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Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean » Balearic Sea February 19th 2022

Apologies for the delay in getting another post up with updates about Maggie's trip, but it has been a bumpy ride the last couple of weeks. We've added photos to the last post about Croatia, and pictures in this post are from Malta, so be sure to check those out. The ship made it to Malta, and Maggie spent some time bike riding around the city as well as taking a ride with a large group of SAS voyagers on a catamaran. She took advantage of free wifi at a local cafe to download some audiobooks and videos the last day, since her phone has essentially been without data since leaving Greece (something she hopes to rectify when she finally gets to Spain). That proved to be fortuitous on her part, as once they left Malta, ... read more
Maggie Kristin and Allegra in Malta
Gelato in Malta
Maggie Allegra and Meadow on Catamaran

Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean » Balearic Sea September 22nd 2016

Night 11 – The Chef’s Table Last night I had the pleasure in eating at ‘The Chef’s Table’, an experience offer by Carnival Cruises. This is offered each night, but only for about 14 people at a time. It was superb. We were met in the lobby by Chef Plato. The experience began in a small part of the galley, set up with a place for us all for champagne and tasting experiences. These included local olives with and without local parmesan cheese, then for a real taste sensation, the Chef wound delicate strands of fairy floss around an olive on a skewer, the resultant taste was as interesting for the texture as well as the taste. He then gave us a tiny morsel in a black spoon that was a combination of a few things ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean » Balearic Sea March 31st 2015

From the "don't believe what you read department". The seas are calm according to the ship's TV. As I look out my windows the swells are at least fifteen feet with white caps are far as I can see. The spray is blowing in all directions off the swells. The winds are force 9. This is by far the roughest the seas have been since Florida and we're in the Med. Since I love it, I can't complain but it means packing is a bit of a challenge. Yesterday I went ashore in Cartagena. It was another adventure. We walked from the ship to the center of town. All around the banners were out to support the clubs who will be marching all week. It was a beautiful sunny day and once in town, the shade ... read more
The Legion patrols

Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean » Balearic Sea September 18th 2012

September 15, 1962-2012 Ok, so I weighed 87 pounds and Joe was about 135. Now I’m fighting to get down to 150 and Joe is struggling to maintain 155. So, I was a brunette with hair almost black and Joe’s hair was medium brown. Now I’m a blond and most of Joe’s hair is medium brown with touches of grey that Joe insists is blonde. What hasn’t changed is that we are still best friends and so grateful to be together. Headed to the dining room for breakfast and was wished a Happy Anniversary by our dining room steward, a lovely start to the morning. The day was sunny but very breezy with fifteen-foot seas. The barf bags are by the elevator but I’m enjoying the movement and actually feel like we’re a sea. Today is ... read more
The Kids

Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean » Balearic Sea August 31st 2010

With this blog I would like to prove that there is much more to do in Majorca than staying at a hotel, roast on the beach during the day (next to the hotel) and spend the night drinking until your liver explodes (at the hotel bar)... Those of you who know us, would know that we don't have lots of money, but we consider ourselves rich in other aspects, such as having a wonderful family or enjoying what we have instead of complaining for what we don't have; but this year we decided to spoil ourselves and rent a sailing boat with some other members of our family for a week, to mix among the brave souls who spend their summers floating on the clear Mediterranean waters around Majorca. And so we arrived at the docks ... read more
sunrise  /  amanecer
what a place for a house!  / vaya un sitio para una casa!

Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean » Balearic Sea April 29th 2009

Today is our last “sea day” so it’s pretty laid back. We are sailing from Gibraltar to Calgiari, Sardinia. It is now 2:30 PM our time and we have about 320 miles to go to Sardinia. We are about 5015 miles from Ft. Lauderdale, and have about 1500 to go to the end. Several Europeans joined us in Madeira and again in Cadiz. We have discovered that this cruise could have been done in several configurations. Some passengers who got on in Ft. Lauderdale are not getting off in Barcelona but continuing around the Mediterranean to Greece, Turkey, etc., and ending up in Venice. The Mediterranean is almost like a lake compared to the Atlantic. We are going with the waves and with the wind so it is really lovely sailing. The wind isn’t too strong ... read more
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