• Upcomimg Trips

    July 9 to 12 To Rehobeth Beach with Susan and Craig. Possibly take in a visit to Chincoteague to sample the seafood.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    June 13 Picnicked on The Great lawn in central Park to the music of The New York Philharmonic led by James Gaffigan. Great program with spectacular fireworks after the concert. The concert included two pieces composed by students from its education program — remarkable works (Bernstein style) from composers  11 and 12 years old respectively! They took their bows from the stage!

    June 20 The forecast rain didn’t happen so, having lined up for senior tickets in the morning, we were able to see an uninterrupted ‘Othello” in Central Park last night. The set and costumes were magnificent and the actors did their best but the direction gave  a somewhat bland production. I personally thought that some players were miscast and this distracted from the illusion.



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“Gem” — The ship

We always take the cheapest cabin on our cruises. The money we save buys the next cruise and, any case, we spend as little time in the state room  as possible. But, since there is no indication of night or day in inside cabins, we are always anxious that we don’t miss breakfast or  early morning exercise so we carry our watches to the bathroom during the night so as not to disturb the other if it turns out to be some ungodly hour. In addition, it take us a week to learn which way to turn out of our room!

NCL ships are painted all over with the theme of their name

Fellow passenger, Jaquie from New York, with Ethel

Theatre curtain

Amethyst ceiling and LED screen in the main lobby

Leader of the resident string quartet

Overstuffed passengers can take advantage of the overstuffed furniture in the Spinnaker Lounge

Dozing chairs

These ugly chairs are as uncomfortable as they look

Festive lobby

Dcorative Amazons

The “Gem” sports a brothel-like night club which, incongruously, includes a 4-lane ten-pin bowling alley. The fairly rough Atlantic crossing allowed very little bowling but here is Ethel making use of one of the exotic beds:

. . . . . . . .waiting for her gin and tonic

Night Club decor

Here we are at dinner enjoying the atmosphere, food and conversation


4 Responses

  1. Hi, what blog platform is this? Is it working for you or..? I would really love it if you could answer this question! Thanks in advance!

  2. Viola. It is a platform where I can put in my ‘twopennyworth’. It gives me mental exercise, an absorbing interest and much satisfaction if things turn out as well as I anticipate. Other than this, I am not quite sure whether I have understood your question completely? What does your platform do for you?

  3. Enjoyed your photos of the Queen. I had no idea of the appearance inner and outer of the ship. Our harbor here at Atlantic Highlands is slowly freezing over, but not enough yet to stop the Manhattan ferry boats from sailing.
    Claire and in good health and keeping warm.

    The best in the New Year to you and Ethel.


  4. John and Claire. Nice to hear from you. In the latest NYDay post, I have included a shot of a snow-covered Ellis Island with your NJ as a backdrop. We will wave to you on our next trip out of NY! Happy New Year to you both. Ben and Ethel

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