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    October 14 to 21 Cruise - Bermuda
  • 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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Caribbean on the “Gem”

By a stroke of luck, our cruise booking coincided with the worst snow storm ever recorded in NYC! While the brave New Yorkers were battling with 30 inches of gust-driven snow and screaming blue murder in the empty airports, we were steaming towards the sunny sub-tropics. We did, of course, empathize with them as we sipped our wine in the  Spinnaker Lounge.

As a matter of fact, we did not escape entirely; the ocean was so rough that the Captain decided to hug the coast for a day or more before turning towards Puerto Rico and this maneuver shortened our stay in the sun a little. In San Juan we suffered a big disappointment though; Harbor Brewery, provider of wonderful old-fashioned beers, had succumbed to the declining economy and had closed its doors some three months earlier! We trudged around the Old Town trying to find a substitute and  did, in fact, discover a pub which sounded promising since it was reported to have 59 different beers on tap. But, having spent two weary hours locating it, we found it didn’t open till 3.30 and the ship, as a result of the coast-hugging, was leaving at 5.00!

Click on the pictures for detail:

Running out of New York before the storm

Running out of New York before the storm

 

Chocolate-covered strawberries to go with the champagne in our cabin

Chocolate-covered strawberries to go with the champagne in our cabin

 

Seriously Formal

Seriously Formal with moules!

 

Happily informal

Happily informal

 

Cruiser with style

Cruiser with style

 

San Juan harbor

San Juan harbor

 

First taste of the sun

First taste of the sun

 

Coast Guard escort

Coast Guard escort

 

San Juan airstrip

San Juan airstrip

 

Away to St. Thomas . . . .

Away to St. Thomas . . . .

 

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. . . . . .

 

 . . . . Old Fort . . .

. . . . Old Fort . . .

 

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. . . . . .

 

Christine ahoy!

Christine ahoy!

 

Meagan's Beach, St. Thomas

Meagan’s Beach, St. Thomas

 

. . . . some of the other bathers

. . . . some of the other bathers

 

Tw of the six ships docked at St. Maarten

Two of the six ships docked at St. Maarten

 

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Restaurant view . .

Restaurant view . .

 

Waitress's view . . . .

Waitress’s view . . . .

 

Homeward bound . . .

Homeward bound . . .

 

Christine's Caribbean look

Christine’s Caribbean look!

 

THE END

 

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