Our last shore excursion and a nice lunch at a cafe on shore

Thursday, November 12, 2009…My Equinox diary Today we visited Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. This island is quite different from Lanzarote, which we visited yesterday. There are basically two sides to this island, the southern part, which faces the Sahara Desert, is dry and arid. The northern part (separated by high mountains) faces Europe and is moist and green. Our shore excursion today took us through both of these parts of the island. First we …

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The ship observes Veterans Day and we visit the island of Lazarote

Wednesday, November 11, 2009…My Equinox diary Today is Veteran’s Day (celebrated as Remembrance Day in the UK). There were a few observances on board the Celebrity Equinox. There was a memorial service in the morning which about 300 passengers attended, followed by a reception for veterans and then a moment of silence for the entire ship. It was nice to see that the special day did not go by unnoticed. I took some time off for myself …

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A leisurely day at sea and we get to see many of the musical acts

Tuesday, November 10, 2009…My Equinox diary Today was our first full day at sea and it was lovely not to have to go anywhere or be anywhere. Almost everyone we talked with said they really had taken it easy today, resting, reading, napping or whatever. There was a huge roster of activities offered but Chet and I did only one of them. We played Jackpot Bingo, which we find to be fun and often we win something. …

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What happens when a shore excursion does not go as planned

Monday, November 9, 2009…My Equinox diary (I was unable to post this yesterday because the internet connection was down so I am catching up today.) So what happens when a shore excursion goes awry? Today we were in Cartegena, Spain. I didn’t know much about this port on the Costa del Sol and only three shore excursions were offered (not enough for 2,800 passengers). So we chose the trip to Elche and the Palm Tree Park ($57 …

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Serendipity: We meet old friends, and have a nice day on the island of Majorca

Sunday, November 8, 2009…My Equinox diary On every cruise we have ever taken, especially when we go by ourselves, there always seems to be some serendipity…that special unexpected surprise that is ever so pleasant. And so it was on the very first night of this cruise that Chet and I were having a drink at the bar before dinner when we struck up a conversation with the couple sitting next to us. He was wearing a University …

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A great day in Barcelona capped off by wine and tapas!

Saturday, November 7, 2009…My Equinox diary Today was spent in Barcelona, one of my favorite cities in Europe. The weather was mild and the sun shone all day. (One thing we heard from the 300 or so folks who were on the Equinox for the past two weeks for its last regular Med sailing was that it was a gray and dreary trip, raining almost every day. These folks are called back-to-backers and will have been on …

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We board the Equinox, change cabins and I see the doctor

Friday, November 6, 2009…My Equinox diary We have been very busy since we boarded the ship yesterday. We began at the Hilton Garden Inn at the Rome Airport where we almost joined another group from Kentucky who were taking a bus from the hotel to the pier. We had made our own plans to return to the airport (10 minutes) and then catch the Celebrity bus transfer to Civitavecchia from there. We decided it make sense to …

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Oasis of the Seas will have seven godmothers

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman and CEO Richard Fain said the 225,000-ton Oasis of the Seas will have seven godmothers, one for each of the neighborhoods on the world’s largest cruise ship. “Each godmother will start in her own area and then they will all convene at the AquaTheatre for the formal naming,” Fain wrote in his blog. “All seven godmothers will cut a ribbon, which will require seven complete cuts to release the bottle. Seven special …

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