Category Archives: Cruising

Not worth an hour

Our “port” today is Raiatea, Society Islands. With a population of around 12000, it has beaches, agriculture, tourism, and a small airport. (that small bit of very flat land right along the shore between the beach and the mountain.) Again … Continue reading

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Just to take a photo

After spending the morning listening to an interesting lecture sponsored by the BioEthics Department of U of MN and stitching, I joined my friends on deck 14. But there were no whales today. There were also remarkably fewer bar staff … Continue reading

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Cheers with an officer

Which, prior to the pandemic, was RCCL’s “Meal with an Officer” This particular benefit kicked in at about 350 cruise points, if I am remembering correctly. It would include a table of passengers with tan officer at each. Often this … Continue reading

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Ignoring Neptune

About 1600 today, we headed south across the Equator. It actually could have been a bit earlier, or perhaps later – I wasn’t paying any attention. As seems to be a tradition shared among the cruise shops and perhaps other … Continue reading

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Drinks Packages are not a good idea

At first I was going to tell you about the absolutely best meal I have had on board. It was last night’s dinner in the Solarium Bistro. This location isn’t huge, but serves a good variety of breakfast & lunch … Continue reading

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Heading West

and a little bit south if I want to be accurate.  It was a day for wandering around the ship, chatting with people, stitching, and making the mistake of attending the “Top Tier” event… I skipped this bit of silly … Continue reading

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Off to Queensland, Australia!

Thursday, October 13 Honolulu, Oahu, HI 5:00pm Friday, October 14 At Sea Saturday, October 15 At Sea Sunday, October 16 At Sea Monday, October 17 At Sea Tuesday, October 18 At Sea Wednesday, October 19 Papeete, Tahiti 6:00am Midnight Thursday, … Continue reading

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Walking in Honolulu

Before one sets out on a “short” hike, it would be smart to check both the weather and a real map. Just saying. The raindrops weren’t actually all that frequent, the roads were more or less where Apple Maps (and … Continue reading

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Day 2 – Lahaina

And it is still a tender port. I chose not to get off. Instead, I hung out in varied lounges, attempting to find a place that had QUIET! That may seem to be a logical thing – many of the … Continue reading

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Lahaina, Maui

This may be a bit random in places. When Dani and I cruised these island last month on NCL’s Pride of America, there were two stops in Maui. Both of them on the other side of the island. Both involving … Continue reading

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A day on the balcony

The truth is that I only sort of am tracking what the particular day of the week might just happen to be. If I get really confused – I can always go to one of the elevators and look – … Continue reading

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Day Whatever

Day 7? Does it matter? I didn’t do much ship wandering around today. The seas are not what I would call particularly rough, but there are certainly a lot of people complaining. Average forward speed seems to be running ~17 … Continue reading

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Day 5 – Pineapple Dinner

Oops – I mean Pinnacle. Whatever. All cruise lines, just like hotel chains and airlines, seem to have developed various loyalty programs over the years.  Every so often they get revised. The line I am currently on = Royal Caribbean … Continue reading

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Zoom Services

In past years, when I was traveling over the High Holidays I had to make the decision as to whether or not I was going to seek out local services (and deal with questions, the occasional bit of hostility, and … Continue reading

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Victoria, BC

As we pulled out of Vancouver almost three hours after our original planned departure – I started to wonder about our time in BC. There is an issue about tides, bridge heights and large ships which I was interested in … Continue reading

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Vancouver to Hawaii

I would give you a picture of the route – but forgot to pull it prior to today – and of course it is not on any website anymore… The ship is RCCL’s Quantum of the Seas. This is the … Continue reading

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Na Pali Coastline

Apparently what grows in many of the location is ferns (not the bushes and scrub that I expect from home)   and watching the low lying clouds kept me entertained this morning. I chose not to go anywhere with the … Continue reading

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Kaua’i

We sailed into harbor early enough this morning that there wasn’t much activity from either passengers on ship or those on land. I love the colors reflected in the water and the play of cloud shadows on this small bit … Continue reading

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tenders

(not chicken or fish, but the use of a ship’s lifeboats to ferry passengers to/from shore at a port where there is either no good dock or a shallow bay). I really don’t like tendering. It isn’t that I dislike … Continue reading

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Showers and Sunblock

Before I forget, it can rain during the day. Not cold and blustery mind you, but at least here on Hilo, showers in the morning aren’t uncommon. So (fill in your name in addition to Marise, Mike, Graeme, Jill, etc) … Continue reading

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