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Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 2nd 2012

The first of our February dawns rose over the Mexican coastal town of Cabo San Lucas today. The ship dropped its anchor in the bay so we had the extra fun of going ashore on one of the lifeboats and the trip was definitely worth it. We'd arranged to go on a sailing catamaran down the coast to a lovely cove called Santa Maria. Here is a coral reef so we donned snorkelling gear and were keen to get off the boat and into the water. But into the water was one of those moments that makes your hair curl and your mouth want to use up every expletive you've ever learnt ... and we've learnt quite a few! It was wonderfully warm and sunny on the boat but by golly was that water cold! But ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 1st 2012

The third of 3 sea days means today was another total doss. The gym felt good again - Richard can do his belt up on an earlier hole and says he can tie his gym shoe laces much more easily now. I know I can suck it in much easier than before so that has to be good progress. This morning's lecture on snorkelling off Cabo San Lucas has completely freaked me out in readiness for our trip to go sailing and snorkelling tomorrow morning. The photos of the coral reefs and the parrot fish and the sponges were all lovely. The photos of the Barracuda and the Hammer Head Shark were not so lovely. The detail of how the Barracuda shapes its body to make itself look small even though it might be 6 foot ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 31st 2012

Yet another lazy day at sea today so we went to 2 lectures this morning. The first was all about the whales and dolphins that inhabit these waters off the west coast of Mexico. And we were really glad we went because now we know that the two grey things that looked a bit like acrobatic turtles swimming the wrong way up were actually the flippers of grey whales. Apparently three quarters of the world's grey whales winter here as well as lots of hump back whales, the blue whale and the whale shark. We also learnt lots about bottle nosed dolphins who then played their part perfectly by turning up at least 3 times toay. The most spectacular sighting was another of those massive pods of hundreds of dolphins. You could see a patch of ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 30th 2012

What a delicious day today has been. After a great night's sleep, it was off to the gym for a good work out and an even better feeling of being virtuous! A healthy breakfast of V8 juice and kippers was then followed by a lecture on the subject of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Then we spent a couple of hours relaxing on the balcony which today was on the shady side of the ship. We then enjoyed a very healthy lunch which lasted for ages because we managed to be on a table of really lovely people with lots of interesting things to talk about. One of them is a lecturer on board this trip. He's a leading expert on canals so came in handy for talks on the Panama and today was delivering on a ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 29th 2012

Costa Rica was not one of the reasons we picked this voyage so it came as an extra delight to discover what a great country it is. There are hardly any high rise buildings so when you come up to dock at Puntarenas's single big ship mooring, you are able to look beyond the single street of buildings and straight into jungle. If you've ever thought - and you may well not have done! - that paint in the UK lacks a bit of oomph, I now know why. All the pigment went to Costa Rica! The buildings aren't just painted pink, yellow and green. They are painted PINK, YELLOW and GREEN! I also don't know how the driving system is meant to work out here either because you just appear to pick a lane you ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 28th 2012

Today was a complete contrast to yesterday as we have cruised past the coast of Panama and started our journey alongside Costa Rica. It was exceedingly hot today and we found it hard to motivate ourselves to do anything much out of doors. We did our hour in gym before breakfast and before it got too hot outside. We are only 8 degrees above the equator and its 28 C now at nearly 10pm. We were well over 30 degrees at lunch and even the sea temperature is 29 degrees C right now! So we have little to report as we've dossed. Almost all day long. A trip to the laundry this morning hardly counts as exciting! We have now learned that the pointy birds are not actually Pterodactyls; they are Frigate birds. And the ship ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 8th 2012

First full day at sea. Coffee and juice in the stateroom, smoked salmon in the dining room, checked e-mail, posted blog and headed to the showroom to meet our lecturing team. There are four very qualified individuals and we’ll be hearing about the geology, history, politics, explorations and animals along the way. Our Meet & Greet went well. We had about sixty attending and that was in competition with a wine tasting, (had I a choice I would probably have opted for wine too). The Captain, Hotel Manager, Beverage Manager and Events Manager and Cruise Director all made appearances and the Captain & Hotel Manager were very generous with their time. The more I hear the more excited I am about what we will be seeing. The only concern is, of course, the weather over which ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea December 3rd 2011

Wow! what an amazing experience. We left Brisbane Port onn the 3rd at midday and after being deafened by the mega horn going under the gateway bridge we promptly fell asleep. Two days of only slightly rocky waves left us to enjoy the pool, kids club, restaurants and kids club while we chugged along on our way to New Caledonia. Noumea was our first stop and it was a town that had indeed stopped. the kids played merrily in some gravel, as they always do anywhere we take them, until we were told "that's where the dogs go wee wee". We bypassed the town and went out on a glass bottom boat which the kids loved - heaps of fish to see. Back on the boat and off to kids club for the grommets while we ... read more
Maddy Living it up
Katya Loves the Cruise Scene
Jonel the Steward Creates Kid Magic

Oceans and Seas » Pacific September 27th 2011

It may come as no surprise to regular readers of this blog, but I just love unusual, slow forms of travel. I am particularly enamoured with trains and cargo ships. There is just nothing like travelling across the vast oceans or landscapes of the world in slow motion, with plenty of time to reflect, absorb and prepare for the next destination to come. Hence, in line with most of my trips over the past four years, I have booked myself onto a cargo ship again – this time travelling all the way from America to Australia. It’s an epic trip that’s going to take thirty days via Colombia, Panama and New Zealand. A whole month at sea – awesome! But sometimes, making travel arrangements for these kinds of trips can be a little... arduous. In the ... read more
MV Bahia
En route to Australia... finally

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Tasman Sea September 19th 2011

Auckland: The opening game caused few upsets as expected. However, two particular highlights were finding my first pint and the referee disallowing New Zealand a perfectly legitimate try. As well as rugby, the sights of a wine tour and several parks on Waiheke island come highly recommended. Other highlights included picking up the campervan and blasting the horn for about 30 seconds until the novelty wore off. Overall reflections: Kiwi’s moan a lot more than the English, especially when it comes to rugby. Tauranga: A day’s surf on the north east coast was abandoned, due to hangovers and terrible weather! (English are only fair weather surfers I’m afraid). Fortunately, we settled on a quiet night and watched England play in the evening in a quiet bar… The night ended with us drinking with the Samoan rugby ... read more

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