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Beautiful (Windy) Bermuda

The first part


View Summer, 9-11-2001 - and then the 2nd time down the ICW & 2011 A Marine graduation, and B2B on Pride & Bermuda on greatgrandmaR's travel map.

Triangle Cruisers (Cruise Critic's Group)

Triangle Cruisers (Cruise Critic's Group)

Comedy of Errors

Cruise Prequel

We were supposed to leave on the Carnival Pride for Bermuda today (Sunday 6 November). We are in a hotel in Linthicum instead. Actually I am in a hotel in Linthicum - Bob is driving back to Leonardtown to get my passport.

I started to pack on Friday 4 November. I absolutely can NOT find my nice black skirt and jacket that I always wear for formal nights, nor can I find my shirt that goes with a cotton jacket that I wear during the day in the summer. I don't know where they can be. I finished packing Saturday - I have a small duffle and mother's red roller bag (carry-on size) and the computer bag. Bob has the big brown roller bag, a green bag and two black bags.

I have been expecting that our old cameras (Kodaks) were going to give out soon. They have been used a lot, and mine already has a problem turning off - I have to turn it past off, or it doesn't turn off. Now Bob was having a problem turning his on. So - Bob said that if I would get my act together we could go to Best Buy and/or the Exchange and look at cameras. I wanted one with a viewfinder (not just a screen), and a flash that was manually operated. It turn out that there are none of those small flat cameras that have a viewfinder anymore. So I got a Canon EOS Rebel

Saturday 5 November, after we picked up the rental car and loaded all the luggage into it, I got a robo call from Carnival telling me that the ship had been delayed and not to leave until I heard from them. Bob didn't pick up the phone so he didn't know this - I thought I heard him pick up, but he didn't. I tried to find the Pride on the charts but the only thing I saw was a little bit off Ft Pierce coming from Freeport on Friday. I went to the internet and other people were talking about it but there was no real information. Carnival wanted us to get text messages, but I don't do text messages. We called Bob's brother David who was also traveling with us, but his phone wasn't being answered.

Finally I got an email from Carnival stating that we would board Monday morning 9-12.

The ship ran into the big low - I guess off NC - with seas of 20 feet and the young teen club and the arcade room on deck 4 were damaged.

Sunday November 6

It would be difficult for us to get to Baltimore by 9 - I used to do it when I was working, but I had to leave by about 6. After a lot of discussion, Bob thought we should turn in the rental car and drive my car up. I found a hotel (Country Inn & Suites near BWI) that had free cruise parking and made a reservation there for tonight. She said we couldn't have a shuttle to the port because they weren't doing those reservations for new bookings. David called us back and said that he had gotten the message too - I was afraid that he had already gone to his daughters for her to take him to the ship.

We turned all the clocks back for daylight savings. Bob switched all the luggage from one car to the other and we returned the rental car. Bob wanted to do that at 9, but they don't open until 10 on Sunday. The man inside took the keys anyway - it cost about $33.00 to drive 20 miles - just to the house and back.

Bob wanted to leave about noon, even tho the hotel check-in wasn't until 3. So we left at noon. First we turned off the TVs, satellite, modem and water.
In the car 12:04

In the car 12:04


I took some photos on the way up to compare with the old camera. Although it was sunny today and it was rainy last week I think the photos are clearer with the new camera.
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fall color

fall color

fall color


We had lunch at Boston Market. - pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches. Bob ate half of his and took half with him. I ate all mine.
Stop for lunch

Stop for lunch

The only Boston Market I know with a drive thru - used to be a Roy Rogers

The only Boston Market I know with a drive thru - used to be a Roy Rogers


Counter Boston Market

Counter Boston Market


Chicken Carver Combo

Chicken Carver Combo

half of a  Boston Market pulled BBQ chicken sandwich

half of a Boston Market pulled BBQ chicken sandwich

Check

Check


We checked into the hotel and she said she could upgrade us to a port shuttle for an extra $20.00 which is a good deal. Then we sat around and watched football and I downloaded my photos from the new camera and Bob ate the other half of his sandwich and had a nap (good).
Bed

Bed

Sunset from hotel window

Sunset from hotel window

Off airport parking across the street

Off airport parking across the street

Sunset

Sunset


BUT as we were leaving for dinner at Chilis (which is next door), I suddenly had a horrible thought - I had forgotten my passport. Bob drove back to Leonardtown to get my passport.
Chili's next to the hotel

Chili's next to the hotel


Bob said the round trip was 175 miles and took 4 hours including getting gas and a hamburger en-route. He said he listened to NPR who were having old radio mystery shows - one every half hour, and it was very enjoyable.

In any case this hotel has free breakfast and we plan to eat that at 7 and then take the luggage down to the lobby and wait for a shuttle. Cross fingers that tomorrow will be better.

The Pride is in Baltimore now and people are getting off but they can also wait until 7 am tomorrow to get off if they want to.

Embarkation 7 November

Bob set the clock radio to WTOP for 7:00 and it went on as programmed. It was then that we found out about the Ravens game result - I hadn't been able to find it on the TV the night before. I had hired a private guide who was to have met us in St. Georges. But we were going to be late and wouldn't have time to get to St. Georges. I looked at email but still have no confirmation on the change to our itinerary in Bermuda from the guide. We got ourselves out of the room by about 8 and went down to breakfast.

The elevator was a real Chinese fire drill. The elevators would not keep the doors open even if you pushed the Open Door button. Bob had two roller bags each with another bag or two on it, and I had the scooter with the computer bag and the cane bungee corded to the back of it. The elevator was too small to turn around in so I just had to go in straight and everyone else had to fit around me. Then I could back off straight. There was another lady there and she held the door for us to get on and off.

Now to see whether we could get the shuttle to the port. The port shuttle package is $139.00 plus tax etc. Breakfast was free. I had a muffin a small thin potato chip sized piece of sausage and a glass of cranberry juice cocktail. Then I went out to where Bob was waiting for the luggage, and sat with it while he went in to get something. The 8:00 van had already left and the 8:30 van had 10 people's luggage loaded into it but no driver. The driver eventually came and got everyone's bodies on board and left. Then other driver came back.

While we were waiting I talked to the people in the lobby - there was a big group from Myrtle Beach and I talked to them. We were all loaded into the third van about 8:45. He put me in the front seat and Bob was behind me. It didn't take very long to drive to the ship - since we aren't supposed to take photos inside the terminal, I took some from the van as we were driving up to it.
Hanover St bridge

Hanover St bridge

Ship as we approach in the morning

Ship as we approach in the morning

The Carnival whale tail

The Carnival whale tail

Carnival Pride through the chain link fence

Carnival Pride through the chain link fence

Port of Maryland

Port of Maryland


Bob tipped the van driver $5.00. We turned in three bags (Bob one and me two), and then we went into the terminal. They looked at our passports and boarding document, and sent us down to the middle of the lines. I walked through the magnetic doorway but I kept beeping and I couldn't figure out why. Bob went thru without a problem. I was waiting for a female wand person but no one appeared. Then Bob said - it's probably your watch, and so I took it off and handed it to the guard and went back through and that was it!! This was a watch I bought on board our last cruise when my previous watch gave out. I never had that problem with the plastic Timex watches!!!.

We signed in fairly quickly and went to get our photo. But Carnival has got a new ramp and they don't let anyone go in the lower entrance like we did last year on Enchantment of the Seas. So I had to scooter up, and up, and up the ramps. We came on board deck 2 and our room was deck 6 forward so we went forward to use those elevators. The elevators are tiny. On HAL I could drive into the corner to leave room for other people. I can't do that on this ship. I have to straight in, and then back straight out.

We went down the port side, but our room door was on the starboard side (it is in the middle but it is just one room wide in the middle and all the middle rooms have doors on the starboard hall). We got to our room before 9:30, so that was pretty quick. But the cabin door is EXTREMELY narrow. Much more so than HAL. I almost scrape the side and the scooter also has a little trouble with the threshold.
looking from the bathroom to the cabin right after embarkation

looking from the bathroom to the cabin right after embarkation


The cabin steward had not done the cabin completely and he wanted to vacuum. The beds on the side of the cabin and run fore/aft of the ship, not athwart as they would be if the beds were directly ahead of you coming in the door.
Sitting on the bed in our room

Sitting on the bed in our room


nightstand they moved to the center to make room for the scooter

nightstand they moved to the center to make room for the scooter

Bob manuvering the scooter from inside room

Bob manuvering the scooter from inside room


There is a tiny bathroom with a shower in the corner, but there IS space to put stuff on shelves.
bathroom mirror

bathroom mirror

Bathroom sink

Bathroom sink


There are three closets (one with shelves)
Closets past the TV area

Closets past the TV area


and there is a desk with 9 drawers (4-1-4 configuration) and a small round table and a waste basket which was under it, and a chair and a stool.
TV with safe under it

TV with safe under it


Route - crappy graphics

Route - crappy graphics


Above the section with the ice bucket is the TV which seems to have the Florida Channel 7 as well as Fox News. There is also a fridge but it is a good thing we don't want to use it because it is behind the scooter. We put the stool sideways under the desk with the table. Each bed has a small nightstand, but they do not have drawers.

We told the stewards that we wanted the beds separated. Bob put the scooter against the wall at the end of the beds. The Lifeboat drill was to be at 12:15. So about 11:00 we decided to go get something to eat, and we went up to the Lido as the regular dining room isn't open. My red bag came before we left. We got some chicken nuggets, potato salad and a hot dog,
Hot dog, chili and potato salad from the grill by the pool

Hot dog, chili and potato salad from the grill by the pool

Pool area snack bar - Bob at the drinks area around pool

Pool area snack bar - Bob at the drinks area around pool


and ate out by the pool. We also got some ice cream. There were some musicians playing.
Who's that behind me?

Who's that behind me?

We found the computer cafe, and I tried to sign in, but it wouldn't let me, and the same for other people.
Sunset Gallery - closed

Sunset Gallery - closed


area where we waited for lifeboat drill

area where we waited for lifeboat drill


Then we went to where the lifeboat drill was to be. Bob went down to the room and got my coat - I went out on deck. The scooter hangs up on the ramp as it is too high - the wheels at both ends are off the deck. We can go around the whole deck from behind the main theatre all the way around the stern. I took some pictures.
Parking lot at the pier

Parking lot at the pier

Fork lift (powered industrial truck)

Fork lift (powered industrial truck)

people walking into the boarding ramp entrance

people walking into the boarding ramp entrance

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Boarding ramp


When he got back Bob said all our luggage had come.
Me on the scooter, reflected in mirrors on stairs

Me on the scooter, reflected in mirrors on stairs


When the lifeboat drill started, they told us we had to go inside -people on scooters couldn't be outside. So we did the drill inside. There was also a girl putting mandatory wristbands on all children under 12. (Even one little boy who was 11.5) After the drill, Bob went down to unpack, and I went out to see the sail-away and take pictures.
Me in outdoor gear to take photos of sail-away - in the handicapped stall prior to going outside

Me in outdoor gear to take photos of sail-away - in the handicapped stall prior to going outside


I got pictures of them taking off the lines,
Last load of luggage being put aboard

Last load of luggage being put aboard

Boarding ramp pulled away from the ship

Boarding ramp pulled away from the ship

Taking the protective nets off the side of the luggage ramp

Taking the protective nets off the side of the luggage ramp


Man getting ready to take off lines  (his car)

Man getting ready to take off lines (his car)

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Lines being reeled in

Removing another line

Removing another line


Ship flag

Ship flag


Life raft signage

Life raft signage

Two crew on platform supervising the removal of lines

Two crew on platform supervising the removal of lines

Pulling away from the dock

Pulling away from the dock

One employee on platform - reflected in the side of the ship as we pull away from the dock

One employee on platform - reflected in the side of the ship as we pull away from the dock


Roofing workers on adjoining warehouse

Roofing workers on adjoining warehouse

Backing out and got REALLY CLOSE to this buoy before we stopped and turned

Backing out and got REALLY CLOSE to this buoy before we stopped and turned

Freighters

Freighters


I took photos of of Fort McHenry,
Fort McHenry - little bridge on the edge of the river

Fort McHenry - little bridge on the edge of the river

Fort McHenry with 1812 flag

Fort McHenry with 1812 flag

1812 flag and Natty Boh

1812 flag and Natty Boh

IMG_0158.JPGPassing Ft McHenry

Passing Ft McHenry


And I got quite a few of the Lazarette lighthouse
Lazarette Light on Lehigh Cement property

Lazarette Light on Lehigh Cement property

IMG_0164.JPGLazarette Lighthouse - dwarfed by the Leigh cement silos

Lazarette Lighthouse - dwarfed by the Leigh cement silos

green-red buoy - channel split marker

green-red buoy - channel split marker

Looking back at the city

Looking back at the city

Wake

Wake

South side of river

South side of river

Key Bridge ramp

Key Bridge ramp


and the red, white and blue buoy that marks where Francis Scott Key was anchored during the battle.
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IMG_0181.JPGF S Key marker

F S Key marker

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F S Key marker

IMG_0184.JPGKey Bridge and Ft Carroll

Key Bridge and Ft Carroll


Key Bridge

Key Bridge

Under the Key Bridge

Under the Key Bridge

Key Bridge

Key Bridge

Key Bridge

Key Bridge


IMG_0194.JPGFt Carroll

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll and CG boat

Ft Carroll and CG boat

CG boat and Key Bridge

CG boat and Key Bridge

IMG_0206.JPGFt Carroll and the old lighthouse

Ft Carroll and the old lighthouse

Ft Carroll

Ft Carroll

Also the Key Bridge and Fort Carroll. By then I was cold, so I came inside. I have a chock I put in the door and then I have to lift the scooter over the threshold. I was able to use the elevator by myself, and even got down to our room although I overshot it and had to back up. They had separated the beds which was good.
Beds separated (nightstands in the middle)

Beds separated (nightstands in the middle)


Bob put the scooter back in at the bottom of his bed and put it to charge as it was running down a bit with all the activity.
Bob plugging in the scooter under the desk

Bob plugging in the scooter under the desk


I unpacked. I wanted Bob to hang up the dresses (he took the long hanging closet but since he brought hangers there were some for my dresses) but he was so neat, that he folded all the shirts and put them in drawers too.

I think we should have gone and gotten some more lunch at this point.

I downloaded my photos, and started editing them, and then tried to sign on again without luck. Finally I called the front desk, and was put on hold for a LONG time. Finally I got someone and complained that I couldn't log on. She said she couldn't find the computer guy. Eventually he came on and he said they didn't download the new people until they were underway. But we were underway. Eventually we figured out that the reason I couldn't log on was that while my Sail card has my name as Rosaliean (without the final N), the computer desk has my name as just Rosalie. So when I wrote RosalieAnn or Rosaliean, it wouldn't take it.

I logged on, bought a package and picked up email and then logged off. Then I continued editing photos. Bob got hungry and ate some brownies and eventually went up to the Lido but all he was able to find up there was olives, cheese and bread. So we ate that while we waited for dinner time which is 2015 (8:15 pm) because we are eating with a group of Bob's brother David's friends and they want late dining. David has a total of 26 people in his group including some people who used to live next door to them.

I looked at the menu system on the TV which is good except I can never exit from the damn thing. It has the menu but it looks like the menu on there is a formal night menu. We will see what we get.

We finally got word from the guide that he would meet us in Kings Wharf. The Florida TV station told us that the storm had become a tropical storm named Sean, and that Bermuda was under a tropical storm watch.
Piano player in the atrium

Piano player in the atrium


Tonight was not formal night, so we didn't have the menu that was on the TV. Bob had gazpacho andalouse and we had the first experience with the way Carnival does soup. They give you a little cube of something (in this case diced tomato, pepper, cucumber and herbs)
Bob's gazpacho cube - pre soup

Bob's gazpacho cube - pre soup

with soup

with soup


and pour the soup over it. I tried the didja (as in did you ever - food you always wanted to try but did not dare..) In this case it was cured salmon and candied tomato, which I didn't care for.
Cured salmon and candied tomato, stewed apples and grapes with dill cream

Cured salmon and candied tomato, stewed apples and grapes with dill cream

Sweet and sour shrimp

Sweet and sour shrimp


We both had sweet & sour shrimp, and then Bob had ice cream with chocolate sauce and I had chocolate melting cake.
Chocolate melting cake

Chocolate melting cake

Bob waiting for an elevator

Bob waiting for an elevator

Scooter parked in front of the fridge - Fun Times on the bed

Scooter parked in front of the fridge - Fun Times on the bed

Towel walrus

Towel walrus

At Sea 8 November - We forgot to set the clocks forward to Atlantic time, so we woke up at 8 instead of 7. But breakfast in the dining room was 8-10:30 so we still had time. Bob had what is his normal breakfast - raisin bran with 2% milk, yogurt and bacon. I had 2 poached eggs on toast and potatoes and bacon. And we both ordered cranberry juice which wasn't on the menu, but the waiter gave it to us.

We had missed one trivia so we went to the next one but it turned out to be song trivia. I got 11 right out of 25 and two of them were gifts. I think we are in the gulf stream and it is becoming rough. I have noticed that the elevators and art work on the starboard side of the ship has a red tone, and the port side artwork has a green tone. This is helpful, but backwards.
IMG_0242.JPGGreen side and Red side elevators

Green side and Red side elevators


At lunch in the dining room I was still trying things I hadn't had before so I tried a California Roll, but I really did NOT like it. Partly because I didn't know what wasabi was and ate it separately
California roll

California roll


Bob and I both had avocado soup - again the little cube of stuff and the rest of the soup poured over it. I didn't like that either. Bob had
spaghetti

spaghetti


and I had a
Shrimp salad and crab meat on baguette

Shrimp salad and crab meat on baguette


and that was good. For dessert Bob had
chocolate gateau

chocolate gateau


My creme caramel

My creme caramel


His was chocolate cake and mine was pudding with caramel on top. There were two Ukrainians at the table and they didn't talk much, but they had Mongolian steak salad and asked me to take a photo of it so I did.
Mongolian steak salad

Mongolian steak salad


The man of the other couple at the table had been in the AF in upstate NY when Korea started.
IMG_0238.JPGLooking down from our deck (6) on the Atrium

Looking down from our deck (6) on the Atrium

IMG_0222.JPGAtrium elevators

Atrium elevators

Atrium

Atrium


Bob getting ready to plug in scooter (which I am sitting on)

Bob getting ready to plug in scooter (which I am sitting on)


I switched my camera to manual focus but forgot that I'd done it so when we joined Uncle David's group pre-dinner, the camera didn't focus. It took me a little bit to figure out. Bob had two shrimp cocktails which were supposed to be tiger shrimp, but were just regular shrimp.
Two shrimp cocktail - supposed to be tiger shrimp

Two shrimp cocktail - supposed to be tiger shrimp


Then we had strawberry soup and they did the same thing with the little cube..
Strawberry soup

Strawberry soup


We had the lobster as the entree, and I had
Caramelized apple puff pastry

Caramelized apple puff pastry


Bob had ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Beds turned down

Beds turned down


Our towel animal was an elephant.
Elephant towel animal

Elephant towel animal


In bed for the night

In bed for the night

November 9th

This time we got to the dining room for breakfast at 8

Main dining room ceiling

Main dining room ceiling

Painting on the dining room ceiling

Painting on the dining room ceiling


and ate with two ladies. Bob had his usual and I had grits (which came with no accompaniments) and eggs Benedict.
Renaissance atrium

Renaissance atrium

Perfect Game bar and Crystal Card Room sign

Perfect Game bar and Crystal Card Room sign

Pool area

Pool area

TV screen by elevators with crappy graphics and also tells nothing

TV screen by elevators with crappy graphics and also tells nothing


Close to 11:00 I put on a coat and went out on deck - the bow camera had raindrops on it, but it was sunny out and warm
Approaching Bermuda

Approaching Bermuda


We could see Bermuda in the distance. We went up to deck 10, but they had the forward part of the decks blocked off due to 'wind'. Eventually we saw Fort St. Catherine and the pilot boat came out and we started around the island to get to the Dockyard.
First view - St. David

First view - St. David

St David

St David

Lighthouse from the ship in 2011

Lighthouse from the ship in 2011

Going around Ft. St. Catherine

Going around Ft. St. Catherine


Fort St. Catherine

Fort St. Catherine

past the entrance to St. George

past the entrance to St. George

Marker from the ship

Marker from the ship


We went to eat lunch and our table companions were a lady with two walking crutches from Annapolis and a girl (maybe her daughter) who we had eaten breakfast with on Tuesday. We both had
Seasonal fruit platter with sherbert

Seasonal fruit platter with sherbert


and then I had
Spinach and cheese ravioli

Spinach and cheese ravioli

Bob's fish and chips

Bob's fish and chips


For dessert, I had
Pears Helene

Pears Helene


We could see that we were at the Dockyard but it was 1300 and we still weren't docked. We saw sand stirred up in the water and speculated that we had run aground, but we found out from Bob's brother David whose stateroom was on the other side of the ship that it was too windy for the boat to dock so that it was pushed sideways into the pier by the tugs.
Tugboat coming back to the dock

Tugboat coming back to the dock

Line handling boat

Line handling boat


At lunch the next day someone said that they didn't want to let the Pride dock at all - they were going to close the port because of the impending storm. Apparently Carnival said that if we didn't dock, the pax would mutiny.
Clocktower mall from the ship on the first day

Clocktower mall from the ship on the first day


It was now 1330 when we were supposed to meet our guide, but the ship didn't even have the gangways out yet. We went down to deck 3 and watched. You might have thought they had never done this before.
Figuring out how to arrange the gangways

Figuring out how to arrange the gangways


Finally the ship was cleared and we went down to A deck and walked off the ship. We didn't take the scooter because we thought there wouldn't be that much walking so I just had my cane. We met Duke, our guide and had a three hour tour of the various places that I wanted to go and hadn't gotten to on previous visits.
Wall of ship logos

Wall of ship logos


The first thing he showed us was a wall as we left the dockyard which had the logos of all the ships that had docked there from early in the 1900s to the present. We paused briefly at the
Royal Navy Cemetery

Royal Navy Cemetery


(burials of the British Navy dating back to 1700). We drove thru Somerset and he asked us if we had seen the Heydon Trust Chapel, which we had not, so we stopped briefly there. This small chapel dates back to 1616. It had a partly above ground cistern.
Heydon Trust Chapel

Heydon Trust Chapel

Prop-open window blinds on Heydon Chapel

Prop-open window blinds on Heydon Chapel

Heydon Trust Chapel

Heydon Trust Chapel

Partly above-ground cistern for Heydon Chapel

Partly above-ground cistern for Heydon Chapel


We crossed the smallest drawbridge without stopping - our next goal was Gibbs Lighthouse because Duke said that if we waited, the parking lot would be too full to even get the taxi into.
2011 from the van

2011 from the van

Lighthouse sign

Lighthouse sign


Here we got out and walked around and Bob and I both took photos. He got one of Duke
Duke our guide and me

Duke our guide and me


which I meant to do, but forgot. We could see the Pride across the sound.
Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

me

me

Close-up of the top of Gibbs Lighthouse

Close-up of the top of Gibbs Lighthouse

434581327193960-Map_at_the_l..ton_Parish.jpgMap at the lighthouse

Map at the lighthouse

Map of the St. George's Parish end of Bermuda

Map of the St. George's Parish end of Bermuda

178505537193957-Top_of_Gibbs..ton_Parish.jpgLooking up at the lighthouse

Looking up at the lighthouse

Looking Up from the the bottom

Looking Up from the the bottom

Pride across the sound

Pride across the sound


We followed the South Road along the shore, past Horseshoe Bay, Warwick Long Bay, and all the famous beaches. There was a lot of surf even though we could see the surf line on the reef offshore.
Driving along the coast road

Driving along the coast road


Then he showed us a HUGE banyan tree which had taken over a whole block and was trying to cross the road.
Huge Banyan Tree

Huge Banyan Tree

Large non-native Banyan tree (taking over)

Large non-native Banyan tree (taking over)


Our next stop took us by a beautiful nursery with all kinds of flowers, but our destination was Waterville,
Entrance to Waterville

Entrance to Waterville


which was a private residence is now the headquarters of the Bermuda National Trust. This was originally a place where sailors could come in to shop - I think.
Water access for boaters-docking area at Waterville

Water access for boaters-docking area at Waterville


He said it was owned by Trimminghams, which is no longer in business because the children aren't interested in running it. What he wanted to show us was a water lily pond which had the islands of Bermuda in it. (He said if it could grow a tree, it was an island - otherwise it was a rock).
Lily pond with the islands of Bermuda

Lily pond with the islands of Bermuda


Waterlily pond with map of Bermuda at Waterville

Waterlily pond with map of Bermuda at Waterville


map of Bermuda in the Waterville lily pond

map of Bermuda in the Waterville lily pond


statue of herons in the pond

statue of herons in the pond


Part of the house

Part of the house

Old office at Waterville

Old office at Waterville

Waterville old part of house

Waterville old part of house

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There was also a little zoo.
small zoo on the grounds

small zoo on the grounds


Then we went past the Botanical Gardens,
Camden house in the Botanical Gardens

Camden house in the Botanical Gardens


Collector's Hill and stopped briefly at Spittal Pond parking lot where there were a bunch of chickens running around.
Spittal Pond Sign from the road 2011 -

Spittal Pond Sign from the road 2011 -

Entrance sign 2011

Entrance sign 2011


Roosters at Spittal Pond Reserve - coming for food

Roosters at Spittal Pond Reserve - coming for food


We kept going along South Road, past John Smith Bay Park (which he assured us was a different John Smith)
Road, rocks and surf near John Smith Bay Park

Road, rocks and surf near John Smith Bay Park


and drove thru Tucker's Town, which isn't really a town at all and paused by the beach of the Mid-Ocean Club which had a lot of surf. Some people that tried to go to the beach the next day said that they closed the beach and wouldn't let them go
Mid-Ocean Club with a tropical storm approaching

Mid-Ocean Club with a tropical storm approaching

Looking along the shore 2011

Looking along the shore 2011

Another photo from the beach road

Another photo from the beach road

From the van 2011

From the van 2011

Golf course in 2011-Tucker Town

Golf course in 2011-Tucker Town

Birdcage with policeman 2013

Birdcage with policeman 2013


He said he didn't recommend Devil's Hole which was something you had to pay to see and there wasn't that much to see (it was an aquarium type place and not a place where the water squirted up through the rocks), so we just drove by, and then we went thru the Flats and passed by the BAMZ which had a new statue of a sea turtle out front - Duke said they made it out of the roof tiles when they repaired the cathedral.
Fish made of roof tiles

Fish made of roof tiles


He said the railway museum is closed now - that maybe the lady that ran it died.

We went along the north shore - tried to get a photo of the Black Watch well, which that regiment dug during the drought of 1849, but I didn't really see it and don't think I got a photo. We went through Black Watch pass down into Hamilton, past Victoria Park and the cathedral, and circled the City Hall and headed for Fort Hamilton.

Here he let us out because the van was too heavy to go over the moat bridge. We walked around the fort and took photos.
Bob on the Moat Bridge

Bob on the Moat Bridge

Bob's photo of me at the fort

Bob's photo of me at the fort

View from the fort

View from the fort

Tower from Fort Hamilton

Tower from Fort Hamilton

Guns on the ramparts

Guns on the ramparts


We headed back for the ship - back thru Somerset on the road next to Great Sound. I took a photo of the moon rising.
Moon rise

Moon rise


From the road

From the road

Lighthouse shining out

Lighthouse shining out


He let us off at the ship, and we paid him for 3.5 hours plus tip.
Boat in the slings

Boat in the slings


Now we had to get back aboard. They were X-raying everything which made it slow. I sat on the benches along the line and Bob stood in line for us.
Bob standing in line for us

Bob standing in line for us


Before dinner, David's group takes over a section of the lounge outside the dining room where the band is playing.
large_IMG_0575.JPGDavid

David


The was a little girl in pink with a pacifier affixed to the mouth standing in front of the band watching the girl singer - she was so cute.
Little girl dancing to the band

Little girl dancing to the band


Bob didn't like anything on the menu so he ended up with every day
Fried chicken

Fried chicken


and of course ice cream with chocolate sauce. I had
French onion soup

French onion soup

Braised short ribs

Braised short ribs

diet lemon cake

diet lemon cake


Note - the bathrooms are half way across the ship from the dining room - just behind the atrium.
Towel animal

Towel animal


Our towel animal was a monkey

Posted by greatgrandmaR 18:03 Archived in Bermuda

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How time worthy. I am watching weather updates while reading this!

by littlesam1

Yes it does seem like this happens at this time of year. Bermuda doesn't get many hurricanes, but it does get some

by greatgrandmaR

The shrimp cocktail looks good, the one I have tried didn't look at all like that!

What is pax?

The Bermudan map in the lilypond is witty :)

by hennaonthetrek

(oh sorry -Pax is short for passengers. When I wrote things up originally I was writing my family and they would understand that shortcut)

The shrimp cocktail was basically the same as a regular shrimp cocktail but they fancied it up by adding other stuff

by greatgrandmaR

No problem, thats what I thought but wasn't sure :)

The shrimp coctail I had had a lot of mayonnaise in it, I like mayonnaise but there was way too much of it...

by hennaonthetrek

Bob does not like shrimp cocktail with anything in it but the shrimp and cocktail sauce - cocktail sauce is a red sauce with horseradish in it to make it spicier.

by greatgrandmaR

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