Lynn, Garth, Esther and Harold share a drink while attending a
production in the Nautica Theatre.
Barcelona to Dubai: Post 2
NOTE: December 9, 2013. We are back home safe and sound in Victoria, British Columbia after an awesome 30 days of cruise and land travel. This post will be updated with about 30-40 new photos of our cruise experience, so be patient as I work to catch up. Also, the stories for other destinations will be written in due course. It was so great meeting all of you while on the cruise and even while in Dubai (after we left the ship) we ran into a number of others who were in transit. Happy Travels….. Harold, Lynn, Garth and Esther….
Claim to Fame
The Nautica’s claim to fame, besides being a very comfortable, passenger oriented cruise ship, was being one of the few cruise ships to be attacked by Somali pirates. The attacked occurred in late November, 2008 as the ship was transiting the Gulf of Aiden.
As pirates in two skiffs attempted to run down the the ship while firing shots, Captain Jurica Brajcic and his officers immediately began evasive maneuvers and took all other prescribed precautions. After bringing the ship to flank speed, Captain Brajcic began the evasive measures which created a large wake that forced the pirates to slow. The attack occurred shortly after leaving the Port of Salalah, Oman, the same port from which Captain Philips departed on the ill fated trip of the Maersk Alabama.
We have been advised the Nautica will be taking on armed guards at some point immediately before or after leaving the Suez Canal and that we will be constantly monitored as we continue south and east along designated lanes in our transit to our final destination in Dubai. I will leave this as the top post for the time being as I am behind in the stories. Open below to link to the most recent photo albums. Additional stories will be written as time permits.
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October 2013. Harold works on completing the titanium harness system being fitted to the team, while Kris Kringle, Santa’s younger brother, sits in the new energy efficient titanium sleigh. On the left Rudolph Junior (now leading the team) chats with his father (greying Reindeer facing him) while his mother looks on proudly as her son assumes his new role. On the ground and fence is a sprinkling of those who will be helping out on Leney Place this Christmas.
As you can guess, there are big changes, but don’t worry, Santa, Rudolph and their family of friends have a plan and it is really good news for Victoria and Canada. And, it is especially good news for kids all around the world.
It all began in early October when Santa dropped by my office to tell me that both he and Rudolph would be retiring from full time service. Of course, I was shocked, “Retiring, you can’t be serious guys, what about all the children who look forward to your yearly visit, what happens to their Christmas?”
“Not to worry Harold, we are just making some changes to take some pressure off Rudolph and myself and to improve our manufacturing and delivery service,” said Santa as Rudolph stood beside him eagerly nodding his head. His little red nose twinkled with delight.
Whew, what a relief! For the past thirty years the three of us, along with several helpers have become very close as we prepared for Christmas; first at our hobby farm off Interurban, then, for the past twenty-five years, at our current home in the Royal Oak. Now it looks as if a lot of change is coming to our home and to the world.
Photo: View of the acropolis from the town square in Lindros, Greece
While the historical sites on Rhodes certainly provide an amazing experience, the old town section of the city (just a 100 yards from our cruise ship gangway) provides an endless array historic street scenes. Again, as time permits, within the next few days I will write up the notes from from Rhodes. Link in to the blog at McNeill Life Stories for the full story. I will provide the link when it is complete.
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Photo: The people of Patmos certainly set a happy tone for Gartb, Estber, Lynn and Harold
Patmos, Greece: Link to Photographs
The story of this amazing little Island (only 3,000 residents) will be written on the next sea break as we are currently beginning several long days in Israel.