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Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 14th 2015

On one of the warmest days in months we boarded the Silver Whisper in Los Angeles to begin our world cruise. It was somewhat of a mad dash to get ready for this cruise with taking care of our house and boat and all the other details that crop up when leaving home for half a year. Our cruise is four months and we plan to stay in Florida for an additional two months before returning home to California in July. This 2015 cruise began with seven days at sea which is a great way to settle into life on board the ship. Leaving Los Angeles on a balmy night with a full moon rising was a pretty spectacular send-off. And the next night we saw a stunning green flash at sunset. Nature is always full ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 11th 2015

I think it’s definitely a rite of passage for Bermudians to travel. When you live on one of most isolated and smallest islands in the world, “getting of the rock” is a necessity to keep ones sanity. Trips with empty suitcases for a short hop to the US for shopping are common and become as routine as a bus ride. Some venture further and rather than fill up my bags with purchases I m looking to fill my time with experience. It only takes a trip a bit further to realize that in a few plane rides over a day you can get to the other side of the world. A twelve or 14 hour flight may seem daunting at first, but with today’s range of devices it s pretty easy pull up an entire season ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea November 13th 2014

“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.” ― L.A. Meyer, Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber My ship may not 'hoist the mainsail and scuttle the jib' but when I am onboard all things are equal. I am on the ocean, I feel the wind, I smell the sea, I hear the cry of ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific November 3rd 2014

At Sea Our first series of sea days is coning to an end as we get closer to Hilo, Hawaii. The ship's internet service is the poorest I have encountered and when it's not down for repairs it is slower than molasses. Thus I have been unable to post day to day. Would probably been boring though on board it is anything but. The days are filled with activities that I enjoy. Early morning coffee on the balcony starts the day. The sound of the wake is soothing and the sunrises have been beautiful. ML heads to stretch class and I fiddle with the IPad for a while, surrender, and read my book. After breakfast I head to the showroom for the morning lecture. Dr, Kess, Professor Emeritus at Victoria University is a great lecturer and ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific October 12th 2014

That's the journey! First intercontinental alone experience with such amaazing feelings... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 26th 2014

At Sea: Last night a group of our new friends we have made on board all went to the Steakhouse to help Sharon Murdoch celebrate her birthday. The steaks are absolutely fantastic and a three course meal only costs $25.00 per head, great value in anyone’s language. I don’t know what was in my rib eye however as no matter how much I tried I could not get to sleep, I was still awake at 3:30 a.m. then 4:30 a.m. and up at 6:30 a.m. glad I don’t have to go to work today. During today we will continue on a South Westerly heading through the South Pacific Ocean towards Auckland. In the early hours of this morning we crossed the international date line, and we omit the 25th of August from our journey. Since its ... read more
Sunset over Moorea
Another sunset photo

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Auckland Islands August 24th 2014

At Sea: Throughout today we continued on a South – Westerly heading through the South Pacific Ocean towards Auckland. Around midnight this evening we will cross the International Date Line. The I.D.L. is a line running north and south along the 180thmeridian of longitude, but with some adjustments to avoid dividing certain island groups that are bisected by it, namely the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, and more locally to our position the Fiji, Tonga, and Kermadoc groups as well as New Zealand. The International Date Line is the geographical point at which the zone times GMT +12 hours and -12 hours meet bringing about a 24 hour time change. It is the case that if one were to set out from Greenwich in England which lies at 0 degrees longitude and travel eastward, the time zone ... read more
Fashion Parade

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 21st 2014

20/08/14: At sea: During the night Dawn Princess steamed on a Westerly course across the Pacific Ocean towards Pago Pago Island. Becoming a deck officer: One begins life at sea as a cadet combining a university style qualification with terms in college and on the job experience doing working phases away at sea to understudy an officer at work. A cadet will gain experience in all aspects of ship life from deck maintenance, chipping, painting, cleaning, etc. to navigation work on the bridge. Once completing the cadetship and the academic qualification an oral exam is sat to gain an officer of the watch ticket. This ticket entitles one to serve as a second officer on any type of merchant vessel. Princess Cruises has a high standard for her officers and so always requires one licence over ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 17th 2014

At Sea: Yesterday was the annual Dawn Princess crew versus crew tug of war competition. It was a very serious and colourful competition, with all teams taking part getting dressed up and putting on a wonderful display, as can be seen by the photos attached. The winning team consisted of members of the casino and members of the gym and spa section, . There were two team mascots both from the Philippines dressed as women, bloody hell they did not come up too bad either, would hate to see them close up though, the outfits they had on were amazing to see. Where they got them from is anybody’s guess. Bet you did not know that cruising is the best way to cover the most ground on the earth, there are 328,000,000 cubic miles of seawater ... read more
More teams entering
Cruise directors
What the?

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 15th 2014

At around 10:00 a.m. we arrived at Pitcairn Island. The local vendors came on board and we then set sail for a sail around the island. The Pitcairn Islands group is a British overseas territory. It comprises the islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno. Pitcairn the only inhabited island is a small volcanic outcrop situated in the South Pacific. It is roughly 2170 Km’s south east of Tahiti and just over 6600 Km’s from Panama. The islands administrative headquarters are situated in Auckland 5310 Km’s away. The sight of the vendors approaching the ship was very unusual in their wooden longboats, as the island only has a population of 50 people I reckon 49 of them must have been on the boat. The prices of their souvenirs were not cheap however I just had to ... read more
Here they come
Pitcairn Island

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