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At the top of these boards, it says “write a review”, so here goes, again, in live, blogging style. Later, you can see links to our last three cruise blogs. One is over 193,000 views from the Med/Italy, while the July 2010 Norway coast review is at nearly 170,000 views. Our early 2014 Australia-New Zealand-Hawaii adventure is approaching 100,000 views. It seems that the visuals make a big, interesting difference, sharing the beauty and drama from these wonderful areas. Tell me what you like, any questions, suggestions, etc.

 

Our past cruising?: We have done just five cruises. Late June 2006 on 204-passenger Seabourn Spirit, Athens to Istanbul, enjoying these Greek-Turkish areas. Late July 2008 on the 940-passenger Crystal Symphony, Dover to Stockholm, for the Baltics and Russia. July 2010 on the 296-passenger Silver Cloud from Copenhagen seeing the dramatic Norway coast, above the Arctic Circle, Land of the Midnight Sun, etc. June, 2011 from Barcelona for Italy, the Croatian Coast on this same 2850-passenger Celebrity Solstice that we used for two weeks from Sydney to Auckland. All four lines are different and excellent with great service, fellow passengers, staff, etc. What’s best? The honest answer is . . . “It depends!!!”. Ports, schedules, timing and prices vary much, especially right now with this economy, high airlines costs, etc.

 

OVERALL SCHEDULE/PLAN:

For these twenty-six total days of sailing, it is two different cruises, back-to-back, same ship and room. Departed Saturday, Jan. 24, Columbus to Atlanta to Barbados via Delta, missing the air security mess there that hit in the afternoon. Then, it was Jan. 25, Sunday, Bridgetown, Barbados, boarding the ship a little after 2 pm with an 11 pm sailing out time.

Jan. 26: Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, 8 am-11 pm

Jan. 27: St. George's, Grenada, 7 am-4 pm

Jan. 28: Sea Day, sailing south

Jan. 29: Devil’s Island, French Guiana, 1-6 pm

Jan. 30: Sea Day, sailing south

Jan. 31: Macapa, Brazil, 7-10 am to start up Amazon River.

Feb. 1: Santarem, Brazil, 8 am-7 pm

Feb. 2: Boca da Valeria, Brazil, 8 am-5 pm

Feb. 3-5: Manaus, Brazil, 1 pm arrive. On Feb. 5, 6 pm departure

Feb. 6: Parintins, Brazil, Noon-7 pm

Feb. 7: Alter do Chao, Brazil, 8:00 am-1:00 PM

Feb. 8: Macapa, Brazil, 11:30 am-1 pm

Feb. 9 & 10: Sea Days, sailing north

Feb. 11, Wednesday, arrive 5 am at Bridgetown, Barbados

 

Barbados to San Juan, PR, nine days:

Feb. 11: Bridgetown, Barbados, 7 pm depart

Feb. 12: Sea Day, sailing southwest

Feb. 13: Willemstad, Curacao, 8 am-11 pm

Feb. 14: Oranjestad, Aruba, 8 am-11 pm

Feb. 15: Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, 8 am-6 pm

Feb. 16: Sea Day sailing north east

Feb. 17: Roseau, Dominica, 8 am-6 pm

Feb. 18: Gustavia, St. Barts, 8 am arrive, next morning 6:30 am depart

Feb. 19: Philipsburg, St. Maarten, Neth. Antilles, 9 am-5 pm

Feb. 20, Friday: 7 am arrive, depart ship at San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Feb. 23, Monday: Depart by air from San Juan to Columbus.

 

We had a super lovely day BOTH on Barbados and to start our Amazon River-Caribbean combo adventure on the Silversea Silver Cloud. WOW in so many different ways!!

 

Below are just a few of my quick visual samples as "evidence". Got to have PROOF in today's world, right? We are having a busy period today in Bequia/St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Then, tomorrow, it will be St. George's, Grenada, with a seven-hour “research” project involving spices, nutmeg and rum. It’s a tough “job” and somebody has to do this type of “work” in an environment that is sunny, warm and super pleasant.

 

The quick ship report is that there are only 179 passengers are on-board for this 17-day sailing with three island stops on the way to and 900 miles up the famed Amazon River. Then, back along this famed waterway and returning to Barbados on Feb. 11. That follows with a nine-day Caribbean cruise on this same ship.

 

Lots of super nice passengers on this ship and cruise. The two biggest groups of passengers are from the USA and the UK. Compared to the potential ship maximum capacity of 296 passengers, the crew of 222 will be able to give us great service and attention. We have felt and experience that wonderful level of friendly attention in just our short time time yesterday and today.

 

The Internet sign-on worked very well. When I was up early morning, the crew were around polishing things up, getting the pool filed, etc.

 

Here was the lead headline in our Columbus newspaper this morning: "Falling snow, temperatures make roads slippery, delaying classes" with these details: "As snow blanketed central Ohio early today, temperatures were falling well below freezing, making roads treacherous and prompting many school districts to delay the start of Monday classes." Are we in the right place now?

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 95,241 views for this posting.

 

 

Here is the exterior view of our ship, the Silversea Silver Cloud. It is tendered nearby to Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Notice the large cloud hanging above the ship in this scenic location?:

 

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When we arrived Saturday in Barbados, this was the scenic beach and sunset view near our hotel. Look good? Like being the Caribbean for the first time?:

 

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Before boarding the ship, we did a three-hour private tour with Barbados cab driver. He took us to the top of the island where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea met. Is this dramatic?:

 

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For our Sunday departure, Barbados was busy with five ships in port, including three very large ships. Below shows the rainbow, the Celebrity 2,850 passenger docked next our much smaller ship, etc. It's fun doing these sail-away to start new adventures!:

 

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During our Sunday tour of Barbados, here are two examples of the shopping options available. Nothing hit my eye or wallet that really needed to be purchased. Got to save money for more shore excursions!!:

 

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From our shore excursion in Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, we did a sailing “adventure”. There were 26 of us from the ship with many wonderful options, including seeing more of these islands, doing snorkeling on the reef areas with colorful fish, sailing near massive rock formations, lunch on the beach, etc.

 

Our beach home for part of this shore trip was Princess Margaret Beach. As the pictures below show, it was very scenic, not crowded, etc. The weather? Perfect!! About 84F with a nice breeze, etc. Could things be better, especially compared to the bad storms that hit Ohio, plus what is heading towards the USA's Northeast? You can answer that easy question!!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 169,840 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

 

Our sailing day samples, proof for the nice weather, sunshine, fun, etc.!:

 

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Did they feed us on this ship for our first night here? Here is a little sampling from that first night in the main dining room. Was it good? Service? Yes, yes! Both excellent.

 

More on Barbados to come!!

 

Let me know any questions, special requests, etc.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day Celebrity Solstice, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 95,241 views for this posting.

 

 

Here are a few visual samples with a special; shrimp first course, bread, excellent wine wine from Chile, our pre-main course treat with wonderful Italian style and taste, dessert, etc. Get the idea that things were good? The staff were extreme responsive, helpful, friendly, etc. Got to get ready now for dinning tonight. More pictures and details in the coming days:

 

 

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Thanks for starting this, Terry! Looks like you're having a great time and especially looking forward to the Amazon portion of your adventure.

 

It was a high of 18 degrees here in Albany today. The snow is starting; total accumulation is hard to predict. I'll send you a picture - maybe tomorrow? Wouldn't want you to miss out on all of the fun!

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Lovely start. And enjoying the picture. We have been to that exact spot in Barbados---except we took our lives into our hands and drove ourselves around the island.

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I am so excited to follow your "live blog" on this amazing voyage! Your photos and dialog are super-amazing.

 

We fondly remember our Solstice AU/NZ cruise last January!

 

Carolyn

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Terry

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your adventure with us.

 

Your pictures are great! Have a fantastic time.

 

 

Karin

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Thanks for taking us along in beautiful pix & words Terry, enjoy.

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Hi Terry,

Great to see you up and running on another great trip! We had a wonderful 4 weeks down under doing many of the ports you went to in NZ. Did the bridge climb in Sydney after seeing your pictures and reviews and it was an incredible experience. We even managed to get the Celeb Solstice in the background! Planning our next big trip to the Far East later this year but will enjoy following your trip during the snow and freezing temperatures in Scotland!

Have a great time!

David and Kaye

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Lovely start. And enjoying the picture. We have been to that exact spot in Barbados---except we took our lives into our hands and drove ourselves around the island.

 

Appreciate all of these nice comments and follow-ups. YES, for RachelG, we felt very fortunate to have our driver, and a good one, for this great introduction to Barbados. With its population of 280,000, it has a fairly large-sized number of people for its land size. By going all along that Caribbean side up, north, up to the top of the island gave us a wonderful sampling in a fairly reasonable period of time. We will still have many potentials to consider for our full day on Feb. 11 to do more on Barbados. Part of the "fun" and interest on this island is its long, long history, especially involving the British.

 

Our ship is docking right now in St. George's, Grenada. It will be a busy, busy day with our seven-hour ship tour, seeing the various spice and local stops/sights. Our ship departs at 4 pm, so not much time for independent exploring. That's fine, however, as we will have many other such opportunities at other, future Caribbean islands to check out shops, etc.

 

Tomorrow is a sea day and that will allow more "catching-up" with added photos, details, etc. Dinner last night in the Italian-theme dining location. Good food, but not quite up as high in service and quality compared to our first night in the main dining room. BUT, lots more time to sample and test the various ship options. Had a nice magic-and-Hollywood performer in the theater last night. Worked well. Pictures to follow.

 

Below is a picture from our stop at Barbados' oldest church, St. James. They were have a service this Sunday morning and their organ music/signing was magic and very moving from being outside and walking these historic grounds. St. James Parish Church, is located in Holetown, St. James, Barbados. It stands on one of the oldest parcels of consecrated land on the island, often called in Barbados as "God's acre". The first settlers landed on the island on February 17, 1627 at Holetown not far from the site where the church was eventually built. In 1628, the settlers constructed a wooden building on this site. After nearly 200 years the walls of the original stone building began to decay and were partly demolished and replaced by a larger, more substantial structure in 1874. Except for the sanctuary and north porch, added in 1900s, this is substantially the building still in use today.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

If Venice is one of your future desires or past favorites, you might look at this earlier posting that shows many options and visual potentials for this city that is so great for "walking around", personally sampling its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 46,659 views.

Venice: Loving It & Why??!!

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226

 

 

Here are a few more visuals samples from our three-hour private tour around Barbados. This includes their Parliament building in main downtown, my wife loving this stop at one of their top beaches, visiting their historic St. James church, going through one of their older towns along the coast, and driving around Sandy Lane with their seal and main gate shown. Sandy Lane is the top local hotel (priced accordingly out our financial league). Saw their golf course, fancy clubhouse dining with its spectacular views, etc. Sandy Hill is where Tiger Woods got married, plus is home to many top, high-end visitors. It is now owned by five Irish businessmen. Looked lovely!! Lots of nice homes in this and many other areas of Barbados.:

 

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Terry, really enjoyed your West coast pictures and St James ......

 

When you are next in Barbados early February, you might like to have a cocktail or three at Sandy Lane. Sandy Lane is the next bay up from Paynes and if they still use the same cocktail manual the Planters should be identical to the SS Planters if they are sticking to recipe, We use to wander up the beach to Sandy Lane for our evening drinks from the place we use to rent - Old Trees - in Paynes Bay. The head barman was trained at the Playboy Club in Park Lane and both places were happy to teach me their Planters. That was then incorporated via me into the SS cocktail manual. So for one short time you could be sure of the same cocktail albeit with time lapse, in all three places. :eek:

 

Wifey and I were told that they would continue to welcome us at the Sandy Lane as long as we didn't bring the house guard dog with us who insisted on following us everywhere. He considered himself the senior house guard dog, he was very old and very very big, but sadly use to mark his territory by urinating on everyones bags and towels one after the other when Sandy Lane residents were on the loungers. I was once accosted by a now sadly deceased film director who loved the old Sandy Lane and who shouted at me "Oy you, your dog has just pissed all over my stuff" and I was able to reply in true Clouseau fashion, " But sir, he isn't my dog". The dog standing on it's hind legs and with his paws on wifey's shoulders was some bit taller than her, his name was Caribbee and he wasn't about to take instructions from me about where he could and couldn't go ..... and pee. He always use to seem to know when we were taking the mini moke out for a drive and would be sitting there patiently in the back seat and nothing would get him out.

 

:D

 

I'm so much looking forward to being with you through your great adventure ....

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Appreciate these wonderful, added details and tips from Jeff for Barbados. Just finished a wonderful breakfast served in our room.

 

In checking the weather, it is now 7F in Columbus. Then, I looked more at the national pictures. From AccuWeather, they said this: "An all-out blizzard will slam Long Island and New England into Tuesday, bringing many communities to a standstill. Flight cancellations are mounting and travel bans and state of emergencies have been issued due to the blizzard that will halt travel, cut power and endanger anyone who ventures out into the storm."

 

Wow!! Really glad that we here in the Caribbean and not in the NE United States.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Super loved Dubrovnik!!! See more details and lots of great visual samples/examples at this link. Have had over 26,134 views on this posting and appreciate those who have tuned-in and dropped by.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1439227

 

 

Here are some more of the shopping items we found at our stop at the top of Barbados. Really gives that "island flavor"!:

 

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----------. We will still have many potentials to consider for our full day on Feb. 11 to do more on Barbados. Part of the "fun" and interest on this island is its long, long history, especially involving the British.

 

We seriously considered a cricket match- we got as far as looking on the Internet for a game. Sadly the Test match involving the West Indies had finished the previous week. DH had to make do with a post card of the ' Barbados Oval,' which he found in a bar opposite the church.

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Thank you for taking us along on your trip. We did the same itinerary on the Cloud in 2012 and the ship was full. I'm surprised to hear that you only have 179 passengers on board.

 

When you return to Barbados, you might want to consider taking a drive over to Bathsheba beach if you didn't get the opportunity to see it this time. The Atlantic coast is rugged and beautiful.

 

Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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Really looking forward to your reports and especially the photos. We did the same intinerary on the Whisper in Nov/Dec. It was wonderful.

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which accompanies the pictures of the WARM weather! It's still chilly here in south Florida.

Thanks for keeping us all up to speed on your trip.

I still have houseguests who were stranded due to Juno, the blizzard named after an ancient roman goddess who was the special counselor and protector of state. Seems like a misnomer to me!

(Houseguests just came back from many of the same islands you are visiting. They were on MV Ponant. Loved it. Only 30 pax and 60 crew)

Glad you missed the storm!

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Thank you for taking us along on your trip. We did the same itinerary on the Cloud in 2012 and the ship was full. I'm surprised to hear that you only have 179 passengers on board. When you return to Barbados, you might want to consider taking a drive over to Bathsheba beach if you didn't get the opportunity to see it this time. The Atlantic coast is rugged and beautiful. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

 

Appreciate these added tips, suggestions and comments! So nice to have others following along, offering kind wishes, etc.

 

To start our third day of cruising, there is so, so much wonderful to share from yesterday in Granada, our dinner and show last night, etc. And, the pictures? So many exciting visuals to share. If you are not liking these visuals from yesterday, we'll be happy to refund your money, double! What was not to like about yesterday. Hopefully, my pictures will prove it!

 

Grenada was where we did a ship tour called "Around The Isle of Spice" (GND-A1) that was seven hours and departed a little early at 8:00 am. Had a wonderful breakfast in our room served promptly at exactly 7 am by Nixon, our super Butler, Nixon. When we landed at their capital of St. Georges, there were 19 of us from the Silver Cloud doing a circling of the "Isle of Spice". Fortunately, I had the front seat, next to the driver who was expert with these curving, hilly roads. It was somewhat of a long journey with lots of bus riding, but it gave us an excellent sampling of the splendid beauty, vistas and historic estates here on this island. Our excursion explores the Dougaldston Estate, Gouyave Nutmeg Factory, 'Carib Leap', the 18th-century River Antoine Rum Distillery and Grand Etang, a volcanic lake.

 

From Frommers, they summarize well on this charming island: "The southernmost nation of the Windward Islands, Grenada (Gre-nay-dah) is one of the lushest islands in the Caribbean. With its gentle climate and extravagantly fertile volcanic soil, it's one of the largest producers of spices in the Western Hemisphere. There's a lot of very appealing local color on Grenada, particularly since the political troubles of the 1980s seem, at least for the moment, to have ended. There are beautiful white-sand beaches, and the populace (a mixture of English expatriates and islanders of African descent) is friendly. Once a British Crown Colony but now independent. Grenada's capital, St. George's, is one of the most charming towns in the Caribbean. "

 

From the Cruise Critic website, they offer this sampling of its history/background: "To the uninitiated, the Southern Caribbean island of Grenada is better known for its political history -- U.S. troops intervened in a coup during President Reagan's administration, at the time a controversial volley in the Cold War -- than it is for being a vacation paradise. But, for the tourists pouring in through the island's increasing cruise business (on a recent day, five ships were docked at the capital of St. George's) to explore its numerous beaches or hike its mountainous rain forests, such associations belong in the past. So, too, does Hurricane Ivan, which damaged 90 percent of Grenada's buildings, destroyed 85 percent of its nutmeg trees and left more than half the population homeless in September 2004. While you'll still see some lingering effects as you tour around the island -- churches without roofs, homes still being rebuilt -- St. George's is as colorful and charming as ever, and most restaurants, tourist attractions and hotels are back in business -- in many cases refurbished and looking even better than they did before."

 

The sail-away was a little before 4 pm from their scenic harbor here. Then, a 7 pm Captain's welcome and the first formal night in the main dining room. The food? You will see the pictures soon. After a Monday dinner in the Italian speciality location that was "good", but not great, things were super in the "excellent groove" for the dining quality. Wonderful dining fun, including being joined by Christine and Mark, from Philadelphia area (Bucks County).

 

Then, it was 10 pm show-time with the "Singers of Silversea"!! During our first shore tour, we met one of the six young singers in this group. Before the Captain's brief program, I had a chance to chat in detail with another of these fine voices. I will share more later for the switch to this type of entertainment.

 

This morning with the copy of USA Today printed out on the ship, the big, BIG headline is "Blizzard Pounds New England". They noted in the sub-head that Philadelphia and New York City got hit, but not as bad as had been predicted. BUT, for parts of Long Island, Conn, R.I, Mass., Maine, it was really, really bad. Very fortunate to be here enjoying the sun and fun!!

 

We are on our way to famed Devil's Island. It will be a busy sea-day with two different lectures by our two on-ship experts. Have met and talked with both of them. Very nice, friendly and approachable. One talk this morning will be on Devil's Island, its history, etc. Then, the second on . . . PIRATES!! On this discussion, we'll get lots of details for our two grandsons in Charlottesville, Va. They love stories and details about pirates. Especially from here in the Caribbean.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Wonderful Kotor and nearby Montenegro? Check these postings. Have had over 22,556 views on this posting and appreciate those who have tuned-in and commented.:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1439193

 

 

Here is a sampling for some of the initial sites as we traveled north from the port/capital. Notice the lush, green views? Second is a sample of the shore fishing action as people from the village there pull in the nets. Next, our excellent guide, Bertrand Antoine, who had the perfect island voice/style, plus lots of details, personality and sharing skills, took us to an old estate. He gave us background for the various spices and items from this island. Below you can see certain of the examples as he share more for how these are produced, processed. He passed around samples so that we could smell and feel these unique items. He also told us about the flag for Grenada, its color and design, etc.:

 

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Here is the next group of visuals from yesterday. More will be coming after we do breakfast in the main dining room and the 10 am program on what we will see on Devil's Island, its unique history and background. His title is something like "Hell in Paradise"!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 95,241 views for this posting.

 

 

From visiting a three-story nutmeg processing operation, we got to see of the hand-sorting that is required, then the drying racks and even an examples for some of the finished product uses.:

 

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Here is an example for one of the small Grenada towns we traveled though at the top of the island where the Caribbean Sea meet the Atlantic Ocean. Next is a few of that town, its beach, coastal area, etc.:

 

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I bought some nutmeg in that same processing plant, Terry. Am still using it, and every time I grate it, the smell transports me right back to the cruise you are on which we did in 2012.

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Always delighted to see one of your fabulous photo voyages - count me in for the trip! Especially as TRUEBLUE66 says in the cold brrrrrr in Scotland right now! We can only imagine the warmth of the sun on you as you sip yet another cold cocktail! ;):p:D. Not that we are jealous or anything! hahaha!

 

Your beautiful photos of the Norwegian fjords have encouraged us to take our first cruise there later this year. You somehow manage to take shots that bring where you are and the people in them to life - your photos truly are worth a thousand words. Just fabulous.

 

Have a wonderful trip. :D

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Terry, why can't I see your pictures? I can read all your commentary but can't see any of the pictures.

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I bought some nutmeg in that same processing plant, Terry. Am still using it, and every time I grate it, the smell transports me right back to the cruise you are on which we did in 2012.

 

fairbourne: Always delighted to see one of your fabulous photo voyages - count me in for the trip! Especially as TRUEBLUE66 says in the cold brrrrrr in Scotland right now! We can only imagine the warmth of the sun on you as you sip yet another cold cocktail! . Not that we are jealous or anything! hahaha! Your beautiful photos of the Norwegian fjords have encouraged us to take our first cruise there later this year. You somehow manage to take shots that bring where you are and the people in them to life - your photos truly are worth a thousand words. Just fabulous. Have a wonderful trip.

 

Appreciate these nice comments and follow-ups. Glad to get such an international audience/interest. I shared these notes with my wife while we were waiting for the start of the 10 am program on Devil's Island. Good luck with your upcoming adventure up the Norway coast.

 

More pictures below from Grenada. Plus' date=' later today, I will have the rest of my pictures of Silver Cloud food, entertainment, etc.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio[/font']

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 169,840 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

 

From the rum distilling operations, here are three of my visual samples. This plant dates back to 1785 and still uses that same type of water wheel set-up to power the crushing of the sugar cane. You can see a sample of that cane and then the area where the liquid is heated, etc. They produce a product that comes out at 75% alcohol or 150 proof. Yes, we sampled and it was really burning in going down. Their rum with a fruit version went down much easier!! Very educational and interesting stop.:

 

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Below are a couple of flower examples from this island, plus a unique of a view of bird sitting on top of a cow. Don't often get this mixing of wildlife sitting on an animal.:

 

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Terry, why can't I see your pictures? I can read all your commentary but can't see any of the pictures.

 

Not sure for Rachel as to why the pictures are not coming up on your web browser. These visuals show up and work fine with my Safari web tool. You might check your browser settings and/or do a re-start on your computer. In some cases, that will clean up any "loose ends". Good luck!!

 

More fun and excitement below from Grenada.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

If Venice is one of your future desires or past favorites, you might look at this earlier posting that shows many options and visual potentials for this city that is so great for "walking around", personally sampling its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 46,659 views.

Venice: Loving It & Why??!!

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226

 

 

Here are some more visual samples to share from Grenada. Here is a typical local town view of the small-scale market/street action there. Notice the sign for their upcoming Independence celebration on Feb. 7? It will be a big PARTY on that day here and the night before.:

 

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From the old airport on Grenada, here are two “antique” aircraft. One is from Russia and the other a Cubana Air plane that got left when the U.S. forces arrived in 1983 to stop any threats of military base being placed here. Then, here is a wall graphic in St. George that reflects how happy were the people here to be rescued from their government battles at that time in their young history.:

 

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This is the view down one of the super steep streets of St. George as we were heading back to the Silver Cloud. You can see the ship in the distance. On the left sides are some of the school children in their uniforms after their classes were completed for the day.:

 

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As we did our sail-away, here was the final view of St. George and lovely Grenada from the top of the Silver Cloud. It rained a little during part of the afternoon driving, but things were very clear and sunny by this time of the day.:

 

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The sun sets early at this time of the year. This picture was taken a little after 6 pm showinging the sunset from our balcony on the Silver Cloud. Nice?:

 

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Yes, after the sunset and as sailing, there was much to do and enjoy on the Silver Cloud. More visuals to prove it, right?

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day Celebrity Solstice, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 95,241 views for this posting.

 

 

Here is the Silver Cloud Captain with many of his top staff greeting the passengers at the opening program before Tuesday night’s formal dinner. The Captain guaranteed to us smooth sailing on the Amazon River. But, warned these open seas now might be a little rough. Sea condition have some rolling and rocking, but no where as bad as what we had for two days a year ago crossing the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand:

 

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For dinner in the main dining area, my first course was French-style escargot. Wonderful!! Next was a sampling of shrimp. Very good, also.:

 

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It was an extremely challenging debate for over the questions of lobster versus beef for my dinner selection. What to pick? My wife did the beef Wellington as shown below. She said it was the best version of this dish she had ever, ever enjoyed. Great praise! Then, next is my grilled lobster tail. Super wonderful, also. Had extra sauce provided to make it even better with the grain also included under the lobster. Finally, it is dessert, highlighted with a pistachio cake, plus, plus.:

 

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Here are the wrap-up pictures from the 10 pm music program last night, but a little bonus coverage.

 

Our morning program on Devil's Island was excellent, plus the two chefs did a super entertainment program with nice food samples during their morning presentation. Now, up to the pool, grab a little light food there. Lots more pictures from today's sea-day to follow.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 169,840 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

 

After dinner, it was the “Singers of Solstice” in the main theater. This program yesterday was a “Latin” style mix of songs, dancing, etc. Worked very well. Nice variety of costumes during the program. These singers will do three more programs on this cruise with an added variety of music styles, themes, etc. Plus, these six will do some cabaret-style shows with smaller numbers of them doing the varied programs.:

 

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Finally, here is cruise director Alan King closing out the show and previewing the next day's activities and programs. He always shows the audience each day the “happy soxes” he is wearing for the day and does a telling of one of his old-style stories with a funny, twisted ending. Alan is Scottish, has great humor and class. Very experienced and fun!:

 

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Finally, here is one of the couples doing a little dancing after the show with the quartet performing in the bar area outside of the theater. They were on our nutmeg/rum tour and we had had lunch with them during our circle of Grenada tour. He is a retired Army officer, having lived in a variety of location in Cincinnati, near our home in Columbus. They are now residents in the West Palm Beach area.:

 

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Terry....great picture postcard of this fabulous itinerary.Dont forget to book the ships excursion toAnavilhanas to see a typical Amazonian village.It is a memorable experience.Amazed to learn this special cruise is not sold out!! because SS only do the full Amazon cruise twice per annum.We shall continue to relive our memories with your wonderful reports and photos.ENJOY!

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Terry,

I believe the bird is an egret. We saw plenty when in the Florida Keys last year, in fact they showed no fear, we reguarly had one join us on our balcony at breakfast time.

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Terry....great picture postcard of this fabulous itinerary.Dont forget to book the ships excursion to Anavilhanas to see a typical Amazonian village.It is a memorable experience. Amazed to learn this special cruise is not sold out!! because SS only do the full Amazon cruise twice per annum.We shall continue to relive our memories with your wonderful reports and photos.ENJOY!

 

upwarduk: Egret Terry' date=' I believe the bird is an egret. We saw plenty when in the Florida Keys last year, in fact they showed no fear, we reguarly had one join us on our balcony at breakfast time. [/quote']

 

Appreciate the mention on the bird’s name, background. Have not seen that many unique birds, so far, on this trip. BUT, love the flowers, waterside locations, etc. We really loved the people of these first two islands that we first visited. Very nice, helpful and friendly.

 

On Anavilhanas, this Brazil/Amazon stop is being skipped and we will get into Manaus much earlier. Not sure the exact reasons/details. Will find out more later for that need/reason on this schedule change where we got notice a few weeks before our departure. There will still be another stop where we still see a smaller village along the Amazon. Per earlier suggestions, I have brought along a number of pencils, pens and other gift items for school children, etc.

 

For our Wednesday morning at sea, we had started with breakfast in the main dining room. See the visuals and added details below.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a June 2011 cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Now at 193,246 views for this live/blog. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

 

With so many busy port days during past cruises, we would very seldom go to the main dining room for breakfast. We would mostly do the buffet on the back of the ship or have room service in our suite. Both of those options have worked well. BUT, today we had plenty of time and did the main dining room. It worked well. Arrived around 9 am, to hit there with no crowds there at this time. We had a nice window seat from which to watch the sea action. My wife had the waffles as shown below. She raved about these being the best waffles every. Super loved!! I was more conventional with a ham, cheese and mushroom omelette. Mine was perfectly hot and very tasty.:

 

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On the way to a morning program, I happened to catch the top ship hotel and food staff having a meeting in the area near the theatre. Maybe some will recognize a few faces from past Silversea cruises. At the top is the Hotel Director, plus you can see the Cruise Director, Bar/Beverage manager, dining room manager, etc.:

 

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Late morning was a cooking demonstration with both the Executive Chef and the head of the ship's Italian speciality dining location. The Executive Chef is from Australia and he had a wonderful “Ying and Yang” conversation with his partner from Italy Fun! And we had samples of both items that they were preparing. Below you can see a picture for the Italian dish that he prepared, including making the noodles from scratch right in front of us. Sadly, we learned that there will be no galley buffet during this cruise as we super enjoyed that treat in July 2010 during our Norway coast trip on the Silver Cloud. No large and spectacular International Buffet as the health regulations have been upped on the sneeze guards required, etc. The Executive Chef will be departing the Cloud on Feb. 11 when this segment is finished in Barbados.:

 

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Wonderful pictures Terry.

 

I'd rather be doing your trip than Jeff's Cheap food and drink soirée in Singapore.

No comparison.

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Wonderful pictures Terry. I'd rather be doing your trip than Jeff's Cheap food and drink soirée in Singapore. No comparison.

 

Not sure that I want to get in the "middle" between you and Jeff over Singapore versus the Amazon River, his "cheap" food, etc. Not yet been to Southeast Asia and these various nearby location that are on our wish-list for future adventures.

 

Lot of great Brits on this sailing. Very fun and interesting to talk with them, share discussions, etc.

 

More below on the ship, lunch by the pool, etc. Am enjoying the views now from the Panorama Lounge, etc. Having a special "Silver-Rita" drink now. It is made with Grand Marnier, the orange-flavored cognac liquor created in 1880 that has a blend of Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange and sugar. Tastes good! On such cruises where the beverages are included without added cost (besides what we paid originally), it is easy and fun to try new drinks, experiences, etc. FUN!!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For Athens, Greece, check out this posting with many ideas, tips and exciting visuals. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101008

There have been over 10,492 views on this posting.

 

 

For lunch, we did a little nibbling pool side. Lots of options from the grill there, plus this special buffet that was set-up. You can see one of the options that I enjoyed, a mix of Spain and my favorite seafood treats. Plus, finally, here is a picture of the hard-working staff preparing items at the pool grill area during the lunch period on a sunny sea-day.:

 

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Here are two visuals from the mid-day lecture programs on the ship during this sea-day. On Caribbean pirates, this recently college professor from the San Diego area had lots of interesting historic details and background for why and how these pirates operated in the 1650 to 1730 period. Our other presenter today did a great job previewing Devil’s Island, including many film clips and visuals. This include several highlights from the movie Papaillon, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman from 1973. Looking forward and very excited about this stop on the site and practice that the French made famous or maybe a little "infamous"!!:

 

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Terry you are very lucky to have Grant as the head chef. We were on his first cruise when he joined SS. We like his cooking. He is a nice Aussie guy ! I hope he is back on the Cloud in June ! :)

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Terry you are very lucky to have Grant as the head chef. We were on his first cruise when he joined SS. We like his cooking. He is a nice Aussie guy ! I hope he is back on the Cloud in June ! :)

 

Will check more on the Executive Chef's post vacation plans/schedule. As I understand, he lives in Thailand when he is not doing his ship sailing work. During his presentation this morning, we super loved his warmth, personality, style, etc. Got to totally appreciate those from Australia and their wonderful approach to enjoy life.

 

We spectacularly loved the areas and people "down under" from our cruise and pre- and post-stops from a year ago. That live/blog is now getting close to 100,000 views. This posting is now over 1,000 views. Appreciate those who have tuned-in, asked questions, made comments, etc. Don't be shy! Happy to check out any questions, find out more in my research, etc. We have lots of sea-days to such "research".

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 96,053 views for this posting.

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such a lovely thread that is so enjoyable. Sophia

 

Appreciate this above cited portion of Sophia's nice comment. Won't comment on any other aspects. Just focused right now for enjoying this nice experience, the great weather, etc. The sun has set on this part of today's travels, but no exciting or interesting sunset action. There's always tomorrow to seek that photographic opportunity.

 

As a warm-up and summary for tomorrow's visit to Devil's Island, here are some preview notes, history and background from the Silversea data base, Fodors, our morning lecturer, etc.

 

For Thursday, Jan. 29, we will visit this French Guiana location from 1-6 PM. There is no added charge or special tour cost involved. We will be tendered there, able to walk around, see the sights, etc.

 

Devil's Island is but one of the infamous penal colonies of the Iles du Salut archipelago, the other two being Ile Royale and Ile St. Joseph. These notorious, remote islands are about one hour by boat from the mainland of French Guiana, an Overseas Department of France.

 

Originally, the small archipelago was known simply as Devil's Island, but was readily renamed Iles du Salut, or Islands of Salvation, after the first ships encountered a rough crossing from the mainland and the verdant, hilly isles presented themselves like a promised land. The location and hazardous way to reach the islands presented an obvious choice for France to establish its convict settlement here in 1852. Each one of the three islands served a different purpose: Ile Royale was the site of the administrative center and for prisoners deemed less dangerous. The more troublesome convicts were kept at Ile St. Joseph. On the almost inaccessible Devil's Island, political prisoners such as Alfred Dreyfus were held in isolation. The prisoner who became world famous was Henri Charrière, immortalized in the movie Papillon, for supposedly being the only convict ever to have escaped from the “green hell.”

 

Today, visitors arrive at Ile Royale, the larger of the two islands (out of three) which can be visited, to experience the haunting history of this former penal colony. Pathways allow you to circle the island (our expert says to walk counter-clockwise around the island) and to wander among the overgrown ruins of prison cells and administrative buildings. A recent restoration program has been successful in recovering some of the buildings, one of which now houses a small museum. There is also a hotel, the Auberge Iles du Salut, providing modest tourist facilities.

 

There are no organised excursions available, but one or two English-speaking guides from the mainland are available for directions and to provide information. There are no vehicles on the island; the remains of the various prison facilities have to be seen on foot. A dirt path circles the entire island and can be walked in about 45 minutes.

 

The local currency is the euro as this a part of France and the euro is "it". U.S. dollars are accepted in the gift shop.

 

From 1852 to 1948, the main penal colonies were established on the three French Salvation Islands to hold the most notorious criminals and political outcasts. Those who were sentenced to seven or more years and survived were required to remain in French Guiana for life. Of 80,000 prisoners sent to the islands, some 50,000 died here. The complex was virtually a self-contained community with houses, offices, a hospital, bakery, butcher shop and church. This Devil's Island complex was closed in 1953.

 

They say to wear lightweight clothing, a sun hat and walking shoes to explore this remote and exotic location. Tenders will be running continuously during our stay, allowing us to return to the ship at any time.

 

MOVIE DETAILS: This 1973 prison film was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, who did the famed bio movie titled "Patton" in 1970. That director also did Planet of the Apes (1968) and The Boys from Brazil (1978). Due to its filming at remote locations, Papillon was quite expensive for the time ($12 million), but earned more than twice that in the first year of distribution. The film's title is French for "Butterfly," referring to the author Charrière's tattoo and nickname. Papillon was filmed at various locations in Spain and Jamaica. Since the late 20th century, Papillon has become regarded as a classic adventure film and everal critics suggest the film is McQueen's best performance. Our speaker today noted that Steve McQueen’s famous cliff-jumping scene near the end of the film took place from the cliffs in Maui, Hawaii. McQueen insisted on performing the cliff-jumping stunt himself.

 

Its music score was by Jerry Goldsmith and gained an Academy Award nomination. That musics was characterized by a late romantic symphonic and impressionistic style with some instruments used for Caribbean folk music.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 170,124 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

 

From the Bing website, here are three file visuals from the movie, Papillon. The two big, most famous stars were Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.:

 

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Happy to say computer problem is now fixed and I can see your pics. Grant is an excellent head chef. We have sailed with him twice.

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Sorry you are skipping Anivalhas,hope the alternative is enjoyable.The pink dolphin excursion is a worthwhile and unique experience.We are loving your pics and reports as we have a raging blizzard outside at the moment.ENJOY.

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the pictures and commentary.

At the risk of stirring the pot, and not wanting to chide any poster, hope we can leave the barbed and sarcastic comments to the water cooler.

Email often does not portray the meaning of the message.

 

Can't wait for the next installment of Terry's great sea adventure!

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Terry, glad to see that you are getting to enjoy Grant as Exec Chef, if you meet him you will find he has a wicked sense of humour.

 

A couple of questions: I thought the new entertainers were launched as The Voices of Silversea, has that changed now. Second, your picture of the Captain and staff on formal night shows them in dress suits and ties. That is a new one on me, I thought they always dressed in whites and bow ties.

 

Finally, your shot of the Hotel Director and staff only shows one face I recognise from our last Cloud voyage last April, looks like a huge turnaround, also true of the senior officers.

 

Thanks for taking us along with you and your pics are excellent!

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How weird, browsed from page 2 to 3, redirected back to page 2 and a number of posts disappeared into thin air.

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