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  1. Thanks all. How cool is this! After searching unsuccessfully yesterday for luggage straps I just came back from dinner and our final pillow gift was 2 luggage tags and 2 luggage straps. I may not post for a while as packing (80 days worth of stuff) will be my priority. If I do not catch up before I board my train Tuesday morning there will be nothing more until Wednesday. I can compose posts on the train but not send them. Roy
  2. Well done Oosterdam. I wonder if Nieuw Statendam will get out on time or will be delayed by the engine problems. Roy
  3. Day P77, Friday, March 22, 2019, Oranjestad, Aruba The Veendam is in St. Lucia. I walked just 4 laps (1 mile) as I wanted to get some things done in my cabin and be on deck for what will likely be my final Prinsendam sail-in (We will probably dock in Ft. Lauderdale VERY early. I was up on deck 12 awaiting our arrival when the sun came up. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dawn0322.jpg I had a pretty limited agenda for the day. As I prepare for disembarkation I found I have only one luggage strap and was hoping for at least 2. I also wanted to find the Methodist church. When I was there on the Koningsdam it was a Sunday and I had planned to go there. I never made it as there was a Carnival on that blocked one of the streets I would have needed to cross. It was off the range of my good maps but I eventually found it with the help of my IPAD maps app. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/arubamethodist.jpg The church was close to the ocean and I walked back along the "linear park" that follows the shore. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/linear.jpg I was a bit surprised to see a school displaying not a local quote but one by a famous American. I guess the sentiment is the same regardless of your country. I looked at the various stores as I returned and most of them had luggage of some kind but none of the smaller items like luggage straps. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/crossover.jpg I returned to the ship about noon. I had given up on the downtown stores but took a stab at the idea it might be in a hardware store and went back out about 12:30. I did not find a luggage strap but did buy a length of rope. I doubt it will do much good but at least it was cheap and can be used for other things. Oranjestad has a pedestrian type street and a trolley runs along it. It was not evident when I went out in the morning but I did see it several times in the afternoon. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/trolley.jpg I boarded the Elegant Explorer for the final time about 2, walking across one of the Grand Voyage mats for the last time. I think it actually belongs to a passenger now but was used one last time. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/borrowed.jpg While Aruba's cruise terminal is mostly a simple sail through it isn't quite as simple as it looks. A sand bar restricts the width available to ships and I think they try to have ships on a first in first out scenario. If one ship must pass another on the way in or out it's possible but a pretty tight squeeze. All aboard was 4:30 and I went up to the lido deck a little after 4 to be ready for sailaway. In his message Captain Jeroen mentioned that one other complication of leaving Aruba is that we need to coordinate our departure with flight movements at the airport a couple miles to our south. For my final sailaway the Captain was handling the controls (Staff Captain Paul took us out of Curacao). https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/mylastsailaway.jpg We let go of the lines at 4:40, and at 4:50 I watched us drop off a pilot for the last time. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/lastpilotdrop.jpg It was just me at table 19. My choices for the evening were the Blackberry Soup, Rack of Lamb, and Butterscotch Sundae. With just me service was very quick and even after coffee I was out of the dining room by 6:30. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dishes22.jpg The featured entertainment was Jim Curry, a John Denver tribute artist. He was quite good. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/curry.jpg As a parting shot, I have a cumulative 5 1/5 months on the Elegant Explorer but am still discovering new things. I just noticed returning from dinner that there was a mermaid on the deck 8 ledge of the forward staircase. There's a glass column in front of it and I had never noticed it before. Roy
  4. Me too. I often go to Cruise Critic to look for them and realize when they aren't there that you lost your data source. Roy
  5. Thanks. It looks like I'll be up in the Lido having breakfast when the sun comes up. Roy
  6. Can someone do me a favor and check the sunrise and sunset times in Ft. Lauderdale. I think it's somewhere on the screen but HAL has an ad blocker and I can't actually get the webcam. Roy
  7. Welcome home banner was taken in as I walked up to the lido. Sailaway message NOW. Roy
  8. No sailayay message yet, but they have taken in the sanitizer dispensers. Should be soon.
  9. Day P76, Thursday, March 21, 2019, Willemstad, Curacao The Veendam has left the Amazon and is at sea arriving in St. Lucia March 22. I walked an early 6 laps around the lower promenade deck and then returned to my room until about 6:30 when sunrise should have been but there was nothing to see. I am no stranger to our final 2 ports of call. I've been to Curacao in 2013 on both Crystal Symphony and Prinsendam, 2015 on the Maasdam, and 2017 on the Koningsdam, and made the same calls at Aruba plus one in 2018 (Crystal Symphony). There are 2 places to dock in Curacao. The town is divided by a channel that runs into a bay where the cargo ships dock. That channel can be crossed on a floating bridge, and the traditional cruise terminal (with a terminal building) is on the channel just past the floating (Queen Emma) bridge. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/emmabridge.jpg I've never been to that terminal. On both my 2013 calls I was well past that berth near the far end of the channel, docked right next to an oil refinery. Not a pleasant place to be. The other place is called the "Mega Ship Terminal" which sits about 2/3 of a mile from the bridge, and fronts on the open ocean. There is shopping near the Mega Terminal but a significant walk to the historic part of town. I've been there on my last 3 calls (Maasdam, Koningsdam, and today). A second berth is nearing completion at the Mega Ship terminal which will be even farther from the center of town. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/newberth.jpg My plan was to just walk around town a bit and also do a bit of shipping (nothing came of that). I left the ship about 8:30 and headed into town and across the Queen Emma Bridge. The 548-foot bridge connects the "Punda", the historic part of town with Otrobanda (other side) district. The bridge is hinged at the Otrobanda and a pair of engines driving propellers at the Punda end swing the bridge parallel to shore when a ship needs to pass. For small boats the bridge may swing just far enough to create an opening on the Punda side and close once the boat has passed. That can happen in just about a minute. Once across the bridge I stopped by the floating market. At a small waterway off the entrance channel boats tie up on the shore. There are permanent stalls where the boats (mostly from Venezuela) set out fresh produce for sale. The stalls are on land but the boats act as the office and store room. I understood that the floating market is being discouraged and the hours are limited but they were still doing business into the afternoon. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/floating.jpg I walked about a quarter mile beyond the floating market and then followed the ocean front back almost to the entrance channel. There are old forts on each side of the harbor entry, and the one on the Punda side is also the seat of the Curacao government. Just beyond the government space there is a large open space, Wilhelmina Park. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/wilhelmina.jpg Curacao is home to the oldest continuously occupied Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Temple Mikve Israel-Emanuel (affectionately known as Snoa) dates to 1651 with the present building built in 1732. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/emanuel.jpg I've walked by it many times but this was the first time I visited. They have a very impressive organ, installed in 1866 and restored in 2003. There is also a museum where photography was prohibited. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/snoaorgan.jpg The Rabbi gave a presentation while I was there. One thing unusual about the building is that the floor is sand. There were several theological explanations and one practical one. The congregation traces it's roots to a time when Jews were persecuted in Spain and one of the things they did there was use sand to muffle the sounds of worship so they would not be discovered. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/sandfloor.jpg When I started back to the ship a couple of freighters were transiting the channel and the bridge was open. When that happens a pair of ferries provide a temporary link between the shores. I returned to the ship about 2. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/emmaferry.jpg We were back to 5 at table 19 with Kathi joining us again. The selections of the day did not interest me and I decided on the caesar salad, striploin steak, and butter pecan ice cream. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dishes21.jpg There was nothing advertised but the Lido Marketplace was decorated with a lot of green, apparently on a Caribbean theme. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/caribbean.jpg I finished a while past sunset but the lights of Curacao were starting to show. The Queen Juliana bridge, the current crossing for vehicles, (from 1974) can be seen in the background. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/curacaonight.jpg All aboard was not until 11:30 and the feature in the showroom was a movie. I skipped it and am wrapping up this post early. I plan to briefly visit the Crows Nest where Stevie is playing and perhaps even stay up for sailaway. As my parting shot, March 21 is the first full day of spring. While it officially started late on the 20th, this is really the start of spring For those of us based in North America, this is a really welcome event in 2019. Roy
  10. Keith, on my ship the internet does not support videos but I'm guessing you only went up a bit of Jacobs Ladder. I think that's a good thing. I was there in 2014 and walked the entire way, up and down, and my legs were quite sore afterwards. I heard from a local that what I did was the proper thing and that people who go in one direction but not the other are affected much more than people who do it both ways. Roy
  11. John, did Karen do "On My Own" as Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald? My favorite. Roy
  12. Day P75, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, [Isla Margarita, Venezuela]. At sea, MS Prinsendam The Veendam has left the Amazon and is at sea arriving in St. Lucia March 22. I was out on deck about 5:20 and conditions were pleasant with smooth seas and very little wind. Sunrise was supposed to be at 6:15AM but was more of a process. We started getting color in the sky about 6 which peaked 5 minutes later. There was nothing at 6:15 with just a small dot through the clouds later. It was almost 7 when the sun really became visible. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dawn0320.jpg Our original itinerary had us visiting Isla Margarita, Venezuela today. We passed it, about 105 miles to our south, about 8AM. They had a "Grand Voyage Souvenir" deck sale at 9 but it was very disappointing. The only thing I saw even remotely connected to our voyage were tote bags and generic "South America" tee shirts. It was another busy sea day. Jim McParland had a talk at 10 on the night sky. He was followed at 11 by a Captain's Corner. He was asked what he would not miss when the Prinsendam left the fleet and his response was that he would lie to have a ship with azipods. The long term captain on the World Cruise is very close to retirement so perhaps the Amsterdam? https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/capnchat.jpg Heather had her talk on our final 2 ports at 2 but the highlight of the afternoon followed at 3, the Indonesian Crew Show. The show opened with a song. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/song.jpg Next was a hand dance, a dance performed mostly while kneeling on mats. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/hand1.jpg My waiter, Adnyana was at the port end of the dancers. In addition to the movements of their hands one line of dancers held their hands while the second line weaved under their outstretched arms rotation positions forward to back to forward. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/hand2.jpg Next up was a waiter calling himself Brian who sang a song with very impressive dance moves. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/brian.jpg One of the highlights of the show was the Angklung Orchestra, where the members hold bamboo devices, each tuned to a certain note and shaken according to the rhythm. A number of guests from the front rows were called up to join in. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/anklung.jpg The finale song reflected the love of their country the crew members who took time beyond their regular duties to share. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/finale.jpg Signs of the end of the voyage continue. I had an appointment with the luggage shipping person and now will be sending all 3 of my big bags home. It was just me at table 19. I chose the blueberry soup, beef wellington, and strawberry crisp. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dishes20.jpg I was out quite early and went up to deck 13 for the sunset. It looked clear but the sun faded into clouds about 5 minutes before actual sunset. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dusk0320.jpg The featured entertainment was mime/magician Reuben Vilagrand. My action to him seems to vary by mood or something. This is the 3rd time I have seen him and was only impressed the second time. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/vilagrand.jpg We are close to full moon and the moon was shining both when I first went out in the morning and again after the show, not quite mirror images of each other but pretty close. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/moon0320.jpg My parting shot will be a wish for a positive outcome from the current political situation in Venezuela. I would like to visit sometime but this most everyone on board was pleased to learn that we would not be going there now. Roy
  13. Thank you Krazy Kruizers and puppycanducruise. Something strange seems to be happening today. I emailed my post to Wordpress and the mail seems to have gone through but the blog post won't show up. I'm ready to post here too but the picture links won't work until the blog gets updated. I'm off to Curacao so I'll check back later. Roy
  14. FYI, Prinsendam in Aruba is 8 to 5 (scheduled), and is on same time as FTL. For my final Prinsendam sailaway I will be above the bridge wing out of camera view but coming in I expect to be on the very top deck just to the port side of the elevator machinery housings. Roy
  15. Day P74, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Port Elizabeth, St. Vincent and Grenadines The Veendam is leaving the Amazon river and crossing the bar. Sunrise was just after 6 and I was only planning to walk about a half hour so I waited until past 5:30 to go out on deck. I walked mostly on 12 as parts of deck 7 were closed off. Bequia island was behind the sun when the appointed time came although there was some nice color in the sky. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dawn0319.jpg I have been to Bequia once before, also on the Prinsendam, in 2013. It is likely the second most populated islands of St. Vincent and Grenadines (after St. Vincent itself, 9 miles away by ferry). I ended up doing the same tour as the first time, leaving on the tender about 8:30. The harbor the tender crosses (Admiralty Bay) is quite scenic. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/admirlty.jpg The tour is by what the locals call "taxis", pickup trucks fitted with bench seats in the beds. I was in the back of the vehicle and had to hold on as there were no barriers at the back corner of the benches. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/svgtaxi.jpg Our first stop was Mt. Pleasant, the highest point on the island. We had lovely views of the Bequia landscape, some offshore islands, and sheep and goats grazing nearby. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/mtpleasant.jpg Next up was a turtle sanctuary. The sanctuary is the private project of a retired fisherman who became concerned about the Hawkbill turtle's dwindling numbers. He raises them from babies to about 5 years and then releases them into the ocean. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/turtles.jpg We had a refreshment stop at a little bar, the Whalebone Inn. There are actually 2; one is in town but ours was in the hinterland. The bar railing is actually the jawbone of a Humpback Whale. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/whalebone.jpg Our final stop was at Fort Hamilton. On property once owned by Alexander Hamilton it wasn't really much of a fort but it has several cannons and great views. It is quite close to the ship and the hill but not the cannons were visible from the deck. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/hamilton.jpg We returned to the dock about 11:30. I walked around town a bit and popped my head in a couple of the stores but did not see much of interest there. The town is largely Anglican and St Mary's Church was simple but elegant. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/stmarys.jpg A walk runs along quite a lengthy stretch of beach. I did not go in the water but it looked quite nice. I was back onboard about 1:30. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/svgbeach.jpg There was a big sailaway party on the lido deck with free drinks. I watched instead from deck 9 forward as the anchoring flag was taken down from the mast, the final time I will see it on the Prinsendam. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/sailaway.jpg The usual 4 were at table 19 for a "Pirates Night" dinner with the waiters (and many guests) dressed as pirates. I chose the "Treasure Chest" fruit cocktail, the "Treasure Island" breaded pork chop, and the strawberry sundae. We probably left the dining room a little after sunset and the sun would have been directly in front of us. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dishes19.jpg The featured entertainment was singer Jennifer Singer. I was quite drowsy but she was very good. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/singer.jpg I'll take a parting shot from the turtle sanctuary. As I understand it the owner was 57 when he retired and started the sanctuary 25 years ago. When he spoke to us he did not look at all like he was 82 years old. Having a purpose in life is probably one of the best ways to stay young. Roy
  16. Copper, if you get a chance can you see if anyone knows what the Koningsdam is doing after the 2020 Alaska season. It seems to be something of a mystery, even to the Prinsendam's Future Cruise Consultant. Roy
  17. Oops. Missing word. The passage started out talking about Tim Hortons and I intended to say "THEY have a part in the play. There are a couple of scenes of the towns people gathering in Tim Hortons. Roy
  18. Have a great sailaway. We should be heaving our anchor and sailing ourselves soon. Roy
  19. Day P73, Monday, March 18, 2019, Bridgetown, Barbados The Veendam is in Alter Do Chao. I knew the expedition phase of this voyage was over when I left my room and the stewards were coming around delivering shopping maps. I walked a minimal 6 laps with the expectation of walking more in town. We entered the harbor about 7. As usual, we would dock at the "sugar berth" where a series of towers and conveyors can load sugar into bulk ships. It is not really a bad location but the views are ugly. From the approach to the narrow path from the terminal and the views from my porthole or the front deck it is just not an attractive place https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/sugarberth.jpg I think this is the last time before Ft. Lauderdale where we will share the port with another ship. Mein Schiff 5, 3 times our size, was in port when we arrived and remained after we left. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/meinshiff5.jpg This is my 6th visit to Barbados including 2 Windstar transatlantics where I disembarked there, and I've done most of the tours so my plan was to just take a walk into town. I left the ship a little after 9 and started walking. Pelican Island was connected by a causeway to the main island in 1961 to create a deep water port. Until then a small river which supported only light ships served as the port. It's about a mile walk along the causeway to the old harbor. Bridgetown is named for an abandoned indian bridge which crossed the river. That bridge is gone but 2 new bridges remain in the same area. The Independence Arch is at the end of the downstream bridge. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/bridges.jpg I crossed the lower bridge and returned by the one upstream. In between there's a plaza with a statue of Errol Walton Barrow, father of Barbados independence (on November 30, 1966, Barbados became an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations). https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/barrow.jpg Returning on the upstream bridge to the main part of town I was at Heroes Square with a statue of Lord Nelson. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/nelson.jpg Adjoining Heroes Squ are is the Parliament, actually 2 buildings facing each other. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/parliament.jpg I had a rough plan for my walk including a couple of places I hadn't been before, and next up was Queen's Park. It's about a half mile beyond the center of town. It was originally the headquarters of the British commander but became a National Park in 1909. In addition to open spaces and playgrounds there is a bandstand which is used for concerts and a "steel shed" used for occasional theater and other events. The old commander's house is an art museum but was closed. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/queenspark.jpg Next stop on the way back to the ship was the (Anglican) cathedral. It has a lovely organ and great grounds. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/cathedralbbd.jpg My next spot was the Synagogue. The building dates back to 1654. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/synagoguebbd.jpg On the way to the Synagogue I stumbled across the original library. It was funded by Andrew Carnegie in 1906 but fell into disrepair and was closed in 2006. The city hopes to restore it but as of now has not found the funds. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/carnegie.jpg On the way back to the ship I popped into a store and found a couple of ties I liked. I was back at the pier about 2:45. All aboard was 5:30. I went to my favorite spot to watch our departure. Rather unusually, Staff Captain Paul had on a brown/tan uniform shirt. Captain Jeroen took the controls for our departure but it was Paul who pushed the button for 3 blasts from the horn. While we had a rather tinny response from Le Champlain at Devil's Island Mein Schiff 5 remained silent. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/sail18.jpg I knew I would be the only one at table 19 (others at the Cellermaster Dinner) and was willing to be late for dinner. We sailed off about 5:45 and sunset was 6:15 I decided I couldn't wait that long and started down the stairs, but noticed that there were clouds right below the sun. I checked on deck by the Seaview pool and the sun was gone but there was still nice color. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dusk0318.jpg Despite my late arrival dinner went very quickly and I was out about 6:30. My choices were the Raspberry soup, Jerk Chicken, and Apple Cinnamon Crisp. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dishes18.jpg If an entertainer has to come back for a second time on a cruise, probably one of the best choices for that is comedian Martin Beaumont. He did have a new routine and was good once again. My parting shot will be a bit of a milestone. I have now been on the Prinsendam for more consecutive days than on any previous ship. After 73 days, it still feels like I just boarded. Roy
  20. Does your cell phone work in Barbados? Are you going to stay close to wifi. Hope the event happens soon. Roy
  21. Day P72, Sunday, March 17, 2019, At sea, MS Prinsendam The Veendam is in Parintins. I must start with a correction to yesterday's post. I had said "Devils Island is NOT off limits to visitors." It should have been "Devils Island is NOW off limits to visitors." That one wrong keystroke was a major blunder. It was another windy day but I was able to get my full 5 miles in. I did divert to deck 12 with a bit more protection for about a half mile of it. The sun didn't really rise but I got the first confirmation that it was actually there while up on deck 12. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dawn0317.jpg It was a fairly quiet day for me. After the Interdenominational worship service I skipped the day's lectures (Vivianne Rowan and Heather with talks on pirates as well as Jim McParland on the Caribbean) but did watch the Chief Engineer's virtual engine room tour. There was nothing earth shaking about Captain Gorin's noon update but he did make it official we will get an extra hour overnight before our arrival in Barbados. We are not actually in the same time zone as Fort Lauderdale but are for all practical purposes. Between Aruba and Fort Lauderdale we will gain an hour going from Atlantic to Eastern time but will simultaneously lose it as we also go to daylight savings time with a net change of zero. There were intermittent periods of sun but not enough to raise the temperature to uncomfortable levels. The highlight of the afternoon was the Passenger Talent Show. There were 6 individual acts including 4 singers. Lecturer Jim McParland performed a ballad about a shipwreck. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/singers.jpg We also had a comedian who did some animal related stories. In real life he helps out at an animal shelter. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/comic.jpg The final individual act was a fan dance by the Tai Chi Instructor. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/fandance.jpg The show closed with the passenger choir. They did a medley of selections from Les Miserables. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/choir1.jpg One of my tablemates was front and center in the choir. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/choir2.jpg Dinner was a special for St. Patrick’s Day with the wait staff dressed as leprechauns. The menus had a green cover and the dining room was all decorated. Kathi again joined us to make a table of 5. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/stpatricks.jpg A lot of us went off the special menu for the "available every day" choices with several of us choosing the Caesar Salad and two of us getting ice cream for desert. My entree was the lamb shank. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dishes17.jpg I left via the lobby between dining room halves and the monkeys were dressed for the occasion. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/monkeys.jpg As we continue moving east sunset gets later (except for an overnight time change). Soon after I returned from dinner the stewards came by to service my room and I went out on deck for a few minutes. The sun was fading low in the sky and would not quite make it to the horizon but was nice anyway. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/dusk0317.jpg It was a changing of the guard in the animal kingdom as the monkeys are here and the raffle for the penguins took place before the main show, a variety show with singers Lorraine Brown and Robbie Howard. There was a Saint Patrick’s Day party in the Ocean Bar but I took advantage of the extra hour for sleep. https://morethangetaways.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/newowner.jpg My parting shot will be a thank you for the people who took the plunge and participated in the Talent Show. Roy
  22. Off to dinner. After today that isn't until 5:30 Fort Lauderdale time. Roy
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