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  1. If you like seafood, you're in luck. Here in Germany, we don't get as much fish as I'd like. I always overdose on Hebridean Princess. Especially when they do the fabulous cold seafood buffet!
  2. Thanks so much for reading! I noticed when we were in Glasgow about to embark on an earlier cruise, we had dinner at a steak and gin restaurant at the Glasgow train station and they had what looked like bottomless liquor decanters hanging like lamps. We were given a bunch of similar decanters as wedding presents in 2002, so I immediately noticed how they'd been repurposed. If I were a craftier sort, I might have tried that myself with ours! I've never not had a great time on Hebridean Princess, although we have had some strokes of bad luck afterwards. So far, we've done five cruises, one of which was a back to back. After two of them, I've wound up getting sick. After the other two, I've had dogs suddenly die of cancer. I'm sure it's coincidental in the cases involving our dogs. The cases involving my getting sick have only taught me to wash my hands more often, never share utensils or dishes, and use the hand sanitizer religiously! That's good advice no matter what! As for Bill and his kilt... well, it took a lot of work to convince him to get one, and he looks amazing in it. He will keep wearing it. I will insist. I'm not sure what the future holds for us, but I'm sure we'll do another Hebridean cruise at some point, after my credit card has recovered.
  3. Sigh... I remember two years ago, it was Hurricane Irma. The captain did take good care of us, though, and rearranged our itinerary so that we would be safe and comfortable. It resulted in a bit more time on the coach and some last minute changes of plans, but it was all good in the end. Try not to worry. You're going to have a great time! And soon you and your wife can enjoy all the gin and whiskies you want!
  4. Yes, and that was the only time on five cruises I have ever run into midges.
  5. We did run into them at one stop. The crew made midge repellant available at reception and it wasn’t an issue.
  6. Great! I'll check it out. I'd actually love to explore parts of South America. If we hadn't moved to Germany, we probably would have finally gotten down there. I don't know how much longer we'll be over here. I'm not in a hurry to move back to the States. I have heard the Galapagos are amazing.
  7. No, I haven’t yet been to South America. Maybe someday we’ll get there.
  8. It’s hard to believe I was on the ship a week ago. Reality bites.
  9. Ha ha... well, I didn’t get that impression. He was actually great all week. I think maybe he had too much whisky that last night. I am glad you enjoyed the series, although I think you probably read about 2016’s cruise. In 2012, I didn’t have a travel blog, so that first one got limited coverage. I reviewed it on the now defunct Epinions.com. I also did a series in 2017.
  10. I have just finished the series, which runs for fifteen posts. Those who want to start at the beginning will find the link in the first post on this thread. Those who want to start with the cruise should start here. I'll probably write a brief summary post tomorrow for those who don't want a blow by blow. Hope this is helpful for those who are curious. We didn't have a perfect cruise, but it was our favorite of the five we've done so far, mainly because we had a great group and a mostly great staff.
  11. I'm on post #7, which is about where the writing about the cruise starts. I predict another eight. 😄
  12. As promised, I'm starting my blog series about our latest Hebridean Princess cruise. You will find the first post here. It's just an introduction. We spent three days in Scotland prior to boarding, so the first couple of posts in the series will be about them, then I'll get into our actual cruise experience. Fair warning-- I tend to be very detailed and sometimes I'm inappropriate!
  13. We had some cloudy days and rain. We also had some sun. Scotland is one of those places where the weather changes constantly. I did have to buy a sweatshirt at one of the distilleries and I wore my sweater more than once. I didn't need the shorts I brought, although I probably could have worn them in Edinburgh when we started our trip. I'm getting ready to write my blog series about our trip. When the first post is ready, I'll post it in a new thread. I predict I'll have at least a dozen posts for those who want a blow by blow. We had a wonderful time! Of the five cruises I've done on Hebridean Princess, this one was my favorite, despite the rough seas at Cape Wrath.
  14. Finally got our rainbow... and yesterday, we had a couple of dolphins!
  15. It took about three months. He had it custom made, and they had to order the tartan for County Donegal (he’s more of an Irishman than a Scot). We had it shipped to us in Germany.
  16. If you need a kilt maker recommendation, this is where my husband had his made. He does rentals, too. The end result is pictured. http://www.jamesrobertsonkiltmaker.com/
  17. They do have a laundry service. We have used it and gotten our clothes back gift wrapped. 😄 It’s not self catering, though.
  18. We spent about six years total living near Stuttgart-- from 2007-09 and from 2014-18. Now we live in Wiesbaden, having moved here at the end of November 2018. It's been interesting to note the differences between the two areas. Wiesbaden is close to Frankfurt and kind of metropolitan and urban. Stuttgart is in Swabia, near France and Switzerland. Although I eventually got used to the Swabian way of life, I think the Frankfurters are friendlier. Our little town has a wine stand every other Friday and the people have been a lot more interested in interacting. Our first stint near Stuttgart, it took almost a year before anyone in our neighborhood would speak to us. During the second stint, we were in a friendlier neighborhood. It was maybe a fifteen or twenty minute drive from where we lived the first time. Still, it was about three years before we did anything communal with our neighbors. Here in Wiesbaden, they have events all the time. I do miss how pretty Baden-Wuertemberg is. I don't miss the horrible traffic! I'm curious about Europa and Europa 2. Maybe we'll have a chance to try them before we move again.
  19. Amen... My husband and I have been living in Germany for a total of seven years and neither of us is fluent in German. But we would happily sail on a German ship. I doubt language is a problem, given that so many Germans speak English-- especially the younger crowd.
  20. Here’s another thought. Maybe you could rent formal wear? I know it’s possible to rent kilts for special occasions and I am sure you could rent a tux if you preferred.
  21. I often get hits from this forum on my blogs about Hebridean Princess cruises. I wanted to let everyone know that I just moved my travel blog to a new platform. I will be blogging about our upcoming Hebridean cruise that starts on August 5th on the new platform. It's also where you can find my other blogs about this line. Here's the general link. https://thetravelingovereducatedhousewife.blog And here are links to first posts about our previous cruises. I always write them in a series. 1. Our first whisky cruise in March 2016 (14 parts). https://thetravelingovereducatedhousewife.blog/2016/03/27/part-1-what-the-hell-am-i-doing-in-scotland-again/ 2. Scotland and Northern Ireland in September 2017 (15 parts-- part six is where the cruise posts start) https://thetravelingovereducatedhousewife.blog/2017/09/11/scotland-and-northern-ireland-2017-part-one/ We also did two five night back to back cruises in November 2012. However, I did not have a travel blog at that time, so that cruise didn't get the same love. The new blog is still a little wonky and all but the newest posts were moved from Blogger, which means they might look less than perfect. But the information is still there, and hopefully, I'll be able to deliver even more on this next trip. We'll be exploring a totally different part of Scotland and completely different whiskys!
  22. Watch the Hebridean Princess board. I always blog about my Hebridean cruises and will be doing so again after our next cruise, which departs on August 5th. ❤️
  23. Totally agree. For instance, although some people who have never sailed on Hebridean Island Cruises think the Princess isn't "luxurious", they'd be dead wrong. I can't wait to board in a couple of weeks for the excellent food, incredibly attentive service, included excursions and alcohol, unusual itineraries, no tipping, and comfortable staterooms. Queen Elizabeth II has sailed her twice. She only carries 49 passengers. I used to be a diehard SeaDream fan, but our last three cruises have been Hebridean, and I think the experience compares very favorably. But most Americans haven't heard of Hebridean. Fine with me.
  24. I don't think anyone will say anything to you if you don't bring your tux. However, people do dress up for the gala nights. You'll see people in kilts and tuxes. My husband wore his dress blues on our previous cruises because he didn't own a tux or a kilt. When we take our next cruise in a couple of weeks, he will wear a kilt because he had one made when we were in Scotland last time. I can hardly wait. 😄 On our first cruise with Hebridean in 2012, there was another American couple and the husband just wore a plain suit on the formal night (it was a five night cruise-- we did two of them in a row). Bear in mind that most of the other cruisers are coming from the UK and it's easier for them to bring the fancy duds, as they're often driving or taking the train to the port. I'm sure people will understand that your journey is a lot longer.
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