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  1. In the 1960s when Matson Lines ran South Pacific cruises with Mariposa and Monterey (US flagged), the end point of each cruise was San Francisco. Passengers who had boarded in Australia for the full cruise disembarked and stayed in a hotel in San Francisco for two nights, allowing a full day to clean and restock the ship. I think something like that model will be adopted. A full day will be given over to cleaning. Back-to-back passengers would stay ashore in a hotel.
  2. I can't say I collect the contemporary paper copies. I do take pictures of the posted menus. (Carnival and Princess post copies next to the dining rooms.) It was interesting to recently discover that Coral Princess and Caribbean Princess have old P&O menus displayed in their Wheelhouse Bars. (I took photos of those, too!) I think in those days, the menu was intended as more of a souvenir of the voyage than it is now. The name of the ship and more was printed on it, especially if it was gala dinner. Now they carry just the name of the cruise line. I don't know what the dining room staff wo
  3. French Village Harbour on St. Margaret's Bay. One of the many picturesque villages along the way to Peggy's Cove. DSC_0106
  4. It is often up to the discretion of the assistant CD hosting the game as to what answers will be accepted. Sometimes they can be persuaded to accept alternates, sometimes not. In one trivia, the answer was a large North American animal once hunted by Native Americans. Most Americans know this animal as the Buffalo (hence Buffalo, New York, the "Buffalo Nickel", etc.) But the assistant CD, from the UK, would only accept "American Bison" as the correct answer, despite many protests. (During the same cruise, another trivia session question was: What three animals are named in the song Home on the
  5. Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and the East River from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. DSC_0051p2
  6. Manhattan, Governor's Island and the East River from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal DSC_0039
  7. My wife and I enjoy playing Trivia, especially the geography, history and musicals themed ones. I've come to the conclusion that it is up to each Cruise Director's staff to design the questions. There may even be one assistant CD who is in charge of Trivia. Sometimes they pick from common questions, sometimes an assistant CD will be creative and design his/her own sets. I have seen them watch for smartphone usage, but this thread is the first I've heard of the books. I believe I have seen teams turn in a new set of answers written as they are being read. On our last cruise, the ass
  8. Carnival Paradise at Havana, Cuba. View from Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña. DSC_0281p1
  9. Caribbean Princess anchored at Qaqortoq, Greenland. DSC_0688p1
  10. Our cabin on the Emerald Deck on Caribbean Princess (obstructed view) had two Pullman beds that would extend down from the ceiling if used. (We did not use them, it was just the two of us.) There were ladders stowed in the closet that would be used to climb up to the beds. Theoretically, our cabin could accommodate four. As it was, even when retracted they were in my way all the time.
  11. Captain James Cook Memorial, Point Venus Tahiti. Installed in 1901. Captain Cook and his company arrived at Tahiti aboard Endeavor to observe the Transit of Venus expected on 3 June 1769. Point Venus on Matavai Bay is said to be the site of their encampment and point of observation.
  12. Las Murallas de Cartagena. Behind the wall is the Iglesia de San Pedro Claver. Built as the Jesuit church of San Juan de Dios between 1580 and 1654. DSC_1043p1.jpg
  13. Colombian folklorico dancers at the Museo Naval de Caribe, Cartagena. DSC_0935p1
  14. Discovered the Pistachio Pudding on Caribbean Princess!
  15. Coral Princess enters Gatun Licks behind Maersk Nimes. DSC_1142p1
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