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  1. Yes, he will still be there πŸ˜€ They sign off before the move back to Norfolk, I think 13/14 October.
  2. Thanks so much! Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I’ll pass on your kind comments 😊 Thank you, happy to hear you enjoyed it. I’ll pass on your kind comments 😊 Thanks for reading along, glad you enjoyed it. The Eric Clapton guitar turned out to be at the exhibition we went to at The Met on our last day. πŸ˜€
  3. Current shows are Soulbound, Vintage Pop and Latin Nights. The Hipstars are the band, they play with the Have Mercy Horns in the Red Frog Pub. They’re fantastic πŸ˜€ Piano bar beside Red Frog Pub. Violin trio in the lobby and solo guitar/singer there too. Lots going on πŸ™‚
  4. If you download the carnival app you can reserve a table for your time dining without needing to go to deck 5 first. Worked very well when we used it.
  5. Yes, you use your sail and sign card to operate the laundry. Instructions are very straightforward - think there might be a youtube video about it too.
  6. Thank you for your kind comments, glad you enjoyed reading along
  7. I get what you’re saying. And there are lots of very valid negative reviews. I think what the OP means is that it might be nice to have a thread with some positive reviews too. I’m sure there are lots of people who have booked the ship and may be feeling less than excited about it if all they see is the negative side. We experienced some negatives too but we still had a fantastic time πŸ‘
  8. Aww, that is so nice of you. Just pop in to see the band play in the Red Frog Pub, have a wee dance and give them a cheer if you like them 😁 Hope you have a great time πŸ‘
  9. Thank you Happy to hear you enjoyed your visits to Scotland. Thanks for reading along, glad you enjoyed it. I'm sure there are lots of lovely people in NY - maybe just not working in the shops we visited Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed reading along. Hope you find your way to Scotland one day πŸ‘ Thanks so much for your kinds words. I hope I haven't sounded too harsh on my view on some of the people we interacted with. I know not everyone is like that and we definitely come across some ill mannered people here too, it just seemed to be more noticeable than anywhere else we've been. The hotel staff and all wait staff were absolutely fine. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is somewhere we really wanted to visit but just didn't find the time. We knew we'd be sailing past and got a fabulous view from the ship, so settled with that. If we return Ellis Island is top of our list. I hope you and your family have a lovely cruise if you decide to go on the Sunrise
  10. Thank you, we had a wonderful time and were so happy to see him πŸ˜€
  11. Thanks for your great review, sounds like you had a great time πŸ‘ We really liked the entertainment. It’s the same band that play Vintage Pop and in the Red Frog Pub, we enjoyed watching them. Hope to follow along with your next one πŸ˜€
  12. We all needed something extra in the Sunshine dining room. With the exception of one night it was cold for us all in there. We may have been under a vent though because we sat in the same area most nights. I didn’t notice it cold anywhere else really, just a nice temperature. The comedy club was really hot though, even the comedian commented on it.
  13. Thanks, yes they had a great time together Would have been very random to have a crew member we didn't know following us about I think you can just order pizza and there is only one type, I don't recall seeing anything offering different crusts. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. Hope you have a lovely time on your cruise Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed reading along Thank you, glad you enjoyed it Thanks so much, I love reading other people's reviews too - glad you enjoyed it. I don't like leaving him but I'm so lucky that we manage to spend so much time with him when we're there πŸ‘ Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Have a lovely cruise Glad you enjoyed it, hope you have a lovely cruise Thanks, sounds like you've had some nice cruises. Hope you get to experience another soon
  14. Thank you so much We weren't intimidated at all in New York and actually I wasn't looking for people being overly friendly, I just expected basic manners You never know, we might be in Galveston one day, just depends where Mark ends up next. I hope you have a wonderful cruise. We went out of Ft Lauderdale last year on the Conquest and loved being there. The water taxi was such a nice way to get around πŸ‘ Thanks for reading along. I'm about to start reading your review and looking forward to it πŸ‘ Hope you have a great time in September, wish we were going back for the Canada cruise, it looks fantastic. Thanks, glad you enjoyed reading along. I always do a trip report as I love reading them back years later (I have tons of Disneyland Paris tr's as we go there all the time). Mark gets off the Sunrise in October, so unfortunately he won't be there. Hope you have a great time Thanks for reading along, glad you enjoyed. Have a great time on your cruise Thank you so much Yes, Mark and the rest of the band will still be there in August. Hope you have a great time πŸ‘ I suppose I write like I talk Thank you, glad you enjoyed reading along. Glasgow is a really good base for lots of places. You're only an hour by train to Edinburgh if you want to spend a day there, or if you travel west from Glasgow you can be in Loch Lomond in under an hour too. Lots of nice museums in Glasgow, all free with just a donation suggested. Kelvingrove art gallery is lovely as is the museum of transport (lots about ships in here as so many were built in the shipyards on the River Clyde which runs through Glasgow. But my favourite museum is The People's Palace which is on Glasgow Green in the city centre. Hope you have a great time if you ever make it here Thanks, glad you enjoyed reading along. I think you're right about the re-cycling...I just hate leaving stuff lying around Hope you have a lovely time on your next cruise πŸ‘ Thanks for reading along, glad you enjoyed it πŸ‘ I don't think there are faster speaking people on the planet than the Scots, lol. I've learned to adapt my accent when I'm anywhere other than home to make sure I'm understood. There were lots of lovely people that we met, it seems to only be within shops that the staff were grouchy and downright rude. And they weren't in any rush whatsoever....slow, rude and actually didn't speak at all to us, just a rude stare and literally throwing our shopping at us. The agent in Newark could have got a one woman show on sarcastic glares......of course you don't say anything to them because they're security people...As I said, we just ignored it and it certainly didn't spoil our holiday and we'd definitely visit again.
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