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olemissreb

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  • Location
    Oxford, MS
  • Interests
    cruising, Ole Miss football, my 2 wonderful boys
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    don't really have one. Favorite port to embark so far is San Juan.

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  1. Just a few pix from my tour of Buffalo Trace Distillery on Monday.
  2. Sunset from my front porch and the courthouse in my hometown from a popular rooftop bar.
  3. I love this thread! Sunsets are my favorite things. I took this one as we were leaving Portland, ME last October. And that was when I was still using it in "point and shoot" mode.
  4. At Commander's Palace, also try the turtle soup. It is wonderful!!! As for things to do during the day, there is the WWII Museum. My son and I spent 3 or 4 hours there (including lunch) and we didn't see nearly all of what we wanted to see. When we were there, there was lots of construction going on, so there is probably even more to see now. Something else fun to do is to tour Blain Kern's Mardi Gras World. They show you how they make the floats for Mardi Gras and after the tour, there was a little outdoor bar where my son and I sat and had a drink and watched the ships go by on the river. Something a little creepy, but really interesting is to take a tour of St. Louis #1 Cemetery. Book through saveourcemeteries.org (might be .com). I've done it twice now and while the tour was basically the same, the narrative from each of the guides was very different - both of them excellent though. There is also the Aquarium of the Americas. Or you could take a tour on one of the paddlewheel river boats. You could also take the street car through the Garden District up to Audobon Park (not sure that's the right one). Then walk through the park to Audobon Zoo and tour the zoo. They used to have a paddlewheeler that would take you from the zoo to the Aquarium (and yes they would serve drinks/snacks on the boat) so you could get a "3 fer" experience, but Katrina killed that. Another place I would suggest for lunch is Central Grocery on Decatur street. Get 1/2 muffaletta (or a whole if you are super hungry). Get it to go and then go next door (maybe 2 doors down) and get a bottle of wine and some "go cups" and take your lunch and sit up on the levee and enjoy the sunshine and watching the ships on the river. This is a lot of stuff to do, and I'm not sure how long you will be in town. I love visiting NOLA (just never want to live there again) and I still have so much I want to do like antiquing on Magazine & Royal, take a "ghost" tour, have a drink at the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel (pretty sure that's the right place). So much to do. So little time. And I haven't won the lottery yet. 🤣
  5. My sister and I did this walk about 4 1/2 years ago. The only "problem" we had is that at the end, you have to go down a couple flights of stairs. There is no elevator - at least that we could find. Once you are down those stairs, the terminal is right there - at least for Carnival. Not sure if it is the same terminal for Norwegian or Royal.
  6. Thank you! Hopefully I'll hear something tomorrow.
  7. I just had a job interview yesterday, so hopefully if I get the job that will help ease the burden and I can maybe put some money in a cruise fund. I seem to always be planning another vacation. I just love seeing and doing new things. Cruising is just my favorite way to do it all.
  8. Glad I missed that! I might have panicked then.
  9. I bought my shares back in Aug 2009 when shares were 19.50. I haven't seen it get that low through all of this. If it does, I may end up kicking myself for not selling when it was $132/share!
  10. I'll be 58 1/2 when I go on my first solo cruise - I hope anyway. I don't have it booked just yet, but I'm itching to pull the trigger.
  11. The old Love Boat route huh? 🤣🤣 That's on my bucket list - just to say I did it! Your first solo trip sounds amazing. I wish I could do something like that, but alas college tuition is killing my budget. 3 more years until my son graduates and just maybe I can pull it off. One of these days, I'll be on these boards asking about the B2B procedures!
  12. I do understand the difference between solos and single occupancy. I have noticed that the solos don't fit the bill for me as most are inside cabins and I am a balcony snob, so it's single occupancy for me. I've been looking at several cruises for Jan. 2022 and I think the largest one is the Freedom of the Seas. The others are smaller ships. The mega ships don't do 7 day Southern Caribbean cruises and the Southern is my favorite route. I figure if I'm going to cruise solo, the least I can do is cruise my favorite route. Airfare to Puerto Rico from Memphis is ridiculous, but I can at least drive to Atlanta and get a reasonable rate from there and see my mom in the process. :)
  13. On my first cruise, being a newbie, I did all ship excursions. On one walking excursion in San Juan, the guide was so soft spoken most of us couldn't hear her. Then we were touring El Morro and she totally lost me, my XDH, and another couple that we shared our dinner table with. We didn't worry. The 4 of us just continued touring El Morro on our own and made it back to the ship with a little shopping on the way. Now I just do independent excursions. I've found so many unique excursions that the cruise lines just don't offer. They are always so much better and so much cheaper - except Alaska where they are just flat out better.
  14. I've been contemplating a cruise in Jan 2022. Mostly what that depends on is if I get this job I am interviewing for on Monday and whether my youngest son accelerates his college studies to get out in 4 years rather than the 5 year path he's currently on. If I get the job and my son stays on his current path, then I'll hopefully be taking my first solo cruise in Jan 2022.
  15. Somehow I deleted your MDR comment - I love dining in the MDR. As a retired stay-at-home mom, anytime I can get someone to wait on me for a change and dress up in the process, I'm all for it! :) Plus with all the specialty restaurants these days, there is so much more for me to choose from and have more people waiting on me! :D I just turned 57 last month, so if you are an old curmudgeon, then I guess I am too. All of us can do what we want, when we want, and as much (or little) as we want and still all enjoy ourselves and come home relaxed and refreshed. Isn't that what vacations are for?
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