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  1. Hang in there SSCA. Anyone who read your original question should know what your intentions are and what you are asking. Ignore the nasties. Have a great time traveling.
  2. I can't believe what I'm reading. Passing up the coveted SS keychain? You know they go for big money on Ebay. You are playing on a whole different level.
  3. On our last SS trip in September one of the gentleman forgot his jacket in the cabin. The Restaurant was so kind and said there was no need to run back to the cabin and provided one. They said it was acceptable to just hang it on the back of the chair. This was an Alaskan cruise with 1/3 of the normal passengers. Things were very casual in general. On another night one of the gentleman had jeans on during post excursion cocktails. We joked that perhaps the restaurant could provide a pair of dress pant that he could lay atop his jeans so he didn’t have to stop at the cabin to change. One night he wore a rather jaunty fashion fedora to cocktails. It was quite the hit until we got to the restaurant and forgot to remove it. Ooops. We are probably on a "No Sail" list now. For the record we did dress appropriately on all other occasions, even coats, ties and cocktail dresses when not required. Just having a bit of fun.
  4. @Unibok & @machotspur Thank you both so much for your detailed responses. One can read about all the places you have mentioned but it does not give you the feel for a place. The cultural triangle, Uga, Tea Trails, Galle, Dutch hospital area where on my radar. With your detailed responses I now have a feel for them and can begin to plan. Honeymoon central is not the type of description found on Trip Advisor. Machotspur - I hope your trip goes and please post a report. It looks fantastic. @Fletcher A belated thank you for a post from May. You mentioned Le Tikehau in French Polynesia which sparked an idea and off we went at the last minute. We added it to our 3 week trip in June. Unfortunately the wind howled in Tikehau at 30 mph with no let up for 5 days. We finally snuck in one very bumpy excursion to Bird Island. We finished with Le Taha'a, Vahine Island and no wind. Le Taha'a won and if the anti Covid Gods smile upon us we're headed back after Christmas
  5. All part of the service? A service I would gladly pay for. I tip my hat to you sir, and wish I could reciprocate in some way. Thank you.
  6. Fletcher - Thank you for all the suggestions. They are wonderful options and have given me much to ponder. We are squeezing this trip in and may not have much time for a pre cruise, but perhaps should make time. Those resorts look enticing. I picked this trip because I want to hit the Andaman Islands and Mergui archipelago before the Explorer disappears. Sri Lanka was just a bonus. Is there any reason to spend time in Colombo other than transit recovery?
  7. Luxury yes. There seems to be a number of 4/5* options. Still weighing the costal vs. Walkable/downtown. Atmosphere always a plus. In research mode. Thanks.
  8. We are booked on the Explorer 5-3-22 starting in Colombo, Sri Lanka. First time there. Assuming all systems go, any tips hotel or otherwise from the well traveled CC crowd would be greatly appreciated. We haven't ruled out some of the higher end resorts on the southern coast, but are leaning toward something closer to Colombo. Thanks!
  9. Fabulous! I was not familiar with this group. Can't wait to see them live, but looks like they are in Europe first half of 2022. My SO and I have this same issue. We never really want to go when the time comes, but after, realize we had a great time. So we have come up with a 'safe word' to remind us that it's going to be fun and stop our grumbling. FYI, we still grumble, but it does help get us out the door. This does beg the question: Why do we not feel the same when cruising? I suspect it's the mindset of the type of people we cruise with. In general they are gracious and have no time for drama and pettiness especially concerning the politics of the day. Let's enjoy one another and how lucky we are to share these amazing experiences together attitude prevails. The Cooler is a reflection of all this. Thanks Coolers!
  10. Post cruise we also stayed in the Black Pearl an apartment hotel and really liked it. It was well located and perfect for our needs. Always nice to have that extra space. No view, but we had a balcony. Great little Ramen place next door. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. Next summer we are staying at the Center Hotel Arnarhvoll near the Harpa as our group is staying there. Friends stayed there last time and liked it. We ate at the Grill Market, upscale Icelandic food. Did the tasting menu. They could make cardboard delicious. Although I said I would not eat the horse or whale, after a few glasses of excellently pared wine I did. Horse was great, whale not so much. Apparently, whale is not cardboard. We also ate at Krua Thai, excellent. After a long day of touring we took Thai leftovers home to the Pearl apartment for dinner. We were advised that the famous hot dog stand that always has a line was not worth it. It's just a tourist thing.
  11. I completely agree with @hamasgirl - I wrote a similar review elsewhere. All the food was good, but nothing memorable. I was most disappointed in Indochine as I hadnhigh expectations. The soups were quite good though. Pizza was our favorite and we ate there 3 times. The Grill, Kaiesaki, and Silver Note - didn't bother. Arts cafe was popular with a few in our group for a snack, tea, or light lunch. La Terazza lunch was pretty good. They had some decent Indian food evey day. The sushi was excellent at the beginning of the cruise, but tired about 7 days in. Our recent cruise was 1/3 full so it was easy to ask chef to customize and ramp up flavors on the spot. One night was just wanted big salads. It was great.
  12. A big Shout Out and recognition to the best Bartending crew led by Selva with Ronald and Kevin for the assist. Selva would hit the kitchen every day to find fresh ingredients to whip up delightfuly delicious concoctions. No ask was too small. Watermelon and ginger, fresh passion fruit, jalapeno margaritas, the list goes on. Thank you Selva, Ronald, and Kevin. 20210906_185508.mp4
  13. I love this line. Using a a fly fishing analogy, we have rested the pool for 4 years, is that enough to step back in? Agree with you and @Cruiseej the Wind will be great on this trip. We were on her in Vietnam when she was ahem "very tired", and still had a great time. Our shower would not drain, and it was so hot we needed a fan. Good times. TA has pushed our decision time for the Holiday trip to next week, stay tuned.
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