Monthly Archives: October 2022

Witches & Wizards & Skeletons

It is Halloween. (Local Time is 2000) There are a few dressed up, some decorated doors, and a party planned for late tonight.  As you can probably guess, I am not going to stay up for it.  There is also … Continue reading

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Play that funky music

through your headphones please! What is it with people anyway? WHY do they obliviously noise pollute public areas? Tomorrow is the last sea day prior to the end of the cruise. The only thing I can think of is that … Continue reading

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Waited too long

(Just for clarity –  I am at GMT + 11 and my server, located in California is GMT – 7) It was lovely this morning as we sailed into Noumea, New Caledonia. Earlier we passed a number of smaller islands … Continue reading

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Across the DateLine

And here I am, on the other side of the dateline from just about all of you. So for me it is evening on the 28th (Friday @ 1848). I find that it is better that I just don’t do … Continue reading

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Two hour day

Perhaps, if you are from the US, you remember the old TV show Gilligan’s Island?  It was the silly (not reality) show where some passengers and a couple of crew went off for a “Three Hour Tour” and got stranded … Continue reading

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Door Chicken

Remember what I said about the vast majority of passengers on this ship coming from Australia & New Zealand?  Now, think about cars and driving rules/ Got it? Now expand that to walking, stairs, and going through doors. North Americans … Continue reading

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The final hour

Well, as of 0200 the ship made the final time zone change on this side of the International Date Line. I promptly ran into the obvious problem – no way to set my phone etc. The result was spending the … Continue reading

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Flipping the clock back

Or turning it back, or having another time zone change.  Whatever. There were three hours change from the North American west coast to Hawaii. This morning we had another change of an hour to put us on the same time … Continue reading

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The Laundry Challenge

  There are those things, mostly daily household chores, which go away when you sail on any ship that owned/operated by someone else. So I am not speaking about family sailboats, houseboats, or any of the ‘work for a living” … Continue reading

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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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Whales and Mountains

Rather than force you to look back at the schedule I included when this leg of the cruise began on the 13th, I will just tell you that we are in Moorea, Society Islands. More accurately, this is Mo’orea of … Continue reading

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French Polynesia

What we forget, in our constant bashing of the UK as a former Colonial Power and the strangler of the Commonwealth – is that France is still a colonial power. It owns islands in the Caribbean plus (according to Wiki) … Continue reading

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Another Dinner

Apparently the idea of a special dinner for the “Pinnacles” was so well received last cruise, they decided to do it again this cr-19Ouise. The date picked was today, again in the Solarium Bistro at 1830. The menu was essentially … 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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