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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Crossing the Atlantic

On the Nieuw Amsterdam

There are way too many vowels in Nieuw....I might have them mixed up a bit.


We stop along Alligator Alley on the way to board the ship in Fort Lauderdale. It takes six days at a constant 18 Nautical Miles per hour, hereinafter referred to at "nauts" or NMPH, to reach Horta in the Azores....then another two plus days to reach Gibraltar....a big ocean....


A nautical mile is 1/60 of a degree of latitude...there are 180 degrees between the north and south pole on a great circle....you can't use degrees of longitude because those are all different sizes depending on how far you are from the equator.....at the North pole they shrink down to nothing...A nautical mile is about 1.15 ordinary miles...


I have to seriously restrain myself to avoid gaining weight...for breakfast I have black coffee, a little cantaloupe and a few small pieces of smoked salmon....it's kind of a shame because they work so hard to present a cornucopia of food choices...they say the average weight gain on a cruise is 1-3 pounds a day....in 14 days that's about 45 pounds...I have to seriously hold back on lunch and dinner as well...


One of the bars on deck 11....


The old Nieuw Amsterdam...when you weigh yourself on the ship, your weight varies at the boat moves up and down....I see the scale swing between 182 and 200 as we plow though the waves...


Lily pads in the Everglades....


All in all, it beats having to go though security and sit in an airplane for eight to ten hours...

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