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Calmer, blue seas

the weather seemed to break sometime last night. Certainly this morning the skies were clear although a steady march of waves was clearly visible. We are cutting across them at an angle while contributes to the occasional bump and shift. … Continue reading

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ten weeks

away from home according to my rough look at the calendar. To recap – Berkeley – SFO – Vancouver – Quantum of the Seas (Hawaii)- Quantum of the Seas (Brisbane) – Labrador QLD – Quantum of the Seas (Tasmania) – … Continue reading

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More of the same

I can’t say much more about this particular crossing except that the coffee continues to be good, the sea rough. Most of the crew and passengers are still in a good humor. I spent most of the day stitching. This … Continue reading

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High seas, low

expectations. If anything, the seas for today and into this evening are going to be even rougher than yesterday. My cabin is on Deck 4. Some of the waves are coming perilously close to the lower edge of my porthole. … Continue reading

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Still rocking

or perhaps stronger rocking? As is obvious, the Atlantic is not being quiet. Seas are predicted to go from the current 3 meters up to 4-5. Not being stupid, I use the handrails – I am assuming they are there … Continue reading

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Uploading can work

If you are willing to do it before 0600 in the morning – local time which I think right now matches the Azores. So anyway – cabins on this ship – Looking from the door into the cabin and from … Continue reading

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Interesting people

I am sure that there are equally interesting people on other cruises that I have taken. Wait, that didn’t come out exactly right. It is just that on cruises which feature thousands of people and crowds everywhere – it is … Continue reading

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Excellent food, limited program

Unlike the bigger and fancier ships, the daily program has a limited number of entries. Other than the usual “let me get you into the spa so that we can make a living….” there was music and one round of … Continue reading

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More Rock ‘n Roll

Oh, I remember this well, the 3-4 meter seas and the ship with lots of movement.  Boarding yesterday went smoothly. Just like the last time, we 1) cleared customs – since we are leaving the EU with no planned stops … Continue reading

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Another Star Legend TransAtlantic

Saturday, December 3 Lisbon, Portugal   5:00pm Sunday, December 4 At Sea     Monday, December 5 At Sea     Tuesday, December 6 At Sea     Wednesday, December 7 At Sea     Thursday, December 8 At Sea … Continue reading

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FRA-LIS

Compared to yesterday, today was a breeze. The bed in which I slept was comfortable, the water in the shower plentiful and hot. Breakfast is included at the Hampton Inn’s which in my mind, puts them significantly ahead of the … Continue reading

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more than 24 hours in a day

Or at least that is what it felt like. Came midnight and I am sitting in the airport in Singapore. There is something or other about the flight being a bit delayed. It doesn’t matter if the instructions are being … Continue reading

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flying Virgin Australia

Oh joy, while a partner to United, and Air Canada – they are not a partner to the European members of Star Alliance (read Lufthansa which has been my frequent flyer affliction for decades). Especially since flying cattle car, I … Continue reading

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Packing up

While US residents are indulging in overeating turkey with various trimmings, I was enjoying the views of the Pacific Ocean (yes, to the East) and avoiding the contents of my suitcase, the bed, the floor…. oh yes, and the need … Continue reading

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a drive back

We checked out early with a plan. First, the bakery around the corner for coffee and pastries. I managed the pastries – but their coffee machine went out yesterday afternoon and was out for service. But the Retro Expresso was … Continue reading

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Two Museums

There were two museums left on my list that I really wanted to see: The Whistle Stop (Train Museum) and the Military & Colonial Heritage Museum. So after stopping at the bakery just around the corner – excellent coffee and … Continue reading

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Maryborough

It is not an unreasonable drive from Labrador to Maryborough. Not if you start early enough and have patience with the traffic as you by-pass Brisbane. Any other route would involve at least double the time and a lot of … Continue reading

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Sailing back to Brisbane – 1

As you might expect – other than stitching this was a quiet day on ship. So I will just leave you with a picture of a lovey caprese salad

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Hobart

We had most of today in Hobart. It was raining and frankly I was still tired from the previous evenings outing. Since the ship was leaving mid-afternoon or so, I elected not to try and catch a bus anywhere. Did … Continue reading

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Tasmania 2/2 – Bonorong

Don’t fall over from amazement or anything – but I actually took a ship’s tour this evening (yes it is still Monday) to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. They care for, treat, and whenever possible, return species to their native environment. … Continue reading

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