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Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 21st 2015

Day 156 Tuesday 18 August At sea continuing on a course of 276 degrees towards Pitcairn Island 23c cloudy Did Zumba after breakfast then Gail walked and I went on the internet and opened my account with the ship's server only to find that I did not get the 1000 free minutes that Gail got when she opened her account when we got on but only 500 minutes. This is because the leg to New York was one "cruise" and from there to Sydney a second "Cruise" with 500 minutes each cruise. Still 1500 free minutes will meet our needs. Gail went to choir then we had a cup of coffee and played cards. After cards we watched a movie called "Divergent" rubbish. Then dinner and to a show by Trevor Knight in which he sang ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 18th 2015

Day 150 Wednesday 12 August At sea sailing West South Westerly towards Easter Island seas a bit rough 23c cloudy After breakfast and an hour and a quarter of Zumba Gail walked and I read. Gail went to choir and then we went to see "Far from the Madding Crowd" it was not bad but I don't know that the ending was what Thomas Hardy actually wrote. After the movie Heidi came to our room to cut Gail's hair and I went down to the Crooners Bar and read. We had a pre dinner drink in the cabin and then went to dinner then the show which was a singer named Davidia who I am sure we have seen before. She wasn't bad. Since the Panama Canal I have read: The Accusers by Lindsay Davies which ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 12th 2015

Day 146 Saturday 8 August At sea, southerly along the Ecuadorian and Peruvian coastlines. Seas calm 23c, cloudy We slept in and had a late, leisurely breakfast during which I saw a whale, my first sighting after 128 days at sea. We went up on deck to watch the Australia v New Zealand Rugby on the big screen. It started about 15 minutes in because they had not been able to get the satellite at the start. It was a good game made better by the fact that Australia won. Gail had to leave for choir practice part way through the second half when we were behind and was disappointed she hadn't stayed when I told her we had won. We played mahjong and then got ready for dinner and went to the Wheelhouse Bar because ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Tasman Sea March 16th 2015

Australia, the largest island-continent, had been inhabited for nearly 60,000 years by Aborigines, who migrated from Southeast Asia during the ice age, This was before the sea levels rose and isolated Australia from the rest of Asia. it is believed that Aborigines flourished for tens of thousands of years, free of outside influences. Their were many tribal groups, speaking at least 200 different languages. Their common bond was their spiritual beliefs. At the height of their culture, there may have been 500,000-1,000,000. The arrival of the Europeans quickly changed their isolation. They were described by the first explorers as 'wandering bands of savages still living in the Stone Age.' This perception was the beginning of a deep and long lasting misconception. They need a voice and their history needs to be told, so here goes! The ... read more
Tjapukai Cultural Center
Medicine woman
Tjapukai rain forest people with spear

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Auckland Islands March 10th 2015

Dienstag, 10.03.2015 Nuku’alofa - Auckland(1097 Seemeilen, 2 Seetage) Auf der Fahrt nach Auckland, verliessen wir den tropischen Gürtel der Erde, und sind nun wieder in den Subtropen. Die Tagestemperaturen stiegen nicht mehr über 25°C, allerdings bei strahlendem Sonnenschein. Nachts fiel das Thermometer auf 16°C. Unterwegs wurde die See wieder etwas rauher, jedoch nicht so rauh, wie nach Valparaiso. Für die Ankunft im Hafen von Auckland liessen wir uns von unserem Wecker wecken, die Hafeneinfahrt wollten wir uns nicht entgehen lassen. Bei unserem ersten Bummel durch die Häuserschluchten der Stadt fiel uns auf, wie sauber die Strassen von Auckland sind. So gut wie keine zertretenen Kaugummireste oder Zigarettenkippen waren auf den Gehwegen zu sehen. Wir marschierten die „Queen Street“, die Shoppingmeile von Auckland, entlang bis zum Sky Tower (328 m). Von ihm sprangen mutige ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 6th 2015

The ship seems to be getting smaller. Did not expect to spend 10 of the 14 days of this cruise stuck on this boat. A gilded cage is still a cage. But this is our last full day on board. We pack, review our bill, and do little else. Another beautiful day on the ocean, although quite a bit cooler (~20°C). The ship is following the coast of the Baja Peninsula and we are often in sight of land. We attend a presentation in the afternoon on the attractions of San Diego. We did not realize the city offers so much, and we are pleased that we elected to spend a few extra days there. Entertainment tonight is a "Dance with the Stars" take-off. A number of passengers have been practising dance routines with the ship's ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 5th 2015

Another full day at sea in our velvet prison. We watch the tip of the Baja Peninsula, where Cabo San Lucas is located, pass by in the distance as we continue north. It's not nice to tease us like that. A beautiful day again. The sea is fairly calm, although there is a stiff breeze. During breakfast, we see diminutive flying fish just above the surface of the water, probably spooked by the ship's passage. It's amazing how far they travel in the air. The birds following our ship avail themselves of the opportunity to swoop down and pick them off. I spend most of the day reading and relaxing while Violet slowly roasts herself on the poop deck. We attend a presentation on the life and voyages of Captain Cook. Some bad news from home ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 4th 2015

Really bad news this morning. The captain announces that there is a mechanical problem with one of the ship's generators that prevents us from traveling fast enough to make Cabo San Lucas and arrive in San Diego on time. So Cabo is being dropped. That's the second port of call to be dropped from this cruise. There'll be some kind of compensation, of course, but it's extremely disappointing. Many passengers are angry. So now we're stuck on board until San Diego. But it's a beautiful prison. I've given up trying to post my blog. It's simply an exercise in frustration because the connection is so bad. I'll catch up once we reach San Diego. Entertainment tonight is a rehash of guitarist Fabio and comedian Kevin. My previous comments apply to both. After the show, we head ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific March 3rd 2015

A lazy day at sea, sailing towards Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. We sleep in and basically veg most of the day. The weather continues to be beautiful. The Ottawa Senators have been on a winning streak with young Andrew Hammond in goal. Not sure yet whether I should get excited. I spot a TV that is actually showing hockey highlights. Darn, the Sens lost to Columbus in a shoot-out tonight. That leaves them still 5 or 6 points out of the last playoff spot. But if they win all their games, and Boston loses all theirs... The show tonight features a comedian named Kevin Jordan. He's good, but I find his comedy very "American," in that it focuses on differences between people: white vs. black, rich vs. poor, old vs. young, etc. After the show, it's ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific February 27th 2015

Full day at sea as we sail up the western coast of Central America. In the next few days we will stop at ports of call in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico. In keeping with its name, the Pacific Ocean is extremely calm. The sea is not exactly like glass, but there are no discernible waves, and our ship glides forward with no rocking or heeling. Our morning is taken up by laundry, a necessary evil. Of course, everyone on board has realized today that we are now halfway through the trip and that this is our last sea day for a while, so the laundry facilities are an exercise in international cooperation. War does not break out but there are some skirmishes. We have a very nice lunch hosted by the captain. Our table ... read more

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