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More Pecans I Say!

今晚我家小宝突发奇想,边吃核桃边做诗一首。


More Pecans I Say!

Can you play with me Minnie?

No I can’t play, Freddy. Don’t you see? I am eating pecans!
I love it, I love it, I love it, I do.
I can eat it on mustard and ketchup and ice cream too!
And look at this picture, that’s me on pecans!
I love it, I love it, I love it, I do.
I can ski on it and skate on it and do my homework too!
I love it.

More than me?

More than you!

Oh no. Let’s play because I’m going to take your pecans away!

Now I can play Freddy don’t you see?

Now I can’t play, said Freddy. Don’t you see, I am eating pecans!

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在路上2008:Cruise的故事(六)

话说船上第三日,一觉醒来,觉得平静了许多。估摸着船终于从墨西哥湾开进古巴附近的加勒比海了,周边群岛环绕,自然少了风浪。

去船尾吃早餐,一改往日从船肚子里晃过去的走法,上了顶层的甲板。果然风清云淡,艳阳高照。四下一看,好家伙,仿佛满船的人都跑到甲板上来嗮太阳了。这会儿,多少有些加勒比海一游的味道了。

下午的时候,吃得饱饱的,找张荫凉处的躺椅美美地睡个午觉,然后一头跳进凉凉的泳池里,发现原来是海水的。也好,教着小宝四肢伸开,懒懒地浮在水面上,看着天上的白云朵朵,恍惚间,分不清是云在飘还是船在飘。游轮假日的休闲,莫过于此。

热水盆里更是人满为患,比游泳池里的人要多许多。这泡池也有些人以类聚的味道,这会儿很少见到见到PPMM,可惜。

池边的酒吧绝对的好生意。虽说船上的酒水是单独算钱的,可这会儿和老美谈钱就俗了,大家都是船卡一刷,比信用卡还简单。难怪晚间节目Eric开玩笑,说如果他争取选总统,就许诺大家的理想生活好比在Cruise上,想吃什么就吃什么,免费的;人人都有一张船卡,刷起来简单方便。。。等等等等,当时听了觉得颇为贴切好笑,绝对的理想生活。

别忘了,旁边还有乐队助兴,加勒比海的奔放音乐,酒不醉人人自醉。

至于泳池里,这会儿已经有人耐不住,开始为明天的牙买加登陆做准备了。

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在路上2008:Cruise的故事(五)

晚上躺在船上,浏览着Day 2 Cruise Compass的活动安排,Ice Skating吸引了我的眼球,船上居然还有真冰场?


第二天一早,吃过早饭,我们带着小宝就急急忙忙地赶到船尾的Studio B, 刚一进门就觉得一阵凉意。果然,一块篮球场大的冰场就在下面,所有的冰鞋、头盔租借都是免费的,替小宝填好paperwork, 武装起来,就鼓励她和一群小朋友冲进冰场。

这是小宝第二次上冰场。上一回还是去年夏天参加一个小朋友生日party的时候去过,那一回,从没穿过冰鞋的她和一群差不多大的小朋友,愣是扶着冰场的栏杆走了N圈,半个多小时下来,屁股没摔几次,不过是把人家溜冰场周围的清洁工作做得够彻底的。

不过这半年,姥姥教导有方,旱冰技术有不少长进,据说撒开手也敢自己溜溜了,这会儿,真冰场上见分晓了。

果然有进步,居然不用扶墙了,在人堆里,虽然姿势笨拙,也可以有模有样地随大流儿一起滑了,把我和LD看得这个惊喜。都说小朋友学起来快,要知道,她爸妈这方面可是没有一点天赋地,就这一点看,小宝很强很进步。

小小的滑冰场很快人多起来,有滑技高超的,有邯郸学步的,最让我们惊讶不已的是一个老大爷也在下面沿着墙壁溜圈,还和我们介绍说,七十多了,第一次下来溜冰。我忙说:never too late, never too late。佩服归佩服,不过我们家的还是从娃娃抓起吧。

正想着呢,那边小宝一不留神,吧唧一个大马趴,旁边两个大点的男孩连忙过去拉她,颇有友爱精神。场中一个高挑的阿姨也过去夸了她几句,说她一直滑的不错,不过要膝盖再弯一弯,边说着边带着她转了几圈,小宝这会儿有些感觉,连自信心又多了几分。

滑了大半个小时,换来了颇有进步的第二次冰上亲密接触和膝盖上摔的两块瘀青,小宝在全家的表扬声中一瘸一拐地撤了。可惜船上冰场的开放时间不长,不是每天都有。再后来,最后一天在船上的时候,又鼓动她去玩了一次。看来今年暑期正式参加个滑冰班学学,就应该入门啊。

对了,船上还有专门的滑冰演出(ice odyssey),需要拿票才可以看得。我们后来因为演出时间和晚间show冲突,就派爸妈去看了,据说表演得非常精彩,是Voyager Of Sea节目中的一个亮点。

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在路上2008:Cruise的故事(四)

说说Voyager Cruise船上的一些设施。


第一天船尾的落日余辉

上船后的第一件事情,大概就是满船乱溜达,尽快熟悉船上好玩的地方。你可以提前在网上看看船的设施介绍,也可以去服务中心那儿要张地图,不过四处溜达依然是最有效的方法。我们航线出发的最初两天三晚都是在船上,有的是时间。再说了,船再大,也是一艘船不是,you have no where to go.

写道这里,忽然要纠正一下,其实上船的第一件事,是参加船上的救生演习,这是必须参加的,需要你带着房间里的救生衣到指定的公共地点集合,船上工作人员会检查人数,保证每个乘客都参加。只不过一大堆人挤在一起暖暖和和的,我不由自主地打起了瞌睡,讲了什么倒不记得的,倒是记得最后说希望这是唯一的一次救生集合。


跑到12层的顶层甲板,船已经缓缓地开出了Gavelston港,多云,海面的风速极大,顶风的地方吹得有些站不住脚,大概转了转,发现船顶层的中心是两个游泳池,还有一些hot tube, 沙滩椅摆得整整齐齐的。只不过这么阴冷的天,大家都躲在船里面,只有我们这样第一次上船的才有好奇心吧。

船的后面还有层甲板,爬上去,发现了一个迷你高尔夫球场、一个综合运动场和一块攀岩墙。另外还有一处给小孩子玩的水上世界。可惜这些运动设施七天下来,我们都没有用上。想起Eric在晚上节目里问观众的一个问题:“大家有谁注意到我们船上有个很漂亮的健身房,并去试过的?”下面有观众耶~地欢呼。“那有多少人不知道健身房在哪儿,而且同意在七天假期里根本不关心船上有没有健身房?” 耶耶~~观众的欢呼声鼓掌声嬉笑声响彻一片。

健身房还真是很漂亮,顶层的无敌海景,只不过跑在跑步机上,还是有些晕晕地感觉。其实那几天,我船上船下船前船后的溜腿,楼梯把脚都累酸了,哪有体力再在跑步机上burn卡路里?想起十个dummy问题中的其中一个了,“请问这电梯是去船头还是去船尾的?” 真的,走累了,连我自己都有过类似的想法,船上要是能铺条船头船尾的自动扶梯就好了。呵呵。

不过后来的几天,有时候实在正餐吃的太饱了,全家一起在甲板上标出的跑道上遛弯,走五圈正好一迈,居然走下来了,我都挺佩服我自己的。

最神奇的还是第二天发现船上还有个室内的真冰滑冰场?! 而且我们家小宝在船上滑了两次,居然大有进步,这个故事明天再说吧。

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在路上2008:Cruise的故事(三)

看见shirley的回复,就说说Cruise船员和碰到我们自己人的故事。

前面资料提到,海洋航行者号这条船,载客3114人,而船员就有1181人。可以想象船上整洁舒适的环境,完全是靠船员的努力维护的。只不过我们平时常常见到的,多是收拾房间的阿姐,餐厅的侍者,晚上演出的演员,还有就是船上玲琅满目商店里的服务员了。不过我印象比较深的,一是船上的Cruise Director Eric Dowis, 二是船上youth club 里面的员工了。

Eric 实在是太有才了,他似乎有着天生的幽默细胞。每天晚上的主要演出中,他的表演并不多,多是开头出来说说小笑话演出结束讲讲明天一些活动安排。除此之外,还看了他主持的船上卡拉OK大赛,和一场晚间Love & Marriage show的主持。但是每每他一出场,几句话,就把人逗得哈哈大笑。我平时看美式comedian看的不多,经过这次cruise,我才发现真正牛的喜剧演员往往身边的小事他都能讲出许多段子,和观众的互动非常好。相比之下我们国内的相声小品就太假了。

好多笑话时过境迁,说出来没了当时的环境,你听了未必好笑。印象里的最后一晚,当演出结束的时候,大家多多少少有些曲终人散假期结束的伤感,Eric的最后一段是他总结的多年来Cruise上十个最dummy的问题,Top 1 是有老太太问Eric “船员们每天晚上都住咋船上吗,还是回家?” Eric 想了一想认真地回答老太太说,“是的,他们每天晚上忙完了的时候都有直升飞机来船上把他们都送回岸上和家人团聚。” 过后几天老太太又看到他,Eric问她过得如何,老太太说:“Everything is perfect, just a little complain, because every night I were woke up by the helicopter noise.” 大家听了哈哈一笑之余,多少也体会到船员这份工作的不宜。


加勒比海盗

因为我们带小孩子的缘故,许多主要演出后的晚间演出我们都没有赶上,不过因此我们也多了和船上youth club里面年青船员打交道的机会。Cruise上贴心的服务之一就是youth club里面的青少年活动非常丰富,而且都是免费的。原先我以为多半是放羊式的baby sitting, 后来才发现他们每天的活动都是安排好的,从早上八点到晚上十一点,提前都有详细的活动行程送到房间,而且按年龄组和,不同年龄的小朋友凑在一起,很快就能玩起来。以至于最后一天我家小的完全投入,再也不愿意跟我们集体行动了。船上短短三天海上时间,他们就组织了扮海盗游行、马戏团表演、才艺表演等等大的活动,至于平常的小活动也是非常对小孩子的胃口。七天的Cruise之游,因为youth club, 我们夫妻俩终于拥有了摆脱“油瓶”自己牵着小手乱逛的双人世界。

老丈母娘是个热心人,很快就和我们汇报船上见到的中国人了。除了两家从Dallas来的游客之外(可惜不是网友),还碰到了几个从大陆来在船上工作的年轻人。一个福建女孩是做清洁晚班的,常常见到她在deck 5的电梯附近做清洁, 聊了几回,她们船上生活还是蛮忙的,主要是每天都工作,半年之后才有几个星期休假,而平时真正上岸的机会也不多,还要看工作时间的安排。船上windjammer餐厅看的两个北京来的男生,都很年青,上船时间不长,感觉还蛮有冲劲的。还有一个小伙在snack bar厨房帮厨。Cruise上的船员是个联合国的小世界,来自个个国家,我不由想起Eric Dowis在一次演出后提到的,大致意思是如果世界上各国能够象他们船上的船员一样,放弃偏见,共同合作,平等地对待各种文化,那么现实中人类每天发生的冲突就失去了意义。我自然为他的说法拍红了巴掌,但在座的老美如何想,却不得而知了。

不过中国人走出来,融入了世界,即使在这小小的Cruise世界里。最后希望我遇到的朋友们,尽管我不知道你们的名字,但是祝愿你们做的越来越好,梦想成真。


小小马戏团

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在路上2008:Cruise的故事(二)

说说船舱。(请参考Cruise 预订的一些体会(三)

为了省钱,订的是Inside Staterooms (最基本的内舱),Deck 7。上了船,好一通找,总算搞清楚船头船尾左右两舷的位置,才找到我们的房间。爸妈的船舱在同层的另一侧,是两张单人床拼成的双人船,看上去不错。而我们订的是三人房,进门一看却只有两张单人的,还是分开放的,傻眼。当时负责房间的阿姐也不见踪影,只好问总机,原来是bunk bed(上下铺),上面的床被巧妙地藏到天花版上了。后来阿姐来了,用了特殊的钥匙才把床放下来。

收拾我们房间的阿姐听口音是南美洲的,是个热心人。后来才知道,房间竟然是一天收拾两回的。每天晚上,我们的房间总是乱成一团,可吃过大餐回来,床铺都已经整整齐齐了,明天的活动指南(Royal Carribean Compass)摆在床边,加上几块巧克力和即兴用浴巾折成的小动物。收拾房间的服务员收入不多,很大程度上靠小费,所以每次看到忙忙碌碌的阿姐,我总觉得最后的小费给的应当。

很快我就发现内舱的好处了。就是不管什么时候休息,关上灯,漆黑一片,伸手不见五指,伴着船上的一摇一摆,很快就进入梦乡了。不过每个人对船的摇摆程度感觉不同。船开出Gavelston没多久,天气影响,海上风速极大,浪头两三米,整艘船都有些摇摇晃晃,更不用说我们船头的船舱了。睡了一晚上铺,我家小的就彻底晕菜,好在来之前晕船药也预备好了。第二晚,LD也坚持不住了。呵呵,所以说,你要真有些晕船的话,还是要订船尾的房间,底层一些的,相对晃动比较少些。当然了,具体晃到什么程度,完全看人品老天说了算了。另外如果晕船要没有准备的话,也不必担心,船上有免费提供的。

船舱的隔音效果也出乎意外的好,无论的厕所马桶每次鱼雷般的发射,还是深夜电视脱口show节目的搞笑,都丝毫听不到隔壁房的声音。LD抱怨说从来没看到船离港的那一刻,因为呼呼的时候船舱里听不到鸣笛的声音。就这点而言,要比老美一般的旅馆酒店强多了。布局小巧的洗澡间,贵重物品的保险箱,以及伸手可及的床头灯,许多细节,常常让人感到“螺壳里做道场”的体贴。

Royal Carribean 这艘船,算不上超级奢华,说起来更象是豪华游轮中的经济实用型。不过七天的游轮生活,却仍让人回味不止。

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在路上2008:Cruise的故事(一)

是的,坐Cruise回来都一个星期了,还没和大伙汇报呢,主要是忙着美化网页了,照片也没整理呢。当然,还在Cruise后的调整期里,减肥中。不过可以放心地和大伙说:秤过了,没有多长肉,耶~~ 很不容易啊,筒子们,你坐过cruise就理解了,在大餐五道菜Buffet时时开Snack bar就在电梯口的环境下,坚持七天不长肉是需要多么大的勇气啊。

长篇游记,嗯,估计写不了太多了,之前好的还欠着呢。就着照片和之前的Cruise 预订的一些体会系列文章写写感想吧。

上船篇:


Port Of Galveston

我们游轮周日下午五点出发,我们差不多一点半赶到港口。先去码头把家人和行李放下来,自然有行李工帮你把行李送上船,你需要确定船舱号和行李相符,并根据行李多少适当准备小费。注意一点是当晚你拿到行李的时间不定,可能很晚,所以你上船急需的东西请随身携带,最重要的是你的护照、文件、及Seapass上用的信用卡。我们的Seapass我提前上网checkin都打好了。Royal Carribbean网上提前72小时就不允许online checkin了,比较变态,我还写了封complain email,他们的回答是他们需要时间把信息送到Cruise上。另外注意,上船都是周末,而这时候你有问题打电话是找不到人的,所以有事情要早些解决。

趴车就停在官方指定的停车场,7 day Cruise是七十刀,提前网上订省五刀,同样要提前一天订。看见路边有人挥牌子说是有便宜的停车场,懒得麻烦。记准停的位置,要不七天之后早就得大海捞针了。



皇家加勒比海国际游轮海洋航行者号(呵呵,中文名字就是牛啊)

上船的手续,先是安检,然后检查护照和回美签证,持国人护照的,自然不要期待象老美那么潇洒。也是我们人多签证种类杂,而等待时间和办理人的业务直接挂钩,我们还好,十五分钟的样子,爸妈的B2签证,I94卡收走,下船入关的时候重新填写。

拿到手的是五张船卡,我们刘姥姥进大观园般地钻进了豪华游轮的肚子。这时候,先上船的早已经是人人一杯小酒在握,歌舞升平了。迟了迟了,没办法,谁让咱是第一次呢。

资料:
1999年11月首航
吨位: 142000吨
载客:3114人
长度:311米
宽度:48米
甲板层: 15
船员人数:1181人
吃水深度:9米
平均航速:22节

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Warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/travels/public_html/blog/wp-includes/functions.php on line 26

Warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/travels/public_html/blog/wp-includes/functions.php on line 28

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Warning: mktime() [function.mktime]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/travels/public_html/blog/wp-includes/functions.php on line 24

Warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/travels/public_html/blog/wp-includes/functions.php on line 26

Warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EST/-5.0/no DST' instead in /home/travels/public_html/blog/wp-includes/functions.php on line 28
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