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About Norseh2o

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    North San Diego County, CA
  • Interests
    Reading, cruising, walking
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Seville, Spain

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  1. My condolences to @kazu, @Hflorsand @atexsixand thanks to all who make this a positive daily read. A bit hot today for beef stew (a favorite meal), I would love some chocolate and while not much a of a wine drinker, a Willamette Valley wine might be the drink for this evening. We have a Statewide Flex Alert (voluntary electricity conservation) from 4-9 today, so we will open the doors and windows, keep the lights low, and manage with cold supper.
  2. Thanks to all who post on the Daily. So much fun to read about travels and travails... We have been able to travel a bit this summer, Independence Day with daughter and family on Whidbey Island, WA, last week Michigan and Arizona next month. So nice to be with family and friends, even if the MI trip was a memorial service for a dear brother in law who passed last fall and next month in Tucson a memorial Mass for a longtime friend (and member of our wedding party) who died in May, 2020. Neither death due to Covid-19. Happily we will spend a few days in Phoenix with my mother and hopefully,
  3. Joined a waitlist during Spring, 2020 for a July, 2022 trip from South Africa to NY. Happily paid the waitlist deposit and regularly checked with our wonderful TA as to our place on the waitlist. Was delighted to learn that we held the #1 position in 3 of our waitlisted categories. Last week, with civil war raging in South Africa, we asked our TA about dropping the South Africa - Lisbon portion and boarding in Lisbon with travel to NY. We hoped for a good waitlist position. Imagine our delight to find one of our favorite cabins (Concierge) was available! We booked the cruise, purchased air
  4. Home from a trip to Whidbey Island, hot drive both directions but perfect weather for the 4th, crabbing, shucking a few oysters and spending time with family and friends.
  5. Catching up on the Dailies today. Thank you for the posts, the life happenings and cruise information. We traveled from cool Southern California to Washington Sunday-Tuesday. Hot in Portland, i-yi-yi! Never expected to be so happy to have breakfast and coffee at the hotel Loving the Whidbey Island life for a few days!
  6. I traveled to New York when brother was being honored in New York City and wanted our Mother to join him. When he asked for “escorts” for her (she was 95 1/2 years old), one of my sisters & I jumped at the chance! I even volunteered to fly in the middle seat both ways. What a week! A Broadway show (The Lion King ❤️), the Chelsea Pier, Macy’s, Wall Street, 9-11 Memorial, subway trips, Park Central, and fine dining. Hope to return sometime soon (2022?) at the end of a transatlantic cruise?! 🚢
  7. Don’t mind long distance air travel as long as a cruise ship waits at the destination but sure enjoyed reading tha San Diego Union Tribune and learning that Holland America is adding more San Diego cruises! Hopeful that the schedule will be a permanent plan!
  8. Celebrated National Fishing Day earlier this week with lake fishing 🎣 in the mountains. Lost two, was given two and caught two. Rainbow trout dinner tonight!
  9. Crocs in the water are ok, as footwear, no thank you! Daughter and family in Hawaii always have poke on hand. 🌺 We hope to step on Venice soil in 145 days (yes, we are counting the days to the next cruise!). Venice will be our first outside of the USA visit since returning from B2B transatlantic/South American cruises, disembarking in Miami, December 19, 2019.
  10. Cruised on the Epic years ago on a transatlantic and thought that the ship, while large, it was not full but the layout was just weird. Especially the placement of the casino. This trip was certainly our best value (we cruised in a balcony) for >15 days and less than $900 for self and DH. While we still cruise with NCL, we prefer the jewel class ships and after cruising with NCL’s Oceania ships, have found a better match. Small is good. 😊
  11. I hesitated to comment in a negative way about Oceania as it is our preferred cruise line, only commented to suggest that not every Oceania cruiser considers ‘country club casual’ dress as depicted in the Oceania catalogs.
  12. On our last cruise, December, 2019, each morning a man and woman breakfasted in the Terrace Cafe in sweats & rubber flip flops. The same, very well used (not particularly clean looking) outfits each morning. On that same journey, another man wore a skin tight Harley Davidson t-shirt each day. The shirts were clean and different from time to time, not sure if he changed when dining at a specialty restaurant. The other 670 guests were dressed more as the Oceania brochures’ photos. 😊Perhaps country club casual has a broader definition than I thought… 🤔
  13. We enjoyed many Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu visits over the years & when we finally visited Maui, we understood why so many people speak with love for the island. Especially as our Maui visit was on our most recent (and last ☹️) HAL adventure, April, 2019 on the Eurodam. Love Kona the most (a DD and family live in Kailua-Kona) but any chance to visit Hawaii is a blessing!
  14. Until we traveled with O, our cruises with other lines offered lecturers who spoke from notes, used "dated" power point slides (that no one beyond the first row in a large auditorium could decipher), shared no humor or joy and went off topic. Maybe our particular cruises were one-offs but with so much disappointment, both DH and I considered applying for guest lecturing spots on cruise lines! 🔬 O offers so much with good food choices, charming libraries, great staff, fine fellow cruisers, small ship feeling, good itineraries/port choices and wonderful sea days. If only O would offer mo
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