‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

May 11, 2018

‘An essential part of travel is the inevitable sense that wherever you’ve gotten to isn’t quite what you hoped it would be—just as you yourself are never, not completely, the traveler you thought you would be.’

                                                               from Lev Grossman's review of Geoff Dyer’s...

May 6, 2018

West Newbury, Massachusetts, May 6 — A far less exotic dateline (sigh). At the ‘Captain’s Farewell’ ceremony, we were given these statistics, which were as of May 2, the 140-day mark:

5,827 ‘treatments’ at the spa

71 guest entertainers at the Star Theatre

129,861 uniforms pressed

289,180 pillowcases washed and pressed

77,998 eggs cooked

62,181 potatoes...

May 5, 2018

The luggage barge collecting bags, pre-dawn, this morning...if each passenger had

3 bags, that’s 2,490 bags to sort, onload, offload and sort again (photo by my new Viking friend Susan Thomas)

Somewhere above England/the Atlantic, May 5 — I was determined to send my last real “travelogue” post while I was still abroad, and I met that deadline when I...

April 15, 2018

Bridge Tour: This is Captain Otto Pilot​. He lives on the bridge.

The Red Sea, April 15 — Yesterday I filled you in on food, wine and laundry. Which led one of you to ask if I’d ever had a galley or laundry tour. No to laundry. But I did have a bridge tour and a galley tour a while back.

The Bridge

The ‘Arthur Miller’ shot.

Some of the signal flags.....

April 13, 2018

To steal a line from Kai Ryssdal, host of ‘Marketplace,’ let's do the numbers, provided by the Sun Provisions Team, who work ‘diligently and out of sight, below the decks and under the water line’...

Bananas           26,000 lbs

Beef                165,000 lbs...

March 31, 2018

Kuala Lumpur, March 27 — Before this trip, the name Kuala Lumpur (translated roughly as ‘muddy waters’) didn’t conjure up much except the Petronas Twin Towers. For a while, they were the tallest building(s) in the world, but ‘bloody Dubai,’ as one guide put it, has since taken that title. Malaysia now boasts it has the world’s tallest twin towers.

...

March 31, 2018

Bay of Bengal, March 31 — Look who was waiting for me when I got back from a birthday dinner! (He does have another eye.)

Just got the new number: Since Miami, on December 15, we have gone 25,421 nautical miles — or 29,254 statute miles.

The equatorial circumference of the earth is 24,900. Woo-hoo!

At the end of this trek, I will add up all the mi...

March 11, 2018

                                         Blog photographer at work, after the extravaganza

We were given a choice: Sign up for an expensive evening at the C...

March 7, 2018

Okay, it was Shumai, but that doesn’t alliterate.

Dance...

A dance and instrumental troupe from Manila came on board Sunday to perform in our Star Theatre. It doesn’t photograph well but was very entertaining, combining the Spanish culture that pervaded Manila for three centuries with native Filipino music and costumes.

Duds...

While I had no intention...

March 6, 2018

I cook, therefore I am. Or, better still, Je mange, donc je cuis’.

My bridge buddies will be disappointed that I’m not playing much bridge of late. It was a bit complicated getting a congenial foursome together and, the one time I went into The Big Room where they play Duplicate... well, my partner and I not only came in rock bottom last, which we e...

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