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Oceans and Seas » Indian » Andaman Sea May 15th 2019

We had hoped to do the Galley Brunch yesterday for George´s birthday, but it still felt like a bit of a celebration today. When we arrived in the main the dining room, we were really surprised at how many people were doing the brunch. We were thinking there would be a group of 10 or 20 and there were about 150. They split us into groups of about 15 to take us around a small area of the galley and explain how the different sections and areas worked. Seems like most cruise ships are the same. You can tell this is a new ship as everything is still looking pristine. After the tour, we were given bottomless sparkling wine, or in George´s case orange juice, and it was constantly replaced. It was a bit too early ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Andaman Sea May 14th 2019

George decided that he did not want to do anything special today. As we have an early brunch booked for tomorrow, he is not keen on going out for special meal either. So today was very much like the last few days with a few hours in the sun and some relaxation... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Andaman Sea May 13th 2019

Having a really relaxing time. All these sea days in a row with nothing to do. Perfect for us. We have looked through the RCCL Cruise Compass each day but have not yet found anything to interest us during the day. Another day of sun bathing it is then. Not really happy with Royal Caribbean - Our close circle of friends know exactly why. We are currently crossing the Andaman Sea which is prime Tsunami territory.... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian May 12th 2019

We have a few sea days ahead of us so plenty of relaxation time. Nothing much to do today but just lay in the sun. There was a lovely breeze so the sun did not feel so hot. It is really strange, but with a ship with 4500 passengers on board, only about a third of the sun beds are in use. Most people seem to be sticking to the indoor solarium with its air conditioning. Of the people that are braving the outside temperature of about 35 degrees, many of them are looking very pink due to not using sunscreen. Not a good idea in this heat. Asian people do not seemingly lay in the sun. The ship's shop does not sell sun cream for those silly enough not to have brought enough along. They ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian May 10th 2019

After the hectic day in Mumbai yesterday, it was nice to get a lay in today. We had a lazy morning in the sun and catching up with some new friends. It is always nice to see what they did on shore visits and to hear what they are planning on the next shore days. Some people seem to set themselves up to be ripped off as they either have not planned or are not prepared to do anything for themselves. This is all part of the general experience as far as we are concerned. A holiday is what you make it and need not be expensive. The chefs had made some lovely cakes that were on offer in the Windjammer tonight. We would have loved to try them all, but not sure our waistline would ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian May 8th 2019

We had an invite today to the Cruise Critic meet and greet meeting at 9.00am this morning. Unfortunately, with all the recent time changes, it was 8.30 before we got up so we decided to give it a miss. We managed to get about an hours sun before our appointment on the North Star ride. This looks like fun. The group of us in the capsule this time were about 10 and all but 2 people were friendly and chatty during the journey. Some were a little scared when the arm went out over the sea. It was nice to get a look down on the balconies of the suites and see how the upper class other half were living on board. All in all, a great experience that we shall try to do again before ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian May 7th 2019

Today is our first full day at sea. Everyone has been asked to attend a face to face meeting with the Indian Immigration so that we can get our Indian Visas stamped. They started about 8.00am and we were there about 8.30am. With about 5000 people to see the queues could get a bit long as everyone has to do this today. After breakfast, we decided a morning of sunbathing was required. It is about 30c / 85f outside today. Not too hot, but it is very very humid. A couple of hours in this and we were happy to move on. Luckily, most of the passengers look to be not interested in sun bathing, so there were plenty of empty sun beds. Whilst out, we also booked tickets for a trip on the North Star ... read more

Funny to say which President Travels the Most. As of right now, Donald Trump has been the least traveled presdietn of the United States. I was very shocked he only went to Panama, St.Martin, Unitetd Kingdom including Scotland, Singapore, Albania, I mean President Abraham Lincoln only did his campaign in Illinois, Midwest States of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee in 1800s because at that time flights were not invented until Amelia Earthart came around in 1912 and flew around the world. PS My flight I'm doing this year is almost like Amelia Earthart's route she did when she was around.... read more

This morning we arrived in Cochin (Ko-chin) or Kochi, India. I could tell Craig wasn’t really thrilled to be here. We left the ship and went through a very bureaucratic procedure of Indian customs. They love paperwork and rubber stamping – thanks to the teachings of the Dutch and English centuries ago. It was hot but thankfully a dry heat. We waded through the offers of Tuk Tuks to get outside the pier gates. We had no plan and were going to start walking the 7 kms into town. Upon leaving the pier gates we were faced with a swarm of taxi and Tuk Tuk drivers. We hadn’t got very far and we were approached by a driver who offered 3 hours for $5, so we got in his Tuk Tuk. The driver’s name was Anas. ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian April 1st 2018

Craig and I went for our walk around the ship again with the hordes and it was only 6:45am. Again the sea is a little choppy, this morning we saw some dolphins jumping in and out of the water…finally some sea-life! There are plenty of cargo ships in the distance, so we are not alone in this vast ocean. We finally went swimming and had a spa and the rest of the day consisted of lots of R&R. There was a light shower and plenty of thunder. After dinner we retired to our room and watched a movie. Tonight we didn’t go to the restaurant, we had freshly made pizza, which was quite nice. Because of the coffee situation I was advised to have Iced Coffee and go and get free ice-cream and put them together. ... read more

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