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August 2010

View of the Royal Court Theatre from stage areaView of the stage- its larger than it seems hereThe key saga...ah yes.  So there I was, around 11 PM,  having limped back on blistered feet to my cabin, with a newly recharged key card in my hand... and again it would not work. The light kept flashing red. I checked carefully that I was on...

we gather for the start of the first workshop in Clunb HemisphereThis has been an unusual voyage from the dancing perspective because of the timing of the days when the ship is at sea. Wendy usually organizes two dance workshops taught by her dance pros in the morning on sea days and most times there is at least one quite early in the voyage. But in the cruise round the British isles, the sea days came at the end. So workshops were...

Meringue - I couldn't resistBy the time we returned from our shore expedition  to Edinburgh, it was time to change for dinner. Most of us made it to the Britannia Restaurant by six-thirty though our ranks were a bit depleted.

har sui pork spring rollsThe dinner was as usual very good. I have been really impressed by the food and by the excellent dining...

Cruising in to South QueensferryAfter a day at sea cruising from Greenock, the Queen Victoria entered the Firth of Forth (don't you love that alliteration?) and headed towards an anchorage near South Queensferry, approximately ten miles  north-west of Edinburgh city centre. I was up early and sat out on our balcony enjoying the beauty of the early morning landscapes.

I was looking forward to Edinburgh,...

Dancers at Sea on Queen Victoria's British Isles cruiseAfter a full day at sea, tonight was Formal Night with a Victoriana Ball. Again the Queens Room floor was more crowded than usual as people came out looking elegant in evening attire, and joined the throngs on the dance floor.

My terrific cabin mate, Karen Dand me...

Harlan and Peggy take the floorShortly after I wrote my first Dance Cruise Travelblogue, the West Coast Ballroom Dance Cruise,  I received a delightfully enthusiastic comment from someone I had never meet. Her name was Peggy, and she commented that she and her husband Harlan were long time cruisers with Dancers at Sea  and always had a wonderful time.

When I finally met  Peggy in person on the New Year Caribbean Cruise, she was as bubbly and enthusiastic  as in...

sailing out of the ClydeAs a medical student in the pre-clinical years when we still got much of the summer off, I travelled on one of the old Union-Castle passenger liners from Cape Town to Southampton. It was the year before I got married,and my fiance was on a year's work assignment in England. He met me at Southampton and we spent several weeks driving around England and Scotland. I still had relatives of my maternal grandmother living in Glasgow, and we...

The Beatles celebration(With apologies to Jimmy Webb) -  by the time I got to Belfast I was waiting... for  a massage to ease my dance-sore legs and feet. So I decided to skip going ashore on another grey and overcast day, and opted for a dance lesson with Robert,  a Viennese waltz practice dance session with Dean, and later a  deep tissue massage in the Cunard Spa.

After breakfast I headed up to Club Hemisphere where Magdalena and Honey were also giving...

A grey rainy day in LiverpoolOf the 7 ports we visit on this cruise around the British Isles,  Liverpool has never been on my "must-see" short list.  In Ireland I was excited to visit Dublin because  of my interest in its great literary history. In Scotland, I am looking forward to going back to Edinburgh partly for sentimental reasons - a wonderful visit there with my then-fiance more than 40 years ago; and also because of the spectacular city-scape with Edinburgh Castle...

A grey day on the Liffey River in DublinDublin is another first time port of call for the Queen Victoria. The ship travelled east to the St. Georges channel and then followed the Irish coast northwards. We docked shortly after 8 am at Ocean Pier in Dublin.

I have two nieces that live in and nearby Dublin and was hoping to meet up with them, but communications got confused and i did not make arrangements to see them. So after a breakfast...

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