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Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic April 28th 2015

As I mentioned yesterday, we spent today at sea instead of docking in Bermuda because of extremely high winds. Although a little disappointed about the change in itinerary, Bowen and I were actually very happy to have another restful day at sea. I say restful because there really is no stress at all when you're cruising. But we were actually quite busy all day. That's the beauty of life on a ship - you can do as much or as little as you want. Today was country/western day and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to a great band and watching (not participating in) the line dancing lessons. There are some really, really good dancers on this ship and some not "gifted" in that area. But it's just great seeing so many people - even some very old ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic April 27th 2015

Today has been busy, but extremely relaxing. After a leisurely light breakfast in the cabin, Bowen and I did the "On Deck for the Cure!" 5K for breast cancer research. About 50 of us walked the track on a beautiful and breezy morning, all thinking about one or more women we know who have been touched by this terrible disease. I was thinking about so many of my friends who have successfully beaten BC, and one in particular - Cyndi G. - who is giving it one heck of a fight! To cool off after the walk, we enjoyed some time at the pool deck listening to a band that plays all of our old goldies music. Of course, I was singing along. And speak of singing: today was the first "rehersal" for the Carribean Princess ... read more

Oceans and Seas April 27th 2015

Pretty much since the moment I stepped off ‘The Great White Mother’ as the SS Universe Explorer was affectionately called by its 600 plus voyagers, in December 1999, I was plotting my return. Never has an experience changed and formed my life path more then that of the voyage around the world Semester at Sea took me on in the fall of 1999. Quite frankly, Semester at Sea ruined me. I would never again live a simple, easy life. I would always be seeking new worlds, new cultures, people, food and experiences. It was on the ship, in the early get to know you days on theBalideck where my cabin was located that I formed my first seemingly unattainable goal to visit all seven continents. Semester at Sea had brought me toAfrica, my fifth continent. It ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean » Balearic Sea March 31st 2015

From the "don't believe what you read department". The seas are calm according to the ship's TV. As I look out my windows the swells are at least fifteen feet with white caps are far as I can see. The spray is blowing in all directions off the swells. The winds are force 9. This is by far the roughest the seas have been since Florida and we're in the Med. Since I love it, I can't complain but it means packing is a bit of a challenge. Yesterday I went ashore in Cartagena. It was another adventure. We walked from the ship to the center of town. All around the banners were out to support the clubs who will be marching all week. It was a beautiful sunny day and once in town, the shade ... read more
Palace
Cartagena
The Legion patrols

Oceans and Seas » Arctic March 25th 2015

Hello everybody! It's Madeline and Illiana! We are currently in Australia! First, we would like to say that Australia is great! Yesterday, we were in Sydney, it is an amazing city! We have visited the Opera house and it was extraordinary! Today, we are in Canberra and we have just been to Tidbinbilla nature reserve. It was so exciting, we loved the wild and wild animals. The Tidbinbilla nature reserve is situated in a beautiful valley between the Tidbinbilla and the Gibraltar ranges. We think it is wonderful. We would like to take a ride on a helicopter above Sydney but before that we would like to go tree-climbing because we like heights. We have also been surfing in Sydney, and we are going to tell you about something really stupid that happened over there: on ... read more
Surfing in Sydney

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic March 23rd 2015

Good morning Breakfast Clubbers, and how ya doing? Probably only one or two of you remembers this radio show. For some reason it popped into my mind. The string of sea days is reaching an end. We arrive in Funchal, Madeira on 3/25. The sea is choppy today with wind up to 40mph. My good intentions to exercise regularly backfired with a vengeance and now both of my knees are aching. Even Advil doesn't seem to help. I'm hoping that once I'm on terra firma, things will be better. I have too many places to see and things to do to deal with this. For those playing along a home I have a couple of trivia questions. What body part expands eight times it's normal size when excited? How many days are in the Tour de ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic March 20th 2015

Ahoy Mates, Day four and there are giant swells rolling in from a low pressure front all the way from Greenland. Really rocked to sleep last night. Loving it! Shipboard life falls into somewhat of a routine. Wake up at 6:15, coffee and juice delivered at 6:30, dress and out on deck for a couple of laps, return to a freshly made up cabin. The Times Digest is waiting and I always wonder why I read this as it is never good news. Shower, change and off to breakfast, to the Lido if I want to be alone or the dining room if I ready to chat. By then it is time for one of two lectures. My favorite so far was by a salvage expert, Captain Nixon, who explained how the Kurst, the Russian nuclear ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic March 18th 2015

Good morning Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea. The skies are blue, the sea is calm and we are sailing into the sunrise. My coffee arrived on time and, MaryLou, they brought your milk as ordered. Habits die hard. A gift of chocolate covered strawberries arrive from my TA but since I am allergic I will have to find someone to share with. Today's plans are vague. Our Meet and Great is at 10, a Texas Hold 'em tournament at 11:30, then maybe pool time. Until then I will relax and watch the sea traffic. The seas are calm but there is a little movement so I know we left the dock. I love it! So far we have passed two tankers. It is now 8:00 so I had better get ready ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Sargasso Sea March 17th 2015

OK. I admit it. I love to fly. Not the trek to the airport, or the security lines, not hoping to find a free space in the overhead or that my seat mate might be Samoan.....but when I look out of the window at the clouds or the lights below, it is still magic to me. Here I am at 35,000 feet traveling to another adventure. I do miss the pillows and the blankets, I do miss having room to stretch out but I will be in FL in 2:49 hours. I have my own seat and no one is asking "are we there yet". I hear it's 81 degrees and I think of a pool and green shrubs and I'm a happy camper. In two days I'll be boarding the M/S Zuiderdam where I expect ... 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




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