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587 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
Checked your blog this morning and found TWO new blog posts to read. What an unexpected pleasure. Thank you for taking the time to do your detailed blog posts.
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My personal travel blog is Plane2Port. Learn how we travel using miles and points.
long island, new york
662 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
Will be following your blog. We just had to cancel a cruise for health reasons and would love to read your blog. We spent some of the winter in Hawaii and Australia and New Zealand did a land and cruise on the Emerald Princess. Just loved it. Your pictures bring back memories.
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2018 Royal Princes 40 Days Caribbean
2017 Emerald Princess Australia and New Zealand
2016 Disney Fantasy Caribbean Carnival Sunshine Bermuda
2015 Pacific Princess Love Boat Cruise, Caribbean Princess T/A Norway, Iceland, Royal Princes British Isles, Cunard Queen Mary, Ruby Princes 49Day Ft. Lauderdale to South America
2014 Star Princess LA to Hawaii, Royal Princess Canada, New England, Coral Princess Panama Canal
2013 Diamond Princess South East Asia, Star Princess 28 Day Hawaii, Tahiti from LA
2012 Ruby Princess Grand Med
2011 Caribbean Princess NY to Ft. Lauderdale
2010 Diamond Princess Alaska
2008 Crown Princess Baltic Cruise
2007 Crown Princess Caribbean NY Roundtrip
2004 Grand Princes Canada New England
588 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
YAY!! My favorite blog - and my favorite blogger! It must be mental telepathy - I checked your page a couple days ago before you posted and was sad that nothing about new plans had appeared. What a happy surprise this morning.

J&G - enjoy your exciting Season in this enchanting part of the world and heart-felt gratitude for continuing to take the time and effort to share with all of us. Smooth sailing!

195 Posts
Joined Apr 2009
I love cruising vicariously through you! Enjoy!
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Song of America, 1990
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11,023 Posts
Joined Nov 2001
We’re on our way!

Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes. They mean a lot to me. Carole and granny, I am sorry your cruising plans are on hiatus and hope for a speedy return to health and travel for you both. Nothing puts the kibosh on travel like health concerns.

I will not be monitoring this thread, but can be reached at
Pescadoamarillo (at) if you have any questions or comments (or criticisms!).

Safe travels everyone!
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Lansing Area, Michigan
1,116 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
You may not see this but, YAY! So excited to follow along.
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The Crown Princess at Grand Turk
Upcoming Cruises: Pacific Princess Christmas 2018 & 2019
Our Cruise Pictures: click herePast Cruises: Crown Princess 7/11/06 (Yes, we tilted!) - Grand Princess 2/17/07 (Western Caribbean) - Royal Princess 7/19/07 (Mediterranean) - Crown Princess 3/22/08 (On the Crown - no tilt!) - Coral Princess 12/23/08 (Panama Canal) - Island Princess 8/3/09 (Alaska) - Royal Princess 12/19/09 (Down the Amazon - Emerald Princess 8-8-2010 (Caribbean) - Crown Princess 4-16-2011 (Caribbean) - Star Princess 12-24-11 (Cape Horn - Penguins!) - Crown Princess 2-18-12 (Caribbean) - Golden Princess 6-23-12 (Alaska, with family) - Emerald Princess 12-27-12 (Caribbean) - Ocean Princess 7-15-13 (Baltics & St. Petersburg) - Caribbean Princess 12-28-13 (Western Caribbean) - Coral Princess 12-23-14 (Partial Panama) - Pacific Princess 7-13-15 & 7-20-15 (Alaska North and South) - Ocean Princess 12-20-15 (Caribbean Connoiseur) - Coral Princess 12-28-16 (Partial Panama) - Pacific Princess 7-29-17 (Iceland and Norway) - Anthem of the Seas 6-28-18 (first RCCL cruise)
Cardiff, CA
82 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
That picture of the Golden Princess in Sydney is amazing. As I understand it, a huge portion of the passengers on a cruise that starts or ends in Sydney are Australians. But that probably doesn't keep the bankers in those office towers from feeling like tourists are invading. That ship looks like it has to let the air out of its tires to get under the legendary bridge. What a sight.
Concord, California
3,712 Posts
Joined Jun 2000
Looking forward to hearing all about your adventures. I was last there in 2002 (can't believe it was that long ago)and hope to visit again in 2018. I stayed just down the street from you in the Rocks at the Hotel Russell. Perfect location for exploring the city, I loved walking around the harbor every night.
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Princess 59 cruises HAL 4 cruises Celebrity 4 cruises
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Palmdale, Ca
36,559 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by PescadoAmarillo
Hello everyone-

I’ve just published the first post of this season's cruise blog. If you’re interested, it’s at

One guess about where we’re going this year.

Hope you’ll cruise along with us!
I'll be there. Trying to get Holli o agree to a cruise down under in Nov of 2018 on RCCL.....

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Future: Sky Princess Med-T/A 11/19
Future: RCCL Symphony OTS E Caribbean 09/19
Future: Ruby Princess California Coastal 03/19
Future: Star Princess Hawaii 11/18
Pacific Princess Panama Canal 05/17
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/16 First Princess Elite Cruise
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/15
Golden Princess West Coast Getaway 04/15
Royal Princess Med-T/A 10/13 - Inaugural T/A Crossing
Sapphire Princess Hawaii 03/13
Ruby Princess Med-T/A 10/11
Golden Princess Hawaii 02/11
Ruby Princess Med-T/A 10/09
Diamond Princess AUS/NZ 01/09
Emerald Princess Med-T/A 10/08
Celebrity Constellation British Isles/Norway 07/06
Celebrity Summit Alaska 05/05
Celebrity Summit Panama Canal 10/02
RCCL Rhapsody OTS Alaska 09/01
RCCL Splendour OTS Baltic/Northern Europe 09/99
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Carnival Holiday W Caribbean 07/93

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Oakville, ON
2,887 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
Originally posted by cardiffman
That picture of the Golden Princess in Sydney is amazing. As I understand it, a huge portion of the passengers on a cruise that starts or ends in Sydney are Australians. But that probably doesn't keep the bankers in those office towers from feeling like tourists are invading. That ship looks like it has to let the air out of its tires to get under the legendary bridge. What a sight.
It doesn't go under the bridge.
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1. Majestic Princess - 12-night NZ (out of SYD) - Feb, 2019
2. Regal Princess - 11-night Baltic (out of CPH) - Jun, 2019 (Booked w/Landmark Sale... and changed to 3FF on 9/7)
Q: How is it that we introduced friends to cruising and they are going to be Elite before us? You know who you are! <insert jealous emoticon here>
Vancouver, BC
19,134 Posts
Joined Feb 2002
Keep Port Douglas in good shape for me, we'll be there in a couple of weeks. Loving the blog.
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Coming next
September 2018...Crete & London land trip
October 2019...Celebrity Reflection Iberian Peninsular
2020...Planning the great retirement trip

Kauai Land Trip 2018/Queensland, Australia Land Trip - Celebrity Solstice Vancouver to Honolulu - Crete Land Trip 2017/Australia Land Trip - Celebrity Constellation - Greek Isles 2016/Hawaii Land Trip 2015/Christmas and New Years in Hawaii/European Christmas Markets - Land Trip/Hawaii - VCR Celebrity Solstice 2014/Paris Land Trip/Hawaii Land Trip X 2 - 2013/Grand Med. - Ruby Princess/South of France 2012/Hawaii - Land Trip 2012/Hawaii - Land Trip - 2011/Panama Canal and Florida Keys - Coral Princess - 2011/Eastern Caribbean - Ruby Princess - 2010/France 3 Week Land Trip - Burgundy/Loire/Normandy/French Riviera/Provence 2010/Mexican Riviera - Sapphire Princess 2009/Coastal - Sapphire Princess 2009/Alaska - Voyage of the Glaciers - Zuiderdam - 2009/Greek Islands cruise + Monaco and Paris by land - Grand Princess - 2008/Land Trip - Maui - 2008/3 Week Land - Paris to Rome - 2007/Hawaii - Pride of America - 2007/14 Day Caribbean - Sea Princess - 2006/Coastal - Dawn Princess - 2006/Barcelona to Venice - Millennium - 2005/UK & Ireland - Land Trip - 2004/AI Mexican Riviera -2003/Coastal - Island Princess - 2002/Maui - Land Trip x 2/Alaska - Dawn Princess - 2001/UK Land Trip x 3/11 Day Circle the Caribbean - Splendour of the Seas - 2000/Mexican Riviera - Rhapsody of the Seas - 1999/2 Week Land Bermuda - Girls Trip - 1997/Married - Maui - 1997
111 Posts
Joined Oct 2013
Very excited to be following - I love your style of writing and sense of humour. Will be particularly interested as we have booked a land tour in Australia and cruise round New Zealand on the Majestic Princess in March 2019 - so will be looking for tips and insights.

Currently watching the progress of Golden Princess - 43 nm from Sydney - and the Sydney Harbour webcam for a first sighting of the ship; due to dock at 9pm BST. Strange to think that we will be watching from London, England and you will be watching in Sydney at the same time; isn’t technology amazing!

I hope you have a wonderful and exciting (in the right way) season 8 cruising and I will be following along.

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Upcoming Cruises:

09/2018 - Saphire Princess; Scandinavia

10/2018 - P&O Ventura; Brugge

12/2018 - Viking Sky; Christmas Mediterranean Cruise

03/2019 - Australia land tour and Majestic Princess; New Zealand

10/2019 - Sky Princess; Western Mediterranean Medley

Already Sailed:
09/2014 - Regal Princess; Grand Mediterranean
03/2015 - Royal Princess; Eastern Caribbean
09/2015 - Celebrity Eclipse; Canaries and Azores
11/2015 - Regal Princess; Western Caribbean
03/2016 - Royal Princess; Southern Caribbean
08/2016 - Emerald Princess; North Cape and Norwegian Fjords
02/2017 - P&O Britannia; Frflatt's 60th birthday Caribbean Cruise
04/2017 - Majestic Princess; Inaugral season in the Mediterranean
06/2017 - P&O Azura; Guernsey
08/2017 - P&O Azura; Guernsey
09/2017 - P&O Britannia; Brugge
09/2017 - RCCL Navigator of the Seas; Canaries and N. Africa
11/2017 - Regal Princess; Western Caribbean
12/2017 - P&O Oceana; Brugge Christmas Markets
03/2018 - Caribbean Princess; Circle Caribbean
Redding, CA
133 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
So excited to follow along again this year!!!!
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Boca Raton, FL
2,350 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
Watching the Sydney cam from here in South Florida and the Golden looking mighty pretty!

Bon Voyage!
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Fremantle, Western Australia
580 Posts
Joined Dec 2012
I only checked your blog last Sunday and thought you should be up and going shortly! About to go and get reading to catch up and so excited that you have been down to us here in Australia!
Travel safe and really looking forward to following another season with you

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