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Some Enchanted Evening (mornings and afternoons also included!) aka: how I survived 25 days onboard a Princess cruise ship Saturday morning in Fort Lauderdale dawned bright and clear – an auspicious start (one can only hope) to what will be a lengthy stay onboard the Enchanted – the newest ship in the Princess fleet. Despite having sailed previously with other cruise lines, I faced this upcoming event with some trepidation, based on my experience with the infamous Medallion app. This smartphone app has been the bane of my existence for a couple of weeks prior to departure. It is without a doubt, one of the worst examples of current technology available today – in a word it sucks! Not only does it qualify as an arachnid Motel 6, but I have developed a finger callus from ... read more
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Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean April 14th 2022

Thursday, April 14, 2022 At Sea Oh LORDY. Yet another night when we rocked and rolled. I think this cruise left Miami a BIT too early – the weather hasn’t been great, and the seas haven’t cooperated all that much. Must say, the ship REALLY moves from side to side. Watching people TRY to walk is a both comical and frightening at the same time. Gee, I hope no one falls and hurts themselves. We’ve already had way too many people removed from the ship for health issues. So glad we’ve decided to travel in our “youth” (haha) before we become incapacitated in some way. One never knows what is in store for one. So … LIVE now. Today is our last full day on board the ship. Too bad the weather isn’t cooperating. Outside it’s ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 11th 2022

Monday, April 11, 2022 At Sea WOW. Once again, another rough night of rocking and rolling. We are at sea all day today, so we gotta grin and bear it. Interesting, when we look out at the seas, they don’t look too menacing, so I have a feeling it has to do with the way we are traversing over the waves – which is really unsettling. Walking is actually hazardous to one’s health. It’s a “nice” day today, but NOT great, a little chilly. We spent the day playing rummykub – Christopher cleaned my clock. It happens, rarely, but it happens. Tonight, we have our third World Club party. It will be interesting to hear this particular cruises’ statistics. The ship has not stopped rolling from side to side ALL day long. During the party, there ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic April 7th 2022

At Sea Today was one of those great days at sea, where one does nothing but relax, unwind, and vegetate. We all need at least one of those days, NO? The seas were calm – one might think Mother Nature and Poseidon FINALLY came to an agreement regarding the weather. Perfect skies. Why is it when we are at sea the clouds feel as though we can reach out and grasp them? Almost, but not quite within our reach; teasing us as they drift slowly by. We spent the entire day up on the pool deck shaded by the deck above us. The people watching is fantastic from here. The men who wander around with too little clothing on – and should be more covered – for a variety of reasons. Women of a certain age ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic March 29th 2022

At Sea Tuesday, March 29, 2022 Yet another sea day – which normally we LOVE….but we JUST came off of 9 days at sea. It would have been MUCH better if it weren’t so bloody cold. I mean 62 Fahrenheit isn’t THAT cool – but add a little wind and BRRRRRR. So, deck with blanket…CHECK. Didn’t last all that long, but we did go on the deck. We lost another hour (should be our last) so we managed to sleep until 10ish (after, actually) – hey…we’ve lost 5 hours in the last week. We managed to get up to Waves with 10 minutes to spare before shutting down breakfast. So I just had some muesli with fresh fruit as did Christopher. Then…with our cherished espresso, Pasteis de Nata!! We each had one, so the pleasure will ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic March 27th 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022 We started the day with an alarm clock waking us at 8am so we could get our PCR test. No test? No leaving the ship when we dock in Lisbon….even if it’s your final destination. SO…everyone needs the test. Piece of cake. We, of course, forgot our paperwork in the stateroom, so Christopher ran back papers in hand, and we moved through the line. First, they scan your Oceania Card, then take your temperature, then you hand over the documents and someone scans your card again which creates a barcode to indicate (anonymously) the testee (not to be confused with any anatomical reference). Then off to the test. Thank goodness it wasn’t one of those that went back to your brain. Those are most unpleasant. This was easy. At the start of ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic March 25th 2022

Tuesday – Friday March 25, 2022 We’ve been on board Riviera for a week now, and at sea six of the seven days. In that time a lot has happened, and nothing much has happened! I’ll start with some rather sad news, so I can end on a high. Yesterday during noon announcements, the Captain said there’s a medical emergency on board and we shall have to divert to Funchal ASAP. Can you imaging being in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with a medical emergency? NOPE. No thank you. So, we shall dock at Funchal around 9pm, where emergency medical team will be on hand, and depart around 10pm and be under way to Lisbon. I’m certain the passenger did NOT sign up for this. Hope they have travel insurance and are covered by medical ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic March 22nd 2022

Sunday & Monday March 20 & 21 At Sea Saturday night was a bit rough both for me and the ship. It started with me experiencing a nasty bout with vertigo. I was reading and writing on the computer while the ship was rocking and rolling – I got hot, then broke out in a sweat and was so dizzy I couldn’t focus on anything. So…I took to the bed. Nothing else to do but rest. No point in fighting it. My vertigo was diagnosed July of ’20. I’d had some “experiences” which I thought were vertigo, but nothing as bad as what sent me to the Doctor. Funny…while strolling on the beach last week, I had to keep my eyes on the horizon. The minute I looked down and saw the waves I lost my ... read more

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 » Caribbean February 17th 2022

Second sea day, no cane, no moisturizer. Oh well, i am managing to get around. Probably will do me good. The sea has been rolling and the wind blowing so i’m loving the rocking. I heard that there are 1,000 guests on board....the ship holds 2,600 so the are no lines at any venue. Headed to the Billboard for happy hour, stinger time and trivia then headed to dinner. A Cesar salad and a very tasty trout, followed by vanilla ice cream with cinnamon on the side, hit the spot. Retired to my cabin for movies and dozed off at 12:00. Morning dawns overcast but the sun comes out just a we approach Bonaire. No plans to get off as my snorkeling days seem behind me. The island looks much the same, crystal clear waters, dutch ... read more
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