Friday, January 16, 2009
Aboard the Queen Mary 2 -- Our holiday, or vacation from retirement life, Part One
Days one-five of an eleven day Caribbean cruise, January 3, 2009: Travel to Miami and registering on our ship, the Queen Mary 2. You can see there was a long line. After all that I had to rest my feet.
Notice my life preserver, not that I don't know how to swim, rather, we had just finished with our drill to find and wear those preservers after assembling at our point of egress from the ship in case of emergency.
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This one pictured is not my typical breakfast noted above. On day three (3) we ate at the Kings Court, a buffet. These were plain pancakes, without the blueberries.
Oh yes, I didn't gain any weight.
Mrs. Jim and I attended a bridge lesson in the morning and she played bridge with some ladies in the afternoon.
First, take a look at our view of the town as we docked. The homes are all painted bright colors. This has been a tradition since early on.
Mrs. Jim never gets lost. I think women have an acquired sense of getting back from where their guy took them. Warning to all women, be sure you have enough mad money to get to where you need to be.
The fishing fleet is in. In our walk to the end of the street for this photo we passed a nice fish market where a person could buy a fish just off the boats.
We didn't get any fish as we weren't sure that our cook would cook them up for us. Did you see the BBQ grill on our deck? There wasn't any.
To get ashore we had to tender.
Can you spot Mrs. Jim in the second picture? She says these guys are reggae singers. You couldn't prove it by me as that word wasn't in my vocabulary before.
I have started working on Mrs. Jim's annual performance evaluation (link). It seems to be fairly good, I thought it might.
This year I will include an examination of her body as I have noticed a few irregularities here and there.
Seems like you and Mrs. Jim have had a perfect prolonged Christmas vacation.
Queen Mary looks inviting and comfortably luxurious. One always travels pleasantly troublefree in royal company.
The jubilee lady looks to be on the top of any situation. Be it at the captain's dinner or on a reggae concert.
Honestly, Mrs. Jim is a cooool lady, that's for true.
You both have been lucky with each other's choice.
Hope things turns out well at the doctor's too.
Thanks for a shiny report on a rather black Saturday morning.
Now, about the trip: It looks like you had a wonderful time...I have never been on a cruise because TF gets sea sick...Oh Well! Did you do any "ship to shore" radio?
I'm ready for more news and pictures. BTW: I thought you weren't going to blog till early next week? What happened? You must have finished your Sunday School lesson really quick.
We had around 5°F and in some areas it went down to -18, but it was a clear, beautiful cold with sunshine and I didn't feel bad with it physically. Now its "warmer" again, around 37°F and it's clammy and uncomfortable. Will stay in the house most of the weekend.
Yes, I missed you!! Glad you're back. :-) But you got a wonderful time on the boat, I can see that, I love the pictures you took.
Have a happy weekend! sure you have many stories to tell to your friends and family!!
Just got done playing that violent COPS board game ... everyone went to jail and we all age doughnuts ... a good time, really!
Very Best Wishes, Merle.
Thanks for sharing your cruise with all of us. Very nice indeed.
Have a terrific Sunday. Big hug. :)
What a marvelous trip!
Love the photos, especially the one of Mrs. Jim and the singers in those terrific outfits!
You look as if you were having a grand time, Jim.
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