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Invicta
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Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:22 pm

Greetings from Madeira, 22C bright sunshine.
Smooth crossing so far . Had a slight detour to La Coruna to medivac a sick crew member.
In port with Sister ship Arcadia, both leaving for Barbados, 5 days at sea.
Lunch ashore


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Invicta
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Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:00 pm

Our Sister Arcadia leaving Funchal ahead of us.

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Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:02 pm

We'll be touring the Caribbean for two weeks, starting Sunday from New Orleans. Going with Norwegian lines. Been with them before and wasn't too impressed. Free booze and warm sunshine is what we're after.That's why we chose this cruiselone. Next week temperature here is going down to mid minus thirties in Edmonton.
Hope our ship doesn't bump into you. :wink:
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Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:31 am

Ken, Ed...….S#D OFF! :P
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Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:59 am

Happy cruising cus.

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Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:33 pm

Ed, the mind boggles at the thought of minus 30 in Edmonton. How have you coped all these years with those kind of temperatures? I would be dreading winter :cry:
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Matt
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Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:52 pm

Hope you will have a great time Ken.Happy cruising.Off to Mazatlán Mexico for 20 days next month but no cruise :( We will just have to rough it lay on the beach and work on our suntans :D

Elaine they are all nutters in Alberta.My uncle was born and bred in Edmonton,he is 89 this birthday has never driven never left Edmonton and used to walk to work most days even in winter :P Part Inuit I think :lol: but as Albertans will tell you "it's a different cold and different snow" My mother lasted 1 month there and ended up on the bus to Vancouver when the temperature got down to a balmy minus 15 :D
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Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:47 pm

Hi Matt. All Albertans are tough nuts. I think i'm the latter for liking this weather. Next week is going to be a real cold one. Up north they are talking about minus 45 to 50. How the heck I used to work up there I don't know. Weather seems to bother me more now i've retired, that's why we cruise a lot or drive down to Arizona for three months.
Elaine. Take no notice of Matt. Hates the fact that we've got the worlds best hockey player. :wink: What is the name of your cruise ship. We might just be in the same port at the same time.
Matt. I lit all eight candles for you. :wink:
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Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:32 pm

Ed that Irish Scottish Welsh Canadian will not last long after all he is the captain of the Oilers and you know what has happened to EVERY other Oiler captain...trading block :lol: remember Peter Pocklington with admittingly the best player in the world "the great one".Ed I am not on a cruise or are you referring to Ken??
Thanks for thinking of me during Hanukkah Ed.
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Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:09 am

I made an oops. Should have asked Ken about the cruise. Old age and old brandy taking effect on me.
Bladdy cold outside. :shock:
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Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:19 pm

Matt/Ed,
You guy`s are a scream when you get together on here. You always make me laugh. I still have to wonder though how you manage the winters in Alberta Ed. They are tough temperatures you are talking about. I imagine it would become quite depressing after a while because you have such long winters.
We have had snow here in Ontario with temperatures dropping to minus 11-14 which is nothing compared to Alberta. My dear Mother used to enjoy the cold here in Canada. She had COPD and found she felt better here rather than the damp of Liverpool. Well Ed, enjoy your upcoming cruise, warm weather and lot`s of brandy :D
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:30 pm

Arrived St Vincent after 2700 nautical miles in beautiful weather. Our Cat trip to Bequia was cancelled due to choppy conditions so a quick island tour. Now drinking Hairoun beer with a great reggae band playing familiar tunes. Grenada next stop😎
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:48 pm

Lucky bugger.

We have to wait before FLA for a week or so in April then Transatlantic aboard Seabourn Quest. Maybe a little ambitious as it is quite small for transatlantic. Hope we are a s lucky as you with the weather. :roll:
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 5:55 pm

Have a great time in Grenada Ken you lucky people.We just got a blast of winter here.10cm of snow...unheard of :) Have a nice demerara rum for me.
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Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:49 pm

Spent the day on Grande Anse beach Grenada. Temps pushed 30C but odd liquid sunshine shower. Now on the beach at Carlisle Bay, Barbados, similar temp but a bit windy. Sea Day tomorrow before Curacao in Dutch Antilles.
Great cruise so far with nice ship mates, great food and good and lots of entertainment. No outstanding acts yet , they even tripped out Bernie Flint remember him?
In Barbados with another Sister P&O Aurora and a Seabourn ship. Must go it's free shots at the bar for Ventura Pax. Ah might stay on the sunbed as the dancing girls from the 2 P&O ships are having a bikini clad photo shoot right in front of me!! Make that a double rum please . 😎
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Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:01 pm

Very envious Ken :) but would not know what to do with bikini clad young ladies. :oops:
Cannot wait to get off Paradise Island for a while and lay in the sun.Our "light dusting" of snow turned into 30cm last night.All schools cancelled classes for today.Victoria and Duncan city do not even have a snow clearing budget.Trans Canada Highway a mess.People on Southern Vancouver Island love to try and show the rest of Canada how to drive in snow without winter tires resulting in disastrous results.Ah well have a couple of rums on me.Pay you if I ever get to meet up :lol:
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Just memories Matt but beautiful girls, we shared a minibus back to the ship.Only kids, 20/21, first contract for some, 9 months away.
Anyway, lots of rum consumed so you owe me.
More tonight as we have a tropical deck party and a late sailaway, outrageous shirts order of the day.
Ernie , it's the Sojourn next to us, looks very nice.
Catch up in a few days.
Cheers Ken
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Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:58 pm

Know what you mean re the young ladies Ken.Last cruise we were invited to sit at the entertainment directors table along with three of the young entertainers one of them was from Nanaimo just 50 klms from where we live and one of the others was born in Egypt just like me :) Great bunch of young people and they work so hard and very long hours.
Not one of them was as old as our granddaughter Kalika and she is just 23 but their energy and enthusiasm is wonderful.Maybe I had that kind of "get up and go"55 years ago but alas it got up and went quite some time ago. Bought a great bottle of 12 year old rum in Curacao when we where there in April last year cannot drink it neat anymore but it is very smooth and with a kick like a mule.
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Fri Jan 17, 2020 3:28 pm

Now in Willemstad Curacao, shpoping day, the great weather continues. Left Barbados to a great late night sailaway party on deck .
The show featured Scouser, Justine Riddoch as Tina Turner and what a great job she did.
Marella Dicovery and Matt's Serena in port today.
Sea day tomorrow as we head for Colon in Panama.
Forecast is for 40 knots wind and 4m swells so no soup tomorrow . Hope you get this Vodafone keep warning me about spending limits.
Cheers
Ken
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Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:57 am

Enjoy it Ken, savour every thing. :)
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Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:25 am

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: …..that's me but I'll gerrover it :wink:
Enjoy your well earned break Ken & Jeanette.
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Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:49 pm

Still going! via Panama , took the train Atlantic to Pacific via Panama City. Did an inspection of new locks. Saw sloths, crocs , monkeys.
Then Costa Rica where we did Rainforest from aerial tram, it did what it said on the tin and rained !
Today in Cartegena , Colombia, walking the old city, madhouse !
Sea days have been busy with lots of activities. Whilst J goes to bridge I play cricket, footy, table tennis. The afternoons usually around the pool swimming and sunbathing listening to live music.
Next we head back to the ABC islands for Bonaire, after a day at sea .
We have had perfect weather, 30 C today , clear skies and calm seas.
Had dinner with Steve , a Scouser who used to be on the door at Allison’s.
Cheers
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Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:49 am

Worn out reading that cus :D


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Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:34 pm

Chill day today beautiful Bonaire beach.
Snorkelling and swimming.
Heading North tonight. Next stop St Lucia after a day at sea on Saturday. K 8)
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