Saturday, April 27, 2013

Our 115 day World Cruise day 112, Castries, St. Lucia

Here we are and today we are in a funk....both of us woke up tired and just did not want to do anything.  We went to coffee at Paradise with George, Sally and Irwin.  Sandi is still out on sick days!  After coffee we went to the bank and to Safeway and of course QT.  Then it was off to home as we did not want to go on an adventure!

I think part of our problem is that we have been on this Weight Watchers for almost 3 weeks now and have not lost an ounce.  This has never happened to me is really discouraging.  The problem is that when we get discouraged we then want to and usually!

My grandson texted me and we are going to meet them and Mark and Tami for mexican food at 5:30.  That will be nice and I hope I will remember to take pictures!  Maybe by the time we come back Jeff will have posted pictures from St. Lucia

Now Joshua, I will say....that is one big honker of a margarita!
                                Tami has one too....she deserves it.....she has been working very hard!
                   Only 25 more days and Aaron will be having one too....just kooky no drinky!  lol!
I really do believe that Mark is the designated driver!  I offered to drive him home!  lol!  It was nice to see everyone and have a little time to catch up on all the latest gossip.  I hope we are all caught up!  lol!

Where we did not go today....but the Amsterdam did!

 Castries, St. Lucia, , this is the last port and then it is home!

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Well that’s that…..  Castries, our final port for the 2013 Grand World Voyage.  It’s a bit bittersweet because as much as I love doing this I am also eager to return home and see family and friends.  The arrival was pretty special as we were escorted by a huge number of dolphins, pretty spectacular!  We went ashore first thing this morning and basically spent the morning exploring the markets.  Great time for people photos….  We then returned to the ship for a little pool time in the hot sunny weather.  Sail away was a fun time spent with friends….  It turned out to be a wonderful day for our last port of call…..

 Day at Sea 

You could sure tell that this cruise is winding down. Fewer people were at breakfast, and even less were sitting on the promenade deck as we took a walk this morning. Packing must be the activity on most folk's minds, although there will be three sea days to do this on our way back to Ft. Lauderdale after leaving St. Lucia. And we did get an extra hour's sleep last night with the clocks going back for the final time on this trip. Sometimes that throws people off of their daily routine.

The weather was less than inviting as the day wore on. It was quite overcast when we woke up and remained that way all day. The humidity was still there, but the high temperatures we experienced yesterday were gone. But then, so was the sun. It's funny how the clouds make the sea and the sky all look the same, or at best, different shades of grey. Almost depressing.

It was a good excuse to make it a two movie day, while trying to download photos from yesterday. A problem occurred when our computer , or the program where we download photos, ran out of space. Guess it is time for a new one. One of us spent the entire time of watching the movie "Papillon" to try to make room for pictures. And that movie ran 2 1/2 hours. The only thing was that we did not recognize any of the actual buildings we saw yesterday in the movie. Even the ocean scenes with plunging cliffsides did not exist there. Of course, the actual events of the movie were taken from a book written by a prisoner, who may or may not have been on Devils Island. The scenes of the real prison ruins were shown at the movie's end, and they were the real thing.

A different activity for this morning was a Friday Market, where the ship's stores sold some items on tables around the Lido pool. That and the Mongolian Cookout, also happening in the same area, filled the center of the ship with people. We are not sure what they were thinking, other than having the cookout brought more people in contact with the sales. Maybe they are more clever than we know.

At 3pm, the dance teachers Judy and Mike, showcased their students with a special dance performance that hilighted their new talents. This was held in the Queens Lounge. The HAL Chorale group are still practicing, so their show will be coming up soon as well.

The biggest announcement in the newsletter dealt with laundry. The folks have one more day to turn in their laundry in order to get it back on time for their departure on May 1st. Wonder how much that will slow down normal service for those of us that are staying on?

The entertainer this evening was Lorraine Brown, advertised with a velvet voice and personality. We guess that means she is a singer. We spotted her a couple of days ago, as she was getting a one on one demo on the muster drill.

When we took our nightly stroll outside, we noticed that the decks were wet from rain. Sure hope this doesn't continue tomorrow...........

Mary Ann & Bill

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