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Oceans and Seas » Caribbean November 5th 2014

Land ahoy First time on land today as we arrived at St Maarten in the Dutch Antilles. Weather was glorious and we went ashore to meet up with Kelly and Ben to go off on a tour to a popular beach where the airplanes come on in so low you can almost touch them. Arrived at the beach, it was unbelievably crowded and very narrow. Found ouselves a tiny spot, put our towels down and our bags and a second later a huge wave washed up the beach soaking our new towels, our clothes, bag and nearly taking my flip flops! Total disaster, nowhere to sit, nothing to dry ourselves with and surrounded by people. Watching the aircraft was exciting but we wrote the rest off the morning off and headed to the bar to drown ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean June 22nd 2014

11:42 And my baby girl is sleeping for 20 minutes already. She is completely worn out and overwhelmed by everything. Let me start by saying something about the Disney cruise in general, you pay a stiff penny for it but ... wow! When we entered the ship there were several crew members standing at the door applauding while over the ships intercom sounded "Welcome Gardner family to the Disney Fantasy!!" Can you spell awkward? Neither can I, but this sure was it. We waved to the crew people and ran! Anyway, everything is incredibly well arranged. When we went for dinner (thank heaven our time was changed to 5:45 because there was no way in heaven Jade would make 8pm) there was a high chair set for Jade, a kiddy cup with water with her name ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean May 14th 2014

While, it has been awhile since our last entry our lives have not been short on adventure. We have gotten ourselves into world of boating, so now we get to travel...and get paid. We have got to enjoy the Island life and fit not surprisingly very well. Most of our time has been spent living in the Virgin Islands where Stacy met the love of her life and newest member of our travel blog Chris. Next week he and I are off to tackle South America.... read more
Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico April 28th 2014

Day 2 - DAY AT SEA So this day Avi and I woke up feeling pretty refreshed. I believe we slept in a little bit, around 8:30 or 9 or so . We got our bathing suits on I got my little pool bag packed with a book and our sunblock, etc. The book of choice on this trip was Eat, Pray, Love. I've seen the movie about a MILLION times, and I tried reading the book once, but don't even think I got 100 pages in before I had other priorities and abandoned ship (no pun intended). But I wanted to actually finish it this time, and what better time to read about traveling adventures, than when I'm actually on my own travel adventure myself. I didn't even really bother to put sunscreen on this ... read more
The Miami Vice!
Avi with a Miami Vice
Afternoon Snack

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean March 27th 2014

Last Blog for this voyage! It’s hard to believe but this 49-day journey ends tomorrow morning in Ft. Lauderdale. The Captain in his midday announcements stated that he expected to pick up the harbour pilot tomorrow morning at 4:15 and that we would be at the pier by 5:30. Our disembarkation time is set for 08:15am and a short trip over to the airport for a 11:51am flight home. We expect to be back to the house by early evening. You will see that the following notes cover a full week of days at sea and shore excursions. Our internet connectivity has been intermittent, especially in areas close to the equator and a number of island ports. It was explained in one of the daily “Today On Location” bulletins as follows: Possible ... read more
Looking back!
Pilot boat and floating plant mass
Animal Towel Zoo

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 8th 2014

Most Carnival guests are aware that behind the scenes of a cruise vacation there’s a bustle of activity to deliver fun memorable vacation experiences, but few have gotten an up close look at these inner workings. The ship tour was an exclusive opportunity to experience an array of ‘back house areas’ that are vital to a ship’s daily operations. We were to be given a unique opportunity to explore way beyond the public areas with visits to the ships Bridge, engine control room, main galley, staff dining areas, storerooms, laundry and other spaces for a rare insider’s view of many areas typically seen only by the ship’s crew. The tour was extremely exclusive, it was only offered once during the cruise, on the last day, and only to the first paying 16 passengers. The group was ... read more
Tour group at front of ship with our guide

We spent the day at sea today whilst the boat slowly sailed, manoeuvred and meandered back to Miami, Florida. This was one of the days that we were slightly worried about again, but the time just flew by. Our worries were needless. Whenever a ship is at sea for the day, there is a major entertainment and dinning programme in place to prevent any chance of boredom at all. Following our ship tour (shown on a separate blog), George went for another special upper back massage which took in 90 minutes. These treatments do seem to have helped reduce the Sciatica pain. Theresa completed the packing alongside some chilling / personal time and relaxation. We have had all our detailed dismemberment information through in some detail, and it sounds like the easiest option is to leave ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean » Gulf of Mexico March 3rd 2014

Today was the day that we were not really looking forward to as we were not sure how it would feel being confined to the ship. As it turned out, the time was gone before we knew it. We had a small lay in to be rid of any remaining jet lag following our three days of travelling, but were excited to get on with whatever the day had to offer. We had a walk around the ship and tried to familiarize ourselves with the vast layout. We found it would be initially easier to just use a map when we wanted to go anywhere. It was very easy to get lost on board. We made a visit to the Guest Services desk to find out how the internet works in case we need it and ... read more
We are out enjoying the ship
Many people enjoying themselves - Aft end
Dress code advise for restaurant

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 14th 2014

Days 9-11 – The “ABC” Islands Its hard to believe that it was one week ago today that we set sail from Ft. Lauderdale and here we are tied up to the dock in Kralendijk, Bonaire. This is the third island in the famous “ABC” islands which originally part of the Dutch overseas empire. Our visit to the islands started with Oranjestad, Aruba on Wednesday; Willemstad, Curacao on Thursday and Kralendijk, Bonaire today. The islands are close enough to each other and the Venezuelan coast that in reality it really doesn’t take all night to get from one to another. It takes only 15 to 20 minutes to fly between Aruba and Curacao, a fact that one of our tour guides pointed out. Since our arrival in Aruba wasn’t scheduled until 1:00 p.m. it gave us ... read more
Shopping area
Fancy staircase
Iguana in town

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 7th 2014

On a last minute deal, Ron and I booked an inside cabin on the Jewel of the Seas, a ship that does a Caribbean cruise starting and ending in Puerto Rico. It was about 250 pounds each for the week including accommodation and food; I couldn’t say no to that. Even if it was a cruise. And cruises are for old people. Or so I thought... All the best adventures begin when Plan A doesn’t quite go as expected. While the initial plan was simply to get to our cruise departure point, the alternative was much more exciting. Turns out even a cruise can turn into an adventure. Halfway across the Atlantic, our pilot gave a long winded explanation as to why we were no longer landing at JFK airport, but diverting to Detroit. Snow. In ... read more

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