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Oceans and Seas » Pacific April 3rd 2019

We woke this morning with the captain making an announcement on the Wake-Up TV Show that in our haste to try to leave Los Angeles, the ship had neglect to get any Hawaiian Dollars. Anyone planning to make purchases in Hilo would need to exchange currency on shore. He was sorry for the inconvenience. Before we describe today’s activities let’s talk about our cabin. We are on Star Princess Caribe Deck, cabin 722. We are fairly far to the rear of the ship. We have a Balcony cabin but with an oversized balcony – just as wide but deeper than even the Mini-Suites one deck below us. On our two previous cruises we have been spoiled by being offered an upgrade to a Mini-Suite with only a small charge. This time they offered us the same ... read more
View of our Balcony
Another view of Cabin
Tower of glasses

Oceans and Seas » Pacific April 1st 2019

Hello from somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. We woke this morning to the gentle swaying of the ship at sea. Actually last night was a little bumpy as the Captain apparently tried to make up some of the 3 hours we were behind schedule due to the late sailing. But we rocked to sleep in our bed and did not fall out. Since this is a “day of leisure” we slept in until 7:15. Isn’t that how you relax on a vacation? Of course that also was after adjusting our clock an hour. We went to the Portofino Dining Room and had the sit-down breakfast instead of the buffet. There were a lot of people with the same idea, but we got seated with 3 other interesting couples and had a nice breakfast. Janet always says ... read more
Two Examples
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Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Sea of Japan March 3rd 2019

i had to break down and buy a days internet on board the ship again. it is expensive and very slow, but i have all day to write and no where to go. we are currently in the pacific ocean heading towards kagoshima, japan. our arrival date is thursday, march the 7th. quite a long stretch at sea, but so far the sea is much calmer and i think cyclone oma is finally behind us. i wrote in my last blog that after sydney we would be heading east then north to avoid oma but that was incorrect. oma was making her way east after brisbane so we headed north hugging australias coast line. the passage was still very choppy. i think there must have been quite a few disappointed passengers re. missing the great barrier ... read more
cruise wear, glitter top
traveling up the coast of australia
yorkeys knob, australia

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 4th 2019

well i am finally cruising! spent a night in san francisco and had a nice meal with caitlyn. my hotel was right beside china town which was beautifully decorated with lights and red lanterns for the chinese new year celebrations. i boarded the ship the next day and spent the afternoon unpacking and exploring the arcadia. we had a champagne sail away from the aft of the ship in the evening. beautiful to see the city all lit up at night. we passed under the golden gate bridge. from the top deck, deck 11, it almost feels like you can reach up and touch the underside of the bridge. so four days at sea until we reach waikiki. the first 2 days were very rough. the mighty pacific ocean. i managed to cope with the help ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific January 27th 2019

i set sail in 3 more days! starting to get excited. i am flying to san francisco on the 29th where i have booked a hotel for the night near pier 27. my boarding time is 2:30 pm on the 30th. weather forecast is 16 C. i will be meeting up with a friend's daughter for dinner while in san fran. we will be at sea for 4 days before arriving in honolulu where we will be in port for the 4th and 5th of february. the frequency of my blogs will depend on when and where i can get an internet connection. i know it can be difficult to get a connection at sea. i want to give a quick shout out to my dear friends who have offered to keep an eye on things ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific November 4th 2018

Dateline: November 4th, 2018, Equator, middle of the Pacific Ocean and…International Dateline Losing a Day in the Southern Hemisphere So today we cross the Equator from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere. We are very excited. We have been told to be on deck at 12:30pm and look for the 25,000-mile string of orange cones. Have you seen these? Since we are Shellbacks (having crossed the equator many times) we will not be part of the “Crossing of the Equator” ceremonies for “pollywogs” (those who have not crossed before). Onboard, Neptune presides over the ceremony where pollywogs are blindfolded and then told that they will be feeling things from under the sea and they use things like jello for jellyfish to scare them and finally tons of cooked spaghetti are poured over them…silly but fun ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea October 6th 2018

Day 5 One of the first things I liked to do when I wake up was to open the curtains and admire the view. Today's view was turquoise and deep blue waters, an island full of palms and some pines and a rusty orange ship that was our introduction to the island of Marè..quaint. We joined a couple we didn't know for breakfast and chatted as you do. It's always nice to make new friends. Packing my larger of the two mermaid tails we took a small boat to the shore and a shuttle bus to Yejele Beach. There wasn't much in the way of tours at Marè. The shuttle ride provided glimpses of crystal clear waters, a few peak caps of white waves brushing against the shore, some magnificent rock/coral formations and plenty of greenery. ... read more
View from our balcony overlooking Marè
Captain Robèy overlooking Marè from deck 10
Beer pong

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea October 5th 2018

Day 7 and 8 We were headed back to Sydney and although it felt a little like the holiday was almost over we still had 2 more days at sea. There was still lots to do on board and we wanted to make the most of it. We checked out and played a few games. Watched shows and drank cocktails, sunbathed, ate lots and used the time to relax. Nicki and I did a Latin dance class together, which we both enjoyed even if we did look frogs in a blender..and so did everyone else. We may even do more lessons.. we will see.. Kym went missing for about an hour, no one knew where he was. The ship had 2 water slides. The yellow one was open, slow but afforded a view of the oceans ... read more
Km on the swinging day bed overlooking the ocean
Snuggles on a day bed

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea October 2nd 2018

Day 4 As we hadn't booked a tour from the ship for Nomeau, we got up at a not so god awful time and leisurely ate breakfast before getting changed and taking the free bus into town. Plenty of tours are on offer at half the price as the ones booked on the ship. We did book a hop on hop off bus and water taxi for $30 each. Our first stop was the morning markets and to be honest I would skip. There were more stalls at the visitor info center and that was the free bus ride. We did chat to a local who told us where the brewery was and that was something we wanted to do. It was our third stop (we skipped the second) and a short walk down Lemon Beach ... read more
Mojito Beer cocktail
Water Taxi to Duck island
Cocktails on the beach at Duck Island

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Coral Sea October 1st 2018

Day 3 Another day at Sea. We chose the Empire silver service for breakfast. It just meant that I wasn't tempted to overstuff myself... I wanted to attend the ladies pamper session so went early as we had realised that some of the activities filled up fast. There was a semminar before it that I ended up sitting in on about detox and arch support... I'm so rocking this cruise.. anyways the pamper session was a cleanse, tone and moisturize with a quick makeover from something like a Thin Lizzy all in one make up thingy. We did most of it ourselves and of course the whole thing was a plug for the beauty services on board which were higher than normal prices (Adelaide prices anyway) Back at the cabin and spent a bit of time ... read more
My dress
All glammed up
Me and Nicki

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