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2011 on Carnival Pride

November- The Ender (0f Hurricanes and Tropical Storms)


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Triangle Cruisers (Cruise Critic's Group)

Triangle Cruisers (Cruise Critic's Group)

Comedy of Errors

Cruise Prequel

We were supposed to leave on the Carnival Pride for Bermuda today (Sunday 6 November). We are in a hotel in Linthicum instead. Actually I am in a hotel in Linthicum - Bob is driving back to Leonardtown to get my passport.

I started to pack on Friday 4 November. I absolutely can NOT find my nice black skirt and jacket that I always wear for formal nights, nor can I find my shirt that goes with a cotton jacket that I wear during the day in the summer. I don't know where they can be. I finished packing Saturday - I have a small duffle and mother's red roller bag (carry-on size) and the computer bag. Bob has the big brown roller bag, a green bag and two black bags.

I have been expecting that our old cameras (Kodaks) were going to give out soon. They have been used a lot, and mine already has a problem turning off - I have to turn it past off, or it doesn't turn off. Now Bob was having a problem turning his on. So - Bob said that if I would get my act together we could go to Best Buy and/or the Exchange and look at cameras. I wanted one with a viewfinder (not just a screen), and a flash that was manually operated. It turn out that there are none of those small flat cameras that have a viewfinder anymore. So I got a Canon EOS Rebel

Saturday 5 November, after we picked up the rental car and loaded all the luggage into it, I got a robo call from Carnival telling me that the ship had been delayed and not to leave until I heard from them. Bob didn't pick up the phone so he didn't know this - I thought I heard him pick up, but he didn't. I tried to find the Pride on the charts but the only thing I saw was a little bit off Ft Pierce coming from Freeport on Friday. I went to the internet and other people were talking about it but there was no real information. Carnival wanted us to get text messages, but I don't do text messages. We called Bob's brother David who was also traveling with us, but his phone wasn't being answered.

Finally I got an email from Carnival stating that we would board Monday morning 9-12.

The ship ran into the big low - I guess off NC - with seas of 20 feet and the young teen club and the arcade room on deck 4 were damaged. The Pride is in Baltimore now and people are getting off but they can also wait until 7 am tomorrow to get off if they want to.

Sunday November 6

It would be difficult for us to get to Baltimore by 9 - I used to do it when I was working, but I had to leave by about 6. After a lot of discussion, Bob thought we should turn in the rental car and drive my car up. I found a hotel (Country Inn & Suites near BWI) that had free cruise parking and made a reservation there for tonight. She said we couldn't have a shuttle to the port because they weren't doing those reservations for new bookings. David called us back and said that he had gotten the message too - I was afraid that he had already gone to his daughters for her to take him to the ship.

We turned all the clocks back for daylight savings. Bob switched all the luggage from one car to the other and we returned the rental car. Bob wanted to do that at 9, but they don't open until 10 on Sunday. The man inside took the keys anyway - it cost about $33.00 to drive 20 miles - just to the house and back.

Bob wanted to leave about noon, even tho the hotel check-in wasn't until 3. So we left at noon. First we turned off the TVs, satellite, modem and water.
In the car 12:04

In the car 12:04


I took some photos on the way up to compare with the old camera. Although it was sunny today and it was rainy last week I think the photos are clearer with the new camera.
xIMG_0061.JPGfall color

fall color

fall color

fall color


We had lunch at Boston Market. - pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches. Bob ate half of his and took half with him. I ate all mine.
Stop for lunch

Stop for lunch

The only Boston Market I know with a drive thru - used to be a Roy Rogers

The only Boston Market I know with a drive thru - used to be a Roy Rogers


Counter Boston Market

Counter Boston Market


Chicken Carver Combo

Chicken Carver Combo

half of a  Boston Market pulled BBQ chicken sandwich

half of a Boston Market pulled BBQ chicken sandwich

Check

Check


We checked into the hotel and she said she could upgrade us to a port shuttle for an extra $20.00 which is a good deal. Then we sat around and watched football and I downloaded my photos from the new camera and Bob ate the other half of his sandwich and had a nap (good).
Bed

Bed

Sunset from hotel window

Sunset from hotel window

Off airport parking across the street

Off airport parking across the street

Sunset

Sunset


BUT as we were leaving for dinner at Chilis (which is next door), I suddenly had a horrible thought - I had forgotten my passport. Bob drove back to Leonardtown to get my passport.
Chili's next to the hotel

Chili's next to the hotel


Bob said the round trip was 175 miles and took 4 hours including getting gas and a hamburger en-route. He said he listened to NPR who were having old radio mystery shows - one every half hour, and it was very enjoyable.

In any case this hotel has free breakfast and we plan to eat that at 7 and then take the luggage down to the lobby and wait for a shuttle. Cross fingers that tomorrow will be better.

Embarkation 7 November

Bob set the clock radio to WTOP for 7:00 and it went on as programmed. It was then that we found out about the Ravens game result - I hadn't been able to find it on the TV the night before. I had hired a private guide who was to have met us in St. Georges. But we were going to be late and wouldn't have time to get to St. Georges. I looked at email but still have no confirmation on the change to our itinerary in Bermuda from the guide. We got ourselves out of the room by about 8 and went down to breakfast.

The elevator was a real Chinese fire drill. The elevators would not keep the doors open even if you pushed the Open Door button. Bob had two roller bags each with another bag or two on it, and I had the scooter with the computer bag and the cane bungee corded to the back of it. The elevator was too small to turn around in so I just had to go in straight and everyone else had to fit around me. Then I could back off straight. There was another lady there and she held the door for us to get on and off.

Now to see whether we could get the shuttle to the port. The port shuttle package is $139.00 plus tax etc. Breakfast was free. I had a muffin a small thin potato chip sized piece of sausage and a glass of cranberry juice cocktail. Then I went out to where Bob was waiting for the luggage, and sat with it while he went in to get something. The 8:00 van had already left and the 8:30 van had 10 people's luggage loaded into it but no driver. The driver eventually came and got everyone's bodies on board and left. Then other driver came back.

While we were waiting I talked to the people in the lobby - there was a big group from Myrtle Beach and I talked to them. We were all loaded into the third van about 8:45. He put me in the front seat and Bob was behind me. It didn't take very long to drive to the ship - since we aren't supposed to take photos inside the terminal, I took some from the van as we were driving up to it.
Hanover St bridge

Hanover St bridge

Ship as we approach in the morning

Ship as we approach in the morning

The Carnival whale tail

The Carnival whale tail

Carnival Pride through the chain link fence

Carnival Pride through the chain link fence

Port of Maryland

Port of Maryland


Bob tipped the van driver $5.00. We turned in three bags (Bob one and me two), and then we went into the terminal. They looked at our passports and boarding document, and sent us down to the middle of the lines. I walked through the magnetic doorway but I kept beeping and I couldn't figure out why. Bob went thru without a problem. I was waiting for a female wand person but no one appeared. Then Bob said - it's probably your watch, and so I took it off and handed it to the guard and went back through and that was it!! This was a watch I bought on board our last cruise when my previous watch gave out. I never had that problem with the plastic Timex watches!!!.

We signed in fairly quickly and went to get our photo. But Carnival has got a new ramp and they don't let anyone go in the lower entrance like we did last year on Enchantment of the Seas. So I had to scooter up, and up, and up the ramps. We came on board deck 2 and our room was deck 6 forward so we went forward to use those elevators. The elevators are tiny. On HAL I could drive into the corner to leave room for other people. I can't do that on this ship. I have to straight in, and then back straight out.

We went down the port side, but our room door was on the starboard side (it is in the middle but it is just one room wide in the middle and all the middle rooms have doors on the starboard hall). We got to our room before 9:30, so that was pretty quick. But the cabin door is EXTREMELY narrow. Much more so than HAL. I almost scrape the side and the scooter also has a little trouble with the threshold.
looking from the bathroom to the cabin right after embarkation

looking from the bathroom to the cabin right after embarkation


Bob taking the scooter in the door of our cabin

Bob taking the scooter in the door of our cabin


The cabin steward had not done the cabin completely and he wanted to vacuum. The beds on the side of the cabin and run fore/aft of the ship, not athwart as they would be if the beds were directly ahead of you coming in the door.
Sitting on the bed in our room

Sitting on the bed in our room


nightstand they moved to the center to make room for the scooter

nightstand they moved to the center to make room for the scooter

Bob manuvering the scooter from inside room

Bob manuvering the scooter from inside room


There is a tiny bathroom with a shower in the corner, but there IS space to put stuff on shelves.
bathroom mirror

bathroom mirror

Bathroom sink

Bathroom sink


There are three closets (one with shelves)
Closets past the TV area

Closets past the TV area


and there is a desk with 9 drawers (4-1-4 configuration) and a small round table and a waste basket which was under it, and a chair and a stool.
TV with safe under it

TV with safe under it


Route - crappy graphics

Route - crappy graphics


Above the section with the ice bucket is the TV which seems to have the Florida Channel 7 as well as Fox News. There is also a fridge but it is a good thing we don't want to use it because it is behind the scooter. We put the stool sideways under the desk with the table. Each bed has a small nightstand, but they do not have drawers.

We told the stewards that we wanted the beds separated. Bob put the scooter against the wall at the end of the beds. The Lifeboat drill was to be at 12:15. So about 11:00 we decided to go get something to eat, and we went up to the Lido
Mermaid on the ceiling of the Lido

Mermaid on the ceiling of the Lido


as the regular dining room isn't open. My red bag came before we left. We got some chicken nuggets, potato salad and a hot dog,
Hot dog, chili and potato salad from the grill by the pool

Hot dog, chili and potato salad from the grill by the pool

Pool area snack bar - Bob at the drinks area around pool

Pool area snack bar - Bob at the drinks area around pool


and ate out by the pool. We also got some ice cream. There were some musicians playing.
Who's that behind me?

Who's that behind me?

We found the computer cafe, and I tried to sign in, but it wouldn't let me, and the same for other people.
Sunset Gallery - closed

Sunset Gallery - closed


area where we waited for lifeboat drill

area where we waited for lifeboat drill


Then we went to where the lifeboat drill was to be. Bob went down to the room and got my coat - I went out on deck. The scooter hangs up on the ramp as it is too high - the wheels at both ends are off the deck. We can go around the whole deck from behind the main theatre all the way around the stern. I took some pictures.
Parking lot at the pier

Parking lot at the pier

Fork lift (powered industrial truck)

Fork lift (powered industrial truck)

people walking into the boarding ramp entrance

people walking into the boarding ramp entrance

xIMG_0117.JPGBoarding ramp

Boarding ramp


When he got back Bob said all our luggage had come.
Me on the scooter, reflected in mirrors on stairs

Me on the scooter, reflected in mirrors on stairs


When the lifeboat drill started, they told us we had to go inside -people on scooters couldn't be outside. So we did the drill inside. There was also a girl putting mandatory wristbands on all children under 12. (Even one little boy who was 11.5) After the drill, Bob went down to unpack, and I went out to see the sail-away and take pictures.
Me in outdoor gear to take photos of sail-away - in the handicapped stall prior to going outside

Me in outdoor gear to take photos of sail-away - in the handicapped stall prior to going outside


I got pictures of them taking off the lines,
Last load of luggage being put aboard

Last load of luggage being put aboard

Boarding ramp pulled away from the ship

Boarding ramp pulled away from the ship

Taking the protective nets off the side of the luggage ramp

Taking the protective nets off the side of the luggage ramp


Man getting ready to take off lines  (his car)

Man getting ready to take off lines (his car)

Taking off a line

Taking off a line


Lines being reeled in

Lines being reeled in

Removing another line

Removing another line


Ship flag

Ship flag


Life raft signage

Life raft signage

Two crew on platform supervising the removal of lines

Two crew on platform supervising the removal of lines

Pulling away from the dock

Pulling away from the dock

One employee on platform - reflected in the side of the ship as we pull away from the dock

One employee on platform - reflected in the side of the ship as we pull away from the dock


Roofing workers on adjoining warehouse

Roofing workers on adjoining warehouse

Backing out and got REALLY CLOSE to this buoy before we stopped and turned

Backing out and got REALLY CLOSE to this buoy before we stopped and turned

Freighters

Freighters


I took photos of of Fort McHenry,
Fort McHenry - little bridge on the edge of the river

Fort McHenry - little bridge on the edge of the river

Fort McHenry with 1812 flag

Fort McHenry with 1812 flag

1812 flag and Natty Boh

1812 flag and Natty Boh

Flag on Ft McHenry

Flag on Ft McHenry

Passing Ft McHenry

Passing Ft McHenry


And I got quite a few of the Lazarette lighthouse
Lazarette Light on Lehigh Cement property

Lazarette Light on Lehigh Cement property

Lazarette Light

Lazarette Light

Lazarette Lighthouse - dwarfed by the Leigh cement silos

Lazarette Lighthouse - dwarfed by the Leigh cement silos

green-red buoy - channel split marker

green-red buoy - channel split marker

Looking back at the city

Looking back at the city

Wake

Wake

South side of river

South side of river

Key Bridge ramp

Key Bridge ramp


and the red, white and blue buoy that marks where Francis Scott Key was anchored during the battle.
F S Key marker

F S Key marker


F S Key marker

F S Key marker

F S Key marker

F S Key marker

F S Key marker

F S Key marker

F S Key marker

F S Key marker

Key Bridge and Ft Carroll

Key Bridge and Ft Carroll

Key Bridge and Ft Carroll

Key Bridge and Ft Carroll


Key Bridge

Key Bridge

Under the Key Bridge

Under the Key Bridge

Key Bridge

Key Bridge

Key Bridge

Key Bridge


Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll


Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll and CG boat

Ft Carroll and CG boat

CG boat and Key Bridge

CG boat and Key Bridge

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll and the old lighthouse

Ft Carroll and the old lighthouse

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll

Also the Key Bridge and Fort Carroll. By then I was cold, so I came inside. I have a chock I put in the door and then I have to lift the scooter over the threshold. I was able to use the elevator by myself, and even got down to our room although I overshot it and had to back up.
Bob plugging in the scooter under the desk

Bob plugging in the scooter under the desk


They had separated the beds which was good. Bob put the scooter back in at the bottom of his bed and put it to charge as it was running down a bit with all the activity. I unpacked. I wanted Bob to hang up the dresses (he took the long hanging closet but since he brought hangers there were some for my dresses) but he was so neat, that he folded all the shirts and put them in drawers too.

I think we should have gone and gotten some more lunch at this point.

I downloaded my photos, and started editing them, and then tried to sign on again without luck. Finally I called the front desk, and was put on hold for a LONG time. Finally I got someone and complained that I couldn't log on. She said she couldn't find the computer guy. Eventually he came on and he said they didn't download the new people until they were underway. But we were underway. Eventually we figured out that the reason I couldn't log on was that while my Sail card has my name as Rosaliean (without the final N), the computer desk has my name as just Rosalie. So when I wrote RosalieAnn or Rosaliean, it wouldn't take it.

I logged on, bought a package and picked up email and then logged off. Then I continued editing photos. Bob got hungry and ate some brownies and eventually went up to the Lido but all he was able to find up there was olives, cheese and bread. So we ate that while we waited for dinner time which is 2015 (8:15 pm) because we are eating with a group of Bob's brother David's friends and they want late dining. David has a total of 26 people in his group including some people who used to live next door to them.I looked at the menu system on the TV which is good except I can never exit from the damn thing. It has the menu but it looks like the menu on there is a formal night menu. We will see what we get.
Bob waiting for an elevator

Bob waiting for an elevator

IMG_0222.JPGAtrium elevators

Atrium elevators

Atrium

Atrium

Huge statue of David in the atrium outside the Steak House

Huge statue of David in the atrium outside the Steak House

IMG_0238.JPGLooking down from our deck (6) on the Atrium

Looking down from our deck (6) on the Atrium


We finally got word from the guide that he would meet us in Kings Wharf. The Florida TV station told us that the storm had become a tropical storm named Sean, and that Bermuda was under a tropical storm watch.

Tonight was not formal night, so we didn't have the menu that was on the TV. Bob had gazpacho andalouse and we had the first experience with the way Carnival does soup. They give you a little cube of something (in this case diced tomato, pepper, cucumber and herbs)
Bob's gazpacho cube - pre soup

Bob's gazpacho cube - pre soup

with soup

with soup


and pour the soup over it. I tried the didja (as in did you ever - food you always wanted to try but did not dare..) In this case it was cured salmon and candied tomato, which I didn't care for.
Cured salmon and candied tomato, stewed apples and grapes with dill cream

Cured salmon and candied tomato, stewed apples and grapes with dill cream

Sweet and sour shrimp

Sweet and sour shrimp


We both had sweet & sour shrimp, and then Bob had ice cream with chocolate sauce and I had chocolate melting cake.
Chocolate melting cake

Chocolate melting cake


Scooter parked in front of the fridge - Fun Times on the bed

Scooter parked in front of the fridge - Fun Times on the bed

Towel walrus

Towel walrus

At Sea 8 November - We forgot to set the clocks forward to Atlantic time, so we woke up at 8 instead of 7. But breakfast in the dining room was 8-10:30 so we still had time. Bob had what is his normal breakfast - raisin bran with 2% milk, yogurt and bacon. I had 2 poached eggs on toast and potatoes and bacon. And we both ordered cranberry juice which wasn't on the menu, but the waiter gave it to us.

We had missed one trivia so we went to the next one but it turned out to be song trivia. I got 11 right out of 25 and two of them were gifts. I think we are in the gulf stream and it is becoming rough. I have noticed that the elevators and art work on the starboard side of the ship has a red tone, and the port side artwork has a green tone. This is helpful, but backwards.
IMG_0242.JPGGreen side and Red side elevators

Green side and Red side elevators


At lunch in the dining room I was still trying things I hadn't had before so I tried a California Roll, but I really did NOT like it. Bob and I both had avocado soup - again the little cube of stuff and the rest of the soup poured over it. I didn't like that either. Bob had spaghetti and I had a baguette with shrimp and crab meat and that was good. Bob had chocolate gateau, and I had creme caramel for dessert. His was chocolate cake and mine was pudding with caramel on top. There were two Ukrainians at the table and they didn't talk much, but they had Mongolian steak salad and asked me to take a photo of it so I did. The man of the other couple at the table had been in the AF in upstate NY when Korea started.

I switched my camera to manual focus but forgot that I'd done it so when we joined Uncle David's group pre-dinner, the camera didn't focus. It took me a little bit to figure out. Bob had two shrimp cocktails which were supposed to be tiger shrimp, but were just regular shrimp. Then we had strawberry soup and they did the same thing with the little cube.. We had the lobster as the entree, and I had caramelized apples on puff pastry for dessert. Bob had ice cream and chocolate sauce. Our towel animal was an elephant.

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Boy leaving the dining room - Bermuda

Boy leaving the dining room - Bermuda

November 9th

This time we got to the dining room for breakfast at 8 and ate with two ladies. Bob had his usual and I had grits (which came with no accompaniments) and eggs Benedict.

Close to 11:00 I put on a coat and went out on deck - the bow camera had raindrops on it, but it was sunny out and warm We could see Bermuda in the distance. We went up to deck 10, but they had the forward part of the decks blocked off due to 'wind'. Eventually we saw Fort St. Catherine and the pilot boat came out and we started around the island to get to the Dockyard.
First view - St. David

First view - St. David

St David

St David

Lighthouse from the ship in 2011

Lighthouse from the ship in 2011

Going around Ft. St. Catherine

Going around Ft. St. Catherine


Fort St. Catherine

Fort St. Catherine

past the entrance to St. George

past the entrance to St. George

Marker from the ship

Marker from the ship


We went to eat lunch and our table companions were a lady with two walking crutches from Annapolis and a girl (maybe her daughter) who we had eaten breakfast with on Tuesday. We both had a seasonal fruit platter with sherbet, and then I had the spinach and ricotta ravioli and Bob had fish 'n chips. I had pears Helene for dessert.

We could see that we were at the Dockyard but it was 1300 and we still weren't docked. We saw sand stirred up in the water and speculated that we had run aground, but we found out from Bob's brother David whose stateroom was on the other side of the ship that it was too windy for the boat to dock so that it was pushed sideways into the pier by the tugs.

At lunch the next day someone said that they didn't want to let the Pride dock at all - they were going to close the port because of the impending storm. Apparently Carnival said that if we didn't dock, the pax would mutiny.

It was now 1330 when we were supposed to meet our guide, but the ship didn't even have the gangways out yet. We went down to deck 3 and watched. You might have thought they had never done this before.
Figuring out how to arrange the gangways

Figuring out how to arrange the gangways


Finally the ship was cleared and we went down to A deck and walked off the ship. We didn't take the scooter because we thought there wouldn't be that much walking so I just had my cane. We met Duke, our guide and had a three hour tour of the various places that I wanted to go and hadn't gotten to on previous visit.

The first thing he showed us was a wall as we left the dockyard which had the logos of all the ships that had docked there from early in the 1900s to the present. We paused briefly at the Royal Navy Cemetery (burials of the British Navy dating back to 1700). We drove thru Somerset and he asked us if we had seen the Heydon Trust Chapel, which we had not, so we stopped briefly there. This small chapel dates back to 1616. It had a partly above ground cistern.
Heydon Trust Chapel

Heydon Trust Chapel

Heydon Trust Chapel

Heydon Trust Chapel

Prop-open window blinds on Heydon Chapel

Prop-open window blinds on Heydon Chapel

Heydon Trust Chapel

Heydon Trust Chapel

Partly above-ground cistern for Heydon Chapel

Partly above-ground cistern for Heydon Chapel


We crossed the smallest drawbridge without stopping - our next goal was Gibbs Lighthouse because Duke said that if we waited, the parking lot would be too full to even get the taxi into.
2011 from the van

2011 from the van


Here we got out and walked around and Bob and I both took photos. He got one of Duke which I meant to do, but forgot. We could see the Pride across the sound.
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

me

me

Close-up of the top of Gibbs Lighthouse

Close-up of the top of Gibbs Lighthouse

Map at the lighthouse

Map at the lighthouse

Map at the lighthouse

Map at the lighthouse

Top of Gibbs Hill lighthouse

Top of Gibbs Hill lighthouse

Looking up at the lighthouse

Looking up at the lighthouse

Lighthouse sign

Lighthouse sign

Map of the St. George's Parish end of Bermuda

Map of the St. George's Parish end of Bermuda

Looking Up from the the bottom

Looking Up from the the bottom

Pride across the sound

Pride across the sound


We followed the South Road along the shore, past Horseshoe Bay, Warwick Long Bay, and all the famous beaches. There was a lot of surf even though we could see the surf line on the reef offshore.
Driving along the coast road

Driving along the coast road


Then he showed us a HUGE banyan tree which had taken over a whole block and was trying to cross the road.
Huge Banyan Tree

Huge Banyan Tree

Large non-native Banyan tree (taking over)

Large non-native Banyan tree (taking over)


Our next stop took us by a beautiful nursery with all kinds of flowers, but our destination was Waterville,
Entrance to Waterville

Entrance to Waterville


which was a private residence is now the headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust. This was originally a place where sailors could come in to shop - I think.
Water access for boaters-docking area at Waterville

Water access for boaters-docking area at Waterville


He said it was owned by Trimminghams, which is no longer in business because the children aren't interested in running it. What he wanted to show us was a water lily pond which had the islands of Bermuda in it. (He said if it could grow a tree, it was an island - otherwise it was a rock).
Lily pond with the islands of Bermuda

Lily pond with the islands of Bermuda


Waterlily pond with map of Bermuda at Waterville

Waterlily pond with map of Bermuda at Waterville


map of Bermuda in the Waterville lily pond

map of Bermuda in the Waterville lily pond


statue of herons in the pond

statue of herons in the pond


Part of the house

Part of the house

Old office at Waterville

Old office at Waterville

Waterville old part of house

Waterville old part of house


There was also a little zoo.
small zoo on the grounds

small zoo on the grounds


Then we went past the Botanical Gardens, Collector's Hill and stopped briefly at Spittal Pond parking lot where there were a bunch of chickens running around.
Spittal Pond Sign from the road 2011 -

Spittal Pond Sign from the road 2011 -

Entrance sign 2011

Entrance sign 2011


Roosters at Spittal Pond Reserve - coming for food

Roosters at Spittal Pond Reserve - coming for food


We kept going along South Road, past John Smith Bay Park (which he assured us was a different John Smith)
Road, rocks and surf near John Smith Bay Park

Road, rocks and surf near John Smith Bay Park


and drove thru Tucker's Town, which isn't really a town at all and paused by the beach of the Mid-Ocean Club which had a lot of surf. Some people that tried to go to the beach the next day said that they closed the beach and wouldn't let them go
Mid-Ocean Club with a tropical storm approaching

Mid-Ocean Club with a tropical storm approaching

Looking along the shore 2011

Looking along the shore 2011

Another photo from the beach road

Another photo from the beach road

From the van 2011

From the van 2011

Golf course in 2011-Tucker Town

Golf course in 2011-Tucker Town

Birdcage with policeman 2013

Birdcage with policeman 2013


He said he didn't recommend Devil's Hole which was something you had to pay to see and there wasn't that much to see (it was an aquarium type place and not a place where the water squirted up through the rocks), so we just drove by, and then we went thru the Flats and passed by the BAMZ which had a new statue of a sea turtle out front - Duke said they made it out of the roof tiles when they repaired the cathedral. He said the railway museum is closed now - that maybe the lady that ran it died.

We went along the north shore - tried to get a photo of the Black Watch well, which that regiment dug during the drought of 1849, but I didn't really see it and don't think I got a photo. We went through Black Watch pass down into Hamilton, past Victoria Park and the cathedral, and circled the City Hall and headed for Fort Hamilton.

Here he let us out because the van was too heavy to go over the moat bridge. We walked around the fort and took photos.
Bob on the Moat Bridge

Bob on the Moat Bridge

Bob's photo of me at the fort

Bob's photo of me at the fort

View from the fort

View from the fort

Tower from Fort Hamilton

Tower from Fort Hamilton

Guns on the ramparts

Guns on the ramparts


We headed back for the ship - back thru Somerset on the road next to Great Sound. I took a photo of the moon rising.
Lighthouse from the road

Lighthouse from the road

Lighthouse shining it

Lighthouse shining it


He let us off at the ship, and we paid him for 3.5 hours plus tip. Now we had to get back aboard. They were X-raying everything which made it slow. I sat on the benches along the line and Bob stood in line for us.

Before dinner, David's group takes over a section of the lounge outside the dining room where the band is playing. The was a little girl in pink with a pacifier affixed to the mouth standing in front of the band watching the girl singer - she was so cute.
Little girl dancing to the band

Little girl dancing to the band


Bob didn't like anything on the menu so he ended up with fried chicken and of course ice cream with chocolate sauce. I had French onion soup, braised short ribs and diet lemon cake.

Note - the bathrooms are half way across the ship from the dining room - just behind the atrium.

Our towel animal was a monkey

November 10, 2011
Ferry from the ship 2011

Ferry from the ship 2011

Fast ferry from the ship 2011

Fast ferry from the ship 2011

Ferry gangway 2011

Ferry gangway 2011


Bob's brother's group (which numbers about 26 counting us) all eat together at adjacent tables and one of them mentioned that they saw my name up in the computer/library room as having won a raffle. It is good that they mentioned it as otherwise I might not have known about it.
Local Boys

Local Boys

Victualing Yard

Victualing Yard

Returning to the ship - Bermuda

Returning to the ship - Bermuda

Blue vases and plates - Sandys Parish

Blue vases and plates - Sandys Parish

Statue outside - Sandys Parish

Statue outside - Sandys Parish

Storefront of Bermuda Clayworks - Sandys Parish

Storefront of Bermuda Clayworks - Sandys Parish

Clocktower mall from the ship on the first day - Sandys Parish

Clocktower mall from the ship on the first day - Sandys Parish

artwork - Bermuda

artwork - Bermuda

Christmas ornaments and dolls - Sandys Parish

Christmas ornaments and dolls - Sandys Parish

Cuban Cigars and Bermuda sweatshirts - Bermuda

Cuban Cigars and Bermuda sweatshirts - Bermuda

one of the stores opening up - Sandys Parish

one of the stores opening up - Sandys Parish

handmade jewelry - Sandys Parish

handmade jewelry - Sandys Parish

Coffee cups and pitchers - Sandys Parish

Coffee cups and pitchers - Sandys Parish

Troll outside davidsons in 2011 - no longer bites - Sandys Parish

Troll outside davidsons in 2011 - no longer bites - Sandys Parish

Haagen Dazs and Perfume shop signs - Sandys Parish

Haagen Dazs and Perfume shop signs - Sandys Parish

Bermuda preserves and rum cake - Sandys Parish

Bermuda preserves and rum cake - Sandys Parish

Nannini Haagen-Dazs - Bermuda

Nannini Haagen-Dazs - Bermuda

Best of Bermuda 2011 award jellies - Sandys Parish

Best of Bermuda 2011 award jellies - Sandys Parish

Pottery is on the right of these buildings - Sandys Parish

Pottery is on the right of these buildings - Sandys Parish

A S Cooper storefront - Sandys Parish

A S Cooper storefront - Sandys Parish

davidson - Sandys Parish

davidson - Sandys Parish

A S Cooper sign - Sandys Parish

A S Cooper sign - Sandys Parish

Davidson - Sandys Parish

Davidson - Sandys Parish

Fairtrade Bermuda - Bermuda

Fairtrade Bermuda - Bermuda

Calypso - Bermuda

Calypso - Bermuda

One of the display racks in the Craft center - Bermuda

One of the display racks in the Craft center - Bermuda

Bermuda Arts Center sign - side of the Cooperage - Bermuda

Bermuda Arts Center sign - side of the Cooperage - Bermuda

Side door of the Craft Market - Bermuda

Side door of the Craft Market - Bermuda

Lattice tower in 2011 - Sandys Parish

Lattice tower in 2011 - Sandys Parish

Top of the 1960 marker - Sandys Parish

Top of the 1960 marker - Sandys Parish

sign about the light - Sandys Parish

sign about the light - Sandys Parish

Dockyard marina from the ship 2011 - Bermuda

Dockyard marina from the ship 2011 - Bermuda

Street by the side of the craft market/cooperage - Sandys Parish

Street by the side of the craft market/cooperage - Sandys Parish


Thursday we were originally supposed to leave at 3:30 and be back on the boat at 3. We saw that the storm had been named Sean and was now a hurricane or tropical storm and Bermuda was under Hurricane watch.

So they changed the time of leaving to 1300 and we had to be back at 1230. We got off the boat about 9:15 to walk/scooter around the Dockyard area and maybe do some shopping. The sidewalk on the other side of the street from the ship had no cut-outs, and the waves were coming across the sea wall over the sidewalk at the bow of the ship on the near side, so I had to cross the street to avoid getting wet. We had to lift the scooter up over the curb.
Waves blowing water across the sidewalk at the bow

Waves blowing water across the sidewalk at the bow


The little train going around the dockyard was operating. We also could have bough bus/ferry passes right at the ship, but they no longer have 2 day passes - only one and three day. We went past the ferry dock, and looked at the three masted ship which Duke had told us was built for local youth to serve some time on. We passed the line handling boat PRINCETON which had helped us tie up - it was up on blocks as this was the last cruise of the season. We passed the yellow Segway tour bus (a bus parked which rented Segways), and the Marine and Port Services shops. I decided to go in and see what there was in Bermuda Clayworks, and bought my daughter a house number for her anniversary.

Then we headed for the Clocktower Mall but were caught in a rainstorm. We didn't have our raincoats, but I put my sweatshirt over the camera and kept going. In the Clocktower Mall we saw that the Cafe Amici was still there. We could also have bought Cuban cigars, clothing, perfume, Haagen Dazs, art, and jewelry. Davidson's still had the troll outside the door although the sign no longer says that he bites.

By that time the sun was back out (there had been a rainbow but I didn't see it), and I wanted to go over to the Cooperage which is called the Bermuda Arts Center where they have The Bermuda Craft Market and the Frog and Onion (owned by a Frenchman and a Bermudan). We went past the old North Rock Beacon - this beacon was built originally in 1912 and rebuilt in 1960 and 1990, and this was the foundation of the 1960 beacon.

I had to go thru the Victualing Yard to get to the Bermuda Arts Center. The path was widely separated concrete blocks. The joints were jolting on the scooter, so I went around the edge on a very rutted and puddley road of part coral sand and part cobblestones. I still had to go on the grass some.

I did some shopping but when I went to pay I couldn't find my credit card. So Bob used his and he was annoyed and told him to look for mine. But I couldn't find it so he said we should go back to the ship or we would get caught in the rain again. We had the same problem with the curb as before.

Entry was much easier today as not everyone was trying to get on at once.

I got off and walked thru the magnet archway and I think my watch beeped but they were too occupied with getting the scooter thru to notice. We went to the room and put our stuff out to dry and then I took everything out of all my pockets and bags, but could not find the credit card.

If we had looked at our phone, we would have seen that we had a message that someone picked the card up on the gangway and turned it in - it must have fallen out of my stuff when I got my passport and my room key out to check back onto the ship. But we didn't look at the blinking phone.

So I tried to call Navy Federal CU (which issued the card) and I could not use the 800#s so I had to use the 703# and reverse the charges. The phone company still charged my phone roaming. It took me 3 or 4 tries on the phone to get to the person I needed. She asked if we didn't want to just put a hold on the card but Bob said no. So we deleted the card and have to have a new one sent, and we won't get it until we get home.

The problem is that Verizon (cell and landline) and the internet are all on that credit card. One of the first emails I got after I got back to the room was one for the Verizon landline bill. Bob insisted that I come down to the Customer Service desk to explain what had happened. That's when we found that the card had been turned in. I also found that I could have called from there without paying any charges. Due to the fact that I have a credit for owning stock, and they refunded our port fees and one day of the cruise, we actually had a credit on our bill, and we switched it to another card.

We had lunch, up in the Lido - it makes my back hurt to think of it. They do have trays, but I have no way to get close enough to serve myself and no place to put the tray if I did. I went to the International section and got some things to eat and Bob went to the National section. I think I should have gone to the Deli section and that's what we did on the next cruise.

The buffet is actually called the Mermaid Cafe and has mermaids all over the ceiling which I took photos of. People were in the hot tubs.

We went up on deck 10 to see the sail-away. They had all but one gangway taken away. We saw the pilot come on board. Line handlers were waiting at various stations, and the line would be slacked and they would remove it from the bollard and it would be reeled in. Since the wind had us pinned up against the dock, the lines weren't really doing anything for us anyway. Finally the engines started churning up the water and we moved very very slowly away from the dock. I went over to the other side and saw the tug POWERFUL pulling as hard as it could on the bow.

We got far enough out so that we wouldn't run into the jetties and the tug disengaged and went back, and I took the last photos of the Commissioner's house.

We went down to the library and found the computer manager and he said I had won 500 free minutes on the internet. I had been rationing myself, and had gotten extra minutes for signing up on the first day etc, so I had 83 minutes left off my package I had bought of 250 minutes and now I have a lot more to use up.

I went all around outside on deck 3 and took photos and then I took a couple of pictures of Bob going thru the cabin door to show how tight it was and saw that the arm rests stuck out farther than the wheels of the scooter, and the wheels have only about 2" clearance on each side.

We went to dinner - I had asparagus vichyssoise and oyster's Rockefeller. I liked both but some people reported that they got bad oysters that weren't cooked. I'm not sure that not cooked = bad, but I don't know. Bob had turkey and I had a filet mignon and short ribs.

The waiters do a little dance every night but it doesn't interfere too much with dinner. One of the group said it was the best show on the ship. We all had apple pie for dessert. One lady we met today said that she was on the Pride in April and the food was much better then - they have changed the menus and apparently not for the better. Someone also suggested that the waiters were the rejects from other ships.

As we left dinner I saw a cute little boy playing some kind of game on a small cell-phone like device - I took a picture of him coming past a giant nude. Our towel animal was a frog and he had the mint in his mouth.

The ship was doing about max speed - 22 knots - to get ahead of the hurricane. After the ship got into the high pressure (wind from the north) the track turned west, and then south and the speed was reduced. There were white caps and it was colder outside.

They have a stern camera which apparently has a lot of salt and stuff on the lens as it is cloudy, and a bow camera which isn't much better, but at least they are on a dedicated channel. There is also a channel that shows the ship direction and wind direction and shifts to closer or farther away, but other than the wind speed and direction there is no other information and the graphics are crappy. They update the weather at 9 and 4 and at no other times. Weather changes faster than that. I should be able to wake up and see what the weather is before 9 a.m

Sea Days - November 11th and 12th

Not much is happening.

In the morning (11-11) I had cream of wheat which came with milk and a cheese omelet which was OK. Bob added prunes to his breakfast instead of yogurt. I asked to ride in the glass atrium elevators and I took a picture of the statue of David up at David's steakhouse. They had a big US flag hung across the lobby for Veteran's Day.

For lunch we all asked for cream of spinach soup. And we got the Carnival cube and a tomato type soup - so we complained that it didn't look like spinach and they finally brought the right soup.

I had chicken parmesan and Bob had some salmon thing which didn't have much salmon. He had an eclair for dessert and we both had pina colada cake.

Someone asked if we were going to afternoon tea which we had not even noticed on the schedule as it didn't seem like a really Carnival type thing. We turned up in the upper dining room at 3:30 and everyone filed in and filled up the tables. They came around with a box of tea to pick from, and then a cart with cheese cake, a chocolate cookie sandwich with fudge in the middle, the chocolate putting, a cheesecake and some strawberries, plus something which I had and was good but I don't know the name of it. This carried us over until dinner.

November 12th
This morning, I asked for oatmeal and poached eggs on toast. This time the oatmeal came with brown sugar and raisins and milk (last time I just got the raisins). I had to ask a second time for the eggs as they were not brought right away. So I think that there is something to the untrained waiter thing.

I've used up some of the minutes I won by putting photos up on facebook.

We came back to Bermuda again Grandeur of the Seas #2 in 2013

Posted by greatgrandmaR 10:10 Archived in Bermuda

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