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Arcadia J717 carribean 7 -31st october 2017

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OMG BACK SEAT NAVIGATORS NOW

lol today the capt came on at noon with his usual update. apparently he has been contacted by concerned passengers asking what hes doing regarding tropical storm ophelia which is 300 miles south of us.

poor bloke then had to explain ITS 300 MILES AWAY.

hes sailing away from it not towards it and at the worst it may get a bit lumpy around midnight but thats as much as it will affect us.

my god i feel for the crew.

what do these people do all day. your on holiday for gods sake.

thank goodness the drink of the day is a double pina colada.

wonder if you can stock up lol.

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well its 5am again and again guess who forgot to put his clock back again, i will get the hang of this.

i think we have to do it two or three times more so i may be right one morning.

mildly lumpy overnight but only woke me once poss due to pina colada overload hic!

doesnt feel too bad this morning bit difficult to tell in an inside cabin lol.

fantastic entertainment last night elektra a violin duo very very good. everything from high classical to gypsy to ho down and bond themes.

very entertaining,

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fairly quiet day so far wind f5/6 but not very lumpy.

no sign of tropical storms so the back seat navigators will be disapointed.

24 degrees and 16 knots so a trip to the pool deck might be in order, not much cloud.

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the back seat navigators will be most disappointed max seas so far maybe 3m.

and it didnt feel very lumpy at all, although a couple were moaning at breakfast you would have thought we had done a passage through the south atlantic everyone else felt they had been on a different ship to the rest of us,they were most put out when someone said nah that wasnt rough.

i have to say i feel rather juvenile on here, at 58 i was some 25 years younger than any of yeaterdays lunchtime companions on a table for 8 i was the only one under 85.

and shock horror i work!

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please please ladies i know i am on my own but i am not looking.

what is it about elderley ladies that makes them think they are the matchmaker from fiddler on the roof.

i do not want to meet your daughter/granddaughter.

anyway i dont think they are looking for an overweight bald 58 year old even if i have my own teeth.

a particularly persistent 89 year old matriarch interogated me yesterday like she was judging some prize bull she wanted to introduce to her herd.

apparently she has an unmarried daughter 2 granddaughters and a couple of neices.

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well finally sussed the clocks thingy and woke at a reasonable time for breakfast.

was even able to be organised so i could go into the buffet just after 7 and then out to the smoking area by the pool.

beutiful day calm super sunrise collared a chair in the sun at the edge of the smoking area and did my physio like a good boy,doc will be pleased.

couple of cups of coffee and even risked removing the shirt, factor 50 required. the captain did warn the greenpeace whaling bods.

hadnt realised how much fun can be had watching the sunbed wars unfold.

the nabbers were there 0715 with their towels and accessorys nabbing a bed from the pile and then disappearing. the creww came out around 7.30 to unpack the beds and lay them out, even they shook their heads when they saw half a dozen had already been taken and positioned.

then came the supervisors with their slaves, one poor slave had 3 generations of masters (mother wife and daughter) poor lad 3/4s of an hour he had to move and re-move 3 beds with counter instructions from each master. after an hour or so he was allowed to slope off to the buffet with instructions to go back to the cabin and get that flowery hat for mum as its too windy for the one shes brought.and no he cant watch the football mum wants to go to the acupuncture demo.

boy i love travelling alone.

nearly got trampelled in the rush when i left my prime position lounger.

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11.15 recovered from the sunbathing quick wash and brush up then off to my hidey hole.

mind just noticed a talk i may go to "bad hair days" are you tired of frizzy unmanagable hair? join the spa stylists as they explain  what you can do to prevent this and make everyday a good hair day.

i am bald so wonder if they have a sense of humour.

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Really enjoying your updates Mitch and like others have said I feel I'm on this cruise with you. Travelling solo myself I can relate to your situation and observations of people. Your posts are the first I look to open when logging on - looking forward to more of your anecdotes as the cruise evolves. 😎

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wahay good night in the casino lol. if you went in on each of the first 3 nights you got a free raffle ticket and the draw was tonight.

i won the third draw £50 a bottle of fizz and dinner for 2 in the ocean grill.

and as a bonus £150 on a slot machine.

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more good news.

its 06.40 so i got the clocks right again so up in sensible time to ready for breakfast lol.

bad news the clocks go back again tonight so it will prob all go to pot again in the morning ha ha.

why is it the spa treatments sound more like a form of medeval torture?

deep tissue bamboo massage??? whats that someone beating you with bamboo sticks???

ice carving demo this afternoon sounds more like me, i'll take my own g&t. if theyre providing the ice lol.

or maybe the chocolate lecture wonder if they give samples.

decisions decisions its a hard life this cruising.

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2 hours ago, mitch said:

more good news.

its 06.40 so i got the clocks right again so up in sensible time to ready for breakfast lol.

bad news the clocks go back again tonight so it will prob all go to pot again in the morning ha ha.

why is it the spa treatments sound more like a form of medeval torture?

deep tissue bamboo massage??? whats that someone beating you with bamboo sticks???

ice carving demo this afternoon sounds more like me, i'll take my own g&t. if theyre providing the ice lol.

or maybe the chocolate lecture wonder if they give samples.

decisions decisions its a hard life this cruising.

Wait until you are on your way back and you are going forward an hour :o although depending on the Captain they very often put the hour on at noon.

It sure is a hard life !!

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 ok i am losing it!!

got the clock thing just about right today did wake early but was able to drop off again and woke at a reasonable 0630 for 7am brekkie.prepped eveything ready for antigua only to realise sitting having coffee on the pool deck antigua is not until tommorrow.

and the clocks go back again tonight omg 2 in a row. tommorrows going to be a disaster lol.

thank goodness the trip involves a distillery.

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3 hours ago, mitch said:

 ok i am losing it!!

got the clock thing just about right today did wake early but was able to drop off again and woke at a reasonable 0630 for 7am brekkie.prepped eveything ready for antigua only to realise sitting having coffee on the pool deck antigua is not until tommorrow.

and the clocks go back again tonight omg 2 in a row. tommorrows going to be a disaster lol.

thank goodness the trip involves a distillery.

Nooo !! you're not losing it sea days have that effect on you ;) 

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haha maybe a good day after all.

1. got the clocks right.

2. we are in antigua (checked the web cam to be sure)

3. its raining so may be a little cooler lol. only us brits would be happy to see rain.

ok brekkie and maybe a bit of retail therapy  hope ophelia missed you.

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antigua, very humid first thing a few squally showers but has brightened beutifully.

had a walk off up to the shops,  just on my limit i was flagging by the time i got back to the ramp.

but a very pleasant hour, even got given a free drink when the barman saw my veterans badge and aru shirt. and he wouldnt take no thanks as an answer lol.

so 2 rather potent rum punches before lunch i think means a lazy afternoon. thats my excuse and i am sticking to it.

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haha made my day.

theres a sailing away party tonight.

and its on the aft deck nine so all the sunbed nabbers got moved and their sunbeds stacked so they could put 3 rows of tables and chairs out both sides of the deck.

so it just left 30 or so sunbeds in the middle. there was much muttering and grumbling.

i was in stitches. still about 20 odd empty beds so i dont see the problem.

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