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About E@syPe@zy

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  1. Good Grief, how stunning was Taormina!?! Everything was so vivid and colorful! I was half way through your photos, when I knew I had to zoom in on them and look at every detail. In the shops and outside of the shops, every little inch of space is packed with the shop owners goodies. And they all looked amazing!! Right before you mentioned the need to buy shopping bags, I was thinking I would have to bring a wheeled carry-on suitcase to be able to handle all the things that I would want to bring back with me! The ceramics were incredible. And I can only imagine the food items that I would have to buy! What an incredible day you all had! I think when you travel, you add another layer to your heart and soul, kind of like the life rings of a tree. It changes you in a way that others may not see, but you know it and it becomes a part of you. Thank you so much Nicole! I can feel myself slipping off of that fence that I've been sitting on, trying to decide where my next cruise will take me. I'm pretty sure the Mediterranean will have to be and I will have to work towards that becoming a reality. I'm not young in body anymore and will have to work around some physical limitations, but I'm sure it will be more than worth it!!
  2. I think this is the first time I've read a trip report where I'm riveted to the shore excursions. When it's time for you to head back to the ship, I'm like...no, not yet! I want to see more of the port through your eyes and words. I guess I need to plan a cruise to the Mediterranean. I do worry about being exhausted with such an intensive port schedule. I guess you just do what you can and understand that you can't possibly see it all. I've always thought of cruising as "sampling" the ports. You just get a small bite to try...not a full meal!?! Thanks for truly taking us along with you on this wonderful journey.
  3. OMG...what gorgeous pics!! You really do have a talent for photography! I am so amazed at how beautiful everything is. It makes me wonder what it would be like to live there!?! I am so loving your trip report....can't get enough of it! Thank You!!
  4. Cozumel is an amazing island, but you need to move past the tourist gift shops, unless you are looking for vanilla extract or even prescription medications that do not require a prescription. Even then I would go to the Mega Mart to get those items. Cozumel has some of the best diving and snorkeling available in all of the islands. Before it was a cruise destination, it was a divers paradise. The best way to enjoy Cozumel is to rent a car for the day and make a circle of the island. The East side of the island is an amazing destination. There are restaurants that sit on the edge of the ocean with spectacular views and delicious food and drinks. You can visit Punta Sur, the ecological park and spend several hours there. I have spent several vacations on Cozumel and consider it one of my best vacations I have ever had. Once you get out of the tourist zone, you will find the prices are much more reasonable and the local people warm and kind. I have never felt unsafe and I am careful and pay attention to my surroundings. I would never stay on the boat in Cozumel. There is too much to do in just one day.
  5. I just found your review and loving it! It's been years since I've been on NCL, but who knows, it might just be a nice change. I'm hoping you will provide a little more information about your camera and snorkel gear that became "lost"!?! That doesn't sound like a good ending to your time in Barbados. I'm also interested in finding out why your DW hated Antigua. The two times I've been, I found it a drop dead gorgeous island and the taxi drivers were excellent. In the Caribbean, we very seldom do tours and just grab a cab and head out on our own. I'll have to remember to take the Barbados taxi situation in mind. Thanks so very much for taking the time and work to do this trip report! I'll be following along and looking forward to more.
  6. Nicole, you are quite the talented writer. Of course your subject matter is pretty spectacular too! I think I actually got a sweet whiff of the orange and lemon trees! I too love going in local grocery stores wherever I travel. I always find the most unique items. Bravo on a fabulous trip report! Can't wait for more.
  7. I have no idea why you would want to sit on a bus for half a day while in Aruba. The beaches ares stunning. Eagle beach is in the "low rise" area and Palm Beach is in the "high rise" area. Palm Beach has more restaurants than Eagle Beach and is more touristy. Eagle Beach is my preference and we just catch the bus. Too far from the port to walk, unless you just want to do that. It's hot in Aruba. However, you don't realize it due to the constant trade winds blowing. You do have to use sunscreen and protect yourself or you will end up with a searing sunburn. Aruba is a beautiful island with a healthy economy and very easy to use public transportation. If you think that you will be more comfortable with a tour, then check out Trip Advisor and see what tours are the most popular and the highest rated. You will be fine going on a private, non-ship sponsored tour if you stay with the highest rated private tours. Enjoy your time in Aruba and your cruise!
  8. Really enjoying your review. I had no idea Blue Bell Ice Cream was not available all over the country. It's nice to hear that Carnival went up and above on the FTTF refund. Thanks for doing this review....looking forward to the rest of it!
  9. Thanks for posting this. I think I have some Delta Sky miles left over and this might be a good way to use them up.
  10. I love the Hilton Riverside. If you can get a room overlooking the river, you can watch the cruise boats and other river traffic. I dream about the grilled oysters at Drago's. Their other selections are delicious also. With the mall attached to the Hilton Riverside, there is a Cafe DuMonde location easily accessed. It is a great central location putting you close to the cruise port and to the French Quarters. I always have to have a bloody mary and a muffaleta when I go to New Orleans. But, the food in NO is so spectacular, it's hard to go wrong. It's my favorite port to catch a cruise. So much to see, do, and eat!!
  11. Well said Towel Critter! You are spot on!
  12. What I said was that if you are concerned about "your" carbon foot print, then choosing a cruise for a vacation is a poor choice. There are other vacations that are much more eco friendly. "You" have to make the choice that you think is most important to you. Let's face it, the amount of food waste both in preparation, storage, and serving is probably the single largest factor in attributing to a larger carbon foot print. Maybe we should bring our own eating utensils and plates and take them back to our stateroom and wash them ourselves. :rolleyes: And have a rule that you have to eat whatever is on your plate before you can get anything else to eat. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
  13. That's amazing! How did you know that?? I looked up the Harbor Linen and I think that is exactly right. I knew they were not down pillows, but they felt a lot like a feather pillow without the weight or clumping. They are really not bad pillows at all. But I do bring my sleep number pillow with me. It's nice, because I can let the air out and get it pretty flat for traveling. To the OP....bring your own....that way you know you will get a good night's sleep without waking up in horrible pain the next morning. You'll kick yourself if you don't bring it and wish you had.
  14. If you want to vacation and leave a smaller carbon footprint, may I suggest that you forgo cruising and do some eco backwoods camping. I did the whole back pack camping and hiking when I was younger and 100 times more mobile. And I enjoyed it very much! So you can thank me for taking the low carbon footprint vacations for many years, but now I like to be a little pampered. And I'm not asking for anything extra that is not offered. Just please don't try to guilt me into cleaning my own stateroom, making my own bed, and trying to dry off with damp towels. I've been taking care of my family and home for over 40 years in a frugal and conservative manner. I think a week or two a year of someone else taking over those duties is not to much to ask. Particularly when those services are offered. If that's what you want to do, then fine, but nobody is asking you to do that. Just do it without the campaign that everyone else should do it.
  15. I have never stayed at a hotel or resort that didn't service my room daily. I would have a problem with that. I don't go on vacation to make my own bed and dry off with damp towels. I'm sorry, but if you think your hotel is doing away with these services to lower the carbon footprint, you're extremely naive. They do it to lower their operating costs, plain and simple. I am very considerate of anyone cleaning my room and keep everything organized and tidy. I do not do anything to create more work for my room steward. But I'm not going to do their job for them either. And they will receive a tip over and above the prepaid gratuities. They will also be treated with respect and kindness.
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