S: Transatlantic Cruise 2011
BC: 2011 Transatlantic Cruise
FC: 14 Day Transatlantic Cruise May 2 - 16, 2011
1: Terry's Retirement Celebration | 14 day Transatlantic Cruise May 2 - 16 Ft. Lauderdale The Azores, Portugal Cartegena, Spain Barcelona, Spain St. Tropez, France Pisa/& Florence, Italy Rome, Italy
2: Our route from Fort Lauderdale, through Ponta Delgada, Cartagena, Barcelona, Provence, Florence and Rome,
3: Mike wanted to make sure I had a real celebration trip for my retirement from JCPenney and found this trip through Travel Zoo. The 14 day trip was $799 per person. We decided to add on a 10 day land tour through Greece, for $649 per person, at the end of the trip. This was the longest trip, 24 days, we had ever taken and the entire trip only cost us $4200. It was a really, great trip!
4: The Celebrity Equinox (The Flagship)
6: Deck 12
7: Deck 12 was our favorite place to hang out. That was where the pool, the outdoor seating, line dancing, musical entertainment, spa area and fitness area were. The jogging trail was directly above the pool area.
8: Our favorite location to hangout and read or sleep on Deck 12
9: The Spa Area Deck 12 | A quieter place to hang out. Also enclosed so better when it was windy outside.
10: The ship had a great fitness area that Terry used daily. Treadmill, bicycle and elliptical machines. | It also had a scale that we were able to use to keep us in line and not eat too much food Deck 12!
11: The ship had a jogging trail. Mike walked and jogged on it daily. Terry joined him some of the time. It was usually quite breezy on the one side which gave a good work out. Deck 14
12: Inside Stateroom 9340 Deck 9 | The Lawn Club (real grass) Deck 15
13: The Library Deck 10
14: Juke Box - A Cappella Quartet from America and Sweden | Nester Santurio Guitar Entertainer
15: The Equinox Theater which was huge | The classical pianist had great stories to go with each of his pieces, like the fact that Bach 1st went to work for a church and on his hiring papers it said, We hired Bach because the best was not available. The hypnotist had: someone thinking he was security and was yelling in Chinese at anyone in the audience who laughed; people thinking they had ants in their pants; people laughing & crying after seeing the funniest and saddest videos (one thought ET lost his finger); people on stage competing for the lead in a Riverdance production; people howling when he said his name; people saying their name in Martian (Ebedish); as well as many other things. | Entertainment | Classical Pianist - Brooke Aehron A Cappella Group - Juke Box Guitar Entertainer - Nester Santurio Magician - Bobby Borgia Hypnotist - Christopher Caress Celebrity Singing Star (American Idol) Crew Talent Shows and Broadway Type Shows.
16: Terry took a Napkin Folding Class!
17: Terry took line dancing classes. | The boat offered many classes. Mike took a series of classes on Astronomy by Peter Watson, which he loved, Terry also took classes on scrapbooking, photoshop, water aerobics, as well as the napkin folding and line dancing. | Classes
18: Hot Glass Show We were able to witness the incredible, gorgeous art of glassblowing with an intimate live demonstration by the artisans of Corning Museum of Glass
19: These 3 pieces were auctioned off on-board and went for $75 - $300 a piece. The orange piece was inspired by the sailboat rescue the Cruise Ship took part in. | The Hot Glass Show
20: Our favorite specialty restaurant, the Tuscan Grille, an Italian Steakhouse. It was very romantic! However we spent most of our meals at the Buffet.
21: Dining | Joyce & Frank our fun table mates in the Silhouette Restaurant (Main Dining Hall). They live 3-4 months in Italy. Joyce is a professional magician and we watched the Magic Show together.
22: A Specialty Restaurant Murano French Fine Dining
23: Bistro on Five A Creperie Incredible crepes-this one was nutello, bananas and almonds.
25: The Rescue of a Catamaran! About half way across the Atlantic, we had an announcement from the Captain that the Coast Guards from the U.S. and Bermuda had both called asking for assistance. A sailboat with 5 Germans heading from Bermuda to the Azores had lost its mast and had ran out of fuel, food and water. We were the closest ship to the boat in distress. The captain navigated our ship about 70 miles away from our scheduled route to help this boat. Our crew transferred 200 gallons of fuel as well as food and water, by passing them over a line connected to both boats. I think that all our fellow passengers (2,800) and many of the crew were on the starboard side of the ship watching the rescue work. Several people were worried about terrorists being on the sailboat. All turned out fine and a neat experience to be part of.
26: 1st Port -Ponta Delgada Sao Miguel, the Azores, Portugal Sao Miguel is the largest island of the mid-Atlantic Azores archipelago and is known to locals as the green island because of its lush foliage. Ponta Delgado is the capital of Sao Miguel. Legend has it that the Azores are the lost islands of Atlantis. It is also known for its pineapples. We walked and explored the city on our own that day in port.
27: The Town Center
28: The streets were made from volcanic rock in different colors. | The Azores
29: The City Water Front
30: The Azores | They liked eggs on their hamburgers | Narrow Streets
31: The Rock Of Gilbralter | As usual at Gilbralter, it was a very foggy day. The arrows point to the edge of the Rock of Gilbralter.
32: 2nd Port -Cartagena, Spain Cartagena is a historic port city located on the southeast Mediterranean coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Cartagena functions as the Mediterranean home port for Spain's navy. We unsuccessfully tried to do some laundry and make phone calls here. We did have fun trying new foods not speaking the local language.
33: An early Spanish submarine at the Naval Port where the Cruise Ship docked. | A dish I don't think we would have ordered, had we known what we were ordering! We thought we were ordering an omelet!
34: Terry flirtying with a Sailor & Mike in Downtown Cartagena.
35: Walking the streets in Cartagena
36: 3rd Port -Barcelona Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and the largest on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. We decided to take a Barcelona Markets Walking Tour. The tour took us through the old Gothic Quarter, dating back from the 13th century with its charm and little shops. All of them are a representation of the history of Barcelona. We saw the Picasso Museum, the Santa Maria del Mar (protector of fisherman) Church, built in the 1400's. We then enjoyed the Santa Caterina Market (with a wavy, colorful Gaudi roof in the colors found in food in the market) and the Market of the Boqueria, which dates back to 1217. The markets were gorgeous with lots of colorful fruit, a huge variety of olives and seafood. We bought a few candy and nut goodies to take back to the ship with us.! We also had the opportunity to enjoy some drinks & Tapas, a Spanish specialty. We also saw the School of Archetecture painted by Picasso across from the church. On one side he painted people dancing and playing instruments and on the side facing the church, children holding palms. There were also live statues all along Los Ramblas Street.
37: Statue of Christopher Columbus
38: The Market of La Boqueria, dates back to 1217.
39: Santa Caterina Market, with the wavy, colorful roof by Gaudi. The roof colors artistically represent the colors of the food in the market.
40: Barcelona's old Gothic Quarter with very narrow streets | The Picasso Museum Pablo Picasso (a Spanish painter) is one of the most famous artist in the world.
41: Stain Glass window at the Santa Maria del Mar (protector of fisherman) Church. Skull and Crossbones where someone was buried. Coat of Arms at the Royal Palace. School of Architecture with Picasso paintings of people dancing and playing jazz on the left and children holding palms on the right
42: Yum.... Spanish Tapas | Legend has it that the King visited another city and was served wine with a piece of bread and cheese placed on top of the wine glass to keep the flies out of the glass. The king came back to Spain and asked everyone to do the same thing and this is how Tapas came to be. They are small pieces of bread with different toppings usually served with wine.
43: Live Statues on Las Ramblas Street.
44: 4th Port -Provence (Toulon), France & Saint Tropez We decided to take a tour to Saint Tropez. Saint Tropez is undeniably one of the best known resorts of Europe. It still is today a crossroads where journalists and photographers, writers, artists and celebrities all meet in the high summer season. We happened upon a big street market, where we bought some beautiful pottery, and a tee shirt for Mike. There was also a Harley Davidson Europe Festival going on in town...so many motorcycles. The festival in Cannes was going on at the same time we were there, but we failed to see any celebrities. However, there were a lot of huge yachts everywhere. On the way back we had a short stop in the charming city of Port Grimaud, also known as the Little Venice of France. Very beautiful place.
46: Lots & lots of huge yachts in St. Tropez.
47: The noisy Harley Davidson European Festival was going on in St. Tropez .
48: Lots of great sidewalk cafes to enjoy.
49: Terry at a street fair in St. Tropez, in front of baskets and baskets of spices. We bought some pottery and a t-shirt at this street fair.
50: Port Grimaud A charming place, with lots of canals, also known as the Little Venice of France.
52: Terry at a little outdoor cafe in Grimaud, where we shared a Gelato Banana Split, along with the olives everyone automatically is given.!
53: 5th Port - Florence & Final Port -Rome The cruise ship made a stop in Florence, but we elected to spend our last full day on the ship, since we had visited Florence before. It was a gorgeous day and we were happy we spent it relaxing on board. The last stop was in Rome. We discovered it was very expensive to get around in Rome, $273 to get from the ship to our hotel at the airport. So instead of going to downtown Rome, for another $200, we hung around our hotel. We had a very romantic dinner at a great italian restaurant. where Terry got confused about a little, cute alcove and couldn't figure out how the people got in there, to be told by Mike, You do realize that's a mirror, don't you? Ha. Ha. Also enjoyed some great gelato.