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hac82
August 1st, 2011, 04:24 PM
For breakfast - Scrapple

Explain that one to our English friends or those from out west!

Steve
I could go for that too.

wolfie10
August 1st, 2011, 04:30 PM
Hi everyone. Sorry not to have been able to keep in touch but we have been having such an awful time. Firstly Tom had a ver Nasty accident earlier in the year, then I had health problems which have not improved and last month the doctor advised me not to fly to America because of the length of the flight. We did think of changing to a cruise from Southampton to the Med, but I wouldn't be able to cope with the journey down there so very sadly we decided it would be wiser to cancel altogether.
We were really looking forward to meeting you all and celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary with you all.

I wish you all a wonderful cruise and will be thinking of you all and what we are missing.
Take care everyone, I will try to follow you all if that is OK.
Betty xxxxxxxxxxx to everyone
Sorry to hear you will not be joining us Betty on this cruise, I do hope that both you and Tom will soon recover from the awful things that have happened to you this year, if you are not well the drive down to Southampton is not a journey I would like to take. We have done it the otherway several times from the southcoast to Cheshire and its not a straight forward drive.
I was looking forward to meeting you and maybe one day we will meet on a different cruise, perhaps Celebrity will start a cruise from Liverpool and for you that should be an easy port to get to.
Best wishes
Margaret

wolfie10
August 1st, 2011, 04:37 PM
For breakfast - Scrapple

Explain that one to our English friends or those from out west!

Steve

OK Steve Whats Scrapple!? I am so intrigued, never heard that word before.
Margaret

pamkev
August 1st, 2011, 04:52 PM
This is the second Thanksgiving we will not be here 2 years ago we did a Ta from Rome we actually left Turkey Day the kids not to happy we will not be here and actually Thanksgiving I do like if I could be wawy for Christmas I would but as of now that will not happen.

Pam

pamkev
August 1st, 2011, 04:54 PM
Dreaded double post

pamkev
August 1st, 2011, 05:04 PM
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Oyster Stuffing. We were out in Seattle last Thanksgiving and our DD made Oyster Dressing for the meal using the Quilcene Oysters that she picked up at Pike Place Market. I can still taste that dressing today. It was incredible. I wonder if we could the the chef on the Silhouette to make something like that for us. :D

Congrats:D

pamkev
August 1st, 2011, 05:05 PM
OK Steve Whats Scrapple!? I am so intrigued, never heard that word before.
Margaret


Ask him about Tripe, souse and pig stomach also:D

Greensgirl
August 1st, 2011, 06:01 PM
Just a small Thanksgiving note...2 years ago we were in Cairo, then the Gaza pryamids..ridding camels. We had an international phone plan and called the kids...
This" Thanksgiving Hello "cost us $90...then we took the rest of the tour which consisted of a dinner cruise down the Nile. Everyone was looking forward to the local cuisine on the buffet and entertainment and sites etc. The dinner cruise consisted of going in circles in the Nile infront of the Cairo Hotels, the entertainment was the "twirling develish dancers" and to cater to "the americans onboard" we were served a TURKEY and all the trimmings.:rolleyes:

Several years ago when we told the kids we were going to to be gone cruising for Thanksgiving thru Christmas, Faith , the youngest said. " But you can't it's a tradition we go to your house etc. That's when Richard said...You have families of your own now, start your own traditions.

Then a couple of years later we felt guilty and treated everyone on a Thanksgiving cruise out of Charleston. That was a mistake because it was like pulling teeth for everyone to meet together for even one meal. Now with 12 grandkids and 4 kids with none living near each other...we figure that every time we visit anyone or they visit us It's a NaNa and PaPa Holiday to celebrate.:D This year we will be in Puerta Valleta for Christmas...Last year it was Hilton Head. Everyone is invited to spend time with us if they want. One their dime !
My cousin is biting the bullet this year and going to Fla.( the Villages) for 4 months and leaving BEFORE Christmas but she can't run away from Thanksgiving yet.
I just got tired of cooking for 18-22 people for each holiday and Richard got tired of cleaning the house before and after:p I'm sure that if everyone lived within an hr of each other we would feel differently...but now when we visit we get a chance TO VISIT !
I envy those who have tried and true TRaditions with each family member bringing their own special dish that everyone looks forward to...etc. I'm sure your loved ones will miss you if it's your first Holiday apart. Our kids, now, are trained to look forward to post cards saying WISH YOU WERE HERE ( not)


It really is hard to break from the family traditions sourounding the holidays. We have cruised with our whole family twice over Thanksgiving...last year 20 of us sailed The Liberty of the Seas...my father being the oldest at 80 and our grandson the youngest at 9 months...it was a wonderful time. With that said, we are really looking forward to a more relaxing trip this year and my husband and I are cruising alone! We will visit our NY kids upon our return for an early Christmas with our only grandchild. He will be 21 months! So it's a win, win for us!!

The tee shirts look great and we like the idea of everyone ordering their own. Thanks Alex and congrats on your golf round!
Becky

atog254
August 1st, 2011, 07:34 PM
History and regional popularity

Scrapple is arguably the first pork food invented in America. The more immediate culinary ancestor of scrapple was the Low German (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_German) dish called panhas (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panhas), which was adapted to make use of locally available ingredients, and it is still called "Pannhaas," "panhoss," or "pannhas" in parts of Pennsylvania. The first recipes were created by Dutch colonists who settled near Philadelphia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania) and Chester County, Pennsylvania (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_County,_Pennsylvania) in the 17th and 18th centuries. As a result, scrapple is strongly associated with rural areas surrounding Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and surrounding eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delmarva_Peninsula).

Scrapple, locally called "everything but the oink" or made with "everything but the squeal". The meat is finely minced mush (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mush_%28maize%29) of pork (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork) scraps and trimmings and is returned to the pot and seasonings, typically sage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_sage), thyme (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyme), savory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savory_%28herb%29), black pepper, combined with cornmeal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornmeal) and flour (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flour), often buckwheat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckwheat) flour, and other spices. The mush is formed into loaves and allowed to cool thoroughly until set. The proportions and seasoning are very much a matter of the region and the cook's taste. The mush is formed into a semi-solid congealed loaf, and slices of the scrapple are then panfried before serving.

In composition, preparation, and taste, scrapple is similar to the white pudding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_pudding) popular in Ireland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland), Scotland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland) and parts of England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) and the spicier Hog's pudding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hog%27s_pudding) of the West Country (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Country) of England.

Its popularity on the Delmarva Peninsula (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delmarva_Peninsula) is celebrated annually during the "Apple-Scrapple Festival" in Bridgeville, Delaware. Great Festival in October.

Got all of the above off the internet. I prefer Rapa and Kirby & Holloway brands pan fried or deep fried to a crisp slice with ketcup spread over.

So who wants Scapple served at the morning buffet? RCCL had blood pudding last year on the breakfast buffet! And I tried it! :eek:

So now you know!

Steve :cool:

myjillian
August 1st, 2011, 07:58 PM
History and regional popularity

Scrapple is arguably the first pork food invented in America. The more immediate culinary ancestor of scrapple was the Low German (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_German) dish called panhas (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panhas), which was adapted to make use of locally available ingredients, and it is still called "Pannhaas," "panhoss," or "pannhas" in parts of Pennsylvania. The first recipes were created by Dutch colonists who settled near Philadelphia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia,_Pennsylvania) and Chester County, Pennsylvania (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_County,_Pennsylvania) in the 17th and 18th centuries. As a result, scrapple is strongly associated with rural areas surrounding Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and surrounding eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delmarva_Peninsula).

Scrapple, locally called "everything but the oink" or made with "everything but the squeal". The meat is finely minced mush (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mush_%28maize%29) of pork (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pork) scraps and trimmings and is returned to the pot and seasonings, typically sage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_sage), thyme (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyme), savory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savory_%28herb%29), black pepper, combined with cornmeal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornmeal) and flour (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flour), often buckwheat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckwheat) flour, and other spices. The mush is formed into loaves and allowed to cool thoroughly until set. The proportions and seasoning are very much a matter of the region and the cook's taste. The mush is formed into a semi-solid congealed loaf, and slices of the scrapple are then panfried before serving.

In composition, preparation, and taste, scrapple is similar to the white pudding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_pudding) popular in Ireland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland), Scotland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotland) and parts of England (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England) and the spicier Hog's pudding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hog%27s_pudding) of the West Country (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Country) of England.

Its popularity on the Delmarva Peninsula (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delmarva_Peninsula) is celebrated annually during the "Apple-Scrapple Festival" in Bridgeville, Delaware. Great Festival in October.

Got all of the above off the internet. I prefer Rapa and Kirby & Holloway brands pan fried or deep fried to a crisp slice with ketcup spread over.

So who wants Scapple served at the morning buffet? RCCL had blood pudding last year on the breakfast buffet! And I tried it! :eek:

So now you know!

Steve :cool:
You know Steve, I'm going to make you a sign for chair#10 OMG I hope that's your right chair:oand you will be our intellectual advisor on trivia. I can now sleep sound at nite dreaming about the Apple-Scrapple Festival ...that unlil now, I had no idea all the goodies that Deleware has to offer.LOL

island couple
August 1st, 2011, 08:40 PM
Hi All,

It's finally August, which makes this cruise seem that much closer! :p

I've read a few posts on the price drops, but it seems like they are only suite related. I checked on my price, and it looks like it has only gone way up since the last big price drop, maybe...a month...or a little longer...ago? We're in CC, and wanted to know if anyone else has checked their cabin prices recently?

Amy :D

Hi Amy,

I also checked our cabin and it has gone up since the last price drop. We are in CC,upgraded from 2A at the last price drop.
This is our first cruise on Celebrity, and I am really excited,have been reading many good reviews.We have always cruised (11) with RC. need a change.

Jane

kimba1
August 1st, 2011, 08:43 PM
OMG if my husband mentions missing oyster stuffing one more time I'm going to make it in this 100 degree heat and let him suffer in our sweltering house. LOL

There's a post on the mainboard of photos from the eclipse that had a thanksgiving menu. No oyster stuffing but one of the MDR menus does have a roasted turkey with oyster sage stuffing on it

Maybe it's a delaware thing? I thought it was a dutchy thing. They used to have a house in Lewes, he went to UoD.

We cruised a few years ago on Thanksgiving and dinner wasn't like grandma's but it was turkey with all the fix ins and we enjoyed it. They had other things as well but many of us Americans chose turkey.

caribbean1004
August 1st, 2011, 09:57 PM
Hi Amy,

I also checked our cabin and it has gone up since the last price drop. We are in CC,upgraded from 2A at the last price drop.
This is our first cruise on Celebrity, and I am really excited,have been reading many good reviews.We have always cruised (11) with RC. need a change.

Jane


Hi Jane -- You will love Celebrity. I've been on a few on RC and Celebrity, and prefer Celebrity, for its higher level of service, more relaxing atmosphere, and (most importantly) better food. We've been on the Solstice and loved it! :D We also upgraded our cabin to a CC - we were in a 2A, downgraded to an interior due to the great price, then upgraded to CC lol. We're really excited also!!!

russg140
August 1st, 2011, 10:35 PM
Guys and gals:

I am SO sorry about the rate decreases. I thought that since ours went down, everyone's did. Totally my bad for which I sincerely apologize. Although isn't it nice to know that you got your cabin for a lower rate than now being offered?

As for Scrapple; if you've never had it - it is delicious! Cut in slices, dusted in flour, pan sauteed and drizzled with maple syrup. Delish. As for the "everything but the oink"....if you knew what was in sausage, hot dogs, etc. Just enjoy it. LOL.

samkmm
August 2nd, 2011, 01:59 AM
Kathy & Steve,

Welcome to this lively and oh so friendly bunch! Where on LI are you from? Although DH and I currently live in So. Fla, I'm born a born and raised NYer and will be spending some time with my mom and brother before the cruise. We'll be heading to the terminal from Oceanside. Oh, how I've so missed making that delightful trek across Staten Island.... ;)

We're from Holbrook. Next to Ronkonkoma. We have lived on LI all of our lives. Haven't found another place that we would rather be. Besides we have 3 grown children all married and 4 grand kids. So we're not leaving too soon. Where in S. FL are you now? Have a few relatives down there.

Yes, we were upset to read about the teacher from Long Beach. What a shame so young.

We would like to be added to the spread sheet. What info do you need? Will you be making name tags? We have been on Princess and HAL with meet & greets with over 100. Name tags were helpful. On Princess the Captain and other Officers took part. We actually had 2 meets but the cruise was 33days.

Can't wait for this cruise. It will be our first during THANKSGIVING. Have been away for EASTER and that didn't sit well. Haven't told the kids yet. Waiting for the right time. Hope it comes before we leave. It will our first on this class ship can't wait.

Kathy:)

Imagolfnut
August 2nd, 2011, 09:41 AM
Hi Kathy and welcome.... I have friends who live in Holbrook - Pat and John Williams; I'm sure you know or read about what happened to their son; such a tragedy.

Wow, hard to believe we're already into August; the cruise is getting closer and closer. Have been checking out some bargains in the Dept stores - now's the time to get great deals on summer clothes (I really don't need any but can't pass up a good bargain)!! :)

Another busy day ahead so better get going. Was out watering the gardens at 7:30 am - don't know where all those thunder storms went; sure didn't come our way! Wow it was actually cool enough for a sweater this morning, but by noon it will be HOT again! OK - off and running...
Marge

beachbuddy
August 2nd, 2011, 09:57 AM
Welcome Kathy..........glad you can join us. I have cousins in Ronkonkoma.

Alex, I agree with you and Kim - best way is to let everyone buy their own from the website.

BTW.........HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! Hope your celebrating this new milestone (that's what I'll call it)..........LOL:D BTW, congrats on the golfing!

Spam...........all I can say about spam is yuck! When we first got married, Tony wanted me to buy it...........I refused so he bought it, he cooked it, he ate it! LOL Same goes for liver...........just can't stand the smell! When I was around 7, I was in the hospital and they gave me liver but told me it was steak.........boy, did I puke! Can't go near the stuff now! LOL

Hmmmm, now talk about Pork Roll and I can eat that everyday! I'm sure there's just as much junk in that, but it's oh..........so good! and looks better than spam...........LOL Cases is the best and we're lucky to have it made right here in good old Trenton so we go right to the place that makes it to buy it.

Marge, Wow, you sure keep busy......more golfing this week! I agree about the other thongs...........I don't know how people can say they are so comfortable. Biggest reason people give is that you can't see any panty lines............I say, "heck, I don't care if they see my panty lines, at least they know I'm wearing them"............LOL

Hmmmm, now talking about going away at the holidays. We cruised once before during Thanksgiving with a few people from this thread. My grandson has asked me every year since if we were going to be away again because his mother (my daughter) had to cook and he wants to come to my house instead..........LOL Well, I told the kids they are on their own this year again for Thanksgiving and of course, our grandson said "oh no, mom has to cook!" I really felt bad the first time going away over Thanksgiving but I'm okay with it now. Actually, I would have taken my grandson if this was a RCCL cruise, but it being our first time on Celebrity, not sure if it's kid friendly. I really did enjoy not having to cook Thanksgiving........I absolutely love to cook, but I hate cooking turkey!! I never had oyster stuffing. My mom's family always made a bread/italian cheese/fresh garlic stuffing and that's how I make it. Tony's mom always made a bread stuffing with sausage - I made it for him once or twice that way, but we both love the one I make.

As far as Christmas goes..........no way can I go and leave my family for that holiday. One time we went to Florida, stayed at a Marriott and spent most of the time at my MIL's and Tony's brother and sisters, but stayed at the marriott. Only our son came with us. I was so upset that I will never go away at Christmas again unless everyone comes..........I really missed the tree and the whole thing with the family. Even though we put a little tree up in our room at the Marriott, it was not the same. Even though we spent it with Tony's family, it was not the same as being home.

Well, gotta get going for now......you guys are sure chatty..........had 2 pages to read since yesterday morning.

Went to AC again last night.......I lost $140 and had $4 and change left on a penny machine and hit $45 on a bonus spin. Gave Tony $20 of it and he put it in a penny machine only playing .50/pull and hit for $150............so won all my money back. Gotta love that man! LOL

Chow for now.........

Patty

beachbuzzard
August 2nd, 2011, 10:35 AM
OK, I did some more research and it is hard to find many websites that let someone other than the designer buy the custom shirt. Cafe Press is a tad pricier, but they are just the most flexible and polished website of them all. So I have stuck with them. In addition, they have loads of customizable products and the ability to set up a storefront webpage - so I added the logo to some other products and set up a page. It turns out the t-shirt is a buck cheaper this way (not sure why) - I could have added markup for myself but did not do that. These are all shown at cost.

http://www.cafepress.com/SilhouetteWildTurkeys

With regard to shirt colors, I actually thought it would be nicer if we didn't all wear the same color - I think it would be neat if we were the same by logo but individual by shirt type or color. So I've left as many choices as possible open to everyone.

Also, if there are any items on the Cafe Press website that you would like to buy with the logo let me know and I'll set it up for you.

Hope you all like this!!! - Alex

beachbuzzard
August 2nd, 2011, 10:38 AM
Alex, I agree with you and Kim - best way is to let everyone buy their own from the website.

BTW.........HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! Hope your celebrating this new milestone (that's what I'll call it)..........LOL:D BTW, congrats on the golfing!

Patty

Thanks Patty. Yeah, a milestone! Good news is I feel great - I'm happy and in the best shape of my adult life (since college anyway) - so what exactly is a milestone anyway?? Nothing!!! HA!!

RodPat
August 2nd, 2011, 10:47 AM
Patty, Going to AC tomorrow. Staying at the TAJ for 2 nights. Tomorrow is my friends birthday and Saturday is mine so every year we celebrate in AC. Hope I get lucky. June was a lucky month and then came July unlucky. Maybe August will be lucky again.

Pat

RodPat
August 2nd, 2011, 11:02 AM
OK, I did some more research and it is hard to find many websites that let someone other than the designer buy the custom shirt. Cafe Press is a tad pricier, but they are just the most flexible and polished website of them all. So I have stuck with them. In addition, they have loads of customizable products and the ability to set up a storefront webpage - so I added the logo to some other products and set up a page. It turns out the t-shirt is a buck cheaper this way (not sure why) - I could have added markup for myself but did not do that. These are all shown at cost.

http://www.cafepress.com/SilhouetteWildTurkeys

With regard to shirt colors, I actually thought it would be nicer if we didn't all wear the same color - I think it would be neat if we were the same by logo but individual by shirt type or color. So I've left as many choices as possible open to everyone.

Also, if there are any items on the Cafe Press website that you would like to buy with the logo let me know and I'll set it up for you.

Hope you all like this!!! - Alex

Alex, First I want to wish you a happy birthday. Hope all your joints hold up until you are at least 80. Glad I was able to suggest Cafe Press. I know we did order shirts for our transatlantic cruise and it worked out fine. This is much easier for you and all of us also. Can't make up my mind whether to get a sweatshirt or a long sleeve shirt. After all sailaway will be in November and it could be cool outside going under the bridge. Might get some magnets also for the door to the cabin. thanks for setting it up for us.

Pat

myjillian
August 2nd, 2011, 11:07 AM
OK, I did some more research and it is hard to find many websites that let someone other than the designer buy the custom shirt. Cafe Press is a tad pricier, but they are just the most flexible and polished website of them all. So I have stuck with them. In addition, they have loads of customizable products and the ability to set up a storefront webpage - so I added the logo to some other products and set up a page. It turns out the t-shirt is a buck cheaper this way (not sure why) - I could have added markup for myself but did not do that. These are all shown at cost.

http://www.cafepress.com/SilhouetteWildTurkeys

With regard to shirt colors, I actually thought it would be nicer if we didn't all wear the same color - I think it would be neat if we were the same by logo but individual by shirt type or color. So I've left as many choices as possible open to everyone.

Also, if there are any items on the Cafe Press website that you would like to buy with the logo let me know and I'll set it up for you.

Hope you all like this!!! - Alex
How about pins? We can wear them on shirts,purses, jackets and they would be affordable enough that everyone could buy them and wear on a solid colored shirt etc. I'm a retired teacher and although the t-shirts are adorable...I know from experience that everybody can participate and be held together ...by a pin:) I personally have many cruise t-shirts and find myself only wearing them once...including hats....unless it's a Margaritaville product :D I would love to have a pin I can attatch to one of my Ball Caps and when someone compliments me I can brag about the artist, and the cruise ! So please set me up for 6 pins. One for my husband and one for myself and 4 others for our new Deleware buddies .;) My treat.

Imagolfnut
August 2nd, 2011, 11:35 AM
Hats/caps/visors would be nice too!!

kimba1
August 2nd, 2011, 11:35 AM
Thanks Patty. Yeah, a milestone! Good news is I feel great - I'm happy and in the best shape of my adult life (since college anyway) - so what exactly is a milestone anyway?? Nothing!!! HA!!

He's in the best shape cause it's his first milestone birthday I'm chasing him around ;-).

beachbuzzard
August 2nd, 2011, 11:41 AM
How about pins? We can wear them on shirts,purses, jackets and they would be affordable enough that everyone could buy them and wear on a solid colored shirt etc. I'm a retired teacher and although the t-shirts are adorable...I know from experience that everybody can participate and be held together ...by a pin:) I personally have many cruise t-shirts and find myself only wearing them once...including hats....unless it's a Margaritaville product :D I would love to have a pin I can attatch to one of my Ball Caps and when someone compliments me I can brag about the artist, and the cruise ! So please set me up for 6 pins. One for my husband and one for myself and 4 others for our new Deleware buddies .;) My treat.

I just checked and Cafe Press doesn't have pins!! I figured they must somewhere in there because they have everything else under the sun - stickers, magnets, pillows, blankets, postcards, shirts, hats, coasters, etc, etc, etc. No pins. Unbelievable.

Sorry about that!

Alex

beachbuzzard
August 2nd, 2011, 11:42 AM
Hats/caps/visors would be nice too!!

I tried to do a hat but it just didn't look good because the logo is so small on it. I can set up, but buyer beware on that. I don't know how good it will look.

Alex

beachbuzzard
August 2nd, 2011, 11:48 AM
Hats/caps/visors would be nice too!!

OK I added a cap - they didn't have visors. I guess it looks ok, but like I said the logo is a little small so might not be the easiest to read. But its there if anyone would like it!!

http://www.cafepress.com/SilhouetteWildTurkeys

Alex

hac82
August 2nd, 2011, 11:54 AM
Thanks Patty. Yeah, a milestone! Good news is I feel great - I'm happy and in the best shape of my adult life (since college anyway) - so what exactly is a milestone anyway?? Nothing!!! HA!!
It is only a number. Happy Birthday from both of us. Have a great day.

DPNBP
August 2nd, 2011, 12:17 PM
Happy Birthday, Alex! Have a great day!

Pat, Have a Happy & Lucky Birthday this weekend!

Dianne

Thanks Patty. Yeah, a milestone! Good news is I feel great - I'm happy and in the best shape of my adult life (since college anyway) - so what exactly is a milestone anyway?? Nothing!!! HA!!

nycmode
August 2nd, 2011, 12:20 PM
SHIRTS!

http://images6.cpcache.com/product/560408326v15_480x480_Front_Color-White.jpg



What a GREAT shirt!! I love it! Looking forward to seeing you all on the ship. This will be a honeymoon to remember!

beachbuzzard
August 2nd, 2011, 01:18 PM
What a GREAT shirt!! I love it! Looking forward to seeing you all on the ship. This will be a honeymoon to remember!

Make sure you go here to order - I don't think that old link works anymore:

http://www.cafepress.com/SilhouetteWildTurkeys

Alex

RodPat
August 2nd, 2011, 02:56 PM
He's in the best shape cause it's his first milestone birthday I'm chasing him around ;-).

Kim, If he were smart he would let you catch him. After all that is when all the fun begins.:D Seems like yesterday I was only 50 but time marches on.

Pat

Host Corkey
August 2nd, 2011, 03:12 PM
If Kim is running, than that means her foot is better!! good - we need you to dance with us when Girls Just Want To Have Funnnnnnunnnnn.....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX!! IS THE MAGIC # 40 ? CUZ YOU LOOK 30.....

OK, i KNOW YOU'LL BUY ME A DRINK FOR THAT COMMENT!!

Are we going to wear our Tshirts for a group photo shoot? so when are we going to wear them? during the Meet & Greet?
a group photo with those group t's is cute - we did that once - we all had blue tshirts and one gal was wearing an orange blouse - no one told her she wasn't wearing a tshirt...

Hello to all the Newbies!! this group is getting better and better and we will all look forward to having fun together!

As one of my girlfriends used to say, her undies usually start out regular and end up as thongs...

carol

emcee207
August 2nd, 2011, 03:12 PM
Today is Margo's birthday also! My Mom's is, shuld say was, tomorow. I'm on the 16th!

Go Leo's!!!!!!!!!;)

DPNBP
August 2nd, 2011, 03:30 PM
Happy Birthday to Margo, too! Hope it's a great one!
Dianne

Today is Margo's birthday also! My Mom's is, shuld say was, tomorow. I'm on the 16th!

Go Leo's!!!!!!!!!;)

hac82
August 2nd, 2011, 03:36 PM
Happy Birthday Margo.

pamkev
August 2nd, 2011, 03:40 PM
Happy Birthday Alex, Margo:)

beachbuzzard
August 2nd, 2011, 03:47 PM
If Kim is running, than that means her foot is better!! good - we need you to dance with us when Girls Just Want To Have Funnnnnnunnnnn.....

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX!! IS THE MAGIC # 40 ? CUZ YOU LOOK 30.....

OK, i KNOW YOU'LL BUY ME A DRINK FOR THAT COMMENT!!

Are we going to wear our Tshirts for a group photo shoot? so when are we going to wear them? during the Meet & Greet?
a group photo with those group t's is cute - we did that once - we all had blue tshirts and one gal was wearing an orange blouse - no one told her she wasn't wearing a tshirt...

Hello to all the Newbies!! this group is getting better and better and we will all look forward to having fun together!

As one of my girlfriends used to say, her undies usually start out regular and end up as thongs...

carol

Oh Carol you're SO sweet!!! No, it would be the big 5-0, not the 4-0 or 3-0.

I think the idea is just wear the shirts any old time, but we could make a group photo where everyone wears their shirts. Again, I think it would look awesome if we all had all different colors with the same logo. Just something different!! I'm sure there will be more neutral colors (white, tan, grey). What about for the Connections party?? That's a perfect time to grab a group photo also!

Alex

kimba1
August 2nd, 2011, 04:15 PM
I just checked and Cafe Press doesn't have pins!! I figured they must somewhere in there because they have everything else under the sun - stickers, magnets, pillows, blankets, postcards, shirts, hats, coasters, etc, etc, etc. No pins. Unbelievable.

Sorry about that!

Alex

They have buttons which are just like pins!

beachbuzzard
August 2nd, 2011, 04:29 PM
They have buttons which are just like pins!

Thanks honey - yes, we now have pins/buttons!! The website has a tab for customizable products but failed to include buttons on that tab! But yes, I found the buttons in the regular category and then found the customizing link in there. I added two sizes, a smaller 2-1/4" button and larger 3-1/2" button.

BTW, I checked on those running shirts but I see no customizing on those.

http://www.cafepress.com/SilhouetteWildTurkeys

myjillian
August 2nd, 2011, 04:54 PM
They have buttons which are just like pins!
I think I meant to say buttons...you know like magnets but for the clothings. I still want 6 Thank you for letting me know I said one thing but meant another:confused:

myjillian
August 2nd, 2011, 05:42 PM
I have ordered the buttons..mission accomplished...thank you for setting everything up:D

caribbean1004
August 2nd, 2011, 06:46 PM
With so many ports, I'm not sure if this question is even possible to answer. Also, not sure if it was already mentioned, so I apologize if it was.

Does anyone know which side of the ship will be better for views overlooking the islands when docked? Or suggestions on how to find the info....Thanks!

Craftdee2
August 2nd, 2011, 07:34 PM
Just got back from 2 weeks at the Jersey shore (turned into a Snooki, beach, booze & shopping) on LBI & seems like a novel as been written on this thread since I last checked. whew!!!!

Patty- tried to get on the Black Pearl in Beach Haven for their sunset cruise 3 times but they were sold out. Glad they are doing so well.

Love the shirts & stuff. Cafe Press is great. Bought a tote bag on our transatlantic last year & it is a good size.

Ok time to catch up with this thread...
Diane

RodPat
August 2nd, 2011, 08:18 PM
Oh Carol you're SO sweet!!! No, it would be the big 5-0, not the 4-0 or 3-0.

I think the idea is just wear the shirts any old time, but we could make a group photo where everyone wears their shirts. Again, I think it would look awesome if we all had all different colors with the same logo. Just something different!! I'm sure there will be more neutral colors (white, tan, grey). What about for the Connections party?? That's a perfect time to grab a group photo also!

Alex

Celebrity doesn't usually send a photographer to the connection party. If you want one there check with the captain club hostess before and they can have one sent up. I have always worn my shirt for sailaway at the Sunset bar. That way we can meet each other before the connection get together. The connection party is usually early in the morning about 10 or 10:30 on the first full sea day. Some people may not be up and some may be swimming by that time so you can't count on a full crew there

Pat

RodPat
August 2nd, 2011, 08:24 PM
Today is Margo's birthday also! My Mom's is, shuld say was, tomorow. I'm on the 16th!

Go Leo's!!!!!!!!!;)

Happy Birthday Margo. Aren't Leo's great.

Pat

Host Corkey
August 2nd, 2011, 09:41 PM
Happy Birthday to Luigi's Margo - have a good day!!

Pat - we had to ask for a photographer on our Mariner inaugural in LA two yrs ago - then we had to pay $2.50 each for the 'posing' fee -- THEN they didn't post the pics and when we would go to the photo gallery to ask the staff, they had no clue - so I told them to look in the drawers and there they were -- cuz the same thing happened once before - those special kinds of pics get ignored cuz they are so busy putting up and selling the other pics - the pics were the usual $20 each -

WE can request for a photographer or we can have someone passing by take our group pic with one of our cameras! whatever it takes I guess -
oh= first...I'd better send for a tshirt -

carol

kimba1
August 2nd, 2011, 09:49 PM
Happy Birthday to Magnificent Margo! Can't believe that she and Awesome Alex have the same birthday. Our house is full of Leos. My daughter, Heather, turns 22 on the 9th and my son, Stephen, turns 20 on the 13th. After Stephen's birthday we can stop eating cake and hopefully my foot will be doing a little better so I can get on that treadmill and lose a few pounds before November. It's a slow mend with my foot. Tried to go to work yesterday but didn't do so well. My office is in a big facility and it was too much walking to get from the parking lot, to my office, to the restroom, and to printers and meetings so I came home at lunch. It's an hour drive each way to the office so won't try again till either late this week or next. I am more productive working from my recliner. Most of the day I'm on conference calls with either Europe or my staff in other locations so really doesnt matter where I sit.

Cruisemate1974
August 2nd, 2011, 10:29 PM
Wow, one day away and 3 pages of posts to review! I love this crew!

LOVE the T-shirts, thanks Ed for the design and thanks Alex for setting that all up! This might we a weird request, and not sure if it is possible, but how about a customized shot glass? In my 36 years (soon to be 37 on the cruise), I've managed to collect probably over 700 in all my travels, and this would be a great addition to have one with the "Wild Turkeys" logo. The other great thing would be a water bottle. If those requests aren't too much trouble :)

Talking of holiday travel, this will be our third consecutive year sailing over Thanksgiving. No kids yet, so it's just us, and we were getting tired of playing running between families (his and mine), so being avid cruisers, we decided to sail instead. We do the Christmas/Hanukkah family jockey/marathon, but this is *our* new turkey tradition and we plan to continue it! The best part, the ships are usually decorated already (or in the processes for the Holiday season) and so far have all had a nice traditional Turkey menu, and I don't have to do any of the cooking :D also on the traditional Thanksgiving meal... It must be me, but I have never actually heard of oyster stuffing LOL :)

I attached a copy of the menu from RCCL's Liberty of the Seas (I didn't realize until now, that the one they gave me to take home was in French LOL!!) Last year on Summit, the food selection was still traditional Thanksgiving, but they were a bit more refined, and put the menu in their normal folders and not wrapped on the paper souvenir like RCCL.

Kathy,
Alfredo and I are living in Miramar now. But I'm still up in NY quite often to spend time with my mom and brother and deal with doctors there. Haven't been too happy with the medical professionals here, so I went to see some of the best specialists at NSLIJ. So I'm there at least every couple of months :) Yes so sad about Daniel, they are doing a lot of fundraising and memorials in Long Beach, and his wife has been posting some of his surfing pictures on Facebook, doing what he loved most. And you will LOVE Celebrity!

Can't wait to finally meet this great group! The start of August just means one month closer to the sailing! :D

CrabbyHarper
August 2nd, 2011, 11:00 PM
After reading the posts about food, I realize how lucky I am to be living in Pennsylvania German country! Ahhhh Scrapple and Ponhaus! You will get some serious debates about which is which, and heretics have been known to claim they are one and the same. DH helped out at a local hog-killing, and came home with several loaf pans full of pon-haus. Delish! Of the commercial brands of scrapple, I prefer Rapa, since Hadaway is not made any more. We like it sliced thin and fried crispy.

Homage to New Jersey - DH's native state. Not just "pork roll" but Taylor's pork roll, or Taylor's Ham as we called it. I send a huge roll of it to our brother in Tennessee every year for Christmas.

Oysters? I've spent a lot of my life on the Delmarva Peninsula, and our family would not waste oysters in a turkey stuffing. Oyster stew and/or oysters on the half shell are our favorite Thanksgiving appetizer.

Hmmmm. Does anyone else think that sauerkraut is an indispensable side-dish to turkey? Both my Baltimore and Delmarva family think so.

Now to get some sleep before another busy day of canning tomatoes.

Can hardly wait to meet you all and have some serious discussions about food!

2SeaWithMe
August 2nd, 2011, 11:21 PM
After reading the posts about food, I realize how lucky I am to be living in Pennsylvania German country! Ahhhh Scrapple and Ponhaus! You will get some serious debates about which is which, and heretics have been known to claim they are one and the same. DH helped out at a local hog-killing, and came home with several loaf pans full of pon-haus. Delish! Of the commercial brands of scrapple, I prefer Rapa, since Hadaway is not made any more. We like it sliced thin and fried crispy.


Now to get some sleep before another busy day of canning tomatoes.

Can hardly wait to meet you all and have some serious discussions about food!

We're going to get along just fine! I love all those dutchy foods!! We just went through a small loaf of "souse" here at the house. Ok, I did, DH wouldn't touch it. Since marrying Dh, I've had to learn the shoefly pie, whoopie pies, schnitz & knepp, etc.

And I'm a canner too! I haven't had a chance to pull out the pressure canner I got on sale this winter, but I will before we leave for vacation.

hac82
August 2nd, 2011, 11:32 PM
We're going to get along just fine! I love all those dutchy foods!! We just went through a small loaf of "souse" here at the house. Ok, I did, DH wouldn't touch it. Since marrying Dh, I've had to learn the shoefly pie, whoopie pies, schnitz & knepp, etc.

And I'm a canner too! I haven't had a chance to pull out the pressure canner I got on sale this winter, but I will before we leave for vacation.
You mentioned Shoefly Pie and that brought back a great memory for me. I took a bus tour of the Penn Dutch area and we stopped for a meal at the Stoltzfus Farm Restaurant for a fantastic meal that included some of the best fried chicken I ever had along with chow-chow, apple butter, and the shoefly pie with vanilla soft serve ice cream for desert. My mouth is watering all over again. I should get out that way some day to have that meal again.

beachbuddy
August 2nd, 2011, 11:39 PM
Patty, Going to AC tomorrow. Staying at the TAJ for 2 nights. Tomorrow is my friends birthday and Saturday is mine so every year we celebrate in AC. Hope I get lucky. June was a lucky month and then came July unlucky. Maybe August will be lucky again.

Pat

Pat,

Good Luck in AC and an early "Happy Birthday" to you! Have fun in A.C.

We were at the Taj last night but we haven't been doing much there lately.......I think they changed their machines because none of us are winning anymore. Wonder if they're doing bad because they have even been emailing me every week offering me a free Saturday night stay. We left there and went to Bally's...........played in Coyote Kate's. I lost all my money but as we were leaving...........I gave Tony my last $20 and he hit on a penny machine and got all my money back. We came home even! Actually, I had .32 more than I had when I went.........LOL Guess we were winners! LOL

Seems we always run into you and Rod at AC during the summer. I know we're going back at least once more this week but not sure when.......maybe tomorrow if it rains.......LOL ...or maybe I'll let Tony go himself again because I know he wants to go play "Let it Ride". He went last Wednesday night and won $400.

Patty

Patty

hac82
August 2nd, 2011, 11:42 PM
Pat, this is an early Happy Birthday. Hope you have a great time in AC. Hope for some great winnings on your day. Enjoy.

beachbuddy
August 2nd, 2011, 11:45 PM
They have buttons which are just like pins!

Kim,
I remember buttons/pins/magnets from our last Thanksgiving cruise together. Howard made them (or was that Harold that made them...LOL) and the magnets are still hanging on my refrigerator. Actually, Howard gave me 2 so one is on my home refrigerator and one is on our park model refrigerator here at the shore.

Thank you Howard..............that was sooooo very nice of you! We loved them!!

Patty

hac82
August 2nd, 2011, 11:49 PM
Kim,
I remember buttons/pins/magnets from our last Thanksgiving cruise together. Howard made them (or was that Harold that made them...LOL) and the magnets are still hanging on my refrigerator. Actually, Howard gave me 2 so one is on my home refrigerator and one is on our park model refrigerator here at the shore.

Thank you Howard..............that was sooooo very nice of you! We loved them!!

Patty
Glad to know they are still around. Harold is happy too. :p:D

beachbuddy
August 2nd, 2011, 11:59 PM
Diane,

I'm sorry you weren't able to get on "The Black Pearl". Wow.......my brother must really be doing great with that ship...........good for him! I think you would of had a great time! My vacation is almost over..........5 more days and it's back to ##@#@!@#% !!!! Can't say the word yet!!!

CrabbyHarper, We buy Cases Pork Roll right here in Trenton where they make it. It's not as salty as Taylor. Give Cases a try! It's amazing how it's not available in so many states. We always had to bring a hugh one to Florida every time we visited family there......LOL

Margo, Happy Birthday to you too!!! Hope it was a great day for you!

Patty

beachbuddy
August 3rd, 2011, 12:05 AM
Alex,

Thanks for setting the logo up for everyone and I'm glad you put it on various items. Does anyone know how true to size the shirts run.......maybe one of you ordered from there in the past. Tshirts never seem to fit me right.......so not sure if I'll order one but if I don't I'll most likely order something else. They just always seem to be to big in the shoulders/arms but snug everywhere else...........LOL They always look sloppy on me.............LOL

Patty

beachbuddy
August 3rd, 2011, 12:07 AM
Kim,

Glad to hear that your not going to attempt going back to work just yet......LOL Take your time and wait till your healed. Don't mess around with your feet! Take it from one that knows! :rolleyes:

Patty

Slessenb
August 3rd, 2011, 12:18 AM
Kim,
I remember buttons/pins/magnets from our last Thanksgiving cruise together. Howard made them (or was that Harold that made them...LOL) and the magnets are still hanging on my refrigerator. Actually, Howard gave me 2 so one is on my home refrigerator and one is on our park model refrigerator here at the shore.Thank you Howard..............that was sooooo very nice of you! We loved them!!
Patty

We still have ours hanging on the refrigerator and every morning after I pour coffee and open for the Milk I think about Howard/sharon and all of you my NE friends and carol my CA friend. It is the best memory! I am so glad we are all together again and look how many friends we will have after this cruise!

beachbuddy
August 3rd, 2011, 12:23 AM
We still have ours hanging on the refrigerator and every morning after I pour coffee and open for the Milk I think about Howard/sharon and all of you my NE friends and carol my CA friend. It is the best memory! I am so glad we are all together again and look how many friends we will have after this cruise!

Ditto.........now you have me thinking. I guess I'm definitely going to order a magnet! It is a nice rememberance.

Patty

Host Corkey
August 3rd, 2011, 02:34 AM
I still have my magnet from Howard too - and will always have it on my refrig - nice memories -

pat - Happy Birthday! and win big -- still waiting for you to buy us all a cruise ship - don't have to be as big as the Allure - just big enough for 'us' here on this thread -

Food - my favorite four letter " f " word!!

carol

emcee207
August 3rd, 2011, 05:34 AM
With so many ports, I'm not sure if this question is even possible to answer. Also, not sure if it was already mentioned, so I apologize if it was.

Does anyone know which side of the ship will be better for views overlooking the islands when docked? Or suggestions on how to find the info....Thanks!

1004, not an easy question to answer and not sure it will really make any difference but I'll give it a shot.

Labadee either side has nice views

St Marteen and St Thomas I would say port side is better

St Johns and St Croix we've never been so can't say.

San Juan I also think port is better

Any one else?

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 08:14 AM
LOVE the T-shirts, thanks Ed for the design and thanks Alex for setting that all up! This might we a weird request, and not sure if it is possible, but how about a customized shot glass? In my 36 years (soon to be 37 on the cruise), I've managed to collect probably over 700 in all my travels, and this would be a great addition to have one with the "Wild Turkeys" logo. The other great thing would be a water bottle. If those requests aren't too much trouble :)

I know they have some of this stuff - water bottles definitely, shot glasses I don't recall seeing but I'll double check. They did have beer mugs for sure. On the water bottles they had a few different types - I'll pick a couple and throw them on there.

Alex

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 08:21 AM
Homage to New Jersey - DH's native state. Not just "pork roll" but Taylor's pork roll, or Taylor's Ham as we called it. I send a huge roll of it to our brother in Tennessee every year for Christmas.

Having lived both on the Jersey Shore growing up and now in North Jersey (I've gone backwards compared to most people who move the other way), I know it is either Pork Roll or Taylor Ham depending on where you are. You can almost draw a line across NJ at Route 78 - north of there is is only known as Taylor Ham. South it is Pork Roll.

One day I was in the deli by work and a guy comes in and orders a Taylor Ham sandwich. When it's ready, the girl behind the counter is asking who ordered the pork roll sandwich (I work south of 78). No one responds. Again she's yelling through the store, "Pork Roll with ketchup"?? No response. I look over at the guy and I ask him didn't he order that? He says no, he ordered Taylor Ham. He had no clue they were one and the same!!

beachbuddy
August 3rd, 2011, 08:30 AM
Having lived both on the Jersey Shore growing up and now in North Jersey (I've gone backwards compared to most people who move the other way), I know it is either Pork Roll or Taylor Ham depending on where you are. You can almost draw a line across NJ at Route 78 - north of there is is only known as Taylor Ham. South it is Pork Roll.

One day I was in the deli by work and a guy comes in and orders a Taylor Ham sandwich. When it's ready, the girl behind the counter is asking who ordered the pork roll sandwich (I work south of 78). No one responds. Again she's yelling through the store, "Pork Roll with ketchup"?? No response. I look over at the guy and I ask him didn't he order that? He says no, he ordered Taylor Ham. He had no clue they were one and the same!!

hahaha..........funny story!


I don't buy Taylor, we only eat Cases Pork Roll, made right here in Trenton, NJ. I have bought Taylors in the past, we just find that we like Cases' better.

Patty

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 08:39 AM
OK, as requested I have added a water bottle to the Wild Turkey store. Also I found a larger rectangular magnet and put that up there. They did not have shot glasses available.

I also saw they have Christmas ornaments available - BUT - I cannot customize them and add them to the store like the other items. Those I have to buy when I do the customization - so if there is a demand for something like that you all can let me know and we can do an order for those separately where people will have to send payment to us, then we can pack them and bring them on the ship for you. Let me know if there is any interest in something like that.

http://www.cafepress.com/SilhouetteWildTurkeys

Alex

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 08:41 AM
hahaha..........funny story!


I don't buy Taylor, we only eat Cases Pork Roll, made right here in Trenton, NJ. I have bought Taylors in the past, we just find that we like Cases' better.

Patty

Yeah in North Jersey it doesn't matter what brand it is, they still call it Taylor Ham. Sort of like calling all colas "Coke", all cotton swabs "Q-Tips" or all disposable diapers "Pampers". LOL!

atog254
August 3rd, 2011, 08:45 AM
Company in Miami has the best prices on silk screened glassware. Their website is: MugsDiscount.com And their minimum order is very low. Lower prices on larger orders, but I don't see us ordering 1,000 mugs or shot glasses. LOL

I have a cruisin' hat with at least 125 pins from every island and events I've attend over the years. Did I say "Neck Pain?" Weighs a ton! Will be looking for a St. Croix pin this trip. (Only island never visited on this cruise) Stopped buying sovenier t-shirts years ago. Can only wear one at a time and my drawers were full of shirts I was not wearing.

Too late, but if you go to t-shirtforum.com there are tons of shops that could print what ever for a decent price. And the new digital printers are usually very inexpensive. They print directly onto the item rather that having to set-up several silk screens and registration problems.

Surprised how many of you like Scapple. I have visited Rapa Scrapple in Bridgeville, DE and was very impressed on how good the meat looked prior to the process. Hope to attend the Apple Scrapple Festival again this year. Oct. 14 - 15, Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuum! Food vendors - Scrapple Subs and Cider If you watch "Dirtiest Jobs" Hughes Scapple was filmed and is only about 10 miles from us. One of the family homes was owned by my brother years ago.

Speaking of food, what is the weirdest food you have tasted? I ate Rattlesnake during survivor training (Taste like Chicken). I love conch, squid, escargot, shark, gatortail, oyster stuffing, blood pudding, scrapple ............ list just seems to go on. LOL

Linda is hosting a Red Hatters affair tomorrow night, so have to finish the yard work and get the grass cut. I'll be hanging at the local bar in Wyoming with my son.

Rained here last night. Really needed it for the garden.

Have a good day! Que Tengas un buen dia!

Steve :cool:

beachbuddy
August 3rd, 2011, 08:59 AM
Yeah in North Jersey it doesn't matter what brand it is, they still call it Taylor Ham. Sort of like calling all colas "Coke", all cotton swabs "Q-Tips" or all disposable diapers "Pampers". LOL!

hahaha........gotcha! So true what you say............I call all cotton swabs Q-tips too.

2SeaWithMe
August 3rd, 2011, 09:04 AM
Weirdest food? Gosh. I literally eat everything. In fact last night I had Lengua tacos and Cueritos tacos. :)

I'm a little more adventurous than the hubs in manner of eating weird parts of animals.

Howard, that restaurant is very popular! Dh has given me the choice of a lancaster weekend or two visits to our favorite (but pricey) restaurant this month for my birthday. I love buying all the different types of pickles at the road
stands.

His family was pa dutch and we live in a pretty Mennonite filled area. Most of the diners are dutchy. It's nice to go to the store and be able to buy "pot pie square" noodles if you don't want to make them.

mjwcruising
August 3rd, 2011, 09:29 AM
Speaking of food, what is the weirdest food you have tasted? I ate Rattlesnake during survivor training (Taste like Chicken). I love conch, squid, escargot, shark, gatortail, oyster stuffing, blood pudding, scrapple ............ list just seems to go on. LOL
Steve :cool:

I had fried alligator in Florida..it tasted like chicken. Being from PA it is something we don't normally eat; so I consider it a weird food. We also had conch fritters, but I don't really think thats weird.
Oh, and I love pig stomach; (hog maw).
When I was little I ate pigs feet souse and liked it. Haven't had it in years, my grandmother used to have it at her house.
We eat calamari all the time.
DH likes scrapple, creamed herring and anchovies. Yuck!!! I'll eat scrapple with maple syrup on it.
I like cup cheese.
I love wet bottom shoe fly pie and it's really easy to make.
:)
Mary

myjillian
August 3rd, 2011, 09:41 AM
OK, as requested I have added a water bottle to the Wild Turkey store. Also I found a larger rectangular magnet and put that up there. They did not have shot glasses available.

I also saw they have Christmas ornaments available - BUT - I cannot customize them and add them to the store like the other items. Those I have to buy when I do the customization - so if there is a demand for something like that you all can let me know and we can do an order for those separately where people will have to send payment to us, then we can pack them and bring them on the ship for you. Let me know if there is any interest in something like that.

http://www.cafepress.com/SilhouetteWildTurkeys

Alex
Alex, I'll order an ornament. We have a travel tree that we have up year round ( it's actually a Palm tree) and we put items from trips, countries etc we have everything from miniture painting from Venice to key chain holders etc. Do I send you a check ?? Thanks for all your doing.

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 09:45 AM
Company in Miami has the best prices on silk screened glassware. Their website is: MugsDiscount.com And their minimum order is very low. Lower prices on larger orders, but I don't see us ordering 1,000 mugs or shot glasses. LOL

Too late, but if you go to t-shirtforum.com there are tons of shops that could print what ever for a decent price. And the new digital printers are usually very inexpensive. They print directly onto the item rather that having to set-up several silk screens and registration problems.



Actually there are loads of websites out there that do this stuff and I went through about a dozen of them trying to find the best fit. Nothing was perfect, but at least Cafe Press allowed me to save the items and then put them up on a shop page for us - and that in turn allows each person to order individually rather than having to do a money collect / shipping thing with a bulk order. They definitely do the direct print process because they are selling individual shirts. Silk screening is going to become a lost art.

Like the Christmas ornaments I mentioned, if there were enough interest in a shot glass I'd be happy to do an order for those. Anyone interested should let me know...

Alex

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 09:47 AM
Alex, I'll order an ornament. We have a travel tree that we have up year round ( it's actually a Palm tree) and we put items from trips, countries etc we have everything from miniture painting from Venice to key chain holders etc. Do I send you a check ?? Thanks for all your doing.

I'll get back to you when I see how many want to do it. I think the price will change based on quantity.

beachbuddy
August 3rd, 2011, 09:47 AM
Let's see.........weirdest food that I ate? Hmmmm, I don't think it's that weird but I eat calimari too - love it! I eat mussels, clams, pretty much any shell fish. I ate escargot but so far only eat the ones on RCCL ships because they are loaded with this wonderful garlic sauce for dipping bread in..........LOL I never ate a lamb chop until sailing on RCCL. I eat conch fritters too but like Mary, don't think that's a weird food. Guess I don't really eat to much weird stuff.

Mary, isn't pigs stomach called Tripe? My grandfather used to make it all the time but I just couldn't bring myself to even taste it! LOL

Patty

beachbuddy
August 3rd, 2011, 09:48 AM
Mary,
So that I don't have to search this thread for the information, can you tell me again what the measurement of your shirt folder is. Just wanted to make sure what size containers can fit in those over the bed bins...........LOL

Patty

RodPat
August 3rd, 2011, 09:51 AM
With so many ports, I'm not sure if this question is even possible to answer. Also, not sure if it was already mentioned, so I apologize if it was.

Does anyone know which side of the ship will be better for views overlooking the islands when docked? Or suggestions on how to find the info....Thanks!

There is no way to predict which side is better. In St. Maarten there are three different piers, you never know which one the ship will pull into or sometimes I have been on ships that backed in. In Puerto Rico the ship can pull into either side of the pier there. We were there once and all I looked at was Freedom of the Seas. Some lady had washed out her underwear and had a line on her balcony to dry them on. Not a pretty site, believe me. Traveling south the starboard side is best but on the way home port get the sites. No bad side of the ship.

Pat

atog254
August 3rd, 2011, 09:52 AM
My recommendation for PA Ducth smorgasborg eating is Shady Maple Cafeteria, in East Earl, PA You won't go home hungry! I use to travel often all over U.S. and never found another all you care to eat that comes close! And goot, as the Amish would say. If I remember right - corner of 322 & 897 northeast of Lancaster.

Forgot: Chocolate covered ant and beatles, earthworm cookies and calves tongue. :eek:

Well got to get onto some weeding and trimming before I cut the grass.

Steve :cool:

RodPat
August 3rd, 2011, 09:53 AM
Just got an ad from Cafe Press. There is a code for 20% off. It is TA803. Going to order later. Hope this code works.:)

Pat

caribbean1004
August 3rd, 2011, 09:53 AM
1004, not an easy question to answer and not sure it will really make any difference but I'll give it a shot.

Labadee either side has nice views

St Marteen and St Thomas I would say port side is better

St Johns and St Croix we've never been so can't say.

San Juan I also think port is better

Any one else?


Thanks so much for your help! Very much appreciated! :D

-Amy

beachbuddy
August 3rd, 2011, 10:00 AM
There is no way to predict which side is better. In St. Maarten there are three different piers, you never know which one the ship will pull into or sometimes I have been on ships that backed in. In Puerto Rico the ship can pull into either side of the pier there. We were there once and all I looked at was Freedom of the Seas. Some lady had washed out her underwear and had a line on her balcony to dry them on. Not a pretty site, believe me. Traveling south the starboard side is best but on the way home port get the sites. No bad side of the ship.

Pat

Pat, I was going to reply the same as you just did. There really is no way of knowing for sure - depends on what the captain wants to do at the time.

Patty

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 10:12 AM
You all are losing me on the food thing. The weirdest thing I eat is the occasional hot dog or sausage or pork roll. Oh and I guess sushi, oysters and clams could be considered adventurous. I like them!! But all this other stuff you're talking about?? Count me out!!

RodPat
August 3rd, 2011, 10:35 AM
Alex, I would want an ornament also. My friend Elaine who is traveling with Pam and me would like one also. She has lots of trees in California and one of them is her travel tree. We always have to shop for an ornament on any island she hasn't gotten one from before. In April she picked up a nice hand painted ornament in Dominica and the man who was selling them even put the date on the ornament for her.

Pat

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 11:21 AM
Alex, I would want an ornament also. My friend Elaine who is traveling with Pam and me would like one also. She has lots of trees in California and one of them is her travel tree. We always have to shop for an ornament on any island she hasn't gotten one from before. In April she picked up a nice hand painted ornament in Dominica and the man who was selling them even put the date on the ornament for her.

Pat

Did a little more research - they will be $12 each. As long as I'm not ordering 100 or something, I'm fine with everyone giving me $12 on board when I give you the ornament. No need to send $. Here's what they look like:

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r193/beachbuzzard/Ornament.jpg

I'm going to start a list and keep it running for a little while so I don't lose anyone.

Christmas Ornament List:
Linda (myjillian)
Pat (RodPat)
Elaine (with Pat)
Kim (Kimba1)

Anyone else? Let me know - Alex

kimba1
August 3rd, 2011, 11:23 AM
I still have my magnet from Howard too - and will always have it on my refrig - nice memories -

pat - Happy Birthday! and win big -- still waiting for you to buy us all a cruise ship - don't have to be as big as the Allure - just big enough for 'us' here on this thread -

Food - my favorite four letter " f " word!!

carol

I put our magnet from the last cruise on the door of our cabin and someone stole it so...I don't have one. We can't put magnets on our frig anymore anyhow with the stainless it makes marks so I have no where to put magnets these days. Even my file cabinet in our home office is wood...so no chance there either. Maybe have to put it on my washer or dryer..LOL!...spend a lot of time down there so will be a good rememberance.

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 11:30 AM
Did a little more research - they will be $12 each. As long as I'm not ordering 100 or something, I'm fine with everyone giving me $12 on board when I give you the ornament.

Or $9.60 if Pat's 20% off code works!!! That's not bad at all!

Alex

kimba1
August 3rd, 2011, 11:35 AM
You ladies are giving me a good idea (maybe beachbuzzard won't like it but...I'll try) - a travel tree that we keep up year-round. I love collecting Christmas ornaments from places we visit but hate putting up our Christmas tree. We still have kids who live home and Alex likes the tree so we agonize over putting it up and usually are still decorating it on Christmas Eve because we host our family on Christmas Day. If we had a travel tree - I could get the benefit of remembering our travels all the time and not have to do the Xmas tree thing.

I love personalized ornaments...actually made a few on Personalization Mall.com for our family. Did one with our wedding picture on it and another in memory of my grandmother who passed away with a picture of her, me and my mom. My grandmother's ornament stays out on a stand all year round so maybe the beginning of my travel / ornament tree?

Thanks for the idea!

pamkev
August 3rd, 2011, 11:41 AM
Weirdest food? Gosh. I literally eat everything. In fact last night I had Lengua tacos and Cueritos tacos. :)

I'm a little more adventurous than the hubs in manner of eating weird parts of animals.

Howard, that restaurant is very popular! Dh has given me the choice of a lancaster weekend or two visits to our favorite (but pricey) restaurant this month for my birthday. I love buying all the different types of pickles at the road
stands.

His family was pa dutch and we live in a pretty Mennonite filled area. Most of the diners are dutchy. It's nice to go to the store and be able to buy "pot pie square" noodles if you don't want to make them.

Oh yes I love buying the pot pie squares we live in a pa dutch and amish area also every Sunday morning the carriages go by our home and then evening time when they are heading home

pamkev
August 3rd, 2011, 11:43 AM
My recommendation for PA Ducth smorgasborg eating is Shady Maple Cafeteria, in East Earl, PA You won't go home hungry! I use to travel often all over U.S. and never found another all you care to eat that comes close! And goot, as the Amish would say. If I remember right - corner of 322 & 897 northeast of Lancaster.

Forgot: Chocolate covered ant and beatles, earthworm cookies and calves tongue. :eek:

Well got to get onto some weeding and trimming before I cut the grass.

Steve :cool:

Love Shady Maple less than a hour from our home and if you never gone into Goods or the super market there your missing a treat

myjillian
August 3rd, 2011, 12:56 PM
You ladies are giving me a good idea (maybe beachbuzzard won't like it but...I'll try) - a travel tree that we keep up year-round. I love collecting Christmas ornaments from places we visit but hate putting up our Christmas tree. We still have kids who live home and Alex likes the tree so we agonize over putting it up and usually are still decorating it on Christmas Eve because we host our family on Christmas Day. If we had a travel tree - I could get the benefit of remembering our travels all the time and not have to do the Xmas tree thing.

I love personalized ornaments...actually made a few on Personalization Mall.com for our family. Did one with our wedding picture on it and another in memory of my grandmother who passed away with a picture of her, me and my mom. My grandmother's ornament stays out on a stand all year round so maybe the beginning of my travel / ornament tree?

Thanks for the idea!
Like I said key chains can hang nicely and usually you can always find a gift shop that has handmade ones I'm not talking about the touristy $2 plastic one..although they can aso look nice;)

Greensgirl
August 3rd, 2011, 01:03 PM
Food...I guess we are not too adventurous...we like gator, calimari and clams, most shell fish I guess. Mike likes mussels but me, not so much! We both love Escargot and will order it every night it is served!! I don't like lamb but can't think of much more I don't eat. Never tried bugs and such...think I will pass!!

Pat...thanks for the code from Cafe Press...I will give it a try, just need to decide what to order!

All...How is the weather treating you? Hope it is cooling down some. It has here in Denver so we hope to get in a few more Rockies games this week and it sure would be nice to pull off a win or two!! Mike is enjoying the cooler weather for golfing...I may have to try a 9 hole round when we get back from next weeks business trip. We are heading to Yellowstone, fly into Bozeman MT then rent a car to travel from there. Spending a few nights in the park and a few nights with friends who have a ranch in Jackson WY. Such a lovely place to visit this time of year since it is cooler than so many parts of the country. We go on business every summer...not a bad "Gig"!!! For anyone who has not made it that way it really is a must! Yellowstone...reminds me of Buffalo...we love Buffalo meat, something we eat quite a bit of!

I love the idea of the Travel Tree...I spend one whole week decorating for the holidays and have all kinds of trees. My favorite was the year our son was in Iraq...it was decorated with red, white and blue lights, yellow ribbons, patriotic decorations and pictures of our son! It was very special and remeinded us every day through out the season of the sacrifices our military and families make to keep us free! He is deployed now but thankfully will be back home in Nov. before we leave for NJ.
I will have the house all decorated before we leave for the cruise. That way we return to a warm cozy, festive home. We host a holiday wine tasting each year so we have to be ready to get back into the swing of things as soon as we get home.

Welcome to any new sailors...Nov. is sneaking up quickly and we look forward to meeting you all!

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 01:36 PM
Special likes for us are Escargot, Mussels, Clams (steamed, fried, halfshell), Oysters (half shell), Shusi (love almost everything), Tongue (have not had it for years) also some great Jewish favorites like Chicken & Giblets, Kishka(different than the Polish version) and Calamari. For me add Scrapple, Octopus (sometimes) and Eel. Tried Alligator once and would like to try it again. I am a little adventurous but not like Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel.

2SeaWithMe
August 3rd, 2011, 02:03 PM
Greensgirl - our goal is to also have the decorating done before we leave. I won't do the outside...I can't imagine getting that all done early November, But we're a simple "candles in the window" and some swag type house, so it's easy.


There was a post on the main board a while back about calamari being a menu item that wasn't listed, but you could order everyday. Anyone ever do that? (not sure I'd want to eat fried seafood EVERY day, but it is a vacation...)

We're thinking about doing Murano Thanksgiving night.

Pamkev...did you ever go to Echo Hill in Fleetwood? We get all of our bulk goods there. They have a LOT of gluten free/vegetarian/soy free/dairy free and all the amish stables. Great place to shop when we have friends coming over with allergies. Their prices are really good on the organic flours and nuts/beans.

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 02:14 PM
I don't know if these have gone up on this thread before (if so my apologies) - someone posted pics from the ship here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/65844463@N03/sets/72157627199737815/

2SeaWithMe
August 3rd, 2011, 02:44 PM
Andrew Zimmern is very entertaining, but his chewing makes me ill! LOL

atog254
August 3rd, 2011, 02:45 PM
OH yeah, have shopped both when we visit Shady Maple.

Last cruise EOS RCCL, met the IT for SMC and have visited with the family several times in Leola. They are heading to Rehoboth on Aug. 21 and plan on a short visit with us on the way down.

Got some rain again, but just not enough for a good soaking.

Funny every one is talking about ornaments. Will have to bookmark these and come back to them in Sept - Oct.

Only time I've had Shushi is aboard a cruise ship. Dover, DE is not noted for great food! OH, we have some good seafood, but only 1 Shushi restaurant (Habachi) on Rt 13. Love Shushi, but don't know Shushi well. Anyone want to teach me what I am eating and what sauces to put on which? :confused:

Steve :cool:

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 03:45 PM
OH yeah, have shopped both when we visit Shady Maple.

Last cruise EOS RCCL, met the IT for SMC and have visited with the family several times in Leola. They are heading to Rehoboth on Aug. 21 and plan on a short visit with us on the way down.

Got some rain again, but just not enough for a good soaking.

Funny every one is talking about ornaments. Will have to bookmark these and come back to them in Sept - Oct.

Only time I've had Shushi is aboard a cruise ship. Dover, DE is not noted for great food! OH, we have some good seafood, but only 1 Shushi restaurant (Habachi) on Rt 13. Love Shushi, but don't know Shushi well. Anyone want to teach me what I am eating and what sauces to put on which? :confused:

Steve :cool:
Hopefully, this link (http://sushinow.com/)will help you. The only thing I did not see on the site (maybe missed it), is that it is an insult to the chef (so I have been told) to add wasabi to the nigri style sushi as a light dab of it is already used to bind the fish to the rice pad. Adding it says the chef did not use the right amount. I usually do not have this problem as we have sushi at buffets and not at the sushi bars where the chef can watch you while you eat..

CrabbyHarper
August 3rd, 2011, 03:46 PM
Y'all folks can call any ol' pork roll "Taylor Ham" but it just ain't the same! The real stuff comes in a roll with a distinctive red on the label. You can also get it in a box but it's gotta have the red on the box.Don't quite understand about this north and south of Rt 78 since I am a native Baltimore girl and grew up calling the real mccoy "Taylor Ham". DH grew up in Nutley NJ, and his family called it Taylor Ham. Is Nutley north or south of 78?And is there ANY possibility that either scrapple or Taylor Ham will be served aboard the SillyWet?

firedog001
August 3rd, 2011, 03:47 PM
Hello everyone:

Happy Belated birthday to Alex and Margo. Early Birthday wishes to Pat.

Alex: thanks again for Cafe press articles. great way to do this. Also add
me to the list for Christmas ornament.

Pat - Thanks for sharing the discount code to order Cafe Press. Will be ordering
this weekend.

Patty: Since we went to AC in March, after our luncheon, we get emails , 2 or 3 a day
offering free room, free vouchers @ Tropicana. Thought about going again, but with PA having slots, it's cheaper staying home:)

Kim: Hope you take the time needed to heal the foot. Don't rush it.

Summer: Got your email. Thanks for all the info. Add Marty and I to the shuttle. Will be making reservations tonight. Will send you an email back.

All this talk about weird foods. Sorry guys, i'm at the top of any list of "picky eater"
If it doesn't look or sound good, i won't touch it. All my life. I've tried to change but it
doesn't happen.

Finally had rain all day. We really needed it. BUT, high 80's thru the weekend.

Have a great evening.
Lynda

2SeaWithMe
August 3rd, 2011, 03:51 PM
Hopefully, this link (http://sushinow.com/)will help you. The only thing I did not see on the site (maybe missed it), is that it is an insult to the chef (so I have been told) to add wasabi to the nigri style sushi as a light dab of it is already used to bind the fish to the rice pad. Adding it says the chef did not use the right amount. I usually do not have this problem as we have sushi at buffets and not at the sushi bars where the chef can watch you while you eat..

We generally don't eat at nice enough places to worry about that. LOL

I was just going to ask if anyone wanted to do sushi the night before...but hmmm, raw fish in a strange town, maybe we shouldn't? LOL

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 04:11 PM
We generally don't eat at nice enough places to worry about that. LOL

I was just going to ask if anyone wanted to do sushi the night before...but hmmm, raw fish in a strange town, maybe we shouldn't? LOL
There is a great place for sushi not that far from the hotel (15 miles). It is called Minado (http://www.minado.com/). It is in Little Ferry, NJ. we go to one that is about a 30 minute ride from our house. If that is not the take for many, then there is also a place called Rio Rodizio (http://www.riorodizio.com/) (about 5-6 miles) that looks like it might have a nice Brazilian BBQ meal.

Even though I would like Sushi, there may be many that will not and the Rodizio's are usually a great take and it could be a great party environment with several of us going and having a large table. Just a thought.

2SeaWithMe
August 3rd, 2011, 04:15 PM
There is a great place for sushi not that far from the hotel (15 miles). It is called Minado (http://www.minado.com/). It is in Little Ferry, NJ. we go to one that is about a 30 minute ride from our house. If that is not the take for many, then there is also a place called Rio Rodizio (http://www.riorodizio.com/) (about 5-6 miles) that looks like it might have a nice Brazilian BBQ meal.

Even though I would like Sushi, there may be many that will not and the Rodizio's are usually a great take and it could be a great party environment with several of us going and having a large table. Just a thought.


I think I have a restaurant.com certificate for the brazillian place.

atog254
August 3rd, 2011, 04:18 PM
Thank you Howard,

Have bookmarked the link for further reading. I'll be a master by the time of the cruise.

Like I said - "I love Sushi, but do not know Sushi"

Frank, Joan, Chad and I will be looking for the Sushi Bar!

Steve :cool:

caribbean1004
August 3rd, 2011, 04:21 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies regarding which side of the ship is better -- much appreciated.

Speaking of "strange" foods - this is going off on a tangent a bit, but I love the escargot on celebrity. But with that much butter and garlic, how can it not taste good? :p I really love how Celebrity offers different ethnic cuisine. Sushi, curry, and <3 escargot, just to name a few. So with that being said, I guess another question to ask is, what unique/ethnic food do people love on Celebrity?

-Amy

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 04:31 PM
Y'all folks can call any ol' pork roll "Taylor Ham" but it just ain't the same! The real stuff comes in a roll with a distinctive red on the label. You can also get it in a box but it's gotta have the red on the box.Don't quite understand about this north and south of Rt 78 since I am a native Baltimore girl and grew up calling the real mccoy "Taylor Ham". DH grew up in Nutley NJ, and his family called it Taylor Ham. Is Nutley north or south of 78?And is there ANY possibility that either scrapple or Taylor Ham will be served aboard the SillyWet?

Nutley is north of 78. PS - I think most people in the north prefer the "real McCoy", but when they order out at a diner or deli they will say Taylor Ham for ordering any brand. Where I work in Middlesex County, where I grew up in the Monmouth/Ocean County area and also in the Trenton area, most refer to it as pork roll, even if they have a preference of Taylor brand.

beachbuzzard
August 3rd, 2011, 04:39 PM
Funny every one is talking about ornaments. Will have to bookmark these and come back to them in Sept - Oct.

Only discussing ornaments now because I'm going to order them once all together in a few weeks while we are thinking about this stuff. The rest of the stuff on the page will be available up until and after the cruise.

Alex

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 04:40 PM
I think I have a restaurant.com certificate for the brazillian place.
We would have to see how many would want to do it. Your coupon might be too low a value depending on the number of people going (I do not know what you have for a coupon). If we have enough going to make it worthwhile, then we should wait for the 80% sale and buy one then. It would be $9 for $100. Only one coupon good per party. We would need a minimum of 5 people to meet the requirement for the coupon.

mjwcruising
August 3rd, 2011, 04:43 PM
Love Shady Maple less than a hour from our home and if you never gone into Goods or the super market there your missing a treat
I've done all three and enjoyed them...it is way too easy to over eat at Shady Maple though.


Mary, isn't pigs stomach called Tripe? My grandfather used to make it all the time but I just couldn't bring myself to even taste it! LOL
I never heard it called Trite but that doesn't mean it isn't.
I have never made it. My mom made it and our friends Pete and Linda that are going on this cruise with us make it.
After you thoroughly clean the stomach lining you stuff it with pork sausage, cubed potatoes and onion. After it is baked there is a part of the stomach lining that is crisp and there is a part that is thicker and chewier. I loved it when my mom made it. Never had Pete and Linda's.
Does this sound like what your grandfather made?
Patty

Mary,
So that I don't have to search this thread for the information, can you tell me again what the measurement of your shirt folder is. Just wanted to make sure what size containers can fit in those over the bed bins...........LOL
DH and I each have two 15's and two 20's. The 15 is perfect for shirts and tops and measures 15" X 9". The 20 is great for pants and slacks. The 15 fits in the overhead but the 20 is way too big. The cabinet isn’t very deep front to back. I don't know if the 18 would fit.
The pack-it cubes, half cubes, and quarter cubes are great for undies, scarves, belts, ties; we each have several of the different sizes.
Patty

pamkev
August 3rd, 2011, 05:05 PM
Greensgirl - our goal is to also have the decorating done before we leave. I won't do the outside...I can't imagine getting that all done early November, But we're a simple "candles in the window" and some swag type house, so it's easy.


There was a post on the main board a while back about calamari being a menu item that wasn't listed, but you could order everyday. Anyone ever do that? (not sure I'd want to eat fried seafood EVERY day, but it is a vacation...)

We're thinking about doing Murano Thanksgiving night.

Pamkev...did you ever go to Echo Hill in Fleetwood? We get all of our bulk goods there. They have a LOT of gluten free/vegetarian/soy free/dairy free and all the amish stables. Great place to shop when we have friends coming over with allergies. Their prices are really good on the organic flours and nuts/beans.

No never been might have to give it a try

beachbuddy
August 3rd, 2011, 05:14 PM
Mary,

Are you saying the cabinet is 9" deep? or 15" deep? I bought a few things that are 11/11......will they fit?

Not sure about the tripe....it looked to me like it had all holes in it (almost like a sponge) and it was in red sauce. I couldn't even look at it.........LOL

Dark dreay weather today at the shore. Me and Tony went crabbing........LOL I think we got there at the wrong time and didn't catch the right tide........only caught about 8 or 9 keepers.........the rest were babies so had to let them go.

Patty

emcee207
August 3rd, 2011, 05:51 PM
Special likes for us are Escargot, Mussels, Clams (steamed, fried, halfshell), Oysters (half shell), Shusi (love almost everything), Tongue (have not had it for years) also some great Jewish favorites like Chicken & Giblets, Kishka(different than the Polish version) and Calamari. For me add Scrapple, Octopus (sometimes) and Eel. Tried Alligator once and would like to try it again. I am a little adventurous but not like Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel.

Howard, ever had Kreplach, the jewish version of ravioli/pierogi/dumplings etc??? My mom used to make them and put in a beef broth. My Dad, brother and I used to have contests to see who could eat the most. LOL, my poor mom must of made thousands of them in her life!
And don't even start talking to me about chopped chicken livers on a cracker with onions and capers on top!!!:D

2SeaWithMe
August 3rd, 2011, 05:52 PM
We would have to see how many would want to do it. Your coupon might be too low a value depending on the number of people going (I do not know what you have for a coupon). If we have enough going to make it worthwhile, then we should wait for the 80% sale and buy one then. It would be $9 for $100. Only one coupon good per party. We would need a minimum of 5 people to meet the requirement for the coupon.

we have a bunch of gift certs to restaurant.com itself, we bought them as Christmas card inserts a few years back and a friend of mine whom we were planning to give one too had brought them up about how "tacky" they were as they weren't a real gift cert...which I get, but we were only planning to give them to people we normally didn't get gifts for anyway...lol. We've been using them up on trips, not a lot of local places take them that we'd like to eat.

I should have clarified, what I meant to say was I saw them on the site (the restaurant) when I was looking at things in Newark. I can't talk on the phone and write at the same time. :)

I saw they had the $100 off a $200 order. Would certainly make for a cheap night out!

2SeaWithMe
August 3rd, 2011, 05:53 PM
Howard, ever had Kreplach, the jewish version of ravioli/pierogi/dumplings etc??? My mom used to make them and put in a beef broth. My Dad, brother and I used to have contests to see who could eat the most. LOL, my poor mom must of made thousands of them in her life!
And don't even start talking to me about chopped chicken livers on a cracker with onions and capers on top!!!:D

I LOVE chicken livers! We have no Jewish delis here. I miss whitefish!

myjillian
August 3rd, 2011, 06:12 PM
If your looking for restaurant coupons, try Skyauction.com Look into the restaurant area and see if there is anything close to you. We buy coupons for any places we go to, San Francisco, NYC, New Orleans etc. on the back of most of the coupons or cards it usually says, Habitat for Humanity. We have been doing this for over 5 yrs. We also buy broadway show tickets this way and have never received a pr of tickets beyond 10th row center.

DPNBP
August 3rd, 2011, 06:38 PM
I'm with you, Lynda. I was feeling like the odd one out reading what everyone eats. I can't even look at pork roll or scrapple. And I cringe when I see or hear that my DIL feeds my 18 month old GD pork roll :eek: Maybe because I grew up in the Bronx, NY and you never really heard of those things. I also grew up with a mother who was allergic to shell fish and her parents never ate it so I never acquired a taste for it. DH does eat it but only out since I don't know how to prepare it and the smell doesn't appeal to me. So it semi-ordinary food for me!
Dianne

Hello everyone:

...All this talk about weird foods. Sorry guys, i'm at the top of any list of "picky eater"
If it doesn't look or sound good, i won't touch it. All my life. I've tried to change but it
doesn't happen.

Finally had rain all day. We really needed it. BUT, high 80's thru the weekend.

Have a great evening.
Lynda

atog254
August 3rd, 2011, 07:55 PM
Never acquired a taste for Okra, hated it. However, 3 years ago we attended the wedding of a friend of ours in New Orleans and discovered that I had never tasted properly cooked okra. It was really good!

Our friend is the manager of Pat O'Brian's piano bar on Bourbon St. - Our Hurricane glasses were never empty! :D They are coming north for a visit in 3 weeks.

Every morning, I'll have a bowl of grits with only butter. From the north, but love grits in the morning and have had Oysters & Grits for dinner in Charleston, SC.

Next Topic?

Steve :cool:

Host Corkey
August 3rd, 2011, 08:17 PM
Kim - I collect Christmas ornt from my travels - even tho' I go to the same places, I still buy the ornts from the same places and put the different yrs I visit - I can also do a separate tree of ornts given to me by friends/relatives - love love love ornts - lately, I have been collecting the ship ones - the small ones that are ship models made out of wood - so far I only have 12 from the different ships I have been on - and guess I can forget the other ships I don't those ornts from..... gone are the real ships!

so I will order an ornt...

Howard, many times we have driven to Amish Country , Pa... beautiful drive -- and of course, we goal is to eat at the family style restaurants there - so good!! everything is good and like on a cruise, we have met a lot of wonderful people who are seated with us... I especially love the apple butter - bought jars but when I get home, it doesn't taste the same - I guess cuz it's not on the HOMEMADE bread that I love from those restaurants too -- and their pastries are to die for!

strange foods? I am not as bad as andrew zimmern but I do like tripe (Patty, I think it's tummy lining of cows, not pigs), shell fishies, and I haven't had any blood sausages like what our Portuguese friends make but we have a meat stew made out of pig/beef (1/2-1/2) blood... and it's so good - fish eyes --

ok ok, I'll stop- and it can get worse but I'll spare ya -

However, here's the kicker - I cannot eat things out of zip loc bags, sandwich bags, etc.. I 'taste' the plastic!! when I buy bagels or things that they put in plastic bags, I take them out immediately and wrap them in alum foil - I can't heat things in plastic containers and eat them (you are not suppose anyway)...
I buy bread that is wrapped in cellophane first then the plastic wrap - I can't put leftovers in tupperware or other plas containers - have to be glass containers -

my friends at work used to wrap stuff they would give me in alum foil - but I bet they started out in plastic containers before I got them - ha!ha!

carol

2SeaWithMe
August 3rd, 2011, 08:39 PM
[SIZE=3]However, here's the kicker - I cannot eat things out of zip loc bags, sandwich bags, etc.. I 'taste' the plastic!! when I buy bagels or things that they put in plastic bags, I take them out immediately and wrap them in alum foil - I can't heat things in plastic containers and eat them (you are not suppose anyway)...
I buy bread that is wrapped in cellophane first then the plastic wrap - I can't put leftovers in tupperware or other plas containers - have to be glass containers -


carol

That's so funny, because I'm the same way with getting lunchmeat or cheese at the deli. ESPECIALLY if it's heat sealed. It ruins the whole thing for me, all I taste is plastic. I usually get fresh cut off at the "nice" cheese counter because everything is vac. sealed. But I use a foodsaver and don't have any problems there. Go figure.

mjwcruising
August 3rd, 2011, 09:15 PM
Mary,

Are you saying the cabinet is 9" deep? or 15" deep? I bought a few things that are 11/11......will they fit? There are actually two cabinets; one above each side of the bed. Each one is approximately 3 ft long by 9 in. deep by 12" high. I didn't measure them; this is just an estimate. So my folders go in with the 15" going the length of the cabinet. I stacked two folders on top of each other. Then beside the folders I put the pack-it cubes. Does this make sense? I'm not sure 11 X 11 will fit but I don't think it is that deep front to back. Would it be possible to go on a roll call for a soon to sail cruise and ask someone to measure a cabinet; or maybe check the everything Equinox/Solstice thread and see if the size is listed?

Not sure about the tripe....it looked to me like it had all holes in it (almost like a sponge) and it was in red sauce. I couldn't even look at it.........LOL Tripe and Pig stomach doesn't sound like the same thing.

Patty


107 days till we sail:D

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 09:16 PM
Howard, ever had Kreplach, the jewish version of ravioli/pierogi/dumplings etc??? My mom used to make them and put in a beef broth. My Dad, brother and I used to have contests to see who could eat the most. LOL, my poor mom must of made thousands of them in her life!
And don't even start talking to me about chopped chicken livers on a cracker with onions and capers on top!!!:D
But of course. Kreplach, Kugel, Knadlach, Kishke = Kholesteral (HA HA HA). Chopped liver but not with the capers. Of course the best Chopped Liver is made with Shmultz (rendered chicken fat). Let's not forget Tsimis (carrot and sweet potato dish sometimes with meat and/or a large potato dumpling in it). Cannot forget Latkes. Oh you got me going and I need to stop....... I am getting real hungry with all of this food

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 09:18 PM
I LOVE chicken livers! We have no Jewish delis here. I miss whitefish!
Whitefish is okay, but I prefer Whitefish Salad.

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 09:40 PM
we have a bunch of gift certs to restaurant.com itself, we bought them as Christmas card inserts a few years back and a friend of mine whom we were planning to give one too had brought them up about how "tacky" they were as they weren't a real gift cert...which I get, but we were only planning to give them to people we normally didn't get gifts for anyway...lol. We've been using them up on trips, not a lot of local places take them that we'd like to eat.

I should have clarified, what I meant to say was I saw them on the site (the restaurant) when I was looking at things in Newark. I can't talk on the phone and write at the same time. :)

I saw they had the $100 off a $200 order. Would certainly make for a cheap night out!
You are right, I miscalculated. We should be able to do that. I see different prices, but if we have 8 and a couple of deserts, we are fine. You can count in the two of us. I am sure I can round up at least two more. BTW, we use that site often. Cannot beat the deals you get for $$$ off meals.

2SeaWithMe
August 3rd, 2011, 10:34 PM
Whitefish is okay, but I prefer Whitefish Salad.

That's probably what I meant! LOL. I didn't really have the benefit of growing up with my Jewish grandmother, there was a huge generational difference and she wasn't mentally "there".

I did manage to make chicken liver kugel last month though. (http://www.sadiesalome.com/recipes/schmaltz.html)

Hopefully she's not rolling over in her grave too much that I'm a Christian! :eek:

I'm known for saying things that make absolutely no sense when I'm really tired...my husband's favorite line is "My great-grandmother didn't survive the holocaust for me to waste ham!"


Um, they were kosher. While she did survive the holocaust...I meant the reference the great depression. I think that gets thrown back at me at least once a week.

kimba1
August 3rd, 2011, 10:40 PM
Y'all folks can call any ol' pork roll "Taylor Ham" but it just ain't the same! The real stuff comes in a roll with a distinctive red on the label. You can also get it in a box but it's gotta have the red on the box.Don't quite understand about this north and south of Rt 78 since I am a native Baltimore girl and grew up calling the real mccoy "Taylor Ham". DH grew up in Nutley NJ, and his family called it Taylor Ham. Is Nutley north or south of 78?And is there ANY possibility that either scrapple or Taylor Ham will be served aboard the SillyWet?
Nutley is north so he got it right Taylor Ham. I worked in Nutley at Roche for many years. It's about 15 minutes from us. Small world.

kimba1
August 3rd, 2011, 10:47 PM
If your looking for restaurant coupons, try Skyauction.com Look into the restaurant area and see if there is anything close to you. We buy coupons for any places we go to, San Francisco, NYC, New Orleans etc. on the back of most of the coupons or cards it usually says, Habitat for Humanity. We have been doing this for over 5 yrs. We also buy broadway show tickets this way and have never received a pr of tickets beyond 10th row center.

Thanks for the hint. We've also been heavily using Hotwire for hotels. Alex found a forum that helps you determine which hotel it is. My daughter is in Chicago on business and we were able to get her a room in Crowne Plaza for $100 per niight which was nearly a $1200 savings for her 2 week stay. She's on expense per diem so she was thrilled.

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 10:48 PM
Chicken Liver Kugel.....No thank you. The only liver I touch is Chopped Liver. Now if it was a lokshen kugel (http://www.whats4eats.com/desserts/lokshen-kugel-recipe), then you one me over. I could have it with or without the raisins, but it has to have all that sour cream, cream cheese, eggs and sugar. Now that is what I call good eat'n.

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 10:49 PM
A slightly different topic... The Sailaway party. How about at the Sunset Bar?

mjwcruising
August 3rd, 2011, 10:59 PM
A slightly different topic... The Sailaway party. How about at the Sunset Bar?

I vote for the Oceanview Bar aft. Lots more room and tables. It is partially covered for those of us who can't be in the sun and just one deck below the Sunset bar.

I was just thinking yesterday about the farewell luncheon. Does anyone have an idea where to hold this? Main dining room or Bistro on 5 are 2 options. I think it would be hard to do the buffet with such a large group.

For anyone interested in seeing the inside of cabin here is a video:

This is from Jo and Rob's current onboard review. This video shows the above bed cabinet very well, and she even opens it up.

http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Vid...8_f8rMD8W-L-LB (http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Video/Celebrity-Eclipse-2011/18159791_w4xRRW#1414068418_f8rMD8W-L-LB)

hac82
August 3rd, 2011, 11:10 PM
I vote for the Oceanview Bar aft. Lots more room and tables. It is partially covered for those of us who can't be in the sun and just one deck below the Sunset bar.

I was just thinking yesterday about the farewell luncheon. Does anyone have an idea where to hold this? Main dining room or Bistro on 5 are 2 options. I think it would be hard to do the buffet with such a large group.

For anyone interested in seeing the inside of cabin here is a video:

This is from Jo and Rob's current onboard review. This video shows the above bed cabinet very well, and she even opens it up.

http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Vid...8_f8rMD8W-L-LB (http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Video/Celebrity-Eclipse-2011/18159791_w4xRRW#1414068418_f8rMD8W-L-LB)
That could work for me too. I would just go up the stairs to the Sunset as we pass under the bridge. I love the sight when we do that. Than I would come right back down.

DPNBP
August 3rd, 2011, 11:15 PM
That was a very informative video of the cabin especially for us who have never been on a Celebrity or "S" Class. I was not sure what everyone was talking about with the overhead storage. Now I got it! ;) Thanks for posting!
Dianne
I vote for the Oceanview Bar aft. Lots more room and tables. It is partially covered for those of us who can't be in the sun and just one deck below the Sunset bar.

I was just thinking yesterday about the farewell luncheon. Does anyone have an idea where to hold this? Main dining room or Bistro on 5 are 2 options. I think it would be hard to do the buffet with such a large group.

For anyone interested in seeing the inside of cabin here is a video:

This is from Jo and Rob's current onboard review. This video shows the above bed cabinet very well, and she even opens it up.

http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Vid...8_f8rMD8W-L-LB (http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Video/Celebrity-Eclipse-2011/18159791_w4xRRW#1414068418_f8rMD8W-L-LB)

Cruisemate1974
August 4th, 2011, 12:05 AM
OK, as requested I have added a water bottle to the Wild Turkey store. Also I found a larger rectangular magnet and put that up there. They did not have shot glasses available.

I also saw they have Christmas ornaments available - BUT - I cannot customize them and add them to the store like the other items. Those I have to buy when I do the customization - so if there is a demand for something like that you all can let me know and we can do an order for those separately where people will have to send payment to us, then we can pack them and bring them on the ship for you. Let me know if there is any interest in something like that.

http://www.cafepress.com/SilhouetteWildTurkeys

Alex,

Alex

Thanks again for all the efforts your putting in! I will definitely be adding the water bottle and magnet to my purchase list! As for ornaments, I didn't even realize that was an option! I would definitely be up for that. If you do end up placing an order for them, just tell me where and when to send the $$ and how much! We only decorate the tree with our travel ornaments... no traditional glass balls anymore (insert joke here)... just small unique souvenirs that we pick up and turn into ornaments or actual ornaments that we purchase... When I have a free minute, I'll see if I can find one of the pics I took last year of a close up of some of the unique ornaments on the tree.

Thanks again!

Val

Cruisemate1974
August 4th, 2011, 12:21 AM
Did a little more research - they will be $12 each. As long as I'm not ordering 100 or something, I'm fine with everyone giving me $12 on board when I give you the ornament. No need to send $. Here's what they look like:

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r193/beachbuzzard/Ornament.jpg

I'm going to start a list and keep it running for a little while so I don't lose anyone.

Christmas Ornament List:
Linda (myjillian)
Pat (RodPat)
Elaine (with Pat)
Kim (Kimba1)

Anyone else? Let me know - Alex

I pre-empted this post with my last one LOL.. the joys of having to play post catch up in the evening ;) I definitely would like one as well!

Tomorrow night I'm off to coach my sister-in-law into delivering her second baby girl. And all in the same moment have to be photographer! (the benefit of them not having to pay someone else :)) With all the excitement, I just have to remember to bring my equipment this time LOL. Last time, I left my good flash at home, and sent DH to run and get it before the baby came at 11:42 pm on New Year's Eve!

Have to be at the hospital @ 7pm .. inducing will probably be not much afterwards. #1 is only a year & 1/2 old, so daddy will be occupied too... that's gonna be one crowded delivery room! Last time around, her DH and I were sleeping at the hotel for 2 nights with her before they induced, and *that* was crowded enough! Grandparents and proud brother/soon to be uncle Alfredo (my DH) were anxiously awaiting the news in the waiting room... probably the most incredible thing I've been through in my life.. and it wasn't even my child! :D

Hopefully next post, I will be a new Aunt!

Take care all, will chime in after all the excitement!

Valerie

Host Corkey
August 4th, 2011, 12:48 AM
Did a little more research - they will be $12 each. As long as I'm not ordering 100 or something, I'm fine with everyone giving me $12 on board when I give you the ornament. No need to send $. Here's what they look like:

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r193/beachbuzzard/Ornament.jpg

I'm going to start a list and keep it running for a little while so I don't lose anyone.

Christmas Ornament List:
Linda (myjillian)
Pat (RodPat)
Elaine (with Pat)
Kim (Kimba1)

Anyone else? Let me know - Alex


alex: please add me to the ornt list -- one please - thanx.... carol

samkmm
August 4th, 2011, 01:08 AM
Only having booked last week I hadn't thought much about Holidays. Now I realized that decorating before we leave is a MUST!!! Especially since Steve has about 65 buildings to his DICKENS Department 56 Village. Which he usually does Thanksgiving week anyway. UGH!! So besides packing we need to do that otherwise forgo decorating as much as we do. Thanks for making me think about that now.

Our tree has many many ornaments from our trips. Normal ones but also key chains, beads, bottle openers and things that we just like that will remind us of our trips.

I looked at the video of the cabin. Is that correct she showed all the available space? Looks like not much space.... We are Elite members but this is our first in this class ship. I can't wait to see this ship.

I'm not one to try to many new things. I eat shell fish, some other fish. I don't eat Chicken but love TURKEY. Glad someone else is making me THANKSGIVING dinner this year. Just made Thanksgiving dinner last week and will probably do it again before we leave. It was over 90* the day I made it too! Did have Air but would have made it even if I didn't.

Have never tried to buy $$off on line. Please advise where I can get some good local meals.

Love Good and Plenty in PA. Also Shady Maple. Great buys in GOODS. Planning on stopping there on the way back from NC trip. Driving this time usually fly to Charlotte. Spent many Labor Day weekends there this will be our first in many years. Can't wait for the great food. We too have bought the Apple Butter but it never taste the same..it must be the wonderful homemade bread they have.

Kathy;)

emcee207
August 4th, 2011, 05:26 AM
But of course. Kreplach, Kugel, Knadlach, Kishke = Kholesteral (HA HA HA). Chopped liver but not with the capers. Of course the best Chopped Liver is made with Shmultz (rendered chicken fat). Let's not forget Tsimis (carrot and sweet potato dish sometimes with meat and/or a large potato dumpling in it). Cannot forget Latkes. Oh you got me going and I need to stop....... I am getting real hungry with all of this food

I started thinking about it and my Mom never put capers on the chopped chicken liver, LOL, I just got carried away. Just thinly sliced onions. And yes, the rendered chicken fat is a must.

emcee207
August 4th, 2011, 05:30 AM
I vote for the Oceanview Bar aft. Lots more room and tables. It is partially covered for those of us who can't be in the sun and just one deck below the Sunset bar.

I was just thinking yesterday about the farewell luncheon. Does anyone have an idea where to hold this? Main dining room or Bistro on 5 are 2 options. I think it would be hard to do the buffet with such a large group.

For anyone interested in seeing the inside of cabin here is a video:

This is from Jo and Rob's current onboard review. This video shows the above bed cabinet very well, and she even opens it up.

http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Vid...8_f8rMD8W-L-LB (http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Video/Celebrity-Eclipse-2011/18159791_w4xRRW#1414068418_f8rMD8W-L-LB)

FYI, the Sunset Bar has been enlarged on the Silhouette. There is plenty of covered space there. Also, I believe the bar at the Oceanview has been removed.

pamkev
August 4th, 2011, 06:03 AM
FYI, the Sunset Bar has been enlarged on the Silhouette. There is plenty of covered space there. Also, I believe the bar at the Oceanview has been removed.


You are correct:)

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 06:34 AM
I started thinking about it and my Mom never put capers on the chopped chicken liver, LOL, I just got carried away. Just thinly sliced onions. And yes, the rendered chicken fat is a must.
Capers are usually saved for the Lox. Oy, give me a bagel toasted with a schmear of cream cheese, some lox, a tomato slice, a little onion and some cucumber. Now there is a sandwich.

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 06:36 AM
You are correct:)
Let's see if we can check the threads to see if anyone who has sailed before us can advise for the best spot for the Sailaway Party. I am there no matter where. We may want to have one place outside and one place inside ready depending on the weather.

atog254
August 4th, 2011, 08:12 AM
Maybe Derf can advise us. He'll be on the Nov. 6 cruise and knowing his active posting, I would be surprised if he does not take a computer on board and post daily!

Steve :cool:

beachbuzzard
August 4th, 2011, 08:29 AM
Let's see if we can check the threads to see if anyone who has sailed before us can advise for the best spot for the Sailaway Party. I am there no matter where. We may want to have one place outside and one place inside ready depending on the weather.

From the Everything Silhouette forum - based on this I vote Deck 15 (is that the Sunset Bar everyone is referring to?):

Hi Evelyn,
We had our CC Sailaway party on Deck 15 aft. There is a bar there and quite a bit of seating.

There is no longer a bar on the aft deck behind Oceanview. It is all seating, which in a way is good---more room for people to eat out there. It is a nice area and bartenders do wander around. The CC group would have to order from a person if you held it there, rather than go right up to a bar. It would probably be smart to warn the Food and Beverage Manager if a large group plans to be there at sailaway.
Advantages to Oceanview aft---deck 14: more seating
Disadvantages: no bar

Advantages to Deck 15 aft: Bar and quite a bit of seating. People can also wander around to the grassy area



This is the Silhouette I'm speaking of. My information does not apply to the other S-class ships.

beachbuzzard
August 4th, 2011, 08:37 AM
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r193/beachbuzzard/Ornament.jpg

Christmas Ornament List - if you would like to be added to the list OR if you asked and I missed your post, yell at me again! When you request it will help if you use the QUOTE button for this post so it pops out at me, rather than the request being hidden in amongst other topics.

All $$ will be payable on board where I will have the ornament for you. No prepaying required. Thanks!! Alex

Linda (myjillian)
Pat (RodPat)
Elaine (with Pat)
Kim (Kimba1)
Valerie (Cruisemate1974)
Carol (Corkey)
Lynda (firedog001)

Imagolfnut
August 4th, 2011, 09:35 AM
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r193/beachbuzzard/Ornament.jpg

Christmas Ornament List - if you would like to be added to the list OR if you asked and I missed your post, yell at me again! When you request it will help if you use the QUOTE button for this post so it pops out at me, rather than the request being hidden in amongst other topics.

All $$ will be payable on board where I will have the ornament for you. No prepaying required. Thanks!! Alex

Linda (myjillian)
Pat (RodPat)
Elaine (with Pat)
Kim (Kimba1)
Valerie (Cruisemate1974)
Carol (Corkey)
Lynda (firedog001)


Alex - I'd like 2 (Marge - imagolfnut)

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 10:45 AM
From the Everything Silhouette forum - based on this I vote Deck 15 (is that the Sunset Bar everyone is referring to?):
According to the deck plan I saw, I think this is Deck 14. This way we have the Lawn, the wake of the ship, the receding skyline of NYC and we are darn close to the bridge when we go under it. This place might have it all.

Maybe the Sky Observation Lounge forward on the Lido Deck - 13) can be our foul weather alternative.

atog254
August 4th, 2011, 10:49 AM
I'm guessing that no one in Europe has Sleep Apnea or the ship designers would provide an outlet on the other side of cabins.

Is it just me or do you think they don't care or is it $$

The video of the cabin really shows the location of the outlets. Will need a longer cord on this ship! Duct tape looks terrible, but safety is paramount!

I always have a letter from my doctor explaining my medical situation and equipment/supplies I carry on board. CPAP & insulin pump ......... Last cruise was the 1st time TSA gave me any problems! For some reason, they did not like the extension cord. And I'll be damn if I'll stand in another line at the pursor's desk to get my deposit back!

Do I hear, "All Inclusive Resorts?"

Steve :cool:

Imagolfnut
August 4th, 2011, 11:45 AM
Wow - just had to go back through 5 pages of posts to catch up. This is a really active and chatty group!! Happy birthday to all those I missed - seems like a lot of August babies here, myself included (I'm Aug 27)!!

As for wierd foods, I'm usually game to try most anything but there were some listed here that I just couldn't - no way, no how!! :eek: The wierdest I've ever gotten is escargot, frog legs, beef tongue, and calamari!! And no saurkraut with my Turkey either!! ;)

Diane - awhile back you mentioned "Snooki"... I don't know what it meant but when I was a kid, that was the nickname my Jersey Godmother called me and to her I was Snooki til the day she died (and she lived well into her 90's)!! So glad nobody calls me that anymore!! My in-laws started calling me "Maggie" and in the beginning I didn't like it, but now the name's kind of grown on me!

Hard to believe we're already into August. Yesterday I got an e-mail from by TA telling me that our final payment was due by the end of this month!! Wow - Celebrity really wants their money up front! Also checked out the travel insurance but for me it almost doubled from the last time I bought it -- I guess two years older they think I'm a bigger risk?? LOL
May have to reconsider taking it - will check out what's covered by our personal insurance.

Well, that's it for now.
Marge

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 11:50 AM
Wow - just had to go back through 5 pages of posts to catch up. This is a really active and chatty group!! Happy birthday to all those I missed - seems like a lot of August babies here, myself included (I'm Aug 27)!!

As for wierd foods, I'm usually game to try most anything but there were some listed here that I just couldn't - no way, no how!! :eek: The wierdest I've ever gotten is escargot, frog legs, beef tongue, and calamari!! And no saurkraut with my Turkey either!! ;)

Diane - awhile back you mentioned "Snooki"... I don't know what it meant but when I was a kid, that was the nickname my Jersey Godmother called me and to her I was Snooki til the day she died (and she lived well into her 90's)!! So glad nobody calls me that anymore!! My in-laws started calling me "Maggie" and in the beginning I didn't like it, but now the name's kind of grown on me!

Hard to believe we're already into August. Yesterday I got an e-mail from by TA telling me that our final payment was due by the end of this month!! Wow - Celebrity really wants their money up front! Also checked out the travel insurance but for me it almost doubled from the last time I bought it -- I guess two years older they think I'm a bigger risk?? LOL
May have to reconsider taking it - will check out what's covered by our personal insurance.

Well, that's it for now.
Marge
Cruise lines usually want the final payment about 75 days out. It is a little different depending on the number of days the cruise is. As for Travel Insurance, I always get it for the cruise. I was told by my TA that in order to allow coverage without being hit on pre-existing conditions, it had to be bought minimum 3 months out. I usually get mine about 4 months out.

Imagolfnut
August 4th, 2011, 12:03 PM
Cruise lines usually want the final payment about 75 days out. It is a little different depending on the number of days the cruise is. As for Travel Insurance, I always get it for the cruise. I was told by my TA that in order to allow coverage without being hit on pre-existing conditions, it had to be bought minimum 3 months out. I usually get mine about 4 months out.

Howard - guess I'll have to give it some serious thought. I don't have any pre-existing conditions, that I'm aware of, but my biggest concern is getting sick, or having an accident so far from home!! Usually when we go to Bermuda, I don't bother with the insurance - it's only 7 days and much closer to the US. Being down in the Caribbean is another story! I still have a couple of weeks to decide! I favor being safe than sorry, but all the additional costs for this cruise are starting to add up big time! Still have the transportation to/from the ports, excursions, etc. etc. Oh well, we only live once -- that's what I keep telling myself.

beachbuzzard
August 4th, 2011, 12:08 PM
I'm guessing that no one in Europe has Sleep Apnea or the ship designers would provide an outlet on the other side of cabins.

Is it just me or do you think they don't care or is it $$

The video of the cabin really shows the location of the outlets. Will need a longer cord on this ship! Duct tape looks terrible, but safety is paramount!

I always have a letter from my doctor explaining my medical situation and equipment/supplies I carry on board. CPAP & insulin pump ......... Last cruise was the 1st time TSA gave me any problems! For some reason, they did not like the extension cord. And I'll be damn if I'll stand in another line at the pursor's desk to get my deposit back!

Do I hear, "All Inclusive Resorts?"

Steve :cool:

I'm also a CPAP user - Love/hate relationship - love how it makes me feel but just hate putting it on at night (but I do - except every once in a while I'll doze off without it and then wake up at 1am and put it on). I wish my weight loss would have helped this issue, but it hasn't. I just have a messed up throat or something so have to wear the thing to breath at night. I've never yet had a problem with an extension cord for it so I hope not now! And agree, what a PIA with the plug locations in these cabins - always had to pull it across the room on RCCL ships too. Once I was golfing in a tournament down near Cape May and I was staying in a small motel in Wildwood. The nearest plug to the bed was about 20' away in a small kitchenette area! The 10' cord I had with me wasn't even close. I had to make a run to Home Depot and buy a 25' extension cord!

loosygoosy
August 4th, 2011, 12:12 PM
Well it looks like the first reviews are in on the Silhouette and no one is disappointed!

2SeaWithMe
August 4th, 2011, 12:14 PM
We always buy travel insurance, too. A couple last minute canceled trips with me in the hospital and once with Dh in the hospital (hopefully the first and LAST time, he had a blood clot) was enough wasted money for me.

I usually buy the day I book. If you haven't been able to tell, I like to plan ahead!

Marge, my bday is the 26th! Apparently a lot of our parents were having a nice Christmas/New Years.

The weather has gotten cold enough we could turn the hot tub back on. :)

Dewey has sleep apnea, too, Steve. I've been told we can get distilled water and an extension cord. I'll have to look into that.

2SeaWithMe
August 4th, 2011, 12:16 PM
I'm also a CPAP user - Love/hate relationship - love how it makes me feel but just hate putting it on at night (but I do - except every once in a while I'll doze off without it and then wake up at 1am and put it on). I wish my weight loss would have helped this issue, but it hasn't. I just have a messed up throat or something so have to wear the thing to breath at night. I've never yet had a problem with an extension cord for it so I hope not now! And agree, what a PIA with the plug locations in these cabins - always had to pull it across the room on RCCL ships too. Once I was golfing in a tournament down near Cape May and I was staying in a small motel in Wildwood. The nearest plug to the bed was about 20' away in a small kitchenette area! The 10' cord I had with me wasn't even close. I had to make a run to Home Depot and buy a 25' extension cord!

Did you find you lost weight after the cpap? Dh is finding that. His doctor says not achieving a proper rem cycle was disrupting his metabolism.

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 12:54 PM
Howard - guess I'll have to give it some serious thought. I don't have any pre-existing conditions, that I'm aware of, but my biggest concern is getting sick, or having an accident so far from home!! Usually when we go to Bermuda, I don't bother with the insurance - it's only 7 days and much closer to the US. Being down in the Caribbean is another story! I still have a couple of weeks to decide! I favor being safe than sorry, but all the additional costs for this cruise are starting to add up big time! Still have the transportation to/from the ports, excursions, etc. etc. Oh well, we only live once -- that's what I keep telling myself.
The way I look at it is the peace of mind is priceless. I usually do not buy travel insurance for other vacations, but for the cruise, I consider it a requirement. I have a very good friend named "Justin Case". He has been a very good friend and has never guided me in the wrong direction.

caribbean1004
August 4th, 2011, 02:11 PM
For those of you who do buy travel insurance, do you get it directly with the cruise line, or through an outside provider. Benefits to either? Experiences?


Amy

*Edit -- I did some research after I posted and saw quite a bit of information on the celebrity board...the first page...lol. But any info on personal experience would still be appreciated :)

CrabbyHarper
August 4th, 2011, 02:50 PM
It is hard to believe that the day we sail is November 18. It'll be dark by 5:00 pm and probably cold on deck. My last two winter X voyages were blessed with snow. Hoping I am not a jinx and that November is early enough that snow is not likely.

Am I the only wuss who thinks an indoor venue would be best?

Just call me a Grinch!

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 03:02 PM
It is hard to believe that the day we sail is November 18. It'll be dark by 5:00 pm and probably cold on deck. My last two winter X voyages were blessed with snow. Hoping I am not a jinx and that November is early enough that snow is not likely.

Am I the only wuss who thinks an indoor venue would be best?

Just call me a Grinch!
We were on a Thanksgiving cruise in '07 on the Explorer of the Seas out of Bayonne. It was chilly to say the least, but they were offering hot chocolate with Baileys as one of the "drinks of the day". It did help. I would hope that the Silhouette crew would do the same or something similar.

What we could do is maybe post a note near the Guest Relations Desk upon arrival for all to look for and then we will know where we will be. I know the EoS had a board that such notices could be placed in that area. Hopefully the Silhouette will do the same. It is just an idea.

beachbuzzard
August 4th, 2011, 03:20 PM
Did you find you lost weight after the cpap? Dh is finding that. His doctor says not achieving a proper rem cycle was disrupting his metabolism.

Oh no - it had nothing to do with the CPAP. I didn't lose any weight until I started running. Then it came off!! I run about 3 times a week, at least one of them a 5k (3 mile) run. I've dropped about 25 pounds in the past 18 months. You'll be able to see me run around the little ship track if you're so inclined to head up there early in the morning - and if its the right morning!!

beachbuzzard
August 4th, 2011, 03:23 PM
We were on a Thanksgiving cruise in '07 on the Explorer of the Seas out of Bayonne. It was chilly to say the least, but they were offering hot chocolate with Baileys as one of the "drinks of the day". It did help. I would hope that the Silhouette crew would do the same or something similar.

I remember that day!!! But I drank beer anyway. It wasn't as cold as many football games I've been to that time of year - or rounds of golf I've played!!

beachbuzzard
August 4th, 2011, 03:24 PM
It is hard to believe that the day we sail is November 18. It'll be dark by 5:00 pm and probably cold on deck. My last two winter X voyages were blessed with snow. Hoping I am not a jinx and that November is early enough that snow is not likely.

Am I the only wuss who thinks an indoor venue would be best?

Just call me a Grinch!

I think it will probably be a two-location sail away - an indoor spot to keep warmer and an outdoor breakaway spot for those that want to go outside for a while. I don't see the big deal with that. As long as everyone knows where the two spots are, should work fine!!

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 03:31 PM
I think it will probably be a two-location sail away - an indoor spot to keep warmer and an outdoor breakaway spot for those that want to go outside for a while. I don't see the big deal with that. As long as everyone knows where the two spots are, should work fine!!
Unfortunately the Sky Observation Lounge and the Sunset Bar are opposite ends of the ship and a deck apart. Maybe we need to find a location that can handle both.

atog254
August 4th, 2011, 03:59 PM
Taken from the EOS RCCL week after Thanksgiving 2010. A might chilly, but with a warm coat it was nice on deck until the sun went down. Would suggest we watch the weather and plan accordingly. Could be a nasty Nor-Easter ! :eek:

While you are jogging on the short track, I'll be the one drinking coffee from a WaWa travel mug when you get there. Usually an early riser. Don't miss many sunrises! (See attached)

After the sunrise, I meet every one at the breakfast buffet at the same table each morning. Coffee & grits ---Oh, and an egg Omelet.

Steve :cool:

2SeaWithMe
August 4th, 2011, 04:05 PM
I'm with crabby on the no chilly sailaway please. LOL It will most likely be too dark to see anything. (daylight savings is before than, isn't it?)

On my cruise in February, we left out of Baltimore and they did the sailaway party outside. My BF and I thought they were nuts! (and it was dark!)

mjwcruising
August 4th, 2011, 04:33 PM
Tomorrow night I'm off to coach my sister-in-law into delivering her second baby girl. And all in the same moment have to be photographer! (the benefit of them not having to pay someone else :)) With all the excitement, I just have to remember to bring my equipment this time LOL. Last time, I left my good flash at home, and sent DH to run and get it before the baby came at 11:42 pm on New Year's Eve!

Have to be at the hospital @ 7pm .. inducing will probably be not much afterwards. #1 is only a year & 1/2 old, so daddy will be occupied too... that's gonna be one crowded delivery room! Last time around, her DH and I were sleeping at the hotel for 2 nights with her before they induced, and *that* was crowded enough! Grandparents and proud brother/soon to be uncle Alfredo (my DH) were anxiously awaiting the news in the waiting room... probably the most incredible thing I've been through in my life.. and it wasn't even my child! :D

Hopefully next post, I will be a new Aunt!

Take care all, will chime in after all the excitement!

Valerie
How Exciting; you are one lucky aunt!!!!

I looked at the video of the cabin. Is that correct she showed all the available space? Looks like not much space.... Yes, the video shows it all. We are Elite members but this is our first in this class ship. I can't wait to see this ship.
Kathy;)I'm sure the ship will be impressive.

FYI, the Sunset Bar has been enlarged on the Silhouette. There is plenty of covered space there. Also, I believe the bar at the Oceanview has been removed.
I didn't realize they enlarged and covered the Sunset Bar and eliminated the Oceanview Bar. The Sunset Bar will be fine. ;)

106 days till we sail!!!

beachbuzzard
August 4th, 2011, 04:44 PM
I'm with crabby on the no chilly sailaway please. LOL It will most likely be too dark to see anything. (daylight savings is before than, isn't it?)

On my cruise in February, we left out of Baltimore and they did the sailaway party outside. My BF and I thought they were nuts! (and it was dark!)

Well call me crazy then. I'd always rather be outside unless its raining or snowing. Even if its dark, the views of Manhattan, the Verrazzano and the Statue of Liberty will be nice!

I don't know the layout of this ship at all, but we need someone with knowledge of this class ship to pick a spot that caters to both fairly easily.

beachbuzzard
August 4th, 2011, 05:08 PM
Unfortunately the Sky Observation Lounge and the Sunset Bar are opposite ends of the ship and a deck apart. Maybe we need to find a location that can handle both.

OK, looking at the deck plans now - I'm fine with just having it at the Sky Observation Lounge and whoever wants to can outside to the deck with the Mast Bar, which seems similar to the bar we met at on Explorer. Works for me anyway.

2SeaWithMe
August 4th, 2011, 06:13 PM
Well call me crazy then. I'd always rather be outside unless its raining or snowing. Even if its dark, the views of Manhattan, the Verrazzano and the Statue of Liberty will be nice!

I don't know the layout of this ship at all, but we need someone with knowledge of this class ship to pick a spot that caters to both fairly easily.

Crazy! Just kidding. :)

I will be inside holding a hot cup of chocolate for you, and you can tell me what it looked like. :p

2SeaWithMe
August 4th, 2011, 06:14 PM
Congrats to Valerie on the (impending?) birth of her new nephew. :)




Heads up to those considering booking specialty restaurants; they are raising the price by $5 a head on September first, so you might want to book ahead.

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 08:06 PM
I got wind of a great review of the ship. Here it is (http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/reviews/celebrity/silhouette.cfm#axzz1U6ip3Y9V).

As for the $5.00 increase, there was some discussion on the general boards about this and someone made a post that they thought they heard that HAL was doing it and the original poster might have mixed it up. I will have to call my TA to see if she has heard anything about this.

pamkev
August 4th, 2011, 08:35 PM
I got wind of a great review of the ship. Here it is (http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/reviews/celebrity/silhouette.cfm#axzz1U6ip3Y9V).

As for the $5.00 increase, there was some discussion on the general boards about this and someone made a post that they thought they heard that HAL was doing it and the original poster might have mixed it up. I will have to call my TA to see if she has heard anything about this.



If you go to the boards you will see it is indeed true going up 5.00 someone posted the reply from celebrity after they sent a email about it.
We are already booked and paid for months ago glad we did

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 08:47 PM
If you go to the boards you will see it is indeed true going up 5.00 someone posted the reply from celebrity after they sent a email about it.
We are already booked and paid for months ago glad we did
I did find the thread and it is a shame that htey are doing that. I was going to go to Qsine, but I do not like to book ahead because I like to find out the menus and decide what night to go after I am on board. A fee of $40/person for tapas does not seem reasonable to me since I have gone to Tapas locally and could not eat $40 worth of food. Guess it is MDR, Bistro on Five, Oceanview, and Aqua Cafe for us.

hac82
August 4th, 2011, 09:46 PM
I just got a response from my TA.

For all reservations made as of September 1st for sailings thereafter, the price will be $40 for their top end specialty restaurants, including Murano and all Millennium Class nautical specialty restaurants. Additionally Qsine and the Lawn Club Grill will go from $30 to $40 pp. If I have read the response correctly, it also means that if you have a current reservation and you add an additional guest, change reservation time, or restaurants, then the “New” higher pricing will be applied to ALL guests within that reservation. It was stated that it was not for all specialty restaurants so I am not sure exactly which ones it will not pertain to. Those that have been on "X" before will probably know better.

mjwcruising
August 4th, 2011, 10:14 PM
I got wind of a great review of the ship. Here it is (http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/reviews/celebrity/silhouette.cfm#axzz1U6ip3Y9V).



I've read it and I am ready to cruise on the Silhouette!!!!!:D

beachbuddy
August 4th, 2011, 11:27 PM
107 days till we sail:D

Thanks Mary, it does make sense.

I bought 4 11x11 size cubes - I'll try to ask someone that's on the SillyWet thread to see if they can measure them...........LOL I thought for sure it would be at least 11" deep. The 9x9 cubes didn't seem big enough to put things in.

I think Carol cleared that up and said Tripe is the lining of a cow..........I still say YUK....................LOL

Patty

beachbuddy
August 4th, 2011, 11:45 PM
I vote for the Oceanview Bar aft. Lots more room and tables. It is partially covered for those of us who can't be in the sun and just one deck below the Sunset bar.

I was just thinking yesterday about the farewell luncheon. Does anyone have an idea where to hold this? Main dining room or Bistro on 5 are 2 options. I think it would be hard to do the buffet with such a large group.

For anyone interested in seeing the inside of cabin here is a video:

This is from Jo and Rob's current onboard review. This video shows the above bed cabinet very well, and she even opens it up.

http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Vid...8_f8rMD8W-L-LB (http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Video/Celebrity-Eclipse-2011/18159791_w4xRRW#1414068418_f8rMD8W-L-LB)

Mary,
That video was great. She did a good job showing the cabin and storage. That closet does look pretty small...........LOL

Patty

beachbuddy
August 5th, 2011, 12:02 AM
Cruise lines usually want the final payment about 75 days out. It is a little different depending on the number of days the cruise is. As for Travel Insurance, I always get it for the cruise. I was told by my TA that in order to allow coverage without being hit on pre-existing conditions, it had to be bought minimum 3 months out. I usually get mine about 4 months out.

Howard, can you email me..........I'm curious as to who you get insurance with. The company I use only covers pre existing conditions if you purchase the insurance within 10 days of putting a deposit on the cruise and I wasn't about to buy it last April..........LOL

Sunset Bar sounds good to me for sailaway.

Patty

beachbuddy
August 5th, 2011, 12:08 AM
I think it will probably be a two-location sail away - an indoor spot to keep warmer and an outdoor breakaway spot for those that want to go outside for a while. I don't see the big deal with that. As long as everyone knows where the two spots are, should work fine!!

So true........just pick inside and outside spots. I do remember it was very very windy when we sailed in Nov 2007, but not freezing cold. Most of us were definitely outside till we went under the bridge.

Patty

beachbuddy
August 5th, 2011, 12:40 AM
I just got a response from my TA.

For all reservations made as of September 1st for sailings thereafter, the price will be $40 for their top end specialty restaurants, including Murano and all Millennium Class nautical specialty restaurants. Additionally Qsine and the Lawn Club Grill will go from $30 to $40 pp. If I have read the response correctly, it also means that if you have a current reservation and you add an additional guest, change reservation time, or restaurants, then the “New” higher pricing will be applied to ALL guests within that reservation. It was stated that it was not for all specialty restaurants so I am not sure exactly which ones it will not pertain to. Those that have been on "X" before will probably know better.


Howard,
I agree with you...........I would never pay $80 for Tapas. Sorry, but we have tons of great restaurants in our area and can get a fabulous meal for way less than $80. We can even get a great meal in NY for less than $80.......LOL

I read the review that you posted and they said there was a $25 charge for Tuscan Grill...........so now it's going to be $40?? That's a $15 increase per person. The only restaurant I even thought of going to was the Tuscan Grill based on some reviews I read. I don't like to make reservations before boarding either so I might not be making any because I refuse to pay $40/person for a meal on a ship......LOL I can afford it, but I refuse to pay it! I can't eat $40 worth of food....and you can't even take home your leftovers..........LOL

Hopefully, others might feel the same way. In quite a few articles about the Silly Wet, I read that the Porch was free for breakfast and lunch and now that's a $5 charge as well. Not that $5 is a lot, just contradictory to what I read before.

If people don't make reservations at the $40/person rate, Celebrity will have to do something to fill those restaurants............LOL

Patty

pamkev
August 5th, 2011, 05:50 AM
I just got a response from my TA.

For all reservations made as of September 1st for sailings thereafter, the price will be $40 for their top end specialty restaurants, including Murano and all Millennium Class nautical specialty restaurants. Additionally Qsine and the Lawn Club Grill will go from $30 to $40 pp. If I have read the response correctly, it also means that if you have a current reservation and you add an additional guest, change reservation time, or restaurants, then the “New” higher pricing will be applied to ALL guests within that reservation. It was stated that it was not for all specialty restaurants so I am not sure exactly which ones it will not pertain to. Those that have been on "X" before will probably know better.


We are trying Qsine just to see what it's like might be one of those first and last times. It doesn't seem like Tuscan Grill which is so much better than Murano imo is NOT raising it prices from what I can tell I could be wrong. I don't think Bistro on 5 is either although only time will tell.

Pam

hac82
August 5th, 2011, 07:53 AM
Howard, can you email me..........I'm curious as to who you get insurance with. The company I use only covers pre existing conditions if you purchase the insurance within 10 days of putting a deposit on the cruise and I wasn't about to buy it last April..........LOL

Sunset Bar sounds good to me for sailaway.

Patty
E-mail has been sent. Hope the information helps.

hac82
August 5th, 2011, 07:56 AM
We are trying Qsine just to see what it's like might be one of those first and last times. It doesn't seem like Tuscan Grill which is so much better than Murano imo is NOT raising it prices from what I can tell I could be wrong. I don't think Bistro on 5 is either although only time will tell.

Pam
That is what I am hoping for so if I decide to do anything it will be with Bistro and Tuscan. As long as Bistro is $5, I may be there a few times.

loosygoosy
August 5th, 2011, 08:44 AM
I think the prices are high as well for the Specialty Restaurants but remember you can also purchase a 3 restaurant package to save some money. We don't do ship excursions, we don't shop and we don't usually spend too much on alcohol so the restaurants are our "splurge". Funny, the only one I have not enjoyed is the Tuscan Grill !

Besides, if you compare most things to prices at home.....yes, you can eat cheaper, pay less than $12 for a fru-fru drink and pay 1/2 the price for spa treatments....but then why not just stay home (lol).

beachbuzzard
August 5th, 2011, 08:47 AM
Howard,
I agree with you...........I would never pay $80 for Tapas. Sorry, but we have tons of great restaurants in our area and can get a fabulous meal for way less than $80. We can even get a great meal in NY for less than $80.......LOL

I read the review that you posted and they said there was a $25 charge for Tuscan Grill...........so now it's going to be $40?? That's a $15 increase per person. The only restaurant I even thought of going to was the Tuscan Grill based on some reviews I read. I don't like to make reservations before boarding either so I might not be making any because I refuse to pay $40/person for a meal on a ship......LOL I can afford it, but I refuse to pay it! I can't eat $40 worth of food....and you can't even take home your leftovers..........LOL

Hopefully, others might feel the same way. In quite a few articles about the Silly Wet, I read that the Porch was free for breakfast and lunch and now that's a $5 charge as well. Not that $5 is a lot, just contradictory to what I read before.

If people don't make reservations at the $40/person rate, Celebrity will have to do something to fill those restaurants............LOL

Patty

I'm with you Patty. Hey, going to the special dinner place is nice, but the pricing is getting out of hand in my opinion. Really I can eat just fine at the MDR or buffet. I'm just not picky enough to care to drop $80 for dinner on a cruise that comes with free food. What was the price on Explorer to go to Portofino? Wasn't it only $20 each? If Kim would like to do one night somewhere then we will do one, but I could live without it.

Alex

beachbuzzard
August 5th, 2011, 08:49 AM
I think the prices are high as well for the Specialty Restaurants but remember you can also purchase a 3 restaurant package to save some money. We don't do ship excursions, we don't shop and we don't usually spend too much on alcohol so the restaurants are our "splurge". Funny, the only one I have not enjoyed is the Tuscan Grill !

Besides, if you compare most things to prices at home.....yes, you can eat cheaper, pay less than $12 for a fru-fru drink and pay 1/2 the price for spa treatments....but then why not just stay home (lol).

Very true all of that. Everyone has to decide where they want to splurge or not splurge. For us, we like to have our beer and wine, so we splurged on the beverage package. Others might splurge on specialty dinners. Others on fancy excursions. To each their own - that's what its all about!!

caribbean1004
August 5th, 2011, 10:01 AM
I'm with you Patty. Hey, going to the special dinner place is nice, but the pricing is getting out of hand in my opinion. Really I can eat just fine at the MDR or buffet. I'm just not picky enough to care to drop $80 for dinner on a cruise that comes with free food. What was the price on Explorer to go to Portofino? Wasn't it only $20 each? If Kim would like to do one night somewhere then we will do one, but I could live without it.

Alex


I agree Alex! The new prices are so steep! :eek:
We were thinking about doing one specialty restaurant for dinner, but can't make reservations before we sail because we have OBC money to spend on things like that. I don't mind paying $5-$10 per pesron for a special lunch, since lunch, although delicious, is not particularly 5 star -- so maybe we will do Bistro on Five or Porch. However, I feel like the dinners in the MDR are already so nice and the food always exceeds my expectations - no reason to dish out $40 EXTRA dollars per person!

Imagolfnut
August 5th, 2011, 10:06 AM
Good morning everyone - read some of the early reviews on the Silly and they sounded great!!

I can't believe they're raising the prices for the specialty restaurants!! :eek: I wasn't really planning on many anyway, but now it's a definite for the MDR and Cafe!! It's not that I can't afford them, but as was already posted, I can't possibly eat $40 worth of food and to pay that just for "atmosphere" is definitely not worth it! On the Explorer, we did eat at Portofino's, which was absolutely fantastic, and was only $20!! Now my brother, on the other hand, who is a specialty restaurant fanatic, keeps saying this is a must do!! For him, maybe; not for me!

Hope we have a warm November sailaway!! Please, no Nor'easters til at least January!!! I love going past the Statue of Liberty, but if it's really cold I think I'll salute her from inside!! Friends of mine are leaving tomorrow for Bermuda - kind of wish I was going too; I just love Bermuda!! But I love the Caribbean as well and I need a nice long R&R time. Maybe next year...

Ladies - all the summer sales are going full swing; great bargains out there!! ;)
Marge

beachbuddy
August 5th, 2011, 11:08 AM
I'm with you Patty. Hey, going to the special dinner place is nice, but the pricing is getting out of hand in my opinion. Really I can eat just fine at the MDR or buffet. I'm just not picky enough to care to drop $80 for dinner on a cruise that comes with free food. What was the price on Explorer to go to Portofino? Wasn't it only $20 each? If Kim would like to do one night somewhere then we will do one, but I could live without it.

Alex

Alex,
Yep, $20/person and on our last cruise we ate there twice. Chops is $25 on the other ships and we usually eat at each once. We were by ourselves on our last cruise and had select dining so just did what we want when we wanted. Like I said, we have plenty of really good restaurants in our area and at the shore. We don't cruise for the food so not eating at those restaurants is no big deal for us. MDR, buffet, aqua spa, Bistro and not sure what the Porch charge is, maybe $5??? too, but it's not been clear about that - all of them are fine with us. Plus, if we book something, most likely it will be the Tuscan Grill and only one night because we won't want to miss the fun in the MDR with all you guys...........LOL I prefer friends over food and we're not real picky eaters either. Plus I read that for lunch there is something by the pool where you can get burgers,sandwiches, fries, onion rings, and other things. All those are fine with us.

Like I said, $80 is a bit much and we'll pay it to go out to dinner but not on a cruise like you say that food is included. Many people thing the quality of the MDR has gone down on many lines to encourage people to eat in the specialty restaurants. I hope that's not the case but we'll soon find out.

Patty

beachbuddy
August 5th, 2011, 11:11 AM
I think the prices are high as well for the Specialty Restaurants but remember you can also purchase a 3 restaurant package to save some money. We don't do ship excursions, we don't shop and we don't usually spend too much on alcohol so the restaurants are our "splurge". Funny, the only one I have not enjoyed is the Tuscan Grill !

Besides, if you compare most things to prices at home.....yes, you can eat cheaper, pay less than $12 for a fru-fru drink and pay 1/2 the price for spa treatments....but then why not just stay home (lol).

True, but I'm sure those 3 restaurant packages will be going up as well. Honestly, sometimes by midweek I get sick of looking at food. One time on RCCL, we made reservations for 2 nights in a specialty restaurant. After eating there one night and feeling absolutely sick kind of full, I looked at Tony and we both agreed to just cancel the 2nd night. It is to much food and we didn't feel like sitting for 2 1/2 hours to eat again! LOL

Patty

beachbuddy
August 5th, 2011, 11:15 AM
Summer,

If you have not experienced sailing under the Verrazano bridge, you have to be outside. We've done it many times but it is absolutly so exciting. Even in the dark, the NY skyline is gorgeous. Love it so we usually brave the cold just for that part.

Patty

beachbuzzard
August 5th, 2011, 11:49 AM
Many people thing the quality of the MDR has gone down on many lines to encourage people to eat in the specialty restaurants. I hope that's not the case but we'll soon find out.

Patty

Some people are more sensitive to the cutbacks than others. Food has never been my "thing" - Kim will tell you I'm fine with a chicken breast on the grill and some veggies. I just don't care than much. But I know others do and quite honestly I feel bad for them because they are the one's getting bit here - they feel the quality decline and they don't like it, so they feel they want to enjoy the finer dining and have to shell out even more $$ than the original cruise price to have that enjoyment they strive for. I know the cruise lines are struggling to make ends meet. But the never ending change of charging for more and more things on board is getting a bit tiring. They are on a slippery slope of losing people and then needing to charge more because they are losing more people and so on....

BTW, will people REALLY pay $100 to sit in one of those cabana thingees on the lawn?? That is nutty.

beachbuddy
August 5th, 2011, 12:03 PM
Some people are more sensitive to the cutbacks than others. Food has never been my "thing" - Kim will tell you I'm fine with a chicken breast on the grill and some veggies. I just don't care than much. But I know others do and quite honestly I feel bad for them because they are the one's getting bit here - they feel the quality decline and they don't like it, so they feel they want to enjoy the finer dining and have to shell out even more $$ than the original cruise price to have that enjoyment they strive for. I know the cruise lines are struggling to make ends meet. But the never ending change of charging for more and more things on board is getting a bit tiring. They are on a slippery slope of losing people and then needing to charge more because they are losing more people and so on....

BTW, will people REALLY pay $100 to sit in one of those cabana thingees on the lawn?? That is nutty.

Alex, we're not fussy eaters either.....honestly, we do it on RCCL because their menus are always the same so we do it more for a bit of diversity since we've cruised them so many times sometimes we just get sick of their menus, however, we also break it up by eating in the buffet some nights. Some nights I'm good with just a hugh salad, a few california rolls and I noticed last time on RCCL, they had these small boboli's in the buffet and you made your own pizza with them and they put them in the over.....took 5 minutes and they were really good so one night I had that and a salad.

I love to sail, but then again I just love to be away - Tony would like to try an all inclusive again. We only did it once but it was kind of boring where we stayed. Daytime was fine, but night was pretty lame.

Patty

beachbuddy
August 5th, 2011, 12:06 PM
BTW, will people REALLY pay $100 to sit in one of those cabana thingees on the lawn?? That is nutty.

Actually,

I just read that on sea days, it's $149 and $99 on port days...........LOL And don't forget for an extra charge you can have them bring you a picnic basket and drinks...........LOL

We wouldn't sit in those all day even if they were free..............

Patty

2SeaWithMe
August 5th, 2011, 12:35 PM
No, I've never sailed under that bridge (I think). I'll bring a coat. LOL :)


I hope the thoughts on the decline in the MDR aren't true. We were on the Eclipse and the food ranged between bad, so-so and complete flashes of brilliance in the MDR. We ate in Blu and it was spectacular. On the mercury, with no additional restaurants, the food was absolutely awesome. (at least one redeeming aspect of that cruise). I think it depends a lot of time of delivery and your waiter.

beachbuzzard
August 5th, 2011, 01:42 PM
Actually,

I just read that on sea days, it's $149 and $99 on port days...........LOL And don't forget for an extra charge you can have them bring you a picnic basket and drinks...........LOL

We wouldn't sit in those all day even if they were free..............

Patty

Oooooooh, only $99 on port days??? What a deal!!! The day the rest of the ship is quiet anyway, someone will pay $99 for quiet by the lawn? I'm really interested to see if people really rent those things.

island couple
August 5th, 2011, 10:05 PM
I think the prices are high as well for the Specialty Restaurants but remember you can also purchase a 3 restaurant package to save some money. We don't do ship excursions, we don't shop and we don't usually spend too much on alcohol so the restaurants are our "splurge". Funny, the only one I have not enjoyed is the Tuscan Grill !

Besides, if you compare most things to prices at home.....yes, you can eat cheaper, pay less than $12 for a fru-fru drink and pay 1/2 the price for spa treatments....but then why not just stay home (lol).

Hi Linda,

This is our 1st Cruise on X. We have cruise many times with RC and we enjoyed eating at the speciality restaurants, my husband is a chef and he loves to taste many dishes from the speciality restaurants. We also don't do ship excursions, we have visited many of these ports on previous cruises. We do not spend too much on alcohol nor shopping so we enjoy eating in these restaurants.
I have not be able to find these wine and restaurants packages, does anyone know where yo fine the wine and restaurants packages?

RodPat
August 5th, 2011, 10:26 PM
I vote for the Oceanview Bar aft. Lots more room and tables. It is partially covered for those of us who can't be in the sun and just one deck below the Sunset bar.

I was just thinking yesterday about the farewell luncheon. Does anyone have an idea where to hold this? Main dining room or Bistro on 5 are 2 options. I think it would be hard to do the buffet with such a large group.

For anyone interested in seeing the inside of cabin here is a video:

This is from Jo and Rob's current onboard review. This video shows the above bed cabinet very well, and she even opens it up.

http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Vid...8_f8rMD8W-L-LB (http://howarthfamily.smugmug.com/Video/Celebrity-Eclipse-2011/18159791_w4xRRW#1414068418_f8rMD8W-L-LB)

I think if you check the pictures of Silhouette that have been posted, there is no more Oceanview bar. That area is now all outdoor dining. Lots of tables upstairs by the Sunset Bar.

Pat

RodPat
August 5th, 2011, 10:44 PM
Alex, we're not fussy eaters either.....honestly, we do it on RCCL because their menus are always the same so we do it more for a bit of diversity since we've cruised them so many times sometimes we just get sick of their menus, however, we also break it up by eating in the buffet some nights. Some nights I'm good with just a hugh salad, a few california rolls and I noticed last time on RCCL, they had these small boboli's in the buffet and you made your own pizza with them and they put them in the over.....took 5 minutes and they were really good so one night I had that and a salad.

I love to sail, but then again I just love to be away - Tony would like to try an all inclusive again. We only did it once but it was kind of boring where we stayed. Daytime was fine, but night was pretty lame.

Patty

Patty, We did an all inclusive in Cancun and I agree with you. During the day it was great but after dinner all you could do was drink yourself to death. The best entertainment they had was one night there was a flea market. Wow that was exciting.:)

Pat

RodPat
August 5th, 2011, 10:56 PM
Here is a picture of Alex and Kim at the sailaway Thanksgiving cruise 2007. Not too cold. I can't see going indoors unless it rains that day. Too great a site to sail under that bridge to spend it looking out a window.

http://inlinethumb21.webshots.com/45332/2243757330105526181S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2243757330105526181fXKejN)


We did not even have on heavy jackets that day. Here
s hoping that the weather is just as nice.

Pat

RodPat
August 5th, 2011, 11:02 PM
Here is a pic of the ship going under the bridge. You can see it was still light enough out to take pictures.

http://inlinethumb41.webshots.com/21416/2465689200105526181S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2465689200105526181aFmXBr)

Pat

mjwcruising
August 5th, 2011, 11:13 PM
I think if you check the pictures of Silhouette that have been posted, there is no more Oceanview bar. That area is now all outdoor dining. Lots of tables upstairs by the Sunset Bar.

Pat

Yes, my mistake; I was imformed of the change back on page 389 & 390.;)

hac82
August 5th, 2011, 11:28 PM
Here is a pic of the ship going under the bridge. You can see it was still light enough out to take pictures.

http://inlinethumb41.webshots.com/21416/2465689200105526181S600x600Q85.jpg (http://travel.webshots.com/photo/2465689200105526181aFmXBr)

Pat
Did we set sail at 5:00 or 4:00 that day?

Cruisemate1974
August 5th, 2011, 11:52 PM
A little off topic, but I thought I'd share with my *new* friends!

Today at 4:40, I because the proud Aunt (again) of a 7.3lb 20'' baby girl!!

As I was in the delivery room for her older sister's birth (now 1 1/2 years old), I of course was there to coach my sister-in-law along with her husband for this second blessing (and to be the family photographer) It was just as emotional, incredible, bizarre, weird, and oh so fulfilling, thing this time around as well. :D

I love this little girl along with her 1 1/2 year old niece. Beaming from ear to ear.

I see ya'll have been busy as usually chattering away. Exotic food conversations... not my forte.. LOL keep to the safe stuff for me.. except for sushi and alligator! :)

Well all, just felt like sharing, looking forward to seeing you all soon.... Days are getting closer and closer!!!

Take care,
Valerie

hac82
August 6th, 2011, 06:25 AM
A little off topic, but I thought I'd share with my *new* friends!

Today at 4:40, I because the proud Aunt (again) of a 7.3lb 20'' baby girl!!

As I was in the delivery room for her older sister's birth (now 1 1/2 years old), I of course was there to coach my sister-in-law along with her husband for this second blessing (and to be the family photographer) It was just as emotional, incredible, bizarre, weird, and oh so fulfilling, thing this time around as well. :D

I love this little girl along with her 1 1/2 year old niece. Beaming from ear to ear.

I see ya'll have been busy as usually chattering away. Exotic food conversations... not my forte.. LOL keep to the safe stuff for me.. except for sushi and alligator! :)

Well all, just felt like sharing, looking forward to seeing you all soon.... Days are getting closer and closer!!!

Take care,
Valerie
Congratulations to everyone, I remember so well the births of my children and what it was like to witness it both times. I think the way you described it is just how I felt about it myself. Those are events that you never forget. Enjoy these moments, They are the precious memories of the future.

emcee207
August 6th, 2011, 07:31 AM
Actually,

I just read that on sea days, it's $149 and $99 on port days...........LOL And don't forget for an extra charge you can have them bring you a picnic basket and drinks...........LOL

We wouldn't sit in those all day even if they were free..............

Patty

I agree, and the seats/lounges don't even look that comfortable. We sit at the comfortable seats by the Sunset Bar right around the corner for free! (well actually not free but you know what I mean!):D

With the increase in the specialty restaurants I am now even more happy we booked AQ and can dine in Blu.

pamkev
August 6th, 2011, 07:42 AM
A little off topic, but I thought I'd share with my *new* friends!

Today at 4:40, I because the proud Aunt (again) of a 7.3lb 20'' baby girl!!

As I was in the delivery room for her older sister's birth (now 1 1/2 years old), I of course was there to coach my sister-in-law along with her husband for this second blessing (and to be the family photographer) It was just as emotional, incredible, bizarre, weird, and oh so fulfilling, thing this time around as well. :D

I love this little girl along with her 1 1/2 year old niece. Beaming from ear to ear.

I see ya'll have been busy as usually chattering away. Exotic food conversations... not my forte.. LOL keep to the safe stuff for me.. except for sushi and alligator! :)

Well all, just felt like sharing, looking forward to seeing you all soon.... Days are getting closer and closer!!!

Take care,
Valerie

Wonderful News! Spoil her to your hearts contend:)

emcee207
August 6th, 2011, 07:55 AM
Um Howard,

Don't know if you noticed but there is only about 46 more posts until 4,000. Just wanted to give you a "heads up";)

Luigi

mjwcruising
August 6th, 2011, 08:30 AM
A little off topic, but I thought I'd share with my *new* friends!

Today at 4:40, I because the proud Aunt (again) of a 7.3lb 20'' baby girl!!

As I was in the delivery room for her older sister's birth (now 1 1/2 years old), I of course was there to coach my sister-in-law along with her husband for this second blessing (and to be the family photographer) It was just as emotional, incredible, bizarre, weird, and oh so fulfilling, thing this time around as well. :D

I love this little girl along with her 1 1/2 year old niece. Beaming from ear to ear.

I see ya'll have been busy as usually chattering away. Exotic food conversations... not my forte.. LOL keep to the safe stuff for me.. except for sushi and alligator! :)

Well all, just felt like sharing, looking forward to seeing you all soon.... Days are getting closer and closer!!!

Take care,
Valerie

Congratulations, she is adorable. Big Sister looks quite pleased in that one picture:)

RodPat
August 6th, 2011, 08:42 AM
A little off topic, but I thought I'd share with my *new* friends!

Today at 4:40, I because the proud Aunt (again) of a 7.3lb 20'' baby girl!!

As I was in the delivery room for her older sister's birth (now 1 1/2 years old), I of course was there to coach my sister-in-law along with her husband for this second blessing (and to be the family photographer) It was just as emotional, incredible, bizarre, weird, and oh so fulfilling, thing this time around as well. :D

I love this little girl along with her 1 1/2 year old niece. Beaming from ear to ear.

I see ya'll have been busy as usually chattering away. Exotic food conversations... not my forte.. LOL keep to the safe stuff for me.. except for sushi and alligator! :)

Well all, just felt like sharing, looking forward to seeing you all soon.... Days are getting closer and closer!!!

Take care,
Valerie

Congrats on being an aunt one more time. I remember when I had my daughter. Right after she was born I started to cry. The doctor asked me why and all I could say is "I made a baby" Dumb I know but the miracle of birth is so amazing. Nice pics.

Pat

RodPat
August 6th, 2011, 08:45 AM
Howard, I don't ever remember sailing at 4 pm but I don't remember much anymore so I am not sure. Usually the ship sails at 5pm.

Pat

beachbuddy
August 6th, 2011, 08:49 AM
Valerie,
Congratulations on your new niece. Wow, that had to be amazing to be there for her birth! God Bless her!

Pat,
Great pictures. I don't know if the Silly Wet is as high as the Explorer, but as many times that we've sailed under that bridge on the Explorer, it's exciting each time. I see Tony in the photo of Kim and Alex.........he's to the left with the hat on........LOL I do remember that November day so well..........I had tons of beads on to give away...........LOL When I said it was windy, I think I was thinking of our March St. Patty's 12 nighter but you weren't on that one with us..........I do remember it being very cold and windy that March. We stayed outside for a little while and then went up to the CL which was in the card room on the port side with the large windows so watched us go under the bridge from there.....but it wasn't as exciting.

I'm sure some all inclusives are great but the one we went to was the same entertainment every night.......very boring. I think if we had gone with friends it would have been more fun. We found some of the people there really weird if you know what I mean so we made friends with a young newlywed couple from Philly and sat with them at a bar every night..........LOL
LOL........they also had a flea market (craft show) one night........LOL

How did you guys do in A.C.?

Alex, I'm curious to see if anyone rents them as well.



Patty

beachbuddy
August 6th, 2011, 09:55 AM
Hi Linda,

This is our 1st Cruise on X. We have cruise many times with RC and we enjoyed eating at the speciality restaurants, my husband is a chef and he loves to taste many dishes from the speciality restaurants. We also don't do ship excursions, we have visited many of these ports on previous cruises. We do not spend too much on alcohol nor shopping so we enjoy eating in these restaurants.
I have not be able to find these wine and restaurants packages, does anyone know where yo fine the wine and restaurants packages?

I know I saw the specialty restaurant package somewhere but I just tried to look for it on the Celebrity site and can't find it anywhere. I do remember when I did see it that I thought it was a pretty good deal.......... If anyone finds it, please post here where it's at, I'd actually like to take another look at it.

Patty

RodPat
August 6th, 2011, 10:49 AM
Valerie,
Congratulations on your new niece. Wow, that had to be amazing to be there for her birth! God Bless her!

Pat,
Great pictures. I don't know if the Silly Wet is as high as the Explorer, but as many times that we've sailed under that bridge on the Explorer, it's exciting each time. I see Tony in the photo of Kim and Alex.........he's to the left with the hat on........LOL I do remember that November day so well..........I had tons of beads on to give away...........LOL When I said it was windy, I think I was thinking of our March St. Patty's 12 nighter but you weren't on that one with us..........I do remember it being very cold and windy that March. We stayed outside for a little while and then went up to the CL which was in the card room on the port side with the large windows so watched us go under the bridge from there.....but it wasn't as exciting.

I'm sure some all inclusives are great but the one we went to was the same entertainment every night.......very boring. I think if we had gone with friends it would have been more fun. We found some of the people there really weird if you know what I mean so we made friends with a young newlywed couple from Philly and sat with them at a bar every night..........LOL
LOL........they also had a flea market (craft show) one night........LOL

How did you guys do in A.C.?

Alex, I'm curious to see if anyone rents them as well.



Patty

AC was great. The Taj machines seemed to be working again. Yesterday before we came home we stopped at Borgata. Big mistake, lost most of our money there. Came home with some of our money so that was good. Had a great dinner with friends at Carmines and of course ate too much.

I agree with you all on those alcoves. Seems like a silly idea to me. I can never imagine sitting in one place all day, and have to pay for that priviledge seems insane.

Pat

hac82
August 6th, 2011, 10:49 AM
Howard, I don't ever remember sailing at 4 pm but I don't remember much anymore so I am not sure. Usually the ship sails at 5pm.

Pat
You are right. Most of the time it is 5:00. There was one cruise and I do not remember which one it was (see, you are in good company) where we did sail at 4:00.

RodPat
August 6th, 2011, 10:56 AM
You are right. Most of the time it is 5:00. There was one cruise and I do not remember which one it was (see, you are in good company) where we did sail at 4:00.

Howard, we have been on so many cruises and always get on early so whenever they sailaway is always fine with me. Just means that the cruise has started.:D

Pat

hac82
August 6th, 2011, 11:09 AM
Howard, we have been on so many cruises and always get on early so whenever they sailaway is always fine with me. Just means that the cruise has started.:D

Pat
I cannot agree more.

2SeaWithMe
August 6th, 2011, 11:19 AM
Congratulations, Valerie!! :)

DPNBP
August 6th, 2011, 12:10 PM
Congratulations to all! Welcome to the world, new baby girl!
Great pictures! What is her name? Or did I miss you posting it?
Dianne
A little off topic, but I thought I'd share with my *new* friends!

Today at 4:40, I because the proud Aunt (again) of a 7.3lb 20'' baby girl!!

As I was in the delivery room for her older sister's birth (now 1 1/2 years old), I of course was there to coach my sister-in-law along with her husband for this second blessing (and to be the family photographer) It was just as emotional, incredible, bizarre, weird, and oh so fulfilling, thing this time around as well. :D

I love this little girl along with her 1 1/2 year old niece. Beaming from ear to ear.

I see ya'll have been busy as usually chattering away. Exotic food conversations... not my forte.. LOL keep to the safe stuff for me.. except for sushi and alligator! :)

Well all, just felt like sharing, looking forward to seeing you all soon.... Days are getting closer and closer!!!

Take care,
Valerie

emcee207
August 6th, 2011, 01:02 PM
Howard, only 33 more posts!!! I know you are lurking out there............hiding until you come out at the last minute for..............................post 4000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;););)

Imagolfnut
August 6th, 2011, 01:09 PM
Hello everyone -

Valerie congratulations on becoming an aunt again; the pictures are adorable. Big sister is so cute and looks mesmerized, but once baby sis gets home, she may want to "return her." I remember bringing my second son home; big brother took some time to adjust! :)

Sailing under the Verazzano is always awesome!! It always looks like the ship is never going to fit under it!!

Not much happening in Ulster Park today; just spent 2 hours watering and weeding and didn't make a dent!! :eek: With all the rain this year, the weeds have just gotten out of hand and I think they're gonna win out this year!! Gonna spend the rest of the day chillin' out and watching Tiger try to make a comeback!

Still trying to decide who to get travel insurance through. Trying to find one that may be a little more reasonable than the company our TA sent the forms for. Any suggestions??
Marge

2SeaWithMe
August 6th, 2011, 01:26 PM
We went through travelguard to get the pre-existing condition coverage. I think it was less than $200, possibly in the $150 range.

emcee207
August 6th, 2011, 02:30 PM
30 to go.............I know Howard is out there just waiting to pounce!!!!!:D

emcee207
August 6th, 2011, 02:32 PM
now 29.......................................:eek:

emcee207
August 6th, 2011, 02:33 PM
28........I hate the Yankees!!!

C'mon flame me you Jerseyites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D

RodPat
August 6th, 2011, 03:21 PM
Hello everyone -

Valerie congratulations on becoming an aunt again; the pictures are adorable. Big sister is so cute and looks mesmerized, but once baby sis gets home, she may want to "return her." I remember bringing my second son home; big brother took some time to adjust! :)

Sailing under the Verazzano is always awesome!! It always looks like the ship is never going to fit under it!!

Not much happening in Ulster Park today; just spent 2 hours watering and weeding and didn't make a dent!! :eek: With all the rain this year, the weeds have just gotten out of hand and I think they're gonna win out this year!! Gonna spend the rest of the day chillin' out and watching Tiger try to make a comeback!

Still trying to decide who to get travel insurance through. Trying to find one that may be a little more reasonable than the company our TA sent the forms for. Any suggestions??
Marge

Marge, When you want to compare insurance go to www.insuremytrip.com They are questions to answer like how much is your trip, how much medical coverage you want. Answer the questions and then alot of insurance will come up and then you can compare. They quote travel guard there also. You can either buy it from the internet through the insuance company you choose, or you can call the insurance company direct on the phone to answer any questions you may have. We have a travel policy with American Express. It covers us anywhere in the world as long as we are 150 miles from home. It covers medical, evacuation and will even fly loved ones to where you are in the hospital. We pay a yearly charge for this. We only get insurance to cover if we cannot go on the trip or miss the ship. We travel so much it is much cheaper for us to do it this way.

Pat

2SeaWithMe
August 6th, 2011, 04:04 PM
SO much outside work to do...and it's raining!

25 posts!

pamkev
August 6th, 2011, 04:22 PM
Marge, When you want to compare insurance go to www.insuremytrip.com (http://www.insuremytrip.com) They are questions to answer like how much is your trip, how much medical coverage you want. Answer the questions and then alot of insurance will come up and then you can compare. They quote travel guard there also. You can either buy it from the internet through the insuance company you choose, or you can call the insurance company direct on the phone to answer any questions you may have. We have a travel policy with American Express. It covers us anywhere in the world as long as we are 150 miles from home. It covers medical, evacuation and will even fly loved ones to where you are in the hospital. We pay a yearly charge for this. We only get insurance to cover if we cannot go on the trip or miss the ship. We travel so much it is much cheaper for us to do it this way.

Pat

Congrats on making 5,000 post I'm still trying to get there:D

pamkev
August 6th, 2011, 04:24 PM
SO much outside work to do...and it's raining!

25 posts!

Only 4,000 more to catch up with Pat:)

island couple
August 6th, 2011, 05:15 PM
Hi Marge,
We didn't know where to get travel insurance, we usually book our trip with a travel agent. This cruise we booked last year on Exployer, I called AAA and they suggested Access America. I think we used them before. I called and they were very helpful and answered many questions I had. Purchased our insurance on the phone and received our confirmation the same day. Our insurance was under $ 200.00.


Jane

RodPat
August 6th, 2011, 05:45 PM
Only 4,000 more to catch up with Pat:)

Pam, They are talking about the 4000 post on this thread.:D I don't think 5000 posts in 10 years is alot.:D

Pat

pamkev
August 6th, 2011, 08:19 PM
Happy Birthday Miss Pat!!!!!!:):):)

pamkev
August 6th, 2011, 08:22 PM
Only 4,000 more to catch up with Pat:)

What I should have said they reached 1000 post only 4000 more to catch up with you:D

hac82
August 6th, 2011, 09:20 PM
Howard, only 33 more posts!!! I know you are lurking out there............hiding until you come out at the last minute for..............................post 4000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;););)
I will let someone else have that one. I was just excited for reaching my 5,000 before.

Host Corkey
August 6th, 2011, 10:21 PM
Valerie: Soooo cute!! both sisters are adorable!! enjoy them, they grow so fast.

Posting points?!! Ha!ha! we won't get into that with me - Patty, Dee, Kim, Mimi, Pat all know that I LOVE those points - of course they won't get me a free cruise! now I can't wait to hit the big 20,000!! well, I am such a blah blah Mouth!

I think last Mar o9 going under the Verr. bridge, it started to drizzle - I took pics but Narce wasn't out there with me - he didn't want to get wet - last May '10 going under the Golden Gate Br in SF on our way to Alaska, it started to rain too - so is it ME?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR DEAR PAT!! AND MANY MORE! Love you and can't wait to see you again - mucho Hugs from me and HIm...

carol

RodPat
August 6th, 2011, 11:27 PM
Valerie: Soooo cute!! both sisters are adorable!! enjoy them, they grow so fast.

Posting points?!! Ha!ha! we won't get into that with me - Patty, Dee, Kim, Mimi, Pat all know that I LOVE those points - of course they won't get me a free cruise! now I can't wait to hit the big 20,000!! well, I am such a blah blah Mouth!

I think last Mar o9 going under the Verr. bridge, it started to drizzle - I took pics but Narce wasn't out there with me - he didn't want to get wet - last May '10 going under the Golden Gate Br in SF on our way to Alaska, it started to rain too - so is it ME?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR DEAR PAT!! AND MANY MORE! Love you and can't wait to see you again - mucho Hugs from me and HIm...

carol

Thanks for the birthday wishes. I can't wait to get all those hugs in person. This ship is going to be wonderful for our men. Narce can get a beer and Rod can get a cognac at Michaels Club. We should be spending alot of time there after dinner and the show. Carol, we are thinking only nice weather for sailaway. No rain please.:mad: Love you guys and give HIM a big kiss for me.

Pat

beachlovergirl
August 7th, 2011, 12:06 AM
Happy Birthday Pat! Hope you had a perfect day !!!
:)
Dee & John

Slessenb
August 7th, 2011, 02:08 AM
Pat,

A very Happy Birthday to you!!! I will buy that very special drink on board! I know we both enjoyed a few glasses of Red Wine! You will only have to wait another 102 days. LOL!

Love and hugs

Sue and Jim

myjillian
August 7th, 2011, 06:42 AM
[quote=Cruisemate1974;30074217]A little off topic, but I thought I'd share with my *new* friends!

Today at 4:40, I because the proud Aunt (again) of a 7.3lb 20'' baby girl!!

As I was in the delivery room for her older sister's birth (now 1 1/2 years old), I of course was there to coach my sister-in-law along with her husband for this second blessing (and to be the family photographer) It was just as emotional, incredible, bizarre, weird, and oh so fulfilling, thing this time around as well. :D

I love this little girl along with her 1 1/2 year old niece. Beaming from ear to ear.

I see ya'll have been busy as usually chattering away. Exotic food conversations... not my forte.. LOL keep to the safe stuff for me.. except for sushi and alligator! :)

Well all, just felt like sharing, looking forward to seeing you all soon.... Days are getting closer and closer!!!

Take care,
Valerie[/quoteCONGRATS ! IT"S A BEAUTIFUL GIRL>>WHAT AN EXPERIENCE !

myjillian
August 7th, 2011, 06:50 AM
If anyone wants a chill up their spine go to the Cunnard web site...Look at their video of the ship leaving port. It's at nite, going under the bridge, by the statue...with background music....If your a real cruiser or a first timer even, it inspires awe !!!:cool:

atog254
August 7th, 2011, 07:19 AM
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atog254
August 7th, 2011, 07:23 AM
Oops! Did not upload correctly!

Steve

hac82
August 7th, 2011, 08:33 AM
Pat, one more time to wish you a Happy Birthday. Hope you had a great day

emcee207
August 7th, 2011, 08:50 AM
I will let someone else have that one. I was just excited for reaching my 5,000 before.


LOL, I didn't even notice that! And only 35 posts earlier!!!
Well, we are 1 and 1 with the evil empire, let's see what today brings:D
Can't beleive I haven't been roasted yet;)

hac82
August 7th, 2011, 08:53 AM
There have been a couple of new additions to the photo gallery. If you have your link, head on over to check them out.

beachbuddy
August 7th, 2011, 10:04 AM
Pat,

Happy Birthday...........know you had a great time in A.C. :D

Sue,

WOOHOOOO, only 102 days left???? I think time is going to fly by now! I better get my passport picture taken this week because I believe it expires right before or during our cruise! I better get a move on!!

Patty

mvdude111
August 7th, 2011, 10:28 AM
So excited about the upcoming November 18th Silhouette cruise...my partner and I will be in AQ class. Anyone else going?

Kevin and Ed:)

mjwcruising
August 7th, 2011, 11:01 AM
The sun is shining!!! :)

2SeaWithMe
August 7th, 2011, 11:56 AM
I was popping about checking prices and looking at cabin availability, there are some c2's free that have large balconies one up from the aft balconies on deck 9 and deck 11 or 12. They basically are corner balconies and look to be about twice the size. Just putting it out there if that is your category and you don't mind a longer walk but a bigger balcony.

mjwcruising
August 7th, 2011, 12:06 PM
soo much for the sun....it's raining again:(

hac82
August 7th, 2011, 12:07 PM
Not here. It is cloudy and pouring here.

mjwcruising
August 7th, 2011, 12:20 PM
Has anyone here thought about going to St Petersburg, Russia? It is supposed to be a great place to see.

I am booked on a cruise for 6-23-12. The itinerary is Southampton, England, Bruges,(Zeebrugge),Belgium, Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany, Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tallinn, Estonia, Copenhagen, Denmark, Southampton, England.

The roll call for that cruise is way too slow. You guys should book it, join the roll call and make it chatty. Think about it; we would have lots more to chat about.:eek: