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  1. In the 1960s when Matson Lines ran South Pacific cruises with Mariposa and Monterey (US flagged), the end point of each cruise was San Francisco. Passengers who had boarded in Australia for the full cruise disembarked and stayed in a hotel in San Francisco for two nights, allowing a full day to clean and restock the ship. I think something like that model will be adopted. A full day will be given over to cleaning. Back-to-back passengers would stay ashore in a hotel.
  2. I can't say I collect the contemporary paper copies. I do take pictures of the posted menus. (Carnival and Princess post copies next to the dining rooms.) It was interesting to recently discover that Coral Princess and Caribbean Princess have old P&O menus displayed in their Wheelhouse Bars. (I took photos of those, too!) I think in those days, the menu was intended as more of a souvenir of the voyage than it is now. The name of the ship and more was printed on it, especially if it was gala dinner. Now they carry just the name of the cruise line. I don't know what the dining room staff would say if one asked to take a souvenir menu.
  3. French Village Harbour on St. Margaret's Bay. One of the many picturesque villages along the way to Peggy's Cove. DSC_0106
  4. It is often up to the discretion of the assistant CD hosting the game as to what answers will be accepted. Sometimes they can be persuaded to accept alternates, sometimes not. In one trivia, the answer was a large North American animal once hunted by Native Americans. Most Americans know this animal as the Buffalo (hence Buffalo, New York, the "Buffalo Nickel", etc.) But the assistant CD, from the UK, would only accept "American Bison" as the correct answer, despite many protests. (During the same cruise, another trivia session question was: What three animals are named in the song Home on the Range? Of course, Buffalo is specifically named in the song as one of them.)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and the East River from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. DSC_0051p2
  6. Manhattan, Governor's Island and the East River from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal DSC_0039
  7. My wife and I enjoy playing Trivia, especially the geography, history and musicals themed ones. I've come to the conclusion that it is up to each Cruise Director's staff to design the questions. There may even be one assistant CD who is in charge of Trivia. Sometimes they pick from common questions, sometimes an assistant CD will be creative and design his/her own sets. I have seen them watch for smartphone usage, but this thread is the first I've heard of the books. I believe I have seen teams turn in a new set of answers written as they are being read. On our last cruise, the assistant CD in charge of trivia came up with some very difficult questions to which no one knew the answer. So much so, people shouted at him. He got back by designing a very difficult World Leaders trivia at the end of the cruise. (He gave it to a junior assistant CD to host.) Questions included "Who became President of Zambia in 1991?" There were no US or Canadian leaders in it. We won, with 4 correct answers.
  8. Carnival Paradise at Havana, Cuba. View from Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña. DSC_0281p1
  9. Caribbean Princess anchored at Qaqortoq, Greenland. DSC_0688p1
  10. Our cabin on the Emerald Deck on Caribbean Princess (obstructed view) had two Pullman beds that would extend down from the ceiling if used. (We did not use them, it was just the two of us.) There were ladders stowed in the closet that would be used to climb up to the beds. Theoretically, our cabin could accommodate four. As it was, even when retracted they were in my way all the time.
  11. Captain James Cook Memorial, Point Venus Tahiti. Installed in 1901. Captain Cook and his company arrived at Tahiti aboard Endeavor to observe the Transit of Venus expected on 3 June 1769. Point Venus on Matavai Bay is said to be the site of their encampment and point of observation.
  12. Las Murallas de Cartagena. Behind the wall is the Iglesia de San Pedro Claver. Built as the Jesuit church of San Juan de Dios between 1580 and 1654. DSC_1043p1.jpg
  13. Colombian folklorico dancers at the Museo Naval de Caribe, Cartagena. DSC_0935p1
  14. Discovered the Pistachio Pudding on Caribbean Princess!
  15. Coral Princess enters Gatun Licks behind Maersk Nimes. DSC_1142p1
  16. I thought the Lido food was very comparable to our last Caribbean Princess cruise (British Isles in 2017). A new feature was the bowl of potato chips alongside the prepared sandwiches. The PB&J (peanut butter & jelly sandwich) station has been removed since 2017. (I didn't partake of it, but I'm sure there were those who did.) On the Coral Princess in March, a different type of sausage was offered at breakfast each day. On the Caribbean Princess, only link sausage was offered. (Not complaining. May have to do with the food manager's preference or availability of provisions.) We rarely have dinner on the Lido, preferring the MDR, but on the last night out the individual glasses of gazpacho and the pork vindaloo with basmati rice were irresistible! Delicious!
  17. The provisioning was not a surprise. We attended the interesting lecture by the senior officers of each department who described the year-long logistical planning for this cruise, Princess' first to Greenland. Between Sydney, NS and the return to St. John's, Newfoundland, there was no place to provision or fuel the ship. That was a least nine days with no possibility to reprovision. I imagine some foodstuffs had to be held in reserve for planned menus or for emergencies.
  18. Visiting Greenland was a fantastic experience! Beautiful and rugged landscapes and charming and colorful communities. The weather was fantastic! The most interesting spot in each port was its museum. (Admission USD 5, USD accepted.) The Greenlanders are proud of their Inuit heritage. We simply walked around each of the three ports. Nuuk is a small city but large enough that there was a shuttle bus from the pier to the town center (USD 20, tickets purchased onboard as a Princess excursion.). Qaqortoq and Nanortalik are villages. In each port we visited the grocery store (as we do on all our trips) to see what is available to the local people, what they like to buy and the prices. We went into the Lutheran church at Nanortalik where the organist was rehearsing. A bonus! Also met some delightful ladies outside the senior center who were selling their Inuit beadwork. Nuuk, Greenland, is not a tender port. The city is large enough to have a dock that can accommodate Caribbean Princess. Qaqortoq and Nanortalik are tender ports as they are much smaller communities. We received a Greenland Cruise certificate that noted Caribbean Princess is the largest cruise ship to have visited each of these ports.
  19. Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro (Morro Castle) at the entrance to Havana Harbor
  20. From what I've read of changes to the Island Princess, these were not made to Coral Princess. (We were on the March 2-17 sailing.) Coral Princess retains the wraparound rear promenade deck, rear show lounge (there was a special New Orleans themed show designed for it), and the International Cafe. I believe some cabins were added. A Carnival Corporation IT crew was on board working with the Internet, I believe. It was the perfect ship for a Panama Canal transit.
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