping area as you debarked the ship but so much more to see and do further down the pike. Hop aboard....we are on our way. Taxi prices are cheap so we can take several of them so no one is left back. The shops along the waterway seemed to be a tad higher in quality but those up the back alleys were more fun and interesting. Of course, Lulu loved it all. ... read more
Welcome to Cozumel
Harmony of the Seas
Waters edge of Cozumel

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico February 23rd 2017

No rest for the weary. We still have more places to go and more things to do on this wonderful cruise. Tuesday, we are reflecting back upon our second port of call: Falmouth, Jamaica. Get up and get ready to disembark into this interesting town. It's an easy jaunt from the ship to the town. Beauty surrounds us. Our ship is docked adjacent to the "tourist" part of this town. You can see it towering over the various markets. We wandered in and out of the shops: jewelry, liquor, t-shirts and then repeat that over and over again. Lulu was gleeful to get some of her beauty shots in. We found a small Margaritaville where Cory and Lulu posed for my continuous snapshot-shooting. The funny fellow seated in the painted chair next to Cory had been ... read more
Our ship towers over the marketplace
Shopping galore
Nice shops...many similar

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico February 22nd 2017

All aboard! Last call. Reflecting back to last Monday, we are still cruising on the Harmony of the Seas. Sunday was a day at sea so we could prowl this massive boat. It will take days to see it all and even then, I think we will not be able to do it all. Hope you enjoyed the photos of this luxury liner that I have already shared with you. Now, we are going into our first port and investigate the small peninsula of Labadee, Haiti. It is located on the north coast of Hispaniola. Christopher Columbus was the first European to set foot on this peninsula of Hispaniola in 1492, when the Santa Maria ran aground off the coast on Christmas Day. Now, Royal Caribbean has transformed this secluded paradise into its own private retreat. ... read more
Coming into port
Our ship in port & Sandy
Beautiful Butterflies

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico February 21st 2017

Aaaaahhhhh. What a week! We've been home four days from our wonderful cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas. This cruise ship is the largest one on the seas....for now, anyway. How can one be exhausted from living the high life of being waited on hand and foot? I don't know, but we are! Hope you all are back on schedule and settled into your regular routine. Remember: we left Kissimmee on Saturday, Feb. 11th. Cory drove Sandy, Sam and me to Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades to board this glorious ship. It holds just under 6,000 passengers and 2,000 crew members. It is twice the height of the Washington Monument. I have not been on-line for this entire week so that's why you thought we had fallen off the edge of the earth. Of course, those ... read more
Port Everglades dock
Our room
Opposite view of our room

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico January 16th 2017

January 14, 2017 We are arriving at Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, HAL's island in the sun. The sky is overcast and the temp is 73. I am enjoying my morning coffee in the cabin whilst ML is working hand at exercise class. While waiting for the port shuttle we chatted up a Canadian couple who had been in baggage claim at FLL when the shooting started.. They saw people running in all directions, seniors in wheel chairs unable to move and bodies covered with blankets. It was a horrendous scene and being Canadians they helped where they could. The were trapped in the airport for 13 hours and the car rental agencies were closed. They took the shuttle to our hotel but there were no rooms so they slept in the lobby. Then they ... read more




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