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Not that many

I mentioned yesterday that I had found a counting error on the Whales. One too many waves in the series below the large whale had led to the Compass Rose being too far toward the center which affected both the … Continue reading

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Port of LA

AKA San Pedro.  We were docked at the Pier before 0600. The view of the sunrise which was also right after 0600 – was amazing. And even the cranes looked interesting against the sky As a turnaround day, the ship … Continue reading

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Too many children

Ok, this is a sea day and everyone is running around the ship looking for things to do. There are about 3k worth of passengers which has become way too many for me to deal with. Worse – over 600 … Continue reading

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Cheers with….

Unlike some of my more recent cruises on Royal (see Symphony in March and Quantum in Oct/Nov) there were a limited number of senior loyalty members on this cruise. About 65 all told in the above 350 nights category.  So … Continue reading

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Opening Hours

and here we are in Puerto Vallarta. The ship is docked in the usual place. There is also the Carnival Panorama which pulled into port a couple of hours after us. It makes for business at the Sam’s Club and … Continue reading

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Blue Line again

I didn’t remember that I had been to this port just last year until after Miriam and I were off ship, through all the tour hawkers and across the street. There is was – the sign for the “Linea Azul” … Continue reading

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Not tenderized

Today, after sailing past/through a pod of whales (long past by the time I grabbed my phone and ran down 8 flights of stairs….) we arrived in Cabo San Lucas about 30 minutes ahead of schedule. This particular stop, a … Continue reading

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A different elevator music

Didn’t most of us grow up with Muzak – aka – elevator music? Well, Miriam spotted an alternative this evening. Music in an elevator. Right, From a piano. And the piano is in the elevator – It is one of … Continue reading

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And it is the Navigator again

But not the same route that the Eldest, the Toddler and I sailed last year about this time. The actual itinerary is : Friday, January 19 Los Angeles (San Pedro), CA 4:00pm Saturday, January 20 At Sea Sunday, January 21 … Continue reading

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Considering the last ten days or so

We managed the last sea day – took little time to pack. We both felt under the weather but were bound and determined to NOT looks sick and make it safely home. Means we wore masks. Good Masks. All the … Continue reading

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Two-Fold Bay

Today effectively marks the last of our port stops for the cruise. Eden lies south of Sydney by just enough to make it seem like a whole different world. But in this case, the town feels very similar to the … Continue reading

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Sydney on a Monday Morning

Unlike yesterday when there might have been a remote possibility of city travel in less than a life time – today was Monday morning travel at it’s worst. the skies were clear as we caught the first shuttle out of … Continue reading

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Sydney arrival

It wasn’t all that early when we sailed into Sydney Harbor. But the sun was shining as the first of the skyscrapers appeared over some of the headlands. For the Aussies reading this – sorry for whatever I get wrong… … Continue reading

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Newcastle

Moving south along the Queensland Coast, we come to the Hunter River and Newcastle.  I don’t know if this was the original “coals to Newcastle” but it might as well have been. When the local coal started to run out, … Continue reading

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More coughing.

I am not dying. Not even a little bit. But just miserable. My fever has broken, Now I would just like to be able to get some uninterrupted sleep. (queue more whining…)

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Coughing Day 1

This should say “Sea Day” but really… It seemed that half the people who boarded in Cairns were coughing and have taken their time sharing their joy with the rest of us. I do not enjoy coughing my brains out. … Continue reading

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Brisbane

Obligate sunrise pix   Not on the original list – Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, the third largest city in Australia (2.6M) and definitely bustling without seeming overwhelming. We docked at the new cruise terminal which, as I mentioned … Continue reading

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Three at Sea (3/3)

And the seas have calmed down, people are out and about. The decks are open as is the Star Grill (eatery on Deck 8) which serves as the buffet location at dinner time. Not being much for group activities, I … Continue reading

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Three at Sea (2/3)

Since today was just a bit less rough and ready than yesterday, and still at sea without the ability to hang out on deck or walk along corridors without making sure there was a railing – I though I would … Continue reading

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Three at sea

This is the first of three sea days in a row. There is minor grumbling among the passengers. Mostly, I think, due to the change in the itinerary. Not that anyone in the cruise industry, or any human for that … Continue reading

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