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bowsprit

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    USA
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    cruising, reading, beach time.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    princess, hal, Celebrity Cunard
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    everywhere on any ship
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    Painting, sewing, knitting, decorating, stained glass. Reading.

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  1. Wish that we had thought of that 🥴 Unfortunately we are usually fully booked two years out. we are still watching the downfall of those cruises. one of the "replacement" cruises we booked was to fill in a gap that was made when HAL sold the Rotterdam out from under us 😁 that happened earlier last year.. the sailing was for May/June of this year. and in Europe...so we booked a 7 day Alaska cruise that had about two weeks cabin tour added on to it. Back when that happened, we felt safe in booking far out and for only a 7 dayer, and in Alaska. So much for that reasoning ..😖 At this time, we are booking nothing new. The hassle of refunds or shipboard credits is just not worth the work. Anything we have was booked before the cruise industry washed up on the beach. Our game plan these days is to book land "cruises" as backups for cruises already scheduled for this year, as unfortunately we do expect to loose most of them.. Sad, but true. The "UP" side of this is that we will see more of this beautiful country,
  2. we only have 4 Cancelled through princess, so you are the reluctant winner..😞 We sail with about four different lines, so our total count up until this time with all those cruise lines is 19 cancelled.😥 read my signature for the list ..and of those listed, we expect to add at least three more Princess cruises. .if not all of them for this year. If dates sometimes conflict, it will be because one cruise cancelled, we booked another to "fill" its place..only to see them cancel also. It is hard to believe that we stepped off of the Coral Princess on Jan 6 of 2020, after a wonderful Antarctic cruise, expecting to be sailing again within a few weeks.. and here we are. beachwashed over a year out..with no end in sight. that is why I changed my avatar to reflect how we feel.. washed up🥴
  3. We have looked and looked for a GOOD photo of the FAMILY Cabana on the Nieuw Statendam. We have heard all the negatives about this cabana, but have seen no actual photos of it, just side views and partial views where you can make nothing out. If anyone has a good clear photo, we would appreciate it if you would post it here.
  4. They did, and it was being looked into, but they said that they could not confirm where they ( the thieves) went. It was a shame, but lets face it..most experienced cruisers would not put something like that outside their cabin. I did make another when I got home, and mailed it to them. So they were fine. I hoped that the people that removed it would get home to find it broken in their suitcase 😈
  5. The secret to NOT having door signs stolen is to make them “ personal” . other than kids, most adults are not going to take something off your door that has your name, face or even a sketch of your face. years ago, I made small stained glass pumpkins for our group. A new cruiser put it on their door. some THIEF stole it the first day. Sad.
  6. Oh I know lines lol and they all have what I consider to be weak tea. and on Cunard.. they do have good teas, and in a pinch I can manage, but why settle for something that I really do not care for? It is easier just to take my own. Although Lapsang Souchong is popular, I do not care for it....so back to carrying my own.🙄 but I appreciate your suggestion.
  7. What an interesting thread! I am a Brit living in the USA. I love my tea! I carry my own tea bags when traveling. I do not trust cruise ship tea, and American tea is weak. I drink “ lifeboat tea”. A part of the proceeds goes to the lifeboat society in England. Fortunately I can purchase the tea through Amazon. so when cruising I pack enough for three cups per day..plus a few extra for “ just in case” The original reason for adding the milk to the cup first is because the cups were often porcelain. You did not want to pour boiling water into it without using a spot of milk to cushion the shock. ” Difference in spelling” often words got different spelling because everything was done by scribes..and scribes were paid by the characters. “ Color” or Colour”.. which paid better?
  8. "Stout is a dark beer.." not according to my countrymen 😁 Tom, are you the "Tom O" that shares such amazing info on ships? the Tom I am looking for is a librarian.
  9. To set the record straight. "My favorite beer is Guinness" Guinness is not beer, it is STOUT :)
  10. Amber cove 27 falls 27 Charcos Not for the faint hearted.. We were looking for an excursion while in port at Amber Cove, jan 2019, and near the taxi stand we saw a flyer for “27 falls”. It showed a pool, waterfall and a ladder. OK, it looked great and easy to do... even at my age I can visualize myself climbing down the ladder and swimming around. So off we went. I think the entry fee was $12 pp. and the taxi to get there.. about $50 Once there they provide a locker ($2) and a life vest ($2) and watershoes ($2). And then a helmet! 😲 I smelt a rat, but oh well. I am here now.. And a guide who said we would walk approximately 45 min to the falls. It is UP a path, with widely spaced steps. It was rather hot, and I took a few stops along the way to allow my heart to catch up! At the top I lay down to recover and cool off. There was a hut over to one side with a man standing by it. It is the donkey ambulance for those that have had enough. The only way down is by donkey! As i had recently rode a donkey in Santorini.. I will do anything to avoid doing that ever again. So on we go to the falls. Fortunately it is not far now, and downhill..( did we climb up too far?) You walk down and there is the first fall. It looks amazing! And you have a choice of how to enter the water..Jump in from 25 foot or slide down 5 foot. I chose to slide. Remember to wear a sturdy suit! The water is cold, but it definitely will make you forget the slog up the steps! Once in, we swam into a cave and then out again, making our way to the next fall, fortunately as you are already in the water, there is no more jumping. The guide says we are heading for a “slide”.. .......I am thinking “ plastic slide”. Nope..I now know what the helmet is for. You swim to the edge of the big natural pool and there, worn by countless butts is a snakelike slide in the rock. The guide hangs onto your life vest at the neck, he tells you to lean way back, cross your arms across your chest and pinch your nose. Then he lets you go. About 15 foot down I hit the water and am submerged. I break the surface thankful for the helmet and that I still have both elbows. I swim around this pool and look up at where I came from. When we started out, I was disappointed to find out that we only did 7 of the falls, as to do the 27 took a lot of hiking and more time than we had in port. Now I am so happy that there are only 5 more falls to do and not 25! Each fall is a real trip😳 and the final slide is about 25 feet long. But each pool and the swim around it brings views of the rock and fauna hanging over your head. It is beautiful. Our guide and the person at the end of the final pool are getting a laugh out of me. I think they thought they would take me out on a stretcher. I did too... But the bottom line... if I had seen this online, I would never at any age over 50 ..attempted it..I am way past 50! So I am so glad I was clueless.. it was the most wonderful and amazing thing I have ever done. I will never forget it. Just make sure you are up to the walk.......after that..it is all downhill.
  11. Oh I hope they are not.. we were there jan 16 of this year and they were amazing.
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