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Captain said we had 4 meter seas and 35 knots of wind. Ship was doing 20 knots hugging the continental shelf according to the Navionics program on my phone. Ship was comfortably rolling along good for sleep last night with wind off the bow. Eased up as we are now pointed into the wind. May be delayed getting into Port Canaveral tomorrow because of it. Watching the ocean waves I can't imagine how anyone could be spotted in such a sea state. Tip my hat to the Coast Guard rescue teams who do.

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Scratch the VHF. Went to the boatyard to do a check on the boat and pick up the VHF. Got the VHF but, picked up the wrong incompatible charger. Note to self: Always put on glasses and verify when picking up things.
Does it have a regular battery option?


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Captain said we had 4 meter seas and 35 knots of wind. Ship was doing 20 knots
Fun!

Pity about the vhf. That would be interesting to have on.

I take it you are using the ships internet? Last time I was on a ship it was ridiculously expensive.


Would be great to have ais receiver too
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Does it have a regular battery option?
Not this one. I just wanted to bring it along for monitoring any ship traffic and port operations.

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Is there a topless pool deck on top
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Pity about the vhf. That would be interesting to have on.

I take it you are using the ships internet? Last time I was on a ship it was ridiculously expensive.


Would be great to have ais receiver too
One of the cruise deals was they gave me 250 minutes of free WiFi on the ship. For another hundred bucks I up graded to unlimited high speed streaming WIFI. I planned to do some video editing/cataloging of some of my video's from the past year. I'm also using it to make phone calls with Skype to my gal back on land.
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Can someone explain the economics of charging for wi fi and so on...seems like a cash cow to me.

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Re: Leaving Port on Friday

Well the adage about not leaving Port on Friday seems to be holding up for this cruise. We are not sinking but, things are not going as planned.

We were delayed three hours leaving New York because of strong currents in the Hudson River.

The pool was closed all day because of the rough conditions. I was hoping to work off some of the food with a couple of swims. The sloshing sounds nice though.

Tonight the Captain gets on the PA and says due to the late start out of New York and the stormy seas and strong head winds we would be late getting into Port Canaveral tomorrow. So we are staying at sea tomorrow and stopping in Florida on Monday instead. Ship speed has been cut back to 12 knots from 20. Smoothing out the ride a bit.

They also scrapped the beach visit to Great Stirrup Cay because the swell conditions make the tender operations unsafe. So no swimming there either. Heading straight to Nassau to spend two days there instead.

After dinner tonight I ordered a double Baileys and wanted to take a walk on the outside deck. But, it was closed off due to the high winds. So I ended up on my Cabins balcony which is on the lee side.

I'm not disappointed since the trip was really all about just spending some time staring at the sea and getting some place warm. Which is still going to happen. It was never about the destinations.
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We finally got to land after two days at Sea docking at Port Canaveral about 5:30 a m. After my morning breakfast I went for my morning swim only to find the pool occupied by about 20 crew members in life jackets and a large survival raft that was at the other end of the pool. Apparently there was a training survival course going on for some members of the crew. including how to turn over a upside down survival raft. that was an interesting demonstration and I may make a video of it. They left after 20 minutes and I got my swim in.

I didn't leave the ship. I watched the port operations from my balcony. I was impressed with the security precautions. I watched as a dog was let around all the assembled luggage carts sniffing for explosives before they were allowed to be loaded on the ships. Also any vehicles that traveled on to the dock the drivers had to leave leave the cab and be wanded by security guard checking for metal objects. This included all the regular line handlers who arrived in the pickup trucks with the Port Authority logos on the side. Only then were the crash barriers lowered and they were allowed to drive onto the docks next to the ships to release the dock lines.

After the ship left the dock I went for my evening swim. They started showing It’s a wonderful life on the big outdoor screen. I was able to watch from the pool, Then all of a sudden I heard a commotion and people started running to the stairs to the upper deck. They sent up a rocket from nearby Cape Kennedy and I was able to watch it streak across the sky right from the pool. A great way to end the day.

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