Blogs from Caribbean, Oceans and Seas - page 6


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

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean February 24th 2015

What a joy to sleep in! A relaxed morning waiting for our transfer to Port Everglades. At the last minute, I nip over and purchase a couple of bottles of wine from Big Daddy's Liquors (no, not making this up). We are allowed to bring one bottle each on board. Transfer via van. The port is terrifically busy, and we are pleased to be in an official vehicle that can jump some backups. If we were in a cab, we might still be caught in that traffic jam. Our ship is Holland America's Veendam, which accommodates about 1500 passengers. By complete coincidence, this is the exact same vessel that we took around South America in 2011. We endure the standard hurry-up-and-wait to be processed and to board the ship. It takes about two hours; we are ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean January 12th 2015

Having a great time on the cruise. Movies, food and mickey and new friends.... read more
Captain of the Fantasy
Brisa,Sarah,Kasie and Abril

Oceans and Seas » Caribbean January 11th 2015

Out at sea on the Disney Fantasy.... read more
KC cool girl, Pedro and Sarahrah

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