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Jan 19, 2019 - Sea day

1/19/19 Sea day It was 75 and sunny this morning.  I went to the gym first thing. This is the final day of the first cruise, with most people getting off the boat tomorrow morning.  I headed up to the Serenity Deck (15) early to get some sun before it got too hot. After just a few minutes, the clouds rolled in and then it started raining.  It lasted less than 30 minutes. While waiting it out, I spoke with some nice people from Michigan. Then after a while, I laid back down. A few minutes later, crew came up and said they were closing the...

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Jan 19, 2019 - Jan 18-19 Sailing the Caribean

Friday, January 18 Sailing away today! We took the shuttle from the hotel to the huge cruise port—there were several large ships in port. The embarkation was speedy—handed off our bags, went through a short line to have passports checked and get our on-board card, got snapped by the photographer, and then got on the ship and were able to go directly to our room (although the luggage came a few hours later). We settled in, read the program for the day, and then set off to explore the ship. We stopped at the service desk and figured out how...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Jan 18, 2019 - Sea day

1/18/19 Sea day Today was a nice, relaxing sea day.  The sun shone all day long and it was about 75 degrees.  I went to the gym first thing and later did a lot of walking to help stave away some weight gain…  We did the hot tub a few times, and I even sat in the water at the edge of the pool. It was very busy, so it was enough just to sit and enjoy it.  As usual, we did some reading. We had coupons for a free drink if we ate lunch in the dining room. Jim had a “Kiss on the lips” tropical drink and I had the mudslide.  I had the Huevo...

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Jan 17, 2019 - Nassau, Bahamas

1/17/19 Nassau It was 72 degrees and sunny first thing this am and probably a few degrees warmer by noon.  This afternoon the clouds rolled in and the wind syarted blowing, so it felt chilly. There were 2 other ships in port,  the Carnival Elation, which was quite a bit smaller than ours, and a Celebrity Cruise Ship. This is our last port, with 2 sea days before we get back to New Orleans on Sunday.  It has been 39 years since we were in Nassau, so it had obviously changed immensely. We spent time this morning walking around and shopping....

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Nov 11, 2018 - a familiar stop

The well traveled tend to look down their noses at visiting the Bahamas. They are too close to the US, they are not pretty, little remains of their colonial heritage. If you're going to the Caribbean, better to visit the Virgin Islands for scenery, Curaçao for European culture, Bonaire for diving, Trinidad for their steel drums. Nevertheless the Bahamas have a special place in our hearts. We took our first cruise here and were set on a path we continue to walk with delight. We once spent a frenetic New Years' Eve at the Junkanoo festivities...

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Apr 3, 2017 - Sailing just for fun!

Returning to Palm Cay Marina Monday, April 3rd Weather: Partly cloudy, 10-15 knot winds, 3-4 foot swells and very warm (mid-80s) Route: sail from Allan's Cay --> the Yellow Banks, motor across the Yellow Banks -->sail to Palm Cay Marina waiting area --> let the NavTours pilot motor the Alexian into slip 47 Highlights: - a good day for sailing with favourable winds and some play time - safely crossing the Yellow Banks - a hot shower at the Palm Cay Marina - dinner at the Poop Deck in Nassau The Captain wanted to be crossing the...

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Mar 25, 2017 - Goodbyes and Hellos

Glamping at Palm Cay Marina Saturday, March 25th Weather: still very windy, partially sunny Route: Walk to the Fish Fry for lunch and back, take a taxi to Palm Cay Marina Highlights: - a leisurely small breakfast - strolling along the beach walk to kill time until the Fish Fry stalls opened at 11:00 - enjoying a delicious Grilled Grouper lunch at Curly's - having a complimentary drink at the Marina Tiki Bar - taking less than 2 hours to shop for the trip provisions - somehow finding spaces to stow all the provisions aboard the Alexian -...

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Mar 25, 2017 - The Alexian

The Alexian Because of the shallowness of the ocean waters and the numerous coral heads in the area we had chosen for this year's trip, the Captain suggested we charter a catamaran. The Alexian best met our capacity and price requirements. She was registered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada Type of boat: Catamaran Builder: Leopard 38 Length: 38'0" Year: 2000 Draft: 4'0" Beam: 21'0" Engine: Yanmar 2 x 39hp (3JH5E) -- one in each hull Passagers maximum: 6 Cabins: 3 Heads: 2 + 1 separate shower compartment The helm was equipped with many modern...

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Mar 24, 2017 - The Caves, Wind and Rain

What to do in bad weather? EAT! Friday, March 24th Weather: Partly cloudy, very windy and warm, with a few sprinkles of rain Route: walk to the Fish Fry, take the #10 Bus to The Caves and back to Rhonda's Highlights: - a brief hard rain last night - strong wind and rough water surface all day - delicious fish lunches at Oh Andros Restaurant in the Arawak Cay Fish Fry - catching the #10 Bus for a ride and an impromptu tour along West Bay Street to The Caves - exploring the two small limestone caves then walking to the nearby shopping mall...

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Mar 23, 2017 - Two Forts and a Garden

What does the eastern portion of New Providence look like? Thursday, March 23rd Weather: mostly sunny, 80F, not as breezy and a bit more humid Route: walk to Fort Charlotte, then to Downtown Nassau, catch the #19 Bus to Fort Montagu, walk to Nassau Stadium for lunch, walk to The Retreat, take the #19 Bus back to Nassau and the #10 Bus home. Highlights: - touring Fort Charlotte without crowds - having a Bahamian Policeman, in his white jacketed uniform, escort us through town to the #19 Bus stop - because it was so small, not being too...

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Mar 22, 2017 - The Queen Conch

What is a Conch ("Konk") Really? Scientifically: a Conch is a very large underwater snail that is native to the Caribbean Sea and as far north as Florida in the Atlantic. In its plankton-sized larval stage the baby conch drifts with water currents for 3 weeks until it settles into a suitable site. After metamorphosing, the juvenile conch or "roller" buries itself in shallow sand beds, hiding from predators and eating algae. Its shell is initially all white without its characteristic flare, gradually developing streaks of brown and finally...

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Mar 22, 2017 - Nassau's Historic Buildings

A Walking Tour of Historic Nassau Wednesday, March 22nd Weather: bright sunshine and not much breeze Route: #10 bus to Bay Street (the end of the line), walking around the tour route and to Potter's Cay for lunch and to the Super Value near Shirley Street and back to Bay Street to catch the #10 bus west to our stop. Highlights: - Hubby doing an excellent job, as usual, of guiding me around the tour route - finding a $20.00 lunch of Red Snapper "under the bridge" - only buying $24.04 of dinner items at a nicer Super Value near town - not...

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