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Sphynxie

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  1. Sphynxie

    Current Transatlantic

    I am so sorry that daring option did not transpire. I would love at least to jump into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, merely because I may not have that chance again. I am sure our crossing will include further rehab after emerging from drydock; so the swim also may not be possible. Flippers crossed that it will happen!
  2. Sphynxie

    Current Transatlantic

    How perfect that sounds right now! The splash stop is not listed on our crossing itinerary. To compensate, I would love to convince our captain to anchor for a time at St. Barth, my childhood stomping grounds I miss so much; but I realize I’m asking for a lot. Were you able to swim in the middle of the Atlantic on your journey?
  3. Sphynxie

    Current Transatlantic

    Thank you very much! It is far easier to pack warm weather clothing in my limited luggage than items to keep me warm. Although I run warmer than the average individual, I have wondered about the cooler moist sea breeze. I shall bring aboard my Kindle, along with my gregarious nature, and now I plan to enjoy the respite from the constant daily outside interference of the internet, emails, and texts. May you settle back into real life with ease....
  4. Sphynxie

    Current Transatlantic

    Welcome back, floridaag! I’m so happy it went well for you and you were able to dine outdoors so often. I am excited to be sailing the next crossing on SDI November 18th from Lisbon and have been wondering how your adventure went. Do you have any advice for a transatlantic journey as opposed to a more excursion-filled cruise? Anything you would have done or packed differently?
  5. I perked up each time my email inbox alerted me to another possible installment of your freighter trip. What fun it has been to read. Thank you for both the excellent descriptions & photos. I wish you many more adventures in the future! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. I hope you find your 15-foot waves! [emoji3] I’m still enjoying every day of your journey across the Atlantic. Thank you for posting each segment. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. You have decreased my trepidation of traveling solo on such a couples-friendly small ship, mcpepe! I love people but sometimes I also need some quiet time. Thank you! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Thanks for adding all the details. I feel as if I am there with you! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. Great photos! Thank you for continuing to post the details. I truly enjoy reading them. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. Sphynxie

    SDII Rome to Rome August 11-18

    I inquired about dry dock and the only information I was able to elicit was “general maintenance & repairs”. I can report what I find after boarding on 11/18; however I’d love to know any details if anyone has more specifics. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. Thank you, BeignetBoy! You have convinced me to keep cabin 211. Traveling solo, I occasionally have my escape-to-solitude moments during the day; but there should not be much commotion on a ship with so few passengers aboard. Thanks again! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. Sphynxie

    SDII Rome to Rome August 11-18

    If SeaDream reads these posts, I truly hope USB ports are included in the drydock scheduled for November of this year on SeaDream I. This is great news, TrapperZimmy! I cannot wait to hear the rest of your adventure.
  13. Does anyone have a preference for a stateroom on a certain side of the ship and why? It will be the November crossing and I'll be on Deck 2 of SeaDream I, headed from Europe to the Caribbean. I figure the port(hole)s do not open; so I am wondering if the port side of the ship gets warmer than the starboard side, because of the SW to SE position of the sun at that time. I'm never cold but I certainly can get too warm. Presently, I am booked in 211, but 216 opened up and I was wondering if anyone likes the port side better. I love the motion of the ocean and am halfway tempted to ask for a room change, with 216 being a bit farther forward. We only will have one stop along the way, so docking side of the ship may not be an issue for me. Thank you!
  14. Sphynxie

    Transatlantic Packing

    McPepe, I am so happy to hear about the good, warm weather & especially your inclination to rewear outfits at dinner. Forced to carry only one small piece of luggage, I’ve decided I will do the same thing. So be it. Deep down, I realize no one will notice or care. And I apologize to my fellow passengers for hoping it’ll be a bit rocky for the November crossing. It’s always smooth as glass when I step foot on an oceangoing vessel; and I certainly enjoy the sensation of the sea in any more apparent form. I hope you & Beignet Boy rediscover one another soon! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. Sphynxie

    Transatlantic Packing

    Thank you for the B&B recommendation, BeignetBoy! It looks so beautiful! Traveling solo this time, I have decided to simplify my few days in Lisbon. I find an inexpensive pension/pensao-type place that offers a free breakfast surpasses any luxury when I venture somewhere alone. This way, I can share that first meal of the day with other folks and I somehow feel less alone in a strange land. Plus, I've decided to spend my saved pennies on a quick roundtrip flight to St. Barth once we disembark in Marigot, St. Martin. Long before the paparazzi arrived, I was fortunate to savor many vacations there as a child with my parents; and I would love to see the rebuilding project after last September's Hurricane Irma nearly decimated my paradise. Of course, I'd rather stay on Seadream, since I believe St. Barth is the first island stop after I leave the ship. Someday....:) For now, I shall dream of the sound of water splashing me to deep sleep come November. Thanks again for all the great tips and information. If you think of any other insights, please let me know!(y)
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