Thursday, February 14, 2013

Captain's Blog 2/14/13

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. The cadets have lined up for two days to have their pictures taken for the web site post - probably up by tomorrow. Don't miss your cadet's message of love!

We arrived in Oranjestad, Aruba this morning under breezy conditions and partly cloudy skies, and were all finished docking by 0915. The crew and cadets are streaming down the gangway - not quite as fast as the first port, but at a pretty good rate. I expect by 1100 half the ship will be emptied out.

Last night Father Houston conducted a very well attended Ash Wednesday mass. He had two cadet Eucharistic Ministers and two cadets placing ashes on the attendees. The population at the religious celebrations has been very well attended the past nine days, including many cadets from other faiths. Fr. Houston does a great job of being welcoming to all spiritual people to his masses. We are lucky he elects to ride with us at least one leg of the cruise each year. He will be with us until Sunday when he returns to his parish in Northboro.

So, this is our last port before Buzzards Bay. As many parents know the cadets will have duty responsibilities once we get home - if you talk or text them - please make sure they disclose to you when they are required to report for duty.

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