Saturday, August 1, 2009

Wed 29th July – Thurs30th July
Yesterday was another sea day, all much the same as the other sea days except we see a different show almost every night. I was upgraded from beginners to intermediate Bridge yesterday. Boy it’s a complicated game when learning from the professionals. I hope they use the same system back home where I hope to play Bridge.
Today, Thursday, at sea, which we don’t mind, sort of a day of rest, as tomorrow we arrive in Carbo San Lucas and the forecast is 39 degrees c.

Friday 31st JulyWent to bed last night and it was quite cool but woke up this morning to 26 degrees and rising. Saw a very clever magician last night at the show. The shows last for about an hour and then there is other entertainment if you want to carry on till late. I’m writing this after getting off the boat via tender and going ashore for a couple of hours. Lots of upgrading going on in the town, which is rather pretty and what you might expect a Mexican town to look like. Lots of jewelry shops etc. I was tempted and bought a nice silver ring. Since we hadn’t taken water ashore with us and it was b….. hot, we had a Mexican beer at a waterfront cafĂ© and it was pretty good and cold. A lot of luxury cruisers in the boat harbour – a real play ground for water sports. There is also another big cruise ship in port as well as ours. The terrain is extremely dry – would probably be a nice place to holiday in the Winter.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Saturday 24th July – Thursday 28th July
Can’t believe it’s been 5 days since doing a posting. Eating, drinking, sleeping, playing, being entertained just seems to roll on from one day to the next. The seas and weather have been pretty kind so far. Wednesday – we decided to have afternoon tea because the freshly baked scones with cream and jam are rather special. Yum! Trying hard not to overdo the diet and for a few days that seems to work but all the food on offering is really hard to resist. Had a small farewell yesterday afternoon at bridge for those leaving in San Francisco. Jorgen went to the last astronomy lecture but I’m sure there will be something else to take it’s place. Most of the shows have been top class with a very few exceptions. Arrived in San Francisco around 5.30 this morning - sailed under the Golden Gate shrouded in fog but quite visible close up. The day’s weather has been quite changeable, with a bitterly cold damp morning to bright sunshine and warm in the middle of the day then foggy and windy and cold again this evening. We like the city but wouldn’t want to live here. We had a huge lunch, clam chowder and fish and chips, at a seafood restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf overlooking the bay.
We rode the cable car up to the top this morning and then back down another route. Later in the day we did a little shopping, then back to the ship in time for sundowners and dinner. A Lot of Americans have boarded the ship here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thursday 23rd July
Lahaima, Maui is one of the Hawaiian Islands. It has a huge dormant volcano, I think the last time it was active was about 15 years ago. It’s a pretty place, lots of surfers. The buildings along the seaside of the village look as if they have not changed for many years and have an old world look. Of course as one would expect they are shops selling souvenirs, jewellery and clothing along with a number of galleries. They are all aimed at the tourist dollar. The locals would shop at the shops in the next street, which are more modern and cater for everyday needs. We had lunch at a pub called the “Pioneer Hotel”, and had a New York Steak and a couple of Heinekens as it was such a hot and steamy day. The steak was just the best and cooked perfectly to our liking. Early to bed after dinner, comparing the days events with our fellow diners – exhausted

Friday 23rd July
Another sea day with nothing new happening so for those who like a little bit of history:-
PACIFIC OCEAN – The Pacific was named by Portuguese Navigator, Fernando do Magalhaes, better know to the world as Magellan, on his voyage to the New World in 1520. During his time in the Atlantic he had to deal with extremes of weather, not to mention hunger and mutiny. Upon entering the new ocean he found this great body of water was placid for many days of sailing and so named El Pacifico, the peaceful one. Unknown to him at the time it covered one third of the earth’s surface and was capable of giving birth to terrible storms and waves unequaled in any other body of water.