Queen Victoria Day 13 in Port Canaveral

DAY 13 ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Monday, January 20): Today was an interesting day. It had its ups and downs. Proceeding chronologically makes sense. The ship was scheduled to dock at 11:00 AM. The captain made an announcement that overnight repairs on the diesel generators slowed us down and we would now dock at 1:00 PM. Although we sail at 8:00 PM, this wasn’t an issue. We planned to spend the day on the ship. Upon entering the first …

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Queen Victoria – Sailing Between Bermuda and Port Canaveral

DAY 12 ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Sunday, January 19): Sunday is our last sea day, sailing between Bermuda and Port Canaveral. The seas are calm. We had breakfast delivered at 7:00 AM, as usual. In case you wonder how much we are eating, before turning in the previous night, we hang a paper order form on the door. We typically ask for juice, croissants and coffee. This is supplemented by pain au chocolat and whole wheat toast. After dressing, …

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Queen Victoria – Bryce Sanders’ Diary – Days 8 Through 11, at Sea then Bermuda!

DAY 11 ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Saturday, January 18): We turned in about 1:00 AM last night, so we slept later on Saturday morning. The ship docked in Bermuda shortly before 9:00 AM. There wasn’t a morning breakfast order form on the bed, probably because Saturday morning would be quite busy for the crew. We headed up to Deck nine for breakfast in the Lido buffet restaurant. Lots of other people had the same idea. Heading back to the …

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Queen Victoria, Day 7

ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Tuesday, January 14): It’s been eight days since we flew from Philadelphia and six days since we sailed from Hamburg. By now you are likely finding our writeups boring. Do we do the same stuff over and over, day after day while the ship is at sea? Good question. The Queen Victoria is a little city that travels about 25 miles an hour, 24 hours a day. It’s like living in a walkable town. You decide …

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Queen Victoria, Day 6

ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Monday, January 13): On Monday, the seas acted up again. Monday is another sea day. It starts with the usual good night’s sleep followed by the 7:00 AM knock on the door with rolls, juice and coffee. The seas are a little rough. Not enough to cause stomach upset, but we have moments where a wall of water hits our window. We are on Deck One, after all. The voyage is similar to an accelerated …

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Queen Victoria, Day 5

ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Sunday, January 12): On Sunday the seas were smoother. Sunday started with the knock on the door as the steward brought in our rolls, juice and coffee. The sea was considerably calmer. After getting ourselves together, we headed up to the Lido Restaurant on Deck 9 for our second breakfast. The in-room breakfast gets the engine started. At 10:00 AM the ship’s captain conducted the interdenominational church service. Lots of singing. I met up with …

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Queen Victoria, Day 4 – First Sea Day!

ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Friday, January 10): The day started with rougher seas. The Beaufort Scale, which measures sea conditions, was Force 8. The scale goes up to 12. At Jane’s suggestion, I went to the onboard medical center to “Get the tablets.” This was a good move. They really work, although I napped more than usual. I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled we chose a cabin on Deck One, Midships. That’s where the ship’s motion is minimized. Midmorning, we headed …

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Queen Victoria, Day 3

ONBOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Friday, January 10): Friday was a big day. The best way to describe it is to say “The voyage officially started.” The day before, we get a note under the door: “Collect your passports and go through onboard immigration at 7:00 AM.” We both grew up in New York. “There will be a line. We must get up early and get on at the front.” We meet a couple from Denmark, further ahead in line. They …

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Queen Victoria, Day 2

ABOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Thursday, January 9): Thursday is our first full day at sea. It’s the last vacation day for people who signed on for the four night Southampton to Hamburg getaway. It’s our first formal night and their last formal night. The seas are calm. Here’s how experience has taught us to wake up. Instead of setting an alarm or getting a wake up call, we place an order for rolls, juice and coffee to be delivered …

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Queen Victoria, Day 1

ABOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Wednesday, January 8): We had breakfast in the Executive Lounge at the Hamburg Marriott. Then we explored the area around the hotel for a couple of hours. It’s the part of town with flagship boutique stores and an elegant department store which had a food themed floor. There was a Veuve Clicquot boutique. Yes, you can buy a VC logoed ski jacket. Caviar House had its shop/restaurant adjacent to the shop selling actual truffles along …

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