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About ellbelle

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    Central Valley, CA
  • Interests
    gardening, traveling
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL, Celebrity
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  1. I agree with everything you said! Dinner at the rooftop restaurant was a highlight and surprisingly inexpensive (by California standards).
  2. In reference to the ultra expensive coffee, Elida Natural Geisha 803. Coincidentally, there is an article about it in today’s paper. Only 100 pounds of the beans were available at auction and most went to Japan, China and Taiwan. Klatch Coffee in San Francisco/ Southern California was able to secure 10 pounds and is selling it for $75.00 a cup! If you’re feeling a bit “splurgy” during your San Francisco stop, let us know how it was. I have enjoyed your daily reports and appreciate your time compiling them. Need to find a new morning routine after your voyage ends.
  3. Great review and your pictures are wonderful (I looked at every one of them). And the fact that you got most shots without passengers in the background was a feat in itself. The artwork on the ship is stunning IMO and look forward to seeing all of it in person sometime soon. We were supposed to be on the ship right now but DD got married so we had to cancel.🙁 But I got a “fix” so for that, I thank you!
  4. Is this the same person who used to post hilarious images (GIF's now, lol) especially on hot topic threads? I miss that person.
  5. Your India overland sounds great! Thank you for taking the time to post your adventures and the added pictures are fantastic.
  6. We are on this sailing (did not participate much on the Roll Call) but remembering you say you were flying in the day of. Glad you made it to LAX and hope San Diego goes smoothly. We flew from Sacramento, CA yesterday only to find our first flight cancelled, our second delayed then cancelled and we finally made a flight arriving at 6:30 last night. We normally fly the day of for San Diego cruises, never again.
  7. Delete- OP had question answered
  8. Would love to see your FB posts as well as reading the details of your wonderful adventure. We’re sending a FB request as well, Cheryl-Fred and our last name. We met on the Koningsdam TA in October 2016 and shared a great food tour in Malaga.
  9. This must be the same place we met our tour operator for our independent MP trip. It was bustling with activity when we arrived in Callao but since all of us had different flights coming back it was just my husband and me entering this sketchy deserted area. Two guys walked up to us (I thought they were going to rob us) but one busted out a phone to call the shuttle driver to come and get us. So we made it back safely but certainly not enticing us to do anything independent from there ever again.
  10. And I’ll just chime in on the Sled Dog Musher Camp... IMO, Skagway is better than Juneau. We were also warm weather cruisers and avoided Alaska like the plague. We went on our first Alaskan cruise in 2008 and have gone six times since. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. We were in 561. On our cruise (30 days) it was never used as a gangway. The downside is the heavy walkers but the upside is that it is easy access to outdoors just one floor up. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Great picture. You literally got the postcard view! Lucky you with the sun shining, we’ve been four times and never have seen the sun Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Thank you for your comprehensive review, enjoyed it very much. I apologize if you covered this already as I had not looked at the menus until your last post.... The $25 dining room surcharge for the special seafood menu, is that eligible for the Mariners discount as the specialty restaurants are? Thanks Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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