October - November 2013
  • Day19

    Sad Goodbyes

    November 16, 2013 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 77 °F

    The last night is always a sad one for me.
    No matter what cruise it is saying goodbye to the people you've met is sad.
    We went down to the pyramid lounge, to see Ivan and Harry and their gang, which included, Allen and Cynthia, Steve and Brenda and Roman and Jean, to name but a few.
    Roy came down to say goodbye to everyone, his missus, Jill was probably asleep, she's the only person I know who sleeps more than me.
    Sheila went up for dinner with most of our company, I gave it a miss as I'm all fooded out.
    I stayed in the concierge lounge with Frank and Polly.
    Then George and James came and sat with us, they are two really lovely guys who I've known for a while now.
    They are outrageously gay and loads of fun, you would have to go a long way to meet two nicer blokes.
    Sheila and the others came back down about 8pm and we finished the evening off with a few more drinks, just for a change LOL.
    I must just mention in dispatches four new friends we've met and who's company we've enjoyed and they are Jim and Eva and Paul and Lynn.
    Maz and Sue knew them all from previous cruises and had told me what nice people they were.
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  • Day20

    Bad weather and rough seas

    November 17, 2013, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    Not long after we left San Juan, the weather turned nasty and we've had high winds and rough seas all night.
    The ship has been rocking and rolling quite a bit, and the sick bags have been put out on all the staircases.
    We're headed for coco cay, which is a small island with nothing on it but some vegetation and a beach.
    The ship normally arranges a BBQ on the beach, but the captain informs us that we can expect cloudy skies and showers, so this might not happen, and I was so looking forward to an empty ship and a nice quiet afternoon on board, while the rest of the passengers partied on the island.
    I didn't feel 100º last night, I think it was my blood sugar, so I'm going to have to watch it and take it more seriously in future.
    Because to be honest I don't bother to much normally.
    That's the end of the medical section for today, lol.
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  • Day18

    San Juan Puerto Rico

    November 15, 2013 in Puerto Rico ⋅ 🌧 77 °F

    Arrived in San Juan, at about 5.30am and we all had to clear US immigration before we could go ashore, that's 3600 passengers and 1500 crew.
    I must say that for Sheila and I it went quite smoothly, we were done and dusted in about 30 minutes, which for Homeland Security was quite good.
    The really good thing about it is that we don't have to clear immigration at Ft Lauderdale, just customs.
    Maz, Sue, Eva and Jim, were jumping a taxi to a shopping mall they knew, so not wanting to shop Sheila and I went for a stroll around the town in search of some wifi.
    We tried Burger King but connection was rubbish, so we walked down by the fort and found an ice cream parlour which have not only brilliant wifi but brilliant ice cream, well frozen yogurt actually.
    Sheila managed to phone the kids using Viber, and I checked some emails.
    We then strolled back to the ship passing the market and lovely sidewalk cafés,
    I like San Juan, it's one of my favourite ports of call.
    Even though we didn't do much this time, there is lots to see.
    One thing I usually do when here is walk to the cemetery at the top of the town, it's a beautiful and interesting place, with spectacular sea views.
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  • Day15

    Phillipsburg, St Maarten was closed !

    November 12, 2013 in Sint Maarten ⋅ ⛅ 86 °F

    Phillipsburg, St Maarten today and the weather is fantastic, only problem is that the town is mainly closed today for the St Maartens day celebrations.
    But a group of us had a walk in to town for a beer and some free wifi.
    We only spent an hour or so then strolled back to the ship as the temperature was rising quickly.
    Not that I'm complaining, as we'll be back to our rubbish English weather soon enough.

    For a change last night we all gave dinner a miss and we went to Johnny Rockets, and pigged out.
    As usual it was great, with unlimited fries, onion rings and dips, amazing burgers, along with apple pie, ice cream and milk shakes.
    The Staff are always amazingly efficient and friendly in there. They did the dancing and singing in front of the counter as they normally do, but this time they had two extra dancers, with Eva and Frank joining them.
    It was great fun and we all really enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll be able to eat again for a week
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  • Day14

    Rich is OK

    November 11, 2013, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Rich who took ill at the meal in Chops Grill last night is okay today, which is a relief.
    Everyone was talking about heart attacks etc, but he's fine, probably just indigestion.
    We had a great night in the concierge lounge again last night, once again with friends old and new.
    Today we stop at Phillipsburg on the island of St Maarten, and the weather forecast is brilliant, so, Maz, Sue, Sheila and I are having a walk in to the town.
    This Island is supposedly the best place for all your duty free, be it booze, cigarettes, or diamonds.
    But we'll not be s shopping, just going to find s some free wifi and phone the kids.
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  • Day13

    Chops Grill again

    November 10, 2013, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    We were allowed to use the second BOGOF voucher last night.
    So the same twelve of us went again, and once again the meal was brilliant, as was the company.
    The only problem was that Rich, from Arizona, took ill during the meal and he went back to his cabin.
    I've not seen him this morning so I don't know how he is, probably won't find out till evening drinks tonight.
    The weather is fantastic today, with calm seas and beautiful sunshine and temperatures in the high 80s.
    We've got two beds in a great spot in the solarium and I've not got a quiz this morning.
    So I'm just going to chill out and continue reading Alex Fergusons autobiography, which up to now has been very good.
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  • Day12

    Way past my bedtime

    November 9, 2013, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Last night we stayed up till turned 11pm! ! Way past my bedtime.
    We had our usual drinks with everyone but this time mainly in the concierge lounge.
    Then a group of us went to the Royal Promenade for a bite to eat.
    With me having the perfect pre bedtime meal of two steak and kidney pies.
    After which we decided to go to the 50s and 60s quiz in the Pyramid lounge, which a was a great laugh, even though we were all rubbish.
    We split up into two teams of six boys and six girls, with the couple of us who were over joining a couple of American guests who were on their own.
    As I said we were all rubbish, but at least the team I was on managed to beat the boys and girls teams, so no prize but a moral victory.
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  • Day10

    Almost fisticuffs!!!

    November 7, 2013, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    Yesterday at the quiz, two shall we say older guys were arguing over a chair that had h been moved.
    Well thirty years a ago it probably would have ended up with a fight.
    But i it was so funny watching two old men posturing and puffing their chests out trying to get the testosterone pumping but neither succeeding.
    It ended very quietly after a few F words from each bloke, and they were muttered rather than shouted.
    Anyway as far as the quiz goes, first day we were 25th and the second day we'd moved up to 11th, but yesterday day was hard so we may have dropped back some, I'll find out this morning.
    Last night was nice, spending time with some old friends.
    The Diamond lounge has steadied out, but there are still none diamonds getting in for the free drinks.
    The hotel director and a couple of other officers have a conference call with Miami today the outcome of which we will be told this evening.
    Watch this space. Lol
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  • Day10

    It looks like a done deal

    November 7, 2013, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    Things have have settled down in the diamond lounge of an evening.
    People seem to have accepted the so called trial, and quietly queue for their drinks.
    So to me it looks l like a done deal that this is the way it's going to be on all ships in the future.
    I'm sure this fall of in complaints from the passengers was expected by the cruise line.
    Also I think that this is the lead up to Diamond plus being moved out of the concierge lounge and up to the Diamond lounge.
    With the diamonds moved out of the diamond lounge and having to use the three drinks on their seapass around the ship, just my opinion.
    The rest of the day was a usual sea day, in other words a lazy day.
    The weather has improved each day and the seas have calmed right down.
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  • Day9

    Things have calmed down

    November 6, 2013, North Atlantic Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    Things have calmed down inside and outside.
    The sea is like a mill pond, and even the Diamond lounge, things have calmed down.
    We were able to get seats in the Olive and Twist bar and bring our drinks out of the diamond lounge, although we did have to queue for them.
    We did have a more pleasant evening than down in the concierge lounge, where the main topic of conversation seems to be how many points you have and how many more cruises you've done than anybody else.
    The clocks went back another hour last night, so I was wide awake at 2.30am so i forced myself to stay in bed for a few more hours, as even for me 2.30am was to early to get up.
    We started the progressive quiz yesterday and did ok.
    It's still a brilliant quiz, even though I've done it so many times I still can't get all the answers correct.
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