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  1. January 17, 2020 At Sea As usual, my morning began with knitting in the Crow’s Nest. Bonnie, who was on the 2018 GWV, joined us for the first time. We discussed our Buenos Aires field trip to Av.Raul Scalabrini Ortiz next week. All were present for morning trivia but that did not help our score. We only had 7 out of 15 and the winners had 12. 1.What is the world’s third largest market for beer? 2.Who was Norm’s wife on Cheers? 3.Who invented Arabic numerals? 4.The alcoholic beverage “poteen” comes from which country? 5.What color was Green Lantern’s weakness? 6.From what movie did Duran Duran get their name? I almost finished my Project Linus blanket before lunch but will have it finished for tomorrow. I will work on it after I finish today’s blog entry. There was a good Indian menu in the Lido which I enjoyed for lunch. In arts & crafts we decorated a notebook for keeping papers from the cruise. Sherita and I sat afterwards and she worked on uploading pictures and I worked on checking opening hours for the yarn shops in Buenos Aires. Luckily, we are there on Friday because they close early on Saturdays and are not open at all on Sunday. We did not do much better with afternoon trivia, only having 14 out of 21. Winners had 19. 1.What was the first war that graduates of West Point fought in? 2.What was the biggest city in the US when the first census was taken in 1790? 3.What sport uses plugs and leaders? 4.What newsperson married Maury Povich? 5.Which African country was the setting for the books “Out of Africa” and “The Green Hills of Africa”? 6.What TV show lost Jim Carrey when he became involved in movies? (today happens to be his birthday) 7.Which president made George H. W. Bush CIA director? 8.What is the most frequently chosen dog name that begins with the letter “L”? 9.(worth 2 points) What was the name of Sherlock Holmes landlady? I have taken to walking back to my cabin after trivia on the outside deck (much more interesting than a corridor of doors). Today I stood and watched the ocean for about 15 minutes since once again there was not enough time to swim before it got dark. It was beautiful out on deck without too much wind and the temperature had cooled down since it was near sunset. Tonight was our third Gala Night and the theme was “Gold, Glitz, and Gleam” which the “When & Where” (the daily program) described as “a great night to shine for wealth, grandeur, and prosperity.” The dining room was decorated with gold accents. We had a special menu and I had the surf and turf as usual. Before that, though, I had another cold soup which is now my favorite so far. It was a chilled strawberry bisque and was as good as a milkshake. There was some talk on Cruise Critic today that the cold soups had mostly disappeared on the non-grand voyages. The general agreement was that HAL needs to keep the cold soups on all cruises. After dinner I went to see the pianist, Tim Abel. He played a little of everything – rock, ragtime, classical, and boogie-woogie. I think I have seen him before. When I returned to my cabin there was another pillow gift. It was an external power bank that can charge three devices at the same time. One more day at sea before Rio. Morning trivia 1.Brazil 2.Vera 3.Indians 4.Ireland 5.yellow 6.Barbarella (thanks, Betsy, or I would not have known the answer) Afternoon trivia 1.War of 1812 2.Philadelphia 3.fishing 4.Connie Chung 5.Kenya 6.In Living Color 7.Ford 8.Lady 9.Mrs. Hudson Smooth sailing until next time!
  2. Very true! It took me close to 45 minutes last night to upload 9 pictures and they had been resized. I tried to upload a 22-second video last week and never could get it to upload.
  3. Welcome to Cruise Critic! You have a sound plan. One thing to consider is that you will be among the youngest on a world cruise, especially on Holland America. Right now I am on my second HAL world cruise. I did my first on Cunard and loved it but the convenience of HAL in Port Everglades made me try it for my second. One more suggestion I would add to your list is to read some of the World Cruise blogs. One of my favorites (besides my own, of course) is The Inside Cabin. Pete does a great job of putting up lots of information about the cruise. He also has a list of others who are doing blogs for the 2020 HAL Grand World Voyage. Here is the address of his https://theinsidecabin.com and mine https://2020halgwv.blogspot.com. Also, Roy (rafinmd) is doing half a world cruise on Crystal and the other half on Cunard. You can read more about it in his post on this page. Keep in mind that world cruises are highly addictive! As young as you both are, you might be doing 40 world cruises.😉
  4. The chilled soups on the GWV have been fantastic. I passed on last night's because it was beet (☹️) but we have had some great ones. My favorite so far was one with apples, pears, and eggnog. Sounds weird but was delicious. Tonight's is chilled strawberry bisque which I will order.
  5. As typical in the wacky world of computers, when I tried two hours later, the two pictures came up in less than a minute. 🤔 Nieuw Amsterdam Soul Train Charter Zuiderdam's Eastern itinerary
  6. Zuiderdam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is doing a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (20 Jan 0800-1600); San Juan, Puerto Rico (21 Jan 1200-2000); Philipsburg, St. Maarten (22 Jan 0800-1500); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Jan 0800-1600); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Jan a0700) Nieuw Amsterdam will be at pier 19 (starboard to) from 0630-1700. She has a 7-day Soul Train charter. Philipsburg, St. Maarten (21 Jan 0800-2359); St Croix, US Virgin Islands (22 Jan 0800-1700); Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (24 Jan 0800-1500); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (25 Jan a0700) Also in port are Adventure OTS at pier 29 from 0430-1730, Carnival Magic at pier 4 from 0400-1600, Celebrity Equinox at pier 25 from 0600-1530, and Sky Princess at pier 2 from 0500-1600. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/ and https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/. Also, Eurodam will be in Aruba from 1300-2300. https://www.portarubawebcam.com/ Next up: Nieuw Statendam on Sunday, 19 January. Sorry, for some reasons the photos would not load no matter what I tried.
  7. January 16, 2020 Recife, Brazil My original plan was to leave the ship by 10:00 to go to Casa da Cultura. This is a city where we were discouraged from walking around except in large groups but there was a free shuttle to the former prison which now houses craft items in the former cells. I was here last year on the South American cruise. I woke up at about 8:50 and about twenty minutes later Sherita called and said her plans had changed and did I want to go around 9:30. I said yes (I always lay out everything I need for the next day so I am ready to go quickly. This was a habit I started when I was still working.) and quickly got ready and met her down by the gangway on Deck A. In Recife you must take a shuttle to the terminal and then walk through the terminal to catch your transportation for the city. There is now a money exchange in the terminal so it is not as empty as last year. Once again there was a band playing and a lady dancing in the terminal to welcome us. The city did not look much different from last year nor did the Casa da Cultura. I was hoping to find a dress similar to the one I bought last year (which I now use for a pool cover-up) but there was nothing different. I did buy two little things that came to just under US$9. We were back on the ship by 12:30. I changed into my bathing suit and went to the Lido for lunch. When I got to the pool, Sherita was already in and we talked for about 20 minutes and when she left the pool, I swam my laps. After 75 minutes in the pool I sat in the sun for half an hour. I was glad I swam when I did because there were about ten people in the pool when I left. I had decided to eat early with my other table because there was a game of Scattegories this evening at 8:30 (in the middle of Main Sitting) so after the pool I got ready for dinner before Trivia. Only Diana, Sherita, and I were present on our team. We had 11 out of 17 and the winning team had all 17. 1.What company’s logo is a bird named Larry? 2.What type of whale is the heaviest to every exist? 3.What do these words have in common – peep, noon, kayak, dad, and racecar? 4.What is the only country in South America whose name begins and ends with the same letter? 5.Which fictional character keeps a marmalade sandwich under his hat in case of an emergency? 6.Which letter comes next in this sequence – O T T F F S S? 7.Order these flights from longest to shortest – New York City to Hong Kong. Barcelona to Copenhagen, London to Dubai, Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. Sherita and I went to dinner from trivia. After dinner Billy, our server, said we would lose another hour tonight. I thought we had not changed time zones in Brazil last year so I was confused. Turns out someone made a mistake – we do not have a time change. Hamish repeatedly reminded us that there was no change both before and after the show. The show tonight was the Amsterdam Entertainers in “That’s Life” with songs from swing and jazz. Scattegories was in the Crow’s Nest and we had four teams competing. I played with a group of people I did not know. We came in last. When I returned to my cabin there was a note reminding us not to change our clocks. At sea tomorrow on our way to Rio. Trivia 1.Twitter 2.blue whale 3.they are palindromes 4.Argentina 5.Paddington Bear 6.E (the letters represent one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, and eight) 7. longest is NYC to Hong Kong, then London to Dubai, then Barcelona to Copenhagen, and the shortest is Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. Smooth sailing until next time!
  8. January 15, 2020 At Sea All five of us were at knitting and I was finally able to get a picture of the three Judys. We discussed what was available in Buenos Aires (yarn wise). Only five of us for trivia (Diana was not there). We had 11 out of 15 but the winners had 12. 1.The U.S. flag has more (50) stars than any other. Which country comes in second with 27 stars? 2.Who holds the record for the most NASCAR wins? 3.Which character in Monty Python and the Holy Grail continually insists, “It’s just a flesh wound.” 4.The English word “guitar” is borrowed from which language? 5.How much was the most money ever paid for a cow at auction – $67,000, $1.3 million, or $950,000? 6.Which animal undertakes the world’s longest migration each year? Worked on my Project Linus blanket which I should finish by Saturday. In Arts & Crafts we made a decorative cover for post-it notes. I sat in the sun and had my afternoon ice cream for about 30 minutes. Then I went to the Excursions office to ask a question about a tour in Valparaiso. There were two excursions which were similar but very different in price. The lady explained the difference and I booked it. Right across from the office, Glenn-Michael (the lead EXC guide) was answering questions. I wanted to know if he was going to have an Aussie sing-a-long on Australia Day as he did in 2018. He said a decision has not yet been made. Five of us were present for afternoon trivia and we asked a man sitting by himself to join us. Again, I did not get his name. We had 12 out of 16 and the winners had 14. 1.What Frenchman approved a stagecoach tunnel between France and England in 1802? 2.What river is mentioned in John Denver’s “Country Roads”? 3.Where would you be if you had a case of the Mercedes Bends? (Yes, that is spelled correctly.) 4.What was the first TV western in color? 5.Who played the “I” in the “King and I”? For another point who played Anna in the remake? 6.What is always the total of four vertical faces of a die? Because we have been traveling east but with no time change, today’s sunset was 30 minutes earlier than yesterday. Therefore, I did not have time to swim before dark after trivia. Instead I did some research on yarn stores in Punta del Este and Montevideo. Instead of going to the Piano Bar, I went to dinner at 7:45 and there were already quite a few people in the dining room. We had a special menu prepared by the HAL Culinary Council. The entertainment was an opera singer. I did not go. Recife, Brazil tomorrow and I am going to get off the ship! Morning trivia 1.Brazil 2.Richard Petty 3.the Black Knight 4.Spanish 5.$1.3 million 6.arctic tern (bird was accepted) Afternoon trivia 1.Napoleon 2.Shenandoah 3.Hotel California 4.Bonanza 5.Deborah Kerr – remake, Jodie Foster 6.14 Smooth sailing until next time!
  9. There does not appear to have been. We were supposed to have one sea day between Benoa and Surabaya, Indonesia. It looks like we will make it in less time.
  10. I'm glad to know people have heard of him. Most of the people playing were looking quizzically at each other (just like we were). Congratulations on your right answers!
  11. January 14, 2020 At Sea Two Judys, Sherita, and I were at knitting. Sherita and I left at about 11:20 for trivia. Trivia was really hard. The winning team had 9 out of 15 – we only had 6. 1.How many pounds of candy is sold in the U.S. each Halloween – 300 million, 90 million, or 600 million pounds? 2.What is the chemical element “azote” now known as ? 3.Who was the first explorer to reach the North Pole? 4.What is Nike’s signature symbol called? 5.What is the fear of bees known as? 6.What boxer holds the record for the most career knock-outs? As has become my habit, I worked on the Project Linus blanket in my cabin before heading to the Lido for lunch at 1 pm. We had a simple craft today. We attached a piece of Velcro to an eyeglass cleaner cloth. I read for awhile before changing in to swim clothes and heading to the Crow’s Nest for afternoon trivia. We had a sixth join us (Margaret does not play in the afternoon) but I did not get her name. We had 9 out of 15 and the winners had 14. 1.What is the capital of Pakistan? 2.What letter can be found on a violin? 3.What kind of wood is traditionally used to make a didgeridoo? 4.In what novel did Hannibal Lecter make his first appearance? 5.Which country produces the most pasta in the world? 6.What is the mathematical sequence of numbers where each number is the sum of the two previous ones? 7.What is the only South American country that has English as its official language? I went straight to the Sea View Pool after trivia. The pools were open but the water was sloshing around and I am not a strong enough swimmer to do laps in that. Instead I did a modified lap that likely took more energy than regular ones. I swam for a half hour. Listened to Diane in the Piano Bar before dinner. People are getting to the dining room earlier and earlier. I left the Piano Bar at 7:50. It is about a two-minute walk to my table. Most of the tables I passed on the way had already had food served! It was Brazilian night and some of the dishes were Brazilian favorites. We were each given a feather boa upon arrival in the dining room. They were molting badly and there was a trail of feathers from the dining room to the Mainstage. The show was “multi-instrumentalist” Mark Donoghue. Tonight he played only the violin, piano, and harmonica because two of his suitcases did not get to Belem yesterday. I am fairly certain I have seen him before on a ship. He was very good. When I returned to my cabin there was a note that our stop at Benoa, Bali had been extended to an overnight call. This will allow the Indonesian crew more time to visit with families and friends. Another day at sea tomorrow. Morning trivia 1.600 million 2.nitrogen 3.Perry 4.swoosh 5.melissophobia (from the Greek) - apiphobia is from the Latin and is also correct although it was not counted for trivia – of course, that was our answer 6.Archie Moore (who??????) Afternoon trivia 1.Islamabad 2. F 3.eucalyptus 4.The Red Dragon 5.USA 6.Fibonacci 7.Guyana Smooth sailing until next time!
  12. I think you are referring to Cynthia and Rob. They are not onboard, unfortunately. Nancy has a friend with her (Cathy) whose daughter is married to Nancy's son. Evidently she was on with Nancy on the 2019 GWV. Nancy has the best ideas and from what I can see, there are only a couple of crafts that are close to the same as 2018. The only good part of the photo uploads is that HAL offered an unlimited internet package so you don't see dollar signs floating in front of your eyes as the minutes pass while you are attempting an upload.
  13. Eurodam will be at pier 26 (port to) from 0530-1700. She is doing an 11-day Panama Canal Sunfarer cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Jan 0800-1500); Oranjestad, Aruba (18 Jan 1300-2300); Willemstad, Curacao (19 Jan 0800-2300); Cartagena, Colombia (21 Jan 0700-1300); Panama Canal (Cruising Canal) (22 Jan 0500-0500); Colon, Panama (22 Jan 1500-2000); Puerto Limon, Costa Rica (23 Jan 0730-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (26 Jan a0700) Veendam will be at pier 21 (port to) from 0545-1700. She is headed out on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Half Moon Cay, Bahamas (16 Jan 0800-1500); Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos (17 Jan 1100-1700); San Juan, Puerto Rico (18 Jan 1400-2300); St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (19 Jan 0800-1700); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (22 Jan a0700) The only other cruise ship in port is Costa Luminosa at pier 18 from 0430-2300. The PTZtv webcams can be found at https://www.ftlauderdalewebcam.com/ and https://www.portevergladeswebcam.com/. Next up: Zuiderdam and Nieuw Amsterdam on Saturday, 18 January.
  14. I agree! Sea days are the best and "making" a port day into a sea day is like icing on the cake.
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