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Norris, I have really been enjoying your posts. We did an cruise/land tour the end of May into June this past year. I was confused at first why your "coming into ports" pictures were so different from mine until I realized that it was already light at the time of year when we were docking! So strange having so much daylight! Also I loved your pictures of the John Hopkins.

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Norris, I have really been enjoying your posts. We did an cruise/land tour the end of May into June this past year. I was confused at first why your "coming into ports" pictures were so different from mine until I realized that it was already light at the time of year when we were docking! So strange having so much daylight! Also I loved your pictures of the John Hopkins.

 

Donna, welcome to my little corner of CC!

 

We are coming near the end as I only have about 300 or so photos left to show (LOL)

 

I love coming into port in the dark and seeing the towns still asleep so September was a good month for me to practice night shots.

 

Johns Hopkins was good but we have the Harvard coming up next and it was better, I think ....we can judge when I put the photos up...it just had so many shapes in it's leading edge and was carrying a lot of crushed-up debris, which I like in my glaciers.

 

I'm glad you have found your way here and hope you'll sample some of my other reviews.

 

Thanks for the comments!

 

Norris

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I remembered that I had the Go Pro running on the starboard side and went back to the cabin as I couldn't operate it from my phone due to the wi-fi connection not being effective 2 decks below. I went up to the cabin on Dolphin Deck (#9) to turn it off.

 

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It's attached to the balcony railing.

 

 

Norris,

 

What Mount do you use here? Is it a Joby Gorilla Mount by Chance?

 

I just got a Joby GorillaPod Action Tripod Flexible Arm Mount (JB01300-BWW) meant for GoPro but it also works with Standard 1/4"-20 Standard Camera Mounting since I do not have a GoPro. It looks pretty similar to the mount in your picture, so I thought I would ask your opinion on these types of mounts. I plan on maybe using it with a small lightweight Panasonic Camcorder as it is supposed to be good for 2.2 lbs. I will have a safety tether on the camera just in case.

 

I want to put my extra camcorder on the balcony rail for unattended recording of the Panama Canal Lock Transits for our upcoming cruise, but wonder about these types of mounts. What do you think?

 

Happy Cruising!!!

 

Mark

 

BTW,

 

Thanks again for the review, I am really enjoying it!

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A double order makes for a mighty fine entree, (or a robust appetizer)!

 

Indeed Jimmy- this is a stellar simple dish, cooked perfectly. The Exec chef was Sicilian and every pasta dish I had was great. It helps that I love veal.

 

We were both impressed by the quality of the MDR food on the Star.

 

Happy to see you are still reading along!

 

Norris

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Norris,

 

What Mount do you use here? Is it a Joby Gorilla Mount by Chance?

 

I just got a Joby GorillaPod Action Tripod Flexible Arm Mount (JB01300-BWW) meant for GoPro but it also works with Standard 1/4"-20 Standard Camera Mounting since I do not have a GoPro. It looks pretty similar to the mount in your picture, so I thought I would ask your opinion on these types of mounts. I plan on maybe using it with a small lightweight Panasonic Camcorder as it is supposed to be good for 2.2 lbs. I will have a safety tether on the camera just in case.

 

I want to put my extra camcorder on the balcony rail for unattended recording of the Panama Canal Lock Transits for our upcoming cruise, but wonder about these types of mounts. What do you think?

 

Happy Cruising!!!

 

Mark

 

BTW,

 

Thanks again for the review, I am really enjoying it!

 

Mark it's exactly what you think it is and I love it.

 

I recently used it wrapped around a thin metal pole (shepherd's crook) in my garden to film birds and it held firm-I basically tied it in a knot as it is so flexible.

 

A testimony to it's strength- I left it attached to the balcony railing on Celebrity Silhouette for three days at speeds up to 22 knots and it didn't budge.

 

Believe in Joby!

 

Norris, happy to see you still here.

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Mark it's exactly what you think it is and I love it.

 

I recently used it wrapped around a thin metal pole (shepherd's crook) in my garden to film birds and it held firm-I basically tied it in a knot as it is so flexible.

 

A testimony to it's strength- I left it attached to the balcony railing on Celebrity Silhouette for three days at speeds up to 22 knots and it didn't budge.

 

Believe in Joby!

 

Norris, happy to see you still here.

 

Thanks! I have always wanted one like this! I have to admit that, even before my previous post, I also ordered another one tonight that i think may be a little smaller (?) but it has strong magnets in the ends of the legs and I saw someone on a YouTube video review pick up a 5 lb weight with it!

 

I snagged it at Fry's electronics for $9.90 while supplies last! (They may be clearing them out as other sites including Joby were out of stock) It is the GorillaPod Magnetic GPM-A1EN and it is good for half of the weight of the other and might be great for little point and shoots??? The price was incredible even with $2.99 for value shipping! I thought that I should share the info just in case anyone is interested.... :)

 

;););)

 

Regards,

 

Mark

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Time to grab a cup of coffee in the buffet which hasn't opened for food service yet. It opens at 6 a.m

 

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It was (a) dark and (b) windy so there was some movement in the ship as we were out on the open sea.

 

As I walked through the indoor pool area with my coffee I was surprised to see the pool wasn't wearing a net and there was someone swimming. The motion of the ship was causing a swell in the pool...

 

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A quick bathroom break

 

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It was windy up at Tradewinds so I decided to smoke indoors and took the elevator down to deck 6 to Shooters, the bar for smokers, next to the Princess Theater lobby and Casino....

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Besides the Grand Casino, this is the only indoor smoking venue on the ship. It is very popular with Officers and Entertainers.

 

Pool Tables hang upside down which makes a game more challenging

 

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There are autographed tools of the sporting trade-Oscar de la Joya in this case

 

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Charles Barkley

 

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Deion Sanders and Dan Marino

 

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Thank you very much for posting the pictures of the buffet area -- I appreciate it very much. Having not been on the Star you have provided us with a great preview of what is to come for us in July 2017.

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Thank you very much for posting the pictures of the buffet area -- I appreciate it very much. Having not been on the Star you have provided us with a great preview of what is to come for us in July 2017.

 

I'm glad to help and there are more pics to come.

 

I stop short of taking pics of the food. I would if there were no passengers waiting to eat. I always compliment the buffet staff who are standing at their stations. Everything looks good. The buffet really draws a crowd so it can't be bad!

 

Norris

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Tiger Head paintings this way...

 

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They held a lot of Art Auctions on the ship, in the Explorers Lounge and I heard prices of $10,000 offered...yikes! Are there "plants" in the audience to get the crowd excited and free-spending?

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They weren't open but I went in anyway and asked a Head Waiter if I could take some pics- Of course!

 

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I could see light coming in through the windows at the IC so headed for the elevators to go up on deck

 

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It was so busy-there was even an aerobics class in progress- that I didn't want to be a prowling Paparazzi and left.

 

The Lotus Pool

 

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We had cancelled our Sanctuary for today, after the wet experience yesterday

 

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Norris your pics make me wish I could jump on this ship right now. Alas that won't be happening due to health but a girl can dream.

 

Gorgeous pics!

 

Glad you like the pics, Barky.

 

Sorry to hear your health is holding you back.

 

I'm currently dreaming of next week's drive up to Michigan. Always our last trip before our next cruise in January.

 

Cheers!

 

Norris

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One that appealed was the HAL Konigsdam August 20th in a Neptune Suite with a good itinerary starting in Amsterdam. I'll run it by Carol.

 

Your only Dutch reader is still here too Norris. Great pics! :-)

 

As far as the above goes; if you guys hit up Amsterdam, let me know and I can give you some insider tips on good places to go. Lots of tourist traps here too!

 

As far as taking pics in Vienna goes (previous comment): I took a boattrip on the Donau from Vienna to Bratislava and back while I was there. It was gorgeous!

I took the Twin City Liner, which is essentially a superfast hovercraft. 75 minutes to get to Bratislava and 90 minutes to get back (fighting the current so it takes longer).

Total cost was around 40 euro's, and the boat had a clean toilet/snacks and coffeecorner. Only about 50 very roomy and comfortable seats, so not crowded at all.

No hassle for customs, I just had to briefly show my passport (took 20 seconds).

 

Once you leave the Vienna part the banks of the Donau are very much 'nature'/rural. This includes bits of forrest, rugged fields, fishing huts and a medieval fort on a cliff.

Pretty neat. I'm glad I took this trip and not one of the boatrides that just covers the river near Vienna, because I was a bit taken aback by all the grafitti there.

I normally don't have a problem with it but it seems extra jarring when it's done on very old, historical buildings. The scenery towards Bratislava/Slovakia made up for that.

 

Of course, it doesn't compare to your pics of the glaciers. ;-)

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I liked your early morning photos of the Horizon Court Buffet. That's one of the things I like about Princess, the buffet has long hours and doesn't close between meals. One of the few things I didn't like about RCCL is the limited buffet hours. Dinner is only from 6pm until 9pm. The entire Windjammer Buffet is locked up tight in between meals. You can't even wander through to get a drink to take a few photos while it's not busy.

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Your only Dutch reader is still here too Norris. Great pics! :-)

 

As far as the above goes; if you guys hit up Amsterdam, let me know and I can give you some insider tips on good places to go. Lots of tourist traps here too!

 

As far as taking pics in Vienna goes (previous comment): I took a boattrip on the Donau from Vienna to Bratislava and back while I was there. It was gorgeous!

I took the Twin City Liner, which is essentially a superfast hovercraft. 75 minutes to get to Bratislava and 90 minutes to get back (fighting the current so it takes longer).

Total cost was around 40 euro's, and the boat had a clean toilet/snacks and coffeecorner. Only about 50 very roomy and comfortable seats, so not crowded at all.

No hassle for customs, I just had to briefly show my passport (took 20 seconds).

 

Once you leave the Vienna part the banks of the Donau are very much 'nature'/rural. This includes bits of forrest, rugged fields, fishing huts and a medieval fort on a cliff.

Pretty neat. I'm glad I took this trip and not one of the boatrides that just covers the river near Vienna, because I was a bit taken aback by all the grafitti there.

I normally don't have a problem with it but it seems extra jarring when it's done on very old, historical buildings. The scenery towards Bratislava/Slovakia made up for that.

 

Of course, it doesn't compare to your pics of the glaciers. ;-)

 

Lisa, I mentioned that Bratislava fast boat to Carol and although we had limited time on our last trip to Vienna it will happen when we have more time-when we go to Bayreuth for the festival that takes most of our week.

 

The ancient castle ruin on the Donau (Danube) is that in Durnstein do you know? Where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned? We've driven there from Vienna.

 

Regarding the graffiti on the river trip- I think it is encouraged as most of it is very elaborate and took some time. You'll see the pics on my blog from our Bayreuth trip in 2013. That's the trip that started the blog.

 

Thanks for the offer of advice should we visit Amsterdam- Carol doesn't want to try HAL just yet and we are planning on Celebrity Eclipse August 26 2017 to Norway. Eclipse sails from Southampton.

 

Great to hear from you again!

 

I hope you like more glacier pics!! (coming soon)

 

Norris

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I liked your early morning photos of the Horizon Court Buffet. That's one of the things I like about Princess, the buffet has long hours and doesn't close between meals. One of the few things I didn't like about RCCL is the limited buffet hours. Dinner is only from 6pm until 9pm. The entire Windjammer Buffet is locked up tight in between meals. You can't even wander through to get a drink to take a few photos while it's not busy.

 

Although I don't use the buffet much, John, I think Royal are not doing themselves a favor with those hours. You are on vacation and pretty much captive on the ship. The Princess buffet is very popular and I am sure the hours are part of the reason. You are hungry-no problem- the buffet is open.

 

More Star and glaciers in the morning....

 

Norris

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