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First, catching up on the last couple days….

June 28, 2016 (at sea) ATW “worldies” farewell dinner

We had our last dinner together, split between the Polo Grill and Toscana dining rooms. Lots of picture taking, hugs and great food.
I finally started packing, realizing they were really going to remove me from the ship and I could not find any place to hide with 4 suit cases. Roger has been done packing for a couple days.
6-28r (3) ATW dinner

6-28r (3) ATW dinner


6-28r (4) ATW dinner

6-28r (4) ATW dinner


6-28r (61) ATW dinner

6-28r (61) ATW dinner


6-28r (17) ATW dinner

6-28r (17) ATW dinner


6-28r (18) ATW dinner

6-28r (18) ATW dinner


6-28r (24) Polo Grill Manager

6-28r (24) Polo Grill Manager


6-28r (35) Toscana Manager

6-28r (35) Toscana Manager


6-28r (38) ATW dinner

6-28r (38) ATW dinner


6-28r (41) ATW dinner

6-28r (41) ATW dinner


6-28r (56) ATW dinner

6-28r (56) ATW dinner

June 30, 2016 Key West, Florida

I kept packing in the morning and we had our immigration face-to-face meeting at 8:30. About 1pm, we took the port trolley into Duval Street. Very hot and humid. Had a sloppy joe and mojito at Sloppy Joes Bar, more t-shirts at Crazy shirts and Margartiville and ice cream, then went back to the ship. More packing…
6-30 (7) Sloppy joe

6-30 (7) Sloppy joe


6-30r (1) Sloppy Joes, Key West

6-30r (1) Sloppy Joes, Key West

At 5pm, we had a fun “End of the World” sail away pool party. Ray, the cruise director, jumped into the pool in street clothes and many worldies followed. Lots of music and dancing and some group photos taken.
6-30 (26) Sailaway Party, Key West

6-30 (26) Sailaway Party, Key West


6-30 (29) Sailaway party

6-30 (29) Sailaway party

Had all 8 suit cases out for pickup at 10pm. 4 will be shipped home and 4 go to the airport. Tomorrow will be interesting.

Friday July 1, 2016 Miami, Florida

Back to where we started 6 months ago. Well, the ship disembarkation did not go as planned.
We were over 2 hours late getting off the ship (at about 12n), it was raining, there were not enough porters for the massive amount of luggage from 194 worldies to go thru customs. I waited for about ½ hour to get a porter but we breezed thru customs without a duty charge even with being way over the limits (yeah!!). The 4 cases got to the shipping company and we got to the airport with time to spare before our 3:30pm flight. Back home in Tucson at 9pm and picked our dog Skylar Sat morning. He was really glad to see us!! We were REALLY glad to see him!!!!

Roger & Skylar

Roger & Skylar

Some photos on board the ship:

6-29r (8) Mimosa Party

6-29r (8) Mimosa Party


5-28r (16) Restocking ship

5-28r (16) Restocking ship


6-11r (7) Captains reception

6-11r (7) Captains reception


6-12r (1) Seafood buffet

6-12r (1) Seafood buffet


6-12r (5) Wine tasting

6-12r (5) Wine tasting


6-15r (30) Life boat drill #17

6-15r (30) Life boat drill #17


6-15r (31) Banner

6-15r (31) Banner


6-17 (3) Cheryl, Woodie, Roger

6-17 (3) Cheryl, Woodie, Roger


6-17 (6) ATW party

6-17 (6) ATW party


6-17 (13) ATW Party destination services

6-17 (13) ATW Party destination services


6-17 (14) ATW party  Chef's

6-17 (14) ATW party Chef's


6-17 (15) Michelle, Social hostess

6-17 (15) Michelle, Social hostess


6-18r (23) Tender launch

6-18r (23) Tender launch


6-23r (2) Crew life raft drill

6-23r (2) Crew life raft drill


6-24 (10) GDR Brunch

6-24 (10) GDR Brunch


6-24 (12) GDR Brunch

6-24 (12) GDR Brunch


6-25 (1) Drink of the Day

6-25 (1) Drink of the Day


6-29r (6) Tricia ATW hostess

6-29r (6) Tricia ATW hostess

Finally.....

The trip was everything we expected and more. We saw places and people we had only read or heard about. Some countries are good and some not so much but always the people were friendly. There was not really one thing that made the trip special, just the total experience of seeing the unknown from Myanmar golden pagodas to West Africa’s poverty.

The Oceania Insignia is a beautiful ship and the crew is outstanding. Both of our cabin stewards Bayu (Jan-March) and Edmund (March-July) provided everything we needed to make our 216 sq. ft. cabin comfy. The food was fantastic and the wines great!! The only improvement needed on the ship is the internet and TV service. The ship held a White elephant sale to raise money for the crew well fare fund and the ‘worldies’ made a large quilt with squares from all the countries visited that was raffled off and some ATW items were auctioned i.e. ships navigation maps, signed ship flag and memorabilia. A lot of money was raised, the worldies were very generous.

7-1 (5)Edmund and me

7-1 (5)Edmund and me


6-21 (2) ATW auction

6-21 (2) ATW auction


6-24 (1) ATW Auction

6-24 (1) ATW Auction


6-24 (2) ATW Quilt

6-24 (2) ATW Quilt

We traveled 46,501 nautical miles, 5 continents, 44 countries, 90+ ports plus 4 land tours and crossed 24 time zones in 180 days. Plus 3,590 photos I took and Roger probably took twice that much. There were 194 folks on the Jan. to July 2016 cruise plus an additional 50+ from Jan to March that were completing their 2015 world cruise. We met so many nice people from all over the world and shared our lives for 6 months. Many memories were made which was one of my reasons for this blog so we could remember it. So back to reality, no more laundry service, maid service, room service, entertainment, fresh fruit every day, baked pastries, fresh fish, etc. Its all up to us. I would do it all over again (if we win the lottery)........

I hope you all enjoyed this trip with us.

No more Happy Sailing till May, 2017

Linda and Roger

Posted by pointslj 23:18 Archived in USA

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Welcome home you two (three)!!!
Glad you did the blog. Was fun and honestly reassuring to stay somewhat connected and follow along. Trip of a lifetime.
Skylar looks like one happy pup. I hope your transition back is smooth and gentle. Hahaha Who's doing the dishes? :)

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