Grinning through hurricane winds at Peggy Cove! (Tourist Time)

On our way to New York our ship needed to make an unscheduled stop in Halifax to wait for Hurricane Sandy to pass. The up-side was we were able to visit the graves of the Titanic passengers and to visit Peggy’s Cove. As cold and blustery as it was!

Over this summer vacation I’m taking trips of another kind. Of a Thursday I’m traveling down memory lane, reminiscing a little about all the traveling we’ve done to various parts of the world as a family!






Sailing Thirty Foot Swells (OWPC: Hurricane)


This week’s theme word for the One Word (Weather) Photo Challenge from Jennifer Nichole Wells is… HURRICANE.

Hurricane Sandy instantly came to mind as we were headed to New York City on our cruise at the exactly the same time she was scheduled to arrive. Except she seemed to be coming in on her broomstick, we on a ship.

Hurricane Sandy

Overnight swells reached thirty feet, by the time I took this photo, the swells had decreased to just eighteen feet, nothing really in comparison. Looking at this photo it’s just looks cold, wet and miserable but trust me, the swells were still there.

Thirty minutes earlier, Master Thirteen, who was eleven at the time, and I were sitting in the dining room waiting for breakfast. As he watched the ocean go up and down as the ship went up and down, he first turned pale, then turned white.

He made it until just as his breakfast was served then alas we needed to be beat a hasty retreat. It was the fastest I’ve EVER eaten breakfast however as who knew that riding the waves could make one so hungry, lol!





Looks can be Deceiving (OWPC: Windy)


New York City was our actual destination on this particular day but due to the huge sea swells and the extremely WINDY conditions, our ship was seeking shelter at the Port of Halifax.

Windy in Halifax

Looks can be deceptive as although it looks just bleak and cold, there were 70 kilometre per hour winds gusting through that city and trust me, we knew first-hand as we walked the nearby streets. Oh. My. Gosh. It was hard work but SO funny.

The children were not amused however as we walked against the wind back to the ship form the Maritime Museum, it was tortuous. What was worse though, the ice-cream shop that I was bribing the children with to keep walking DIDN’T have ice-creams. Talk about false advertising, lol! 😉

WINDY is this week’s challenge word from Jennifer Nichole Wells One Word (Weather) Photo Challenge.



Sailing into Boston…

My determination to get at least ONE cruise into an album this summer is proving all-consuming at present. One consolation is that I’m “re-acquainting” myself with all the photos from our east-coast of North America cruise.

This photo is from when we were sailing into Boston. The weather was bleak as Hurricane Sandy was only just retreating from New York.

Entering Boston Harbor

Yes Hurricane Sandy! This certainly didn’t make it ideal weather for cruising. We’d watched for almost a week with utter dismay as the horror continued unfolding on land, all the time wondering… “mum, how much longer?”


Rock n’Roll Baby!!!

What a bummer! The Captain advised us this morning we’d experienced 30ft swells last night but we slept through them. The forecast for today are 12-18ft swells.

I just wish I’d taken my camera down to breakfast with me as the restaurant is on Deck 6 at the very back of the ship where one could really feel the joy of these swells. I thought it was awesome but by the time Master Eleven’s Eggs Benedict arrived he wasn’t so sure. I had to shovel my breakfast down so we could get back to the cabin pronto.

From outside our room looking down on the swell it seemed as if things were improving.

Yet the Captain came on at lunch time to say that he was updating his earlier forecast to 18ft swells all day, hopefully diminishing overnight. We all survived the swells exceptionally well provided we couldn’t see the movement. Feeling it was one thing but to see the ocean going up and down, well that was completely different.

Hence we all bunkered down for the day in our cabin watching movies and enjoying room service. We watched our limited stations well into the night yet not once did I ever have to hear… “mum, how much longer?”