Day 69 – At Sea – July 29th, 2015

Charleston, USA to Curacao, NA

After the cool temperatures experienced in the North Atlantic and Iceland, as we head south following the Florida Coastline we are returning to the heat and humidity experienced on the segments prior to Southampton. However, while it’s getting warmer, the weather hasn’t improved, with the morning starting with 25 kt winds, overcast skies and heavy rain shortly after breakfast. For our sea day routine, I attended an exceptional lecture on Apollo 11 and our entire dinner table returned to the Steakhouse for dinner.

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Day 63 – At Sea–July 23rd, 2015 (Should Have Been Halifax, Canada)

Reykjavik, Iceland to New York, USA

Today we should have been enjoying the sights of Halifax, Nova Scotia, including our planned visit to the Maritime Museum for the Titanic Exhibition, followed by lunch at a downtown Irish Pub. However, the Captain changed the itinerary yesterday, cancelling Halifax and sailing directly to New York, hence we have another sea day. We were so looking forward to Halifax, having deliberately not visited the Maritime Museum during our visit last summer, as it was only a short walk from the cruise ship terminal.

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Day 62 – At Sea – July 22nd, 2015

Reykjavik, Iceland to New York, USA 

Today was the day of changes, as our destination changed, the weather changed continuously and even the crew drills were cancelled, so the daily schedule changed. Halifax should have been our next port of call tomorrow, but due to ice floes and ice bergs coming down the Davis Straight, coupled with dense fog, the Captain deemed it unsafe, so we are heading directly for New York. Sad smile  This will provide an extra night in New York and permit the 4 hour immigration procedures to be completed the first night, which will provide almost 2 full days of touring the city.

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Day 62 – At Sea – July 22nd, 2015

Reykjavik, Iceland to New York, USA 

Today was the day of changes, as our destination changed, the weather changed continuously and even the crew drills were cancelled, so the daily schedule changed. Halifax should have been our next port of call tomorrow, but due to ice floes and ice bergs coming down the Davis Straight, coupled with dense fog, the Captain deemed it unsafe, so we are heading directly for New York. Sad smile  This will provide an extra night in New York and permit the 4 hour immigration procedures to be completed the first night, which will provide almost 2 full days of touring the city.

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Day 61 – At Sea – July 21st, 2015

Reykjavik, Iceland to Halifax, Canada

Our third sea day between Reykjavik and Halifax, which started out clear, but with the almost constant moderate seas and 30 knot winds. We heard from the Captain this morning, shortly after 09:00, providing an update on the ice floes and a gestimated arrival time in Halifax, which definitely wasn’t good news. Otherwise, we experienced a standard sea day routine, although it was formal night and free drinks on the Captain before dinner.Smile

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Day 60 – At Sea – July 20th, 2015

Reykjavik, Iceland to Halifax, Canada

Our second sea day between Reykjavik and Halifax, and it is starting to get warmer, but very slowly. I think a number of passengers are still recovering from the late night in Reykjavik, as it is still a very quiet ship, especially early in the morning. During the Noon announcement the Captain advised we are steering further off-shore due to reports of large ice floes in the vicinity of our closer to shore intended track. The Open Championship final round is today, and being held at St Andrews, I will be ensconced in the cabin most of the afternoon watching the last few hours.

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Day 59 – At Sea – July 19th, 2015

Reykjavik, Iceland to Halifax, Canada

Our first of four relaxing sea days between Reykjavik and Halifax, and after the late night tours and departure from Reykjavik last evening, the ship was completely dead early this morning. When I started walking at 06:00 I didn’t see anybody on deck or in the lounges. This morning, we found a few things of interest in the Patter, so we are planning for a busy morning followed by a more relaxing afternoon watching The Open golf, then the late show after dinner.

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Day 57 – At Sea – July 17th, 2015

Greenock, UK to Reykjavik, Iceland

We have anticipated this leg though the North Atlantic to be one of the most unpleasant portions of this World Cruise and rest assured, the weather hasn’t disappointed. Throughout the entire day the wind has been almost 30 to 35 kts, it is cold, completely overcast and visibility is almost continuously reduced in heavy rain. In fact the ship’s whistle has sounded almost continuously throughout the day. I think we have reached the Arctic.

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Day 53 – At Sea – July 13th, 2015

Southampton, UK to Cobh, Ireland

The first sea day of our long homeward bound journey. We may just be half way though this magnificent voyage, but we still have 51 days to go. Wow, UK weather hasn’t changed much, as in the Western approaches to the English Channel, it is completely overcast and the visibility repeatedly reduces in rain. The fog horn has been sounding throughout most of last night and this morning/afternoon. Even the winds and seas are picking up with at least 20 kts of wind and moderate seas. However, Judi has managed to find her sea legs, as she hasn’t used a patch or taken gravol  for any of the rolling or pitching since we entered the Atlantic Ocean.

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Day 47 – At Sea – July 7th, 2015

Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal

Finally a sea day and I believe, based on how quiet the ship was today, everybody is rejoicing and taking some well deserved down time. What was planned as a full day of blasting through photographs and writing blog posts, was quickly derailed and most of the morning was taken up with administration and billing issues with the Purser’s Department.

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