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Regal Princess October 14 to 21, 2017 New England/Canada

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" I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by"....

I don't recall who spoke those words-it might have been the poet John Masefield or the guy behind me in Walgreens yesterday , but I remember saying them to Carol as the security officers on the Celebrity Reflection tasered me to loosen my grip on the gangway back on January 21st 2017 when I was unceremoniously booted-off at the end of my cruise.

Yes, you heard right. Nine long months since we last sailed the high seas. Oh! The humanity!

We have just returned from the Regal Princess and if ye have a mind (preferred) ye can join me in a tale that even shivers my own timbers.

I have been home in Chicago for one hour and have eaten a full bowl of Wheeties and aided by a supply of Guinness the like of which the World has never seen, am casting off on a journey down recent memory lane before I forget it all.

I hope you will join me for the next few weeks as I tell my tale in photos and video....

Norris

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On board, and anxiously looking forward to this report. Will be on the sister ship, Royal, in January 2019. Looking forward to your review of the ship.

 

Also, just off the Crown Princess from the Oct. 4 - 15 Canada/New England cruise.

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Doing Canada/NE to Ft. Lauderdale on the Royal October, 2018. Am looking forward to your review and letting my excitement grow! Thanks for taking the time to do this for all of us.

 

Pooh

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Before we go any further I would ask those with computers to hide your Bookmarks (Mac) or Favorite Places (PC) so that the big pictures I am posting are BIG as the recent CC improvements (argue amongst yourselves) where there is a wide white border on the right of your screen are compensated for.

Ok. That being settled here is the Itinerary for our cruise...

As always, we flew into our embarkation port a day early....

 

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Newport was October 15th, not 14th but I did the titles on the flight home this afternoon and the Flight Attendant offered me a free bag of tiny pretzels and my focus was shot...

 

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More to come....

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Itinerary continued....

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Now we know where we are going to go and when, I can get on with recounting this adventure.

Thanks to those who have already joined this "review" which of course is really a

 

SEAFARING GENTLEMAN'S JOURNAL

(I'll explain that and how my "stuff" works in due course)

I'm just a soul whose intentions are good...

Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood!

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The Gentleman's Seafaring Journal (or Gerbil according to my spell checker) I prefer as it is written in Chronological order which means that if you are expecting pictures of the ship today you are out of luck. They will follow in time and there are a lot of them. I took 6 cameras and my camera bag weighed 13 pounds.

I write every day until the review is done. No lapses. No coming to a halt unfinished. I made a promise we will always remember-no retreat, baby, no surrender. I drop song lyrics in here and there and award magnificent prizes to those with the first correct answer which I somehow forget to mail to the lucky winners. Let's forgive and forget.

WHAT"S UP AHEAD?

I'm glad you asked!

I have a massive amount of material- 6 cameras remember? And Princess Patters

Excursions in every port

FOOD PORN-I think every meal consumed is photographed (and eaten)

SHIP PORN for the boat nerds and that includes me

HECTOR SINGS! Yes the singing headwaiter appears in a video or two

FOG PORN!

We meet Needtocruisesoon AKA Ron from California

LOBSTER PORN

Photos from all the shows we went to-Princess raises the bar

New York City in photos and video

Some Fall foliage

and I don't know what else....

Stay tuned!

Norris

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Goody, goody, goody. My calendar said to look for your Regal Princess review, and I always do what my calendar says. I'm so looking forward to another Norris review. Especially since I don't have any cruises planned. (Although we did take a nice 2 week road trip last month to make up for that.) Judging from your daily itinerary photos above, it looks like you had some decent weather. I'm very interested in your thoughts on the Regal, since I know there were an number of things about that class of ship you didn't care for. But no rush. I'll savor your review as it progresses.

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Nice meeting you Norris.

 

I hope you weren’t offended by my “cherry” flavored Swisher cigarillo on aft of the Regal.

 

Hope to sail with you again soon my friend.

 

Looking forward to your review.

N2CSoon (Ron).

 

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Goody, goody, goody. My calendar said to look for your Regal Princess review, and I always do what my calendar says. I'm so looking forward to another Norris review. Especially since I don't have any cruises planned. (Although we did take a nice 2 week road trip last month to make up for that.) Judging from your daily itinerary photos above, it looks like you had some decent weather. I'm very interested in your thoughts on the Regal, since I know there were an number of things about that class of ship you didn't care for. But no rush. I'll savor your review as it progresses.

 

Jasperdo, thanks for tuning in as I get this thing underway.

Road trips are my middle name (as you know I have many of those)

Yes my thoughts on the Regal will become apparent as the days pass. I have much to say but that's nothing new.

Cheers and welcome!

Norris

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Nice meeting you Norris.

 

I hope you weren’t offended by my “cherry” flavored Swisher cigarillo on aft of the Regal.

 

Hope to sail with you again soon my friend.

 

Looking forward to your review.

N2CSoon (Ron).

 

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Ron, thanks for posting the pic and for joining this in it's nascent stages. It was fun indeed meeting you on Friday, at sea, and I just wish we had met earlier in the cruise as I enjoyed the banter. The Guinness you kindly bought me brought me much joy but then every glass of the Nectar of the Gods does that.

Don't be a strangler.

Um, I mean stranger.

Cheers, my brother.

Norris

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Thank you Norris for another eagerly awaited fantastic review!

 

I hope you enjoyed your cruise. My son is joining my husband and I on the Royal on November 30. We can't wait!

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On board, and anxiously looking forward to this report. Will be on the sister ship, Royal, in January 2019. Looking forward to your review of the ship.

 

Also, just off the Crown Princess from the Oct. 4 - 15 Canada/New England cruise.

 

Howard and Janeen, so great to see you here again as I think you have been in all my GSJs to date. Welcome. Usual cyber bar available-top shelf liquors and I don't even card people any more!

We are sailing on the Crown (our 2nd time) on January 12.

Norris

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Thank you Norris for another eagerly awaited fantastic review!

 

I hope you enjoyed your cruise. My son is joining my husband and I on the Royal on November 30. We can't wait!

 

Nina! So good to see you here!

This should give you a good idea of what to expect on the Royal....

Welcome back,

Norris

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Welcome back! Will be following along.

 

 

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Glad you are here and thanks for joining me again!

Norris

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Looking forward to this review. Always enjoy your writings and adventures with Carol. This is a bucket list cruise for me. Thank you!

 

Hi and thanks for the kind words!

The cruise was Carol's idea but I leapt at the chance even though I have always been lukewarm to the Royal Class. I loved the itinerary on paper. We'll see how it all turned out as the time passes.

Norris

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I love it. I can see my Condo in the picture of Boston. Great photos thanks.

Tony

 

Tony, good to have you aboard again. Many more Boston pics to come.

Norris

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Tony, good to have you aboard again. Many more Boston pics to come.

Norris

 

Norris you remember me. :) Like I said before looking at your photos make me feel like I’m On the cruise right next to you.

Thank again Norris

Tony

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We didn't book the Regal until March by which time all the aft suites were gone and as we are aft-dwellers we found our first ever balcony cabin, C743.

If we had got tickets to this year's Bayreuth Wagner festival in Germany we would not have cruised. Our names weren't picked so I called Princess and spoke to our Cruise Consultant there and booked it. Then we waited.

Eight months passed and then I looked at my phone..

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and looked at it again

 

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and again

 

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We began packing our luggage. In my case I carried the same amount of clothing that Cher might take for a run at Caesar's Palace and a bag of cameras and a bag of tripods and battery chargers.

This happened...

 

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The cat sitter, Chris, had been arranged and we left our Little Snowy rolling on the living room rug, turning her cuteness up to 11. "You are really going to leave THIS behind?" she meowed.

There was a taxi waiting but could we leave her? We had Platinum insurance so canceling was no problem....

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Thank you for sharing your review and pictures. DH and I were in the cruise the week before yours. And I love reliving the cruise through your pics. Keep ‘em coming!

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I have been eagerly waiting for your review of this cruise.

 

Have always wanted to visit the east coast in the fall, with all the vivid colours. So really excited to see your fabulous photography,

 

Also looking forward to your thoughts of the Regal. Like you I have some reservations about sailing on a large ship - have you changed your mind about them?

 

Am I the first to solve the song lyrics - Don't let me be misunderstood by The Animals. A favourite of my 21 year old nephew

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I have been eagerly waiting for your review of this cruise.

 

Have always wanted to visit the east coast in the fall, with all the vivid colours. So really excited to see your fabulous photography,

 

Also looking forward to your thoughts of the Regal. Like you I have some reservations about sailing on a large ship - have you changed your mind about them?

 

Likewise. Some of the Royal class itineraries interest me, but I am reluctant to give up the wrap around promenade deck!

 

We will have our first jaunt on the Ruby in January.

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Hi Norris,

 

Welcome Back. Been checking the boards in anticipation of your detailed, Regal Princess - New England/Canada travelogue.

 

Looking gorward to strolling down memory lane and enjoying everything we loved on board our marvelous Regal cruise three weeks ago.

 

Can't wait to see your pictures and hear of your seafaring adventures.

 

Jonathan

 

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Forums mobile app

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" I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by"....

 

 

I don't recall who spoke those words-it might have been the poet John Masefield or the guy behind me in Walgreens yesterday , but I remember saying them to Carol as the security officers on the Celebrity Reflection tasered me to loosen my grip on the gangway back on January 21st 2017 when I was unceremoniously booted-off at the end of my cruise.

 

 

Yes, you heard right. Nine long months since we last sailed the high seas. Oh! The humanity!

 

 

We have just returned from the Regal Princess and if ye have a mind (preferred) ye can join me in a tale that even shivers my own timbers.

 

 

I have been home in Chicago for one hour and have eaten a full bowl of Wheeties and aided by a supply of Guinness the like of which the World has never seen, am casting off on a journey down recent memory lane before I forget it all.

 

 

I hope you will join me for the next few weeks as I tell my tale in photos and video....

 

 

Norris

 

 

 

I’m subscribed as I’m doing this cruise next Year with my daughter-in-law on October 6th.

 

Always love reading your reviews even when I’m not doing the same cruise [emoji6]

 

Jackie

 

 

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Following :D

This past weekend was the peak of colors here in the Berkshire’s of Mass

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We left Snowy behind....

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and were in a taxi at 9 am for a 12.33 flight.

Kerbside check-in. TSA Pre so I didn't have to show my computer, open my camera bag or remove my trousers.

United Club to relax and have breakfast. The chorizo and egg scramble hit the spot as did the 4 Illy espressos.

 

Flight on time to La Guardia

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Checking into Facebook

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Big wheels keep on turning...

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United's safety videos are witty and inventive and who can look away?

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Our turn next...

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Norris

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With a tail wind our 1 hour 53 minute flight landed half an hour early and we weren't complaining.

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Luggage in hand we joined the taxi line

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The airport is undergoing a huge renovation and "not before time" says this tired building

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I used the iPhone 5 for the airport and plane pictures.

A smooth taxi ride into Midtown on a sunny 74 degree day led us to the Omni hotel. I use my new camera as much as possible from here on in.

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Night photo

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It's a small hotel with 21 floors, a steakhouse called Bob's and no shops or conference rooms. Our 15th floor room for tonight was comped as we are frequent guests of the Omni chain.

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I have bellied up to the virtual bar! Looking forward to see if your pre-conceived opinion of the Royal/Regal class of ship has changed...seeing is believing!

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Thank you for sharing your review and pictures. DH and I were in the cruise the week before yours. And I love reliving the cruise through your pics. Keep ‘em coming!

 

Will do!

Welcome and thanks for joining in.

Norris

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Hi Norris,

 

Welcome Back. Been checking the boards in anticipation of your detailed, Regal Princess - New England/Canada travelogue.

 

Looking gorward to strolling down memory lane and enjoying everything we loved on board our marvelous Regal cruise three weeks ago.

 

Can't wait to see your pictures and hear of your seafaring adventures.

 

Jonathan

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Forums mobile app

 

Jonathon, thanks for tuning in....memory lane coming right up!

Welcome,

Norris

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I have been eagerly waiting for your review of this cruise.

 

Have always wanted to visit the east coast in the fall, with all the vivid colours. So really excited to see your fabulous photography,

 

Also looking forward to your thoughts of the Regal. Like you I have some reservations about sailing on a large ship - have you changed your mind about them?

 

Am I the first to solve the song lyrics - Don't let me be misunderstood by The Animals. A favourite of my 21 year old nephew

 

Yes to the song lyrics.

Thanks for the comment on the photos!

I should get to the Regal itself sometime late tomorrow and all will be revealed regarding my opinions on the ship as the cruise goes by. Lots of photos of course.

Norris

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A lovely fall day in New York city and as we are only 6 blocks from Central Park our plan is to visit the Bethesda Fountain there. I will go on foot with 13 lbs of cameras on my shoulder while Miss Public Transportation will ride a bus up to 72nd street and meet me at the fountain. That means I have a 20 block walk ahead of me but it's a lovely day.

 

East 52nd street, like many streets in New York was being dug up/renovated

 

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The streets were full of tourists like me but I walk fast and was soon at the Southeast corner of the park.

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Calmer and quieter near the water

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