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Published: March 9th 2018
We’re getting there: first to Cartagena, Columbia as well as to a more healthy status. Whew! February 18th & 19th were spent sailing the high seas on board the Caribbean Princess. So much to see and do on this floating city. Our morning event was an unexpected situation. The Captain announced there was a very sick person (not me....YET) onboard who had to be removed by helicopter and taken to a hospital on shore. I forget where we were at sea or what country the person was flown to. It caused for a great gathering on the decks by many, many of the passengers. Sandy had a much better location for photos so most of these that I share with you are borrowed from her....thank you, Sandy. It took a long time for this entire process to occur. Once the helicopter arrived, it hovered over the ship. It eventually lowered a basket down of supplies onto the deck. A doctor and then a nurse we’re both lowered in the basket also. Eventually, everything was ready and the patient was put in the basket and hoisted up into the helicopter. The doctor and nurse followed. Hours passed for all this to happen.
A patient has to be patient. Finally, the helicopter flew away into the distance. Everyone applauded. I think the patient had had a heart attack. If he or she hadn’t, they would have when dangling in the basket under the noisy whirlybird. Someone said that if they didn’t have the cruise insurance, just the helicopter ride would cost $15,000 — another heart attack! Of course, Lulu kept hollering she wanted to ride in the helicopter....such a daredevil she is! Our entire morning was spent watching all this activity.
Off to lunch we trotted.....not to miss one meal! I actually would get up for breakfast with everyone. I’m not much on breakfast but ate a few items because I could.....the rest enjoyed good hearty breakfasts.
All the fresh air we sucked in this morning plus a tasty, full lunch made Cory & I sleepy. The luxury bed beckoned us and we responded without hesitation. Aaaahhhh....a nice, cozy nap - lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves outside our open balcony door. La-La Land! Pure heaven! Lulu snores!
Tonight was Formal Night at dinner. Time to gussy up! I wore my fascinator .... always hoping it will
get me invited to meet the Queen - doesn’t happen. Such is life! I think we all ordered the chateaubriand. Yummmm.
Following our fancy dinner, the Captain and assistant performed the Pouring of the Champagne In the atrium. As they pour the bottle at the very top of the stacked glasses, all glasses get filled....cool! Not a chance that Lulu was going to miss this opportunity so we joined her. Sometimes, she can be a lush!
Entertainment tonight was a musical show called Bravo. Beautiful costumes and scenery accompanied by the talented voices of the singers. We topped off the evening at a quiet bar where we could toast ourselves and enjoy each other’s company. After our spell at this enjoyable and restful bar, we headed onward. OMG! We staggered back and forth like drunken sailors.....whaaaaat? I knew I hadn’t overdone my alcohol intake so why was I stumbling along like I had tied a good binge on for myself? Why? It wasn’t us at all! Knew it couldn’t be. Rough waters were causing our big ship to rock and roll. Where are the handrails? We need them badly! Fortunately, none of us got sea sick.....just dizzy-like from
staggering as we moved about. Lulu was twirling on her carry strap attached to my pocketbook. Now, I could hear a little bit of gagging from her. Understandable.
Sleep time was even more enjoyable this night. Besides being in the most comfortable bed ever, listening to the waves through our open balcony door....we were now being lazily rocked to sleep by the motion of the ship. 🎶🎶🎶🎶Rock-A-Bye Baby🎶🎶🎶🎶 Dream on....it just doesn’t get any better than this.
We were well rested for our next day at sea (February 2/19). The boat was still rocking with the waves....we were still staggering. Sandy said we had to learn to walk with the waves....kind of like learning how to trot on a horse. I staggered the entire time ....never learned the skill. We found the photo gallery. Most of our photos made me gag. Some of them, I actually had Cory hide. I quietly took an IPad picture of some of our photographs. Not many qualified for this unacceptable behavior. We attended a Game Show called True or Moo located in one of the bars. It was cute. Later in the day, the ship had their apparel sale....T-shirts 2/$20 plus much
more....tons of clothing. Cory found 2 t-shirts....me, nothing (I already have about 100 T-shirts). Later, In the atrium, we watched 3 skilled carving chefs create very unique and clever figures by carving fruits and vegetables. Fantastic! We decided we should take some shore excursions at the various ports we would be at. We signed up for four excursions. We have never done this before. We usually just make our own way on shore and then hopefully, find a local guy to “tour” us around. Always worked well for us. This would be different. After dinner, we went back to one of the happy time bars to watch lessons on line dancing. I thought she was also teaching the 2-step but I was wrong. So we just watched and enjoyed the efforts by others.
This end our first days at sea....next day would be bringing us to our first stop at Cartagena, Columbia.
Hope you all are enjoying the cruise so far. When we stop in the morning, we shall have sailed 1185 nautical miles ( 1 nautical mile=1.75 statute miles). We have probably gained 4 lbs., too. So glad to know you are all sailing with us. The
more the merry. When we sing together the old sailing songs, it sounds great....we are loud and happy. Lulu, of course, insists on doing one solo.....such a diva!
Keep your life jackets handy.....we have many more places to go and things to see. Sometimes it seems like almost too much to do.....so we pick and choose our activities carefully. Hope we didn’t miss anything you were yearning to do. Little did we know what lay ahead......when I did NOTHING but sleep. But let’s keep going right now. All Aboard!
PS. - I see where some of you have missed the initial cruise blog....just find the word “previous” and click on it twice and you will find it. Would hate to have you miss any tidbit.
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