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About jpalbny

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    Albany, NY
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    Adventure travel, wine, food
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    Silversea, Oceania, Uniworld
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    Wherever I am going next!
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  1. Those darn doctors...if only they weren't so busy playing around on CruiseCritic.com, they would have had more time to fill out your forms correctly! 😉 😁 🤣 All kidding aside, glad to hear about the positive outcomes, for both your medical and financial health, from this undoubtedly scary ordeal. Hope you're back to cruising soon!
  2. Boo! We love Explorer too. I wonder what is in the works? Our friends (one of the couples who were on board with all of us last year) are on board again right now, going from Santiago to Ushuaia. I am very jealous. Their pictures are killing me!
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    Jerash is great but Petra is amazing. Enjoy!
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    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Mysty, very true! Speaking of storytelling I have to find time to get back to my blog...I'm neglecting my storytelling duties! Forgot to say that the new restaurant sounds great, Lois. We have a restaurant here which serves the edamame dumplings and they are a real treat.
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    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Lois, we really do not have any good seafood to buy around here. There was a long-time fish store in Albany, which mainly supplied the local restaurants, but they had a retail outlet for years which was fairly OK. Once that closed our options evaporated. The grocery stores are the best remaining options but it's really hit or miss for quality. The other "seafood market" in the area is pretty useless. And I can almost never find halibut. So this is worth it for us. TGH, that is just chilly! It's 20F this morning here in Albany so I can sympathize. Terry, nice shots of Athens. Great location between the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Did you see Silver's post on the Oceania boards?
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    Where is Terry?

    Yes, it's Terry from Ohio. He's in Athens now waiting to start an Oceania cruise to Dubai, and he's been promising us a live blog on this board. So we're all (im)patiently waiting... I liked the pterodactyl reference. 😄
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    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Jeff, your dinner looks easier to make than mine was. But it really wasn't that bad now that I think about it. We ordered a bunch of fish from Alaska over the weekend. It arrived today via FedEx, packed in a Styrofoam box and still nicely frozen solid. This is our second order from this particular dealer, and the quality looks even better this time. You may recall the picture I posted a few months ago, of Chris holding a pair of King Crab leg that were just huge - same place, another order. We have two more for a special occasion. 😄 So I used one of the halibut portions to make dinner. I heated some olive oil over a very low flame, with a bunch of crushed garlic cloves, lemon slices, and a few pieces of sage and rosemary. The herb garden was picked clean last night before the killing frost hit, so the herbs are now safely stashed away in plastic bags, in the accessory refrigerator. I miss the garden but I don't have to put on shoes to go pick herbs now. I cooked/poached the halibut over low heat in the seasoned oil, then added a splash of wine, lemon juice, and broth. The fish was served with the cooking liquid, over roasted potatoes. I fried a few sage leaves for garnish. We had haricots verts for a side dish (from Trader Joe's, Lois, in case you need another incentive to go back). Even though it sounds fancy it was less than 30 minutes from prep to table. It went very well with a heavy Rias Baixas Albarino. Very glad to enjoy this and not be on call!
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    Athens to Muscat - The Middle East with a Muse

    Finally had a chance to catch up on the pictures. Great stuff!
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    Silver Muse vs Seabourn Encore

    Thanks for the time and effort you put into this comparison. I found it very helpful. I've never been on a SS ship as large as Muse or Spirit but some day we will have to do that.
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    night time cruise of Budapest

    A bit non-standard, but there are public ferry boats in Budapest that run up and down the Danube. If you have a public transport card (the same one that you use for the trams and Metro), then journeys on the ferry boats are included in that ticket. You could look at their schedule and just hop on/off to cruise up and down the river for free (for no additional cost, that is). You could ride them both ways, or ride them one way and take a bus, tram, or Metro back. They are not fancy, but they are comfortable and have nice windows so the view would be decent. We rode one to our embarkation pier before our river cruise because it was the easiest way to get to the dock. We did this same trick in Hamburg a few months ago when we got in too late to catch a nighttime harbor cruise. We just got ourselves a public transport ticket and rode the ferries around the harbor for an hour.
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    Toll roads in France and Spain

    On our 2010 cruise, while out touring on our own, we unexpectedly encountered a toll road outside of Bordeaux. Luckily I had change to throw into the machine, because it was a dinky entry ramp with one lane and an unattended booth! When we had to drive from Nice to Paris at the end of the cruise, I made sure I had tons of cash and just paid with that. But I got caught with only an €50 note at a place that had a small toll of €3, and the machine wouldn't take the big bill. So believe it or not, my (then non-chip) AMEX card worked in the machine, but not my Visa or MC. Next time I will make sure I have all options available, and of course I will try to see if my chip cards work... Haven't tried this in a while but thanks for the reminder.
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    Lucerne extension after Rhine cruise

    We have taken the train to Zurich airport (from Geneva, not Lucerne) and we arrived at 11:40 for a 13:20 flight. We were flying business class so we had ample time to check in and clear security before boarding. It might be less stressful with more time, but we didn't feel pressed for time. It is Switzerland, after all, and they are fairly organized and orderly. 🙂 One tip - find out ahead of time which terminal your airline/flight is departing from. We had to search a little bit upon arrival to find the right terminal for the Delta check-in desks. Didn't add more than five minutes to our routine, but would have been easier to know where to go from the beginning. It's not a huge airport, but we had a harder time than usual finding the monitors listing exactly where the check-in gates were for each flight. They seemed less prominent than at other airports.
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    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Terry, have a great trip! The 787 is a gorgeous plane; we flew in one to Easter Island last year and loved it. Here is a view of "our" 787 coming in for a landing at Easter Island while we watched from a restaurant just a few hundred meters from the end of the runway. Oceania had great food when we cruised with them back in the day but we haven't been on one of their ships since November 2008. Hard to believe that it's been 10 years. Let us know if it's as good as we remember. Enjoy Egypt. It's a magical place. My little sister is currently in Morocco for the week. Scenery looks similar but fewer high-impact archaeological sites.
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    Newbee Question - what to wear?

    We are, Phil. No worries. As long as you dress appropriately... 😉
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    'My Silversea' Page Problem

    Glad to hear!