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Oceans and Seas » Indian » Andaman Sea May 15th 2019

We had hoped to do the Galley Brunch yesterday for George´s birthday, but it still felt like a bit of a celebration today. When we arrived in the main the dining room, we were really surprised at how many people were doing the brunch. We were thinking there would be a group of 10 or 20 and there were about 150. They split us into groups of about 15 to take us around a small area of the galley and explain how the different sections and areas worked. Seems like most cruise ships are the same. You can tell this is a new ship as everything is still looking pristine. After the tour, we were given bottomless sparkling wine, or in George´s case orange juice, and it was constantly replaced. It was a bit too early ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Andaman Sea May 14th 2019

George decided that he did not want to do anything special today. As we have an early brunch booked for tomorrow, he is not keen on going out for special meal either. So today was very much like the last few days with a few hours in the sun and some relaxation... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Andaman Sea May 13th 2019

Having a really relaxing time. All these sea days in a row with nothing to do. Perfect for us. We have looked through the RCCL Cruise Compass each day but have not yet found anything to interest us during the day. Another day of sun bathing it is then. Not really happy with Royal Caribbean - Our close circle of friends know exactly why. We are currently crossing the Andaman Sea which is prime Tsunami territory.... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian May 12th 2019

We have a few sea days ahead of us so plenty of relaxation time. Nothing much to do today but just lay in the sun. There was a lovely breeze so the sun did not feel so hot. It is really strange, but with a ship with 4500 passengers on board, only about a third of the sun beds are in use. Most people seem to be sticking to the indoor solarium with its air conditioning. Of the people that are braving the outside temperature of about 35 degrees, many of them are looking very pink due to not using sunscreen. Not a good idea in this heat. Asian people do not seemingly lay in the sun. The ship's shop does not sell sun cream for those silly enough not to have brought enough along. They ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Bering Sea May 11th 2019

Arriving at the Yokohama’s Oi Marine Wharf around 11am it was general check-in chaos as usual to board Celebrity’s Millennium, but with this being a container port and not a standard cruise ship terminal, it only added to the confusion. Larger cruise vessels are unable to pass under the Rainbow Bridge to dock at the regular terminal, making Oi Pier the only option currently available, until the new cruise terminal opens in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Brand loyalty once more paid off, as I was eligible to join a much smaller line of “Elite” level passengers for the checking-in process. This trip I’m in an ocean view cabin which works just fine – most of the actual cruise will be “at sea” days with nothing to see but water in every direction, so pointless ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian May 10th 2019

After the hectic day in Mumbai yesterday, it was nice to get a lay in today. We had a lazy morning in the sun and catching up with some new friends. It is always nice to see what they did on shore visits and to hear what they are planning on the next shore days. Some people seem to set themselves up to be ripped off as they either have not planned or are not prepared to do anything for themselves. This is all part of the general experience as far as we are concerned. A holiday is what you make it and need not be expensive. The chefs had made some lovely cakes that were on offer in the Windjammer tonight. We would have loved to try them all, but not sure our waistline would ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian May 8th 2019

We had an invite today to the Cruise Critic meet and greet meeting at 9.00am this morning. Unfortunately, with all the recent time changes, it was 8.30 before we got up so we decided to give it a miss. We managed to get about an hours sun before our appointment on the North Star ride. This looks like fun. The group of us in the capsule this time were about 10 and all but 2 people were friendly and chatty during the journey. Some were a little scared when the arm went out over the sea. It was nice to get a look down on the balconies of the suites and see how the upper class other half were living on board. All in all, a great experience that we shall try to do again before ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian May 7th 2019

Today is our first full day at sea. Everyone has been asked to attend a face to face meeting with the Indian Immigration so that we can get our Indian Visas stamped. They started about 8.00am and we were there about 8.30am. With about 5000 people to see the queues could get a bit long as everyone has to do this today. After breakfast, we decided a morning of sunbathing was required. It is about 30c / 85f outside today. Not too hot, but it is very very humid. A couple of hours in this and we were happy to move on. Luckily, most of the passengers look to be not interested in sun bathing, so there were plenty of empty sun beds. Whilst out, we also booked tickets for a trip on the North Star ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific April 27th 2019

Hello from somewhere out in the Pacific Ocean. This is our last full day at sea during this cruise. It is also known as Packing Day as we have to get everything ready for our landing tomorrow morning. First, we seem to have finally gotten substantially over our “coughing disease”. We both got a pretty good night’s sleep last night without many coughing interruptions. It would have been nice to have reached this point sooner, but we have noticed that there have been many people coughing on the ship the last few days. Anyway, we got up this morning feeling much better rested than the last few mornings. We went to the Portofino Dining Room and had the breakfast we had hoped for yesterday. Janet got a very good breakfast of fresh melon and then Eggs ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific April 26th 2019

Hello. We have continued to have our little colds. It isn’t much of a problem except at night when we have some difficulty getting to sleep. After that we are fine again until the next night. So this morning we were a little tired but that was also due to the loss of our last hour before docking in Los Angeles. We went down to the dining room this morning and discovered they had changed the plan which has been consistently in place since we first sailed. No breakfast but instead brunch from late morning to early afternoon. We had other plans and were disappointed. We had other plans for the morning so we went to the buffet instead. At dinner we expressed our disappointment and were told how sorry they were for how they handled ... read more
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