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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    when we arrived in antigua this morning look who was already here.
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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    antigua today and it is persisting down, fortunateley the trip consists of getting on a mini bus driving to a rum shack and geting in the rum shack and drinking rum and eating conch fritters,fish and jerk chicken and drinking rum. getting back on mini bus and back for 1pm for late lunch. doing some shopping on the way back. 2.30pm its all cleared and its sunbathing time.
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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    yesterday in st martin before the heavens opened,beautiful sunshine till mid afternoon but then for two hours it came down in torrents.
    fortunateley i had got off shopped and got back on again before it started. so i had some lunch and did a load of washing and got it in the dryer.
    went back after 20 minutes and the rain had come and someone had taken my  stuff out of the dryer still pretty damp and put in the clothes they were wearing when they got caught in the deluge, it was obvious thats what they had done as there were 2 shorts,4 socks,2 t-shirts etc etc. i was going to sit there and ambush them when they came back but rum called.
    plus 2 couples were put ashore in one port for fighting in the laundry,bahamas i think.lol. the women started it then the husbands joined in.

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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    tortola today and unfortunately my disc decided it would do the rhumba on my sciatic nerve so was only able to walk to the terminal building and back so a day of enforced rest hopefully i will be able to photograph the sailaway. but anyway heres todays plunder you may see a theme other than the coral lizard thats because i like death in paradise.
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    mitch reacted to Countrygirl in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    Great to hear from you and see that you are enjoying yourself.  We love the cabins on the sun deck. It is a great place to be and no long corridors to walk down.  Wait until you get back to southampton as there on only few cabins on S deck you don’t spend ages trying to find your luggage.
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    mitch got a reaction from afcandrew in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    quiet sea day and not much to photograph so a couple of annoyances for you.
    my cabin is the last in the corridor next to the door that opens on to deck 10 the only thing there is the sliding roof over the swimming pool. anyway for the first three nights after leaving southampton i could hear a cricket chirping i kid you not. and the volume went up each night. i would go out into the corridor go doown towards the crows nest and it continued but the volume lower.so i went back to the room and opened the door to deck 10, as soon as i stepped through it the noise stopped. anyway by night 6 i had had enough so went to reception and they were more amused than anything. but the duty hotel manager was there and she said she would come up with someone else. so iwent back and shortly after i could hear them chatting as they came down the corridor and saying it is it is a cricket its got to be. i went out and showed them how it stopped when you went through the door. i then left them to investigate. a few minutes later she knocked on the door and said look at this and theres a wooden ramp retro fitted outside the door and eventually they had lifted it and lo and behold a huge cricket lying there chirping away. so problem solved with a size 9 from her assistant.
     
    the other you could say a little more delecate problem is i still have to work so usually come back to the cabin around 3ish to do said work. anyway next door need a new bed or at least to get it oiled as their afternoon delight is rather annoying.
    well thats all folks beutiful weather today properley toasted so off for a shower and prep for formal, night night.
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    mitch got a reaction from afcandrew in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    quiet sea day and not much to photograph so a couple of annoyances for you.
    my cabin is the last in the corridor next to the door that opens on to deck 10 the only thing there is the sliding roof over the swimming pool. anyway for the first three nights after leaving southampton i could hear a cricket chirping i kid you not. and the volume went up each night. i would go out into the corridor go doown towards the crows nest and it continued but the volume lower.so i went back to the room and opened the door to deck 10, as soon as i stepped through it the noise stopped. anyway by night 6 i had had enough so went to reception and they were more amused than anything. but the duty hotel manager was there and she said she would come up with someone else. so iwent back and shortly after i could hear them chatting as they came down the corridor and saying it is it is a cricket its got to be. i went out and showed them how it stopped when you went through the door. i then left them to investigate. a few minutes later she knocked on the door and said look at this and theres a wooden ramp retro fitted outside the door and eventually they had lifted it and lo and behold a huge cricket lying there chirping away. so problem solved with a size 9 from her assistant.
     
    the other you could say a little more delecate problem is i still have to work so usually come back to the cabin around 3ish to do said work. anyway next door need a new bed or at least to get it oiled as their afternoon delight is rather annoying.
    well thats all folks beutiful weather today properley toasted so off for a shower and prep for formal, night night.
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    mitch got a reaction from HLM in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    hi all sorry for the delay yet again internet  was down in grand turk yesterday and none avail on shore.
    odd place very small the cruise centre is just one pier that 2 ships can dock one either side and theres a duty free centre at the end of the pier with a beach either side of that. the green umbrellas have free beds under them and the blue ones to the right as you loook at the duty free are free. the rest are rentable.
    duty free wise the amber leaf tobbacco was $55 for 10 50g packs on board its £94. i tested their claim to price match by taking a photo of the stand in the onshore duty free and i have to say i was suprised when they honoured it immediately so i have a receipt for £94 discounted to £46.20.
    we were first to dock and were followed in by carnivl dream which i have to say was a bit disconcerting as for a long while it looked as though she was headed straight for us,good job sandra bullock wasnt driving.
    as you know i have a thing about bed nappers and today its a sea day enroute to tortola tommorrow, and we have a record 06.45 on the way to breakfast deck 10 theres a guy undoing the rope around the beds and taking 2 out to his disired spot i kid you not.







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    mitch got a reaction from afcandrew in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    quiet sea day and not much to photograph so a couple of annoyances for you.
    my cabin is the last in the corridor next to the door that opens on to deck 10 the only thing there is the sliding roof over the swimming pool. anyway for the first three nights after leaving southampton i could hear a cricket chirping i kid you not. and the volume went up each night. i would go out into the corridor go doown towards the crows nest and it continued but the volume lower.so i went back to the room and opened the door to deck 10, as soon as i stepped through it the noise stopped. anyway by night 6 i had had enough so went to reception and they were more amused than anything. but the duty hotel manager was there and she said she would come up with someone else. so iwent back and shortly after i could hear them chatting as they came down the corridor and saying it is it is a cricket its got to be. i went out and showed them how it stopped when you went through the door. i then left them to investigate. a few minutes later she knocked on the door and said look at this and theres a wooden ramp retro fitted outside the door and eventually they had lifted it and lo and behold a huge cricket lying there chirping away. so problem solved with a size 9 from her assistant.
     
    the other you could say a little more delecate problem is i still have to work so usually come back to the cabin around 3ish to do said work. anyway next door need a new bed or at least to get it oiled as their afternoon delight is rather annoying.
    well thats all folks beutiful weather today properley toasted so off for a shower and prep for formal, night night.
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    mitch got a reaction from afcandrew in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    quiet sea day and not much to photograph so a couple of annoyances for you.
    my cabin is the last in the corridor next to the door that opens on to deck 10 the only thing there is the sliding roof over the swimming pool. anyway for the first three nights after leaving southampton i could hear a cricket chirping i kid you not. and the volume went up each night. i would go out into the corridor go doown towards the crows nest and it continued but the volume lower.so i went back to the room and opened the door to deck 10, as soon as i stepped through it the noise stopped. anyway by night 6 i had had enough so went to reception and they were more amused than anything. but the duty hotel manager was there and she said she would come up with someone else. so iwent back and shortly after i could hear them chatting as they came down the corridor and saying it is it is a cricket its got to be. i went out and showed them how it stopped when you went through the door. i then left them to investigate. a few minutes later she knocked on the door and said look at this and theres a wooden ramp retro fitted outside the door and eventually they had lifted it and lo and behold a huge cricket lying there chirping away. so problem solved with a size 9 from her assistant.
     
    the other you could say a little more delecate problem is i still have to work so usually come back to the cabin around 3ish to do said work. anyway next door need a new bed or at least to get it oiled as their afternoon delight is rather annoying.
    well thats all folks beutiful weather today properley toasted so off for a shower and prep for formal, night night.
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    mitch got a reaction from afcandrew in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    quiet sea day and not much to photograph so a couple of annoyances for you.
    my cabin is the last in the corridor next to the door that opens on to deck 10 the only thing there is the sliding roof over the swimming pool. anyway for the first three nights after leaving southampton i could hear a cricket chirping i kid you not. and the volume went up each night. i would go out into the corridor go doown towards the crows nest and it continued but the volume lower.so i went back to the room and opened the door to deck 10, as soon as i stepped through it the noise stopped. anyway by night 6 i had had enough so went to reception and they were more amused than anything. but the duty hotel manager was there and she said she would come up with someone else. so iwent back and shortly after i could hear them chatting as they came down the corridor and saying it is it is a cricket its got to be. i went out and showed them how it stopped when you went through the door. i then left them to investigate. a few minutes later she knocked on the door and said look at this and theres a wooden ramp retro fitted outside the door and eventually they had lifted it and lo and behold a huge cricket lying there chirping away. so problem solved with a size 9 from her assistant.
     
    the other you could say a little more delecate problem is i still have to work so usually come back to the cabin around 3ish to do said work. anyway next door need a new bed or at least to get it oiled as their afternoon delight is rather annoying.
    well thats all folks beutiful weather today properley toasted so off for a shower and prep for formal, night night.
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    mitch got a reaction from HLM in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    hi all sorry for the delay yet again internet  was down in grand turk yesterday and none avail on shore.
    odd place very small the cruise centre is just one pier that 2 ships can dock one either side and theres a duty free centre at the end of the pier with a beach either side of that. the green umbrellas have free beds under them and the blue ones to the right as you loook at the duty free are free. the rest are rentable.
    duty free wise the amber leaf tobbacco was $55 for 10 50g packs on board its £94. i tested their claim to price match by taking a photo of the stand in the onshore duty free and i have to say i was suprised when they honoured it immediately so i have a receipt for £94 discounted to £46.20.
    we were first to dock and were followed in by carnivl dream which i have to say was a bit disconcerting as for a long while it looked as though she was headed straight for us,good job sandra bullock wasnt driving.
    as you know i have a thing about bed nappers and today its a sea day enroute to tortola tommorrow, and we have a record 06.45 on the way to breakfast deck 10 theres a guy undoing the rope around the beds and taking 2 out to his disired spot i kid you not.







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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    it was a day and a half in bermuda with plenty of sun but a bit breezy lovely place the dockyard v interesting and very easy to get ferries to hamilton if you want to do your own thing also easy to book your own tours in the dockyard if you want.
    day at sea then arrived in bahamas quite a contrast bermuda immaculate very upmarket contrasted by areas of poverty and some v scruffy areas but still lovely people and great scenery dominated by mega resorts.



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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    sorry this is late starting but weve had little or no internet since leaving southampton,that is a saga all of its own but suffice to say no joy with staff/reception on board and it took southampton 5 days to send a bog standard reply to say they will try and get back to me in 28 days.
    any way embarkation smooth as silk and cabin s21 is huge considering its a single,its a 4ft bed with 6 inches of spare space between the bed and bedside tables on both sides so could easily be a double.
    the cruise down to bermuda slightly choppy and v overcast with plenty of rain showers so didnt really warm up before the day before bermuda.
    as usual lovely bunch of people in the smoking areas and the usual sunbathing non smokers moaning were smoking in their chosen sunbathing area.
    pics are of cabin s21, sunrise in bermuda,bermuda st georges local gossip being ducked on the ducking stool, beach on bermuda drive, lighthouse bermuda.






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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    it was a day and a half in bermuda with plenty of sun but a bit breezy lovely place the dockyard v interesting and very easy to get ferries to hamilton if you want to do your own thing also easy to book your own tours in the dockyard if you want.
    day at sea then arrived in bahamas quite a contrast bermuda immaculate very upmarket contrasted by areas of poverty and some v scruffy areas but still lovely people and great scenery dominated by mega resorts.



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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in j815 arcadia 28 night cruise 20 oct-17 nov   
    sorry this is late starting but weve had little or no internet since leaving southampton,that is a saga all of its own but suffice to say no joy with staff/reception on board and it took southampton 5 days to send a bog standard reply to say they will try and get back to me in 28 days.
    any way embarkation smooth as silk and cabin s21 is huge considering its a single,its a 4ft bed with 6 inches of spare space between the bed and bedside tables on both sides so could easily be a double.
    the cruise down to bermuda slightly choppy and v overcast with plenty of rain showers so didnt really warm up before the day before bermuda.
    as usual lovely bunch of people in the smoking areas and the usual sunbathing non smokers moaning were smoking in their chosen sunbathing area.
    pics are of cabin s21, sunrise in bermuda,bermuda st georges local gossip being ducked on the ducking stool, beach on bermuda drive, lighthouse bermuda.






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    mitch reacted to TrentAnn in one sleep to go... lol   
    I'll give you a wave at the Port tomorrow Mitch, I'm on Independence of the Seas for five days. First time with with RC and certainly the largest ship I've sailed on - going with an open mind, just fancied the itinerary.
    Enjoy your cruise, look forward to reading  your posts over the next month. 
    I'll be checking & double checking in the morning. 🚽🔑
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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in Tattoo's for Virgin   
    interesting in rough seas lol
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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in Tattoo's for Virgin   
    interesting in rough seas lol
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    mitch got a reaction from KeithnRita in Photos of Panama Canal Sept 2018   
    super pics guys. you have to say its some feat of engineering.
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    mitch reacted to DavidH in weather- is it worth trying to anticipate   
    Hi Mitch,
    Not exactly!!  And not surprising given that a) I had hired an automatic and my wife drives a manual car, b) it was also her first time driving on the right, c) she rarely drives in excess of 20 miles at any one time.
    Didn't help that we encountered torrential rain for a time and the fact that vehicles were overtaking on both sides totally freaked her out.
    DavidH
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    mitch reacted to Tally in weather- is it worth trying to anticipate   
    Argh!!!! Of course you went back.😉
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    mitch reacted to sinbad10 in weather- is it worth trying to anticipate   
    No we were too far from home and then the wife threatened me with "have to purchase some onboard" and knowing the prices and we had 2 sea days before we hit our first port of call managed to see a sign for superstore on A34 and found a Tesco's 🤣
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    mitch got a reaction from Davybe in Iona Breakfast in MDR?   
    they would have to be at least a couple as the buffet wouldnt cope if they werent.
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    mitch reacted to sammy sun in All Freedom Dining on Iona   
    Personally, I try to adhere to dress codes but I do understand that some people will not. It's the way of the world and we all have to like it or lump it because as OWT quite rightly point out, it cannot be physically enforced. The cruising world is now a world of opinions and many differing preferences but as I've said before and I'll say again, the fortunate thing is that there are options for most tastes.
    The same applies to freedom dining. The limitations of traditional dining continue to be flagged as a negative perception of cruising to a younger generation and therefore more cruise lines will make their attempts to address this in order to tempt new to cruise passengers going forward. I'm therefore not surprised at all that P&O have taken this decision for Iona.
    I happen to love freedom dining because I much prefer to have the choice of when I wish to dine rather than being confined to a sitting. I do however appreciate that many people prefer traditional, quite often for the camaraderie and rapport you can develop with waiting staff and the sharing of a table with regular company. You pay your money, you take your choice 🙂
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