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  1. Final thoughts on our Equinox b2b

     

    Did we have a good time: Yes

    Did we want to go home: No

    Did we suffer from lack of food or beverage: No

    Will we sail X again: Yes

    Did entertainment in theatre deliver: Yes

    Did live music deliver: Yes

    Did our shore excursion deliver: Yes & No

     

    Equinox has delivered excellent service every time we have sailed on her. I don’t know what it is, but it’s just always amazing onboard🥂🥰

    This time was nothing different (and we hadn’t sailed on her for a good while, so we were a little bit nervous about it) 

     

    Did we feel any regret or post suite life depression since “downgrading” from a SS on Edge to balcony? NO

    Not in any ways. We didn’t feel a thing in any toes or fingertips! 

    Our suite experience on Edge was very underwhelming as I said in my final for Edge. (But back to EQ!) 

     

    Mr & I had a long conversation about EQ and this b2b. 

    It’s the first time in many years, even a bit before Covid started. That we felt the Celebrity “touch” we fell in love with in 2014 in MDR. (And I’m not talking about the food😜) The service was amazing and “private” just as it was before. Really really good! It was a bit WOW when we managed to place the finger on it. 

    (The menu revamped is a completely different discussion🧐) 

    But it was a “golden” moment and those golden moments have always arrived on EQ  for dining. 

    So a BIG thank you to Marites, Olaika, Diamond, Joana and Elyssa❤️ who made this amazing! 

     

    The crew in Al Bacio, Bianca senior barista has full control over the “gang”. 

    They are a great team and they know what I want🤭 

     

    Entertainment onboard was great, options for everyone and a good blend in the theatre 🎭 (we are biggest user of evening show, overlooking pool activities and viewing some other things from a distance😜) 

     

    We had a great time, no doubt! 

    Would we book EQ again? YES

    Did we enjoy the real balcony? YES

    Did we make a future cruise booking? NO

     

    So all-in-all a great holiday🥂🥳🙌🏻😎

     

    Plans in the future: 

    (I know you are waiting for this😜) 

     

    I can see myself on Infinity in near future…. 

    Not once or twice…..  but 3 times before Christmas 🎄😂😂😂🤭 (yes Captain Ioannis… you will see those hige heels 👠 walking in the staircase😜) 

     

    We & Millie will meet again for Christmas 🎄 (really looking forward for this🤩🎄❤️) 

     

    Then we will do a defrost tour on Infinity (yes it can be hit or miss weather wise) But it’s not a full winter in 🇬🇷 in march😜😎 Will be fun anyway and just having a good time❤️ 

     

    Easter 🐣 our ultimate get-away time is occupied😝 my father in-law is turning 70🥳🥳 So we need to go up north for the celebration (yes that means a full work week for me as a chef, housekeeping and designated driver🎉  (you see why I booked a holiday in march? ) 

     

    Then it starts to get interesting……..

    We are trying a new thing (aka cheating on X) 

    We have booked a NCL r/t cruise from Iceland 🇮🇸 to Greenland 🇬🇱 (yes you are reading correctly😅) on Norwegian Star 🌟  So I will celebrate my birthday onboard a cruise! 

    This is picked due to sailing route. Had X offered the same sailing, we would probably booked X 

    But we will go open minded and just have a good time🥰🥂  (what if we enjoy it? Then we suddenly have several more options to pick from🤩🤭🙌🏻 and I must confess, NCL has some itineraries that are very appealing to me) 

     

    Then it’s another “shocking” news 📰 

    You know how our AZ story has ended in the ditch…. We have really tried to sail them and everything has just turned into chaos and no cruise. All to blame on Covid AND Az themselves for redeployment of ships etc😩

    But here we are, I’m bringing an entourage of 60people on AZ😜🤩🥳 The Queen & friends from around is sailing with Pursuit on a 7-days Greek 🇬🇷 adventure from Athens. The Queen is turning round years🥳 Mr & The King is staying home😜

    I’m the tour leader for this event😎 So buckle up guys😅🇬🇷🥂  (option was X infinity…. But the “golden girls” wanted smaller ship and full pampering from start to finish🥰) 

    I will do a ships visit on AZ during the summer. 

    This will be a very fun one ☝🏿 

     

    Cheers for now! 

     

    Sea you in May🇬🇷🥂

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  2. @mahdnc @DaKahuna Really a thing that is on our list! 
     

    We have paid attention for years for the Panama 🇵🇦 transit. 
    It’s only twice a year and timing has not fitted with the schedule😝

    So it’s either make it work or consider a different brand🤭

    But we will be there for a transit! 
     

    It’s very tempting for Mr❤️😎 You see him on the balcony or top deck with binoculars in hand❤️😎😎😎🙌🏻️ 

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  3. It was straight back to reality this morning! 

    I said we had work to do before the renovation starts fully on our house🙈

     

    Yes, it’s full speed ahead for Monday morning when our workers arrive… 

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    To save money on the renovation and do as much as possible for the money available…. We need to do something by ourselves. (Yes the cash flow has a maximum amount🙈) 

    And I prefer to be able to go on a holiday (you know…. A ️ or 😅😎🤭) 

    So then it’s just to roll up the sleeves and get going on the demolition of the house. 

    So today we have taken out 50% of the old windows and put in “polski” windows until Monday when the new ones will be installed. 50% of all wooden panels are taken down and the garden shed are taken down. 

    So it’s going on track demolition wise🤗💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻

    Sunday the rest of the windows will be taken out and replaced by temporary plastic ones. 

    And the rest of the wooden panels will go down🙌🏻

    Jepp, I needed that warm climate to get in shape for demolition🫶🏻🙌🏻

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  4. The purring Mafia, aka Miss Marple & Hannah Hortensia was waiting for their mum🤩😍

     

    Only a tiny tiny problem….

    The queen drove us to the airport in our car. We gave her a set of keys to the house and the other set of keys was put in the key box outside of the door. So the Italian 🇮🇹 mafia could arrive as they wanted… 

    When Italy left the house after the Easter, the Queen entertained, cuddled and had a slumber party 🎉 together by Miss & Hannah.

     

    The plan was to be picked up by the Queen. But we all know… change of plans happen…..

    So on the train home I was a bit hmmm 🤔 do you have a key 🔑 in your backpack Mr? 

    Do I have a 🔑 ? 

    No

     

    Did the Queen drop off a key in the box when the plan changed🤔🤔🤔

    NO

     

    It was locked and empty box😝

     

    So I called the King 👑 

    Sorry to bother you, but can you please come here and lock us in? 

     

    The cats heard me and was crazy purring and talking to me thru the door and windows❤️❤️❤️🤪🤪🤪

     

    The King arrived after 45.minutes. It was 2 purring fluff desperately trying to give me a hug 🥰 and walk 8 around me🥰. 

     

    The fluff mafia was guarding me the entire night😂 Freeze, don’t move🤣🤣🤣❤️

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  5. We ended up in Lufthansa Lounge at LHR. 

    They are early open and have everything we needed for a little rest and freshen up. 

     

    Large selection of drinks, snacks and food. 

     

    We had a uneventful stay before it was time to go for our flight home to Oslo Norway 🇳🇴 

     

    Flight is SK804 SAS (home to Scandinavian service💙🇳🇴) 

    Flight is operated on a A320. 

    2 classes SAS Plus or SAS Go. 
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    We Are seated on SAS Go 18EF. 

    Flight was 85% full. No empty seat for us😜 ( I was hoping for the best😜) 

    Flight time 1h 55.minutes 

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    Bags are loaded, we saw them arrive and be loaded onto our aircraft. 

    And my AirTag said they were in same area as us🙌🏻 

     

    SALE 🚨Young adult 18-20ish For Sale🥴😳

    Just before take off, I was like what is this smell? It’s like old socks 🧦🥴

    Yep, a nasty smell of old socks…. 

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    Behind me was this “lovely” lady…. If my eyes could have burned her…. 👻 She would be on fire 🔥. She obviously didn’t see the problem🫠😵‍💫

    So the socks and foot continued to be on my armrest all the way to OSL🫡

     

    Coffee and tea for free in SAS Go. 

    Mr was sleeping all the way. I was off/on. 

    The seat “child” behind me was pushing and moving around. So it was just as having a little aggressive toddler behind me🫣🤭😳

     

    We landed ahead of time in OSL…. It has to be a catch🤭😝

     

    Yes, parking on domestic part of the airport and bus to non-Schengen for passport control 🛂 

    That takes time.. 

     

    Our bags were on the belt when we reached the arrival area. 

    Both made it to Oslo. (Not in 2 pieces) 

     

    So we needed to add a little detour to SAS arrival service for a pir report and a voucher for a new suitcase 🧳🤪

    Remember last Easter 🐣? Then one was damaged…. 

    Well, I got a new suitcase from the American Tourister from SAS. 

    This suitcase was on Edge in the autumn.. That’s when we discovered that the zipper was not working properly and could only be dragged in on direction, otherwise it would be opened automatically😳😖

    Well, my bag was wrapped in plastic and made it home safely. 

    It went straight into service/ guarantee by Samsonite service centre in Norway. 

    The zipper was changed to a new one and it was all good again….

     

    Then I had a visit to Svalbard last week of February. This time the pins for lockers were just broken/slammed into pieces😖😖😖

    Again, off to Samsonite Service Center for new pins to the lock and to take out the broken pins stuck into the lock🫥

     

    Third time charm right? 

    Game over😜🤣🤣🤣

     

    It’s a big hole crack crawling diagonal over  my suitcase 🧳…. Sorry, can’t fix it🤪🤪

     

    So again a new suitcase. 3 heavy duty trips, all ended in need for service🥸

    This was the Murphy edition😂 I took it for the team🥰🙌🏻

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  6. 55 minutes ago, abbydancer2003 said:

    Great review - thanks. 

     

    Maybe I'm missing something, but why didn't they just print a new one when, apparently, they had trouble finding them?  (I'm not convinced they don't do that).

     

    Our turnaround was Tuesday and and we got our old cards today.

     

    And so far, this cruise has been nothing like what people booked. We missed first port due to leaving Sydney 15 hours late, and now we're turning around due to a medical emergency.  2 of 6 gone, 3 of 7 if you count Maui replaced with early arrival into Honolulu.  Fun stuff.


    I’m so sorry! ❤️

    We have visited all of the ports that you loose as of now💔

     

    They are great in their own way. And both Vanuatu and Mystery Island is great for water adventures🤿

     

    as of reprint of cards, they are mega strict about this… So when we do our “job” correctly, Hand them in on turnaround, we assume they will have their job done

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  7. 5 minutes ago, upwarduk said:

    Obviously the airport has not been upgraded yet!🙈

    It was hoped that all UK airports would be upgraded by this summer, but that has been delayed.


    In LHR you can visually see that they are changing in the transit area of terminal 2. 
    On transit to MIA we had the old style, everything is out. 
     

    This morning we were able to use the new. All inside and very easily for everyone. 
     

    At OSL it’s still in blue when they will have the same opportunity… 

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  8. The United lounge was good. Crowded but it delivers good vibes and food. Several options for meal and drinks. 

    So a decent lounge area. 

     

    Our flight boarded on time. 

    We are flying a B777-200 from IAD to LHR. 
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    It’s Biz, Premium Plus and economy. 

    Biz 1-2-1

    Premium plus 2-4-2

    Economy 3-4-3

     

    We are seated at Premium Plus 21AB. 

    Window+isle. 

     

    It’s Saks Fifth Avenue blanket and pillow. 

    Amenity kit from TheraFace. 

    Socks, eye blinds, hand lotion, lip balm, towelette, earplugs and toothbrush. 

     

    Boarding went as usual… lots of cabin bags and a search for empty boxes…. (Not for us😂🤣💙 boarding group 1 is a blessing😇) 

     

    The seat pitch and wide is generous on Premium Plus. (If you can pay a little extra on long haul and don’t have a budget for Biz/Polaris this helps out a lot on the long haul flights) So it’s worth a few extra bucks💸 

     

    Flight is 98% full. Only a few eco seats are available. 

     

    It took forever to get the seatbelt sign off after takeoff. It was on the first hour of the flight. (I was hoping for a quick start of service and put the cabin to sleep) 

     

    Service started by nuts and drinks. 

    Staff was friendly and polite. 

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    No menus or other information before dinner service. 

    Our fellow travelers on row 20 made a “clean” table of the options available 😂😝 it was vegetarian pasta or Thai curry. 

    For us behind row 20, chicken only🤪 

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    Tray consists of the entire meal. Salad for starter, main course and today’s dessert. 

    Drinks were served with the meal. 

     

    This meal was a culinary treat🤣🤣

    You love that dessert Mr? 

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    A fantastic cookie 🍪 

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    Then it was off to sleep (Hey YOU! Yes, you! The old irritated man on row 20! It’s courtesy to turn off your reading lights in the sealing when the cabin is dimmed to nighttime. Since you are lighting up for every one😜🤪) 

    Had this happen on SQ or TG, they would say it’s night time and don’t disturb the other people who try to 💤. 

    The same guy was furious about the reading lights before departure also😝😂 it wasn’t strong and straight into his “newspaper” position😜 Yepp, you get some action there😂😂😂

     

    About 1h 15m befor arrival LHR it was breakfast service. 

    Choice of vegetable frittata or egg/bacon muffin. 

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    We landed on time and were thru transit security and immigration for transit easy as 1-2-3. 

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  9. 27 minutes ago, DaKahuna said:

     

     A good beer not a smelly skunk beer!  I am proud of your choice.  

    Although, in the United Club my choice is usually a vodka + tonic or a gin + tonic depending on which comes to mind first.  

     

    I thought you were flying out if IAD (Dulles) vs IAH (Houston) seems like a longer way to fly home but whatever gets you there.  

     

    Have a safe trip home and I look forward to reading of you and the "Queen's" journey.  Only 21 days until we board Millennium  .. 

     

     You are correct🤪 it’s IAD 

    that’s the “correct” way home 🏡 

     

    Looking forward to Milli💙💙

    That will be a great adventure! 

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  10. 5 minutes ago, mauimary said:

    We enjoyed following along with you.  It looked like a fun cruise and I’m sure you loved all the warm days and sun.  A very nice break from winter.  Glad you finally got your cruise cards. That was quite the challenge. Sometimes ours have been delivered but on our last cruise they were not and we forgot about it until we were at the airport. 
    Safe travels back to Norwayand hope your ✈️ is smooth  

    Will your cruise with the Queen be o. Celebrity?  

    Mary 


    🙌🏻 yes, it’s on X. (I don’t dare to take her on NCL or MSC😂😂) She loved it last year💙💙

    Then I mentally need to prepare myself and her for a different environment😂

    (on the other side, if I just took her to Costa, MSC or NCL, I would save lots of dollars 💵🤣🤣

     

    mr & I have sailed on MSC several times, my warning is, select ship carefully and sail on the smaller ships🙃 And it it’s European service and “flow” of how things work. 
    We had a good time. But comparing X and MSC is like apples and bananas🙃

    And I have not tested NCL yet, so I will try it out first before I can decide if this is something for the Queen🥰😝 

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  11. United UA2390 MIA-IAH operates on a B737-800.

     

    Biz 2+2 

    ECO 3+3. 

    We are seated on 8AB in economy. 
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    Large legroom. 

     

    Boarding started 13.25. 

    New departure time was set to 14.00. 

     

    Flight almost completely fully booked. 

    Some single seats. 

    13.50 we closed the door. 

     

    Last person arriving was an elderly man… Walking by walker… so crew had to escort him by hand to seat. As a walk of shame😟 the walker was already on its way downstairs. He was probably very late to gate (probably a grumpy old man capable of getting their by my self🤣🤣) 

    And to really make it better for him, he found out that his wallet was probably lost in the security check😣 

     

    Oh, lalala🥺

    Cabin crew notified purser and captain. 

    We were already late (and I know how much 💸💸💸 each minute of delay cost in 💸💸💸)

    Message was that report it in IAD🥺 We can’t wait for it to arrive….. 

     

    This old gentleman has 🪽 and higher 😇 on his team today! 

    After the bridge was taken away and ground staff/towing was preparing, gate supervisor was running down the gate, waiving to get eyes to cockpit crew! 

     

    He had the wallet and zip bag of liquid in hands 🙌🏻 

     

    So they took the bridge far enough out, so cockpit could receive it in the window🤩

    Lucky 🍀 you!

     

    We pushed out of gate 14.05. Heavy traffic and line to get out to the runway. 

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    Taxing thru Miami😂 and then finally ready for takeoff 🛫 

     

    We were airborne 14.23. 

    Oh hello there Summit 

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    Crew served beverages and a little snack quickly after take off. 

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    Captain came on and said it would be some bumps along our way….

    Crew was grounded to seats several times during our flight. 

     

    It was not crazy. But definitely not smooth as silk🤪 it was up and down, shake a little martini 🍸 and twist to the side😝

    I know all airlines have “learned” after LH/ Lufthansa’s carousel tour last year… they were flying from USA to Germany 🇩🇪 and had just started the service onboard after take off in the USA. They hit turbulence hard. 

    Then they needed to do a controlled emergency landing…. The plane was twisted upside down inside and crew members were injured and passengers had food all around them. 

    So after this incident, I feel all airlines has really taken it seriously and be more cautious on security for crew members and passengers if it’s a turbulence situation. 
     

    We have parked in IAH and rushed off to the United lounge. 
    Mamma Mia this airport is packed😝🤪

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  12. 4 minutes ago, WrittenOnYourHeart said:

    I'm confused - your key cards to your door? Why would they have taken them? 


    When you are b2b, you need to give in your old cruise card on the gangway in the morning and they will give it back to you later. 
    Because one cruise is one card. 
     

    So cruise 1 was 23.3-1.4.24 and cruise 2 was 1.4-11.4.24. 
     

    So then you need 2 cards. 
    So since we do b2b from time to time, this problem happens🤪

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  13. 7 minutes ago, countess5 said:

    This past winter we were told to go to guest services to retrieve our cards. Went smoothly with less hands touching them. Card collection is fun!

     

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    Cheers! 


    -On Inf last year they said so also… but the cards was missing….

     

    - on eclipse they said door delivery and they didn’t turn up mid cruise as said. So they had a search until the last night. Then a guests relation manager was on our doorstep personally delivering them (it was not a reprint, it was the real thing) they had “lost” them somewhere on the way… 

     

    So card collecting and re-delivery to us it’s a bit Murphyes Law🤪🤪🤪

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