Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 – Barcelona, Spain – Sunny–50s

Azamara Journey Specifications

Tonnage: 30,277

Length: 592 Feet

Beam: 93 Feet

Guest Capacity: 694

Embarkation Day

The hotel was pretty quiet so we were able to get some sleep and shake off some of the jet lag.  The breakfast was pretty good – cold cereal, cheeses, breads, pastries, and an espresso machine.  I had some difficulty getting my American Coffee just right – settled on diluting the muddy Eurocoffee with hot water.  Plenty of food and the seating area is pretty comfortable.

The Desk Staff arranged for a cab to take up to the pier – the fare was about 5 Euros.  It seemed like he took a round about way of getting there but the cost was still the same. 

Since the Journey is a small ship, check in was relatively fast.  Soon we were on the ship and at the buffet for lunch.

Views from the ship…

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We were told that our cabins were available – Cabin 4016 is on Deck 4 right down the hall from Guest Services and Shorex.  A very good location.  Catch the elevator near Guest Services and I am up in the Windows Cafe in no time.  Very strategic location.  We have been in this cabin before.

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Cabin 4016

There was a note in the cabin indicating that, after the lifeboat drill, I would be meeting with Entertainment Manager, Jodie Kelly, to go over the program and tape an interview explaining my topics. 

We met in the Cabaret Lounge and the interview went very well. 

Jodie told me that I would be doing eight lectures (instead of seven as originally requested).  The Water Color artists were not on board and she wanted the crossing covered.  I indicated that would be no problem.  I told her I would bring by a list of the lectures tomorrow on a USB Drive.

I also ran into Cruise Director, Eric De Gray, who said “Welcome back”.  I don’t know if he recognized me or saw my name on the list of speakers and recalled that we had worked together before.

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Taping an Interview with Jodie

After a nice dinner in the Windows Cafe, we took a walk along the pool deck.  It was a bit chilly but the deck is protected from the wind.  From there, I got some nice pictues of the deck and the moon.

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Deck 9 – Pool Deck

The Welcome Aboard Show is late tonight – only one show.  Eric introduced the speakers and bridge instructors, and we all gave a little summary of what we would be doing during the cruise.

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Introducing my Series with Eric

Eric is a fabulous singer and he did a few numbers during the show – mostly notably was “You Raise Me Up”.

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“You Raise Me Up”

The Azamara Journey Singers and Dancers took over and performed several music numbers – they are a very fine group.

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The Numbers from “Footloose” were entertaining.

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One singer, Natalie, had a great voice and was a superb dancer (best of the group, my opinion)

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Next up, “I Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing.

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“V-A-C-A-TION” – Perfect

The show ended pretty late – we stopped by to see Max DiFaz on our way to our cabin.

Seas are smooth…

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