Dolphin Companions

Dolphins racing us to Tahiti

at sunset over the Pacific Ocean

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Wednesday January 10, 2018

The world cruise begins in earnest now. We have left the Panama Canal and nothing but the Pacific Ocean for the next eight days(3,851 miles) until we come in sight of French Polynesia.

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Sunday January 7, 2018

Got ready for the captains reception in the Queens auditorium where the captain introduced his entire staff Drinks and appetizers served.
Our dinner began at 5:30 PM. We feasted on a triple surf dinner(3 lobster tails)

I woke at 5 AM to an unusual sound and eventually determined that it was our wall clock going backwards one hour. We are now on central time.

Slept well despite the creeks and groans of the ship rolling in the waves.

Helene

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Grand Cayman

Saturday 01/6/2018

Awoke to warmer temps outside. Drank morning coffee on our deck——delightful!!!!! A few white caps appeared as we came closer to the Cayman Island.

Yesterday, our Captain reported that we may not be able to tender into Grand Cayman due to the cold front also affecting this area. We shall see.

Realized why the muscles in both of my legs are complaining. Bottom drawers are sitting on the floor so in order to open the bottom drawer, it is necessary to stoop over or kneel down. It’s the getting up that is more difficult for me thereby putting more strain on the leg muscles.
Another slight problem is the step up to get into the bathroom. Everything in the hallway and room is level except that one short step into the bathroom. Already tripped once and I have a bruise to prove it.

As the first tender boarded cruisers, the skies opened up. Fortunately, it was a short squall. Eventually, we made our way to the Lido deck to have a bite to eat before boarding a tender for the trip into Georgetown. There are 4 cruise ships hanging out in the deeper part of the ocean, which means many tenders going to and from pier to ships.
It is an overcast day and as we boarded our tender at noon, the skies opened again up to give us a nice rocky, wet ride to the pier. Thankfully, the rain stopped before we disembarked the tender.
Georgetown was jammed with tourists. Ernie and I took a long walk one way up the street and then the other way down the street. Two hours later, we decided we had enough stores and crowds and it was time to to return to the peace of the ship.

Amsterdam tenders waiting for passengers.

‘Sail Away from Georgetown Party’ is beginning. We toast all of you with a G &T.

Helene

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Day One Entry: Jan 5, 2018

Sea Day

Sailing around Cuba.
Our position at 10:10 PM

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Day One Entry: Jan 4, 2018

First day on MS Amsterdam

We met our concierge, Laurence, who is from the Philippines.

We met our two cabin attendants: Komar and Ipul from Jakarta

Their stories will follow in later blog posts

We went to the evening “Sail Away” party and had a good conversation with Dennis & Judy

They also have an interesting story.

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Day One Entry: Jan 4, 2018

1/4/18 Day 1 — FORT LAUDERDALE

Boarding: 1 PM.
Departing: 8 PM

If you wish to see exactly where our ship is on the ocean–Google–where is the MS Amsterdam right now

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