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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Preparation for Removal of Propeller Blades - Freedom of the Seas in Nassau, Bahamas

Good morning,

We are in Nassau, Bahamas, aboard Freedom of the Seas.  What you see on the dockside below is a pair of giant cranes that will move equipment ashore to be used to help divers remove four, two tons (each!) propeller blades from the ship.
The cranes were on the dock when we arrived.
The entire process was extremely well planned and executed.
The ship was tied up...
 ...the divers were here.  The are standing under the shelter on the left of this image.
 Across the channel is the famous Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island.  An aside:  before being renamed Paradise Island, this was Hog Island because the pigs were kept here.  My, how things have changed!
 Security was quickly set up on the dock so guests could go ashore and visit Nassau.  We remained here overnight so guests had a chance to sample the night life of Nassau.
 Back to the aft part of the ship, the crane was moving into place to move ashore the heavy equipment the divers would use.
 I had the perfect place to take pictures of the action from deck 4 of Freedom.
 The gangway is now in place.
 The flat bed truck you see on the dock is in place to receive the propeller blades when they are out of the water.

Stay tuned!  This is quite a process.  More images to come tomorrow....

Lois

Friday, December 19, 2014

Unusual Visit to Nassau, Bahamas

Good morning,

Earlier this month we had a very unusual visit to Nassau, Bahamas, aboard Freedom of the Seas.

The lighthouse above is at the entrance to the port.
It has been awhile since we have been here.  The commercial part of the part has grown.
Over on Paradise Island is the famous Atlantis Hotel, Shops, and Casino.
It was overcast and rainy when we pulled in.  I walked to the aft of the ship to take pictures as we pulled into our "parking spot."
 It appears there is a new roof being installed on the covered shopping mall that is where cruise passengers must pass between the ship and the town.
 I've seen the tug Amber Jack here for thirty years.
 It was early and chilly when we pulled in.  There were no people at Senor Frogs and no one on the beach at the hotel next door.
 Our Azi PODs stirred up the sand as we pulled into the dock.

I have an amazing series of images to show you over the next few days as four huge propeller blades were removed by divers.

Stay tuned!

Lois

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Johnny Rockets - Freedom of the Seas

Good morning,

I only go to Johnny Rockets aboard Freedom of the Seas when our daughter is on board.  If I went any more often than that, I would have to be taken off the ship as cargo!
Before you even put your order in, the fries and onion rings arrive.  I just LOVE onion rings!
I had a great time with our friends Martha (not pictured), Russell (left), our Aunt Carol (right), and daughter Catherine (not pictured.)
And, of course, the servers in Johnny Rockets also entertain...
 ...by dancing.  I just loved the expressions of the little guy sitting in the booth behind me as he watched the servers dance.  So cute!
 Good friends, good food, good fun at Johnny Rockets! 

Enjoy,
Lois

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Navigator of the Seas - Falouth, Jamaica

Good morning,

We shared the port of Falmouth, Jamaica, with Navigator of the Seas, one of our sister ships. 
This doesn't happen all the time so when it does, it is fun to take pictures of this and the other beautiful ships in our Royal Caribbean fleet. 
I took this series of pictures as we were pulling into the port aboard Freedom of the Seas.
We got a good view of the new staterooms that have been added on the top deck.
 Similar staterooms will be added to Freedom of the Seas in dry dock next month.
 The Viking Crown Lounge - that huge round thing at the top - makes it easy to spot RCCL ships from a distance.
 There were people watching Freedom of the Seas pull in as we took pictures of them. 

Navigator of the Seas is a similar design, but slightly smaller ship than Freedom.

So pretty!


Lois

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Portofino Dinner with Family and Friends

Good morning,

We enjoyed another lovely, delicious meal...
...with our daughter, Catherine, and Aunt Carol...
...and friends Russell and Martha.
Of course, I had to take a couple of pictures of food.  Above is a picture of the lamb that My Honey enjoyed.
This is the filet mignon dinner I enjoyed.  Oh, my, this was excellent!

Enjoy,
Lois

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

Good morning,

Christmas in the U.S.V.I. looks and feels very different than it does to us at home in Ohio! 

Gosh, it's warm here, but we still have lovely decorations.  The Christmas tree in this image is at Havensight Mall at the dockside in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.  Note the shirtless young man on the right side of the picture.  Gotta love it! 

All the best,
Lois

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Casual Champagne Lunch - Freedom of the Seas

Good morning,

Our friends, Martha and Russell (right), cruised with us for three weeks.  The final week our Aunt Carol and our daughter, Catherine, also were on board. 

Martha and Russell were kind enough to share a bottle of Champagne with us at a casual lunch in the Windjammer aboard Freedom of the seas.  They have done this numerous times and we so enjoy our lunches together.
Yes, that's me in the picture with Martha and Russell.
Thank you, Martha and Russell, for sharing your time and your friendship with us.  :)

All the best,
Lois