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Snow-less days and Coastguard to the rescue

Most fortuitously, (for us), the departure of the NCL ‘Gem’ from New York coincided with the arrival of the biggest snowstorm of the season. Our thoughts were with all those unfortunates left behind as we donned our shorts on the second day of cruising!

Click on the pictures for detail:

View from old San Juan

View from old San Juan

Old San Juan has a very special attraction for us. It is the home of the Old Harbor Brewery and we make a beeline for it whenever we dock there. It brews the best custom beer you have ever tasted. Here is Christine chatting to the manager:

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Our package deal included dining at any of the specialist restaurants. Here we are being fed and entertained at the "Teppanyaki"

Our package deal included dining at any of the specialist restaurants. Here we are being fed and entertained at the “Teppanyaki”

Christine in her "Queen Mum" hat

Christine in her “Queen Mum” hat

Overlooking St. Maarten

Overlooking St. Maarten (Taken with Christine’s phone)

For the second time in the last two years, a passenger or crew member has been taken very sick on a cruise I was on and had to be evacuated from the ship to the nearest hospital. The ‘Gem’ has no deck large enough for a helicopter pad, so this time it was a much trickier procedure.

Coastguard to the rescue . . . ..

Coastguard to the rescue . . . ..

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Hovering, dangerously over the moving deck behind the basketball court  . . . . .

Hovering, dangerously over the moving deck behind the basketball court while lowering a basket and hoisting the patient aboard . . . . .

Patient safely aboard and heading to hospital 200 miles away!

Patient safely aboard and heading to hospital 200 miles away!

This incident provoked serious thought . . . . which is never good for one!

This incident provoked serious thought . . . . which is never good for one and should be avoided whenever possible

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