Posted December 29th, 2013, 10:34 PM
There are actually 5 of them in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I vividly remember visiting them in school and being captivated by them. It is the largest collection of eggs outside of Russia!
Mitsugirly, I doubt you would have seen them on other ships, as it would fit with the Tsar them of the dining room on the Jewel. They were created for the Tsars to give to their wives and mothers as Easter gifts.
Since the Pearl is the sister ship, The Summer Palace had them too (since they have the Tsar's theme as well). I did look at my pictures and found one in the picture, but just never noticed them.
I just mentioned your door lock issue with your room steward to my husband. He mentioned that our room steward would come and go from the balcony each time, because he would put our little table (the one that goes in front of the sofa) out on the balcony at night and bring it back in the next morning when the room was made up. I did not go back to see if you had a table, but could that be why your room steward would open the balcony door?
After Grand Cayman I believe, my husband wrote "Wash Me" on the balcony glass with his finger so we could find it when we were out in Cozumel. Unfortunately our room steward decided that it was the day to wash the glass, or he took the message seriously. My parents (different room steward) next door never got their glass washed.
Nope, that wouldn't be the issue. We had a table out on our balcony and also a table inside in front of the couch. He would move the table to the foot of our bed, making it a little harder to get around it. We just noticed the door was unlocked each night and each night he never cleaned. I believe he actually cleaned the balcony twice while we were on the cruise. There's more to come with this "unlocking of the balcony door" issue. Stay tuned.
I had thought about bringing something with us to put on the glass (like a Santa face or something) but forgot about it. I was afraid it would get blown away, but now that I know it wouldn't, I hate that I didn't. (We had a daily on the balcony and it never moved).
Did you room finally get cleaned? New glasses, and the trash emptied?
I have to say the room steward we had was terrible. The trash would get emptied at least once a day (inside the room), but just not every time. The glasses were not always replaced with clean or the dirty glasses we brought from the ship removed. The balcony was cleaned maybe twice during the entire week. It took them until mid day (some time after 2:30pm just to make up the room from the morning).
Thank you for the awesome review.
We are cruising on the Jewel in April and are really loking forward to it!
You are very welcome and hope you are enjoying it.
I am following.....hanging on every word (and PICTURE), hitting refresh refresh refresh late at night.
Last night, after the Polar Express, then an hour in the hot tub with the grand girls, Planma'am and I were in recliners in my living room, exhausted. I was reading your most recent posts aloud to her. I put her to sleep at about 2 a.m. and realized that I didn't have to read aloud any longer!
Keep the review coming!!!
LOL, you crack me up. I loveed the pictures of the Polar Express. Sakari would love something like that.
I just got done with our day in Grand Cayman and the pictures downloaded. I get to show us having a blast that day with our rum punch.
Loving every word and picture of your cruise. On our Pearl cruise in 12 the M&G organizer was given VIP status - we saw them for breakfast in Cagney's every morning. We were in a suite - second one in four NCL cruises. We were upgraded on our very first cruise and this last time we had my MIL with us and the suite ended up being cheaper for her than a solo inside on the same floor as us. We have not cruised in anything less than a balcony
Lucky you to be able to do balcony and up. I wish we could. The only reason we got to this time was because it was fairly cheap to upgrade. I wish it was that cheap every time.
Loving your review. I am finally caught up and can't wait to read more.
Thanks so much. A little more coming right up soon.
We left about half way through that show. Congrats for sticking it out.
Also our elf came along for the second time. "He" goes all out for some reason...hung Christmas lights one night, decorated our door one night, brought stockings one night to hang on the wall, and of course our elf has to bring a gift each night between Thanksgiving or whenever it is he arrives until Christmas. I think the gift's are overkill but "He" apparently doesn't...
LOL, trust me, it crossed my mind. Then this darn board popped up in my head. I remember being a part of a thread that was criticizing people who would get up at a show and leaving say it was rude. I don't necessarily agree. People leave for different reasons and have the right to. But I kept myself firming planted in the seat just in case. I'm just glad it got a little better toward the end.
I have always wanted to get an Elf on the Shelf, but never had time to do it. With Sakari getting older, I just didn't want to wait any longer. It has been quite the challenge with her because she is a night owl like us. We found that the cabin was even more of a challenge, but Trixie pulled it off. I will definitely have to come up with better things next time around.
I'm wondering if it was the lady we kept seeing all the time. There was a lady in a scooter we kept running into much to our dismay. She always had something ugly to say to everyone and was a seriously nasty individual to be around.
Sorry I did not meet you in person. We had to dash from the meet and greet. That was the one time we were able to drop Cole off at Kids Club and they called our phone asking us to come and get him. More on that if I ever figure out the picture posting thing to do my own review.
I did see you once in the picture gallery but I think I was a bit star shocked to say hi! It's like a celebrity sighting!!
I didn't run into anyone nasty in a wheelchair during the cruise. It was just the opposite for us. I remember one night there was 2 older gentlemen pulled into the elevator, face toward the back mirror, then we got on. They were cracking jokes and talking about how much they like sitting in front of the mirror talking to themselves because it was an intelligent conversation. They were cracking us up.
You're hilarious with the last comment. I completely started cracking up and my husband looked at me. I read what you said and he is cracking up.
I told him not to hate, he's only the husband of a celebrity.
Love your review...keep it coming! I love all the pictures and details!
As someone who has cruised Carnival and Royal ..I am tempted to book NCL from your review.
What is your fav NCL ship?
Which Carnival ship did you cruise? We have only tried the Dream this year and we loved it dispite what others said. I would book them again in a heart beat as long it's one of the bigger, newer ships. I also want to try Oasis or Allure.
As for my favorite ship, it still remains the Epic. I just love the bigger and newer ships. My second favorite is the Spirit and her Asian flare (even though she is a smaller ship). She is totally different from the rest of the fleet. I have a feeling that if I cruised Breakaway or Getaway, they would become my favorite. I like the water parks and slides. I love the outdoor sports area (like the Dream, Magic, Breeze...and now Breakaway and Getaway).
Remember this, Kim? haha
Oh my gosh Mike, you didn't just do that. LOL I remember those days well!
Thank you so much for all your wonderful pictures and detail in description of your cruise. We're on the Jan 19th cruise on the Jewel. You've given me so much to look for while on our cruise!
Awww, thanks so much. I hope you guys all have a wonderful cruise on that roll call. Thanks for taking the time to join me.