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Adventure OTS, 13 Night Snowbird Migration Quebec to Ft. Lauderdale Oct. 8, 2018

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Your photos of the low city had me all nostalgic! "I had lunch in that pub!" "That store had the most amazing fine art prints!" "I remember those stairs!" And oh boy, the Funicular is fun! Unless you're not good with heights 😉

I will say that The Plains of Abraham look very different from the time I was there - they were set up for the Rolling Stones concert as part of Festival d'été de Québec. I think it looks better as rolling grass fields!

Snowbird migration is totally a thing - there's folks of a certain age, with the means to do so, who never see a Canadian winter!

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5 hours ago, twangster said:

It was beginning to dawn on me why they call this the "Snowbird Migration" cruise.  In my fifties I am one of the youngest on board.  I realized I haven't seen one kid yet.  I'm basically cruising with all of my parents friends and they are all Diamond or higher.

 

5 hours ago, twangster said:

A scan of the room confirmed my earlier age observation.  I'm a baby on this cruise.  I think I saw some old ladies checking me out.  At least I know I can out run their husband's... walker.  Not sure about scooters, those things can go pretty fast!

I should not have, but I laughed so hard at this!

Note to self:  If you are a baby on board, I have no clue where that would leave me.  Putting this cruise on the 10+plan. 😆 but definitely before Alaska...

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Just when you thought strange creatures are the figments of imagination of the mad, I've been saved!  There is a child on board!  I'm guessing 10ish.  I'm not the youngest!  Woo-Hoo!  It was a M&Ms moment... "He does exist!"

Although this does mean I won't have the water slides to myself...

 

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The rest of day 2 was pretty much the same.  Raining, overcast, gloomy.  I stayed on board and worked.  

Muster at 4:30pm.  

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At least I was in the Imperial lounge.  Seating went quick so I was glad I got there early to beat all those old people to the seats.  Just kidding.

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Soon after our sail away.

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Typical escort out of port.

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It's kind of weird.  Tomorrow is day 3 already yet we just sailed away.  Yikes!  Only 10 more days!.

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Day 2 - Dinner

Here is the MDR menu

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I had an overseas work call so I missed my MTD reservation (again).  To the Windjammer!  British Night.  

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I went with Fish and Chips and a Cottage Pie (I skipped lunch).  The Sheppard's Pie looked good and tempting but I resisted.  Bangers and Mash also available as well as several other British style items.  

In other news the whole Viking Crown Lounge was the Diamond Lounge.  Oddly they were still asking to see cards to enter the Diamond Lounge while the temporary bar on the dance floor of the VCL was open for anyone to walk up to.  I guess they figured there are so many D/D+ why not?

Seating was hard to come by so off to the pub.

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Entertainment was not inspiring me tonight.    The pub was about to become karaoke.  Viking Crown was still recovering from the Diamond Crush game.  Trivia in the Schooner Bar.  Comedian is my mother's age and last night targeted my mother's age group with her jokes.  I'm sure in 20 years I'll be rolling on the floor, but not tonight.

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I joined this blog just to follow and comment on your journey and say Thank You for this amazing presentation! This is my dream cruise, and what makes it more thrilling is the encounter with Hurricane Michael in the coming days 😄 Really looking forward to how that will go. Those diamonds will get one hell of a ride as I see them sitting there bored and joyless during the muster drill 😂

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18 minutes ago, GoodSmith said:

I joined this blog just to follow and comment on your journey and say Thank You for this amazing presentation! This is my dream cruise, and what makes it more thrilling is the encounter with Hurricane Michael in the coming days 😄 Really looking forward to how that will go. Those diamonds will get one hell of a ride as I see them sitting there bored and joyless during the muster drill 😂

Welcome to the message boards!  

Diamonds are a resilient bunch.  Many have seen it or done it.  No one, including myself seems to be overly concerned just yet.  That doesn't mean some won't whine but arguing with Mother Nature is mostly futile.  

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4 minutes ago, twangster said:

Diamonds are a resilient bunch.  Many have seen it or done it.

Cruising with them is more to my liking, though. More mature and quiet. And if all of them are getting packed in the diamond lounge then I will have more of the ship to myself 😄
Loved the sail away and the mist, so peaceful and unlike any of my previous 3 cruises.
 

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Day 3 - Sea Day 

Our progress so far has us entering the Gulf of St Lawrence and beginning to make the turn South-East.  

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At 22.5 knots we have to be pretty near full speed ahead.  The ship is very smooth though.

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I noticed on the card left with the D+ Champagne the voyage number is 888.  I wonder if this is the 888th sailing of Adventure?

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We changed times last night, we are now on Atlantic time.

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The Northern shore of the Gaspe Bay Peninsula.

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Voom is non-existent.  I've ventured up to the Viking Crown Lounge to eek out a small 3G signal from the tip of Quebec to write this.

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1 minute ago, twangster said:

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Can you just confirm if smartphones will automatically change to the correct time zone, as long as they have some kind of network connection (wifi, cellular)? I seem to recall this is the case, as it's caused problems on other sailings where the ship chose not to change over to the new time zone (per captain's discretion).

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7 hours ago, JLMoran said:

Can you just confirm if smartphones will automatically change to the correct time zone, as long as they have some kind of network connection (wifi, cellular)? I seem to recall this is the case, as it's caused problems on other sailings where the ship chose not to change over to the new time zone (per captain's discretion).

The issue is that the ship might not cross the line of the time zone boundary at 2am exactly.  In this case the Province of Quebec which extends East above parts of Newfoundland is in the Eastern time zone while Nova Scotia (somewhat South and partly West of our position) is in the Atlantic time zone.  Time zones do not follow absolute North-South lines.   

If I let technology figure this out my phone would think Eastern time is appropriate based on cell signal from Quebec.  Yet the ship is on Atlantic time.  For this reason I manually put my phone onto the ship time.

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Elevator upgrades are underway.  They are manufactured by Kone, a big name in the elevator industry.  They have Kone employees on board doing the upgrades.  I saw this on Mariner a few weeks ago as well.

Old elevator signs are being replaced.

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New indicators are bigger and easier to read.  My guess is that there is more to this upgrade than just signage.  I'm betting old control systems are being modernized and newer controls will allow intelligent adaptations to respond to peak times and other such things. 

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Spotted a ship in the distance.  It's the Oceania Insignia out of New York.  

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There is also some work being done on the ping pong tables.

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Slides and flowrider are closed despite the cruise compass times listing them as open.  It is pretty cold out there.

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Despite the cool temperature it's a beautiful day.

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13 minutes ago, twangster said:

Slides and flowrider are closed despite the cruise compass times listing them as open.  It is pretty cold out there.

It is odd the Compass lists them as open and they are not, but I'm guessing the cold temps made them believe opening it was a waste?

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1 minute ago, Matt said:

It is odd the Compass lists them as open and they are not, but I'm guessing the cold temps made them believe opening it was a waste?

The cruise compass was dropped off last night.  The app doesn't list them in the 'activities' category.  The app does list an Adult Minigolf Competition which was underway when I was up there.  

I plan to go out with my coat next time now that the helipad is back open after strong winds last night closed it.  I'll report back if they have opened them.  I suspect not because the water plus wind-chill would be very cold.  I don't think they can heat large volumes of flowing water unlike a pool or hot tub where the water isn't moving at high flow rates.  

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2 hours ago, JLMoran said:

Can you just confirm if smartphones will automatically change to the correct time zone, as long as they have some kind of network connection (wifi, cellular)? I seem to recall this is the case, as it's caused problems on other sailings where the ship chose not to change over to the new time zone (per captain's discretion).

I just got of the brilliance on the 6th I had cellular at sea on my phone it did not change on my I phone 7 automatically  

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Captain's noon announcement - temps of 49° F with a high of 52° F today.  Ocean temp. is 48° F.  Winds are near 30 mph but from our port aft side so a following wind.  Currently 5' swells which I can't feel at all in my cabin.  

He did address our future rendezvous with tropical storm Michael (what it will be when we come closest).  Based on predictions we will be 150 nm from the storm and that will occur after our day in Halifax.  Keep in mind that Michael will lose a lot of it's strength as it crosses land.  It won't be a hurricane when it approaches nearest to Adventure.  It will be a very different storm compared to what it is right now.

Based on predictions and the wind-field that the NHC is forecasting, winds will be 5-10 miles per hour, possibly 10-20 miles per hour.  That's not a concern, right now we have 30 mile per hour winds.  

I expect we will have some swell to deal with.  I'm not overly concerned with that based on current predictions.  

The only question is forecast prediction.  This far out and after a collision with land, the storm could track differently than predicted.  Only time will tell but I trust in that they will keep us safe even if we have a bumpy ride for a short spell.  

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