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After dropping down a future cruise deposit with Princesswhile on our Emerald Princess Mediterranean cruise in 2015, we decided in Marchof 2016 to book our first cruise of more than 7 nights. We chose the 9/10/17 sailing of thebeautiful Caribbean Princess on a 12-night, round trip tour of the BritishIsles from Southampton England. We werereally excited about the ports which included St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Cobh(Cork), Ireland, Dublin (overnight), Belfast, No. Ireland, Greenock (Glasgow),Invergordon (Inverness), and Queens Ferry (Edinburgh), Scotland, and Le Havre,France. We were also happy to be sailingagain on Caribbean Princess as we sailed her before to the Eastern Caribbean inthe summer of 2014. We later discoveredthat the Caribbean Princess would be refurbished and updated in March of 2017.

 

My wife (Mrs. Met), is an avid fan of all things BritishRoyal family and decided we should visit London prior to our sailing. I was quick to agree and learned from herthat tours of Buckingham Palace’s state rooms are available only when QueenElizabeth II visits her summer residence during the months of August andSeptember. This was the main reason we chose this sailing. It was the last around the British Islesthemselves before Caribbean Princess embarked on her Transatlantic voyage toher winter home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We traveled with 2 other couples who were Princess newbies and werecelebrating 27 and 50 years of marriage respectively.

 

 

We conducted lots of research, visited many websites,talked to many company representatives, and greatly enjoyed our planning. What we could not have planned for when wedid all this was that a Category 3 hurricane named Irma would barrel literally,right over our house in Naples, FL which was occupied by our dog Maui and hersitter Evelyn on the day we sailed. Weare very pleased to report that aside from some blown out pool cage panels,missing roof tiles, and a water spot in our living room ceiling, we were verylucky and made out much, much better than many other people in the area. Maui and Evelyn were troopers and ourincredible neighbors and friends made sure they were well looked after untilour return to Naples. There is much tobe cleaned up in the area and there is still much suffering by those who wereless fortunate in terms of damage, but the community has come together in waysthat would make anyone proud. Our friendstraveling with us had damage to their lanais, but were also lucky not to haveany major damage to their houses.

 

 

THE NERVOUS JOURNEY BEGINS…

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We were on the same sailing. We spent our pre-cruise day exploring Windsor Castle that we found worth the time spending.

Looking forward to your review!

 

 

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Very much looking forward to your review, as this is an itinerary I've wanted to try for quite some time.

 

Glad to hear you didn't sustain much damage from Irma. My folks are in the Sun City Center area and thankfully escaped entirely - not even a power outage.

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THE NERVOUS JOURNEY BEGINS…

 

After renting a car to drive to Miami International, we embarked on our drive across Alligator Alley on Wednesday, September 6th. The heavy traffic traveling north out of Miami was a scary sign that all of South Florida was taking this Irma threat seriously. It made us wonder if we were doing the right thing by leaving, and also wondering what we might return to if Irma did indeed hit us. We decided that we had prepared the house as best we could (shuttered up, closed up, and boarded up) and that the dog and sitter would be better off in our house than her manufactured home. Arrangements were made with neighbors and assurances were g that all concerned would be safe and looked after.

 

 

Miami International was truly buzzing with passengersseeking expedited exits from South Florida. A last minute upgrade to business class allowed us access to the British Airways lounge prior to our flight. The lounge was abuzz with talk of the hurricane, by those who’ve never experienced one. We were looking forward to our new digs in row 17 of business class and the pampering we would receive from our hosts and hostesses. In some 8.5 hours we would land at Heathrow and await our traveling companions to share transfer to our hotels via Blackberry Cars. The driver was easily visible at our meeting point at the WH Smith convenience store and the price was very reasonable for 4 people and lots of luggage (roughly 60 GBP). We then embarked on our ride to St. James Court, and St. Ermins hotels in the Westminster section of London. Both hotels were gorgeous and within walking distance of Buckingham Palace,Parliament, Westminster Bridge, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, and the Churchill War Rooms and Museum.

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Very much looking forward to your review, as this is an itinerary I've wanted to try for quite some time.

 

Glad to hear you didn't sustain much damage from Irma. My folks are in the Sun City Center area and thankfully escaped entirely - not even a power outage.

 

 

We were truly lucky. Almost back to "normal" whatever that is! LOL

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Our Bird 747-400

 

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Mr. Met testing the leg room in row 17. At 5'3", there was plenty of room!

 

 

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Mrs. Met enjoying pre-flight Chardonnay after a last minute upgrade to Business Class

 

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LONDON CALLING Day 1--9/7/10

 

After dropping off the luggage at the St. James Court, we visited the hotel’s restaurant for a quick buffet brunch. We then sprung to action to begin our brief, but quite effective assault on the tourist sites in London beginning with a short walk to Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. Armed with our London Pass mobile app we were quite ready to immerse ourselves in London culture.

 

 

 

 

We finished up our magical ¾ day self and Rick Steves guided tour with entrance and tour of the Churchill War Rooms and Museum. We ran out of gas at around 5:00 PM as we’d been up for nearly 40 hours at that point and retreated to the St. James Court to unpack, nap, and of course, track Hurricane Irma. A wonderful dinner in one of the hotel’s restaurants left us well fed and ready to tackle our Day 2 plans.

 

 

Mr. Met (aka Trip)

 

 

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Westminster Abbey

 

 

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Big Ben is undergoing renovation and will only ring a few times in the next 5 years.

 

 

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The Thames and Parliament

 

 

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Uniform on display from Churchill War Museum

 

 

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LONDON CALLING Day 2-- 9/8/10

 

Master Steves recommended in his guide that getting to the Tower London early to see the Crown Jewels was essential. Since this was one of the focal points or our tourism wants, we heeded his and the hotel concierge’s advice and black cabbed it to the Tower. We were in the queue with our London Passes securely loaded in our phone by 8:50 AM. The passes were quite helpful and saved essential touring time and money. By 9:03 AM we had hurried our way into the exhibit to observe Her Royal Majesty’s exquisite jewels. As a man, I would truly say that I was impressed, so I can’t imagine what the women were thinking! Mrs. Met cracked that I needed to get a better job so I could afford to give her a piece of what she observed. Well played Mrs. Met!

 

 

 

A quick tour on a Hop on Hop Off bus landed us later at world famous Harrod’s department store. I had visited this landmark 40 years prior when my parents brought our family to England for a week. It was everything I remembered it to be. We really enjoyed cruising around each floor with its high-end fashion designers,cutting edge electronics, and wonderful food market sections. One could truly spend 2 or three days there and not see everything. A quick stop in the Burger Bar there for 3 sliders and chips and 3 Diet Cokes cost a cool 50 GBP, but it was totally worth the splurge. Dinner with a member of the golf club where I work was planned for later that evening at Langan’s Restaurant (owned by actor Michael Cain) so we black cabbed it back to the hotel and freshened up for what was a truly wonderful meal at Langan’s.

 

 

Gate at Tower of London

 

 

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Queens Guard at Tower of London

 

 

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White Tower at the Tower of London

 

 

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Tower Bridge

 

 

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Mrs. Met and a Yoeman Warder Guard

 

 

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Shopper's Nirvana

 

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One of Harrod's many food courts

 

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Dessert Menu from Langan's Restaurant in London. Owned by actor Michael Cain

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Met with our host Bill Kelly

 

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Thanks for posting your review. We were on the CB in August for this itinerary. Looking forward to reading more.

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Doing pretty much the same itinerary next August and looking forward to your report

 

 

 

It was a fantastic trip. You will enjoy it immensely.

 

 

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I am enjoying your posts and the wonderful photos.

Keith

 

 

 

Thank you for your kind words. Plenty yet to come.

 

 

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Mister met

 

Thank you for your great review. As a Londoner, born and bred it was great to read that you used our iconic black cab service. Our son drives one if these, having done the 'Knowedge" which took 5 years. They have to learn over 14,000 quickest routes covering the whole of London from memory. At least they fully police checked and a very safe form of transport. They are also a font of information and know all the latest news.

 

So looking forward to reading the rest of your review and thank you for your time.

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Don't know if it's just me, but can't see any pictures. Getting an error message.

 

Dave it's not just you.

It's the curse of Photobucket. Even if I click on the error message which takes me to PB the photo isn't available to view unless Trip (MrMet) coughs up a monthly ransom.

Trip-come on over to Flickr!

Norris

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Dave it's not just you.

It's the curse of Photobucket. Even if I click on the error message which takes me to PB the photo isn't available to view unless Trip (MrMet) coughs up a monthly ransom.

Trip-come on over to Flickr!

Norris

Yea.. Flickr great..

 

 

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Dave it's not just you.

It's the curse of Photobucket. Even if I click on the error message which takes me to PB the photo isn't available to view unless Trip (MrMet) coughs up a monthly ransom.

Trip-come on over to Flickr!

Norris

 

Wow! Had no idea that no one could see the photos. Will head over to Flickr and reset photos. Bummer. Didn’t know that. Sorry everyone. Thanks Norris.

 

Trip

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Don't know if it's just me, but can't see any pictures. Getting an error message.

 

Glad it's not just me.

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Mister met

 

Thank you for your great review. As a Londoner, born and bred it was great to read that you used our iconic black cab service. Our son drives one if these, having done the 'Knowedge" which took 5 years. They have to learn over 14,000 quickest routes covering the whole of London from memory. At least they fully police checked and a very safe form of transport. They are also a font of information and know all the latest news.

 

So looking forward to reading the rest of your review and thank you for your time.

 

 

 

Thank you for following along. We found the black cabbies to be very personable and knowledgeable, and very convenient.

 

 

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Hello all,

 

I have ditched the Bucket and enlisted the services of Flickr per my friend Norris’ recommendation. I have uploaded the missing photos to the account and will post them as soon as I can. Sorry for the mess I made. Thanks for following along and stand by....

 

 

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We were on this voyage as well, looking forward to your review (and pics).

 

I just finished posting all of my memorabilia into a scrapbook -- there was a lot of it! We hope to repeat this trip in 2019, apparently on the Regal (taking this itinerary over from Caribbean).

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We were on this voyage as well, looking forward to your review (and pics).

 

I just finished posting all of my memorabilia into a scrapbook -- there was a lot of it! We hope to repeat this trip in 2019, apparently on the Regal (taking this itinerary over from Caribbean).

 

 

 

Hope you had as good a time as we did. Aside from missing LeHavre, it was a fantastic cruise for us. a+

 

 

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Taking this cruise next June. Wish I could see the pix.

 

Ditto. Was thinking I was the only one who couldn't view the pics.

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Our Bird 747-400

 

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Mrs. Met and Her Pre-Flight Chardonnay after a last minute upgrade to business class

 

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Mr Met checking out the space in row 17. It was plenty large enough as he is only 5ft. 3 in tall!

 

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uote=MisterMet;54537935]LONDON CALLING Day 1--9/7/10

 

After dropping off the luggage at the St. James Court, we visited the hotel’s restaurant for a quick buffet brunch. We then sprung to action to begin our brief, but quite effective assault on the tourist sites in London beginning with a short walk to Westminster Abbey, Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. Armed with our London Pass mobile app we were quite ready to immerse ourselves in London culture.

 

 

 

 

We finished up our magical ¾ day self and Rick Steves guided tour with entrance and tour of the Churchill War Rooms and Museum. We ran out of gas at around 5:00 PM as we’d been up for nearly 40 hours at that point and retreated to the St. James Court to unpack, nap, and of course, track Hurricane Irma. A wonderful dinner in one of the hotel’s restaurants left us well fed and ready to tackle our Day 2 plans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Met (aka Trip)

 

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Westminster Abbey

 

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Big Ben undergoing renovation and will only ring a few times in the next 5 years.

 

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The Thames and Parliament

 

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Uniform on display from Churchill War Museum

 

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Thank you for following along. We found the black cabbies to be very personable and knowledgeable, and very convenient.

 

 

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Amazing how well they know their city. Many years ago while in college drove cab in NYC and these guys put my knowledge of the city to shame.

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LONDON CALLING Day 2-- 9/8/10

 

Master Steves recommended in his guide that getting to the Tower London early to see the Crown Jewels was essential. Since this was one of the focal points or our tourism wants, we heeded his and the hotel concierge’s advice and black cabbed it to the Tower. We were in the queue with our London Passes securely loaded in our phone by 8:50 AM. The passes were quite helpful and saved essential touring time and money. By 9:03 AM we had hurried our way into the exhibit to observe Her Royal Majesty’s exquisite jewels. As a man, I would truly say that I was impressed, so I can’t imagine what the women were thinking! Mrs. Met cracked that I needed to get a better job so I could afford to give her a piece of what she observed. Well played Mrs. Met!

 

 

 

A quick tour on a Hop on Hop Off bus landed us later at world famous Harrod’s department store. I had visited this landmark 40 years prior when my parents brought our family to England for a week. It was everything I remembered it to be. We really enjoyed cruising around each floor with its high-end fashion designers,cutting edge electronics, and wonderful food market sections. One could truly spend 2 or three days there and not see everything. A quick stop in the Burger Bar there for 3 sliders and chips and 3 Diet Cokes cost a cool 50 GBP, but it was totally worth the splurge. Dinner with a member of the golf club where I work was planned for later that evening at Langan’s Restaurant (owned by actor Michael Cain) so we black cabbed it back to the hotel and freshened up for what was a truly wonderful meal at Langan’s.

 

 

 

Gate at Tower of London

 

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Queen's Guard

 

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White Tower at the Tower of London

 

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Tower Bridge

 

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Mrs Met and a Yoeman Warder

 

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]Shopper's Nirvana

 

 

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One of Harrod's many food courts

 

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Dessert Menu from Langan's Restaurant in London. Owned by actor Michael Cain

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Met with our host Bill Kelly

 

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We should now be all caught up. Thank you Bimmer '09 (Norris) for the help.

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