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    Gin, Wine, Computers, Travel, Cruising
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    Royal Caribbean
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  1. You know, not everything is our fault. We don't get together in committee rooms and sit around deciding what we want to spoil for everyone. We use mirrors too. šŸ™„
  2. OK, Iā€™m not *that* kind of millennial šŸ˜‚ Iā€™m the half decent job working in social media kind of gay millennial - I still have to budget šŸ˜‚
  3. I'm a millenial that cruises Celebrity šŸ‘ Whilst the general tone of the new decor really does appeal to me, and I don't mind those high stools in the retreat lounge - those wooden chairs on the balcony look ridiculous. I want to spend hours out there, maybe fall asleep with my music and a drink - not sit bolt upright thinking about what I've done wrong.
  4. Oh my gosh, I think I'd go stark raving mad! Glad you had a good time tho :)
  5. Hello! Apologies for the delay in getting back to you folks on this, I came back from our mini cruise and went into a massive media campaign for work. Anyway, just finished my review. I know some people have very strong opinions on specific cruise lines / cruise ships, and I know no one review will please everybody - this is just my honest thoughts after a short trip aboard the Marco Polo. http://www.tomlovescruising.com/2019/07/15/marco-polo/
  6. Thanks for coming back to me so quickly, Phil. I think we're going in with open eyes knowing it's a 55 year old converted Russian ice-breaker, and that the decor is looking a little 1990s dated. But if you're with friends and visiting great locations those things can disappear into the background can't they? I'll be taking plenty of photos and be writing a report for my blog TomLovesCruising.com - I'll be sure to report back here too.
  7. Hi Guys, Myself, my partner, and a friend (we're all early thirties) are trying out CMV's MS Marco Polo for a one night taster cruise tomorrow night (Sat 29th June 2019). As you can see from my signature we're used to the newer mega-ships, so this is going to be a WHOLE NEW experience. We booked it partly because it was so cheap (Ā£59 per person) and partly to try something new. Given the weather is due to be 30c (86f) we're likely to be sat around on deck with a cold drink most of the time - BUT those of you who've sailed her before do you have any tips/tricks? Must sees? Cool spots to hang out? Thanks in advance!
  8. Haha, ignore the negativity Twipenne! CC is no different to any other review site like yelp or tripadvisor. People usually are more motivated to leave a review when something bad happens rather than when they have a good time. CC is slightly different in the fact it's full of very privileged and fiercely brand loyal people who will declare war when their Captains Special Diamond Reward Martini is missing an olive. Ignore it all. Escape is a beautiful ship. NCL is one of the best cruise lines out there. You'll have an incredible time.
  9. Hah, I know right? Yeah the two-year period is to enable our guests to save up to come with us. Hoping they all can!
  10. It's all been checked and approved, don't worry! šŸ™‚
  11. Thanks both for your replies! Bridge viewing area could be cool šŸ™‚ We're all booked through Royal Celebrations (NCL's outsourced weddings company) - and it's happening at 3pm on our day at sea which is nice. No land for miles. Super excited. Now to just pay for the damned thing šŸ˜‚
  12. Hi guys! Thrilled to have been proposed to by my partner Jimmy recently. We've always wanted a wedding at sea and have some incredible memories from our time on Epic in 2018 - so when we heard she was sailing from Barcelona in 2021 we were sold. We put down our deposit with the wedding planner today and should be getting the planning pack in the coming weeks. Has anyone had/been to a wedding on the Epic? Do you know what the venues you're able to choose from are? Although we love the Epic we're aware that a lot of venues have no sea-view and that's a large part of having the wedding *at sea*. Thank you in advance for any info / advice you're able to give! Tom & Jimmy
  13. Hi Guys & Gals, I'm taking 8 of my gay friends on MSC Meraviglia on a 2 night/3 day mini cruise on 14th April 2019. It's a steal for Ā£99 per person. Any other LGBT folks aboard? Do you know if MSC arrange LGBT meet ups? Thanks in advance!
  14. Wow, what a blog! Thanks for sharing that Terry (and Kory). Myself and my partner Jimmy are doing this cruise this coming Sunday (2nd Sept) - well, we're doing the Barcelona to Barcelona version. I'm so excited to get onboard, and your blog just made me even more excited! Have you any plans to upload the photos anywhere? :)
  15. Yeah they're not obvious *AT ALL*. There's a embedded hyperlink in the middle of a paragraph - which will take you to a new document with the tags. It's much easier to print them at home. Just print, put on bag. When you get to the pier let the porter take them out the taxi whilst you walk into the terminal. Done.
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