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Around the World in 128 Days - At Sea Day Next to Last Day of the Cruise

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  Travel Day 127 - May 9, 2024 - 5,904 Steps Gonna miss this view in a few days. With the cruise drawing ever closer to be over, Linda has certainly been glad of the many "Linda" sea days like today.. The laundry always comes back with one of these stickers on each article. Too bad it took until the last week to learn we could have pulled them off when putting the freshly laundered cloths away. All that scratchy itchy underwear!  Linda once again in the front row for Kim's interview. It was the bridge officers turn this morning. There is so much we learned about the operation of the ship from these sessions. David is ending his lectures with one today and tomorrow on Russia. Ivan set the tone for what Russia is even today. Enemies of the Russian ruler are simply killed. It's been that way for over 450 years. The last Tsar. And what came after the tsars was just as bad. It was little things like this which made the voyage so interesting. How one puts a survival suit on

Around the world in 128 Days - San Juan, Puerto Rico

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  Travel Day 126 - May 8, 2024 - 7,666 Steps Joe and Patrick our room stewards who have gone way beyond and above to not only keep our room in perfect conditions, but also have a great sense of humor. If it looks familiar it's because it the same one I recently read. I mentioned to Linda I thought she would enjoy reading it, and she did. You never know how things like this are going to turn out. It proved to be great from original songs, standup comedians, dancing, musical instruments. There's talent hidden amongst the ship's passengers. It took a while after Jose And Grace were transferred  from the Lido, but in the opposite corner of the Lido we found Lisna, who was every bit as awesome as they were. David's history presentation, proving once again that only a tiny bit of history is about names and dates like we were taught in high school. A cartoon from several centuries ago portraying the effects of consuming too much sugar on the King of England. And it is a slight

Around the World in 128 Days - Suffering Short Timers Disease on Sea Day 4 of 4

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  Travel Day 125 - May 7, 2024 - 5,654 Steps Still passing through Sargasso Sea algae. Ted's talk started out with humor. Ceviche appetizer, the one the chef demonstrated several days ago. The true sets of just how good it was took place next to where I was sitting. Linda, who never eats ceviche, ate all of hers just like I did. The soupy rice tasted great, though the appearance was lacking compared to the same dish the chef prepared in the demonstration. No sun in the sunset tonight, but it was still pretty.

Around the World in 128 Days - Day 3 of 4 at Sea was a Busy Day

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  Travel Day 124 - May 6, 2024 - 6,576 Steps Another great Linda day on the high seas. Early this morning the ship's cabin stewards created a towel zoo around the Lido pool. Walking in this orangutan greeted us.  Mice and more mice. Creatures everywhere. Flying fish? Turkey. And not all the creatures were little. Gotta love the tail. It was a special time. A video walk around the entire zoo. Kim's interview allowed to learn about the security staff. Later Kim gave a talk on out last port of call, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Cooking demo with Linda in the photo she took. A brief glimpse into what we have been seeing. Chief Engineer's talk in the afternoon. Ship's engines are gargantuan. Everything is huge on the ship. Another talk, this one on the James Webb Space Telescope. David's talk on the slave trade was a real learning expereince. With the Pope telling the rulers of Spain and Portugal to either convert the natives of the New World to  Catholicism or kill them, it