So, the time has finally arrived for the 2017 Grand World Voyage….. The morning began with a welcome aboard by Captain Jonathan Mercer, Director of the Mariner Society, Gerald Bernhoft and Hotel Director Henk Mensink. The ship was filled with excitement all day as old friends became reacquainted and people gathered to discuss travel plans as we circumnavigate the globe. I have a pretty large number of friends onboard so it is an exciting time for me. This is my 11th consecutive Grand World Voyage and I have some pretty exciting adventures planned with my friends, stay tuned, it is going to be one exciting voyage with lots of wondrous sights to see along the way. To kick off this Grand World Voyage we had a great Bon Voyage Sailaway party on deck 8, midship. It was a fun filled evening and quite the reunion of old friends with a great opportunity to make new ones….. Off we go…….