Somewhere in the North Pacific Ocean

Trip Start Sep 17, 2012
Trip End Nov 11, 2012

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The Ocean

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday we checked out of our hotel in Vancouver and into our ship, the Carnival Spirit. Not much exciting has happened over the 4 days at sea, but, between trivia, bingo, seminars, shows, and chatting with crew and other passengers, we've pretty much worn ourselves out. We’re looking forward to the "relaxation" of spending a few days exploring Hawaii.

This is one of the nicest ships I’ve been on. The theme of the ship’s décor seems to be “art”. There are different forms of art from all eras and all parts of the world throughout the ship. Our cabin is on the 7th floor, and pretty much all the activities are on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd floor. Since some @$$#*!* came up with a “no elevators” policy, we have ample opportunity to admire the artwork in the stairways while catching our breath between floors. We’ve spent quite a lot of time examining the strange glass vases in the stairwell corners. Fortunately, most of the 2000 or so passengers on board are not the stereotypical “Fun Ship” clientele. This is great since compared to most of the people here, I can be considered one of the skinny young passengers.

The food is also excellent. One interesting menu item is the daily “Didja”, as in “Didja ever want to try…” We’ve had Shark and Langoustine Firecrackers, Alligator Fritters and a few other unusual delicacies. All were quite tasty. The desserts look amazing. Unfortunately, the same @$$#*!* who came up with the no elevators policy, also came up with a no desserts policy, so at least for now, the Tropical Fruit Plate tops off our dinners.

There’s a naturalist on board. She gives a talk each day about geography and wildlife in the places we’ll be visiting. Admittedly, I was a disappointed when Annette pointed out that there is a big difference between a Naturalist and a Naturist, but nevertheless her presentations are quite informative. I was a little perturbed when this young woman who spends a good part of her life living on cruise ships described how when we dock Kauai, the Captain will make a turn so that “the pointy part of the ship” faces south. There’s also a native Hawaiian on board who constantly interrupts her and corrects her version of Hawaii’s history. His remarks have an obvious bias and several times we’ve felt like interrupting him and telling him that nobody on board had anything to do with almost wiping out his people and their culture 150 years ago.

Other than the pod of dolphins that was following one afternoon and the occasional bit of seaweed that floats by, there’s not much around us. There aren’t even a lot of communication satellites pointed this way, so when we have internet, it is extremely slow. I’ve attached some pictures, and a short video that needs no explanation. We have just under 800 miles to go until we reach Kona on Monday. If all goes as planned, I’ll have pictures and an update then.



Two hats are walking down the street. One says to the other:”You stay here, I’ll go on ahead”

PS I’m not sure if the pictures and video work. You should be able to click to enlarge the pix and play the video. You may have to scroll down for the video
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Barry on

Hi , Pics. and video worked fine . Looks wonderful . Towel animals , what will they come up with next , origami TP ?
Keep'em coming I really enjoy them .

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