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#21
Toronto, Ontario
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So excited about your review... looking forward to it!
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#22
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Originally posted by CRLess
Checking in....looking forward to your review and pictures!
Chris! Welcome and I wish I could bang away on the keyboard tonight and get this thing truly underway but I will have to dive in headfirst early tomorrow morning. I have been used to getting up at 5.15 on the Crown. I will tackle the "story" first thing tomorrow as I have all my Lauderdale photos prepped and Carol's notes will be emailed to me any minute now.


It's a cruise I am dying to share when I am fresh and rested.
Norris
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Crown Princess ABC Islands January 12 2018 E734
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#23
Chicago, via NJ, via Miami, via London, via Northern Ireland
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Originally posted by TSM AND JP
So excited about your review... looking forward to it!
You and me both! So many memories flitting through what is left of my brain. I am glad you are joining us to see what comes next. For us it's food delivered by Chicago's excellent Big Bowl Asian restaurant and catching up with Top Chef via Tivo.


Thanks for the enthusiastic comment!
Norris
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Crown Princess ABC Islands January 12 2018 E734
Photo/Video review https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show....php?t=2588776
Regal Princess New England/Canada October 14 2017 C743
Photo/Video review https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show....php?t=2556992
Coral Princess Aug 2011 Whittier to Vancouver C210
Photo/Video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1850609
Crown Princess Jan 2012 Southern Caribbean C749
Photo/Video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1932543
Diamond Princess Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1798138
Ruby Princess Jan 2013 Eastern Caribbean C749
Photo review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1786957
Caribbean Princess Jan 2014 Western Caribbean C749
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976282
Ocean Princess Sept 2014 Venice to Rome Suite 6088
Photo/video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2110302
Ruby Princess Jan 2015 Eastern Caribbean D616
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2161859
Emerald Princess Sept 2015 Rome to Barcelona C750
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...5#post47937585
Celebrity Silhouette January 2016 Eastern Caribbean Sky Suite 7309
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...3#post48880163
Comparing Princess
and Celebrity
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2317130
Star Princess Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
Celebrity Reflection Western Caribbean January 14 2017 Sky Suite 7258
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2447364

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#24
Chicago, via NJ, via Miami, via London, via Northern Ireland
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Originally posted by CineGraphic
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Thank you and welcome!!
Norris
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Crown Princess ABC Islands January 12 2018 E734
Photo/Video review https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show....php?t=2588776
Regal Princess New England/Canada October 14 2017 C743
Photo/Video review https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show....php?t=2556992
Coral Princess Aug 2011 Whittier to Vancouver C210
Photo/Video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1850609
Crown Princess Jan 2012 Southern Caribbean C749
Photo/Video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1932543
Diamond Princess Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1798138
Ruby Princess Jan 2013 Eastern Caribbean C749
Photo review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1786957
Caribbean Princess Jan 2014 Western Caribbean C749
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976282
Ocean Princess Sept 2014 Venice to Rome Suite 6088
Photo/video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2110302
Ruby Princess Jan 2015 Eastern Caribbean D616
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2161859
Emerald Princess Sept 2015 Rome to Barcelona C750
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...5#post47937585
Celebrity Silhouette January 2016 Eastern Caribbean Sky Suite 7309
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...3#post48880163
Comparing Princess
and Celebrity
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2317130
Star Princess Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
Celebrity Reflection Western Caribbean January 14 2017 Sky Suite 7258
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2447364

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#25
Atlanta
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Joined Jan 2012
I was on the Crown last month for an 8 Day Eastern Caribbean, so I’m excited to see your take on her.
We really think Corey Moir and his crew did a terrific job.


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#28
695 Posts
Joined Feb 2007
We were cruise mates on this cruise! Can’t wait to compare your experience to ours. We had been to Aruba and Bonaire several times on previous cruises, but this was our first time in Curaçao. We are driving home to Missouri after a stop in Jacksonville so I’m jealous that you are already home! Lol!!
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#30
Central Illinois
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Joined Apr 2008
Very nice photos, looking forward to the rest.
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#31
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Joined May 2011
I’m coming out of the shadows to check in early for a change, Norris Looking forward to your review. We’re headed to some of these islands for the first time in December. Is Crown Princess your favorite of the line? Cheers, Michelle
#32
Brickell, Miami FL & Naples, FL
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Joined Apr 2003
So looking forward to all your pictures and reading about your travels on the Crown!
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#33
19 Posts
Joined Sep 2011
Norris, I was so disappointed that I had just finished Season 2 of "The Crown" and wouldn't have that extra something to look forward to in the evening and then I see your name and ABC cruise pop up!!
I enjoyed reading your previous review, (reading one for the first time) ....beautifully framed pictures, entertaining commentary ( with humor and song) and an upbeat outlook on life. Will be delightful reading at the end of a long day .. Thank you!
#34
NYC
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Joined Apr 2012
Originally posted by Bimmer09
Ann, welcome and thanks for joining us. I will have to look through the Patters for the answers to your questions and that will have to wait until tomorrow as we are catching up on our TV shows that we missed while we were gone for 10 days. Top Chef and the Colbert Show lead the list.


Norris
Thanks.... Just watched the two playoff games...we are on the Crown ...departing a week from today...hence the questions...any input to my questions will be helpful... Your itinerary looked great ...I LOVE Bonaire....Welcome Home👓👓👓👙👙👙 Ann

Originally posted by Bimmer09
Ann, welcome and thanks for joining us. I will have to look through the Patters for the answers to your questions and that will have to wait until tomorrow as we are catching up on our TV shows that we missed while we were gone for 10 days. Top Chef and the Colbert Show lead the list.


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#35
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Joined Mar 2017
My DH and I are going to the ABC islands in May on the Caribbean Princess. I’m looking forward to getting some hints and ideas from you. This is my first review from you and I have a feeling it will be fun! Thank you for sharing!


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#36
Northern California
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Joined Oct 2010
Ah!! So excited to have found this review while you are just getting started so I can follow along!
Looking forward to hearing all about it. We have not done the ABC Islands yet.
#37
U.K
174 Posts
Joined Mar 2013
You always write such great reviews Norris and have such fantastic pictures.

Not been on cc much lately but will stick around now I’ve found your thread.


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#38
Washington State
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Joined Jul 2009
Welcome home, Norris. This is a real treat, getting two of your wonderful reviews within a few months of each other. I've been to two of the three ABC islands. I really love wandering around downtown Willemstad. Can't wait to get immersed in your review.
John
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#39
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Joined Feb 2013
Raises hand with glass of rum in it of course standing on the barrel to toast you Norris and Carol for this stellar review. Cheers my friend and welcome home


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#40
Chicago, via NJ, via Miami, via London, via Northern Ireland
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Joined Nov 2009
WHY THIS CRUISE?
Good question and thanks for asking it.


We always take a cruise in January to escape the Chicago weather for a week and this year that was particularly appropriate as we were experiencing bitter cold weather with temperatures in the Minus. Last year, which, if my math is correct was 2017 we sailed Celebrity on the wonderful Reflection to the Western Caribbean in January followed by a bucket-list sailing on the beautiful Regal Princess to New England and Canada in mid October. That was port-intensive which always gets a loud YIPPEE!! from me (Gangway Norris) and a sigh from (Sea Day in the Sanctuary) Carol.


This cruise offered 4 sea days (mixed cries of Hooray! and Yikes!) on a ship which we had sailed to Princess Cays (didn't get off) Aruba and Curacao-the AC islands in January 2012. We boarded the ship the day after Costa Concordia ran aground and capsized. We loved the ship-our first love at first sight Grand Class sailing.

When I booked this cruise all the aft cabins-both suites and balconies were sold bar one.
E 734 is the one directly above Club Fusion so there was a possibility of noise from the bands at bedtime. It also has a balcony with a metal beam obstruction. There were some other cabins NEAR the stern and I debated with myself choosing one of those. The debate got rather overheated and ended with me slapping myself on the face and pouring a pitcher of iced water over my head. I don't support using violence to resolve an issue and felt bad and stopped talking to myself for a few days. I won the debate and booked E734 for we must have a wake view!!

The timing was such that after getting off the Regal we were faced with another cruise to be paid for a week later and while I recounted our Regal adventures on CC for two months of writing everyday (how I roll) the Crown cruise quietly sneaked up on us until I looked at my phone one day....


I had just finished the Regal review so now could focus on the Crown. Then this happened....


I worked until 11 pm just an hour before my phone told me this...


We were already packed and our favorite cat sitter Chris was booked to visit our cat who goes by the name of Little Snowy. All we had to do was sleep for 5 hours and get up fresh (ish) for the drive to O'Hare airport to take our seats on a flight to FLL. It was January 11th, a Thursday.

Well my bags are packed, I'm ready to go.....

Carol called a Lyft car and at 7.30 a.m we were out on the street. The driver had a car with some dents in the bodywork and when he opened the trunk for our luggage it was already filled with what is technically called "crap"-baby blankets, shopping bags, polystyrene take-out containers et al. Really sir? I had to put some of my carryons in the front seat and held my camera bag (weighing 13 pounds) on my lap. With morning traffic in stop and go mode it took 50 minutes to travel the 18 miles to O'Hare. We always allow a generous cushion of time so no sweat. We had TSA Pre and the United Lounge waiting for us.

At TSA Pre they pulled me aside (The Nerve!!) for a random check which involved taking my MacBook out to see if it really was a computer . Turned out it was!

We relaxed in the United Lounge, nibbling on snacks and drinking espresso by Illy until it was time to board....

Well, that's the end of my review and I hope you enjoyed it!
Norris
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Crown Princess ABC Islands January 12 2018 E734
Photo/Video review https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show....php?t=2588776
Regal Princess New England/Canada October 14 2017 C743
Photo/Video review https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show....php?t=2556992
Coral Princess Aug 2011 Whittier to Vancouver C210
Photo/Video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1850609
Crown Princess Jan 2012 Southern Caribbean C749
Photo/Video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1932543
Diamond Princess Aug 2012 Vancouver to Whittier C757
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1798138
Ruby Princess Jan 2013 Eastern Caribbean C749
Photo review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1786957
Caribbean Princess Jan 2014 Western Caribbean C749
Photo/video review www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1976282
Ocean Princess Sept 2014 Venice to Rome Suite 6088
Photo/video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2110302
Ruby Princess Jan 2015 Eastern Caribbean D616
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2161859
Emerald Princess Sept 2015 Rome to Barcelona C750
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...5#post47937585
Celebrity Silhouette January 2016 Eastern Caribbean Sky Suite 7309
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...3#post48880163
Comparing Princess
and Celebrity
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2317130
Star Princess Sept 2016 Vancouver to Whittier D733
Photo/Video review http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2403532
Celebrity Reflection Western Caribbean January 14 2017 Sky Suite 7258
Photo/Video reviewhttp://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2447364

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