Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Day 111 Ft. Lauderdale

This morning was pretty much a blur... It is so hard to say goodbye to such special friends, especially when you are virtually living together for 4 months. I got off the ship pretty early and was shocked that I was at the airport by 8:30 am. Too bad I didn't have an earlier flight. Anyway, I spent time in the airport talking with friends like Margo, Harry and Charles... the time went by quickly. Two flights later and a few delays and before you knew it I was home. Feels good to be home but now I have so many errands to run, I want to go back to the ship. It was a fabulous voyage.....

Day 110 At Sea

Well…. it is the last full day aboard the ms Amsterdam finishing up the 2011 Grand World Voyage.  And Grand it was…  This was my 5th Grand World Voyage and this was perhaps the best.  What made it that way?  Many things.  It was the stellar performance of the Captain and his crew; it was the exceptional service provided by Henk Mensink and his team; it was visiting many amazing places, peoples and cultures and most of all it was my friends.  I had the privilege to sail with some of the finest people one could hope for and…. That made all the difference.  Tonight my friends and I had our last get together for this year’s voyage and we all committed to seeing each other on next year’s voyage.  Great Voyage!!!




Sunday, April 24, 2011

Day 109 At Sea

This morning it was looking a bit grim weather wise but it cleared fairly quickly…  It was another spectacular day at sea.  The sun was very hot and the pool felt very refreshing.  This evening we had our last formal night.  The dinner was great and the Black & Gold Ball a lot of fun.  A number of people continued the party upstairs at the Crow’s Nest after the Ball.  It was a great day.  Tomorrow we may have a bit of rain in the forecast which is OK because I have to complete my packing.  I am all set up for my shipment of bags home thanks to Sarah Coles and Shelby and Maureen (top photo).  These ladies have worked countless hours since they arrived in Spain assuring the shipping needs of the World Voyage guests were satisfied.  Great job!!!



Saturday, April 23, 2011

Day 108 At Sea

Today was the best yet…  It is hard to believe that we are crossing the Atlantic.  The weather was very hot and sunny.  Tonight we had the Mariner Cocktail party which was a lot of fun.  Also, our second headliner, Wayne Newton, performed this evening.  He is still quite the showman but unfortunately his great singing voice has completely left him.  It is really sad to think that could happen to such a great entertainer….



Friday, April 22, 2011

Day 107 At Sea

What a magnificent day!  For an Atlantic crossing it just doesn’t get any better than this…  I sat out in the sun for about 7 ½ - 8 hours and loved every minute of it.  This evening was great fun in the Crow’s Nest.  They had a party for the Suite guests there but our private little party was much more fun.  It will be so sad to say goodbye to such fabulous friends in just a few days.   Great day!!!



Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 106 At Sea

Today was a real bonus day….  The sun was out most of the day and I loved it.  Packing is on hold while this nice weather exists. Hopefully, tomorrow will be another beautiful day.  Winding down an amazing voyage is bittersweet….


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day 105 At Sea

Today was a big day!  Big waves, big wind and big rocking and rolling.  I never even thought about going outside.  I spent a fair amount of the day packing.  I have my shipping documents from Sarah Coles and her team of luggage specialists so I am ready to go.  I look forward to getting home now and visiting with family & friends.  Tonight I had dinner with Allan, Sandra, Ed, Becky, Robert & Bronwyn.  It was probably out last dinner together as a group on this voyage but…. there is next year.  A good time was had by all.



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day 104 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Well, it’s official… we have completed our last port of call on the 2011 Grand World Voyage.  It has indeed been a Grand Voyage.  Today, Ed, Becky & I were the first guests (as usual) to leave the ship and we walked into Funchal.  We explored the town a bit until the cable car to Monte opened at 9:30.  We were the first people up the cable car (as usual) and once to the top we headed for the Botanical Gardens.  It was a cable car ride down to the Botanical Gardens and yes, we were the first ones there.  It was a great day to explore and going to the top of the mountain and to the Botanical Gardens was just perfect.  After we made our way down the mountain we split up with both of us exploring different things around the city.  It was a fantastic day….