12 night british isles rt from southampton (with dublin overnight) 9/10/17

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#41
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Originally posted by Lucky TGO
Thanks for sharing and the photos are great.

Tony


Thanks Tony. Glad you’re following along. Much more to come.



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Originally posted by MisterMet
]Shopper's Nirvana





One of Harrod's many food courts



Dessert Menu from Langan's Restaurant in London. Owned by actor Michael Cain



Mr. & Mrs. Met with our host Bill Kelly




We should now be all caught up. Thank you Bimmer '09 (Norris) for the help.
Trip, you are most welcome! Now we can all see your photos and follow the adventure.
I used to work across the street (#1 Knightsbridge Green for Texaco's Oil Tanker division (me and ships!) and Harrods food court is phenomenal. Never ate in Langhans but love the menu art and the treats shown for a reasonable price. We're making a beeline for Gordon Ramsay on Hospital Road when we hit London next September to join Celebrity Silhouette.


I learned to drive in London (late in life at age 24) and knew my way around very well eventually and those landmarks were something I got to see almost daily. What beauty there is there, architecturally and culturally speaking. Such a cosmopolitan city.


I am glad you took my advice and ditched Photobucket. They have shot themselves in the foot with their sudden greed. Let it Bleed.


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Originally posted by Bimmer09
Trip, you are most welcome! Now we can all see your photos and follow the adventure.

I used to work across the street (#1 Knightsbridge Green for Texaco's Oil Tanker division (me and ships!) and Harrods food court is phenomenal. Never ate in Langhans but love the menu art and the treats shown for a reasonable price. We're making a beeline for Gordon Ramsay on Hospital Road when we hit London next September to join Celebrity Silhouette.





I learned to drive in London (late in life at age 24) and knew my way around very well eventually and those landmarks were something I got to see almost daily. What beauty there is there, architecturally and culturally speaking. Such a cosmopolitan city.





I am glad you took my advice and ditched Photobucket. They have shot themselves in the foot with their sudden greed. Let it Bleed.





Norris, smitten by London at age 13


Norris

Learning to drive in London must’ve been crazy. I would think it’s much harder to get around than NYC. We both loved London. Very cosmopolitan and quite international. Everyone we met was friendly and really liked living there. Thanks again for the help. It saved me from blowing up PhotoBucket’s site!

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Originally posted by MisterMet
Norris

Learning to drive in London must’ve been crazy. I would think it’s much harder to get around than NYC. We both loved London. Very cosmopolitan and quite international. Everyone we met was friendly and really liked living there. Thanks again for the help. It saved me from blowing up PhotoBucket’s site!
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Insane. My first lesson: Driving school instructor was an Indian guy. Picked me up at home in Turnham Green, West London( I lived next door to the drummer from a band called King Crimson) and off we went for two hours. He told me he would ask me at random to name the last 5 traffic signs I saw so I really had to pay attention. Now we are in Hammersmith. All going well. Now we are going down Edgeware Road and I say- wait a minute isn't Hyde Park Corner up ahead? He laughed! Yes! Yikes....like driving around the Arc de Triomphe! Traffic coming from all over the place. Got through that then along Oxford Street the busy shopping street with buses and lorries and cabbies and pedestrians. We're gonna end up in Piccadilly Circus!! I warned. Yes! and more hysterical laughter from the Indian guy. I went all the way around it at showtime (theater crowds and mayhem) and back down Oxford Street. Ok, now take us back home he said. I needed a shower after all of that and working the gears.

Baptism by fire and from that day nothing was scary in any city I have driven in.

The end result is I took my driving test (very strict) in Teddington, by the Thames, and passed first time. I owe it all to the Indian guy challenging me from the get-go.

As I had passed in a record short number of lessons (9) the Driving School put my test card in their window. I have never missed an opportunity to drive a car since then. Hence my love of the Autobahn in Germany!

Norris
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LONDON CALLING Day 3/Part 1--9/9/17

With Hurricane Irma barreling toward the Florida peninsula, we arose to our real reason for visiting London prior to the Caribbean Princess British Isles Cruise: our chance to visit the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace. With the Palace only a 7 minute walk from our hotel, we had plenty of time to consume another healthy (just kidding),fortifying breakfast from the hotel buffet.

Our first stop on this day would be the Queen’s Gallery for the Canaletto exhibition. Since our 2015 trip to Italy included a stop in Venice, we truly found this artwork to be fascinating. Mrs. Met loves Venice and I loved seeing how she sparked up she gets every time she said, “remember when…” This exhibit was helping to hold off our anxiety about the storm approaching our home.

We then headed over to the main entrance to Buckingham and enjoyed the views and vibe at gates. We even spotted a contingent of the Queen’s Horse Guards marching right past us as we waited for our tour of the State Rooms.


The State Room tour begins once you’re inside of the courtyard that everyone sees from outside the gates. I admit I even got a little goose bumpy when I realized where we were. The State Room tour prohibited photography for obvious reasons so I have no pictures to show you. The tour was amazing and I’m glad Mrs. Met got to cross it off her bucket list.


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Rear of Buckingham Palace after the State Room tour


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#46
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The Queen hosts many Garden Parties out here. You are invited if you've done something wonderful for society. Our invitations must have been lost in the mail.



Lake and gardens further away from the rear of the Palace




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Originally posted by Bimmer09
Insane. My first lesson: Driving school instructor was an Indian guy. Picked me up at home in Turnham Green, West London( I lived next door to the drummer from a band called King Crimson) and off we went for two hours. He told me he would ask me at random to name the last 5 traffic signs I saw so I really had to pay attention. Now we are in Hammersmith. All going well. Now we are going down Edgeware Road and I say- wait a minute isn't Hyde Park Corner up ahead? He laughed! Yes! Yikes....like driving around the Arc de Triomphe! Traffic coming from all over the place. Got through that then along Oxford Street the busy shopping street with buses and lorries and cabbies and pedestrians. We're gonna end up in Piccadilly Circus!! I warned. Yes! and more hysterical laughter from the Indian guy. I went all the way around it at showtime (theater crowds and mayhem) and back down Oxford Street. Ok, now take us back home he said. I needed a shower after all of that and working the gears.



Baptism by fire and from that day nothing was scary in any city I have driven in.



The end result is I took my driving test (very strict) in Teddington, by the Thames, and passed first time. I owe it all to the Indian guy challenging me from the get-go.



As I had passed in a record short number of lessons (9) the Driving School put my test card in their window. I have never missed an opportunity to drive a car since then. Hence my love of the Autobahn in Germany!



Norris


Who knew driving instructors were allowed to haze students like college fraternities? We were at both famous spots you mentioned so we know how busy and congested it can be.
That’s why we liked the black cabs so much. It just seemed to be the easiest way for us to see, learn, and experience London without too much stress. Plus, I don’t know how to drive on the left side of the road!

I took my driving school road test to the Bronx Zoo via the highway. I was hoping to bring home a new pet, but no such luck.


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Photos of Buckingham Palace bring back memories of our time there this summer. I loved being able to go inside and am glad I booked it in advance and did not have to wait very long. We also booked the garden tour, which was fabulous. Afterward we ate delicious ice cream from the kiosk near the exit.
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So lucky that you got to see the Canaletto collection. On our last trip to BP we were treated to the Queen's Diamond collection -- also quite fun. Your pix are delightful, esp like the garden shots behind the Palace. On this cruise, we had to skip visiting London altogether. I will plan better next time!
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Originally posted by geoherb
Photos of Buckingham Palace bring back memories of our time there this summer. I loved being able to go inside and am glad I booked it in advance and did not have to wait very long. We also booked the garden tour, which was fabulous. Afterward we ate delicious ice cream from the kiosk near the exit.
geoherb

I thought the state room tour was fascinating. My wife was in 7th Heaven. I wanted some ice cream at the Kiosk too, but we were hurrying to get to Kensington Gardens to meet friends for afternoon tea. SOme pics of that should be coming up in the next post or two. Thanks for following along.
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LONDON CALLING Day 3/Part 2

The Buckingham Palace tour ends behind the palace itself in the Gardens. This is where the Queen hosts her summer garden parties a few times each summer for upwards of 400 invited guests. We then walked over to the Royal Mews for a nice tour of the Queen’s coaches and limousines. It was really interesting to see these exquisite, horse drawn carriages.


Another black cab ride dropped us off at Hyde Park so we could enjoy a proper Afternoon Tea at the Orangery at Kensington Palace. With pots of Earl Gray and lots of scones,finger sandwiches, and sweet treats, it was the perfect way to relax and share our 3 days of adventures with 2 of the 4 cruising companions who had been doing their own sightseeing. A fantastic dinner at the Ivy Restaurant in Covent Gardens allowed all 6 Caribbean Princess cruisers from the Naples area to gather and share stories of the wonderful time we all had in London.


One of the Queen's Horse Drawn Coaches







Mr. Met Auditioning to be on of the Coach drivers






Kensington Palace



Kensington Gardens







The Orangery at Kensington Gardens



Afternoon Tea at The Orangery at Kensington Gardens


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The Naples Cruisers with a niece of one of the cruisers at St. Ermin's Hotel in Westminster



The Signature dessert at The Ivy Restaurant in Covent Gardens. The dessert was called "A Window to the Ivy." It was fabulous. The entire meal was superb.




If you are in London and near Covent Gardens, this is a must try restaurant.
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SOUTHAMPTON AND EMBARKATION--9/10/17

Sunday, September 10th would not only be the day we embarked from Southampton, but also the day Hurricane Irma would go crazy on SW Florida. We took the Princess coach transfer from Victoria coach station to Southampton and were at the port by noon. It was a nice ride from London through the English countryside.

Check in in Southampton was quick and painless, but the wait to get on the ship was not. It took about 45 minutes for our numbers to be called to board. It wasn’t a big deal to us with all the other stuff we were thinking about.


Once aboard, we turned out attention to escorting our cruising companions around the newly refurbished Caribbean Princess. They had not sailed with Princess before and were especially excited to see the newly reworked Slice Pizza Bar. The pizza was even better than remembered. Princess has the best pizza at sea we’ve had,and Slice did not disappoint. We then meandered over to the newly redecorated buffet area called the Market Place. The new décor has brightened up the place and the new features like the omelet station and cereal bar were quite good. The food there was delicious, as always. Once our staterooms were ready we then retreated to unpack, do some ironing in the laundromat, and track the progress of Irma on the Weather Channel. We watched as the path of the storm go right through our town.

Our group used anytime dining throughout the cruise and we made a standing 7:30 reservation in the Coral dining room for the 6 of us. The food and especially the service was top notch. Our Princess newbies were quite impressed at the quality of service throughout the ship. Comedian George Casey entertained us in the Princess Theatre. He was quite funny and took a personal interest in us once he discovered we were from Naples. Although he is a native of Ireland, he now lives in Orlando and was quite in tune with our anxieties. After a pleasant, but anxious day, we decided to retire early and prepare ourselves for Day 2 which had become an extra sea day as the stop at Guernsey was canceled due to high winds and rough seas.


Our Floating Hotel and Casino





Mrs. and Mr. Met (aka Pam and Trip)









Entry into the Piazza from the gang plank


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Thanks for posting this. We are doing this route (almost, we have liverpool instead of 2 dublin) and I love hearing others experiences.
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Our Stateroom C415 Caribe (Deck 10) was a standard balcony cabin but with the large balcony found on this deck on most Grand Class ships.




The room is plenty big enough for the both of us. We are tiny people and don't find the stateroom or bathroom that cramped.








My dessert the first night of any Princess Cruise is always the Love Boat. What's not to Love?


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SEA DAY 1--9/11/17

We were able to get a few texts through to neighbors back home in Naples and learned that we had some minor damage to the roof files and pool cage. The anticipated 15 feet o fstorm surge that worried us more than the wind damage, never materialized. Miraculously, the tide was going out when the back side of the storm went through Naples. This saved many from the devastating flooding that was expected. Armed with the good news that dog, dog sitter, and home were as well as could be expected, we tried to enjoy an extra day at sea.


The rough seas kept 2 in our party from experiencing the day from anywhere but their stateroom. Mrs. Met and I hit the gym for the first time since we left Florida. It was good for the body, soul,and psyche. We then enjoyed wandering around the ship visiting the shops, hitting the International Café, the MarketPlace, and taking a well-deserved nap. Our first formal night would be left to a party of Mrs. & Mr. Met as the two other couples skipped dinner due to sea sickness of our 2 lady friends. The husbands of the ill dined in the Market Place. We enjoyed a very nice dinner in the Coral and then headed Crooners to hear piano player Funch entertain us. It was a nice relaxing day and we felt much better that all was at least ok at home.


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COBH—9/12/17

Cobh, Ireland is a beautiful little port in South,Central Ireland. The ship docks right in the center of the town unlike many of the industrial ports in Europe. You literally walk off the ship and right into this quaint town filled with shops, pubs, and restaurants. After our group visited the Titanic Experience (Cobh was the ill-fated ship’s last stop) our group hiked about town looking for some authentic Irish food. Unfortunately for us, we didn’t realize that one of the town’s best restaurants was about 100 yards from the ship, but the extra steps gave us a chance to explore this gem of a place more. The Quay’s Restaurant and Bar fed us extremely well. The food was excellent and the views are not to be missed.

After a group pow-wow, it was decided that our two lady friends would venture by train to Cork, the 2 male friend would return to the ship for drinks and naps, and Mr. & Mrs. Met would venture about town for a while longer. We walked up the hill to visit Colmon’s Cathedral. From there you have a tremendous view of the town, harbor, and ship docked below. It was well worth the hike and is highly recommended when you visit.

Our standing 7:30 dinner reservations in the Coral Dining Room allowed us to meet what would be our new best friends for dinner: Servers Siti and Igor. We really hit it right off the bat when we sat down and we requested they be our servers for the rest of our cruise when we ate in the main dining room. Dinner was great as usual and we then retreated to the Princess Theatre to hear our friend, comedian George Casey, for his PG rated show. He was tremendously funny

Caribbean Princess docked in Cobh, Ireland

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Sign in a local shop greeting us




The Naples Cruisers taken by Mr. Met



Town of Cobh's waterfront



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Colmon's Cathedral








Passenger ticket for Titanic Experience. The Titanic Experience is a great way to understand Cobh's place in the sad history of this doomed vessel. It only takes about an hour is is only roughly 15 euro pp.





Some past and present day passengers




Part of the Titanic Experience


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Royal Princess--April 2015 Eastern Caribbean RT from Port Everglades
Caribbean Princess-June 2014--Eastern Caribbean RT from Port Everglades
Royal Caribbean-Majesty--April 2013--Bahamas RT from Miami
Sapphire Princess--Inside Passage--July 2011 RT from Seattle
Carnival Valor--Western Caribbean--June 2005 RT from Miami

2015 Mediterranean Trip Blog link:
https://bonjourn.al/journal/9158
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Caribbean Princess--September 2017 12 Night British Isles RT from Southampton
Celebrity Summit--August 2016 Bermuda RT from Cape Liberty
Allure of the Seas--June 2016 Eastern Caribbean RT from Miami
Emerald Princess--May 2015 Western Mediterranean Rome to Barcelona
Royal Princess--April 2015 Eastern Caribbean RT from Port Everglades
Caribbean Princess-June 2014--Eastern Caribbean RT from Port Everglades
Royal Caribbean-Majesty--April 2013--Bahamas RT from Miami
Sapphire Princess--Inside Passage--July 2011 RT from Seattle
Carnival Valor--Western Caribbean--June 2005 RT from Miami

2015 Mediterranean Trip Blog link:
https://bonjourn.al/journal/9158