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    cruises, boating, history, Rum!
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  1. Of course taste and favorites are such a subjective thing I don’t know if this will help you much but I’ll throw out a few thoughts. I prefer Speyside and Lowland Single Malts. I’ll drink a Highland from time to time (especially if someone else is buying) but they are a bit too Smokey and peaty for my taste. Islay ( eye-la) and Jura malts are are way too Smokey and not pleasant at all. They taste like someone filtered whisky through campfire ashes. Wish I could give you my tasting notes but the truth is I just don’t have that sophisticated a palate. Some people can tell you how many clouds were in the sky the day the barley was harvested and such , not me. Instead I’ll just provide a list of my favorites. I’m a firm believer that you should find what you like, what’s worth you money and drink that no matter what the “experts” say. So here’s my list. *Anything by Balvenie: The 12 year Double Wood is any every day favorite. The 14 year Caribbean Cask is a treat from time to time. The 21 yr old Port Wood aged is incredible. For me it’s a once every few year’s extravagance. *Anything by Glenlivet Their base product is quite smooth and enjoyable. *Glenfiddich- except for the last few years of experimentals. Their “Fire and Cane” might be the worst thing I’ve ever tasted. It’s pure campfire. *The Singleton *Tamdhu * The Macallan - pretty much all theirs. They do wonderful tasting events too. Lots of fun and history and culture mixed in with a quick but good whisky education. My son tells me some of the Japanese malts are fantastic. I’m old school and possibly some other less complimentary things but I just don’t go there. You’ve always offered me sound and reasonable thoughts and advice. I hope this helps on your Scots Whisky journey.
  2. Thanks for the thoughts and the reminder that some posts are repeated too often... Having to pay upfront in an uncertain environment was something I’d thought about but wondered if a savings was worth the risk.
  3. Yes, I’ll cruise with a mask. I wear one 8-10 hours a day in the hospital where I work. Is it my idea of the perfect vacation ? No. However to me it’s worth it. We will probably spend a bit more time on our own balcony where I would assume masks would not be required. There might be a few other changes to our daily routines but I can’t think of any that would cause me to give up the fun and relaxation of cruising. As for those of you claiming that mask use reduces oxygen levels I say “Baloney” Maybe if you’re running a marathon or power lifting..... certainly not sitting in a casino or wandering through a shop. I’ve used a pulse oximeter ( the thingy they clamp on your finger) masked and unmasked going about my daily routine. Absolutely no difference in my blood oxygen levels. I’ve worked in the operating room of a hospital for nearly 15 years. Many of those have been long (5-7 hour) surgeries. Never has anyone fallen out from lack of oxygen. We’ve suffered from full bladders, empty stomachs and not enough sleep but never lack of oxygen. As a final point please consider this. The surgeon who is performing surgery on your brain or replacing a heart valve wears a mask too. Do you think for a minute they could or would perform those intricate procedures if they suffered from oxygen deprivation? Didn’t really mean to climb on a soapbox but I get a bit tired of third hand anecdotal memes being passed around as fact. In the end each of us must choose how they will spend their vacation time and their money. I will choose to cruise even with some modifications .
  4. We received the Classic Beverage pkg as part of our booking on Infinity for April of 21. I plan to upgrade mine and was wondering if people saw a significant savings by doing it this far in advance. Would I likely see the same price a few weeks before the cruise (if it even happens) as I would today. Are either much better than just buying it on board? I’ll appreciate your thoughts and experiences.
  5. Several years ago we sold our boat and built a pool. I miss boats but wouldn’t go back. However I can honestly say neither replaces the fun and relaxation of a cruise. Neither gives me glimpses of other lands, foods and cultures. I will continue to cruise even if it means some changes and a few inconveniences. I’m holding out hope for our April ‘21 cruise but accept that it may not happen.
  6. I’m an OR nurse. I wore a mask for much of my day before Covid. Now I wear one 10 hours a day. While it wouldn’t be my first choice, it’s not going to keep me from the sunrises, sunsets and the total relaxation I feel on a cruise. My wife does not share those feelings, however.
  7. I’m a surgery nurse and wear a mask 8-12 hours a day. If I have to wear a mask in close public spaces In order to escape “reality” for a while and enjoy the relaxation of a cruise.. I’m in. No criticism of those who can’t or won’t. We all have to decide what we will or won’t accept.
  8. I do think it’s worth the risk. We can still make smart decisions about what we do and where we go in that day before we cruise. With the explosion of food delivery services we are likely to have food delivered to our hotel vs going to a crowded restaurant.
  9. I don’t even risk the 4 hour drive to Galveston when we cruise from there. There’s no way I’d fly in the day of a cruise. Besides, we enjoy getting in early, having a relaxing afternoon, and a nice dinner someplace. On Embarcation day we take care of any last minute detail and arrive at the ship ready for our vacation.
  10. Wasn’t asking for it . Simply a comment that CC wasn’t really losing anything by offering this.
  11. I’m 94 points away from Elite. I have no illusions that Power up Points is going to get me to that level before my next cruise in April of ‘21(providing it even happens) The 26 nights in a Concierge cabin will just barely do it. Even so I won’t even see the benefits until the cruise after that😡 Celebrity is certainly not losing anything by letting me pick up a few crumbs along the way. They get some targetable marketing info and I get to stay connected to a lifestyle I love. Everybody wins.
  12. Thanks for the replies! While every cruise is different and who knows what things will be like in the future it’s nice to know there are some lectures and other activities. Normally we’d just plan for 6 pool days but I’ve heard the weather can be a bit unpredictable In April, even on a southerly route.
  13. Just curious if Celebrity offers more lectures or other activities on those cruises. I’m certainly not someone who needs to be entertained every minute of the day but also have never been 6 straight sea days. I plan on bringing several books.
  14. Thanks for this Steve. My wife and I, along with some friends, have booked a B2B of 26 days aboard the Infinity in April of ‘21. We start in Miami, and finish in Venice. Many of the ports we hit are in your itinerary so I’m anxious to see what you do in them. We sailed on the Infinity in ‘19 from San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale through the canal so we know we like Infinity. Since I figure there a less than 50% chance the cruise will actually happen thanks to Covid, I may have to enjoy those ports through your eyes and explanations. No pressure...😉
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