Boarding NCL Spirit in Rome and traveling to Greece, Israel, Egypt, Jordan (Petra), Suez Canal, Red Sea and then to UAE and Dubai
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  • Day48

    Home -Self Quartined

    March 25 in Egypt ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    We arrived on Monday night/Tuesday morning at 12:45am after being emergency evacuation on a charter flight from CapeTown to Madrid Spain to refuel and then on to Miami. There were 3 charter flights, 1 to USA, 1 to Amsterdam then to Canada and 1 to London. And there were about 120 Americans on the charter flight.

    We got the OK to stay at the “closed Camino office”, giving us 2 rooms, large den and kitchen for our quarantine.

    We arrived at Walmart to buy food, sanitary wipes, Soap, Clorox, etc. before the store opens. Karen told me to be first in line. We got water, ingredients to make Taco soup and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I think we are set.

    We then drove to the “Bodega” to get stuff we had in storage. Glenn’s computer, my house shoes. Never thought my “junk drawer” from the #conversationscoast2coast would come in handy ( scissors, pen, paper, etc) to have while in “lockdown”.

    We’ve been instructed to quarantine ourselves for 14 days because of arriving oversea and to take our temperature twice a day.

    This has been a trip of a lifetime. We traveled to new places, made some new terrific friends and enjoyed some “me” time early in the mornings watching the sunrise. In reality, the world is changing so fast, right before our eyes, that I’m grateful for being guided by the Spirit, living in the Spirit, and cruising in the Spirit, the NCL Spirit.

    Here are some of my favorite photos.
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  • Day47

    Arrival into MIA and then to DFW

    March 24 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Here is what I typed up and sent Karen, as soon as we landed at MIA.

    Karen,
    I write this as we are about 1.5 hours til landing in Miami on Monday 23march

    We had 10.5 hour flight over Africa to Madrid. Then the plane was escorted over to the area for refueling. That took about 1 hour. The flight crew left and a new crew took over. The cleaning crew came on to restock the food and disinfect the bathrooms.

    Countless airplanes were on the tarmac and no planes were taking off and landing.

    Then 9 hour flight to Miami.

    Once we go through customs, we have no idea what that looks like. I’m sure there will be additional information gathered about our travels and the places we stopped at.

    We also will be making some calculated decisions. Questions like what has happened in the world these last 24 hours? Are there any more domestic flights out? If we leave the airport Can we rent a car? Is there hotels available? will we be quarantined? If so can we drive up to Orlando? What flights are there to Dallas and to Orlando? If we fly to Dallas on Monday night, that is too late for Walmart stop?

    Plan A
    (Not knowing what’s happened since we’ve been in the air)
    Just check emails, flights, and make decisions probably if there are flights out on

    We have several places to stay
    Scott and Barbara Russell in Orlando
    8625 la Prada
    binion lake house near Tyler
    Wolf house in east Texas

    Chat later

    Mom
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  • Day47

    Longest flight

    March 24 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 48 °F

    We had 10.5 hour flight over Africa to Madrid. Then the plane was escorted over to the area for refueling. That took about 1 hour. The flight crew left and a new crew took over. The cleaning crew came on to restock the food and disinfect the bathrooms.

    Countless airplanes were on the tarmac and no planes were taking off and landing.

    Then 9 hour flight to Miami
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  • Day45

    NCL Evacuation

    March 22 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    I said goodbye to Laura and Wayne
    Then at 10:30 we heard on the stateroom that NCL was getting a charter flight
    Suitcases out the door in 1 1/2 hours
    I packed and even took a shower
    We will have escorted buses to airport
    Leaving on Monday morning at 1:15 am stop in Madrid and arrive in Miami at 6:45pm
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  • Day44

    Cross stitch project

    March 21 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    I worked on several projects this cruise.

    I made friends with Christine the first day we left the hotel in Civitavecchia. She was one of the first to help us board. Well she asked to buy one of my projects.
    I knew where to find her to give her the Christmas project - the bar.
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  • Day44

    Worship service

    March 21 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 59 °F

    Glenn has lead several worship services.

    We had services on Monday Wednesday and Friday.

    I git everyone’s email address and stateroom information-just in case.

  • Day43

    16 SEA days

    March 20 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Wow, a lot has happen in the past 16 days. We were denied entry into Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion.

    So we made best of our sea days. We played a lot of LCR (left, center, right). I never won. Glenn won once. 30.00$

    We crossed the equator at exactly 12 noon. And we enjoyed celebrating Darla’s birthday st Onda’s.

    There is no Coronavirus on board. We have enjoyed each other’s company.

    Glenn has organized worship service like every other day. We read scripture and sing songs. Even the guest pianist plays for us.
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