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  1. I will be running errands early this morning so here's a preview of Saturday's lists: Today's care list: Mrs Vmax Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers Burnout at work, especially Live4cruises California and Colorado Wildfires Seasick Sailor;s skunk those in the path of Delta RIP Whitey Ford Denise’s friend with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer (but pleased she’s comfortable). and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: MS Rotterdam in the water Return of Amsterdam Luggage Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers and cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters(Heroes never think they are) Roy
  2. QE and QV are basically Signature/Vista ships and bear little in common with the Pinnacle Class. Their new ship will be based on the Pinnacle model. Roy
  3. Same here. I had a 2004 Viking River cruise but nothing since and never Oceania and they both bombard me with junk mail. I get emails from Crystal and HAL@Home but not much else electronically. Roy
  4. Wow. A bunch of questions and not many answers. I THINK beer and wine were available but since I don't drink it didn't register. I don't remember anything about snacks but I think there was a small shop, probably with limited hours, and fresh fruit. I'm also surprised I don't remember much about coffee but strongly suspect it was available 24/7 on the bridge. There was some limited deck space but it was just painted metal: Sitting out on deck was not likely to happen much anyway since it was March quite far up in the North Atlantic and quite a wind chill. I did not see chairs of any kind although a couple might have been brought out where the weather was more conducive. Roy
  5. I can't believe that with 8 days at sea on the Canmar Courage I never took a photo of my cabin but it was spacious and comfortable. They are in the tower area under the bridge and were built as officers' quarters with some going unused depending on the number of officers. We normally had 24/7 access to the bridge although I'm sure there were a few times when we had to stay away during special maneuvers. There was no real TV although there was a TV where we could play movies. The 5 passengers We were free to walk around the tower below the bridge but had very limited places to go outside on deck. Meals were served at set times in the officers mess; there was just one table so we dined either before or after the officers. There were not a lot of choices but the food was good. In addition to our cabins and the bridge there were 2 main places where we could go. One was the lounge (the photo of my fellow travelers posted yesterday was taken there) which had some games for amusement. The other, on one of the lowest decks, was a small gym without much other than a stationary bike. Exercise during the voyage was either the bike or the stairs going up and down the tower (there was also an elevator): Early in the voyage we had a muster drill and they opened up one of the lifeboats for us to have a look inside. There was a boat on each side of the ship: Only the Captain had internet and there was little contact with the outside world. He did net us know about the start of the Iraq liberation. People who talk about HAL being quiet have obviously never been on a freighter. I think we had 2 "activities" during the voyage. One was a tour of the cargo deck where we got an up close up look at how the containers are stacked and how they are all locked together. The other was a tour of the engine (not engine control, actual engine) room, There was just a single engine (obviously reliability is a necessity) and a single prop. The room was absolutely spotless. Hard hats were required for both tours as well as ear plugs for the engine room (perhaps more on that later). We never encountered rough seas (much to the kids disappointment) but had ice for a couple of days and several days of thick fog. The ship went to Antwerp and Hamburg but all 5 of us got off in Antwerp. Roy
  6. The latest smoke detectors have a permanent battery so that won't happen and I really recommend upgrading at least one of the detectors with the new style. I replaced one of mine and still have one old one. Roy
  7. It will be sunsets rather than sunrises for the next couple of days. On October 8, 2017 the MS Amsterdam crossed the International dateline. While it was officially October 8 ship's time, I figure by then actual local time was October 9. Roy
  8. It will be sunsets rather than sunrises for the next couple of days. On October 8, 2017 the MS Amsterdam crossed the International dateline. While it was officially October 8 ship's time, I figure by then actual local time was October 9. Roy
  9. I'm thinking my next few posts here will continue to be from my 2011 Blount Cruise New York to Montreal. On October 9 we cruised the Thousand Islands and upper St. Lawrence River. The Thousand Islands were a summer retreat for rich New Yorkers in the days before modern activities and many large "cottages" and "castles" were built. We sailed by Boldt Castle. Mr. Boldt built a huge, lavish structure for his wife but simply abandoned the project when she died suddenly. It sat abandoned for about 60 years but was restored as a museum in the 1970's. I had visited it on previous trips but we simply sailed by it on this one. The structure in the foreground is just the boat house: We had some lovely colors in the St. Lawrence at that time: We did visit the Singer Castle, built by the Singer Sewing Machine magnate: Late in the day we passed through one of the locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway: Roy
  10. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. A special salute to Fire Prevention Week. I'm curious about the first day, and will like the pizza but pass on the beer. I resemble that quote. As indicated yesterday, the Amsterdam crossed the International Dateline (wonder if that has a special day) October 8 so I will assume dinner came on October 9. That was a Monday and Thanksgiving Day in Canada. My alternate menu suggestion is Chilled Peach Soup, Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey, and Apple Tart as served on the Amsterdam the day we crossed the international Dateline. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers Burnout at work, especially Live4cruises California and Colorado Wildfires Seasick Sailor;s skunk those in the path of Delta President Trump, Melania and the entire White House staff Denise’s friend with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer (but pleased she’s comfortable). and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Occasional posters including @0bnxshs MS Rotterdam in the water Return of Amsterdam Luggage Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters Denise’s new kitchen and drive in voting Roy
  11. This date 9 years ago I was on a Blount cruise through the Erie Canal New York to Montreal and our destination for the day was Oswego, NY. It is actually a port for ocean going ships but off limits to most cruise ships since the maximum width of the Seaway locks is 78 feet. A few very small cruise ships have been there (MV Columbus comes to mind) but not many. I don't have photos of it but Fort Ontario in Oswego was a World War refuge for about 1000 Holocaust survivors. I was of course attracted to the fire museum in Oswego: And here's the ship with the pilot house in the raised position, prepared to leave the restricted bridges of the canal and enter Lake Ontario. Roy
  12. The Canmar Courage did in fact leave Montreal the morning of Thursday, March 20, 2003. By the time we left the view out my lovely forward facing picture window was not quite as nice as when I boarded: There was still quite a bit of ice in the St. Lawrence as we headed out to sea. We continued to see ice beyond Newfoundland. Next photo is 3 of my 4 fellow passengers: I thought I would cover the freighter in just one post but it will be at least two. Next up, life on the freighter. Roy
  13. Today's sunrise photo brings back great memories. It's from my 2011 Blount/Crystal Montreal Circle. On October 8 we were in Central New York and started out very early from Sylvan Beach crossing Oneida Lake to Oswego, NY and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The sun came up at the west end of Oneida Lake, just a stones throw from an island where we had my high school graduation party. Roy
  14. Today's sunrise photo brings back great memories. It's from my 2011 Blount/Crystal Montreal Circle. On October 8 we were in Central New York and started out very early from Sylvan Beach crossing Oneida Lake to Oswego, NY and the St. Lawrence Seaway. The sun came up at the west end of Oneida Lake, just a stones throw from an island where we had my high school graduation party. Roy
  15. Love those Boardwalk balconies. Some of my November sunrises will be from my balcony. Roy
  16. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. Touch Tag is probably not a good idea in these times. Balloons are a lovely sight up in the air. I hope people are able to get their sight checked in these trying times. Interesting quote. Nice to see that Rotterdam is now floating. I hope she gets fitted for AIS fairly soon. On October 8, 2017 we crossed the international Dateline on the Amsterdam. While administratively the ship observed the entire day as October date but I assume we crossed the dateline during the day so I will also assume my final October 8 meal was lunch. My alternate menu suggestion is Naked Fries from Dive-In. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers Burnout at work, especially Live4cruises Deceased CC Member wizard-of-roz and her family California and Colorado Wildfires Seasick Sailor;s skunk those in the path of Delta President Trump, Melania and the entire White House staff Denise’s friend with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers Ger_77 visiting grandchildren cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters and two bicyclists, a white Trump fan and black Biden supporter who pedaled together from Portland ME to Portland Or in a “Unity ride” Roy
  17. When I last posted on my 2003 World trip I had just left one cousin's house. The other (where I had lunch still lives in the family homestead: My mother grew up in the original (brick) portion of the house. The extension has been there going back to my early childhood. We had a great lunch and then I called the ship's agent and the plans again started going crazy. While I had expected to board the Canmar Courage on Wednesday (my Howick visit was Monday) and I rushed back to Montreal, returned my car, gathered my stuff at the hotel, and caught a cab to the port. When I got to the ship they had barely finished unloading and departure did not appear anywhere near imminent. Over the next couple of days I got a look from my picture at the progress of loading from a deep cargo hold until they were stacked high up on the decks. On Wednesday I went into Montreal for a steak lunch and a stop at an internet cafe. " Subject: Hello from Montreal (still) Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 3:35 PM Most of you got a message from my cousin that I was leaving Montreal this morning. She told you what I believed was true, but I'm settling in to the uncertainties of freighter travel. I got the Wed information from the line's office, but called the port agent from the home where I had lunch and was told we were leaving Tuesday morning. I pretty much bolted from their house, returned my rental car, and left my hotel for the ship. The Captain then said we were leaving Wednesday morning, and postponed it to Thursday morning yesterday. At breakfast this morning he said 6:00am tomorrow. I don't trust we actually leave then, but I do trust the Captain is giving his best educated assessment of the situation. Our sister ship bound for England left just after noon yesterday. It looks like I will get off at Antwerp rather than Hamburg, which will save about 2 days of travel time. We are sailing with our full complement of 5 passengers. The others are a family from Newton MA, with a girl about 12 and a boy about 16. They seem pretty well prepared for a week without TV and other diversions. I'm expecting a fairly rough crossing; there are reports the ship that sailed yesterday lost 70 containers to the sea on it's westward voyage. The crew is Indian; I've found the food a bit strange but not bad so far. I had a steak lunch today; I’m sure there will be none on the ship. I doubt if there will be much news on the ship. I'm actually more concerned about pneumonia than war right now, and bought some extra antibacterial hand wash. Hopefully, the next you hear from me will from somewhere in Europe about the end of the month. Best wishes for now. Roy" We did in fact leave Thursday morning. Roy
  18. I say front line health care workers first. Few things are more important, even to the elderly and those with health conditions, than the health of the people we count on to take care of us. Roy
  19. Three years ago today the Amsterdam was supposed to visit Dutch Harbor. Alaska. We had to cancel due to the weather so my photos are from my 2013 visit on the Crystal Symphony. It was a Sunday so I caught a cab to the Unalaska Methodist Church. It was a pretty plain building but the original Catholic Church was very nice. Dutch Harbor was an important base in WW2 and here's the visitor center: When ships were smaller there was a shipyard with a marine railway. It did a lot of work during the war: The shipyard was a favorite hangout for eagles: Roy
  20. Today's sunrise photo is the last from my 2012 Crystal Symphony Canadian Maritimes Cruise. It was taken shortly after we docked in Montreal. Roy
  21. Today's sunrise photo is the last from my 2012 Crystal Symphony Canadian Maritimes Cruise. It was taken shortly after we docked in Montreal. Roy
  22. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. An interesting choice of days; my favorite of them is National Flower Day and I bet it will bring out some great pictures today. Elon Musk is an inspiration. I wonder if Zaandam is headed for Torquay after Southampton. Garlic Rosemary Pork Chops sound great. For the next couple of days my alternate menu suggestions will be lunches for different reasons. On October 7, 2017 Amsterdam was supposed to have visited Dutch Harbor but was waved off due to weather. I took advantage of the bonus sea day to have lunch in the Pinnacle Grill so my dinner was barely a snack. My menu suggestion is a juicy, succulent Pinnacle Burger. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers Burnout at work, especially Live4cruises Deceased CC Member wizard-of-roz and her family California and Colorado Wildfires RIP Eddie Van Halen those in the path of Delta President Trump, Melania and the entire White House staff Denise’s friend with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer. and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers Ger_77 visiting grandchildren cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters and luggage starting to make it back to World Cruisers Roy
  23. I can relate to that. I grew up about a mile north of Hancock Airport and have great memories of the area. I used to watch the barges go through the locks west of Brewerton and my swimming spots were Oneida Lake and Green Lake. I became infatuated with the canal due to a scout leader who led a canoe trip on one of the feeder canals to the main Erie Canal. His enthusiasm was infectious and he had actually been on the canal as a boy. Roy Roy
  24. Continuing on my way towards the Trans Siberian Railroad my first international travel day was March 16 (2003). The day got off to a pretty early start boarding Amtrak's Adirondack to Montreal at 9:45AM, arriving that evening at 7:40. There was still quite a bit of ice on the Hudson. I had planned on a couple of days in Montreal before boarding my freighter and booked a hotel for 2 nights. My parents grew up south of Montreal and several cousins still live in the little town of Howick. I picked up a rental car and crossed the Mercier Bridge to the south shore. I had just heard about a new disease emerging in China and stopped at a store on the way picking up a few things including hand sanitizer before visiting my first cousin. We talked for about an hour before I left to have lunch with a second cousin. I had a nice lunch there before heading back to Montreal. The first cousin sent out the only email of the trip that I did not send. " Date: Monday, March 17, 2003 9:13 PM I saw Roy today. He dropped in at my home in Howick this morning on his way to another cousin's home for lunch. He asked me pass along the news that he arrived in Montreal safely and that he made it to Howick to visit family. He looks well and was not even using a cane when I saw him. He will be boarding the freighter on Tuesday afternoon or early the next morning depending on sailing time on Wednesday. I look forward to Roy's next message as I am sure you do. Evie" Roy
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