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John and Diane's Amazing Round the World Aventure

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Happy sailing and much thanks for taking us on the ride with you through your reports.

 

Mindy

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Ooooo. I just found this thread (was away when it started, apparently) and you have made me very happy. (You will let me tag along, I hope. ;) )

I'm looking forward to all of your reports over the next few months. Yippee! :)

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I can't imagine your excitement at setting sail on such a wonderful voyage!

This should be a fun trip to follow along ... though, I'll have to take a 20+ day break while I'm aboard the Rotterdam!

 

Bless you both, and have a safe and wonderful cruise!

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My friends Bob and Bev from So California are on this cruise. Reading your posting will be like sailing with them. Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

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We got off a TransCanal cruise in December 2002 for a week of what we hoped would be continued warm weather in Florida - wrong! Like you, we had freeze warnings at night and cold temperatures during the day for our stay in Florida. Luckily, having started our trip in Washington, DC, we had cold weather clothing to keep us warm until the temperatures returned to normal - the day before we flew back to DC.

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I'm so excited for them!!!

 

I just came back to see if there's anything new...

 

What do you think they're doing right now?? RELAXING, being pampered, looking at a glorious ocean!!! Ahhhhhhhh!!! What a delight!

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Hi, Diane!

Hi, John!

What a fabulous journey you are beginning!!! So many fascinating ports of call - we're looking forward to sharing your adventure with you - thanks for doing this! And what a way to celebrate retirement!!!! You've done a huge amount of preparation and now you're set -- (hope all your luggage was there!) and that you have a WONDERFUL time! Bon Voyage!

Sue and Tom

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I hope your luggage shows up, I hear that are many guest bags that did not show up due to a major vendor snafu in getting baggage from the guests home to the ship.:eek:

 

Not a fun way to start a world cruise...

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What a day! Getting up at 6:30 was not an easy thing to do after our “Specialists” cocktail hour and dinner last night. But get up we must – since luggage would be collected from our rooms beginning at 8:00 AM. Since HAL had picked up most of our luggage from home three weeks ago, we had only 3 small bags to pick up this morning – but that didn’t include our five cases of wine! Contrary to your previous opinion, we really don’t drink that much, but dinner wines beginning at upwards of $30 a bottle, we DO like to save money.

 

Our bus left the hotel promptly at 11 AM, and we were boarding the ship at about 12:30. One thing that we found really interesting was the number of people who knew each other from previous RTW cruises. The woman who boarded in front of us said she had “only” sailed two RTW cruises in a row, but she had done a total of eight! We found that this was not that unusual. In fact, when we walked to the Sea View Pool, we met a man enjoying the sun already. When we commented that he must be getting a headstart on his tan, he just smiled and said, “Oh, no, I’ve been on the ship since September.”(!)

We feel very inexperienced in round the world cruising.

 

Lunch was served in the Lido buffet, along with complimentary welcoming Champagne, and as usual, was delectable. We know we’ll have to watch our eating, and we’ll let you know how that goes. (As an aside to the person who asked my weight and how it fluctuated during the cruise: I’ll tell you my age, my religion, and my political affiliation, but please don’t expect to know my weight!)

 

All the luggage arrived fairly promptly, and the room stewards were really working hard to get it all into the appropriate rooms. We worked like little soldiers getting everything organized and put away, including the cases of wine, and, as I write, the room looks a little “lived in,” but really quite tidy. The empty luggage, nicely nested, is outside the room to be put somewhere in the bowels of the ship until the end of April, and I’m wondering why in the world I brought so many clothes!

 

It was an exhausting but rewarding day. Even the lifeboat drill was fun, and now were just talking about dressing for dinner and meeting friends we made on our Alaska cruise. We know it will eventually be relaxing – but it’s not quite there yet.

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Just found this Thread and I'm really looking forward to reading your blog as you take us along on your world cruise. Thank you for taking the time to share your adventure with us. So many wonderful and exotic ports of call ahead of you!

 

Have a wonderful cruise!

 

Thanks,

Peggy

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John and Diane,

 

At last you are on your way. I am so looking forward to reading all your posts and living your wonderful experience through your eyes even though it will be here on land!!

 

Thanks again for doing this for all of us who are unable to spend over 100 odd days on a ship all at once.

 

Jennie

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John and Diane:

Well, I see you have run into my "friend" sunning himself at the pool. Yes, Jeff will be onboard for over 200 days. He should be a very nice shade of bronze by now.

If you think of it, tell Jeff that Deb from Ohio says hi and I have been following his blog the last 2 years!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful cruise. Stay safe! Deb C.

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John and Diane:

 

If you think of it, tell Jeff that Deb from Ohio says hi and I have been following his blog the last 2 years!!

 

 

Deb - Can you share the address to Jeff's blog?

 

John & Diane - I'll be checking in daily to read about your adventures. Thanks so much for posting. Have a great time!

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One of my favorite parts of last winter was following 2 lucky couples around the world through their blogs. Thank you John and Diane for taking me with you. I can hardly wait. Have a safe trip.

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I have enjoyed your first few reports. I too will be checking in daily. Having dreams of one my first tasks when I reach retirement age....a rtw cruise.

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John & Diane,

 

After retiring from the Fire Department in Oct. 2004, my DW and I found ourselves on the 2005 Grand World Voyage aboard the Prinsendam. What a wonderful cruise! We wish the two of you the same wonderful time as we had. The cruise may come to an end; but, memories of the cruise will always be with you.

 

Bill

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Hello John and Dianne, sorry you had to get to south Florida when it was cold. I look forward to your reports from this amazing trip. Wishing you beautiful, sunny, blue skies on your journey.

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Hello John and Dianne, sorry you had to get to south Florida when it was cold. I look forward to your reports from this amazing trip. Wishing you beautiful, sunny, blue skies on your journey.

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John and Dianne,

 

God speed on your cruise as it begins!! Your posts will be glorious to read and savour!! We are all a bit like stowaways in your luggage...

 

Keep the posts coming!

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John and Diane,

Oh my gosh! Was that Regis Philbin spotted around the pool today?:eek:

Deb C.

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January 6, 2008

 

What could possibly be better than sitting on the balcony in shorts and tank tops drinking Champagne and watching the ocean go by. The rocking is gentle and, since it was only about 5:00, we had over 3 hours to get ready for late seating for dinner at 8:15.

I guess I should tell you about our dinner table. I know many people are interested in “free choice” dining, where you eat when you want to and at a different table every night, but we’re not among them. I really like getting to know a group of people well and making new friends. We also like big tables, since if there are people you really don’t want to know very well, there are lots of others. We took a “test drive” of the Amsterdam for an Alaska cruise in late July, and our “Specialist” in Seattle took such good care of us that they seated us at a table for 9 with people who would be on the RTW cruise. Those are some of the folks we sit with now. First of all, there’s Susie and Woody from a suburb of Atlanta. This is their fifth RTW, so they really know what’s what, and are incredibly helpful with everything from knowing nearly the entire staff to beauty tips. Susie, who is my age, is a hoot and a half and will tell you exactly what’s on her mind. Woody is the quieter of the two, but he has a fine sharp wit and is a great person to talk to any time. In addition to the two of them is Barbie, their good friend, who has told us she is spending her children’s inheritance. Gene and Shirley, from Baltimore, met Susie and Woody on a Russian river cruise. The first time we were aware of Gene was when he played the trumpet at the gala dinner our travel agent hosted the night before sailing. Gene is incredibly outgoing and Shirley, although quieter, has a great sense of humor. The last two are the ship’s bridge experts, Bill and Joan. We’re just getting to know them, but they know bridge the way most of us know how to spell our names. Our table laughs a lot, is quite noisy, and is generally last to leave the dining room.

The reason you need to know about our dining group has to do with Regis Philbin. Yes, he IS on board (at least for a week) and he was the entertainer last night after dinner with Joy, his wife. Susie is SUCH a Regis fan that she even skipped dessert to get a front row seat, which we shared. Regis was great! He sang, told jokes, shared memories, and then said that he would like anyone who was interested in replacing Kelly to come up on stage for an “audition.” After some prodding, Susie went, along with three other women, and then went GENE (who, it turned out, grew up not far from Regis in The Bronx). The “auditions” were great, and Susie talked to Regis like he lived next door and was her best friend. The questions Regis asked about how Susie met Woody had the entire audience in stitches. But then, after finishing with the women, Regis reminded us that he had hosted the Miss America pageant for five years and he was going to choose a Miss America for the evening: GENE! With flowers and bows, Gene paraded gracefully across the stage and earned everyone’s laughter and applause. A good time was definitely had by all.

Today was a port of call at Georgetown, Grand Cayman. It was about 85 degrees and beautiful. There were tours to Hell, a small town on the island, to the turtle farm, and lots of other places, but since we had been here just a few years ago, we opted for just a long walk around the town. It isn’t too large, so it didn’t take long. We also opted for lunch at a place where tourists never go: Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville (yeah, right). The margaritas and the cheeseburger in paradise were actually very good.

Church services are held on board each holy day by Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant clergy, hired by Holland America. Because it was a port day, the Catholic and Protestant services were held at 5:00 PM in two of the lounges. We can’t speak for the Catholic service, but the Protestant service was well attended and well done by a retired United Methodist minister, Pastor Jack.

We’ve now sailed, and with tomorrow at sea, it will be kick back and relax until Tuesday, when we arrive in Costa Rica. Until then, adios.

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Entertainment on a Grand World Voyage is fantastic isn't it? You'll have so much more excellent entertainment during your cruise. Hal also brings local entertainment on board from different ports that you visit and they will be just as entertaining in their own way. A Grand World Voyage is so different from any other voyage that is offered. Enjoy every minute of the whole voyage.

 

Bill

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I hope someday to be able to afford and have the time to do a world cruise. I will be following this thread closely!! Thanks Johnny B! This gives me something to plan for and look forward to in about 20 or so years!

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Wow! You hit the jackpot with your table assignment! Knowing 5 of your 7 tablemates, I am certain you have one of the best seats in the house. You will have much to look forward to every evening. Please tell your new friends hello from Mr. and Mrs. Floss (as in dental).

 

Wishing you a wonderful voyage,

 

Lynn

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