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Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 26th 2014

At Sea: Last night a group of our new friends we have made on board all went to the Steakhouse to help Sharon Murdoch celebrate her birthday. The steaks are absolutely fantastic and a three course meal only costs $25.00 per head, great value in anyone’s language. I don’t know what was in my rib eye however as no matter how much I tried I could not get to sleep, I was still awake at 3:30 a.m. then 4:30 a.m. and up at 6:30 a.m. glad I don’t have to go to work today. During today we will continue on a South Westerly heading through the South Pacific Ocean towards Auckland. In the early hours of this morning we crossed the international date line, and we omit the 25th of August from our journey. Since its ... read more
Sunset over Moorea
Another sunset photo

Oceans and Seas August 26th 2014

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Oceans and Seas » Pacific » Auckland Islands August 24th 2014

At Sea: Throughout today we continued on a South – Westerly heading through the South Pacific Ocean towards Auckland. Around midnight this evening we will cross the International Date Line. The I.D.L. is a line running north and south along the 180thmeridian of longitude, but with some adjustments to avoid dividing certain island groups that are bisected by it, namely the Aleutian Islands off Alaska, and more locally to our position the Fiji, Tonga, and Kermadoc groups as well as New Zealand. The International Date Line is the geographical point at which the zone times GMT +12 hours and -12 hours meet bringing about a 24 hour time change. It is the case that if one were to set out from Greenwich in England which lies at 0 degrees longitude and travel eastward, the time zone ... read more
Fashion Parade

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 21st 2014

20/08/14: At sea: During the night Dawn Princess steamed on a Westerly course across the Pacific Ocean towards Pago Pago Island. Becoming a deck officer: One begins life at sea as a cadet combining a university style qualification with terms in college and on the job experience doing working phases away at sea to understudy an officer at work. A cadet will gain experience in all aspects of ship life from deck maintenance, chipping, painting, cleaning, etc. to navigation work on the bridge. Once completing the cadetship and the academic qualification an oral exam is sat to gain an officer of the watch ticket. This ticket entitles one to serve as a second officer on any type of merchant vessel. Princess Cruises has a high standard for her officers and so always requires one licence over ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 17th 2014

At Sea: Yesterday was the annual Dawn Princess crew versus crew tug of war competition. It was a very serious and colourful competition, with all teams taking part getting dressed up and putting on a wonderful display, as can be seen by the photos attached. The winning team consisted of members of the casino and members of the gym and spa section, . There were two team mascots both from the Philippines dressed as women, bloody hell they did not come up too bad either, would hate to see them close up though, the outfits they had on were amazing to see. Where they got them from is anybody’s guess. Bet you did not know that cruising is the best way to cover the most ground on the earth, there are 328,000,000 cubic miles of seawater ... read more
More teams entering
Cruise directors
What the?

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 15th 2014

At around 10:00 a.m. we arrived at Pitcairn Island. The local vendors came on board and we then set sail for a sail around the island. The Pitcairn Islands group is a British overseas territory. It comprises the islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno. Pitcairn the only inhabited island is a small volcanic outcrop situated in the South Pacific. It is roughly 2170 Km’s south east of Tahiti and just over 6600 Km’s from Panama. The islands administrative headquarters are situated in Auckland 5310 Km’s away. The sight of the vendors approaching the ship was very unusual in their wooden longboats, as the island only has a population of 50 people I reckon 49 of them must have been on the boat. The prices of their souvenirs were not cheap however I just had to ... read more
Here they come
Pitcairn Island

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 12th 2014

Easter Island: This morning at 7:45 a.m. we were scheduled to muster in one of the theatres for our excursion to view the Moai of Easter Island. Unfortunately due to weather conditions and the size of the swell the Captain deemed it to unsafe to moor the ship, lower the tenders, and allow passengers to disembark off the ship on to the tenders. This meant that we could not go ashore and had to view the Moai from the ship as we sailed past the island. It would not have been so bad if we had actually got close enough to the island, but we might as well have not bothered at all as we were so far away. One passenger was overheard to say that this was his third attempt to view the Moai close ... read more
Easter Island
Easter Island
Easter Island

Oceans and Seas » Pacific August 11th 2014

At Sea: During the day we will continue our voyage on a South Westerly course across the South Pacific Ocean towards Easter Island. The Pacific Ocean separates Asia and Australia from the Americas. It may be further subdivided by the equator into northern and southern portions. It extends from the Antarctic region in the South to the Arctic in the North. The Pacific Ocean encompasses approximately one-third of the earth’s surface, having an area of 165.2 million square kilometres, significantly larger than the earth’s entire landmass of some 150 million square K’ms. Yesterday we facetimed Richard and Lyn Nottingham who gave us the very sad news that Wayne Spendlove had passed away, we were shocked and saddened to say the least particularly that it had happened over a week before, and we did not know until ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Mediterranean » Ionian Sea August 5th 2014

Today was our first day on board the ship. The Refection is a beautiful ship, only about 1 year old. This ship has 3 swimming schools, 15 stories, and wonderful restaurants and clubs. Entertainment and food is available 24 hours a day. We left Rome on Monday August Fourth and on August fifth we were at sea all day. We are landing at Santorini, Geece on Wednesday August sixth at 2:00 pm. Attached are some pictures of the ship. We're having a great time and wish you all well.... read more
Found a chair for Nalynn...

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » North Atlantic July 2nd 2014

10h d'avion certes dans l'A380, le plus gros que j'ai eu l'occasion de prendre et où on est quand même un peu mieux que dans certains autres, mais ça reste 10h d'avion puis pas en première classe...Quand j'ai vu ça sur le recap' de mon vol je me suis dit que ça allait être lonnnng mais lonnnng! J´ai visualisé à nouveaux mes 8h consécutifs lorsque je suis partie à Bali puis les 9h pour la Nouvelles-Orleans...Alors j'ai fait le plein de bouquins en tout genre, des guides sur l'Ouest américain en passant par le développement de l'économie depuis l'Antiquité à nos jours => et même pas de Closer ou Biba pour une fois :) J'avais de grandes ambitions culturelles pour mettre à profit ces 10h de vol. Mais le bébé d'environ 1an qui était assis à ... read more

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