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  1. There were exceptions to the bland buffets. The Germans (Hapag Lloyd) had a Gala Buffet once a week and it was spectacular. There was lobster, prime roast beef, smoked pork, crab legs, all forms of German delicatessen and Buluga Caviar. When Regent Sea first set up business they had Apollo Catering and they put out a weekly Gala Buffet that included a 150 lb roast pig as well as all the best beef, sea food and poultry...a true extravaganza and really good to eat. They also had themed buffets throughout the week and they were all excellent. Their deli buffet was stellar. They had homemade corned beef, roast brisket, pastrami, chopped liver and much more. Even Chandris Line had super buffets when their Celebrity Line was first started. They had very fancy offerings that were high quality and delicious. Our dietary and nocturnal habits changed so the midnight buffets disappeared.
  2. If it’s great burgers you want then you must try R.F. O’Sullivan’s on Beacon Street. They are truly legendary. They will give Frankie the O’Sullivan treatment.
  3. Frank, LOL...LOL...LOL... I had the same thought...lol. Hi Bea, hang In there things are bound to get better. Glad to hear Mr. Bea is on the mend.
  4. Dear Bea, We all hope that Mr. Bea will be up and around soon. Sending you best wishes and good thoughts.
  5. Hmmmmmmm...me thinks that Bea just kept pouring the Veuve.😜
  6. Hi GK, I love to cruise but I find my cup is full after 14-16 days. Too much of a good thing I guess. I have never wanted to go on a world cruise but would have no problem with a segment.
  7. Hi Bea, I am so J-E-L-L-O...you are onboard Cview. And then you have the audacity to tell me you are in the TSL wasting everything down with the Veuve! ARRRRGGGGHHHHH!!! At any any rate I am in my captain’s chair and rambling along with you...😊 BON VOYAGE BEA AND MR. BEA!
  8. BRAVO Fox...well said and so true. A reasonable person should be able to figure out that the dishwashers, cleaners, food prep people and maintenance people are the ones who work 12-16 hours a day for months at a time. Many of these people are the prime earners for their families and elders at home. Unfortunately, where some here are concerned, you are whistling into the wind.
  9. I start crying “UNCLE” after 14 days!
  10. It all depends on the line you are going to sail. Some of the evening buffets are very good. I have friends of mine who sailed on Oceania and never went into the MDR. They preferred dining in the buffet every day and night. I know other friends who did the same on Princess.
  11. For every one that does there are ten who don’t....most likely.
  12. I traveled from Brighton to Southampton by train with my DMIL and DAunt 96 years and 86 years with DW and myself and 12 pieces of luggage on a transatlantic crossing. I went to the Station Master the day before and she told me to see her when I arrived the next day. She assured me that they would assist me. Sure enough when we arrived I sought her out and she helped me load all the luggage on a trolly and had me wait until she found the conductor. He took our trolly and helped me load the luggage before anyone was allowed on the train and then allowed us to be seated. When we were underway I asked the conductor if I could get assistance once we arrived at Southampton. As we were arriving he told me there would be someone at the platform to help us. When we arrived there were two men ready to move us to the taxi stand. I offered the conductor a free round at the pub but he politely refused and told me it was a pleasure to be of assistance. My faith in the Southern Rail system was cemented forever. Bottom Line: See the Station Master.
  13. And thank you all for providing me with a good fifteen minutes of honest comedic entertainment. The rat speaks from the heart.
  14. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!
  15. Oui mon ami...vive le top sail et vive le Francais soixant cinq!! Bon chance!
  16. Hmmm...it is possible. Or perhaps the rat has pierced someone’s armor and exposed a nerve...of past ill mannered behavior? We will probably never know.
  17. Like I said...every once and a while it becomes necessary...especially when you are going to frequent a particular crowded bar throughout the cruise. I’ll put a $20 bill against a status pin any day.
  18. Rattan...you’ve actually heard of this?? This breach of decorum and manners is beyond my realm of comprehension. Do people really behave like that?? You take my breath away.
  19. So glad you had a good experience with your black card RKA. My experience has been a bit different. Since I spend a good deal of time with bartenders onboard I have enjoyed friendships with many. I never tip during a cruise only at the end. To me, tipping upfront and for each drink is usually unnecessary. Although every once in a while it can be effective...usually when you have to fight the crowds.
  20. I can never get a decent French 75 anywhere...you have to make it yourself! Spot on Bea! Go for it! And don't worry about a recession. “When the going gets tough the tough go cruising”...LOL!
  21. Thanks Bea, now that I look at it...you might want to cut it back to 3 ounces each. It’s called a French 75. The drink was popular with the soldiers in WW I. They wanted to get a jolt out of a bottle of Champagne and this provided them with the ammunition...so to speak. The drink was named after the popular French artillery gun...the 75. I love Champagne but I also love a French 75 as an aperitif. You need to get the combination of the Cognac and lemon sour just right. The taste is superb.
  22. Bartenders could not care less about your status. Bartenders interact with those who take the time to interact with them and $$ always helps.
  23. Do you mean as opposed to dining in the buffet? It all depends...do you eat to live or do you live to eat? Dining in the buffet would apply to the former and dining in the MDR would apply to the latter. Personally, I would prefer the MDR...even at the late seating. If you are older and want to eat earlier then you would probably be happy in the buffet.
  24. And thank you Rattan for you honest answers. I found this thread to be very enlightening and informative. Anytime tipping is mentioned there is always disgruntled commentary. Such is the way of CC.
  25. Hi Bea, I'm jealous! That sounds so nice. I think I will spend the rest of this evening going over your list. The Verve and the Moët sound especially nice...two of my favorites. Sighhhhhh...
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