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Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 17th 2022

Second sea day, no cane, no moisturizer. Oh well, i am managing to get around. Probably will do me good. The sea has been rolling and the wind blowing so i’m loving the rocking. I heard that there are 1,000 guests on board....the ship holds 2,600 so the are no lines at any venue. Headed to the Billboard for happy hour, stinger time and trivia then headed to dinner. A Cesar salad and a very tasty trout, followed by vanilla ice cream with cinnamon on the side, hit the spot. Retired to my cabin for movies and dozed off at 12:00. Morning dawns overcast but the sun comes out just a we approach Bonaire. No plans to get off as my snorkeling days seem behind me. The island looks much the same, crystal clear waters, dutch ... read more
High Tea
The kids

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 17th 2022

Second sea day, no cane, no moisturizer. Oh well, i am managing to get around. Probably will do me good. The sea has been rolling and the wind blowing so i’m loving the rocking. I heard that there are 1,000 guests on board....the ship holds 2,600 so the are no lines at any venue. Headed to the Billboard for happy hour, stinger time and trivia then headed to dinner. A Cesar salad and a very tasty trout, followed by vanilla ice cream with cinnamon on the side, hit the spot. Retired to my cabin for movies and dozed off at 12:00. Morning dawns overcast but the sun comes out just a we approach Bonaire. No plans to get off as my snorkeling days seem behind me. The island looks much the same, crystal clear waters, dutch ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 16th 2022

The day started out overcast and windy and went downhill from there. I discovered my cane was missing and no one has turned it in. Then i bought my moisturizer and left the bag somewhere but the real kick in the teeth is when i learned that my redemption of HAL credit card points was not executed. Conversations with the Front Desk and the credit card company were unsuccessful so that is three for three. Still, I was invited to dine with Bill and Sandy, (BS) according to them, so thats a plus. I have walked farther this morning than in the past six weeks so thats a good thing. Not if only i can find my cane and moisturizer i’ll be almost even. It was “Gala” night so I decked myself out and met Bill ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 1st 2020

Today is “bonus day” – at least as far as counting the days in the year. There is one extra day today. Unfortunately, that does not convert into a bonus day of the cruise. Today is still the last full day of the cruise and as usual it is disappointing to be so close to being finished. We slept this morning until about 8:00. At 8:30 we called the Sieberts and agreed to meet for breakfast in the dining room at 8:45. It was a little crowded (many people having their last leisurely breakfast) but we got seated by 9:00. Janet and Kathy both got the Eggs Benedict while Jim and David both had the meat and potatoes breakfast with eggs. We also had juice, pastries, and coffee/tea/milk. So our next-to-last breakfast was very filling. At ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico February 26th 2020

Hello from the Regal Princess as we cruise through the Leeward Channel on our way to Jamaica tomorrow. Today was a restful day with very little that we needed today. That started by sleeping until about 9:30. When we got up we listened to the Wake Show which summarized what was happening today. We found a couple of things that interested us, but they also gave us a joke for today. Q: What do you call someone who likes Mondays? A; Retired. We believe that an alternate correct answer should be A2: On a cruise vacation. We went to the Horizon Court for Breakfast and got to sit there and admire the view of the ocean. During the day we were going to pass about 14 miles south of Cuba, and in the afternoon, we would ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 6th 2020

Where did the time go? This was a 10 day cruise. It felt like a five day because we stayed so busy while thoroughly enjoying ourselves. We shall never forget this cruise for several reasons. Of course, the best reason comes to mind first.....Cory winning the $20,000.00 jackpot in the casino (plus more wins on other days). Mr.Lucky scores again. Tragedy was another reason. You know what this is all about. I don’t want to even think about it, let alone, mention it. Lulu vanished, never to be found. Lost Lulu! The ship was almost like the Poseidon.....turned upside down by so many onboard that formed a search party looking for her. We are steadily trying to move on without her but thinking of her sleeping with fishes; it shakes us to the core. Because we ... read more
Mr.Lucky
Lulu sleeps with the fishes
Sick Sam

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean March 23rd 2019

In late March of 2019, Anne and I, along with our daughter and her family, visited St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands for a week of hiking, snorkeling, and other touristy things. It was spring break for Maggie, our granddaughter, and for LeeAnne, our daughter, who is a kindergarten teacher. Unfortunately, David and Sonja were not able to get away from work to join us. St. Croix's history is a real mixed bag. Columbus discovered the island in 1493. Prior to that, and for some time after, the Carib and the Arawak Indian tribes inhabited the island. Over the course of the last 6 centuries six nations and one vassal state have governed the island. Spain, England, Netherlands, France, Denmark, the Knights of Malta (at the time a vassal state of the Kingdom of Sicily), ... read more
From the balcony at our rental house.
House Beach
 House

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 8th 2019

Two Days of an R&R. We have walked a million miles at the 3 ports we have visited. My sore knee keeps reminding me of that. Yoweee. How are you all holding up? Good! Now we have two days of just sailing which will give my knee a tiny bit of recovery. Not much though cause this ship is a big floating city and there is a lot of walking around on it. Plus we have our ballroom dance lessons again. Clump, Drag, Clump, Drag....got that rhythm? Of course, our main pathway we travel is either to the dining room or to the buffet. We switch back and forth but prefer dinner in the main dining room. Just loved to be waited on hand and foot by our dedicated, courteous wait staff. If only we could ... read more
Cory has a chance to win
Cory loves the Crap Table
Learning “The Swing”

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean November 15th 2018

We have a meeting with Nelson this morning at 9.00am, so decided on a small room service breakfast. Unfortunately, it looked like they or we did not quite understand it right and we got double what we were expecting. We did manage to eat most of it though. When we arrived at Guest Services on deck 5, we were met by the PA to Nelson and also Andre the Cruise Director. We felt very important. This morning was our opportunity to discuss with Nelson the issues we have had with the billing and how the discounts for us being Gold Latitude members never seem to be automatic. We also had a good discussion with him with regards to the issues we have been having with the internet. We discussed with Nelson the decision of NCL to ... read more
Todays daily
Sun up / Sun down
Our route today

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico October 23rd 2018

The first day out on our cruise to Cuba was a sea day. It was October 23, a week from Halloween, and Halloween hi-jinx were in full swing aboard. The Atrium was decorated throughout the cruise with a pumpkin admiral and other seasonal items. At Noon activities got underway out on deck. An assistant cruise director donned a witch’s hat as MC. A passenger pumpkin carving contest led things off. Afterward, a member of the galley staff showed how a professional carved a pumpkin. (Similar to an ice carving demonstration.) Finally, there was the Mummy Wrap contest and dance to Monster Mash. In the afternoon the first of two orientation lectures on Cuba led by Heidi was held. Heidi Siefkas had travelled to Cuba several times and written a book, Cubicle to Cuba about her experiences ... read more
Pumplin Procession
Halloween Aboard Carnival Paradise
Pumpkin Carving Contest




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