Santa Marta, Colombia

First port of call on the 2017 World Cruise, Santa Marta, Colombia:

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Announcing World Cruise 2017

In nine very short days we will board the ms Amsterdam to teach Arts & Crafts on the 2017 World Voyage. Where are we going you ask:


What are we teaching is the second question we get most often:

Jewelry: Click


Paper Crafting: Click


Things: Click



Photo Books:


I have published a few books so others can see parts of the world I have been fortunate to see, click the Photo Books link above to see them.

My latest book is the 2014 World Cruise:


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Duke Farms

Nice visit to Duke Farms Somerville NJ.


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Best Birthday Gift Ever

A few of you likely did not see my Facebook posting of the Best Birthday gift ever. On the 16 of August we had dinner with Ron Ernest and Debby Bacon.

If you do not know Debby you should visit her Website.

Enough of the intro, this posting provides a link to all the tracks of the Birthday CD that Debby made for me. Just click the picture below, and each track in the MP3 version folder to listen to this wonderful gift:


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What a wonderful surprise

Today was an amazing day. It started off with a very long disembark that I could write a book about, but I will leave that for another day. After saying goodbye to our good friend Barbara (she was with us for the Panama Canal). We visited our friend from the 2010 World Cruise Dyann Riley. She lives just six short blocks from the ship terminal, in downtown San Diego.

When we arrived at dinner and our good friend Susan Hasson had booked this second part of this cruise to surprise us. Of course Tom the Dinning Room Manager had arrange for us to sit together. It was a wonderful surprise.

After the late show we returned to the room to find Spa Appointments for tomorrow that our friend Barbara had left for us as a thank you for us taking her on the cruise. So all in all it was a day filled with wonderful surprises.

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Puntarenas Great Tour

Ships tour of Costa Rica Favorites, turned out to be pretty great.

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Valor Chef’s Table

Although I have done the Chef’s Table on Carnival in the past. This time stood out because of the Master Chef do the presentation (Satish). He is leaving the valor and his next ship is the splendor. So if you are going to the Splendor I recommend trying the Chef’s Table.

Here are the pictures I took of the galley tour and the dishes we were served:

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Note to my HAL Friends: The Chef’s Table on the Amsterdam is still the best.

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