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  1. Veendam will be at pier 21 (starboard to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Key West, Florida (27 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (29 Feb 0800-1700); Ocho Rios, Jamaica (01 Mar 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (03 Mar 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Mar a0700) Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (starboard to) from 0600-1700. She is heading out on an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (27 Feb 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (29 Feb 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (01 Mar 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (03 Mar 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (04 Mar 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (04 Mar 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (05 Mar 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (08 Mar a0700) There are no other cruise ships in port. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. For the addicts: Veendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700 on Thursday, 27 February. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Rotterdam will be in Aruba on Friday 28 February from 0800-1800. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 29 February.
  2. February 24, 2020 Avatiu, Rarotonga, Cook Islands I did a good tour of the island two years ago so I did not do one today. I could not remember what the area around the tender pier was like (and I didn’t have but two pictures) so I decided I would take the tender over and refresh my memory. Since I was in no hurry, I waited until open tendering (no tender ticket needed) which occurred at 10:15. I went down and got on the tender and was on land by 10:35. The reason I could not remember the area was because there was nothing special to remember. I walked for a short time but I had no real desire to find the town so I turned around and looked at the stalls by the pier and was back in my cabin by 11:35. After lunch in the Lido I went to the Sea View pool and was able to do 2/3 of my laps before the pool got too crowded. I sat in the sun for awhile and read. When there were only two in the pool, I got in and finished my laps. The chlorine in the pool is turning my hair blue (kind of a turquoise shade). Not sure if there is much I can do about it. When I got out the second time, Sherita was working on her crochet. We sat and talked while I knitted and she continued her granny square blanket. It started to drizzle after a few minutes and we gathered our things and moved under the overhang from deck nine. Just it time too, because we got a good downpour. I left the pool at about 3:40 to get ready for afternoon trivia (the only one of the day). Only Diana and I showed up so we played with the “We don’t need Google” team that sits beside us in morning trivia. We won with 15 out of 17. 1.Who flew for 43 years without a pilot’s license? 2.How many eyes does an earthworm have? 3.What is the state flower of Alaska? 4.What color are the flowers of the dill herb? 5.Which part of a woman’s body would ancient Chinese artists refuse to paint? 6.Which planet has the longest days? I went to the Sea View pool for the last of the sail-away party. I sat and talked with Judy (Lee) and her husband, Rich, for some time. She treated me to the drink special – a Blue Lagoon. The usual four for dinner. I did not go to the show which was the Amsterdam singers and dancers. Once again, I think I saw the show last year. A sea day tomorrow. Trivia 1.Orville Wright 2.none 3.forget-me-not 4.yellow 5.feet 6.Venus Smooth sailing until next time! This is the second time I have posted an update, submitted it, and had it come up as an entry and then disappear. ????????!!!!!!!!!
  3. February 23, 2020 At Sea I woke up early and decided to have my once a cruise sweet bun. I try one each cruise just in case they are any better. As is the past, one will suffice for the cruise. As I was finishing it, Sherita came by and we went upstairs together. Once again we had everyone present for Sit and Stitch. In trivia we had 10 out of 15 and two teams tied with 12. 1)Taraxacum is the proper name of the flower more commonly known as what? 2.If you are sized up by a Brannock Device, what are you shopping for? 3.”Kiss Me Kate” is based on which Shakespeare comedy? 4.In 1814 Napoleon was exiled to which island off the coast of Tuscany? 5.Selaphobia is the fear of what? I did a little work on my Linus blanket and put up tomorrow’s sail-away thread before lunch. In Arts & Crafts we had more than 120 people (and it wasn’t even a jewelry day) so Nancy asked for volunteers who had not made a previous project (the lanyard) to make that so everyone would get something to make. Today’s project was a Polynesian zippered purse. We only had four present for afternoon trivia which was Spencer’s first since getting onboard yesterday. We had 14 out of 18 and the winners had 17. 1.Which two countries border Andorra? 2.Ruby is the gift for which wedding anniversary? 3.What nationality was Marie Curie? 4.What does “Genghis” mean (as in Genghis Khan)? 5.Which country is home to South America’s highest peak? I didn’t feel like swimming so I sat out on deck 9 in the sun for about 45 minutes working on my knitting. This evening’s dinner had a “Tropical Paradise” theme. The waiters had on flowered shirts and straw hats, the dining room was decorated with “palm trees” and everyone had a straw hat at their place. The show was an Australian singer named Annie Frances who performed hit songs of the 70s. She had a lot of energy and a big voice. Tendering conditions being favorable, we will make a stop in Avatiu, Rarotonga tomorrow. Morning Trivia 1.dandelion 2.shoes 3.The Taming of the Shrew 4.Elba 5.light flashes Afternoon trivia 1.France and Spain 2.40 3.Polish 4.universal ruler 5.Argentina Smooth sailing until next time!
  4. As soon as we know anything I will post it. Here's hoping that there will be no changes.
  5. He was. He mentioned it today at trivia. Lots of people on board know him.
  6. Rotterdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1600. She will be leaving on a 16-day Panama Canal cruise. Willemstad, Curacao (27 Feb 1000-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (28 Feb 0800-1800); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (01 Mar 0500-0500); Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica (03 Mar 0700-1700); Corinto, Nicaragua (04 Mar 0900-1700); Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala (05 Mar 0700-1700); Huatulco, Mexico (06 Mar 1300-1900); Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (08 Mar 1000-2000); San Diego, California (11 Mar a0700) Also in port are Costa Luminosa at pier 19 from 0430-2300 and Silver Wind at pier 25 from 0630-1800. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Next up: Veendam and Zuiderdam on Wednesday, 26 February.
  7. February 22, 2020 Papeete, Tahiti I awoke just after six as we were pulling up to the dock next to this huge yacht. Since I was not going anywhere until after nine I went back to sleep. This was my third time to Papeete and I had taken excursions both times. My goal for this year was to make it to the market. Sherita did not have a tour either so we met at 9:15 and headed off the ship. The market was about a five minute walk. The market had all kinds of things for sale – meats, fish, fruit, vegetables, flowers, crafts, and souvenirs. We looked around for about an hour and then found out about a café that had wi-fi. It was only about 10:15 but we each had a beer and were able to get 30 minutes of internet time. I was able to download the latest Apple update for my iPad and then started in on getting rid of old e-mails. We were both hungry so we got another drink (I got a Coke this time round) and ordered burgers and fries – which were delicious. We also got two coupons for internet time. By that time Judy (Lee) had come along and sat and had a drink and used her 30 minutes internet time. A little later Nancy and Cathy (who run Arts & Crafts) came along and did the same thing. When we left, we walked along some side streets and visited the cathedral before heading back to the ship. We stopped in the craft stalls that were set up near the pier and were back on the ship by 1:15. I needed to make tea so I took my book to the Lido and read while my tea seeped. When that was done I changed and went to the pool for a refreshing swim. They must have drained the pool because the water was much cooler than a couple of days ago. In what is becoming a regular feature, it is scuttlebutt time. Orlando Ashford (President of HAL) has been in Cambodia helping to get the passengers of Westerdam home safely and deciding what to do with the crew since Asian cruises have been cancelled. The latest rumor is that Ashford will be leaving Cambodia and getting on the ship (one version had him getting on today, another had him getting on in Auckland) and telling us what will happen to our Asian ports. Trivia was at 4:30. Tomas introduced the two new assistant cruise directors, Andrea and Spencer who both seem very nice. Only Diana and I were there from our team so Spencer played with us. We had 17.5 out of 23 and the winners had 19. 1.What are the three ways heat travels? (worth one point each) 2.What are the four smallest countries? (worth one point each) 3.What is white sugar mixed with to make brown sugar? 4.What non-mechanical sport has the highest speed? 5.Which comic strip hero is considered the world’s most famous cat? Today was National Margarita Day so in honor of that I had two (it was Happy Hour). They were quite strong and I was a little loopy until dinner time. I went out on deck three when we were casting off lines thinking some fresh air might help. All four of us were present for dinner. I did not go to the show. A sea day tomorrow. Trivia 1.convection, conduction, and radiation 2.Vatican City, Monaco, Nauru, and Tuvalu 3.molasses 4.sky-diving 5.Felix Smooth sailing until next time!
  8. Somehow yesterday's post did not make it, so here it is. February 21, 2020 At Sea All of us were present for Sit and Stitch. Sherita and I left at 11:30 to go to trivia. We had 9 out of 15 but two teams had 10. 1.The movie “Whisky Galore” was based on the 1941 sinking of what ship? 2.Until 1973, Belize was known as what? 3.Which Dutch city is the city of light? 4.Hyperopia is the scientific name for what eye condition? 5.In October of 1582 Pope Gregory XIII introduced which calendar? 6.What British band released the hit single “Unbelievable” in 1990? My fifth Linus blanket is coming along and I have finished about 25% of it. Lunch in the Lido and then Arts & Crafts. We made the earrings to match yesterday’s pearl necklace. I then had to get ready for dinner because I was eating early at Sherita’s table. Today’s scuttlebutt is not rumor – it was confirmed by Tomas. We are getting two new assistant cruise directors tomorrow. They are Spencer and Andrea. I have not met anyone who knows them. Afternoon trivia had us once again getting one off of the winning score (and we even talked about the right answer but ended up choosing the wrong one). We had 19 out of 20 and the winners had a perfect score. 1.What is the most abundant element in the universe? 2.What was America’s first organized sport (1664)? 3.What is the world’s laziest animal, sleeping up to 22 hours a day? 4.Which Indonesian island ended the 20th century packed with 2326 people per square mile? 5.Who was the father of Cleopatra’s son? After dinner I had time to post tomorrow’s sail-away thread and then go to the 7:30 show. It was the second performance by Jesse Kazemek. I then went to the Crow’s Nest for a game of Taboo. There were only seven of us so Tomas played on our team. We won 29 to 23. I walked back to my cabin on the outside deck on 9 and it was beautiful with a sky full of stars. I had been planning to stargaze before now but just hadn’t gotten to it so I went to my cabin to get my iPad which has the Star Chart app on it so I could tell what I was looking at. In the five minutes it took me to go to my cabin and get back up to deck 9, it started raining. My stargazing will have to wait for another night. We gain another hour tonight and will then be on Tahitian time. We will be in Papeete tomorrow. Morning trivia 1.S.S. Politician 2.British Honduras 3.Eindhoven 4.farsightedness 5.Gregorian 6.EMF Evening trivia 1.hydrogen 2.horse racing 3.koala 4.Java 5.Julius Caesar Smooth sailing until next time!
  9. Eight cruise ships in port on a busy Sunday. Nieuw Statendam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is headed off on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (25 Feb 1100-1800); San Juan, Puerto Rico (26 Feb 1100-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (27 Feb 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (29 Feb 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (01 Mar a0700) Koningsdam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0445-1700. She is doing a 10-day Southern Caribbean Seafarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Feb 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (25 Feb 1100-1800); Amber Cove, Dominican Republic (26 Feb 0800-1800); Kralendijk, Bonaire (28 Feb 0800-1800); Willemstad, Curacao (29 Feb 0700-2300); Oranjestad, Aruba (01 Mar 0700-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (04 Mar a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Allure OTS at pier 18 from 0515-1630, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Edge at pier 25 from 0600-1530, Celebrity Silhouette at pier 21 fro, 0545-1600, and Regal Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Rotterdam on Monday, 24 February.
  10. Personally, I am hoping for some more Australian and African ports if we end up not going anywhere near Asia. I am sure the powers-that-be in Seattle are putting in some extra hours figuring things out.
  11. Pitcairn was on the 19th. Captain Mercer and a few of the officers were able to go to the island and he has some great pictures in his blog. http://captainjonathan.com/pitcairn-island-3/
  12. Please note: We have now left North American time zones and in a few days will cross the International Date Line which means the sail-away threads will likely be posted at strange times. Please check the second or third page just in case the thread has slipped down. Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She will be doing a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (23 Feb 0800-1600); Falmouth, Jamaica (25 Feb 0800-1700); George Town, Grand Cayman (26 Feb 0800-1600); Cozumel, Mexico (27 Feb 1100-2300); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (29 Feb a0700) Also in port are Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600, Independence OTS at pier 18 from 0615-1630, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, and Carnival Sunrise at pier 4 from 0445-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Also, Nieuw Statendam will be in Key West from 0800-1700. https://www.keywestharborwebcam.com/ Next up: A full house on Sunday, 23 February with eight cruise ships including Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.
  13. February 20, 2020 At Sea Rich (Judy [Lee]’s husband) helped me wind yarn during Sit and Stitch. At 11:15 I took my fourth finished Linus blanket to turn in and got some yarn to start #5. There is not much yarn left so I am going to make another “Stashbuster” blanket with many different colors. All of us were present for morning trivia. We had 10 out of 15 but two teams tied at 12. 1.What is the most popular day for eating ice cream? 2.What country’s highest award is the “Order of the Elephant”? 3.How old was J.K. Rowling when she published her first Harry Potter book – 33, 31, or 29? 4.What 1987 Paul Simon album won a Grammy for Album of the Year? 5.What is “olfactophobia” a fear of? I sorted out my yarn and started my new Linus blanket before lunch. In Arts & Crafts we made a freshwater pearl necklace. We will make the earrings to match tomorrow. I worked some more on my Linus blanket before heading to the Crow’s Nest for afternoon trivia. We had 12 out of 17 but the winners had 16. 1.Which child star almost stole Judy Garland’s role in The Wizard of Oz? 2.Which continent has the most people per square mile? 3.Who wrote Sons and Lovers? 4.What rock makes the cheapest, softest form of sandpaper? 5.What is the second longest river in Africa? 6.What sport used the term “home run” long before baseball? I headed to the pool and swam for an hour. We had quite a downpour just as I was finishing my swim. The latest scuttlebutt continues to deal with the coronavirus. Evidently, cruises to Asia are being cancelled and people are wondering if we will have to skip any of our Asian ports and if so, would we add ports. Tonight was a Gala Night with a “Joie de Vivre” theme. The description said, “A gala night to cheerfully enjoy life as the French do, en-route to French Polynesia.” I did not go to the show. It was the singers and dancers performing “Atlantic Crossing” which I have seen. We gain another hour tonight. Another sea day tomorrow. Morning trivia 1.Sunday 2.Denmark 3.31 4.Graceland 5.smells (or odors) Afternoon trivia 1.Shirley Temple 2.Europe 3.D.H. Lawrence 4.flint 5.Congo 6.cricket Smooth sailing until next time!
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