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Maine/Canada Cruise: At Sea


After the usual too-big breakfast, we spent some time walking around and reading before the Cruise Critic Meet and greet. This time it was in the District Beer House.  No coffee and pastries but samples of beer and appetizers.  We had over 90 people sign up and it was a great turnout, even if we didn’t win any of the prizes.

About 10 of the officers came to meet us and give us contact info.

There were very nice people at our table, including a woman I’d already chatted with on Facebook


Then it was time for lunch and another walk on deck.

After all this eating and walking it was time for a nap

Tom had a meeting and  I tried to get work done.  The Wi-Fi connection was ok for some things like reading but not for actual work.

Dinner was Mediterranean Seafood night which I skipped due to allergies

And we walked on deck

I had some of the wine that they’d left in the room.  Not the best but it was there.

I saw an ad for a “Party patch” available in the ships store.  I had never heard of such a thing before but there it was:

  • Natural Hangover Defense Patch
  • Wear while drinking to defend against a hangover
  • Water resistant
  • Replenish your body with vitamins while drinking
  • For best results wear for at least 8 hours – remove next day

Of course, amazon sells them too so you can buy them cheaper before you go.  You can even get a 24-pack for those longer cruises.

I spent some time looking at the patches folks were wearing to try to figure if they had the regular Dramamine patch or the Party Patch.

And to sleep…

New Camera




So, I bought a new camera for our upcoming cruise to Bermuda and land trip to Scotland.  It needs to be waterproof for snorkeling in Bermuda and because it rains a lot in Scotland.

I have been very happy with my underwater Fuji camera (XP50) that I had for many years.  Somewhere along the way, I’d lost the charging cable but I had an external battery charger.  This meant I had to open up the side compartment – very carefully – to remove the SD card and download the images to my computer and to charge the battery.

To preserve the waterproofness, the side compartment was always a pain for me.  There were a couple switches that needed to be closed just so and sometimes I messed that up and had to start again.  Naturally, I needed to get a picture NOW and managed to flub the closing of the 2 switches.

I was looking at getting an EyeFi card so I wouldn’t have to take the SD card out to get the pictures out and those cost $$.  A 32 GB EyeFi card is $99 on amazon.  AACCKKK!

While I was looking around on amazon, I noticed that my camera had been upgraded. Amazon had an XP70/75 which looked interesting – and had WiFi built in!

Then, along came a Costco catalog with an XP80 for the same price as the Amazon plus it came with some extras I didn’t need.

As it turns out, I can use my phone as a remote control for this camera.  I can see where that might come in handy!

Here’s a comparison of the old one and the newer one: http://www.fujifilm.com/products/digital_cameras/compare/index.html?m=FinePix%20XP50&m=FinePix%20XP80

Hopefully, there will be some wonderful underwater/under-rain pictures – later!

Some info I may need later –

I am able to import to iPhoto. Just put the usb (you need to disconnect from the power cord) into your computer and iPhoto will open. You need to turn the camera on.

WiFI Connection

Step One:  Turn on WIFI on camera.

Step Two:  Connect WIFI on device to WIFI on camera.

Step Three:  Open app and connect to camera.


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