Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sep 20

Sep 20. Day  6

Sunny and warm day.  Enjoying the Queen Charlottes and Vancouver Island.  We won at the Casino and are going home ahead of the game.  Yeah!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sep 19

Sep 18 Day 5

Spent the day in Glacier Bay.  Again, witnessed the calving of the glaciers while drinking mimosas and eating snert (Dutch pea soup).  Quiet remainder of the day reading on deck.  Tomorrow Ketchikan.

Sep 19 Day 6

Ketchikan.  Spent a quiet day reading onboard.  Sunny! Warm! Some rain! Typical for this time of year.  Great Day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Sep 16  Day 3

Juneau.  Some sun!  Some rain! Cool!  Alaska in the fall.  We also booked our Christmas cruise to the Caribbean that will include visits to Tortola, Guadaloupe, St Lucia, St Maarten and Half Moon Cay. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Day 2 to Alaska

At sea!  Cool and foggy but a great day at sea.  Roak got his 2 watches which will last him about 2 to 3 years.  He also got his usual at sea, pedicure.  Tomorrow Juneau.  If we disembark it will be to buy popcorn for Peter. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Off to Alaska

Well, one year ago we travelled to Alaska not knowing that Roak had a broken back.  This year we are travelling to Alaska knowing that he has progressively healed and is doing well.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Day 15 at sea & Day 16 Return home.

Day 15
We spent the day sailing back to Tampa.  Roak had his second acupuncture treatment with excellent results, again.

Day 16
Disembarked at Tampa.  Flew home!  Great trip.

Now we are planning Roak's 80th birthday party/ies:  one here in November and one in Holland in the summer-all things going well!

Thanks for following our journey.  Cheers, Peter & Roak.

Day 13 at sea & Day 14 Grand Cayman

Day 13
At sea.  Swimming and reading.

Day 14.
Grand Cayman.  We spent the day onboard.  GC is basically a sand bar where the telephone poles are higher than the trees.  However, the beaches and water are something to behold.

Roak took his first swim since his back injury.  He swam with the dolphins, too!

He also had his first acupuncture treatment-miraculous.
Later, dinner with Bart and Ronette in the Pinnacle dining room.  Great food and great company, as always!

Day 11 Curacao & Day 12 Aruba

Day 11.
Curacao.  A must visit for anyone interested in period architecture and friendly people.  We took a fabulous tour of this quaint island and its capital-Willemstad.  We loved it and look forward to returning some day.

Day 12.
Aruba.  Visited the capital-Oranjestad and then took an interesting tour of the whole island.  It has rattlesnakes and boas.  Went to the beach and spent the afternoon at Palm Beach.  Would like to return there too.

Dinner that evening onboard at Le Cirque with friends we met (Dee and Don from Tucson).  Great meal but too much goose pate!

Day 9 St Lucia & Day 10 At sea

Day 9
St Lucia.  Quaint little island.  Beautiful scenery.  We stayed onboard for another quiet day.

Day 10
At sea.  Another quiet and enjoyable day:  swimming, reading and another bucket of beer.

Day 7 US VI & 8 Antigua

Day 7.
St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.  We stayed on board for a quiet day of swimming and reading.  Roak went into a hot tub for the first time since his back injury.

Day 8.
Antigua.  What a beautiful little place.  Met some of the colourful locals and heard them speaking the native creole language-some French; some English; some Portuguese; some Dutch.  Then, we went to the beach for a day of swimming and drinking rum punch-and it did have a punch.

Day 5 at sea & 6 Puerto Rico

Day 5.
Day at sea! Time spent by the pool; enjoyed a bucket of beer; read dutch newspapers.

Day 6.
Puerto Rico.  We visited an unspoilt rain forest filled with exotic birds and plants.

Day 3 & 4 Key West

Day 3
Boarded the Ryndam and set sail for Key West.

Day 4
Boarded a scenic trolley for a fun tour of the quaint town of KW.  Very folksy place with lots of old buildings and restaurants.  Saw the life size replica of the statue of Marilyn Monroe standing on the grate.

Day 2 in Tampa

Explored the nature part surrounding the Grand Hyatt Tampa.  Beautiful place.  Saw iridescent small black lizards; egrets; tiny hermit crabs; nesting doves; and, sloughed snake skin (yikes).  In the evening had dinner with Bart and Ronette at the Oystercatcher Restaurant.  Very good food!

First night in Tampa

As many of you already know, blogger blocked me out of the blogsite during the trip.  Arggh!
However, I will update it here for everyone to see and read.

On Jan 24 we flew to Tampa via Toronto.  Great flight.  Waiting line to pass through US Customs.  For us, next time, Nexus.

Arrived in Tampa in the early evening.  Met Bart and Ronette for a drink before we all went to bed.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ready to go!

Birdie left yesterday for his visit with Sharron and her love bird Dustie.  Today spent packing and printing off travel docs.  Now for some TV and early to bed.  Fly out tomorrow early!

Monday, January 20, 2014

The HA MV Ryndam, our home away from home starting Jan 26.  Tampa, Florida before that.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Getting ready for our upcoming cruise to the Southern Caribbean.  As many of you know, 2013 was a very challenging year for us, so now we are getting ready to spend some time with family in the sun.

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