Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community

traveling1969

Members
  • Content Count

    2,586
  • Joined

About traveling1969

  • Rank
    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Shores of Lake Ontario
  • Interests
    Boating, Hunting, Fishing, Antique Collecting
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Transatlantic

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. Thank you for your kind words. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Harry
  2. A Visit From St Nicholas (With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the ship, not a creature was stirring, no drinks left to sip. The stockings were hung on the balconies with glee in hopes that St Nicholas would find us at sea. The cruisers were snuggled all warm in their bunks. The guys with their sweeties, the girls with their hunks. And Joyce in her jammies and I in the buff had just taken bonine as the seas were quite rough. When somewhere above there resounded a roar I sprang from my bed and fell flat on the floor. Away to the slider I stumbled and lurched, went out to the balcony and searched and searched. The moon on the waves cast an eerie bright light so it looked more like noon, instead of midnight. When what aparition appeared on the seas but a bright red tender pulled by 8 red jet skis. And atop the tender, with a whip in his hand, was a bearded jolly elf so plump and so tanned. And they sped o'er the wavetops onward they came he whistled and shouted and called them by name. On Regal, on Royal, on Golden and Grand, on Diamond, on Coral, on Emerald and Island. On up to the Lido, and it's MUTS screen so tall now dash away, dash away, dash away all. As zephyrs, and breezes and hurricanes blew they arose to the sky, on the updrafts they flew. So up to the sky bridge in search of a flue went the vessels with Santa and all of his crew. And above we could hear them, it sounded so cool as the tender and jet skies did donuts in the pool. As it grew quiet, we heard a faint sound and there was St Nicholas as we turned around. He was dressed in a wet suit with flippers and all he was almost as wide as he truly was tall. He had a case of wine under each arm with Pinots and Malbecs to help us stay warm. His eyes were all bloodshot but oh, how they twinkled. His hands they looked frozen, so red and so wrinkled. He opened his mouth and let go with a yell "Hey let's open this wine, I'm about cold as hell" He pulled out a pipe and some green stuff and said "No, I'll save this for later, I've a long night ahead". He looked like a sausage packed tight; he was stout but his belly was pooching as his spanx it gave out. With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head he opened and poured us a large glass of red. After that he was silent and set to his task, filled our stockings with wine and put some in his flask. Then he jumped off the balcony but went up not down and the mist began swirling around and around. His minions were waiting, to the tender he flew and they headed to the next ship to give them thier due. But we heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight "Happy Cruising to all and to all a good night". Merry Christmas and Bon Voyage Harry
  3. Thank you all for your kind words. Merry Christmas! Harry
  4. A Visit From St Nicholas (With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the ship, not a creature was stirring, no drinks left to sip. The stockings were hung on the balconies with glee in hopes that St Nicholas would find us at sea. The cruisers were snuggled all warm in their bunks. The guys with their sweeties, the girls with their hunks. And Joyce in her jammies and I in the buff had just taken bonine as the seas were quite rough. When somewhere above there resounded a roar I sprang from my bed and fell flat on the floor. Away to the slider I stumbled and lurched, went out to the balcony and searched and searched. The moon on the waves cast an eerie bright light so it looked more like noon, instead of midnight. When what aparition appeared on the seas but a bright red tender pulled by 8 red jet skis. And atop the tender, with a whip in his hand, was a bearded jolly elf so plump and so tanned. And they sped o'er the wavetops onward they came he whistled and shouted and called them by name. On Glory, on Conquest, on Legend and Splendor, on Freedom, on Magic on Spirit and Valor. On up to the Lido, and it's water slide so tall now dash away, dash away, dash away all. As zephyrs, and breezes and hurricanes blew they arose to the sky on the updrafts they flew. So up to the sky bridge in search of a flue went the vessels with Santa and all of his crew. And above we could hear them, it sounded so cool the tender and jet skies doing donuts in the pool. As it grew quiet, we heard a faint sound and there was St Nicholas as we turned around. He was dressed in a wet suit with flippers and all and he was almost as wide as he was tall. He had a case of wine under each arm with Pinots and Malbecs to help us stay warm. His eyes were all bloodshot but oh, how they twinkled. And his hands they looked frozen, so red and so wrinkled. He opened his mouth and let go with a yell "Hey let's open this wine, I'm about cold as hell" He pulled out a pipe and some green stuff and said "No, I'll save this for later, I've a long night ahead". He looked like a sausage packed tight; he was stout but his belly was pooching as his spanx they gave out. With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head he opened and poured us a large glass of red. After that he was silent and set to his task, filled our stockings with wine and put some in his flask. Then he jumped off the balcony but went up not down and the mist began swirling around and around. His minions were waiting, to the tender he flew and they headed to the next ship to give them thier due. But we heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight "Happy Cruising to all and to all a good night". Merry Christmas and Bon Voyage Harry
  5. Thank you for your kind words. It was fun doing it. Harry
  6. A Visit From St Nicholas (With Apologies to Clement Clarke Moore) T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the ship, not a creature was stirring, no drinks left to sip. The stockings were hung on the balconies with glee in hopes that St Nicholas would find us at sea. The cruisers were snuggled all warm in their bunks. The guys with their sweeties, the girls with their hunks. And Joyce in her jammies and I in the buff had just taken bonine as the seas were quite rough. When somewhere above there resounded a roar I sprang from my bed and fell flat on the floor. Away to the slider I stumbled and lurched, went out to the balcony and searched and searched. The moon on the waves cast an eerie bright light so it looked more like noon, instead of midnight. When what aparition appeared on the seas but a bright red tender pulled by 8 red jet skis. And atop the tender, with a whip in his hand, was a bearded jolly elf so plump and so tanned. And the sped o'er the wavetops onward they came he whistled and shouted and called them by name. On Legend, on Grandeur, on Freedom and Sovereign, on Empress, on Jewel, on Monarch and Vision. On up to the Lido, Viking Crown Lounge so tall now dash away, dash away, dash away all. As zephyrs, and breezes and hurricanes blew they arose to the sky on the updrafts they flew. So up to the sky bridge in search of a flue went the vessels with Santa and all of his crew. And above we could hear them, it sounded so cool the tender and jet skies doing donuts in the pool. As it grew quiet, we heard a faint sound and there was St Nicholas as we turned around. He was dressed in a wet suit with flippers and all and he was almost as wide as he was tall. He had a case of wine under each arm with Pinots and Malbecs to help us stay warm. His eyes were all bloodshot but oh, how they twinkled. And his hands they looked frozen, so red and so wrinkled. He opened his mouth and let go with a yell "Hey let's open this wine, I'm about cold as hell" He pulled out a pipe and some green stuff and said "No, I'll save this for later, I've a long night ahead". He looked like a sausage packed tight; he was stout but his belly was pooching as his spanx they gave out. With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head he opened and poured us a large glass of red. After that he was silent and set to his task, filled our stockings with wine and put some in his flask. Then he jumped off the balcony but went up not down and the mist began swirling around and around. His minions were waiting, to the tender he flew and they headed to the next ship to give them thier due. But we heard him exclaim as he sailed out of sight "Happy Cruising to all and to all a good night". Merry Christmas and Bon Voyage Harry
  7. Just back from another great cruise on the Grandeur of the Seas. Love the ship and crew and glad to be able to cruise out of Baltimore. Did a park and cruise out of Best Western Plus in Elkridge. Smooth as silk. Another wonderful cruise with RCCL.
  8. We had a couple days when it was really chilly on board but it seemed to be related to the location of the gangway. When it was on deck 3 or 4, the ship interior would chill down and it took a while after all-aboard for things to warm up. Harry
  9. Enjoying your "process". We see a lot of trip reports but the pre-planning is often shrouded in mystery. Thanks for the insight. We just got back from a back-to-back on the Millennium and 2nd your idea for Icy Strait Point as a whale watching choice. We were undecided so we used our Northbound trip as a preview so-to-speak of what excursions we would do. We saw so many whales from the shore and from the ship while in ISP that we never did schedule an excursion. We saw bubble feeding twice during our walk along the shore. They were so close to shore; no more than 150 yards from us. We watched from our balcony and saw whale after whale as well as a bunch of seals. As far as glaciers are concerned, we took public transportation from Juneau to Mendenhall Glacier ($2 PP each way). The bus drops you off about 1 1/2 miles from the park but the walk is flat and pleasant. Hubbard Glacier was spectacular. Lots of calving and we had sunny skies both stops. Got to about 4/10ths of a mile and wow, was that close. The noise was deafening. At Skagway, we did Dyea Dave's tour to Emerald lake. Many in the van took the train on the way back but the fog was rolling in so our decision to do the bus up and back may have been a good one. We stopped in Carcross for lunch at the "Bistro" and had a great meal of Halibut and chips. Saw 2 brown bears, 1 black bear, lots of Dall sheep and mountain goats. Just thought I would share that with you but it sounds as if you've got things well in hand. One heads up: keep checking for price drops as we started in an ocean view and ended up in a Concierge Class balcony with all 4 perks and all price drops were in the last 3 weeks prior to the cruise. Bon Voyage! Harry
  10. We were on the previous cruise so we were already on board when general boarding began at 11am. We did get off and went downtown for a while at 1:30pm. We walked back along the water and here was where we saw a lot of sea otters. They were swimming back and forth along the shoreline. Harry
  11. Just a heads up and this applies to all cruises. Check your pricing DAILY as deals can come and go quickly. Also, beware of travel agents who don't respond to your inquiries quickly. My agent is supported by a large organization and if she is busy or has a day off, there is always someone who can assist in her stead. Harry
  12. Just got back from a B2B Alaska cruise on the Millennium. Unless you are a chronic nitpicker, you should have no issues with her. The crew was outstanding, the food was exceptional (be sure to try the Conundrum red wine: primo!), and the ship is in great shape. She's showing a tad of wear but you have to look for it. Don't worry about a thing and enjoy your cruise; we certainly did. Harry
  13. Just an update. I posted a review on the main Celebrity board but for those of you who have followed along, there won't be much "new" stuff. Also, we bought TWO Ulu knives and packed them in or checked bags. No problem. Now, if there was another reason for the negative recommendation, I'm unaware of it. After we disembarked, we dropped our bags off at CDS, right in the terminal. They transported them to the airport and stored them until we picked them up at 7pm. Cost for 4 bags was a very reasonable $40 CDN. Prior to boarding on the 10th of May, we had stopped at the Tourist Information Office across from Canada Place and purchased two Senior Transport Day Passes for $7.50 CDN each. They were not activated till we used them the first time on the 25th. We visited Gas Town, China Town, and Granville Island then strolled around the shopping district around Robson St. We gradually made our way back to the waterfront and stopped for a pint and some spicy pork dumplings at Mahony and Sons just to the West of Canada Place. The weather was fantastic this final day of our vacation and as we sat there in short-sleeved shirts watching the seaplanes come and go, we remarked on how fortunate we were to have had only a few hours of rain and cold for the whole 15 days. Hoped you have enjoyed tagging along and sharing our cruise with us. See you on the ship and Bon Voyage to all! Harry
  14. We had been thinking of an Alaska cruise for some time, even made a reservation or two, but we always seemed to find a reason to cancel: either a different cruise struck our fancy or life got in the way. This time we vowed it would be different. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night would stay these cruisers from the completion of their chosen itinerary! We decided on Celebrity because they offered the best itinerary at the best price and we could do a back-to-back to simplify air arrangements and insure a longer cruise experience. Since our cruise departed from and returned to Vancouver, we began planning our air and hotel arrangements. Unfortunately, all we could do was plan as we were too far out to actually make reservations. One way to insure we wouldn't cancel again was to book our air fares as soon as they opened. Air Canada offered the best compatible travel option and we booked it. No turning back now; not with change fees being what they are these days. We decided to go all-in and we booked a non-refundable hotel as well. We opted for the Pan Pacific Hotel because it is located right at Canada Place which is also the cruise port. We opted for the Cruise Package which included accommodations in a delightful room with two queen beds, a sumptuous breakfast, late check-out (2pm) and transfer of our baggage to the ship. Best of all, when it came time to go to the ship, we simply took the elevator to the bottom floor cruise terminal level and were shown to our check-in line. When we first booked, we opted for an ocean view cabin on both legs which included the "Go Better" package (choice of two out of four amenities: free gratuities, unlimited internet, classic drink package or $150 per person OBC). We opted for the OBC and drink package. Long story short: after a series of prices drops, we ended up in a Concierge Class balcony cabin with the "Go Best" package (all four amenities with an upgrade to the Premium Beverage Package) for just a small amount more than our original fare. After an excruciating wait of 16 months, we flew off to Vancouver for our Alaskan Adventure. The hotel was a study in understated elegance and we were pleased with our choice. We took a stroll for a bite to eat and returned to our room to try to sleep but we never get much rest the night before a cruise. We were up bright and early and lo and behold looked out of our room and DOWN on our cruise ship. Yes, we were on the 19th floor and we were looking down at the Millennium which was docked on our side of Canada Place. We had a leisurely breakfast and went for a stroll around downtown Vancouver but it didn't last long. We couldn't contain ourselves so we headed back, called the Bell Captain to take our luggage to the ship and we headed DOWN to check-in. All-in-all, our best pre-cruise stay yet. I know, I know, when are we going to get to the cruise. I did a "Live From" thread during the cruise so if you go here: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2632751 you will find a detailed narrative and lots of photos. A few notes: the Millennium was ship-shape in all respects, the crew was top-notch and every encounter was a pleasure. The food was very good, as good as any we have had on other ships. We are not "show" people and we did not attend any while on board. Alaska was so much more breathtaking than we could ever have imagined and the people that we met both on and off the ship were a delight. Alaskans have a great attitude about life. I can't do it justice with words; you will have to experience it to understand. This was our first cruise with Celebrity and our first Alaska cruise and both experiences exceeded all of our expectations. We can't wait to do it again!
  15. Last post of the cruise and it's been a real blast. First time to Alaska, first Celebrity cruise and ALL our expectations have been exceeded. We were overwhelmed both with the magnificent scenery and the friendliness of the Alaskan people. The crew members on the ship were the best we've ever encountered in all our previous cruises. They made a great cruise even better. We can't wait to visit Alaska again and Celebrity will be our first choice. Our flight doesn't leave Vancouver till late so we will drop our bags with CDS baggage service at the port; they will transport them to the airport and hold them till we pick them up at 8pm. We bought transit passes and will be touring Vancouver for most of tomorrow. Should be fun. I will be posting a wrap-up review in a few days. Till then, so long from the Celebrity Millennium. Harry
×
×
  • Create New...