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What a sweetie Jared is, Pam. Lucky you to have the boys so close by.
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One of my favorite pics leaving Rio at sunset.
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Well, both Jared and the penguin are adorable!! Thanks, Sandi. Now that you know how to post photos, feel free to share more -- I'd love to see more of what I missed!

ADD: GORGEOUS Sunset!!! Wow.

Barb, good to hear about the salad bar. I'm a fool for big salad bars at lunch time. I can just picture those messy bottles, though -- the dining hall here on campus uses something like that, and every time I go to lunch there to get a salad, I feel like I need to take a bath afterwards, just from having touched them!

Okay, well, since you asked (and these are such picayune things that you'll roll your eyes):
1. Princess really does have captains who speak the Queen's English: I can think of six off the top of my head. In fact, so far, I've only sailed with one captain who was Italian (Marco Fortezze) and he wasn't too hard to understand. Very sexy accent, actually! However, I feel your frustration with those who don't speak intelligibly.

2. I don't feel like Princess really monitors pool towels to quite the extent of hounding people. I've often left mine in the bin for dirty ones by the pool and never had Stewart bat an eye about them not being in my cabin. And I like to use two just for me, so I'm often asking him for extras (a set for morning; a set for afternoon) and he's gladly given them (or I swipe them off his cart if he's not around). I do recall NCL as being a little anal-retentive about towels when I sailed with them -- maybe that's who you're remembering?

3. While Princess does ask you to put the bulk of your bags out by dinner, you can still leave bags out until about 2am. I think they just ask for dinnertime to space out the workfor the guys doing it. I've always put my case out around midnight with no problems.

Okay, so they're picky things. But, like I said, your comparisons will make the HAL loyalists feel superior and there's nothing wrong with a little blind loyalty!

I have to say, I really like the looks of HAL's dining rooms (I've been looking at their public room photos on their website) -- the two-story rooms are very grand, aren't they? Too bad Princess missed the boat [heh, heh] on that on the new ship.

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Sandi, you may not know what you are doing (from the looks of it you do... lol), but you did a GREAT job!! Both pictures are wonderful. That penguin was adorable!!!!
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Thanks Pam, but I forget how to do that so easily I would have to have your instructions in front of me at all times.

Eileen, what a great trip you have planned! When do you arrive in Ft. Lauderdale? Looks like three cruises, E. Caribbean, the transatlantic, then the Greek Isles. If you're going to fly someplace why not take as many cruises as possible? You'll like Madeira. I saw it in the spring and the purple jacaranda trees were stunning. I was just looking at pics of Madeira yesterday when I uploaded my 2008 Med cruise photos to Shutterfly to work on a long overdue photo book.

DH and I are doing a transatlantic ending in Rome on the Crown April 28-May 12. So we'll be roaming around Europe a short time after you. We'll be in Barcelona, Florence and Rome 3 days after you.

Hope you have a fabulous time!
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Sandi is right Eileen, your itinerary looks wonderful!!! (Your Monte Carlo day is the day I get to Maui )

Have a great time!!!!
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We like the itinerary too! LOL

Sandi.... We are doing Madiera with Tom and Mary. Tom does tour guides as a hobby.. you might have heard of "Tom's Port Guides"? They are free and are very good if you are touring the Med.

http://www.**************.com/portguides.html

Ok.... can't put link up.... just google Tom's Port Guides!
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Thanks, Eileen! Easter just happens to be my birthday this year. Another year older, but I guess I'll take it. What's the alternative? LOL!

Our Star cruise director, Sammi Baker had a funny saying which we have adopted.

"Cover the earth before the earth covers you"

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Sandi, I may have to adopt that saying also!!! I love it!!!

By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

We have a busy weekend ahead of us. One of the boys I grew up with is driving thru Memphis tomorrow, so we are going to meet up to say our hellos and meet each others spouses!! Jess has school tomorrow also (she is a Junior now.. wow). Sunday we will be heading down to get the boys and then over to Greg's Mom's house to visit, eat and let the boys hunt Easter Eggs!! Should be fun!!

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Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and Happy Cruising!!
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Although rather late, HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!

And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDI!

I've been up in Raleigh all week with no internet. Got back down here Friday night and will be heading back up on Tuesay morning. At the moment I'm longing to sleep in my own bed for more than just a couple of days. Oh well this too will pass.

Eileen if I don't get home in time an early Bon Voyage to You! Your trip looks marvelous.

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Thanks, Barb for the wishes. Is everything okay up in Raleigh? Hope all is well.

My daughter in Cincinnati is thinking of selling her house and building a new one. Mama Mia! What a mess that will be! Her house is stuffed with four kids and all their "stuff". Will keep you posted.

Talked with the kids and six grandkids yesterday. In fact my 14 year old grandson called from his cell phone to wish "mimi" a happy birthday, then I got to talk to his younger sister. Then little Austin called a short time later after his book reading time before bed. When I told him we didn't make me a cake, he said I should go to the store to buy one! Austin loves cake! He also said I should come up to his house to visit. Then he put his other sister on who was showering when the other kids called earlier. Lots of fun talking with them all.
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To anyone who has done an Alaskan cruise, I need help.

We are trying to decide which cruise to take. Here are my options:

Star Princess - Inside passage with Glacier Bay - $1399pp

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Golden Princess - Inside passage with Tracy Arm Fjord - $1199pp


If you have taken one or the other or both, can you recommend which one to take... please.

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Pam the Inside passage with Tracy Arm Fjord is the one I took my Mom and Sister on several years ago. Sailing Tracy Arm we got very very close to a simply spectacular glacier and also got to see a good deal of wild life. The Inside passage with Glacier Bay appears to be almost identical with the exception of Tracy Arm vice Glacier Bay. Unless someone tells you the Glacier Bay is that much better I'd save the money and do Tracy Arm. When are you planning on doing this trip?

Sandi, aren't grandkids just wonderful! Well I wish I could say that all is well in Raleigh but just isn't so. Daughter and SIL have decided that after 18 years they are ending their marriage. We've known since Thanksgiving and the last few months have been spent attempting to sell their house and find separate residences. Pam found a house to rent and moved in weekend before last. I spent my time up there unpacking, cleaning and handling appliance deliveries. Pam, grandkids and I came back down here for Easter and to rest (yea sure!). Pam and oldest grandson just left as they have school tomorrow and the two younger ones are still here. We'll drive back up on Wednesday so I can finish cleaning (if that's even possible) and for another delivery on Thursday. Hopefully I'll be heading back here on Saturday and will finally get to sleep in my own bed for an extended period of time. The grandkids are holding up very well under the circumstances. If there is one thing Pam & SIL agree upon it is the well being of the kids and therefor have managed to remain very civil on that subject and very corporative with regards to who has kids when. We'll just have to hope that it continues and that my SIL's drinking (yep, that's the basis of the problem) doesn't get in the way. Pam will protect her kids like the meanest Mama Bear alive and will not tolerate putting them in harms way.

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I posted on the Princess board and got an almost unanimous vote to cruise Glacier Bay. LOL

Barb, after 20 years of marriage, I ended my marriage due to alcohol. Honestly, it was the best thing I could have done. I should have done it sooner. During our divorce, we had to attend "therapy" since we had kids. I took what I learned to heart. No matter what my feelings were towards my ex husband, he would always be their father. I have never, to this day, spoke ill of the man. I never stood in the way of my kids seeing him. If they wanted to see him, all they had to do was pick up the phone.

But its funny how things work out. Neither one of my kids has a relationship with him now due to his drinking. His current wife drinks also, so they just enable each other. It's all very sad. He will never get to know or have a relationship with our wonderful grandsons. He's missing out on so much, due to his addiction.

Your grandkids are in my thoughts and prayers. Even though this may be tough, they have a good, strong mother (and grandmother) and they will be just fine!!
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