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Back to Bermuda on a Repositioning Cruise

Getting Underway


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & Grandeur of the Seas and Pearl & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Prequel
After I got back from the trip to Ireland with my grandson (and this trip blog has not been finished), we had a mini-family reunion at the Oyster Festival in October. This was our next trip
End Prequel

We made it and I have (against all odds) - I think - figured out how to log on from the ship.
Sunset - November 22nd

Sunset - November 22nd


We had a really nice Thanksgiving dinner at D's on the 22nd.
Grandson and dog after dinner

Grandson and dog after dinner


But I tried to connect the laptop to the car cigarette lighter and found that they had sent me the wrong connector. They told me that I'd have to send the item back (printing out the address label), and then they'd send me another one. They are sending the Correct One to B's address.

I finally got the address label printed out on the old Dell (I still have not attached the new computer to the wireless printer because I can't find the printer disc), and then tried to find a place to take it because Mailboxes Etc was closed all weekend. I dropped it in the box up by the courthouse.

I had also meant to test out the new GPS for the mapping software, but I forgot to bring it to D's, so I took the computer out into the yard to do that. I guess the computer was a little confused because it told us to turn left, and then it turned right and went down Camp Calvert Rd and out into the water, obviously under the impression that the car was a boat.

I had also asked on one of the websites if Camden (the premier's house in Bermuda) had been reopened after the renovation. Nobody had answered until someone told me to phone and ask. But of course this was late Friday night. I decided I needed to enable the cell phone to be able to phone from Bermuda or in the Caribbean, and was told that I had a past due bill, and was not allowed to make any changes in my account.

When I finally tracked it down, I found that when my credit card number was stolen in June I had reported that it was no longer a good card. In July, I had given them my new number to bill me with, but the old number was still on the website, and they were trying to bill that number (which of course didn't work). They were not sending me any paper bills, so I didn't know that the bill was unpaid. I finally got that taken care of. I put the house (landline) phone on auto answer with a message that says NOT to leave a message.

Saturday November 24th

We picked up the rental car (a Ford Focus) and Bob started putting his luggage in it. He has FIVE bags. He is using my folding rolling cart so that he can take them all at once. I have the little red rolling bag that I used in June, the small black carryon that I used in June, a large yellow duffle (Bob also has a duffle which is red), and the bag I got to hold my new computer.

I used the ATM card at Cedar Point for the first time and got some cash, and also filled my car with diesel, and Bob winterized all of the cars and other rolling stock and took down the flag.

Sunday November 25th
Bob turned off the water and put antifreeze in the toilets, and I unplugged the TV and DirecTV and the modem and detached the phone lines except for the phone with the answering machine.
Our house

Our house


We left the house a little after nine. I wanted to go across 100 and up New Ridge Rd, but Bob said there weren't any gas stations there (although the mapping software says that there are) so he went around the airport access road and got gas at the Royal Farms station at 1100. The car cost us $20.59 including tax and we went 89 miles altogether. We got the shuttle van to the airport (the driver showed us how to put the luggage on the way we had it strapped together, and Bob tipped him $5.00.
Trees

Trees


We got a taxi and it cost not quite $27 to get to the cruise ship terminal. However, they had to sniff everyone with a police dog (including all the buses), and the driver had to show a photo ID. It took another $5 worth of waiting time to get through the line to leave our bags. So Bob gave him $40 (which considering that we had 9 bags plus the luggage cart which had to ride in the front wasn't bad).

We gave our luggage to the luggage people (6 bags), and Bob carried on two and I carried on my computer bag. We had to go through security to get into the terminal building - my laptop had to be taken out of the bag etc. Inside, I had done the on-line check-in, entering all our information, and all that worked well. About all he had to do was scan our passports. Then he gave us a Sea and Sail card, and gave us a boarding number of yellow 4. They were at that time calling red boarding numbers.

When they started calling yellow numbers, we went through the line to have our photo taken, and then walked on the ship. It was then about 1255. The signs all said that our rooms wouldn't be ready until 1300 (1:00 pm) but we pushed through the fire door and went to our room which is near the bow right behind the forward elevators on the third deck.

We have a queen bed with a mirror wall headboard, and what appears to be a real curtain so that we can curtain off the bed. There's the usual desk (which has TWO 110 plugs instead of just one), and a little couch. The TV is on a swivel so it comes out of the cabinet and rotates on a turntable toward the bed. The BIG problem (other than very little storage) is that Bob can't get out from his side of the bed with the TV out of the cabinet. Even with the TV in flat to the cabinet, he has to step over the end of the bed. The bathroom is QUITE small, with a round shower.
Bathroom_sink_in_the_cabin

Bathroom_sink_in_the_cabin

We dropped our carry on bags off and went up to the buffet on deck 10. It was a zoo. I was not impressed. I got a little bit of pasta,
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and a piece of dried out roast beef and some lemonade. I had a momentary brain fart and when the guy came by with the pina coladas, I got a virgin one. It was $5.95!!! Oh well. It was good.

We walked around the ship for a bit and found our table in the dining room and looked at the theatre and then went down and unpacked the suitcases that we had gotten.

Then at 1530, we had the lifeboat drill which is two decks up (no elevators). I took a couple of pictures afterwards.
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Port of Baltimore - Nov 25th 2007

Port of Baltimore - Nov 25th 2007

I wanted to take some photos of the city as we left, but we didn't leave right at the time we were scheduled to leave (someone suggested that it might be because people were having luggage problems with the heavy air travel on the Sunday after Thanksgiving), so by the time we left it was dark.
Leaving the Port of Baltimore - Nov 25th

Leaving the Port of Baltimore - Nov 25th


The Cruise Critic people were going to be up at the Viking lounge (the very top of the ship on deck 11 which you can only get to by the atrium elevators which are glass) for the sail-away. I went up there - Bob said he'd seen enough of that kind of thing. We were supposed to be wearing Carnival beads so that we would know each other, but I hadn't found any. I sat down with some people who proved to be from Dunkirk (the next county to where we live. I did try to take a couple of photos, but it was pretty dark.
Police boat

Police boat


We were early seating at dinner at a table of 10. One of the men at the table was in my Towson HS class '55. His name is Bill Fahey. He was in the print shop group - he didn't remember me at all, and I don't remember him, but his name is familiar.
Mr and Mrs Fahey

Mr and Mrs Fahey


Sunday dinner was OK, but not real special. I had a quiche appetizer,
Quiche

Quiche

Spinach salad

Spinach salad


and a steak with some root vegetables and a baked potato.
Steak

Steak


Bob had fish. For dessert, he had
Apple pie a la mode

Apple pie a la mode


and I had something that was called "ivory chocolate fondue with berries and crunchy bits".
Ivory Chocolate Fondue

Ivory Chocolate Fondue


We had to set our watches back an hour so that the ship time would match Bermuda which is on Atlantic time.

Monday 26 November 2007
We went up to breakfast in the main dining room about at the end of the time that breakfast was served, and were seated at a table for 10. Service was a bit hit or miss. Bob got V8 juice and I got cranberry. Bob got his oatmeal first and I got my Eggs Benedict last.
Eggs Benedict

Eggs Benedict


I thought the menu was duller than on Holland-American - there were no breakfast specials.

Right after breakfast we went up to Trivia - we had to leave breakfast to get there by 1000, and we had already missed 3 questions. One of the problem questions for me was "What non-aquatic mammal is the only one who can't jump?" Their answer was 'elephant', but I have since wondered about rhinos and Bobs answer was 'sloth'.

It was a little rough, and, although it didn't bother us too much, we saw barf bags stuck into the stairway railings for instant use. We went to lunch in the main dining room also, and I had something they called Panzanella Salad which was topped with two scallops on a skewer and ricotta and
Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad


asparagus cannelloni (of which I could only eat one)
Riccotta and asparagus

Riccotta and asparagus


and Bob had a burger. He asked them to hold the bun, and they did - they also gave him TWO burgers instead of just one because they were apparently worried that he would not have enough to eat. He had carrot cake
Bob's Dinner dessert - Carrot Cake

Bob's Dinner dessert - Carrot Cake


and I had apple peach crumble for dessert.
Apple peach crumble

Apple peach crumble


After lunch, we went up to the Viking Crown Lounge for the Meet and Mingle. I went out on deck to take a photo of a freighter that was crossing the ship's path and then came back to the M&M.
freighter - North Atlantic

freighter - North Atlantic

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Went down to sign on and get email. There was a certain amount of confusion about that. I was told that I would have to sign on with RCI's computers first, so I did that. There were no directions up there, but someone who was there (in ship uniform) told me that I would have to sign on to the wireless section and could not use the RCI computers and that since I had done it wrong, I'd have to go down to the purser's desk. So I signed on to the wireless, and then I went down to the purser's desk and she basically said - no problem. I also bought bus/ferry passes for Bermuda. ($20 @ for two days)

For dinner that evening (which was formal) I had the roast duck which had purple cabbage with it,
Duckling

Duckling


and Bob had fish.
Fish

Fish


For dessert we both had sugar free coconut cake.
Coconut cake

Coconut cake


Bob went back to the cabin and I went up to the internet cafe with my computer (which I took to dinner) and logged on and sent email etc. There is wireless in the atrium area, but I can't find anyplace to plug the computer in except under the desks in the computer cafe. There's a nice musical group playing in the atrium two decks down, and I can hear them in the computer cafe.

At 9 pm I went to the show. I looked for Bob but didn't see him. Found out later that he was down in the cabin glued to Bill OReilly whom I can't stand. The show was pretty good - it was three black guys in white suits doing Mo-town. I enjoyed it and the theatre was well thought out and had good sight lines and reasonably good lighting and stage effects. The band consisted of a piano/keyboard player, two guitarists, a drummer, two trumpets, a trombone and a sax. The one guitar player would stand with his back to the audience to start the band.

We will be in Bermuda on the 27th and 28th. The webcam TV channel does not show the webcam, and it has all the wrong information. It said that the water temp in Baltimore harbor was 82 deg F (NOT), and that our next port of call was San Juan. It has the wrong route on it.

The TV is a complete loss - it has two cartoon channels, ESPN, two CNNs and some amalgam of CBS, and Fox. We can't hear the announcements in the cabin and there's no way to turn them on.

Posted by greatgrandmaR 20:59 Archived in Saint Martin Tagged port baltimore grandeur_of_the_seas

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