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  1. In Curacao today. Saw all I wanted in a couple hours and when I tried to board was told “there was an incident on the island and we have closed the port.” Local security locked all from boarding or leaving the dock for about 30 minutes. The Captain then arrived and we were allowed on board in about 10 minutes. Hot wait. Brothers birthday so doing the wine pairing dinner tonight. Gary
  2. Might try the pizza tonight.
  3. Nice night. Appreciate the captain maintaining a lower speed which results in less vibration and rocking. Seas were relatively calm this morning but seems the chop is picking up. Breakfast in Pinnacle which was good as always. Gary
  4. They have cancelled tomorrow’s scheduled stop in Aruba due to the high winds as we are making only 11 knots. Seems a little better or we’re getting used to bouncing around. Took Meclizine again tonight. I’m not much of a believer in pressure point wrist bands but am wearing them. One poor lady was in the Neptune this morning in her robe looking green and asking for saltines. Our most difficult task has been figuring out the times for the games tomorrow as we have been through 3 or 4 time zones. With the absence of people in the MDR service has picked up. I had the snapper tonight and it was rather tasteless. Other 3 had the scallops and they were tasty. Gary
  5. Being geographically challenged I earlier said we were off Venezuela but we are off Colombia. Still rocking with the occasional big jolt. I understand the Captain is awaiting word from Seattle on a possible schedule change. Gary
  6. What is an appropriate beyond the basic tip amount and to whom for exemplary service? How is the basic divided up? Thanks. Gary
  7. Very strong winds off Venezuela resulting in very rough ride last night which the Captain says will continue for 12 more hours. This is one of those drawers coming out and then closing experiences. MDR had areas that were deserted last night. Having breakfast in Neptune as the walk to the Lido could be dangerous. Told this is typical but they say it normally lasts only 3-4 hours. Gary
  8. I think the 18 came from the corkage fee thought! Internet is very slow which means I think I will post some pictures when I get home. Had the filet mignon tonight and it was very good. Servers a bit strained tonight. Have not yet linked up with the fuel barge/ship. GRy
  9. At sea today and have made the left turn towards the canal. As I understand it we are going to anchor off the west coast to take on fuel because Aruba does not have enough. Temperature is a pleasant 82 degrees. Something I had not seen before. In the MDR during dinner two couples broke out their phones and made multiple FaceTime calls with the speakers on and yelling into the phones. Like there were not hundreds of people around them who were trying to have nice dinners. We sail thru the canal tomorrow, always the highlight of this cruise. Gary
  10. Docked at puerto caldera today about 10 miles south of Puntarenas which had a Princess ship there. We had a free shuttle into town as there is nothing for tourists at our port. It was very hot and fairly dirty so we walked around a bit and returned in our nice air conditioned bus for the trip back. We did a rather disappointing tour here last trip so did not this time. Captain made up almost all the lost time from our delayed departure from Corinto. There was salt all over the verandah and railing from last night’s windy seas. Cabin stewards made it all go away. life is good. Gary
  11. On Rotterdam now, sent laundry out twice and no issues. They do a fabulous job. Gary
  12. Docked at puerto caldera today about 10 miles south of Puntarenas which had a Princess ship there. We had a free shuttle into town as there is nothing for tourists at our port. It was very hot and fairly dirty so we walked around a bit and returned in our nice air conditioned bus for the trip back. We did a rather disappointing tour here last trip so did not this time. Captain made up almost all the lost time from our delayed departure from Corinto. There was salt all over the verandah and railing from last night’s windy seas. Cabin stewards made it all go away. life is good. Gary
  13. The time at the beach and the lunch was fine. Ou return trip however included very loud continuous “music” which was quite obnoxious. Gary
  14. My bad. I think it is 15%.
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