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Apr 27, 2015 - Day at Sea Grand Buffet...Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015 …Day at Sea Grand Buffet Today is the Grand Buffet and grand it was from shrimp to caviar it was to die for. We ate a very light breakfast at 7 to prepare for this extraordinary event. They let everyone in at 11 for photos and at 12 noon it opened to eat. Only one hour long for all that work and preparation but it was worth it. Tonight is the Mariner Cocktail party and tomorrow is the brunch where we will receive our new tile. I just wanted to get this posted with pixs if I can upload them so you can see all the...

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Apr 25, 2015 - Day at Sea towards Ft. Lauderdale - Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015 Day at Sea towards Ft. Lauderdale Today we started packing. We are sending two huge boxes by Fed Ex along with one large suitcase with our formal wear and the large duffle bag filled with goodies and presents. The rest we will drag home with us on the airplane. Saturday, April 25, 2015 More packing to do. We packed all the formal wear except one as we have one more formal night to go. Today we again rested, ate lunch with Kathy and Ann and went to the Filipino Crew Show which was fantastic. Our bartenders, front...

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Apr 24, 2015 - Ponta Delgada, Portugal...Wednesday and Thursday, April 22nd and 23rd, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 …Ponta Delgada, Portugal The boat started really rocking about 5 am, even in the cheap cabins inside we felt it rolling. By the time we arrived and tied to the dock, it was cloudy and dark. It appeared we would not have any sun to burn off the fog so we could see the landscape as we toured the island. But I was wrong…the sun did come out, we saw beautiful hills of green. It reminded us of the hills in Ireland, lush, green and rolling. Interesting to us was the number of cows we saw…all over the place. Dairy...

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Apr 21, 2015 - 2 Days at Sea...Monday and Tuesday, April 20-21 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015….Day at Sea #1 of 2 We did very little today, my left calf really hurts and I was really tired today because Dad snored loudly all night! So we relaxed, napped and just enjoyed a quiet day on board the ship. Workman have boarded the ship to prepare for the upcoming dry dock so some passengers on our floor have complained of the hammering and smells coming from the below decks where they are working. Not unexpected but annoying for us to smell oil and diesel fuel and smell welding smells along with dragging noises and...

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Apr 21, 2015 - Cadiz, Spain (gateway to Seville),Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015 Cadiz, Spain (gateway to Seville) Bill and I had been to Seville before so we had decided to walk around Cadiz and enjoy the day. Cadiz is the oldest inhabited city on the Iberian Peninsula and has served as home port to the Spanish Navy since the 18th century. The port is very close to town, just across the street but being a Sunday all was closed except some cafes and a few tourist shops. We walked around for a short while, sat at a café and enjoyed the noon hour with the church bells ringing and the people...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Malaga to Grenada to visit The Alhambra and the Generalife..Saturday, April 18, 2015…

Saturday, April 18, 2015… Malaga to Grenada to visit The Alhambra and the Generalife. We arrived early this morning and set out on our independent tour I had arranged with 28 people to Grenada which is a two hour ride. The tour guide split us into three groups and as my group was so big, some had to go with the people who had independently signed up for the tour. We had a great guide and enjoyed the day very much. We got word that one group, Charlotte’s group had a bad guide and did not like him, someone said he was stinking like smoke and...

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Apr 18, 2015 - Cartagena, Spain...Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015…Cartagena, Spain Here we are in the final two countries we will be visiting, Spain and Portugal. Cartagena is located on the southeastern coast of Spain. We entered the port after skirting along the coastline this morning. It is a rugged coast with mountains and hills coming right up to the shore. This area was a major navel defensive port and has been so since the 16th century. There are Roman Theatres and ancient corridors dating back to the first century in this very walkable city. The theatre was just found in...

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Apr 16, 2015 - Day at Sea...Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015 … Day at Sea Thank goodness we have a day at sea before our next round of ports and tours. We got up at 8:30 went to breakfast, to a talk about our next two ports and played tiles this afternoon. We did have to go to an 11 am cocktail party from CSI so we could get a group picture taken of all the people CSI sent on the WC. There is close to 200 of us and they wanted a new picture for their brochure. Drinks were offered and Lance brought me my tequila sunrise and Dad his scotch. Otherwise we are taking it easy today...

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Apr 16, 2015 - Civitavecchia, Italy…gateway to Rome...Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 …Civitavecchia, Italy…gateway to Rome Civitavecchia is an hour + away from Rome and it a working port so not very pretty as are most of the ports we have visited. Civitavecchia used to be a port you would jump off the ship and leave only to visit Rome and its surroundings, but since we were last here 8 years ago, the city has begun to develop an actual port which is more welcoming to passengers. I still think they have a way to go before passengers will stay around but they are trying to gain their share of...

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Apr 16, 2015 - Naples, Italy- Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015… Naples, Italy We woke to our steward delivering our breakfast this morning at 6:24 am as we have an early port call for our tour. We are going to Capri, the Blue Grotto if possible today. Capri is one of the most famous Italian islands with clear blue sea water, hidden sea caves and sun-kissed coves. It is a place where the rich and famous used to vacation. We hope to see the Blue Grotto which is one of the hidden caves where if the water is OK you can go into the cave and see the beautiful blue reflected light in...

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Apr 16, 2015 - Messina, Sicily, Italy - Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015 … Messina, Sicily, Italy We sailed up the coast of Sicily through the Straits of Messina and around the bend into the City of Messina, the third largest city in Sicily and lies at the Northeast corner of the island. Messina has been a military target since it was founded back in the 8th century BC because of its location to Italy and because of the Straits of Messina. Messina is rich in history and boasts of its diverse culture and a wealth of ancient sites and century old buildings. Although Messina is also known for...

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Apr 12, 2015 - Katakolon, Greece - Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday, April 12, 2015 …Katakolon, Greece Happy Greek Orthodox Easter and welcome to the Port of Katakolon, a small village which is the gateway to Olympia. Of course, being a holiday Olympia is closed so HAL sends us to a place where the main attraction is closed for the day…GREAT! First Tahiti on Sunday where everything is closed, the Jerusalem on Easter….now Olympia when it is closed as well! Great planning HAL! We knew about the holiday but we hoped things would open. Now the town was gracious and open and it was fun just strolling...

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