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  1. @bennybear, that last picture looks like it would fit in with all the social distancing decals we have today. Roy
  2. Don't forget, I would have needed to carry it on my back 3/4 of the way around the world! Roy
  3. Actually, it was just one night and it was almost worth it just for the internet termnal. Roy
  4. I had just one night in Gothenburg. My next stop was Stockholm and it was supposed to be a little over 3 hours by high speed train. It was an easy walk from my hotel to the Gothenburg train station. My high speed train suffered a breakdown and I had to disembark in Hallsberg, near the midway point, and change to a conventional train. My room at my hotel in Stockholm was not much bigger than my rooms on the ferries. The next morning I had a mostly free day in Stockholm before the next leg began: “ Date: Monday, April 07, 2003 3:42 AM I'm lucky today. My hotel in Stockholm has a free internet terminal right in the lobby. Welcome to this list to my fellow travelers from the Canmar Courage. You mentioned experiencing my trip vicariously. Anyone who takes a preteen and an early teenager for 12 days on a freighter with the experience coming out happily for both generations and the others on the ship (both passenger and crew) already has an experience most people would be very lucky to share in. In answer to a few questions, I did not buy a kilt in Scotland, but did buy a tie in the Ferguson design. I am not terribly worried about SARS, my closest to Hong Kong will be about 500 miles. It appears to be pretty hard to catch except by very close contact anywhere but Hong Kong. It's been quite frosty up here, the temperature yesterday was -1 (30 Farenheit) with a 30 mph wind. Gothenburg was a beautiful city with wide boulevards and enticing sidewalk cafes, although my brief time there did not allow much sightseeing. My high speed train yesterday suffered a breakdown, making a varied day of travel. It was pleasant and quiet the half hour we were on it. Stockholm is a lovely city, but just a bit too cold to spend a lot of time outdoors.” Roy
  5. I'm going to play fast and loose here with the date here. The Amsterdam was at sea October 22-23 (2017) but the 23rd was pretty routine. We had a HUGE storm on October 22. Pretty much everything had to be tied down: The sun did come up to a clear sky most of the day but the seas remained choppy. Salt was caked everywhere: It was a day to adapt to a practice I had developed crossing the Drake Passage several years earlier for descending stairs, grabbing the handrail well before reaching the first step and maintaining contact all the way to my destination: Roy
  6. Today's sunrise is the last from my 2011 combination of Blount through the Erie Canal New York to Montreal and back on the Crystal Symphony. On October 23 the Symphony was at Newport. Roy
  7. Today's sunrise is the last from my 2011 combination of Blount through the Erie Canal New York to Montreal and back on the Crystal Symphony. On October 23 the Symphony was at Newport. Roy
  8. Special to @BWIVince You mentioned earlier familiarity with the area around Whole Foods in Columbia Town Center. Yesterday a new park was opened and it's dedicated to 102-year-young resident Vivian "Millie" Bailey. A veteran of WW2, her park will house the county Veterans Memorial but already features a kid's playground. This spunky gal also recently ticked a sky dive off her bucket list" Roy
  9. SPECIAL Shoutout Local resident Vivian C “Millir” Bailey has been an outstanding volunteer in my county since she arrived in my county 50 years ago. A WW2 veteran, a local park was dedicated in her honor yesterday: Now well past her 102nd birthday, she recently crossed skydiving off her bucketlist. Well done, Millie Roy
  10. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. Tough times for event organizers. Talk show hosts have become experts at adapting to the times. I don't can but salute those who do. Love the quote. Pork Loin Roast sounds nice but my alternate menu suggestion is Chilled Grape and Cranberry Soup, Ribeye Steak and Cherry Sundae, as served on MS Amsterdam October 23, 2017. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax with radiation looming Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers California and Colorado Wildfires Sharon’s book club member and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers Fall colors Spring coming to New Zealand Rendezivir Happy 39th, Ichiban Nekko and StLouisCruisers son visiting his gram Roy PS. There will be a special shoutout in another post today
  11. That's correct, it is a ferry that carries vehicles. I'm pretty sure both this ferry and the next one had restrooms in the cabin but I'm not sure. There isn't really anything more on Gothenburg, it was just a single night there. I'll add a bit of planning info here, one of my go to sites in planning the trip was seat 61, and they described the route from London to Moscow in quite a bit of detail so planning it was pretty easy. Roy
  12. The plan for my 2003 terrestrial circumnavigation of the globe included 4 overnight segments by ship. After my 2 nights in Edinburgh I caught a quick train to Newcastle and a shuttle to the port. The then Princess of Scandanavia sailed from Newcastle to Gothenburg, Sweeden, a journey of about 26 hours probably twice a week (That service no longer exists and the ship is now the Moby Oban, connecting Genoa and Liverno). We left Newcastle at 3PM Friday and arrived in Gothenburg at 5:30PM Saturday. There was an intermediate stop in Kristansand, Norway although through passengers were not permitted to go ashore there. Many of the details of the voyage are pretty foggy now but I think meal service was a cafeteria with a pretty good selection of items. There was outdoor deck space but not a significant place to walk. My cabin was small but comfortable. I took a tram from the port to my hotel in Gothenburg. It’s now something quite routine but was new to me at the time. Dinner (Pasta I think) was on the sidewalk outside a restaurant. There was a curtain of heavy plastic strips to keep clod winds at bay. Roy
  13. I'm going to take some liberties here for the next couple of days. The Amsterdam was at sea October 22-23 but I'll report on October 22 at sea tomorrow. We were actually supposed to be in Inchon October but the Chinese got into a bit of a snit about us going from Korea to China so we extended our time in Japan instead. These memories come from a 2014 World Cruise medley where I combined Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity, and Amsterdam Bali-Singapore-Cape Town-Ft Lauderdale. My best flight to Bali was Korean Air, and I took advantage of the opportunity for a stopover in Seoul and my tour on the 22nd was to the DMZ(actually, a "Civilian Control Area at the edge of the DMZ). We stopped at Imjingak, just outside the Civilian Control Area where our guide got our entry passes and we got our first glimpse of the border fortifications: When we entered the Civilian Control Area we first got a look at a model of Panmunjon where the armistice hammered out: The armistice did not mean peace. The north has made several covert attacks including trying to dig tunnels under the DMZ. We got a look at one, discovered in 1978: We visited "Dora Observatory, although it was quite foggy. I did get a glimpse of North Korea but could not pick it up with the camera. Here's the tower: Roy
  14. I'm not sure what this is about. I'm a long term cancer person. My doctor has said I will die WITH prostate cancer but will NOT die OF prostate cancer. My quarterly hormone shots have virtually no side effects. When I started I used to get hot flashes but haven't noticed that for a few years. Roy
  15. I haven't yet weighed in on a vaccine. I'm still on the fence. I will try to wait for a consensus between Dr. Faucci and my personal physician. If they agree and/or Canada approves the same vaccine I will be very ready to get in line but for now am not convinced. Roy
  16. October 22 is the last day until early December that I don't have multiple sunrises to choose among. This was taken one year ago from QM2 on the way to Europe for Crystal Bach, Crystal Serenity, and finally Crystal Symphony: Roy
  17. October 22 is the last day until early December that I don't have multiple sunrises to choose among. This was taken one year ago from QM2 on the way to Europe for Crystal Bach, Crystal Serenity, and finally Crystal Symphony: Roy
  18. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. Love the selection of days, especially Clean Up the Earth Day. So true on the quote. Since I don't do seafood I'll pass on the salmon; my alternative is Chilled Peach and Ginger Soup, Spice Crusted Prime Rib, and Apricot Crisp as served on the Amsterdam October 22, 2017. It was a very stormy day and I'm glad I was well enough to enjoy it. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax with radiation looming Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers California and Colorado Wildfires Sharon’s book club member and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers Fall colors Spring coming to New Zealand A Baltimore performing arts group cheering and dancing for voters dropping their ballots in drop boxes. And the Utah Republican and Democratic Gubernatorial candidates, appearing together in a joint ad for unity. Roy
  19. It just happens that this is also the day for my cancer treatment. It's actually been relatively normal under Covid, but my treatment is just a shot every 3 months. What has changed has been masks, sanitizer, fewer chairs in the waiting room, and a temperature station at the entrance but still surprisingly routine. One new change is in my med today, Lupron to Eligard which is supposed to be almost an exact duplicate but Lupron is in short supply. I wonder if the Lupron was made in China or somewhere that is under embargo due to Covid. The other change is that I always had to fudge the treatment schedule to work around my cruise schedule but now I just take the 90-day cycle, fudging only to get to the days the doctor is working. Roy
  20. October 21, 2017 the Amsterdam was in Kagoshima, Japan. We had 2 stops on my tour beginning with Aimura Lava Park, a collection of trails, tunnel, and bridges in a big lava field: The other stop was Sengen-en gardens and Shokko Shuiseikan Museum. The spot is the residence of the ruler on the island in the 17th to 19th centuries. We had heavy rain as we left Kagoshima but a local high school band gave us a great sendoff anyway. Their music included a fabulous version of "In The Mood" that really had the Promenade Deck jumping. Roy
  21. I only have one sunrise for October 21. It's from my 2011 combination of Blount ships through the Erie Canal connecting with the Crystal Symphony in Montreal. On October 21 we were in Bar Harbor: Roy
  22. I only have one sunrise for October 21. It's from my 2011 combination of Blount ships through the Erie Canal connecting with the Crystal Symphony in Montreal. On October 21 we were in Bar Harbor: Roy
  23. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. I must check my meds every day. I pretty much take my buttons for granted. I'm not really into Nachos or Corned beef. Love the quote, almost a corollary to "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". My alternate menu suggestion is Chilled Apricot Soup, Japanese Chicken Yakitori, and Blueberry Crisp, as served on the Amsterdam October 21, 2017. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax with radiation looming Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers California and Colorado (with a new one) Wildfires Family and friends of Denise’s friend who died of cancer October 13 Sharon’s book club member and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Occasional posters including Sososailer and HalSailer Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers Seasick Sailer’s kitchen straightened out Fall colors A safe return for Cruising-Along Debbie’s nephew and his girlfriend The World Series Roy PS: I’ve heard on the news that Ireland is going back into lockdown. It’s probably quite lucky that Mrs. Vmax got her operation when she did.
  24. I had forgotten that. It was September 23. She was the first of the four at Shouthampton. Roy
  25. For the other 3 ships in your area it was their maiden call in Suthampton. I wonder if it will be for Westerdam also. Roy
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