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Re: Carnival Pride to the Panama Canal Feb/Mar 2017
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2017, 11:15:47 PM »
4 March 2017  Saturday, at sea.  We started lst night with increased motion of the ocean.  I woke in the middle of the night with my bad shoulder hurting worse and had to take some pain medicine.  Mary said the same about her hip.  Don't know how that relates to wave action...This morning we could see increased swells, though not a ot of whitecaps.  It has continued all day.  Very windy.  so I was up early, and out for breakfast.  Wandered around and found a warm spot forward on deck 3, in the Sunset Garden Promenade where I could sit and see the waves, and have good enough light to crochet. 
   I found Mary looking at the inch of gold, and we wandered back to the Taj Mahal and sat through the end of the future bookings lecture.  Some cruises seem attractive for what they are, but they are at the wrong time, or only visit ports we have already seen.  We cruised the pixels gallery and found pictures of us from the passage yesterday, but nothing we wanted to buy.  By then it was lunchtime, so we went up to the lido for ice cream.   Then it was back to the cabin for naps.  After our naps, we went to the rehearsal for the Carnival Crew Glee club.  We thought it would just be singing, but it seems they have caught onto the Princess Pop Choir thing, and we have five songs to sing and 'dance' to.  We will be part of the 50's show the last night, up on stage.  Apparently they had a rehearsal yesterday and nine people showed up, but there was a big crowd today.  A fewe left when they said we had to wear cosed toed shoes - which for us will be our sneakers. 
Later:  The windy day continued, and they closed off the promenade.  I also understand they drained the main pool.  Wind was straight on the bow.  Elegant night tonight.  There was one gentleman in a RCMP uniform (Mountie).  Another in a kilt.  And of course, those who chose not to dress at all.   Menu was the same as last week, not too impressive. 
   We went through the smoky casino to the Pazza cafe where the puzzle is.  It is making significant progress.  Maybe it wil be finished by the end of next week  I actually put in a few pieces.  Then it was up to the piano bar and Adam.  WE found ut tonight that he was a passenger/guest last week, with wife and Mom, when the scheduled piano man had to leave. I think yesterday was his first visit to the Panama Canal.
   We are back in the room, to find that they want to clean our balcony again tomorrow, the fourth time on these cruises.  Aruba tomorrow.  There is speculation as to whether any shops will be open there on Sunday. 

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Re: Carnival Pride to the Panama Canal Feb/Mar 2017
« Reply #16 on: March 05, 2017, 11:22:25 PM »
5 March 2017.  Sunday.  Aruba.  We were early arriving, and Costa Magica slipped in right behind us.  She is staying overnight.  They will be busy tomorrow with three ships here - Azura and AIDAdiva expected.  Freewinds is also here. 
We didn't go ashore until after noon.  Being Sunday, we didn't know what would be open and thought they would wait until after church to open.  We were somewhat wrong.  I understand that those that opened did so early, and would close early.  Many did not open at all.  Lots of straw market stalls, though.  We did buy another lizard to hang on a wall.  We also bought rings.  Mary's is ble opal, to compete her set.  Mine has rubies, emeralds, and sapphires with diamonds.  Sounds expensive, but wasn't particularly for what it is.  It reminded me a lot of the kind of jewelry I would see n the hotel shops in Hong Kong back in the 80's.  Great stuff at great prices.  We also bought  magnet.  I think this was nearly the warmest day we have had thus far, although there was a strong breeze.  We took the ladies with us, and they were recognized in EFFY. 
   Back on the ship, I went up for a snac which included ice cream, and then it was nap time.  Dinner was another new menu  Not great, but filling.  We sometimes surprise out waiter by ordering dessert off the appetizer menu.  One time it was the spring rolls, tonight Mary had the cold Bing cherry soup. 
   After dinner we went to the show, which was Marcus Anthony, singer and comedian.  He got on today and is getting off tomorrow in Bonaire.  From there, we sat in the Piazza Cafe area, by the puzzle, until time for the piano bar.  It was really  dead, I think because there were two new comedians boarded today, plus a lot of people returning late (departure was 8p) and eating later.  We left there at 10p when the player took a break.  We were of the last 4 there. 
   BAck in the cabin, I packed up two bags of (free) laundry for tomorrow and then went out to walk our deck to get up to 10,000 steps today.  I only needed 910.  Bonaire tomorrow. 

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Re: Carnival Pride to the Panama Canal Feb/Mar 2017
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Re: Carnival Pride to the Panama Canal Feb/Mar 2017
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2017, 11:38:19 PM »
6 March 2017.  Monday, Bonaire.  We were early into Bonaire.  Very windy, lots of clouds and spotty sun.  I think there were a few drops of rain but a lot of sun later, too.  Another of the ABC islands, desert.  More big hills than Aruba.  Colorful buildings, but not so much as Curacao.  I gave the steward our laundry early, and both bags were in the room when we returned from our evening entertainment.
   WE didn't leave the ship until after 10am and were back onboard by noon.  Gangway was all the way forward and not a long walk to shore.  Docking is similar to Bermuda, where there is a dock but there is a marina area between it and shore.   The gate  from the sock led straight into an area ot straw market tents, selling everything from jewelry to carvings to salt, and a few food booths.  One said Indonesian food.  I wonder how many crew were eating there.  We browsed the booths and Mary bought a necklace/bracelet/earrings set for $15. 
   We made our way out into the street and went through a few shops.  We hadd the ladies with us, got a gangway picture taken to document their first visit to Bonaire.  WE also had a conversation in one shop with one of the clerks.  In another shop Mary bought two tshirts and a magnet.  We bought another magnet in the straw market on the way back to the ship.  There seems to be only one 'major' jewelry store here, Milano.  No Diamonds International. 
   Back on the ship, I went up for a bite and then a nap.  Mary napped too, then went back into town to exchange one of the shirts for a larger size. 
   Supper was another new menu.  Nothing spectacular except a Stirfried Buckwheat Pasta...which Mary avoided ike the plague.  I believe it was a vegetarian dish, with tofu.  Nobody at the table ordered it. 
   After dinner we went through the photo gallery and I picked out 10 pictures of the canal transit by the photo staff and Radu.  they were 10 for $30.  There are a lot of pictures of the Pride on her earlier transit in Jan.  Radu covered the Jan. transit in a helicopter, and is going to give a talk about it on Sat. 
   Entertainment tonight was a comedian/hypnotist and we did not attend.  We haven' t been to see the new comedians either.  We sat by the puzzle until time for the piano bar to start.  Listening to the music from the Red Frog Pub.  We stayed until 10:30.  Out tablemate Rita happened by and stayed about 20 minutes.  Sea day tomorrow.

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Re: Carnival Pride to the Panama Canal Feb/Mar 2017
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2017, 11:27:23 PM »
7 March 2017.  Tuesday, at sea.  A sunny day, but seas are becoming more rocky, and it is quite windy.  Breakfast and finding a place to sit and crochet.  Went to the acupuncture seminar,and this time it was the 'doctor', a nice lady from Portugal.  I ended up going up to book an appt. for Thursday afternoon.  I am afraid it is going to infringe on my nap time... After the seminar, I went up t the lido and had some frozen yogurt.  It was a little early, not yet noon, but it held me to supper.
   In the afternoon I went back to the Chinese Medicine seminar, which she waid would be mostly a repeat of the acupuncture talk, as it is a large part of Chinese medicine.  I thought maybe there would be a few different questions asked, and there were. 
   Back to the cabin in time for a nap, and then to supper.  After supper we went to the theater to hear a soprano, Jennifer Fair.  One who has varied experience but now seems to be making the rounds of the cruise ships.  She was good, but also has that annoying tendency to hang onto the low side of a note until the very end.  And somehow I knew from the beginning of the show that she would end with Time to Say Goodbye. 
   No piano bar tonight, it is Adam's night off.  So we hung around outside the Red Frog pub where we could hear the music and do a little work on the puzzle.  It is probably 75% done, but what is left is a lot of green...  St. Maarten tomorrow, our last port. 

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Re: Carnival Pride to the Panama Canal Feb/Mar 2017
« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2017, 10:56:37 PM »
8 March 2017  St. Maarten, Wednesday.   Our last port, and lots of ships there with us.  We were docked across from Britannia.  I was out on our balcony and could see a long parade of people coming from down the dock, led by a guide, a persn being pushed in a wheelchair, and two scooters.  So since Britannia dd not have a gangway out back there, I surmised there had to be another ship there.  When I went up to breakfast and looked aft from Serenity, I saw Rotterdam and Prinendam.  No wonder.  At the pier on the port side was Harmony of the Seas.  Later she was joined by Freedom of the Seas.  While we were in St. Maarten, AIDluna arrived.  I couldn't figure out where she was going to dock, but found she was behind Britannia, where Rotterdam had been.  Guess they kicked her out early.   Never did figure out what happened to Thomson Discovery, and who the 9th ship was supposed to be.  Maybe the mega yacht that was in port: Vava.
   Coming down in the elevator after breakfast, and man was confused as to why a P&O ship would be here, as they were an Australian line...  Several of us corrected him.  WE went ashore around 10:30 and wandered the shops at the pier.  Mary bought a tshirt.  WE then took the water taxi to town and found EFFY.  They recognized the girls, and I bought a ring there.  Then we wandered the street by the beach until it turned into all bars, when we went to the main street.  We visited a few shops there and then passed one that advertised Greek jewelry.  So we went in, and I bought a bracelet and Mary bought two.  Not real expensive but very pretty.  By then I had decided I had had enough of temptation, and we went back to EFFY to pick up my ring that was being sized.  From there, I went back to the ship, while Mary stayed in town and made a short stroll along the other end of the main street.
   My sugar was low, so I had a bite to eat and then a short nap.  Then a shower and dinner.  I wasn't really very hungry, but did eat more than I expected to.  On to the Piazza Cafe and the puzzle.  Mary decided to retire to the cabin early, but I stayed and crocheted ad talked with a lady who was embroidering a handkerchief.  Went up to the piano bar for an hour, then back to the cabin.  It's 10:30 and Mary has already turned out her light.  Seas are giving us a lot of motion and outed decks are closed.  Bet the pools are drained...

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Re: Carnival Pride to the Panama Canal Feb/Mar 2017
« Reply #20 on: March 09, 2017, 11:25:03 PM »
9 March 2017.  Thursday, at sea.   I was awake much too early and went to breakfast shortly after 8am.  Still a bit of motion going on.  I found a seat in the Sunset Garden on starboard ide, where it is usually nice and warm.  Many areas of the ship are a bit cool for me, cabin included.  Crocheted for a time, then went to the Acupuncture lecture for atrhritis and back pain.  The doctor thinks I am following her around.  Back to the cabin for a short snooze, and I went down to the MDR for lunch at 1300.  Just to see what it was like.  I had a caesar salad with chicken.  Coincidentally, at my table was the lady who had the appointment for acupuncture following mine. 
   Today is the 'throwback day' for the Journey cruise, to 1987.  Horse races, frog races, knobby knees contest...Tonght is the Midnight Buffet.  We are not going.  Seen too many.  It used to be in the dining room, but since they discontinued the regular midnight buffets, they no longer have the cooling tables for the foods so Health Dept. says they have to have it where those are available which is up in the buffet.  Not the best area to dispay the artistry.
   I went to my acupuncture appt. at 1515.  This was mainly for my left shoulder, upper back, and some for diverticulosis.  Lots of needles in my shoulder and some other places.  She hooked up a machine somethig like a TENS unit on my shoulder.  They can't do the burning of herbs and moxibustion because they can't use an open flame on the ship.  It didn't hurt.  I think I have more motion in my shoulder and less pain.  It should continue to improve.  She said I should try to do it weekly for a while.
   Back in the cabin I saw that Mary had got out the handy information sheet, and guessed she had taken herself to the medical center.  She has had a cough that feels like she has something to cough up, but can't.  Sounds like how I feel with bronchitis.  She was able to talk them into a Z-pack (azithromycin).  We went to supper - last elegant night. 
   After dinner we went to the Piazza Cafe to wait for time for the show.  They finished the puzzle today.  Wish they would put out a smaller one for the last two sea days...  The show tonight was Nicole Sasser, who sings and plays trumpet.  Blond, likely in her 30's, two small children.  She was pretty good.  Didn't hang onto the low side of  note at all.  Mary left before the show started, just not feeling well.  Too bad, as she used to play trumpet. 
   Show over, I went to the piano bar, where I was one of three...But the room started to fill up, more animated people than usual.  I stayed until 2230.  Mary was awake when I got back, but sleeping now.

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Re: Carnival Pride to the Panama Canal Feb/Mar 2017
« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2017, 11:31:44 PM »
10 March 2017.  Friday, at sea.   The sea was almost smooth as glass when I got up this morning, but as the day progressed, it became quite windy and active again.  Tonight we are really staggering.  After breakfast I went to a crew talk about hotel Q&A.  Interesting.  Didn't learn much but not time wasted.  Then it was back to the cabin for a nap.  After a bite of lunch,  I went looking for some sun, but it was very windy.  The Serenity area (adults only) is always full.  The chair hogs are as bad there as at the main pools.  I went up to deck 10, but it was too windy, which made it cold!  Well, I guess we were off North Carolina by then.  Maybe.  So I went back down to the midship pool and pulled a lounger around.  I really only wanted my feet in the sun, to start on my sandal tan.  I didn't do one last year.

   I went to a talk on astronomy, which was about celestial navigation.  Didn't learn anything new there wither, but still interesting.  Back to the cabin and time to get ready for dinner.  Decent meal.  Show tonight we had seen first week, so we sat outside the Piazza Cafe and listened to a combination of music from the show and from the Red Frog Pub until it was time for the piano bar.  Tonight frm 9-1030p was the piano men, Elton John and Billy Joel.  After that, we stayed another 20 or so minutes, and came back to the cabin.  I doubt anyone will be out in the sun tomorrow and weather isn't looking good in Baltimore on Sunday...

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Re: Carnival Pride to the Panama Canal Feb/Mar 2017
« Reply #22 on: March 11, 2017, 11:31:36 PM »
11 March 2017.  Saturday, at sea.   Seas were rough again until late afternoon.  Lots of wind.  Oddly enough, there was no lack of loungers in Serenity or around the pools...  Some people seem to think we are still on a tropical vacation, though, and are dressed in brief outfits.  After breakfast I went to Guest Services and was able to get the picture of the B2B people.  I hung out in the Piazza Cafe area until time for the debarkation briefing.  Nothing new, except that we can stay in our cabins until 9am. Oh, and if you spent $400 million on the ship, you get the key when you leave.
    I stayed for the photography talk by Radu, but it was mostly about how to take a good picture and notso much about the canal.  He did a slide show of many of his award willing pictures, then an 8 minute video of the canal transit of Pride in January.  He had a helicopter that time, and planned to have one this time, it was scheduled, but the Canal  people decided the weather was too unpredictable...It did rain a little bit. 
   Up to the buffet for a last burger and then to the cabin for a nap.  I skipped the Diamond/Platinum reception and packed instead.  It actually went well.  Dinner tonight, and eeryone at my table got a potholder.  I've been busy.  Sat in the Piazza Cafe again unti piano bar time.  Stayed until after 1030, now the lst minute things.  Charge phone and Kindle...  We are back in cellular range, which helps. 

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