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Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 4th 2016

Happy Fat Tuesday! I'm really ready to celebrate this day because I fit right into the title....fat-fat-fat! And it's Tuesday and we should all be Happy - happy-happy-happy! Cruise Day 5 - Freeport Up and at 'em. My walking shoes are worn out and shredded just like my entire body. I hope you are in better shape than me. You would think with all this walking I would be prancing and dancing like a young gazelle. Wrong! I'm dragging like an aged tortoise with broken legs. Big Lulu can run faster than me and she has no legs. No matter, we must still plug on. Breakfast first, then debarkation onto the island of Freeport. Hey! What's all this? Outside on the pool deck are thousands of towel animals all over the place. Cute! They block our ... read more
Tourist area
Tourist Spot downtown Freeport

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 3rd 2016

Wake up, wake up! We debark this morning to visit Nassau AFTER we eat breakfast. You need all the strength you can muster up for this walking adventure. Cory and I find it amusing to say this is our 3rd visit to Nassau since this is just our 3rd cruise. We feel like experienced island hoppers. We know the routine. We know the route. Carolyn and Bill have joined our party which makes us an entourage of 8. Well, 8 1/2 counting Lulu cause she's so small. We were advised by the ship not to venture out from the tourist areas......danger: high crime. Welcome to Nassau, everyone! We pushed and shoved our way through the pack of persistent local tour barkers. We know our way and get ourselves up to the Main Street. Hasn't changed a ... read more
Ready to leave the ship
Welcome to the Bahamas
Lulu loves men

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 2nd 2016

First and foremost, Happy Groundhog Day! No matter what that ratty critter sees, you just have to take what comes. You can't fool with Mother Nature! Spring will spring when it's spring. It's breakfast time AGAIN! Time to eat. No malingerers, please. Today, most of the sailing folk are going to take "tenders" (small transport boats) to an island called Half Moon Cay. It's a small island with a beautiful beach. They will have a barbecue meal while over there. We are planning on staying on board. The tender won't accommodate Sam's scooter plus the island is all sand which will not work with his vehicle. No matter, we aren't interested in going, anyway. We take our time enjoying breakfast with Sam & Sandy and Carole & George. We can watch the folks load into the ... read more
Top of the ship
Swinging in a big hammock
At the top - great view

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean November 7th 2015

Hot hot hot, we are definitely in Carribean waters, strong breeze and hot sunshine, perfect for a day at Vibe. Grabbed the beds and grabbed breakfats, Alex had a few jobs to do at guest services etc so I lazed around watching the frequent cargo ships pass by, we are getting very close to land now. Captain said in his daily announcement that we would arrive in Miami around 4am the next morning in order for crew to clear US customs. Skipped lunch but Alex brought me back a bowl of raspberry crumble. Sat in the hot tub overlooking the sea with a great bunch of people, a loud crazy guy originally from Brazil but now runs a bar in Santa Barbara along with a group of girls and guys from Orlando, had a fun time ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean November 6th 2015

Another sunny day so early start at Vibe, grabbed the beds and then met Alex up at Garden Cafe. Spent a lazy day up there drinking cocktails (virgin!) and reading mags. Door still not working so watched the poor maintenance guys puzzling over it most of the day and watched a lady obsessed with keeping non members out and had to keep getting up and closing it. Evening was dress up night so put on our posh gear and headed to the Mojito bar, had good fun with Bong the bar man who cracks jokes continually, sampled more of the menu then went for dinner at Manhattan, scallop gratin to start while Alex had the slaw, then Shimp Permemtier for me and Lamb for Alex, another delicious meal with impeccable service. Ended the evening out at ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean October 22nd 2015

I'm going to start this blog with some information about our home for the next 10 days. The information is copied from Wikipedia : MS Liberty of the Seas is a Royal Caribbean International Freedom classcruise ship which entered regular service in May 2007. It was initially announced that she would be called Endeavour of the Seas, however this name was later changed. The 15-deck ship accommodates 3,634 passenge... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean May 15th 2015

Écrasez beaucoup de feuilles de menthe sur du sucre, ajoutez du rhum et de l'eau gazeuse, voilà la base d'un Mojito. Boisson nationale des touristes à Cuba, à consommer de préférence avec un chapeau en paille acheté sur place. Pourquoi vous parler de ça? Partis depuis bientôt 7 ans du Québec, l'un des objectifs était de visiter Cuba à bord de notre bateau. Nous y avons mis du temps, mais nous venons d'y passer 2 mois et demi bien agréables. Notre parcours 2014-2015, se sont 7 devises différentes à part du dollar canadien, près de 3000 miles nautiques en 12 pays. Partis de la Grenade en novembre 2014, nous avons revisités Bequia, Sainte-Lucie, Martinique, Dominique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin, Puerto Rico, République Dominicaine, Haïti, Jamaïque et finalement Cuba. Les îles françaises et Puerto Rico nous ont permis de ... read more
République Dominicaine
Altos de Chavon, la rivière Chavon.
Boca Chica, toilettage du capitaine.

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 26th 2015

Another full day at sea as we sail west towards Panama. I spend a good part of the day fighting with Internet connectivity, which is truly aggravating. It's clear the upload speed is severely restricted, which makes good sense for people surfing and checking web-based email. But for someone trying to upload a blog entry, it is maddening. I haven't dared to try uploading a picture yet since I can barely get plain text through the pipe. We attend a couple of presentations today. The first is on the history of the Panama Canal. At the risk of descending into pedantry, I will share a synopsis with you. The Spanish arrived in central America in the early 16th century. As we learned in school, the explorer Balboa was the first white man to cross the isthmus ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 25th 2015

Another full day at sea en route to Cartagena, Colombia. Fairly heavy swells now that we are in the southern Caribbean, and people are adopting the drunken stumble. Air temperature is definitely increasing and humidity is rising. We attend a talk on the major ports of call on this trip and another on Cartagena. The library has become one of our favourite spots on board. It has nice view of the ocean, a coffee bar, and lots of books–what more could you ask for? In addition, I've discovered an important secret: one of the computers in the library is permanently online, whereas at all the others you have to log in and burn expensive minutes of pre-purchased connection time. The connection is flakey and at best speed glacial, of course, because it's through satellite, but if ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 24th 2015

The Veendam's route is first due south from Florida to the coast of Cuba, then a leg eastward to gain the channel between Cuba and Hispanola, then south again across the Caribbean to the first port of call: Cartagena, Columbia. We receive some disappointing news: the ship's delayed arrival and departure means that one port of call has to be cut. We will not be visiting Ixatapa, Mexico. I was looking forward to a tour of the Mayan ruins there. Today is a totally relaxed day at sea. In the morning, we attend a presentation on Cartagena, focused on shopping. We spend the entire afternoon playing duplicate bridge, 10 tables. Vi is an old hand at this, but it is the first time for me. The structure of duplicate bridge is somewhat intimidating, and I don't ... read more

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