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World Voyage 2017 Travel Blog

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Photos of Us!

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Some very nice people.................

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Random photos of a few beers of the world!

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......and a strange man drinking them!

More random photos - not very good photos of dolphins and a whale!

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There were whales, honestly!

Some random photos!

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Bye Bye New York Bora Bora Grand Cayman Bloody Mary in Bloody Mary's, Bora Bora Our Easter Bunnies A very odd building in Panama A wrist corsage from a friend at the World Voyagers dinner in Auckland

Home Sweet Home!

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We've been home over a week now and I can't believe how long we were away for! We really did have a superb time. We visited exciting and beautiful places and met some wonderful people along the way. Thank you to all those who contributed to making our voyage such a fantastic and unforgettable experience.

7 days across the Pond

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Day 97 Well here we go. The seven sea days that I'm certainly not looking forward to. The weather, the rough sea and no ports to break it up. Sunny and bitterly cold today but a nice calm sea. It would be lovely if it stayed like this for the next seven days but I somehow don't think so! Not a very exciting day. Hand washing, downloading photos, blogging and tidying up my clothes. Because we need to lose seven hours by the time we get to Southampton instead of having an hour less sleep we put the clocks on one hour at noon. We actually sat outside for a little while. The sun is still very warm providing you can shelter from the wind. We were wrapped up pretty well though. Really busy in the restaurant this evening. So many people ordering special meals which are cooked at the table - me too - I had Eduardo's veal Marsala. Went to the Commodore Lounge afterwards to listen to Carl on the piano. A late night but no rush to get up tomorrow. Day 98 Not so nice out today. It's warmer but also wet and windy so did our laps inside. Met Terry Waite briefly as he sits nears us in the dining room. Started to do some sorting out ready for packing. Another five days after today but it's surprising how quickly the time goes. Watched a presentation by a senior investigation officer and bodyguard which was really interesting. Hoping we have some decent entertainment for our last few days but I haven't heard of anyone being on board. Can't pick someone up mid-Atlantic! I think Terry Waite is doing a presentation tomorrow which might be worthwhile seeing. Wine tasting event after lunch. Didn't really like any of them but the cheese was fine! Black and white ball for formal night tonight. Every other night will be a formal night until we reach Southampton. Went to the Dance Passion show in the theatre this evening. I have to admit that the Cunard singers and dancers are pretty good! Awoke to thick fog. Quite eerie really as early this morning we were very near to where the Titanic sank. Immigration inspection this morning before entry into the UK. I suppose it gives two inspectors a free ride! Not that crossing the pond in fog is anything to be excited by. Had some really weird movements on the ship this morning. It felt as if we were just bouncing around even though we were hardly moving - horrible feeling! The laundry have had problems with their dry cleaning machine and we were hoping to get it done before we disembarked as, for some reason, it is cheaper on board than at home. However, it's not working and Elvie, our butler, came to explain this just as we were going to watch Terry Waite's talk and by the time we did get there we couldn't get a seat. Hopefully it will be repeated on their TV channel. The Commodore explained what had happened earlier with the ship. Apparently there had been a problem with one of the engines and we had to stop while emergency work was carried out. The bouncing effect was due to the type of current we were in causing the waves to hit the underneath of the boat. World voyagers cocktail party this evening. We know so many people now that we can always find someone to talk to. Sat with John and Jenny for most of the time. Went to dinner afterwards and had a nice chat with another couple near us. Both of us commenting on another (rather odd) couple! They had moved tables because they thought people at the other end of the restaurant were common. Lol! Staying in tonight because I need to get up early tomorrow to get my nails done. The spa is really busy on sea days so difficult to get booked in at all. Day 100 Raining and misty again this morning. Had to have breakfast a little bit earlier as I was having my nails redone. It brightened up a bit so we could sit outside occasionally when the sun was out. Indoor deck laps again though as some parts of the deck were closed due to the wind. Trying to do a bit more tidying up after lunch as it's surprising how much you can accumulate over three and a half months. Terry Waite signed his new book for me in the restaurant. Just relaxing with reading and cross stitch today. I feel like I have the beginnings of a cold - sore throat & headache (again!). Looking forward to getting home. Formal night again tonight. Jeans and a jumper would be more fitting today though. Didn't fancy too much to eat at dinner as feeling just a little under the weather. Not ill though. We were going to go to the ball but I'm being a party pooper and this Cinderella wanted to stay in! At least Chelsea beat Leicester 3-1. Day 101 Still didn't sleep too well last night and only up just in time for breakfast. Throat still sore and I now have a cough! Don't feel too bad in myself though. Not sure if it's down to the air conditioning or a bug. Played the quiz this morning with another guest we know from the restaurant and were joined by Terry Waite and Sir Mark Lyall Grant KCMG (British Ambassador to the United Nations). Didn't win though but 17/20 wasn't too bad. It's turned out to be a lovely sunny day so we've been sitting on the balcony. Very surprised that tables were set up outside for lunch too. Didn't expect that crossing the Atlantic. Had a joint pre dinner drinks party with Mike and Denise. We used their suite though as it is bigger inside than ours. We invited a few couples and so did they. Trying to use up the last of our drinks! Had a lovely time then went on to dinner. Feeling a little more hungry today than yesterday so that's good. Nothing very exciting going on this evening (big band sound in the ballroom, disco, Commodore lounge, various bars or a magician in the theatre!) but we've done them all numerous times so staying and hopefully getting a better night's sleep so that we can really enjoy our last couple of days. Day 102 Slept better but now have a streaming cold as well as a sore throat and cough! Played the trivia quiz again this morning with Terry Waite and Sir Mark and we were just one off winning (which we would have done if I hadn't been outnumbered on one of the answers). We spent the rest of the morning packing but still loads more to do. We seem to have accumulated more than I thought. Very lucky with the weather again today and managed to sit out again for lunch. We have met so many nice people on board and there is always someone to chat to. I didn't have any dessert today as Chef Mark sent us some chocolate covered strawberries and as Terry doesn't eat them they are all mine! A little relaxation then back to packing. Had after dinner drinks with Jan and Mike who sit near us in the restaurant so rather a late night! Day 103 Wet and miserable this morning. Not much to do apart from pack and tie up lots of loose ends. Played the quiz again with our distinguished friends but still didn't win! The Commodore sent a message to the Queen's secretary congratulating the family on behalf of the Queen Victoria on the birth of William and Kate's daughter. Long Live the Queen (Commodore's words). Very patriotic here. We'll be having a couple of drinks with friends tonight but will try to get to bed a bit earlier ready for tomorrow. Going to be really busy getting out of Southampton tomorrow as all three Cunard Queens are coming in at the same time as part of their 175 year celebrations. I think this probably concludes my 'big adventure' blog for now!

Day 96 New York

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Woke at 5.00am to a freezing cold morning. We passed under the Verrazano Bridge on the Hudson River on our way into Manhattan. We knew that we wouldn't pass the Statue of Liberty until about 7am so reset the alarm to wake us up for that. Typically I couldn't go back to sleep anyway. Had breakfast then joined our trip at 8.30. We had booked a tour for just a small group so we didn't have to spend too long waiting for other people. Started off at the 'Top of the Rock' at the Rockefeller Centre for some lovely views across New York. We did some sightseeing around Harlem, Greenwich Village, Soho and Times Square. We had free time in Grand Central Terminal for lunch. Had fries and the Manhattan clam chowder in the Oyster Bar Restaurant (and a Brooklyn Lager). Then we bought a couple of very scrummy looking cup cakes from the Magnolia Bakery. The traffic wasn't too good and the roads were really broken up due to their bad winter. The weather really warmed up though which was great. We then went to St Paul's Chapel which holds a lot of photos of those killed in 9/11 along with other memorabilia and messages from that day. Very moving. After that we moved on to the 9/11 Memorial water features at ground zero. We also went to see Strawberry Fields in Central Park. When we got back we went out again hoping to find some nearby shops but we only had a short while before we were due back onboard. I would have loved to shop in Times Square but it was not to be - just 'tourist tat'. Still a very long walk though. One day is just not enough to see New York. Had our cup cakes (delicious) and a g&t to watch the NY sail away. After dinner we went to the theatre to watch 'Your Three Tenors' (ok but not a patch on the real thing). Terry nearly fell asleep. It's been a long day. I suppose this is where our holiday ends in some ways as we now have seven days at sea before reaching home.
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