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Aloha.  I so enjoy your posts and thank you sincerely for the time you spend sharing.  We have been blessed to sail countless times on HAL and other lines and to have seen the world.  Your reports and pictures bring us fond memories and our desire to continue our journeys. That said thank you again!!!

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2 hours ago, The-Inside-Cabin said:

The COVID testing requirement ended up requiring everyone to test using a self-administered Antigen Test

Did this have to be a medically supervised (online) test?

 

Thank you for taking us along!

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1 hour ago, 0106 said:

Did this have to be a medically supervised (online) test?

 

Thank you for taking us along!

No  - it was a self proctored test - you took a picture of your negative test strip next to your picture ID

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20 hours ago, The-Inside-Cabin said:

No  - it was a self proctored test - you took a picture of your negative test strip next to your picture ID

wow that is interesting.  But then again it was delivered to the room and so should be good to go.

 

Sorry to head NZ required this again.

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Falmouth, Jamaica (Post #5)

By The Inside Cabin on Jan 06, 2023 12:52 am
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Falmouth Feature

Spent the day catching up with the blog then a quick spin through the Falmouth tourist area

We arrived around 10 am and moored in the Falmouth Tourist Area.  This is a secure enclave of shops and restaurants that contains only screened vendors.  

Falmouth-port-approach.jpgApproaching Falmouth at 10 AM – The Caribbean Princess is already moored.

 

Falmouth-Tourist-Area.jpgView of the tourist area from our verandah

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I spent most of the day catching up on my blog posts – I have learned that if I fall behind, it is almost impossible to catch up.  

Taxi-Rate-Sheet.jpgThis sign shows the taxi fares from the port to various tourist areas

You can download a copy of my pre-cruise port brief HERE

Tourist-area-Gate.jpgHere is the secure entrance and exit to the Falmouth tourist area

I went ashore around 4:45 – with the all aboard at 5:30, I had to move fast.  I quickly walked around the shops in the tourist area and bought a T-shirt and a Robin Ruth Jamaica Bag.  Then it was back to the ship at 5:30.  I wasn’t the last onboard as another tour was still on the way back.  

Retail-Directory.jpgRetail Directory as of 5 Jan 2023

The Sail Away Party was lightly attended, and waiters passed out Watermelon Gaspacho.  

Sailaway-gaspacho.jpgWatermelon Gaspacho Sailaway-770.jpgHad fun with Lydia, Cheryl and Roxanne at the Sail Away

 

The 2023 World Cruise T-shirts were on sale in the shops – and they usually go quickly – so we picked up a couple while they were still available.  

 

Steven Scott was the featured entertainer tonight – He was very funny and we enjoyed the show.  

 

 

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2 hours ago, The-Inside-Cabin said:

Here is a one minute "Short" for 4 January - Block Party Highlights

 

 

 

 

Who are concierge in Neptune Lounge this year? 

 

Oh my 😬 Can't unhear that piano singer now. 

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Our first Tuxedo Junction was last night - Nice turnout - we met around 6 pm in the Ocean Bar - normal time will be about 7 pm 

 

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Pete, Lydia and Sheryl in the theatre waiting for the Captain's Introductions

 

 

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Aloha.  We love long cruises and I thoroughly enjoy wearing a tux.  We love the TAs on the QM2 and getting dressed every night. That said, on a longer voyage every night is in my opinion too much. Imagine being on those ships in the early 1900s with no air conditioning wearing a tuxedo😂

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1 hour ago, The-Inside-Cabin said:

Port cards are being distributed 

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YES! We thought we'd see them on VoV (Nope) or they fell out with paperless protocol and had to be viewed on Navigator 🤪 

 

Had to use them in Sri Lanka when the tuk-tuk driver didn't speak English nor know where the ships were docked. 🙃

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Here's the latest from The Inside Cabin

The Tuxedo Junction at Sea (Post #6)

By The Inside Cabin on Jan 07, 2023 12:01 am
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Tuxedo Junction Feature

The Tuxedo Junction held its first meeting during our first “Dressy Night”

 

We had to complete a mandatory COVID self-test today between 9 and 9:30 am.  Test kits were delivered to our rooms with instructions in envelopes.  Since we have done many self-tests previously, this one was a snap, and we had our negative results in 10 minutes.

 

The Room Stewards made the rounds, and we showed them the results of our test, and that was that.  The Captain announced later that the number of positive cases wouldn’t be disclosed due to “privacy reasons,”  but we were still in Level 1 – which was good.  Nevertheless, we will still wear masks while inside until we leave Panama.

 

We played our first Texas Hold’em tournament.  $60 buy-in for $5000 in tournament chips.  Blinds start at 25/50 and increase every 15 minutes – games will take almost 2 hours.  Seven of the players were regulars on 2020 – it was Old Home Week in the Casino.

 

Tonight was Dressy Night and our first Tuxedo Junction!  We probably had about ten couples in The Junction – everyone looked MARVELOUS!

 

Watch the Video

 

 

The Captains Welcome toast was at 7 pm in the Theatre.  They served Champagne as we entered.  The room was full but not overflowing.  I was sitting toward the front, so I couldn’t tell if people were jammed trying to get in.

Pete-Lydia-and-Sheryl.jpgPete, Lydia, and Sheryl at the Captains Welcome Toast

 

Ian.jpgCruise and Travel Director, Ian, was the Master of Ceremonies

Capt Kramer introduced his senior officers – the only regulars were Henk and Shiv – all the rest were new to me – not sure if they had previous World Cruise experience.

Capt-Welcome.jpgCapt Kramer introduced his senior staff

The Dinner menu was one of those Culinary specials – you can find a copy on the Itinerary, Menus and Program page HERE.

 

The Zuiderdam singers and dancers are back, but at half the size of previous production show casts – Two Singers and Four Dancers.

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The show was fun and high energy – here is a short highlight reel.

 

Watch the Video

 

Tomorrow we will be in Costa Rica.

 

 

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13 hours ago, The-Inside-Cabin said:

Henjie and Joy are in the Neptune Lounge

If you can please tell Henjie hi for us, Sharon & Craig. He was on our Med cruise June 2022 Oosterdam. He will probably remember because Craig was in covid jail during that cruise and he was very nice to me since I was alone. 

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11 minutes ago, Sharon in AZ said:

If you can please tell Henjie hi for us, Sharon & Craig. He was on our Med cruise June 2022 Oosterdam. He will probably remember because Craig was in covid jail during that cruise and he was very nice to me since I was alone. 

Ok! 

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