Cruising off Norfolk, VA

Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
Trip End May 25, 2010

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

As we progress north, the temperature has dropped considerably. This is particularly obvious by the photo showing all the empty deck is normally a feat to find one empty. Seas are calm with an occasional sway of the ship. The passengers are mostly older..a relative term which in no way implies older than me. Many came to the US for a visit and are returning to their European homes. Amazingly,the sign on the reception desk indicates "no vacant cabins available."
My assigned evening dinner table companions consist of Judy and Carmello, a Latino couple from Northport, FL; Richared, a retired English businessman who regales us with stories of his extensive travels; Myrtle, a retired Miami school teacher. and Ellis and Fayena an American man and his Russian born wife who are going to the Passion Play in Germany. I was able to tell them what I remember of the Play from my attendance in Oberammergau in 1950. There is definitely no lag to the dinner talk. My assessment is that they are all liberal Republicans at heart. How good does it get?
The Gym is loaded with state-of-the-art equipment, making a workout session almost pleasant. I had my first cycling experience there today, and the ocean view from the seat of the stationery bikes is truly a spacious one as you can see from one of my photos below.
The food as you can imagine is really something for every taste; most dishes with an Italian flair. It would be a tough job to be on a diet at meal time, so look out pounds, there will be better opportunities to conquer those overflowing flanks.
A check with the folks at the hospitality desk assured me that I will be permitted to remove my bicycle from it's carton and use it in New York tomorrow, simply walking it off and back onto the ship. Yipee!! Look out, NYC, here comes a crazy guy on a bike! I take all I hear about the biking permissions with a grain of salt until they actually materialize because no one I talk to has ever known of another instance of a bicycle accompanying a passenger aboard a cruise ship. And who knows what kind of monkey wrenches the security people ashore could throw in to spoil the game. Stay tuned.
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Bill Curtis on

Dave, I'll be one of those enjoying your trip vicariously.

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