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Mar 1, 2010 - first day on boat

Update # 3 Sunday 28th We are now on board the Islander just off of Baltra Island. Our day started with a bit of a shock, being woken up at 4:30 am for a 5:30 am pickup to the airport. We met a couple of shipmates in the lobby. At the airport we had to go through a special scan where they determined that we were not carrying anything illegal to the Islands. The staff checked us in and we were shown to the VIP lounge where some food and coffee awaited us. When the plane was ready for boarding, we were led to the plane first. The flight was...

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Feb 27, 2010 - We reach!

Update # 1 Here we are in Miami airport. Brent made it too! Brent and Robin have been whisked off to a private lounge while Jeff and I are slumming it in the hotel restaurant for lunch. Two glasses of wine later and really good salads, we are not begrudging them their cheese and crackers. We leave for Quito at 3:20 pm . It’s a three hour plus flight, so won’t arrive until nightfall. Tomorrow we have a guided tour and Robin and I are going shopping. See you then. Oh, oh! They are changing the brakes on the plane. We don’t need them until we...

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Feb 27, 2010 - day 2 in quito

Day 2 Quito February 27th 2010 No signs of altitude sickness despite not doing anything they recommended. But 6:30 am came very early. Hotel breakfast was amazing with ceviche, old goat stew and lot’s of local fruits. All had descriptions in English. Yum. 9am tour of the historic part of Quito. We saw just about every one of the 24 churches in the area, including the Baroque Jesuit church complete with all of its 7 tons of gold leaf! Our guide was a fount of knowledge, but talked and talked. I must admit we switched off after a while. But...

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Feb 19, 2010 - Election sort of over

Election now over Brent can get the suitcases down and work out how to pack it. Part of the journey each suitcase can not weigh more than 40lbs. That's from Guayaquil to Baltra return. That will be a welcome change when the ladies have to pack the essentials and not also the maybes. Then maybe Brent and I can lift them?! Only a few days to go...

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Feb 6, 2010 - Bahamas Cruise Vol.II

Day 3—Nassau By 8 AM the ship had docked in Nassau, about 130 miles from Freeport. Compared to Freeport, where the ship had docked in a more isolated area, the dock in Nassau was right next to the town. Nassau is the capital of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Its population of about 260,000 is 80% of the entire Bahamian population. Nassau has an attractive harbor, a colorful blend of old world and colonial architecture and a busy port. By eleven o’clock the four of us had boarded a boat that ferried us out to a “semi-sub” near Athol...

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Jan 29, 2010 - Bahamas cruise

This week we went to the east coast of Florida to visit some old friends, Jeff and Ellen, in Ft Lauderdale. Then on Wednesday we boarded the cruise ship Bahamas Celebration for a 2 night cruise, spending Thursday in Nassau. The 600 foot ship, built in the early 80's, was originally built in Germany as a passenger and auto ferry. She was converted to a cruise ship a couple years ago and now does this Bahamas 2 or 3 day trips. While in Nassau we hired a taxi and saw a bit of Nassau and Paradise Island. It has been years since we had been...

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Trip Journal


Nov 26, 2009 - Day at Sea - Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Thanksgiving Day proved to be the only day on our cruise we had rain. Not a lot, but intermittent showers. There were lots of events planned, as there always are on a cruise. At 11:00 a.m. we attended the "View from the Top". The Captain, Kjell Nordmo, the Hotel Director, Christos Karavos and the Chief Engineer, Pentti J. Tyni, were available for a question and answer session in the Centrum. This was fun and provided lots of laughs. Tackiest question though goes to the gentleman who wanted to know why they hired so...

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Nov 25, 2009 - Nassau, Bahamas

Wednesday morning we docked in Nassau. Joe and I didn't choose this cruise because of the ports of call. Basically it was the price and the fact we had planned on driving south this week anyway and we had the week off. We absolutely LOVE cruising and the ports of call, for this trip, were secondary. We were in Nassau last November and were completely unimpressed. We were glad to be able to give it another try though. We decided to visit Atlantis on Paradise Island as we had never been. We weren't interested in any of the ship's excursions....

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Nov 24, 2009 - Coco Cay, Bahamas

We got up and went to the buffet, for the first time, for breakfast. It was perfectly fine. The usual breakfast items. Eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, cereal, fruit, yada yada yada. One thing we loved about this buffet was the availability of seating. There were always more than enough tables available. This was a first for us. No fighting and scratching and clawing for a seat. Good job Royal Caribbean! Our first view of Coco Cay from the top deck of the ship was.............disappointing to say the least. It looked so small!!! Our only...

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Jul 24, 2009 - Snorkeling in CocoCay Bahamas

While we were on our Cruise to the Bahamas we took the opportunity to do some snorkeling. We considered doing it while in Nassau but decided to toru the island and do the snorkeling at Cococay. The snorkeling was a little more difficult in the ocean than it is in Three Sisters or the Gulf. We purchased a waterproff camera and these are some of the pictures that developed from the snorkel adventure.

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Jun 15, 2009 - Bahamas 6/15 - 6/17

Monday, June 15 While we were in Las Vegas, we listened to a time share spiel and accepted a free meal and show, and a mini cruise to the Bahamas. Knowing we would be in Fort Lauderdale we thought it would be a good deal and we would make arrangements to go. First of all, we also had told ourselves after the last time we got into a free anything for listening to a pitch of some sort; we swore we would never do it again. When we were in Vegas we had nothing but time and it seemed harmless to see what they had to offer, being up front with...

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May 9, 2009 - Bahamas

Seit Freitag Mittag sind wir nun also auf Paradise Island - Bahamas. Es ist wirklich unglaublich. Das Atlantis-Resort ist riesengross. Es ist ein Hotel, ein Wasserpark, ein Aquarium, ein Casino und ein Shopping-Center. Nächtigen kann man hier in verschiedenen Gebäuden. Vom einfacheren zahlbaren Hotelzimmer (wo wir sind :)) bis zur Bridge-Suite. Die kostet denn auch nur knapp Fr. 30'000.- pro Nacht. Faszinierend sind die verschiedenen Aquarien, bei einem gibts auch einen Unterwasser-Tunnel. Da sind inkl. Manta-Rochen und Haie viele...

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