Welcome to your *NEW* Home !

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 12:51 PM.
#42
Eastern Virginia
6,088 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
I haven't posted for a while - too many things to do this time of year. Happy Chanukah to those celebrating it. Merry Christmas to those celebrating on Sunday.

I'm finally ready except for cooking. Katie and Stan are coming for a few days which will be nice. Katie looks fantastic! She's lost 40 pounds and looks so trim and slim.

Last Saturday we went to Cyndi (Kesam) and Ed's annual Christmas party. Her home looked lovely and it was fun seeing them and Bill (Seabill) and Irene. There were also some of our Ruby Star friends from the 2009 transatlantic there. A good time was had by all!

We went up to Colonial Williamsburg for a walk on Sunday afternoon. It was a beautiful day and Emma went along with us. For any of you who haven't been here, Christmastime is a wonderful time to visit. The decorations are beautiful and it's a special place to be.

Here are a couple of photos.



Emma, Al and Thomas Jefferson in Williamsburg



Emma waiting for Santa with a bone (for him?)

BTW Emma turned 2 last week and has become such a wonderful dog!

Well, everyone enjoy this festive, special time of year and may you all have a Happy, Healthy 2012!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#43
Chicago area
5,068 Posts
Joined Aug 2003
Same here Ann - such a busy time for us too. Seems like I've been going full force since we got back from the cruise. I love your pictures and Emma is beautiful.

So nice to see so many RHR's finding our new home. I hope to cruise with you again sometime. So far we just have the Disney cruise in August on our schedule and four FC credits with Princess.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to all! May all your holiday celebrations be extra special.

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature


#44
Palmdale, Ca
33,881 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Hello all. same for me as well. Between work and Christmas shopping I actually haven't posted anything on CC in two days Hope all are well.

Ann, those were some great pictures of Emma and Al.

Take Care All.....

Bob
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Future: Star Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 11/18
Future: Emerald Princess Alaska R/T From from Los Angeles 04/18
Pacific Princess Panama Canal Cruise 05/17 - 17 Days
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/16 - 17 Days **First Princess Elite Cruise**
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/15 - 16 Days
Golden Princess West Coast Getaway 04/15 - 3 Days
Royal Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/13 - 18 Days Inaugural T/A Crossing
Sapphire Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 03/13 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/11 - 18 Days
Golden Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 02/11 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/09 - 18 Days
Diamond Princess AUS/NZ 01/09 - 12 Days
Emerald Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/08 - 18 Days
Celebrity Constellation British Isles/Norway 07/06 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Alaska Repo 05/05 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Panama Canal 10/02 - 14 Days
RCCL Rhapsody OTS Alaska 09/01 - 7 Days
RCCL Splendour OTS Baltic/Northern Europe 09/99 - 12 Days
HAL Veendam Eastern Caribbean 07/96 - 7 Days
Carnival Holiday Western Caribbean 07/93 - 7 Days

240 Days At Sea: 167 Days Princess , 42 Days Celebrity. 19 Days RCCL, 7 Days HAL, 7 Days Carnival.....

My Cruise Pictures on Flickr

Roll Call Thread

Roll Call Thread
#45
Near Loch Lomond, Scotland
2,849 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
Ann, Emma is so sweet and Al isn't too bad either!
Busy busy here as well. Think all the shopping is done. Looking forward to our visit to Dundee for Christmas.
Everyone enjoy what celebrations you have planned.
Flora
#46
Palmdale, Ca
33,881 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by Floflegs
Ann, Emma is so sweet and Al isn't too bad either!
Busy busy here as well. Think all the shopping is done. Looking forward to our visit to Dundee for Christmas.
Everyone enjoy what celebrations you have planned.
Flora
Flora;

Holli & I wish you and Bob a very Merry Christmas.....

Bob
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Future: Star Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 11/18
Future: Emerald Princess Alaska R/T From from Los Angeles 04/18
Pacific Princess Panama Canal Cruise 05/17 - 17 Days
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/16 - 17 Days **First Princess Elite Cruise**
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/15 - 16 Days
Golden Princess West Coast Getaway 04/15 - 3 Days
Royal Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/13 - 18 Days Inaugural T/A Crossing
Sapphire Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 03/13 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/11 - 18 Days
Golden Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 02/11 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/09 - 18 Days
Diamond Princess AUS/NZ 01/09 - 12 Days
Emerald Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/08 - 18 Days
Celebrity Constellation British Isles/Norway 07/06 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Alaska Repo 05/05 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Panama Canal 10/02 - 14 Days
RCCL Rhapsody OTS Alaska 09/01 - 7 Days
RCCL Splendour OTS Baltic/Northern Europe 09/99 - 12 Days
HAL Veendam Eastern Caribbean 07/96 - 7 Days
Carnival Holiday Western Caribbean 07/93 - 7 Days

240 Days At Sea: 167 Days Princess , 42 Days Celebrity. 19 Days RCCL, 7 Days HAL, 7 Days Carnival.....

My Cruise Pictures on Flickr

Roll Call Thread

Roll Call Thread
#47
Kingston, ON
2,462 Posts
Joined Sep 2009
Wohoo!!! There was a small dusting of snow last night with an accumulation of about 1/2 inch. Temps today right around the freezing mark so we will at least have the appearance of a white Christmas. There was NO wind during the snowfall so it looks like a winter wonderland. we have a few errands to run today and then we are off to our son's in Belleville for the weekend. This will likely be the last Christmas our young grandson will get excited over Santa so we intend to enjoy every second of it! younger son is in Cancun and won't return home until Tuesday. Happy holidays to all!

Ciao,
Nikki
#48
Near Loch Lomond, Scotland
2,849 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
Originally posted by Woobstr112G
Flora;

Holli & I wish you and Bob a very Merry Christmas.....

Bob
The same to you and Holli, Bob.
Nikki, Our son has had practically no snow this year in North Dakota.
Enjoy your visit to the family.
Flora
#49
Eastern Virginia
6,088 Posts
Joined Feb 2001


No chance of a white Christmas here. Nonetheless, we will enjoy it. May all of you have a wonderful Christmas and for those celebrating Hanukkah, Happy Hanukkah!

Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#50
Vermont
4,131 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
I am happy to report that we also got a few inches of snow during the night and I awoke to all the tree branches laden with snow, just beautiful! Yea, we will have a white Christmas after all!

I finally finished decorating the tree after I had to undecorate it because one of the strings of lights decided to go out after I had most of the ornaments on. I will be making Christmas dinner for my entire family including all six grandchildren. Yes, I am finally in the Christmas spirit.
#51
Great White North, Eh!
4,789 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
Its getting so bad that Phil joked that we're going to have to go to the States to have a White Xmas!!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#52
Palmdale, Ca
33,881 Posts
Joined Sep 2007


Merry Christmas Eve to all. Today is Holli's Birthday. We'll be going to her brother's house later today to celebrate it and also Christmas.....

Bob
p.s. Hope everyone has their shopping done.....
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Future: Star Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 11/18
Future: Emerald Princess Alaska R/T From from Los Angeles 04/18
Pacific Princess Panama Canal Cruise 05/17 - 17 Days
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/16 - 17 Days **First Princess Elite Cruise**
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/15 - 16 Days
Golden Princess West Coast Getaway 04/15 - 3 Days
Royal Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/13 - 18 Days Inaugural T/A Crossing
Sapphire Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 03/13 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/11 - 18 Days
Golden Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 02/11 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/09 - 18 Days
Diamond Princess AUS/NZ 01/09 - 12 Days
Emerald Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/08 - 18 Days
Celebrity Constellation British Isles/Norway 07/06 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Alaska Repo 05/05 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Panama Canal 10/02 - 14 Days
RCCL Rhapsody OTS Alaska 09/01 - 7 Days
RCCL Splendour OTS Baltic/Northern Europe 09/99 - 12 Days
HAL Veendam Eastern Caribbean 07/96 - 7 Days
Carnival Holiday Western Caribbean 07/93 - 7 Days

240 Days At Sea: 167 Days Princess , 42 Days Celebrity. 19 Days RCCL, 7 Days HAL, 7 Days Carnival.....

My Cruise Pictures on Flickr

Roll Call Thread

Roll Call Thread
#53
Palmdale, Ca
33,881 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by Carolyn R
I am happy to report that we also got a few inches of snow during the night and I awoke to all the tree branches laden with snow, just beautiful! Yea, we will have a white Christmas after all!

I finally finished decorating the tree after I had to undecorate it because one of the strings of lights decided to go out after I had most of the ornaments on. I will be making Christmas dinner for my entire family including all six grandchildren. Yes, I am finally in the Christmas spirit.
Carolyn;

Great news about the snow for your white Christmas. I miss those days.....

Originally posted by Anubi
Its getting so bad that Phil joked that we're going to have to go to the States to have a White Xmas!!
Wanda;

Come on down.....:

Bob
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Future: Star Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 11/18
Future: Emerald Princess Alaska R/T From from Los Angeles 04/18
Pacific Princess Panama Canal Cruise 05/17 - 17 Days
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/16 - 17 Days **First Princess Elite Cruise**
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/15 - 16 Days
Golden Princess West Coast Getaway 04/15 - 3 Days
Royal Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/13 - 18 Days Inaugural T/A Crossing
Sapphire Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 03/13 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/11 - 18 Days
Golden Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 02/11 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/09 - 18 Days
Diamond Princess AUS/NZ 01/09 - 12 Days
Emerald Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/08 - 18 Days
Celebrity Constellation British Isles/Norway 07/06 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Alaska Repo 05/05 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Panama Canal 10/02 - 14 Days
RCCL Rhapsody OTS Alaska 09/01 - 7 Days
RCCL Splendour OTS Baltic/Northern Europe 09/99 - 12 Days
HAL Veendam Eastern Caribbean 07/96 - 7 Days
Carnival Holiday Western Caribbean 07/93 - 7 Days

240 Days At Sea: 167 Days Princess , 42 Days Celebrity. 19 Days RCCL, 7 Days HAL, 7 Days Carnival.....

My Cruise Pictures on Flickr

Roll Call Thread

Roll Call Thread
#54
Palmdale, Ca
33,881 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Future: Star Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 11/18
Future: Emerald Princess Alaska R/T From from Los Angeles 04/18
Pacific Princess Panama Canal Cruise 05/17 - 17 Days
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/16 - 17 Days **First Princess Elite Cruise**
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/15 - 16 Days
Golden Princess West Coast Getaway 04/15 - 3 Days
Royal Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/13 - 18 Days Inaugural T/A Crossing
Sapphire Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 03/13 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/11 - 18 Days
Golden Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 02/11 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/09 - 18 Days
Diamond Princess AUS/NZ 01/09 - 12 Days
Emerald Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/08 - 18 Days
Celebrity Constellation British Isles/Norway 07/06 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Alaska Repo 05/05 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Panama Canal 10/02 - 14 Days
RCCL Rhapsody OTS Alaska 09/01 - 7 Days
RCCL Splendour OTS Baltic/Northern Europe 09/99 - 12 Days
HAL Veendam Eastern Caribbean 07/96 - 7 Days
Carnival Holiday Western Caribbean 07/93 - 7 Days

240 Days At Sea: 167 Days Princess , 42 Days Celebrity. 19 Days RCCL, 7 Days HAL, 7 Days Carnival.....

My Cruise Pictures on Flickr

Roll Call Thread

Roll Call Thread
#55
Near Loch Lomond, Scotland
2,849 Posts
Joined Aug 2005
Originally posted by Woobstr112G

Merry Christmas Eve to all. Today is Holli's Birthday. We'll be going to her brother's house later today to celebrate it and also Christmas.....

Bob
p.s. Hope everyone has their shopping done.....
Happy birthday to Holli. Her nane is very apt for the season. Not like my DDs friend who was born in May but called June!
Everything done. Quiet time planned until watchnight service at 11.15pm.
Have a great time and to those who have snow - Enjoy!
Flora
#56
South FLorida
2,290 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Ann, your photos are great!! Emma and Al are so cute!

Happy Birthday Holli! Mine is tomorrow, so Holli is a day older than me

I'm glad some who wanted a white Christmas are getting one. Wish we could get one here! It's just not the same with decorated Palm Trees!! Wanda and Phil, you are welcome here anytime, but it still won't be a white one!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature





#57
Great White North, Eh!
4,789 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
Ah, its Xmas Eve once again. Christmas music on the radio, the turkey is stuffed and in the oven, the trifle is trifling in the fridge and...major excitement...we have a dusting of the white stuff. Hopefully it will last until tomorrow. Then it can take off eh??

Bob, best wishes to Holli on her birthday; and best wishes to Marcia the Christmas Baby...bet you've heard that your whole life.

Flo, under 'Odd Names for Friends' I have a friend born in the middle of a stormy November night and named April Dawn...who understands that? LOL

Best wishes from Phil and I to all of you in this holiday season. Hold your family and friends close to your heart and all the best in 2012.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#58
Palmdale, Ca
33,881 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
Originally posted by Floflegs
Happy birthday to Holli. Her nane is very apt for the season. Not like my DDs friend who was born in May but called June!
Everything done. Quiet time planned until watchnight service at 11.15pm.
Have a great time and to those who have snow - Enjoy!
Flora
Originally posted by bronxgirl25
Ann, your photos are great!! Emma and Al are so cute!

Happy Birthday Holli! Mine is tomorrow, so Holli is a day older than me

I'm glad some who wanted a white Christmas are getting one. Wish we could get one here! It's just not the same with decorated Palm Trees!! Wanda and Phil, you are welcome here anytime, but it still won't be a white one!
Originally posted by Anubi
Ah, its Xmas Eve once again. Christmas music on the radio, the turkey is stuffed and in the oven, the trifle is trifling in the fridge and...major excitement...we have a dusting of the white stuff. Hopefully it will last until tomorrow. Then it can take off eh??

Bob, best wishes to Holli on her birthday; and best wishes to Marcia the Christmas Baby...bet you've heard that your whole life.

Flo, under 'Odd Names for Friends' I have a friend born in the middle of a stormy November night and named April Dawn...who understands that? LOL

Best wishes from Phil and I to all of you in this holiday season. Hold your family and friends close to your heart and all the best in 2012)
Thanks for the birthday wishes for Holli. I will pass them along. Happy Birthday, a day early, Marcia.....
Bob
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Future: Star Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 11/18
Future: Emerald Princess Alaska R/T From from Los Angeles 04/18
Pacific Princess Panama Canal Cruise 05/17 - 17 Days
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/16 - 17 Days **First Princess Elite Cruise**
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/15 - 16 Days
Golden Princess West Coast Getaway 04/15 - 3 Days
Royal Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/13 - 18 Days Inaugural T/A Crossing
Sapphire Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 03/13 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/11 - 18 Days
Golden Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 02/11 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/09 - 18 Days
Diamond Princess AUS/NZ 01/09 - 12 Days
Emerald Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/08 - 18 Days
Celebrity Constellation British Isles/Norway 07/06 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Alaska Repo 05/05 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Panama Canal 10/02 - 14 Days
RCCL Rhapsody OTS Alaska 09/01 - 7 Days
RCCL Splendour OTS Baltic/Northern Europe 09/99 - 12 Days
HAL Veendam Eastern Caribbean 07/96 - 7 Days
Carnival Holiday Western Caribbean 07/93 - 7 Days

240 Days At Sea: 167 Days Princess , 42 Days Celebrity. 19 Days RCCL, 7 Days HAL, 7 Days Carnival.....

My Cruise Pictures on Flickr

Roll Call Thread

Roll Call Thread
#59
Eastern Virginia
6,088 Posts
Joined Feb 2001
Happy birthday, Holli and Marcia! I hope you both have wonderful days!

We followed our Christmas Eve tradition of lunch and a walk in Williamsburg. Father Christmas was there in Merchants Square and we got a hug and a photo with him. He was gone later in the afternoon - tonight is a busy night!

We had a nice thing happen this morning. The wine, truffle infused olive oil and wonderful balsamic I bought in the winery in San Gimignano arrived. We'll some great tastes to incorporate in our holiday feasts.

Well, everyone enjoy the holiday! Merry Christmas!
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
#60
Palmdale, Ca
33,881 Posts
Joined Sep 2007
A late (sort of) Merry Christmas wish to all. I hope everyone had a great day. Work has bee a might busy. Seems that the bad guys never take a rest.....

Bob
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Future: Star Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 11/18
Future: Emerald Princess Alaska R/T From from Los Angeles 04/18
Pacific Princess Panama Canal Cruise 05/17 - 17 Days
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/16 - 17 Days **First Princess Elite Cruise**
Caribbean Princess Iceland/Norway T/A 09/15 - 16 Days
Golden Princess West Coast Getaway 04/15 - 3 Days
Royal Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/13 - 18 Days Inaugural T/A Crossing
Sapphire Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 03/13 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/11 - 18 Days
Golden Princess Hawaii R/T From LA 02/11 - 14 Days
Ruby Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/09 - 18 Days
Diamond Princess AUS/NZ 01/09 - 12 Days
Emerald Princess Med/Trans Atlantic 10/08 - 18 Days
Celebrity Constellation British Isles/Norway 07/06 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Alaska Repo 05/05 - 14 Days
Celebrity Summit Panama Canal 10/02 - 14 Days
RCCL Rhapsody OTS Alaska 09/01 - 7 Days
RCCL Splendour OTS Baltic/Northern Europe 09/99 - 12 Days
HAL Veendam Eastern Caribbean 07/96 - 7 Days
Carnival Holiday Western Caribbean 07/93 - 7 Days

240 Days At Sea: 167 Days Princess , 42 Days Celebrity. 19 Days RCCL, 7 Days HAL, 7 Days Carnival.....

My Cruise Pictures on Flickr

Roll Call Thread

Roll Call Thread