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Photo Review April/May 2015: Disney, Eclipse TA, London

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An interesting cole slaw with almonds - it was OK, but I prefer the creamy coleslaw. This didn't stop me from eating a large portion.

 

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As we ate, Goretti was preparing the next plate. Fried fish and roasted potatoes. I asked and was told the fish is stickleback.

 

It was good!

 

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And the next plate of food.....Pork ribs with fava beans. These were the biggest fava beans I've ever seen. OK, I liked the red wine a little too much so my photos are getting fuzzy.

 

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For the umpteenth time on this cruise, I realized I was way past full but that didn't matter because Goretti pulled out dessert. A few of us grabbed a quick photo before she could start platting.

 

This is Abava Quas or passion fruit pudding. Again, this is addictive an had amazing flavor. I wish I had thought to ask her for the recipe.

 

 

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But you can't have just one dessert so she also made us rice pudding. I didn't notice at the time, but love the cinnamon rings on the top. How did she do that?

 

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My plate!

 

Many of my food photos are dark because I turned off the flash so my photos wouldn't bother the others at the table. I have previously tired to change the shutter speed to accommodate but my hands are not steady without a tripod which is a bit unsightly when you are a guest at someone's table.

 

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John was a lot of fun and helped clear the table and make sure we had what we needed. He joked that they were a good team because Goretti loved to cook and he loved to eat.

 

They are such a charming couple.

 

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So, we hurried to finish because there was only 30 minutes until the boarding deadline. We were very close to the port they assured us so after a hasty Thank you and a few hugs from our hosts, we got in the van and drove away.

 

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It only took 10 min to reach the dock and 5 min to get in which left us with an extra 15 minutes!

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Needless to say... we skipped dinner that evening. We talked about going to the show (Jazz), but didn't manage more than a cup of tea and a hot shower to get warm and dry. Then we went to bed early!

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Appreciate your wonderful reports and visuals. Especially super love the food pictures. Nicely done!! Very sharp and crisp. Makes me hungry. Have not had time to go through all of the pictures, etc. BUT, have you shared the camera and lens used fro the food visuals? Tell us more.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 108,113 views for this posting.

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Friday, May 1 - Sea day!

 

We slept late, very late! Ended up at the cafe for an english muffin, some fruit and a cup of coffee. I took my Ipad and we downloaded all the trip photos so far and had fun looking at them. We stayed so long they were setting up lunch. So, I made a small salad and sat back down to talk to husband. Other cruisers were sitting next to us and we ended up chatting for over an hour. I tried apricot sorbet and it was really good! They chocolate bread pudding was not.

 

Then we walked around a bit, I read some of my book, then we went or our afternoon nap.

 

Around 8pm we went to the Ensemble lounge for a drink but listened to the music. After the set was over, we tried to get a drink but couldn't find a bartender anywhere so we gave up and went back to the cafe. Yes, we spent a lot of time just hanging out there and chatting with other people.

 

Dinner that night was a plate of mac and cheese which was really good, and a glass of red wine.

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Appreciate your wonderful reports and visuals. Especially super love the food pictures. Nicely done!! Very sharp and crisp. Makes me hungry. Have not had time to go through all of the pictures, etc. BUT, have you shared the camera and lens used fro the food visuals? Tell us more.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 108,113 views for this posting.

 

Thank you Terry!

 

It's a basic Canon EOS T3i with an 18-55mm lens. I do have a macro lens I used for the pictures in Tuscan Grill and Murano (coming soon). There were a few times I used the macro lens in the Cafe. I have a 75-300mm I used as we were departing Lisbon. All my lenses are Canon since my husband buys me those as Christmas gifts and he doesn't know what will fit so he just goes to Canon.

 

My problem is that I can't remember what I've learned when I need it to take various shots! Well, and since I don't drink much at home, a glass of wine with dinner always seems to interfere with my photography skills.

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I love these:

 

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I should have cropped the bottom but currently have no photo editing software until I buy a new laptop that isn't 8 years old.

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Thank you Terry! It's a basic Canon EOS T3i with an 18-55mm lens. I do have a macro lens I used for the pictures in Tuscan Grill and Murano (coming soon). There were a few times I used the macro lens in the Cafe. I have a 75-300mm I used as we were departing Lisbon. All my lenses are Canon since my husband buys me those as Christmas gifts and he doesn't know what will fit so he just goes to Canon. My problem is that I can't remember what I've learned when I need it to take various shots! Well, and since I don't drink much at home, a glass of wine with dinner always seems to interfere with my photography skills.

 

Appreciate your quick follow-up. YES, it can be a challenge to be dining, enjoying your table company and getting good cruise food photos. As noted below, I have done some recent cruise live/blogs and people do love seeing the "food porn". Smart having that macro lens. Personally, I am a Nikon guy, but Canon makes very good equipment, too!

 

Just keep doing the photos and that practice . . . over and over . . . helps to burn in the skills needed to get the best pictures. Personally, the great thing about digital is being able to see and check your results. Then, you can take more and/or different shots if you are not happy with what you are getting.

 

Keep up the wonderful sharing!!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Did a June 7-19, 2011, cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Dozens of nice visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. We are now at 199,181 views for this live/blog re-cap, including much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

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Really enjoying your review as we're on the Eclipse next month, our first time on Celebrity and I'm super excited! Thank you. [emoji4]

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Really enjoying your review as we're on the Eclipse next month, our first time on Celebrity and I'm super excited! Thank you. [emoji4]

 

In the past, I've always done very port intensive cruises. The ship was just a floating hotel to get me around. I was worried about this one but found out I love goofing off and not doing anything.

 

We liked it so much, we booked the transatlantic on the Reflection for next May!

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Appreciate your quick follow-up. YES, it can be a challenge to be dining, enjoying your table company and getting good cruise food photos. As noted below, I have done some recent cruise live/blogs and people do love seeing the "food porn". Smart having that macro lens. Personally, I am a Nikon guy, but Canon makes very good equipment, too!

 

Just keep doing the photos and that practice . . . over and over . . . helps to burn in the skills needed to get the best pictures. Personally, the great thing about digital is being able to see and check your results. Then, you can take more and/or different shots if you are not happy with what you are getting.

 

Keep up the wonderful sharing!!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Did a June 7-19, 2011, cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Dozens of nice visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. We are now at 199,181 views for this live/blog re-cap, including much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

 

Thank you for the encouragement and I look forward to reading yours. I look at these photos and see so much I should have done differently or better but then I decide who cares, I'm not a professional and I love the memories so I'm posting them anyway!

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In the past, I've always done very port intensive cruises. The ship was just a floating hotel to get me around. I was worried about this one but found out I love goofing off and not doing anything.

 

We liked it so much, we booked the transatlantic on the Reflection for next May!

 

 

We did a cruise (P&O) at New Year which had a lot of sea days and we loved the relaxation too. Not done TA yet but hopefully we will. From the photos X looks so much better than P&O......we'll see.....[emoji4]

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Lisbon!

 

A quick breakfast then off to the bow to watch us sail under the bridge. We met some nice people up there, but can only remember the name of the Tindle's. Very nice couple and loved chatting.

 

Yes - we are sailing under this:

 

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As we got closer - you can see cars drive on the top but a commuter train runs on the bottom. We waved to all the folks on their way to work while we lounged on the ship!

 

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Someone told us to had to be invited to view it from here - we weren't invited but thats OK, loved the "higher ground"

 

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No plans today - just going to wander.

 

Steep steps to disembark though. This happened at several of our ports. I wonder if this is just and "Eclipse thing" looking at the other ship in the background, their doors seems to be lower the ship making it easier to get on and off.

 

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I hadn't done my research and needed more Euros for the HoHo bus. We quickly found an AMT, got more euros and bought our tickets. We hadn't planned on the bus, it was a spur of the moment thing. Pictures from the bus tour.

 

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We did almost the entire circle on the red line, but got off to walk around and find some lunch.

 

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I know, we are in Lisbon but craving Pizza so we have pizza. They had free wifi and we needed a quick connection with home.

 

Touristy but the pizza was really good!

 

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Wifi was very slow but if you stand in this spot - it works the best. This is where Terry was standing with wifi to find out who the Arizona Cardinals picked in the NFL draft.

 

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Oh - the HoHo bus was 19 Euros per person but their disposable headphones didn't work most of the time. Thankfully I had a good pair with me and we shared.

 

Pictures looking down the columns as we used the wifi.

 

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