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The Beginning- 2018 Sisters Cruise

One Bermuda Novice, One Old Bermuda Hand


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This is a trip going back to Bermuda with my recently widowed sister Barbara. It has very few photos as I was having trouble with my camera

Lynde came and packed me up on Friday, and cleaned the upstairs on Monday. She cleaned the downstairs on Tuesday. Barbara called and said she had sprained her wrist and she wouldn't be able to do anything with her left hand. This will make managing my scooter difficult

Wednesday we left to go pick her up at the BWI train station. We left at 9 - her train was to get in at 11:01. I texted her and found that the train was 10 minutes late. We got to BWI station 15 minutes early. They allow you 15 minutes free waiting but we knew it was going to be more than that and so we went into the parking garage. All the empty spaces were blocked off with cones that said No Parking including all the handicapped spaces with no car parked in them. We got up to the 4th level before we found a place to park.
Train schedule in the trailer

Train schedule in the trailer


BWI train station is under construction. The waiting room is in a trailer. It was fairly chilly and windy, so after Bob used the bathroom trailer, we went into the waiting room trailer. At about the time the train was to arrive, we went out on the platform - of course the train was coming in on the far platform. Bob went up the stairs and went over to meet her. I stayed on the northbound side. There was a policeman with a dog (the vest the dog had on said "Do Not Pet") and the dog was very interested in the scooter. I said "Do you smell my cats" and the policeman said he probably did. Then the dog looked up at my face, and the policeman said "No kisses" and they moved away.

We tried to pay for parking at the kiosks, (like the signs said we should) but none of them worked, so we had to pay at the exit. It was $2.00

We stopped at Chik-fil-A for lunch and Bob had a chicken sandwich, Barbara had a wrap and I had tortilla soup. We got home about 3:45. Bob made Barbara put together and take apart the scooter several times, stressing her sprained hand. Barbara saw Crunch (our oldest feral cat) when she came in and later she saw Gertie who was ambushed in the dining room (They saw it was our car and so they didn't hide)
Sisters

Sisters


I showed her the old family letters and the reprints of our dad's research. She found a letter from our grandfather to our grandmother in 1908 where Grandmummy was apparently suffering from morning sickness with our mother although she did not know it. Granddaddy used her tickets and went to the opera and got Caruso's autograph. It's on a little piece of paper.

Bob decided that the red bag we had the charger in was too little so he repacked things in the red duffel bag.

We went to Kevin's for dinner and it was quite noisy and Bob had problems with the food. I got oyster stew which was Ok but the cup was really a cup and not a bowl.
Oyster stew

Oyster stew


Then I got rockfish bites. The best part of those was the cooked apples as a side.
Cooked apples and rockfish bites

Cooked apples and rockfish bites


Barbara got a rockfish sandwich and Bob got steamed shrimp which he took most of them home. The cats were so spooked that they did not come out to eat dinner. Barbara did see the peacock that sometimes hangs around in our yard

October 25- Thursday morning. I ate a dry stale bagel for breakfast. Bob and Barbara had oatmeal and a half grapefruit and tea. They ate in the dining room and had a nice conversation.

I packed my computer up and got dressed and we left about 9:30 for early voting. It was pretty cold. We went in the truck and took the old red scooter.

We got there at 9:46 and they don't open until 10 so we all stood in line shivering in our various inadequate clothing (I was OK and so was Bob, but there was a lady there with just a sweatshirt on) until they opened the door and let us come in the lobby. Voting was very quick - one of the ladies giving out the ballots (they are scantron ones now instead of electronic) was Bert from my swim exercise class. I got an early voting sticker and two pieces of candy which I put in my pocket.

We got back to the house about 10:15 and left about 10:30 Barbara got to see Orange as she was upstairs when we got home and they thought she had left.
Cruise Maryland terminal

Cruise Maryland terminal


We drove straight up to the Cruise Maryland terminal and got there about 12:30. They gave Bob a big orange window sign that said Drop Off and we dropped the two bags. Barbara gave the baggage guys $5.00. I had $5.00 too but I thought that would be overkill. Then Bob put together the scooter
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and put the duffle underneath and the computer bag on the back and I put my pocketbook under the seat and he bungie corded the cane to the front of the scooter, and we got in line.

First we went through security. Barbara had to put the red bag, my pocketbook and the computer bag, plus my camera and my cell phone through the scanner and then they were going to pat me down. She started to load stuff back on the scooter before they got to me to pat me down, and they reprimanded us for that and made the red bag go through again.

Then we got to where we gave them our passports and our set-sail passes. The lady had a problem that my passport says my name is Rosalie Ann (with a space) and my registration says RosalieAnn without a space. She had to get that changed, and the confusion of her doing that, she forgot to photograph us. She gave us our internet cards. Barbara had one and I had two. Confusing.

We got on the ship at deck 1 instead of going up the ramp, but when we handed our cards to the lady at the entrance, there were no photos on them !!! So she took our photos there. God knows what they look like. I took off my hat and my hair is probably all on end. I guess it is fortunate that no one sees them except the ship company

We got the elevator up to deck 2 and found our room. The door does not need a chock - unlike regular cabin doors, it stays open when you open it until you close it. This is good. We have twin beds. One is against the outside wall of the ship, and on the other side is a night table.
My bed and nightstand

My bed and nightstand


Then there is a space and there is a night table next to the other bed. The scooter fits perfectly between the night tables and the cord to charge it reaches across behind my pillows with the charger on the night table. So we haven't needed the extension cord.
Parked scooter

Parked scooter


We have a window (which Barbara really appreciates, even if it is dirty) and since we are on deck 2, it is pretty close to the water.
Ship window

Ship window


There is also a couch,
Couch

Couch


an oval coffee table, and another chair. There is a lot of room in this cabin. there is a table beside the couch with two long drawers, and under the TV is another long wooden storage unit which has three drawers and some shelves.
Seating area in the cabin

Seating area in the cabin


Next to my bed is the dresser which has two side mirrored tiny triangular shelves behind the mirror, two plugs, the phone and a drawer with ship information.
Dresser

Dresser


Next to my bed is the refrigerator (which was too small to put the plate of strawberries in it and almost too small for the bottle of cranberry juice.)

The bathroom is large enough for a roll-in shower but there is no place next to the toilet for me to put stuff. I will have to stand at the sink to brush my teeth. Barbara could not figure out how to turn the temperature of the shower down so she had a really HOT shower

There is a safe in the closet along with two stepladders. I think there are bunk beds in the ceiling. Barbara tried to figure out how to work the safe and could not do it, so we just shoved stuff into drawers and went up to the Lido to eat. The main dining room was not open - just the Lido. Barbara said she would get me something so I went and sat at a table. She came back with spinach and pasta and lemonade. Then she went and got herself something. I took the scooter and went to get dessert. I saw bread pudding, but it was way over my head. I was feeling around with the spoon trying to figure out where the pudding was to get some and another lady passenger scooped some out for me.
Bread pudding and chocolate chip cookie

Bread pudding and chocolate chip cookie


After lunch, we went back to the room and found George Leppla my travel agent had sent us a dozen chocolate covered strawberries. We figured out the safe and put stuff in it, and also plugged in the scooter
Lining up for the Cruise ship lifeboat drill

Lining up for the Cruise ship lifeboat drill


About 3 o'clock we took the scooter off charge and went up to do the lifeboat drill. This was a fairly long process - took half an hour. Barbara was tired of standing, and the seat of the scooter is not that well padded.
Ship transporting sailboats in the harbor

Ship transporting sailboats in the harbor


After that I went and waited at the excursion desk because they changed our BAMZ excursion from Sunday to Monday and we have hired a guide for Monday. So she agreed to give us a refund on that excursion. The ship information says we will be in Bermuda by 1:00 on Saturday although the original schedule says 4 pm
Line dancing in the atrium

Line dancing in the atrium


Then I went down to the computer lab and waited for the guy to come and tell me which one of the computer cards I had was the correct one. He took one and said he would cancel it. But when I went to log on tonight, I couldn't -it would not accept the password I had and Barbara has lost her card so I could not use that one. I had to buy a more expensive package to get on line. I'll have to straighten that out tomorrow.
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Key Bridge


When we got back to the cabin, our bags had come so we started unpacking. Barbara asked the room steward for ice for her hand (she had an ice bag), and I took the tray that the ice came on for the computer.
Elevator selfie

Elevator selfie


We went up to My Time dining a little later than I had thought we would and were put at a table for 10. There was a couple from Iowa, a couple from Texas who flew in this morning, a couple from Virginia, and a woman from Australia married to Steve from Virginia. When we went under the Bay Bridge, Barbara got up and ran to the window to see if she could see Bay Head (where they have a family house). But she went to the wrong side of the ship - she was looking at the Eastern Shore, and Bay Head is on the western shore
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I had three appetizers - Escargot which were OK, Shrimp Cocktail - ditto (four shrimp), and Chicken Waldorf Salad, which I didn't care for the chicken part. It had some funny yellow dressing on it.
Chicken waldorf salad

Chicken waldorf salad


Barbara had a salad and prime rib. Everyone's prime rib was pretty rare.
Rare prime rib

Rare prime rib


Then she had apple pie a la mode and I had Royal chocolate cake, which was dry.
Royal chocolate cake

Royal chocolate cake


She left and went to the show and I came back to the room. I tried to set up the computer and found that the trackball and been on all day and had run down the batteries and there was some stuff inside that kept the new batteries (thank you Bob) from working. So I got the flashlight to see and it would not work either and new batteries did not help it. I did fix the trackball.

Cruise Critics meeting is tomorrow, and it is formal night. We only have one formal night - I don't know if that means that we have costumes on Halloween or not. People are decorating their doors.

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Anticipation

A Day at Sea


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Last night I was trying to download photos from the camera and it would not work. I discovered that I could not turn the camera off. I took the battery out and put it back in, but it still would not work, and since it had been on a long time, the battery was discharged. I went to sleep without fixing it.

Barbara set her alarm for 7:30, but it went off at 6:30. She got up, but I didn't. I set a wake-up call for 7:30 and it came on schedule. I found that when I had reset my watch to lose an hour, that it had not "taken". So when I went into the bathroom I tried several times to set my watch to the correct time, which I eventually managed to do. That meant that there was not time to take a shower, so I just put on a dress and we went to breakfast.
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I took the little water bottle filled with cranberry juice (which I filled last night and managed to spill some on my nightgown). We were at a table for 10, a red headed man with a beard from Frederick who said he was a chef, his daughter (also a red head), his wife (a nurse) and an older son. Then there was an older couple from Richmond and her daughter and son-in-law. We both had the special onion and bacon quiche with grilled tomato
Onion and bacon cheese quiche

Onion and bacon cheese quiche


and I had hash browns and Barbara had grapefruit. She said Bob does the grapefruit better. I though the special would be quicker, but it was not. They still have the cold cereals etc at a buffet.
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We went to the Computer room at 9 and he figured out that I couldn't sign on because I thought that the S was a 5. He thought that the B was an 8 so I don't feel so bad about thinking that the 5 was an S. He credited me back with the package I signed up for last night, and he told Barbara what her code was (and she later found her card with it on it). Then we went to turn in the Excursion tickets for the BAMZ tour which they re-scheduled to Monday, and got a refund.
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Then we went up to the Cruise Critics meeting - we did not win any of the raffle prizes. There were two backpacks with items in them like hats and T-shirts, and there were also things like a free play at bingo, and a bottle of wine and a bottle of champagne. Two of the people who drew tickets drew their own ticket.

They had munchies and coffee, and the cruise director was in charge of the meeting. It was interesting and we learned that there is only one formal night (tonight) and that we would have Halloween on Oct 30th instead of the other formal night. They didn't want to have it on the 31st because we would be packing to disembark the next morning. They did not have us introduce ourselves which I think would be a really good idea
Barbara reading the cruise guide

Barbara reading the cruise guide


Barbara wanted to know who this woman was - her portrait is outside the dining room. So she looked it up and this is what she wrote: "Busman’s holiday. Steaming to Bermuda with my sister on Royal Caribbean, see huge portrait of a woman of my vintage, ‘Aviva Ofer,’ godmother of ‘Grandeur of the Seas.’ Curiosity piqued. An hour’s surfing later (who needs the ship’s entertainment?) reveals she was the wife of the cruise line’s cofounder. Curiosity satisfied."
Godmother of the ship

Godmother of the ship


We went to lunch and sat at a table for 6 - two women from Dover Delaware and a couple. He was the only man at the table. Three of them had been to Bermuda many years ago. So a lot of the conversation was about what to see in Bermuda. The soup of the day was zucchini which we both got (Ok but nothing special), and then Barbara went to the salad bar (which looked very good)
Barbara's salad

Barbara's salad


and I got the pasta of the day, which I could only eat a little bit of it. (It was a very large bowl).
special pasta

special pasta


Then I got the raspberry cake special,
Raspberry cake

Raspberry cake


but I should have gotten the raspberry sherbet. Barbara had what the called the "Apple Parcel with vanilla ice cream"

We went back to the cabin. I found another different battery which may work better and managed to download the photos from the camera that I had managed to take. Then dictated some stuff into Barbara's iPad about the family, and then we both fell asleep. I slept until after 4 and then got up and took a shower. I was able to regulate the water so it wasn't too hot. The shampoo doesn't lather very well. It was formal night, so we got dressed in our fancy long dresses.
Dressed for formal night

Dressed for formal night


We had reservations for Izumi the Japanese restaurant which is on Deck 11 and only the Centrum elevators go up to that deck.
Centrum

Centrum


We were a little early.
Elevator with mirrors selfie

Elevator with mirrors selfie


Barbara

Barbara


Barbara ordered for me - we started with complimentary edamame with sea salt which was ok.
Complimentary edamame

Complimentary edamame


Then we had miso soup (not a big hit for me), seafood salad (ditto)
Seaweed salad

Seaweed salad


and then had some raw fish (yellow tail, salmon and tuna around rice with ginger. The ginger cleared out my sinuses. I wasn't terribly thrilled with that either.
fish and rice

fish and rice


So then she order Dragon eel. This was pretty good.
Dragon eel which was a shrimp tempura roll topped with freshwater eel; served with unagi sushi sauce

Dragon eel which was a shrimp tempura roll topped with freshwater eel; served with unagi sushi sauce


Then we had three little scoops of ice cream for dessert - Green tea, Mango and Chocolate.
Chocolate ice cream

Chocolate ice cream


I have concluded that sushi is really not my cup of tea (we drank green tea). I drank the whole pot, plus water which meant I had to get up twice in the night
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Then we went down to the excursion desk, wending our way through all the photograph set-ups for formal night) to ask about the cruise excursion I had booked which says on the tickets (but not on the information for booking) that the passengers have to be able to walk and climb steps. This excursion was one that I thought I would really be able to do, but apparently not. So the excursion guy said we could switch the tickets for the trolley tour of the dockyard. So Barbara went up and switched the tickets and even though the only tour on the schedule was 2 pm, she got tickets for 9:15. And it is an hour tour so we could still go to church afterward. Barbara emailed the Cobb church to ask about services and they emailed back that they were going to another place to have a joint service but that there is an 11:00 service at Somerset Methodist Church and the pastor would be expecting us!!

The sea is very calm - I don't understand people who are saying that they are seasick. The captain is making all speed toward Bermuda to stay ahead of the nor'easter. The five day trips from Baltimore get to Bermuda at 1 pm on the third day so I think we could actually get there before 4 pm.

[For some reason if you push NEXT, it will take you back to 2007. So the next part of the narrative is Disney Blocks the Dock

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Disney Blocks the Dock

Arriving on Time, Docking Late


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Barbara said she would wake up at 6:30 and go to the spa pool and swim. I woke up with the sun shining in the window and I looked at my watch and it said 6:40. We had to move our watches ahead last night and I was suspicious that I had moved the watch the wrong way. And I was right. It was really 8:40. Breakfast in the dining room was only until 9:15. No time for a shower. Get dressed. I was dressed first, and I left and went up to the dining room. They seated me at a large table with a guy with a DUKE lanyard and the couple that was right ahead of me in line. Another couple came and by that time Barbara had arrived. I poured my cranberry juice into the water glass
Quick Breakfast

Quick Breakfast


The menus are pretty much the same each day with one special. She went and got herself fruit. I asked for quick breakfast (scrambled eggs and bacon) and grits, thinking they would give me the grits first. But they arrived at the same time. It didn't eat all of the grits as I was full.

Barbara in the meantime had discovered that the last couple to be seated at the table (and were sitting next to her) were a man and his wife and who were event photographers around the NJ/PA area, and they bonded.

It got very late and I realized I was late for the 10:00 special meeting for Platinum and above. So I left breakfast and went to deck 6 (one deck up) to the lounge where the meeting was held. I was 15 or 20 minutes late. I had to show my invitation to someone at the entrance and then there was a line of staff on both sides of the entrance. Since the lounge was pretty full and I was late, I went along the back and across the ramp to the kitchen (servers were circulating with drinks) and sat in an empty chair. The cruise director introduced the captain (who is very difficult to understand) and he had a few things to say and told a joke. Then all the heads of the departments were introduced and each said where they were from and thanked all of us for sailing with Royal.

They had an award for the couple who were Pinnacle Plus (more than 700 days cruising) and also a Crystal award for another couple.

After the meeting I went back to the room and Barbara had left me a note that said she had gone to try the spa pool. When she came back, she said that the pool was warm enough but was 5'4" which was too deep for her to stand in and that made it difficult to keep the splint on her hand out of the water. We decided to skip lunch in the MDR because neither of us was hungry. Barbara did some stretching exercises on the floor. She did a little napping.

While the sea has been very calm the waves were getting white caps on them and it is rougher today
Wake

Wake

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The Lido (Windjammer) closed at three so about 2:30, when we saw Bermuda on the horizon, we went up to the Lido and Barbara got herself something to eat. I didn't need anything. Someone told us that deck 10 was closed because of wind, but that proved to be wrong - it was just the climbing wall that was closed. We went around the running track and it WAS very windy.
My sister Barbara

My sister Barbara

Her photo of me

Her photo of me


We approached Bermuda in the usual way - I saw Gibbs Lighthouse and Ft St Catherine. But then we passed the entrance to St. George and went all the way around the back of the islands (the way the St. George ferry goes I think), and came in from behind the Commissioner's house. I think they did it this way to take up the time so we would not arrive too early.

The photographer and his wife came out on deck and he tried to fix the camera and it worked for a little bit.
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We got to the Dockyard and there were two ships there. One was a P&O ship Arcadia (she was originally a HAL ship and then was Cunard). The other was Disney Magic. Disney Magic was at our spot on the pier. So we had to wait until the tugs pulled her off the pier before we could dock. So we did not get docked until 5. Photos I took while the camera was working
Tug Powerful

Tug Powerful

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Pilot Boat?

Dock LInes

Dock LInes

Clocktower Mall

Clocktower Mall

Marina and former prison

Marina and former prison

Docking workers getting ready to go hom

Docking workers getting ready to go hom


We got off and went to the Cooperage but the Craft Market closed at 5
Arrow mark sign

Arrow mark sign


so we came back and went to dinner.
Disappointed going back to the ship.

Disappointed going back to the ship.


One couple was already at the table and we could look at what they were eating - Steve had the chicken cordon bleu and his wife had the short ribs. Barbara and I had the fruit plate and then she had the fish of the day
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and I had the short ribs which were delicious.
Short Ribs

Short Ribs


We both had the apple pie ala mode for dessert, and I think I would have preferred the cheese cake.
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Then we came back to the room and tried to get ready for tomorrow

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Sunday


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Because we had a tour in the red train which was to meet on the dock at 9:15 and they said it would not take the scooter on it, we had to figure out a place to leave the scooter. (Actually if we folded the scooter up, it would have gone on the train just fine.) On a previous trip when we had a horse and carriage tour of the Dockyard area, Bob just folded up the scooter and left it on the grass. But I wanted to avoid having Barbara stress her wrist by folding it and the scooter does not have a key, so I can't lock it. It is quite light (weighing only 58 lbs) so it would be easy for someone to pick up and take.

So, since the main dining room (MDR) was not open until 8 and I don't like the Lido, we decided on room service. If you want a hot breakfast it is $7.95 extra plus a 15% tip, but if you don't get a hot breakfast, it is free. So we ordered oatmeal and tea and English muffins for 6:30 to 7 and a wake-up call for 6:30. At 6:20 I got a call that breakfast was coming. He needed two trips because the hot water for the tea would not fit on the tray. The tea was hot but the English muffins were barely warm and ditto the oatmeal. I ate mine, but Barbara didn't want just barely warm oatmeal. She did drink the tea and I didn't have much of mine. The wake-up call came as requested at 6:30. We ate and then I told her we needed to put the tray outside but she did not believe me- until she went out in the corridor and saw other trays had been put out.

I decided not to even take my camera today - I just used my cell phone. We got ourselves dressed and together and I decided that I would leave the scooter on the ship on deck 1. They offered me a wheelchair so I took it to the end of the ship where there was a little tent with seats and we sat there. We were WAY early. Had a nice conversation with some people in a travel group.

The meeting time for the train was to be 9:15 and it was to be a hour tour. And 9:15 came and went and we did not see the little red train. (The Scenic West End Trolley) The lady that said she would come and get us when the time came, did not come and get us and when I finally saw the train out about 400 yards from me she had already gone past.
Getting to the Red Train

Getting to the Red Train


So with great difficulty, I walked, stopping at each bollard to rest, and finally got to the street where the train was. It came around the corner to us so I could get on. By now it was 9:40.
Getting on the little Red Train

Getting on the little Red Train


The driver (Sidney who was 92 years old) explained a lot of Bermuda history including how they built their houses and how the roofs are configured to collect water. He said when modern houses are build, they dig a big hole as big as the largest room, and then line it to make it waterproof. That acts as a cistern and they build the house on top of it.
Roof architecture

Roof architecture

Old stonework

Old stonework


Bermuda Architecture

Bermuda Architecture

New jail

New jail


He went out of the dockyard and all the way to Somerset Parish.
Pink beach

Pink beach


We had thought that we could get to church after the train ride, but we did not get back to the dockyard area until about 11:30 and then he let us off at the Clocktower Mall - I could not walk all the way back to the ship. They said that I could get the little free train that runs around the dockyard, but I just could not stand and wait for it.

Barbara used the bathroom at the clocktower mall and bought some juice. Then we tried to get a taxi back to the ship. Eventually we cornered one letting people off, and I negotiated a three hour tour for $50/hour instead of doing the taxi rate. He drove us around the marina to the ship and Barbara got off and went in to get the scooter. [The driver, Conrad Albouy (441-334-8796), went to the bathroom] He said he would not charge us for the section from the Clocktower Mall to getting the scooter.
Taxi Driver Conrad

Taxi Driver Conrad


I thought I would really like to take Barbara to the BAMZ, and so we started off for Flatts Village. There is a place to eat there but we were getting hungry, so after some discussion we went to The Swizzle which is like a branch location of the original Swizzle Inn.
The Swizzle sign

The Swizzle sign


Swizzle (inside)

Swizzle (inside)


We did not get a Dark and Stormy (ginger beer and rum) or a Rum Swizzle!!
Rum Swizzle on the menu

Rum Swizzle on the menu


We did both get a
Root Beer Float

Root Beer Float


I told Barbara that the Bermuda fish chowder was different from most fish chowders, so we got that, and she didn't like it because it was very spicy there - like chili. The cab driver had a hamburger.
Bermuda fish chowder

Bermuda fish chowder

Then we went off for the BAMZ. We paid the $5 admission for old people (I asked her if she needed proof and she said no), and we started with the aquarium. They had a Sargasso sea tank
Sargasso tank

Sargasso tank


as well as lobsters, file fish, red light parrot fish, anemones, sea worms, coral (sea fans, brain coral) and other denizens of the reef.
Dockside

Dockside

Reef coral

Reef coral

Trigger fish

Trigger fish

Schooling fish

Schooling fish

Sea Fan

Sea Fan

North Reef tank

North Reef tank


North Reef Tank

North Reef Tank

Selfies

Selfies


We went into the zoo section without really finishing the aquarium
Loppers left in the enclosure

Loppers left in the enclosure


Endangered Hispanola Slider

Endangered Hispanola Slider


There was a white peacock running around loose,
White Peacock

White Peacock


and there were the Galapagos tortoises which Barbara took a movie of one climbing off a rock.
Galapagos tortoise

Galapagos tortoise

Harrington Sound from the zoo

Harrington Sound from the zoo


Also beautiful pink flamingos.
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Flamingos


We went to the Museum part and it was not as good as I remembered although there was a nice 4 minute movie about the history of the islands.
Bermuda cedar story

Bermuda cedar story


In the mid 1940's the cedars became infested with a scale insect and within a decade 99% of the cedars had died
Top of an old cedar tree

Top of an old cedar tree

Invasive species threat

Invasive species threat

Sea serpent

Sea serpent


Sea serpent explanation - found in Bermuda in 1860

Sea serpent explanation - found in Bermuda in 1860


Then we got back in the taxi and went back to the ship. I was processing photos etc so we didn't go to dinner until about 5:30. The others were almost finished their main course. But we ordered (Barbara had the fruit and the vegetables of one of the entrees, and I had the shrimp cocktail and swordfish)
Swordfish

Swordfish


and we almost caught up with them. The lady next to me said she was the bookkeeper for the Teamsters Union in
Detroit so Barbara asked her if she knew Hoffa and she said no but that her boss did.
Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Barbara's Dessert

Barbara's Dessert


Intricate toad towel animal

Intricate toad towel animal


We went to the library to see if they had a backgammon board, but they did not
Ship library

Ship library


I took some photos in the atrium
Photographer on his hands and knees

Photographer on his hands and knees

Dance floor

Dance floor

Child on the dance floor

Child on the dance floor

Band in the atrium

Band in the atrium

Atrium

Atrium

Centrum elevator

Centrum elevator

Centrum elevators

Centrum elevators

Reflections

Reflections

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