Quick NECA Cruise Update 03 — Newport, RI

We had visited Newport a few years ago when I attended the Viable Paradise writing workshop. Again, I ain’t even gonna try linking the related posts.

That had been a fairly quick tour of the place. We had walked around a bit, ate some food here . . .

and walked around a bit more. Some might remember this photo:

This version is a bit better because the Note 8 is a better camera . . . er, phone . . . er, camera phone, and because I took better care in snapping the photo.

We hadn’t planned on getting off-ship because it involved a twenty-minutes tender. But, relaxing our resolve, we braved the calm ocean and gregarious passengers and ventured ashore.

We’re mindful to avoid crowded venues or be too friendly because many people cough, sneeze, or otherwise happily spread their filthy germs around.

It would be nice to come back from one of these trips without also carrying some sort of bug home with us. But, even as careful as we are, we seem to attract people who just love to talk to our faces. Plus, of course, there’s the disease carrying crowd that travels in planes and lives for the chance of spreading their germs to a captive audience.

But, that’s a rant for another time. This rant is about being packed like sardines into a lifeboat (standard procedure for tenders). Okay, I’ll forego the rant.

Once ashore, we walked a bit more than 2.5 miles. We went all the way to a little park I had seen on the map. It has a statue of a French general who helped us during our little fray with them British folks back in the day. When I’m back home and doing a proper update (sometime in the next few years) I’ll probably provide his name and more information.

He’s pointing at something . . .

Ah, he knows our ship!

Er . . . No; he must be looking at some other interesting harbor sight.

Speaking of sights, there were a few (three) of these ex-trees clustered in one area . . .

I found it a bit odd . . . why would anyone deliberately poison just these trees out of a mile-long line of similar trees?

It only took me a few moments of looking around to get my answer.

I mean, I don’t know for sure but, you see, if you build multi-million dollars homes, you probably don’t take too kindly to arboreal obstructions to your view of the bay. Those homes, by fortuitous coincidence, benefited greatly from the poisoning of the trees.

Go figure.

Now, if I were the mayor of the place, I’d put up huge billboards extolling the history of the place . . . and completely obliterate any chance of seeing the bay from those houses. But, that’s just me.

Perhaps it wasn’t the owners or their agents; perhaps it was the builder(s). You can charge more of you can offer up a place with a view.

Newport is a neat little town and there’s history here. History we didn’t bother with. There’s an historical mansions tour we didn’t bother with (we had hit a few on our last visit). There are museums and other stuff we also didn’t bother with.

What can I say; we travel by the beat of a different drummer . . . plus, I’m half-deaf and I probably miss half the beats anyway.

On the other hand, I kept my eye out for odd stuff to photograph . . .

I had mentioned the place had been socked in by fog and it took a while for the fog to clear . . . and then come back . . . and then partially clear and then come back.

It turns out the bay we were anchored in — and the surrounding scenery — are quite nice.

Eventually, the fog left for a goodly amount of time and I got me some photos while walking around the deck.

Later that evening (the evening of the formal) we sat in the Piazza, sipping coffee, and watching the guys prepare the glasses for the champagne fountain.

Here’s the interesting thing . . . all of the glasses get handled by the persons and then the glasses on the periphery of the pyramid each get a grape placed in them . . . by hand. Ungloved hands.

I mean, they do this a lot and no one has died — that I know of — but, still, I wouldn’t exactly be thrilled drinking from those glasses. Maybe it’s just for the visual and no one actually drinks from them.

I mean, it’s not like I hung around waiting to see how things turned out.

For one, people in suits and fancy dresses make me nervous (I keep checking my pockets to make sure nothing’s been taken) and, for another, I don’t want to ruin their evening by having an unshaven bloke in Hang Ten shorts and a t-shirt loitering about.

Nope. We went up to the buffet where I had me a couple of crepes; one with plain sugar and one with Nutella.

A good time was had by all.

Here’s a gallery of all the photos. You can also click on the individual photos for a larger version (it will open in a new window or tab . . . provided the app doesn’t screw things up).

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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10 Responses to Quick NECA Cruise Update 03 — Newport, RI

  1. We went on a similar cruise in 2007, though with a different cruise line (Norwegian) that was less formal than yours and stopped at different places. We stopped at Boston and Bar Harbor before reaching Canada. I am waiting anxiously to find out what places in Canada you visited. Oh, and thanks for supplying the name of that French guy!


    • disperser says:

      Not sure what you mean by less formal. I wear shorts and a T-shirt all day.

      They do have a couple of formal nights where people who like to dress up do so.

      But, it’s not required and push come to shove, you can just show with long pants and a collared shirt (quasi-formal).

      This is an older crowd and many do partake. There’s supposed to be better food at the formals . . . But we don’t like steak and lobster so it would be wasted on us.

      And, you’re welcome. I figure people can look him up if they’re interested.


  2. Ggreybeard says:

    I love that sculpture of the wave!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. What a beautiful place!
    I really enjoy the odd stuff you find to photograph!
    Oh, those poor trees. :-( We have relatives that lived in the forest in a very modest cabin with trees all around them…and they were upset because people would buy land and then have all the pine trees and aspen trees cut down so they could build a big house on the land. :-(
    I couldn’t get anywhere near those stack-ed glasses! Ha! I’d probably knock them down! :-D
    Keep having fun fun FUN!
    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      It is . . . I suspect not so much in the winter.

      Sands, thank you. I try and visualize how of stuff will look by can’t predict if anyone will like it.

      And, yes . . . Not big on cutting down trees unless absolutely necessary.

      We did hear a loud crash before they were done. I think one of the trays of glasses got dropped before they brought it out.

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  4. AnnMarie says:

    Glad the fog lifted and you had a chance to walk around this nice looking place and enjoy the views. And your theory about the cut trees does make sense . . . what would the point be to get a house by the shore and not the see view?

    Liked by 1 person

    • disperser says:

      Well, I think the trees were there before there houses. I think they are entitled jerks and if I knew for sure, I’d favor execution for the culprits and all their accomplices.


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