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  1. Greetings Maris, Hi and hello . Today Friday - another week passed. At this point one day seems to flow into another. My husband is deemed essential and leaves each morning before 7am not returning most evenings until 7.30ish pm. I like most have not left the house in weeks never mind days and it just seems to go on. Hardly any contact with another human except the occasional phone call. Even groceries delivered to the door. Thank goodness for Instacart which is an amazing service I have started to use. I honestly never thought I would ever order my groceries “Online” but it does provide a little piece of mind in not having to go into a public place at this point. One thing I and I am sure most are grateful for is the sanctuary of our homes at this difficult time, but I cannot help but sadly think that next week , had things not become so scary , we would be flying to SJU for a few days prior to a Repo to New Jersey with a few days after in N>Y. I have however, found much joy in your blog and thoroughly enjoyed your writings and fantastic pictures. Thank you for posting the link to your previous review which I will begin to read this weekend. I mentioned a few posts back that the pictures of your fur babies are the most artistic I have yet seem. You truly are not only a gifted writer but also a very talented photographer. I sincerely hope you will continue to post if possible and you feel inspired to do so. I believe yours must be one of the most read blogs. Wishing you and all other cruise critic members a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Linda
  2. Hi, Greetings and thank you for a lovely review. Sailing in a signature Suite on the Westerdam with my sister a few years ago, was also once of the best/service experiences I have had whilst sailing. This was my sister’s first cruise so she had nothing with which to compare - she was in awe. The staff on board were simply amazing. Both my sister and I truely enjoyed the “old World” style cruising Holland American offers, but I will have to say that entertainment was a little lacking in the evenings. We also found food and service to be simply amazing and truely loved every bit of it. Would you have any pictures of the ship during your cruise to post, it would be great to see some of the Konigsdam. Hopefully and thanks.
  3. kinder girl - You truely are an amazing daughter and human being. Copper 10-8 someone earlier mentioned you being an earth angel. What an amazing man. I would truely feel blessed to encounter the both of you on a cruise some time in the future when this is behind us and we are safe. I only found this thread earlier today and could not stop until the last post. I am feeling so moved and emotional, I have cried a number of times during my read. You are both such exceptional people who make the world a better place. I pray that your parents soon return to health and everyone stays safe. In all sincerity this really would make an excellent documentary some time in the future. Linda
  4. Hi, Maris. Still following. I have and am enjoying every entry you have made. I have followed from the very beginning. Maris in all sincerity - your writing is eloquent, entertaining and plain lovely. You are an amazing photographer, truely gifted. Yours are some of the best pictures anywhere on cc. I am hoping as I am sure others are too, that you will continue to make daily entries after your cruise blog portion wraps. Just on anything you may have to contribute maybe with pictures included. Possibly also about your fur babies. A daily distraction from the grim reality of the present would be so welcome. Once again thankyou, greetings and also to your fur babies. Linda
  5. Pin boy-=Okay, enough now, you’ve said your bit, let it be . If you feel this way just stop reading and coming to this forum, but no, you keep at it. Would you be happy if this forum were shutdown and muted. I am sure cruising is not at the top of anyone’s priorities at this time. We are all mostly compassionate and thoughtful beings. At present we are all living under stress and fear. Cruise Critic is a source of escape and joy for myself and I think many other members. This is important for our mental health at this time. No one here needs to explain or apologise about looking forward to things which bring us joy and the wish to want things to return to what we consider normal life. Many would be in dire straits mentally if we had no source of joy or escape. Thank you to all who are posting and providing some distraction. Greetings, keep posting and no apologies.
  6. Hi, good afternoon and greetings Maris. Just loving your daily posts. Love your pictures of the early sunrise, entry into ports etc. I too have always been an early riser and find such happiness in the morning quiet before the world starts buzzing about. Cruise critic is a great way to take a break and escape from the current daily stress we are all surrounded with . I am finding such enjoyment from reading especially your posts. BTW That picture of your fur kids truly is artistically beautiful - one of the best I have seen. I am cuddling on the sofa at present with two happy and snoring fur babies/iPad in hand - what better way to spend a day like this. Greetings and stay well. (Also extend the same to all cc members).
  7. What a wonderful thing to do for the amazing Celebrity Crew members. Hopefully all ships from all cruise lines will do this for their crews.
  8. Hi Maris, Will a silky terrier and Paris a Parti-Yorky both rescues with such attitude and character. A tiny bit smaller than your beautiful two. Thanks
  9. So enjoying your review, great writing style and love the picures. Following
  10. Greetings Maris, still following. Can’t wait for your next post. Lying here reading cruise critic with both our fur babies cuddling. After the state of Emergency declaration here in Ontario this morning, hardly a car going by. Our neighbour hood has never been this quiet and trying to avoid any outings except walking fur kids and grocery). Your posts are so welcome and refreshing. Just love your writing style and the inclusion of many great pictures. Thank you so much , Linda (ps we are due to sail SJU- Bayonne 2 May on Celebrity Summit which most probably will not happen, just not officially called off yet)
  11. Thank you for a truely well written report, looking forward to the rest. Please post soon. Greetings
  12. Maris, what a welcome review, so good to read when probably 99 percent of other posts all virus/cancellation related. Thankyou, waiting for your next posting. Your fur babies are just beautiful. Greetings
  13. OMG I am laughing, Thank you! What a great review. Love your much needed numerous writing. Agreed , we need to understand the serious nature of this virus and protect ourselves and those around us but this panic showing up in the frenzied hoarding and the constant media frenzy is personally driving me just a little crazy. Went out to do my usual grocery shop on Saturday (had originally had hubby call in at two different grocery stores on Thursday/Friday on his way home but he found mostly empty shelves). When he arrived home with this report and empty handed , my reaction was Whaaaaaaaat - you must be kidding! My list was - 1 bottle bleach, 1 packet t/rolls, 1 Clorox or Lysol wipes,1 bag rice, 2 package noodles, and 1 hand sanitizer, 4 tins lentils, onions and potatoes, squash and cabbage and free run eggs. Well on Friday he came home with 1 small size bleach(last on the shelf) and the free run eggs (they are mostly 2-3 times the price of regular eggs- guessing thats why still available). Well on Saturday went to the grocery store myself - took the last two tins of lentils on the shelf, found onions, had to settle for two small boxes of soup noodles. No potatoes, no cabbage or squash, no Clorox wipes, no t/rolls or Kleenex and no rice and no hand sanitizer (friend told me to make my own using 99 percent isoprop. And aloe Vera gel. Found the aloe but in 7 stores/pharmacies-yes 7 stores no rubbing alcohol. Found a store on opening Sunday morning unloading pallet of t/rolls and Bought 1 package and two small boxes of 5 minute rice (only 2 of any rice on the shelf) settled for restaurant style oven potatoes .Oh and the joy - found a large butternut squash!. BTW still laughing and loving your humor. Ps We have a repo booked 2 May SJU -Bayonne - done nothing yet but something tells me forget it. Greetings and thanks!
  14. Omg I am laughing, how true... we need some humor
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