Last Year

One year ago today we were winging our way to Vancouver and thence to Sydney for our TransPacific cruise. One couple we met on that cruise is on their way back to Australia soon to repeat the first leg from Sydney to Honolulu. I wish them a great time. For us, I think this one ...

Subtraction Wars

My grandson got a new deck of “Iron Man” playing cards on Sunday, so he taught me a new game called “Subtraction Wars.” “You turn up a card and I’ll turn up a card. Mine is the subtraction card. The first one to figure out the answer gets to keep the cards. The Jack, Queen ...

Degrees of Linux Geekdom

Linux is probably the best computer operating system you never heard of – but you do use it. Linux is an alternative O/S to Windows for PC based desktops, laptops and servers. It rules the Internet – this website runs on Linux. Linux is the basis for the technology of giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon. ...

On The Beach

We finished up our port calls with a visit to Royal Caribbean’s private resort at Labadee, Haiti. Labadee is a peninsula in a rugged part of the island. I’m not sure how the locals who work there actually commute; probably by boat as there don’t appear to be any roads over the nearby hills. The ...

Surprising Falmouth

Falmouth is one of the oldest towns in the Caribbean and one of its newest cruise ports. It was founded in the late 18th century as a mercantile port to export sugar and is one of the best preserved Georgian settlements in the world. It is said that Falmouth had running water before New York ...

The Tender Trap

One thing you can be sure of when you visit George Town Grand Cayman – you ain’t tying up to no dock, baby. Grand Cayman doesn’t want to spoil its sea views with a bunch of cruise ship quays, and besides that they have a nice little industry and lots of employment in tendering passengers ...

A Day In Cozumel

The first time we visited Cozumel in 2011, we didn’t try to do all that much. It was hot, and we walked from the pier into San Miguel, did some shopping and then walked back. This time Sarah was determined to do something different so she planned a trip to Chankanaab Park for us. As we ...

The Gateway

We’ve taken a few cruises in the Caribbean or across the Atlantic, and most of them have started in the gateway port of Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades. This one was no exception. It’s a busy spot for sure. The Sunday when we embarked there were 5 ships in the port – Princess, Holland America, two Royal ...

Pirates of the Caribbean

It surely is a fantasy world, a one week cruise in the Caribbean. After a huge snowfall, you drive through freezing rain to the Ottawa airport. A few hours later you are walking around in shirtsleeves in south Florida. The next day you are off for a week of hot, humid island hopping. Then it’s ...