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  1. Thanks Adam, I knew two Polish drummers-Teddy (Thadeus) and John and have pics of them which I'll show as we go along. There was also a steel band on each contract. Four bands on the ship on each cruise. Meanwhile I am off to work. Cheers! Norris
  2. Yes it's an old thread and I'm finding it 13 years later. CC is such a great resource! I worked on the SON as a musician for 12 weeks in late 1985 and a second contract of 32 weeks March through October in 1986 and had a lame Instamatic camera on the first and then a decent Nikon camera bought in Miami for the second so I can make a contribution here to the collective memory. I was living in London and there was an English band on board in August 1985. Their keyboard player gave his notice. A call went out to the agency in Manchester who had provided the band. A woman in the o
  3. Crystal, I found and read this today and gobbled it up in one long sitting. Another fun review and I like how you rolled with the punches-no Coco Cay, 5 hours in San Juan (El Morro fort was a highlight there for us), no St Kitts but I am happy you went to beautiful St John (but with rain), Labadee with wind=no bueno. And all the mishaps early on especially that taco place! What put your friends off cruising for 7 days as opposed to, say, 3? Norris, with thanks.
  4. Mary Ellen, I like your plan re the organized ship tours as they have their drawbacks and you can maybe use your time better by picking and choosing locally. It looks like I will cancel the Azamara cruise we have planned for this October (Rome to Venice) as we have got tickets to the Wagner Bayreuth Festival in Germany after 7 years on the waiting list so it may be a while (a year) before I have a cruise to write about. Meantime have yourself a great one (you will) on the Silhouette to the Fjords! Norris
  5. Mary Ellen, thanks for the kind comments! I'm glad you took the time to read it and hopefully it has whetted your appetite for this stunning ship. Norris
  6. October 3 Rome to Venice on Pursuit with the meet up of all three Azamara ships in Koper to celebrate the company's 10 th anniversary! Norris
  7. The buffet is your best friend if you want to linger over the scenery and not wait to be served. Room service too. I can't recommend any theater in London-I've maybe only been to 4 in my whole life. It all depends on what you want to enjoy inside the theater. Anywhere near Piccadilly Circus is going to give you that "West End" buzz, helped by neon and crowded sidewalks. That can add to the sense of occasion, for sure. We saw a dark comedy written by a favorite author, starring John Malcovich so we were happy and the theater (the Garrick) didn't add anything to the event. Ther
  8. Hi, somloi! Thanks for reading. Showtimes were 7 and 9 pm so we would have had dinner between those two times. The show in Flam becomes the sailaway, especially if you have a camera and particularly if it isn't getting dark soon after 6 as was our case. We were limited in how much Sognefjord we could savor-by the light and the cold. But you have to eat so much may depend on the show that night. We went to fewer shows than ever before in Norway as we were off the ship each day and the scenery called to us as we left each port and so we weren't inclined to rush indoors. I wouldn't want
  9. Yoshi, hope you had a great Christmas cruise! Glad you enjoyed the coffee (espresso for me, sipped slowly like the Sambuca) I had one on New Years Day after a surf n turf at our local Ruth's Chris steakhouse. It hit the spot! Stay well! Norris
  10. Joe and Pat, a great read which I just lapped up in one sitting. Thanks for the superb photos and for reminding me how colorful and cool Curacao (Willemstad) is. One of my favorite ports. Cheers! Norris
  11. Ocean Majesty cruise ship and HMS Belfast, London Viking Sun, Greenwich, London Viking Sun at Sundown Norris
  12. German warship in Stavanger, Norway Oil rig tender, Stavanger links in the supply chain Norris
  13. Hmmm, not well thought out. Work may have been given to the team that built the shed on the stern of Island Princess. Norris
  14. Joe, I have a friend in Florida who has sailed on the Z many times and loves it. Looking forward to your photos of life on board. We have yet to sail HAL but it's always a consideration when pondering a cruise. Next up for us is Princess on the Sky in under 6 weeks then Azamara, Rome to Venice in October. Have fun! Norris
  15. Then "Bon Voyage" Joe and Pat! I look forward to reading about your cruise-which ship? Norris
  16. Sunset between Havana and Cienfuegos, Cuba, January 2019 on Azamara Journey Norris
  17. Steve I can see them on my iPhone but not on my MacBook. Keep them coming! Norris
  18. Hi, if it isn't raining you can get some clean shots through the windows.... These were taken on the trip from Myrdal down to Flam from a seat facing backwards-not ideal as you get no warning of what's coming up ahead. Right side of train. There was no open section of the train to take photos from. Hope this helps! Norris
  19. Thanks for writing such a fun and informative review and for your generous use of photos! We will be sailing the Pursuit October 3 2020 and are looking forward to that even more now. Cheers! Norris
  20. Thanks for the superb photos! I'll get to see the Sky in person in 6 weeks. She looks good! Norris
  21. Hi Steve, thanks for your excellent photos. I'm not seeing the videos play though. Have a great cruise! Norris
  22. Thanks for the kind compliments, Kitty, on my review! We had a Greek islands cruise booked back in 2013 but had to cancel as we got tickets to the Wagner Festival in Germany and now you and Crystal (Singinalot) have shown us what we missed. We might find it a tad too hot as we are shade seekers and trees seem to be rationed on some of those islands. We love Greek food though and their prices can't be beat. It was a good move on your part to get off the ship early when you docked to try and beat those crowds. Empty streets make for good photographs! I'm sure you hav
  23. Kitty, great review which I read in one long page-turning sitting this afternoon! Glad to hear you are taking the beautiful Regal Princess to tour the British Isles in May-a wise choice in itinerary, ship and timing. Approaching anywhere on the coast is a great anticipation builder in a way that landing there at an airport fails to do, as there is the horror of baggage claim, customs and a lot of walking with carry-ons ahead (yeah I'm talking about you, Heathrow and Chicago!). On a ship everything is revealed slowly as you near the port and you can get off in just a tee shirt and fli
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