Day 10…Greenland Cruise…Newfoundland…Sea day…

Cape Spear Lighthouse.

Yesterday’s visit to St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, was an exciting look inside coastal living in northern Canada. The weather was cool but pleasant, the people friendly, and the town of roughly 114,000. It was a mix of old and new architecture, as shown in today’s photos.

A beautiful building in St. John’s is the Supreme Court.

From the ship’s brochure:

“St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, is the providence’s largest city. It was settled by the British in the 1600s. St. John’s is one of the oldest cities in the “New World.” Known for colorful row houses, it has the perfect balance of luxurious city and old-town charm. Guests can wander the streets learning the history of this fishing town, or for the more adventurous, hike up Signal Hill and enjoy the views.”

It was a lovely town filled with old-world charm, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Another view of colorful buildings in St. John’s.

Here are more facts about St. John’s, Newfoundland…

From this site:

“St. John’s, capital and largest city of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and LabradorCanada, at the eastern end of the Avalon Peninsula. It stands on the steep, western slope of an excellent landlocked harbour that opens suddenly to the Atlantic. The entrance, known as the Narrows, guarded by Signal Hill (500 feet [150 metres]) and South Side Hills (620 feet [190 metres]), is about 1,400 feet (425 metres) wide, narrowing to 600 feet (185 metres) between Pancake and Chain rocks. It was probably visited in 1497 by John Cabot on the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist and was early used as a haven for fishing vessels.

In 1583 a marker was placed on the shore by Sir Humphrey Gilbert claiming possession of Newfoundland for England, but permanent settlement was not made until the early 17th century. St. John’s prospered as a fishing port, despite frequent attacks by the French and disastrous fires in 1816–17, 1846, and 1892.

The city, one of the oldest and the most easterly in North America, now dominates the economic and cultural life of the province. It is the island of Newfoundland’s commercial and industrial centre, a major ocean port, and the base for the provincial fishing fleet; it is also the easternmost terminus for the Trans-Canada Highway and for several national airlines. Among its varied industries are shipbuilding, fish processing, brewing, tanning, and the manufacture of clothing, hardware, marine engines, paint, and furniture.

The city’s two cathedrals (both dedicated to St. John the Baptist) are the ornate basilica (1841; Roman Catholic) and the ecclesiastical-Gothic Anglican cathedral (originating in 1816 and rebuilt after the great fire of 1892). The Confederation Building (1850) replaced the Colonial Building (1860) as the provincial headquarters and houses a military and naval museum. St. John’s is the home of the Memorial University of Newfoundland (1925) and Queen’s College (1841; Anglican), and its Newfoundland Museum displays relics of the extinct Beothuck tribe (Newfoundland’s original inhabitants). Signal Hill Historic Park, once a location for signaling the approach of ships, memorializes several events, including John Cabot’s presumed landfall (commemorated by a tower [1897]); the French-English struggle for Newfoundland that ended in 1762 with the last shot fired on the hill (remnants of the fortifications, notably the Queen’s Battery, remain); and the reception atop the hill at the Cabot Tower by Guglielmo Marconi of the first transatlantic wireless message in 1901 from Europe. From the city’s Lester’s Field, the aviators Captain (later Sir) John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Brown took off in 1919 to make the first nonstop transatlantic flight to Clifden, Ireland.

The Quidi Vidi Battery, which once guarded the entrance to a small fishing harbour east of Signal Hill leading to a small lake, has been restored to its 1812 appearance; the annual (August) regatta, held since 1828 on the lake, is one of the oldest organized sports events in North America. Inc. 1888. Pop. (2006) 100,646; metro. area, 181,113; (2021) 110,525; metro. area, 212,579.

Scenic views of colorful buildings.

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Last night, after dinner, we headed to the theatre to watch the show, a live entertainer who impersonates Neil Diamond. The performance was excellent, and we enjoyed every moment. When it was over, we headed back to our cabin for another good night’s rest. Again, Tom headed to breakfast alone while I stayed behind, got up, showered, and dressed for the day.

Robert Neary, Neil Diamond impersonator, performed at the Theatre last night. Gosh, he even looked like him.

When he returned, we put together another load of laundry since we won’t have access to laundry facilities until we get to Henderson, Nevada, where we can do laundry at Richard’s house or a laundromat near the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa, and Casino. This time, we’ll have a rental car so we can get around and do whatever we need to do; renew our driver’s licenses, pick up mail from our mailing service, and get together with Richard and some friends in Las Vegas.

Today, a sea day, we’ll chat with passengers and enjoy another delightful day aboard the ship. In another hour, we’ll head to the dining room for lunch, after which we’ll head back to Cafe al Bacio for a more relaxing time, doing exactly what we want to do.; It’s delightful.

Be well.

Photo from ten years ago today, August 27, 2013:

+ Each day in Tuscany, it’s cooler than the last as fall rolls in. More of these puffy clouds surrounded us yesterday morning. With the cool weather, we kept the windows closed all day. The laundry on the drying rack required the entire day to dry. It appears Tuscany’s days of hot weather are over. For more photos, please click here.

Day 16…Norway Cruise…Sea day…One day and counting…Packing day…

Not our photo. Due to the time of year as “The Land of the Midnight Sun,” we couldn’t see the Northern Lights but Norway was filled with other wonders we savored.

Note: I cannot add more photos today, other than the above, due to the poor WiFi signal aboard the ship. Once we arrive in Nevada in early September, we can post our photos from Edinburgh and this cruise. Of course, we’ll continue to try to add photos each day! We are sorry for the inconvenience. Perhaps, when this cruise ends, we can start posting photos while on the upcoming Celebrity cruise in 4 days. We’ll continue taking photos and writing text daily, if possible.

This morning, before 8:00 am, when the laundry room on our deck was about to open, Tom was waiting outside the door for it to open to get our clothes washed and dried. Others were there waiting, and he was the second person in line. With six washers and dryers, with one of each not working, it was good he got the early start.

Now, as I write here at 10:40, the laundry is done, folded, and ready for packing, which we’ll complete by the end of today, leaving our bags outside the door tonight to be picked up for tomorrow’s disembarkation. We’re scheduled to depart the ship by 8:30 am and have booked a shuttle to the airport in Amsterdam. Our flight isn’t until about 2:10 pm.

Fortunately, the flight is only 3½ hours long. Icelandair has screens and free movies at each seat which helps the flying time pass quickly. Once we arrive in Reykjavik, we’ll take a taxi to the hotel. Having toured the city in depth on a past cruise, we don’t intend to do any sightseeing during the less than 18 hours in the city.

On Friday, we’ll board Celebrity Summit at noon and be on our way. It will be different to be on a ship with about 2000 passengers as opposed to the 567 passengers on this ship, Azamara Journey. Surely, in no time, we’ll be used to the differences and blend in as we always do, enjoying many features of the quality cruise line.

Celebrity may not be relatively as upscale as Azamara, but it has everything we need and works well for our choices of activities and events. Now that we have the trivia bug, surely, we’ll get involved in those events as well. With $450 in cabin credit with drinks, tips, and WiFi for two included, we’ll find a way to use up our balance as well as the balance on this ship.

At this point, we don’t book specific tours since walking long distances is very difficult for me. We’ve spent plenty of time walking as much as I could in the various ports of call in Norway and will do so again as we embark on this next cruise. It’s very disappointing that I can’t walk far after the two surgeries on my legs four years ago.

But this disability is not keeping us from carrying on with our travels with gusto. I do the best I can do. It’s not as if my legs get tired, but instead, they get extremely painful due to nerve damage. However, I can do many aspects of our travels considering how far I can walk at any given time.

Neither of us feels as if we are missing out. Our lives are rich and fulfilling with the joys of nature, socializing, and visiting new places throughout the world. We plan to continue on for as long as we possibly can. Life is good, and we are content.

Tomorrow, we’ll prepare a post when we arrive at the airport in Amsterdam, awaiting our flight.

Be well.

Photo from ten years ago today, August 16, 2013:

Walking gingerly is a must on these steep stone steps to the basement. The HomeAway listing for this house clearly stated that this property is not intended for the older population due to the many steps required to get from one end to another down the long hallway and the tricky access to the patio on the right of this stairwell. For more photos, please click here.

Day 15…Norway Cruise…Sea day…Two days and counting…

Fun Facts About Trondheim - Life in Norway
Not our photo. Trondheim, Norway, is the city we visited yesterday.

Note: I cannot add more photos today, other than the above, due to the poor WiFi signal aboard the ship. Once we arrive in Nevada in early September, we can post our photos from Edinburgh and this cruise. Of course, we’ll continue to try to add photos each day! We are sorry for the inconvenience. Perhaps, when this cruise ends, we can start posting photos while on the upcoming Celebrity cruise in 4 days. We’ll continue taking photos and writing text daily, if possible.

In two days, we’ll disembark this ship in Amsterdam and are scheduled for the shuttle to Schiphol Amsterdam Airport, where we’ll fly to Reykjavik, Iceland, where we’ll stay overnight in a hotel to sail away on the Celebrity Summit the following day. Our scheduled cruise check-in time is noon, but we often arrive earlier and have no problem getting checked in.

Tom just left the coffee shop to head to our cabin to see how much cabin credit we have left. Any unused portion is forfeited, so I will purchase something in the shop to ensure we have nothing left when we disembark. The items in the shop are so expensive; it’s hard to find anything with almost $200 left. But I will figure something out.

Also, since we were overweight in our two bags, it makes no sense to purchase the ship’s logo wear or anything that would add to the weight of our bags.

This morning there is a fantastic brunch buffet in the main dining room. A few minutes ago, I toured the buffet to see what they had that worked for my way of eating, and there were more options than I could imagine. Since it’s a sea day with passengers filling up all the seats in the coffee shop and us needing to sit here to do the post, I may go eat on my own.

Tom has been having breakfast without me the past week while I stayed in the cabin to shower and dress for the day. I am not hungry early in the morning and prefer to eat closer to noon. Since he won’t be hungry by noon, I’ll probably wander over and grab a plate of the delectable offerings.

Last night was another fine evening. At 4:00 pm, we played trivia in The Living Room (losing, once again) and chatted with our two newly-made delightful friends from Edinburgh. By 6:00 pm, we returned to the cabin to change for dinner and headed to the Discoveries Bar for a drink before dining in the main dining room.

Once again, we sat at a shared table and, as always, had an enjoyable dinner with the other passengers at our table. After dinner, we did a little “bar-hopping” to listen to various quality entertainment while chatting with other passengers. As we expected, it’s been a very social cruise, and we couldn’t have had more fun.

In the next 48 hours, we’ll have packed our bags, leaving clothes out to wear on the last night and day since our bags will be taken away on Wednesday night and left at the port to pick up after we disembark. We are familiar with this process since this is cruise #31 in almost 11 years.

That’s it for today, dear readers. Again, we apologize for the lack of photos. We will make up for it before long. Hopefully, on this next cruise, we won’t encounter such issues and will be able to post photos as they occur.

Be well.

Photo from ten years ago today, August 15, 2013:

Can you imagine soaking in the tub with these visitors stopping by to say hello? For more photos, please click here.