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  1. I assume, now, Team Trivia is not a daily occurrence? I would do whatever required, should that be so, to be put on the wharf with my wife and our luggage.
  2. [300 days, Diamond, male 71] On more occasions than I can now recall, I have asked of she-who-does-our-room so nicely and smiles lots whether she is going ashore today and, if I get a Yes, we ask her to buy herself something for being so nice to us and then hand over $100 in the local currency (which I have got about me before leaving Perth and, and this is important, which she-who etc. may not be able to get at short notice). A day or two later I may make inquiries as to whether she was able to get something she liked and the inevitable answer is that she and Simone and inaudible went to a cafe/Bar and had a good time. Now, in recent years, the number of times that I have been able to spend $100 and, by myself, enable one, let alone three, younger ladies to have a good time of it are: 0. And, on one occasion of fond memory, my wife and I while having mid-day beers in Hawaii, saw three-such having, nearby, the best fun with my $100. I believe I had more fun knowing it to be so. I seem to recall I saw other times... So, you may, if male, want to do yourself a favour - and do so for the room-lady too.
  3. Thank you, Emperor Norton: I'd never heard of it, but that is probably because it is only sold here by one vintner. Here is their slightly edited review. (And it gets great reviews on other sites too). "Champagne Montaudon is one of the most exciting and individual of Champagne Houses. The cellars are located in Reims.. it is still owned by the founding family.... in the 1920's was the wine found in the top Caberet Clubs of Paris. In 1936, Josephine Baker signed a contract with Montaudon to supply her Caberet Clubs.. In the early 2000's, Montaudon N/V (non-vintage) out-ranked N/V styles from Louis Roederer, Pol Roger, Lanson, Veuve Cliquot & Moet Chandon in a Wine Spectator tasting. Minimum sweetening is carried out ....Generous creamy white mousse with exceptionally fine and very persistent bead. This is a hallmark of all Montaudon Champagnes. There is no sense of excessive acidity here. Very long aftertaste....
  4. "... the new champagne (finally the NickF is gone!)" And the new one is....
  5. Baseball caps allowed in the Dining Room might possibly be for, say, a war-veteran with a head-wound; not for someone who is just brain deficient. But I’ve seen them worn in circumstances in which they serve one useful purpose for me: they remove any thought of looking into what may be going on underneath: just like Birkenstocks remove any interest in what may be going on above.
  6. "Seems some pax loaded their suitcase so full with full bottles that they could not pick it up". Well, these days you wheel it, not pick it up. And our suitcases are so full after a cruise that I'm leaving things behind. And, what's the good of a suitcase half-full of the Nicholas if you're getting off in Singapore and then have to try to fly with it to, say, Sydney; or wherever? I think we've got a cruise version of an urban-myth here. Anyway, getting a bottle of a late- evening is snack: you just order a glass or two and then again and after a while a different waiter (it's always a different one) arrives with a bottle. The only time I know of when it was taken off the ship in excess of a passenger's entitlement was mainly my doing. Three to four years ago, the Quest managed to get us into South Georgia Island. Young scientists from the research station who'd been there half a year or so came on board for lunch. There is, of course, no store on the Island and we quickly learnt that the supply-ship delivers very little wine etc., if any and also that one of them was having a birthday that day. I mentioned this in the Dining Room to a number of fellows I knew and after we had gone back to our rooms and returned shortly we had two backpacks with three of the Nicholas in each. Nothing leaves the Island: and so am delighted the six empties from that night are still there.
  7. Emperor Norton: I can't thank you enough, informative and fun to read. San Francisco 'land-locked'!? "Cruise ships arriving in San Francisco dock at the cruise port terminal between the Fisherman’s Wharf and the Bay Bridge at Pier 35 and Pier 27." The Piers are just around the corner from The Bridge...If a bridge at the entrance locks off the sea..... then so is Sydney Harbour 'land-locked'. How can water be 'land-locked' if a Cruise ship can go in there!? Every single harbour is 'landlocked', at the back! Anyway, if you go to the internet, you'll see the article chooses to define 'landlocked' as 'virtually enclosed': which is, for all practical purposes, the definition of a 'harbour'. Those CDs can be so vexing sometimes... Some of them just don't get it about how seriously we take Team Trivia. PS Why doesn't Seabourn go to San Francisco? It doesn't even go to Seattle (we were on the only time that, as far as I know, it did, and that was so the Staff could have a party on board).
  8. Flamin_June: you've certainly topped me! And such a knowledge of such a delighting world! the Greek gods etc and their heavenly doings... you’ve got me going there for a read! Although in the world of today I like your 'becalmed and charmed' concept of "Seabourn Sargasso", Ms Alipius favours the 'guaranteed more buck for your buck' of a “Seabourn Swell”: having been well and truly bucked on two Antarctic returns.
  9. The last lot of namings were lacklustre. Encore! Ovation?! OMG... It might be useful to cut Seattle some slack and for us to come up with a few gems; if only so they don’t come up with any more of these. At the moment I don’t really have my same-sounding-yet-sea/relax-meaning-word brain going. So, could only come up with ‘Seabourn Cerene’ and also ‘Seabourn Syzygy’ (look it up... and it’s the longest word with all consonants too; well, technically anyway). And for the Australians out there: the “Seabourn Cyalayta” ... (hint: say it fast) C’mon, you know you can do better than me (and them)!
  10. During the April 2019 Shanghai to Kobe, not one Officer came down to dinner during the 18 days. Heck: not even an Engineer..... (The highest ranking 'crew' we came across there was the Assistant Cruise Director, David: he was a total delight.) The Captain, Tim Roberts, lovely fellow though he is, was only seen when needs be at a function in the red-room along with the set-patter: and not once did see him 'around the ship' or even at the Galley Lunch (but he must have been there, surely!) It truly was a surprise to finally see him near the gang-way as we 'disembarked'. The Cruise Director I saw only at functions where he had to be: he's a cabaret fellow and doesn't seem to do 'off stage'; and not once did I see him 'around the ship' or, again, even at the Galley lunch, except to do the: 'Three Cheers for the Cooks'. (The food was indeed pretty good!) Puts you off a bit and sort of let's you know what they think of us and they are actually running the place you're on so you can't help think; anyway, after 250+ days it now helps me to manage my money
  11. I believe I have big reputation as a gawmand and wine conisewer among some of my mates. So, not to worry, after I get on the Sojourn on the 28th April in Shangers, you can expect the good oil from yours truly. Of course, I seem to recall you lot know a thing or two too ...
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