Sunday, February 19, 2017
Hubby and I are learning more about Caribbean marine life. We are learning about fish anatomy, different groups, corals, sponges, and other marine life. I am only learning the common names for now. Genus and species might come later. We’ll see.
Here’s a Queen Parrotfish (Initial Stage) with a broad, white mid-body stripe. I do not have a picture of the mature fish, but it would be a blue/green color with dramatic blue to green markings around the mouth.
Here’s another picture of the Queen Parrotfish (initial stage) in the center. There’s a Blue Parrotfish in the upper left and an Orangespotted Filefish towards the back:
If you look real close in the center of this picture, you’ll see the Orangespotted Filefish with it’s white spot on the upper tail base:
Here’s a Bluehead Wrasse and some Brown Chromis (I believe…be back to validate):
Another picture with the Bluehead Wrasse with Spotlight Parrotfish (initial stage) and Queen Parrotfish (initial stage) in the background:
Schools of French Grunt (yellow striped) and Brown Chromis:
Still waiting to identify this Parrotfish….
And this Parrotfish as well...
The pictures in this post were taken with a GoPro Hero 3+ at the Plaza Resort Bonaire.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
This was the first time (another first) that I actually carried my iPhone around the ship. Normally it sat in the cabin safe until we got back to Fort Lauderdale or when I used it in a US port of call like St Thomas. Not this time. I wanted to see how much information I could see with using the Princess @Sea. I left my iPhone in Airplane Mode and turned on the WiFi and connected to the Caribbean-Princess SSID. From there, I had access to the ship’s Intranet using my iPhone’s Safari web browser using the URL: caribbean.princess.com. Once I connected to the site, I saved it as a shortcut on my iPhone and it created an icon called Princess @Sea.
Here’s a snapshot of our Southern Caribbean itinerary (first week):
Here’s our Western Caribbean itinerary (second week):
I can tap on any of the ports of call listed and get additional port information like the weather, arrival/departure times, dress code for the evening, and a PDF soft copy of the port guide that’s delivered with the Princess Patter in our cabin mailbox:
I can also see upcoming events for the day:
Besides the Princess events, I could add my own personal event like reminders to fill out an FCC form for future cruises or get change from the Passenger Service Desk (PSD).
There’s a Messenger feature that allows me to send messages to other people I know on the ship. I initially had to setup a contact list and know the person’s ID. Once the contact is setup, I can send messages. There is no notification, but I can check to see if I received a new message.
I also had access to our onboard account information and could check the latest charges to our cabin.
I can also access the “Internet” which is additional $ and check my emails. Once I was done with the Internet, I just typed “logout.com” in the browser.
The following are some screenshots I captured with my iPad.
Communications and Stateroom Services:
Activities and Entertainment:
Safety, Security and Environment:
Shipboard Services and Shopping:
Entertainment and Bars:
Food and Dining:
Gifts and Memories:
Other Services onboard:
Pools, Sports & Spa:
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Princess provides us with a “log of the cruise” for each leg of our cruising adventure. Each day the Captain reports distance traveled, speed, sky, temperature, and wind. I was more interested in the wind and decided to do some research on what’s called the Beaufort Wind Force Scale. The scale is based on a scale of 0 to 12 and relates wind to observed conditions at sea or on land. In our case, we are interested in sea conditions.
Here’s a summary of our sea days and what the log captured based on the Beaufort scale. Now remember we were on a 14-day cruise (B2B) and came back into FLL on Day 9 of our adventure. Here what the log captured:
Day 2 Sea Day: North Easterly Beaufort Force 5
They describe this as a “fresh” breeze with winds at 17-21 knots or 19-24 mph. Wave heights 6-9 ft. Moderate waves of some length and many white caps. Small amounts of spray.
Day 3 Sea Day: North Easterly Beaufort Force 5
Another “fresh” breeze day.
Day 7 Sea Day: North Easterly Beaufort Force 6
This is described as a “strong” breeze with winds at 22-27 knots or 25-31 mph. Wave heights of 9-13 ft. Long waves begin to form. White foam crests are very frequent. Some airborne spray is present.
Day 8 Sea Day: Northerly Beaufort Force 5
Another “fresh” breeze day.
Day 10 Sea Day: West North Westerly Beaufort Force 9
Do you see the number 9? That is considered to be “strong/severe gale” with winds at 41-47 knots or 47-54 mph. Wave heights of 23-32 ft. High waves whose crests sometimes roll over. Dense foam is blown along wind direction. Large amounts of airborne spray may begin to reduce visibility.
Day 14 Sea Day: South Easterly Beaufort Force 2
Considered to be “light” breeze with winds 4-6 knots or 4-7 mph. Wave heights 1-2 ft. Small wavelets. Crests have a glassy appearance and do not break.
I know on this day the Beaufort scale was much lower as the sea was like a mirror and sometimes I saw ripples that had an “appearance of scales” in the water.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
You’ve heard me talk about Skywalker’s Lounge. It’s the “shopping bag handle” on the back of the Caribbean Princess and the highest venue on the back of the ship:
Here’s a view while I was on the upper deck looking to the left and you can see the hot tub under the walkway:
A view to the right with the splash/dunk pool directly under the walkway and the outdoor kiddie pool to the right of it:
Unfortunately, I do not have any Skywalker Lounge pictures. That was one of the few places we did not have time to visit. Also the Platinum & Elite Lounge happy hour which used to be in Skywalker’s (our last CB cruise) was held in Club Fusion.
Here are a few shots around the Piazza, the central indoor gathering place. Great place for people watching.
Here’s the fruit and vegetable carving show:
Other forms of entertainment were held here in the Piazza throughout the day. The following pictures were taken during “in-transit” and you can see folks with their luggage:
The Calypso Cove gift shop:
Facets by Effy jewelry store:
The Essence shop has makeup and perfumes:
Look across at Crooner’s Lounge and Bar:
The International Cafe coffee bar is a hopping place during the morning hours:
Here’s more fruit carvings at the Platinum & Elite Lounge happy hour: