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Marion, here are all the ports: Venice, Sibenik Croatia, Kotor Montenegro, Corfu Greece, Rhodes Greece, Santorini Greece, Athens, Catania Italy, Naples, Rome, Naples again, Palermo Italy, Gibraltar, Cadiz Spain, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain, Ft. Lauderdale.

 

We're mostly doing this to experience Princess' small ship but we haven't been to Sibenik, Rhodes, Catania and Palermo so that is another thing to look forward to.

 

Thanks, Sandi.

 

That is a wonderful exciting itinerary to do on a small ship. You will love how quick and easy it is to get off the ship in ports and how they are often berthed at more convenient wharves. Always great to visit new ports of call. There would be ten new ports for me on that cruise, which would be a big attraction.

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Thanks, Sandi.

 

That is a wonderful exciting itinerary to do on a small ship. You will love how quick and easy it is to get off the ship in ports and how they are often berthed at more convenient wharves. Always great to visit new ports of call. There would be ten new ports for me on that cruise, which would be a big attraction.

 

Great reason for you to book it then! Please? I got the best airfare from Princess EZ-Air from Atlanta to Venice last week. $254USD per person one way. Hard to believe! I can't book the return flight yet from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta, which I hope won't be too costly. Usually it isn't too dear but the return flights are 3 days before Christmas so that adds to the cost!

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Great reason for you to book it then! Please? I got the best airfare from Princess EZ-Air from Atlanta to Venice last week. $254USD per person one way. Hard to believe! I can't book the return flight yet from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta, which I hope won't be too costly. Usually it isn't too dear but the return flights are 3 days before Christmas so that adds to the cost!

 

Wouldn't it be nice!

 

That is a great air fare from Atlanta to Venice, to start your cruise. Is it a direct flight? Well Done.

 

Trouble is, whilst November is off season, December prior to Christmas is peak season, with high demand. To get home in time for Christmas this year, I had to pay $3000 for a business class ticket, for a direct flight from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast which made an expensive cruise even more expensive.

 

Lucky you have plenty of time to buy your return ticket and you will only be flying from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta.

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Wouldn't it be nice!

 

That is a great air fare from Atlanta to Venice, to start your cruise. Is it a direct flight? Well Done.

 

Trouble is, whilst November is off season, December prior to Christmas is peak season, with high demand. To get home in time for Christmas this year, I had to pay $3000 for a business class ticket, for a direct flight from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast which made an expensive cruise even more expensive.

 

Lucky you have plenty of time to buy your return ticket and you will only be flying from Fort Lauderdale to Atlanta.

 

No, our flight to Venice goes through Amsterdam. I usually get a non-stop flight but not always. This time is one of them because there's no flight directly to Venice from Atlanta.

 

Actually, I think flights will become available for Dec. 22 in about 11 days and I can start looking then. If flights on Princess EZ-Air are low I can reserve some flexible flights there and keep watching the airline sites.

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I'm happy to announce our friends have convinced us to cruise on Seabourn again Aug. 6 for 24 days starting in Reykjavik and ending in Montreal. We will visit Iceland, 6 ports in Greenland and many ports in Northern Canada we've never heard of. A very unique itinerary! My Cruise-Ships.com ticker has never heard of about 8 or 10 of the ports. Of course, they haven't heard of about 4 dozen cruise ports I've been to, so that list is way short of actual cruise destinations we've been to.

 

I have to fly from this Seabourn cruise to my next cruise in September since they are so close together. We must be crazy!! But I already have airfare and hotel booked so I am still functioning, apparently...;)

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I'm happy to announce our friends have convinced us to cruise on Seabourn again Aug. 6 for 24 days starting in Reykjavik and ending in Montreal. We will visit Iceland, 6 ports in Greenland and many ports in Northern Canada we've never heard of. A very unique itinerary! My Cruise-Ships.com ticker has never heard of about 8 or 10 of the ports. Of course, they haven't heard of about 4 dozen cruise ports I've been to, so that list is way short of actual cruise destinations we've been to.

 

I have to fly from this Seabourn cruise to my next cruise in September since they are so close together. We must be crazy!! But I already have airfare and hotel booked so I am still functioning, apparently...;)

 

No wonder you were tempted, Sandi. Sounds like a really great itinerary. I have been looking at a Fram itinerary to Greenland.

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No wonder you were tempted, Sandi. Sounds like a really great itinerary. I have been looking at a Fram itinerary to Greenland.

 

Interesting, Marion, how we often seem to enjoy the same types of itineraries. Having only been to Qaqortoq I am anxious to see how the other stops will compare. So excited to be going!:ship:

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Interesting, Marion, how we often seem to enjoy the same types of itineraries. Having only been to Qaqortoq I am anxious to see how the other stops will compare. So excited to be going!:ship:

 

i think we both share a sense of adventure and going somewhere we haven't been before.

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i think we both share a sense of adventure and going somewhere we haven't been before.

 

Sounds reasonable and I agree with that assessment. :D

 

I was just looking at the Seabourn site and thought I'd try to post a map of the Seabourn route so you can see how interesting and unusual it is, at least for mainstream cruise lines.

 

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Can't wait!

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Sounds reasonable and I agree with that assessment. :D

 

I was just looking at the Seabourn site and thought I'd try to post a map of the Seabourn route so you can see how interesting and unusual it is, at least for mainstream cruise lines.

 

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Can't wait!

 

No wonder you are excited, as it is such an impressive itinerary including Iceland, Greenland and Canada's off the beaten track east coast places. When we visited Newfoundland, I thought how nice it would be to continue on north to Labrador. What size is the ship? How many passengers?

 

I noticed that it continues on to the USA.

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No wonder you are excited, as it is such an impressive itinerary including Iceland, Greenland and Canada's off the beaten track east coast places. When we visited Newfoundland, I thought how nice it would be to continue on north to Labrador. What size is the ship? How many passengers?

 

I noticed that it continues on to the USA.

 

Marion, the ship is about 32,000 tons, holds 450 passengers and has 335 very helpful crew members. It looks like once we get off in Montreal and fly to Amsterdam, the next couple of cruises are to Canada/New England. That would be the beginning of the "fall colors" cruises they do each autumn. Dennis and I are going on a fall colors cruise on the Rotterdam on Oct. 13. We're just cramming in cruises left and right later this year. No doubt we will wear ourselves out, but at the end we are on a transatlantic so we can rest up before Christmas!

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Marion, the ship is about 32,000 tons, holds 450 passengers and has 335 very helpful crew members. It looks like once we get off in Montreal and fly to Amsterdam, the next couple of cruises are to Canada/New England. That would be the beginning of the "fall colors" cruises they do each autumn. Dennis and I are going on a fall colors cruise on the Rotterdam on Oct. 13. We're just cramming in cruises left and right later this year. No doubt we will wear ourselves out, but at the end we are on a transatlantic so we can rest up before Christmas!

 

Is this the same ship you cruised to Antarctica, etc. on?

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Is this the same ship you cruised to Antarctica, etc. on?

 

Yes, it sure is. We chose a cabin on the same deck (7) but further forward.

 

{{SORRY, just had to edit and take something back! I had stated Captain Dag Dvergastein would be our Captain again on the August Quest cruise, but that is wrong! He will be our Captain on the Prinsendam in March for our Grand Voyage to Africa and the Med. I WISH he would be on the Quest in August but I can't say for sure that will happen. I am going to take my Antarctica photo book for him to sign this March, just like he signed my Norway cruise photo book while in Antarctica. He was our Captain on both those two fabulous cruises! I see a trend here!}}

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Yes, it sure is. We chose a cabin on the same deck (7) but further forward.

 

{{SORRY, just had to edit and take something back! I had stated Captain Dag Dvergastein would be our Captain again on the August Quest cruise, but that is wrong! He will be our Captain on the Prinsendam in March for our Grand Voyage to Africa and the Med. I WISH he would be on the Quest in August but I can't say for sure that will happen. I am going to take my Antarctica photo book for him to sign this March, just like he signed my Norway cruise photo book while in Antarctica. He was our Captain on both those two fabulous cruises! I see a trend here!}}

 

How wonderful to be cruising on the same ship on the same deck. I thought the ship looked beautiful on the Antarctica cruise photo you shared. So many cruises, Sandi, no wonder you got confused re your Captain.

 

I have been reading about Seabourn on CC since reading your post re your cruise.

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It's time again. Tuesday I sail on the Grand Princess to Mexico for 10 days. Since I now use a walker, I will just stay on the ship - and eat!

 

Sally

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It's time again. Tuesday I sail on the Grand Princess to Mexico for 10 days. Since I now use a walker, I will just stay on the ship - and eat!

 

Sally

 

 

Bon voyage Have a great time and enjoy a quiet ship when you stay on but do not eat!!!! drink instead

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Forgot to update you folks on our cruise to NZ

 

We embarked a full day late as the ship had problems with the weather coming from NZ

We then had a shortened itinerary we lost one complete port to try and get back on track for the lost day but they also shortened every single port stop considerably making loots of tours impossible to take.,

We left Bay of Islands at 2.30 instead of the [promised 8.30 but even then we had the wrong sport of waves and got into Sydney 3 hours late so loads of people missed flights etc

Princess were fair. For the late embarkation everyone was given $50 expenses in addition those who had to book an hotel or extra food and travel etc - without using their insurance were given those costs as shown on their receipt back in obc.

We were refunded the cost of one day of the cruise cost. Also we have been promised 15%^ of the net cost of the cruise against another cruise that is booked before end 2018 and this will include cruises already booked but not yet paid in full.

The late arrival back to Sydney - Princess gave everyone free telephone calls from the ship and 30 minutes wifi to make their arrangements

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It's time again. Tuesday I sail on the Grand Princess to Mexico for 10 days. Since I now use a walker, I will just stay on the ship - and eat!

 

Sally

 

Bon Voyage, Sally. Are you a wiz with your walker yet? I love the way you can store stuff under the seat. Enjoy having the ship to yourself when passengers are off the ship visiting ports. You would no doubt have been to all the ports over the years.

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Forgot to update you folks on our cruise to NZ

 

We embarked a full day late as the ship had problems with the weather coming from NZ

We then had a shortened itinerary we lost one complete port to try and get back on track for the lost day but they also shortened every single port stop considerably making loots of tours impossible to take.,

We left Bay of Islands at 2.30 instead of the [promised 8.30 but even then we had the wrong sport of waves and got into Sydney 3 hours late so loads of people missed flights etc

Princess were fair. For the late embarkation everyone was given $50 expenses in addition those who had to book an hotel or extra food and travel etc - without using their insurance were given those costs as shown on their receipt back in obc.

We were refunded the cost of one day of the cruise cost. Also we have been promised 15%^ of the net cost of the cruise against another cruise that is booked before end 2018 and this will include cruises already booked but not yet paid in full.

The late arrival back to Sydney - Princess gave everyone free telephone calls from the ship and 30 minutes wifi to make their arrangements

 

NZ has certainly been having a lot of bad weather, with flooding, fog and cyclonic seas. It is very rare for a ship to arrive in port a day late. Solstice is in Sydney Harbour today, a day early, because their Captain decided to outrun the cyclonic sea. I had been following your ship departure delay and reduced times in port. Feel sorry for overseas passengers, in particular. Glad Princess provided suitable compensation.

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Bon Voyage, Eileen and Clive, for your B2B from Buenos Arias to LA, at the end of the month. What a great cruise! Have you cruised South America before? Are you staying in BA and LA before and after the cruise?

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Let me chime in here. A belated bon voyage to Sally since you must be sailing in Mexico by now. Have fun on the ship! Also bon voyage to Clive and Eileen on your South America cruise. You'll have a great time!

 

Yvonne, I am shocked at how much your NZ cruise was changed. That must have been some crazy weather! It would have been really inconvenient to arrive back in Sydney 3 hours late when we were there. The weather during our cruises in October, November and early December was so good it was spooky. We only missed Bay of Islands due to swells.

 

We returned yesterday from our week in the Caribbean on the Veendam. It was a good time, but a very relaxing cruise. In St. Thomas we walked from Havensight to downtown Charlotte Amalie, so that was our exercise for the week. In San Juan we took a short tour from the pier, and in Turks and Caicos we just walked around a bit. Oh, I forgot to mention that HAL substituted St. Thomas for Tortola shortly before sailing. Apparently Tortola isn't ready for tourists quite yet.

 

Next month we are scheduled to be back in San Juan and Tortola again so let's see if we get bumped again out of Tortola.

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Let me chime in here. A belated bon voyage to Sally since you must be sailing in Mexico by now. Have fun on the ship! Also bon voyage to Clive and Eileen on your South America cruise. You'll have a great time!

 

Yvonne, I am shocked at how much your NZ cruise was changed. That must have been some crazy weather! It would have been really inconvenient to arrive back in Sydney 3 hours late when we were there. The weather during our cruises in October, November and early December was so good it was spooky. We only missed Bay of Islands due to swells.

 

We returned yesterday from our week in the Caribbean on the Veendam. It was a good time, but a very relaxing cruise. In St. Thomas we walked from Havensight to downtown Charlotte Amalie, so that was our exercise for the week. In San Juan we took a short tour from the pier, and in Turks and Caicos we just walked around a bit. Oh, I forgot to mention that HAL substituted St. Thomas for Tortola shortly before sailing. Apparently Tortola isn't ready for tourists quite yet.

 

Next month we are scheduled to be back in San Juan and Tortola again so let's see if we get bumped again out of Tortola.

 

 

None of the shortened days was due to weather which was perfect for the whole trip. The days' new times were given to us in our cabins on embarkation day so obviously something they knew was changing things for the worse. People have said it may be because we were AT THE START being A day late using ports which we had not booked and they may have to have made changes but after Auckland when we were back to normal dates they still had very short days. Perhaps the ship was doing some maintenance as we travelled and this meant we were travelling slower than normal but who knows?

 

 

Bon voyage everyone who will be travelling soon I am starting to sort out clothes for India and UK as we have got our Indian visas (only took 72 hours) and still favouring the right hand so slower going

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My upcoming stop in Tortola on the Prinsendam Grand Med and Africa Voyage has been replaced with Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI so I'm going to have to wait to see Tortola. :( But St. John is beautiful so not a problem.

 

I was able to finally update my cruise profile (seen in my signature). It's been off-line since I returned from my Caribbean cruise. Cruise-Ships.com seems to have a lot of problems staying on-line! We added a cruise in Nov. 2019 to the Amazon on the Prinsendam. Let's see if we actually make it this time. We've booked it two other times and had to cancel, once so our daughter and son-in-law could go on a cruise and the second time to go to Antarctica.

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My upcoming stop in Tortola on the Prinsendam Grand Med and Africa Voyage has been replaced with Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI so I'm going to have to wait to see Tortola. :( But St. John is beautiful so not a problem.

 

I was able to finally update my cruise profile (seen in my signature). It's been off-line since I returned from my Caribbean cruise. Cruise-Ships.com seems to have a lot of problems staying on-line! We added a cruise in Nov. 2019 to the Amazon on the Prinsendam. Let's see if we actually make it this time. We've booked it two other times and had to cancel, once so our daughter and son-in-law could go on a cruise and the second time to go to Antarctica.

 

 

How lovely to be able to cancel cruises before payment without loss We down here lose all deposits paid if we cancel If we have insurance and there is a valid acceptable by them reason we may get 50% back. This must be why some cruises show as sold out and then magically at final payment time there are loads of empty cabins:):)

Hope you get to the Amazon this time It was a fantastic cruise when we did it on the old Royal Princess:)

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How lovely to be able to cancel cruises before payment without loss We down here lose all deposits paid if we cancel If we have insurance and there is a valid acceptable by them reason we may get 50% back. This must be why some cruises show as sold out and then magically at final payment time there are loads of empty cabins:):)

Hope you get to the Amazon this time It was a fantastic cruise when we did it on the old Royal Princess:)

 

 

I know that you and the UK residents all say the same thing, you all lose your deposit if you cancel. I really wish the cruise lines wouldn't discriminate like that! It would make a big difference in how we book cruises if they started that policy with us. We would probably end up cruising a LOT less.

 

While I still have my Brazil visa in effect and having just had our yellow fever shots, this would be a good time to take this cruise.

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I read sad news yesterday on Cruise Critic. Very sad news. The Captain on the Seabourn Quest's final Antarctica cruise this season, Bjarne Larsen died Saturday after leaving Antarctica. He was our Ice Captain on our Antarctica cruise while Captain Dag Dvergastein was the master of the vessel. This season Captain Larsen was the sole captain of the Quest. Passengers on the ship reported on Cruise Critic that they had a "Bright Star" announcement with a cabin number on deck 9, but they said there was no passenger cabin with that number. Everyone was on edge. Finally, I believe it was the next morning the announcement was made that their Captain had passed away. Imagine how they all felt? The entire crew and the passengers were just devastated. I cried just reading of it.

 

The ship went on to Stanley in the Falklands. Here is what one passenger reported yesterday:

 

Respectfully I observed Captain Larsen's final departure from Quest today at approximately 11:30 am. Tendor#1 had a tarp attached to its roof with a large heart and words of love for Captain Larsen. A number of personnel joined Captain Larsen on the tender and as it pulled slowly away the ship's horn gave 3 long, mournful blasts. Then the most beautiful song was played in all of the public areas as the tender slowly sailed to shore. Jan had made an announcement about what was going to happen and the outside deck was packed with crew and passengers as we said a sad farewell to a special man. It was a very beautiful and heartbreaking experience.

This morning I found this article about Captain Larsen from 3 years ago. He was an amazing man and will be sadly missed.:loudcry:

https://www.avidcruiser.com/2014/12/seabourn-queso-puerto-madryn/

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I read sad news yesterday on Cruise Critic. Very sad news. The Captain on the Seabourn Quest's final Antarctica cruise this season, Bjarne Larsen died Saturday after leaving Antarctica. He was our Ice Captain on our Antarctica cruise while Captain Dag Dvergastein was the master of the vessel. This season Captain Larsen was the sole captain of the Quest. Passengers on the ship reported on Cruise Critic that they had a "Bright Star" announcement with a cabin number on deck 9, but they said there was no passenger cabin with that number. Everyone was on edge. Finally, I believe it was the next morning the announcement was made that their Captain had passed away. Imagine how they all felt? The entire crew and the passengers were just devastated. I cried just reading of it.

The ship went on to Stanley in the Falklands. Here is what one passenger reported yesterday:

Respectfully I observed Captain Larsen's final departure from Quest today at approximately 11:30 am. Tendor#1 had a tarp attached to its roof with a large heart and words of love for Captain Larsen. A number of personnel joined Captain Larsen on the tender and as it pulled slowly away the ship's horn gave 3 long, mournful blasts. Then the most beautiful song was played in all of the public areas as the tender slowly sailed to shore. Jan had made an announcement about what was going to happen and the outside deck was packed with crew and passengers as we said a sad farewell to a special man. It was a very beautiful and heartbreaking experience.

This morning I found this article about Captain Larsen from 3 years ago. He was an amazing man and will be sadly missed.:loudcry:

https://www.avidcruiser.com/2014/12/seabourn-queso-puerto-madryn/

That is sad news indeed. How old was he? What a fitting farewell for a ship's captain at sea after Antarctica cruise.

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That is sad news indeed. How old was he? What a fitting farewell for a ship's captain at sea after Antarctica cruise.

 

I believe he was less than 50 years old. An article written 3 1/2 years ago said he was 45. It must have been something devastating, like a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm.

 

This guy was truly loved by his crew and even his passengers. He was Danish so I'm betting he was flown back home from the Falklands. His poor family must be taking it hard.

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Hello all,

 

We are leaving in the morning for Ft. Lauderdale, and begin our Grand Voyage on Prinsendam March 12. I won't be back on here for nearly two months since we don't get back home until May 5. There is a lot going on the week after we return so I will try to allocate my time to include Cruise Critic. I hope all who are traveling enjoy their time away, as I'm sure we will.

 

Marion, I hope you won't miss me too much. Someone else will have to chat with you!

 

XOXO

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Hello all,

 

We are leaving in the morning for Ft. Lauderdale, and begin our Grand Voyage on Prinsendam March 12. I won't be back on here for nearly two months since we don't get back home until May 5. There is a lot going on the week after we return so I will try to allocate my time to include Cruise Critic. I hope all who are traveling enjoy their time away, as I'm sure we will.

 

Marion, I hope you won't miss me too much. Someone else will have to chat with you!

 

XOXO

 

Bon voyage and safe calm seas for you

We are off next week to Cochin India for 14 days and then to the family visits in England Scotland so will keep an eye on CC while we are travelling

Sad that so many of the enthusiastic chats we had at the start of this cruise are missing but that is life

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Hello all,

 

We are leaving in the morning for Ft. Lauderdale, and begin our Grand Voyage on Prinsendam March 12. I won't be back on here for nearly two months since we don't get back home until May 5. There is a lot going on the week after we return so I will try to allocate my time to include Cruise Critic. I hope all who are traveling enjoy their time away, as I'm sure we will.

Marion, I hope you won't miss me too much. Someone else will have to chat with you!

XOXO

 

Bon Voyage, Sandi. WOW Two months - enjoy. Will this be a record financial year for number of days cruising for you?

 

Life has been busy. I have been away visiting Melbourne (Australian Tennis Open), Sydney (Australia Day with my daughters), then Franklin and Hobart in Tasmania. Next Easter, followed by the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

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Bon voyage and safe calm seas for you

We are off next week to Cochin India for 14 days and then to the family visits in England Scotland so will keep an eye on CC while we are travelling

Sad that so many of the enthusiastic chats we had at the start of this cruise are missing but that is life

 

You are such an adventurous traveller - enjoy your fortnight in Cochin, India, followed by family visits to UK.

 

July is looking good for me visiting UK.

 

Yes I often wonder if they are still enjoying cruising/travelling. I am glad we got to meet in Sydney, with Eileen and Sandi.

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Bon Voyage, Sandi! I just took a look at the Prinsendam's itinerary: fantastic. Dakar, the Canaries, Sorrento, Malaga . . . all roundtrip out of Ft. Lauderdale. If only I had 54 days vacation -- and a winning lottery ticket!

 

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You are such an adventurous traveller - enjoy your fortnight in Cochin, India, followed by family visits to UK.

 

July is looking good for me visiting UK.

 

Yes I often wonder if they are still enjoying cruising/travelling. I am glad we got to meet in Sydney, with Eileen and Sandi.

 

Thanks Yes it was great that we all had that meeting Perhaps sometime in then future it may happen again

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Now in UK Great trip We went with INTREPID and they said we would experience india as it should be They were right

We sort of 2 star packpacked. Travel was by Small minibus (we were 10) private cars, tuktuks, public buses, sleeper train day train, cycle, motorbike,, motorboat, punt, jeep and lots I mean lots of walking. WE MISSED THE CAMELS AND HORSES!!

The accommodation was from 2.5 star hotels without breakfast to a large hut where we all slept together and had communal loos and showers THIS WAS IN A NATURE RESERVE WHERE WE COULD NOT WALK ABOUT BETWEEN 6PM AND 7AM without an armed guard We saw a video of the animals who walked around the huts and site during the night and they included leopards civit cats loads of deer and other small animals and an elephant.

We went on a jeep safari and saw a tiger which was marvellous The swimming pool, after we got out was the drinking hole for the local cows and goats as well as the nighttime critters.

There was a b&b homestay - interesting but food not so good and only available there

 

 

Great group we jelled very well and had a lot of giggles every day. Joined whatsapp and shared photos which was nice and anew experience for me

UK very wet and chilly but had one group family get together which was lovely more to come as we have a family christening and a house removal to take part in:):):)

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Now in UK Great trip We went with INTREPID and they said we would experience india as it should be They were right

We sort of 2 star packpacked. Travel was by Small minibus (we were 10) private cars, tuktuks, public buses, sleeper train day train, cycle, motorbike,, motorboat, punt, jeep and lots I mean lots of walking. WE MISSED THE CAMELS AND HORSES!!

Theaccommodation was from 2.5 star hotels without breakfast to a large hut where we all slept together and had communal loos and showers THIS WAS IN A NATURE RESERVE WHERE WE COULD NOT WALK ABOUT BETWEEN 6PM AND 7AM without an armed guard We saw a video of the animals who walked around the huts and site during the night and they included leopards civit cats loads of deer and other small animals and an elephant.

We went on a jeep safari and saw a tiger which was marvellous The swimming pool, after we got out was the drinking hole for the local cows and goats as well as the nighttime critters.

There was a b&b homestay - interesting but food not so good and only available there

Great group we jelled very well and had a lot of giggles every day. Joined whatsapp and shared photos which was nice and anew experience for me

UKvery wet and chilly but had one group family get together which was lovely more to come as we have a family christening and a house removal to take part in:):):)

 

Your Indian trip sounds quite the adventure. Who says we can't still enjoy backpacking at our age! Glad you had a great small group and you got on well. I'll have to aSK my daughter about whatsapp.

I had heard that UK was still wet and cold from British people at the Commonwealth Games. The English lady in front of us at the hockey had a summer sleeveless dress on and didn't put her jacket on when we got wet from the spray watering the hockey fields. She was loving the Gold Coast autumn weather, despite the occasional short shower. Great atmosphere at the games and free entertainment provided throughout the Coast. Driving and parking is a breeze as many locals left for the school holidays and the duration of the games.

Enjoy the your family get togethers and special celebrations.

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Hi, I'm back! We had a fun trip with only two ports missed (tender ports). First, we didn't get to Praia, Cape Verde Islands. They just went on to Banjul early and we stayed overnight. Then the same issues occurred when we were supposed to be in Monte Carlo so we were given Genoa as a substitute. It was a little scary in Banjul (The Gambia), and Dakar, Senegal. The people were nicer in Banjul though. In Dakar we were totally harassed by men when we got off our shuttle bus in the downtown area. We would have loved to look around the shops and markets, the parks, statues, buildings but they wouldn't leave anyone alone. They were right up in your face trying to get you to buy something or take you somewhere, etc. So after about 10 minutes we got back onto the bus for our own feeling of safety. Back to the ship! Some people went on tours outside the city and saw interesting things but I didn't feel like I wanted to go out for that much time. We enjoyed all the gala nights, the pillow gifts and some of the very interesting and beautiful ports we saw like Mahon on the Island of Menorca. We also enjoyed Captain Dag but he was only there for the last 2 weeks. We had Captain Schuchmann for a month, then Captain Carsjens for a couple weeks. Finally Captain Dag arrived. He was delayed because he was donating a kidney to his wife and the surgery kept being delayed due to some blood issues. The surgery was on March 22 and he was back on the Prinsendam April 21! I have some stories about him but no time right now. I will get to it later. It's good to be back here on Cruise Critic!

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Also, I have WhatsApp and use it for texting while overseas. You use wifi and can keep your phone on airplane mode the whole trip. I understand you can make phone calls too but I'm not sure about that. I really should check that out.

 

Also I added up this year's days on a ship and last year's. Virtually identical at about 158. I'm not sure how many days we'll do next year because we are booked on a family cruise in June to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. And since we are paying for all the kids and grandkids cabins that takes a chunk of our cruising dollars. Lots of planning will be needed for that cruise!

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