Piraeus and Updates

  I am in a sit-down style Haagen-Dazs right now.  Plush couches are all over the place, there is a second floor with more booths and pouf chairs, and a waiter takes your ice cream order.  I never even imagined an ice cream place this fancy.  Of course, I had to try the creme brulée…

Family Visit

    Hola, blog readers.  My family just left yesterday after a three-day stay in Barcelona followed by a twelve-day cruise.  Dad learned that he does not need to pack as many clothes, and I think everyone else enjoyed the cruise as well.  They did excursions in Athens and Ephesus, but we managed to find…

Made My Day.

On every sea day I help out the art auctioneers.  It’s my side job, and I’ve started to like it quite a bit.  Rob, a singer, and I register all the guests who come through, explain the way the auction works, and offer them free champagne (they love that!).  Two days ago a guest came…

Holy Cow

Some guest entertainers are horrible.  I thought I’d sat through boring shows before, but this last one was painfully awkward.  And the charts for the band were not that bad.  Actually, they were fun to play.  We got to play jazz for the main show in the theater! The singer (who shall remain nameless) had…

Visitors and Hypnosis

Today my friends from the last cast are coming to cruise! Amy, my old roommate, and Kristen, a dancer, might even be on the ship now.  I didn’t have wi-fi the past couple of days so I don’t actually know the plan, but hopefully they’ll be getting settled when I get back to the ship….

Back in Venice!

and I’m going to enjoy it.  It’s been eight years since I was last here, and the ship is in port overnight! I’m taking plenty of pictures and I’m about to try a bite of Venice pizza too.  All is well!  Expect a full report in a few days, or whenever I find wifi again. So…

Family Dinner

Tonight we’re doing a little dinner at Chops, and I’ve been looking forward to it for a couple of weeks now. The European cruises are going well so far.  My band has more nights off since the cruises are longer, so each week seems to last longer. Yesterday I had some of the best pizza…

Atlantic Crossing

Today is Day 13 of the crossing, and I’m sitting at a table outside a cafe called La Taberna del Centro in Cartagena.  I had a Mercian salad (tomato, egg, and olives in oil), grilled salmon, and a glass of white wine for lunch.  We’re enjoying the free wifi and the weather is beautiful. We…

A Few Pictures

Here are a few pictures from my phone.  I can write more later, but at the moment I have to get back to the ship to help out with the Port and Shopping talk in a little bit.  Hope you like them!

Crossing Soon

And now I’m in St. Thomas for the last time.  Tomorrow we’ll be in San Juan, and you know what I’m going to do? Probably just Walgreens, Starbucks, and the beach.  Oh, I am living it up, but inexpensively! My first day in St. Thomas I came to this restaurant called the Shipwreck Tavern in…