‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

January 28, 2018

It's a bit doctored and comes off like a watercolor but, what the hell, it’s pretty, no? 

The drama du jour was the captain coming on the PA at dinner identifying himself as ‘the captain’ and not as ‘your designated driver’ as he usually does. He told us that within 30 minutes, a helicopter would land on an upper deck to transport a passenger to a N...

January 25, 2018

I embarked 6 weeks ago today — well, MY today, which is Friday, January 26, which isn't your today, which is Thursday, January 25. I know, 6 x 7 = 42 and the headline says Day #43. Don’t blame me. Blame the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, who created this confusion. They meant well... 

Anyhoo... folks may have forgotten that there is a full MAP of...

January 15, 2018

Proof I was at yoga yesterday morning:

January 14, 2018

Broken Hip: 1

• Fell onboard ship, spent 5 days in Cuban hospital awaiting evacuation

Heart Attack: 1

• Survived and sent home

Cases of The Gunk: Countless

• Including yours truly (that’s what the sickbay calls it, The Gunk)

Deaths: 3

• One man died in the spa; until there’s an autopsy, cause of death is unknown (or so I was told by my spa lady). Hi...

January 11, 2018

Inquiring minds have asked me for more nautical detail and I have no source except Captain Knutsen’s daily noontime announcement over the PA. As of 12 noon in whatever time zone we’re in [we set our clocks back one HALF hour last night!], we were 1400 miles from the nearest land — and yet, there were birds flying by the ship. We were about 1800 mil...

January 11, 2018

Code Brown. Code Gold. And, tragically, Code Alpha. Today, and once a week, the entire crew participated in a drill mandated by International Maritime Law. The captain came on the PA to announce it would happen shortly and not to worry, then when it happened, he announced Code Brown, then Code Gold, then some other international maritime lingo...

January 9, 2018

I seem to recall posting a picture of a sunrise some days back. You’ll  have to take my word for it, I have seen the sun rise this trip. But it’s last night’s sunset I want to share. It had been overcast all day — for two days, in fact — but I looked up from my continual battle with the internet connection long enough to see a spectacular, Rothko-e...

January 6, 2018

We have set sail on the really high seas — out across the Pacific. Next stop, Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, French Polynesia, one week from today. I’ve never heard of Nuku Hiva, but I bet David had, from his stamp collecting.

A new friend, Diane, said, ‘The trip really starts after LA.’ Up till now, we had been on our home continent, or at least connected t...

January 1, 2018

Hanging fire until I leave the ship around 2:30 for a 3-hour excursion to San José del Cabo, the Spanish colonial sister city to the very-touristy Cabo San Lucas, where we are anchored…

The famous Cabo rock formations off the shore…

 A popular anchorage — there were three cruise ships cheek by jowl…

I haven’t heard anyone say ‘Wiking’ yet, the true No...

December 31, 2017

​New Orleanians Mark and Steve adopted me once again last evening in the Explorer’s Lounge and invited me to dinner at The Chef’s Table, one of the specialty restaurants onboard. Last night’s set menu was Chinese and included very gingery hot and sour soup, a coconut sorbet palate cleanser, stir-fry beef with a very tasty rice concoction that was...

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