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Well Mr. Norris; I posted on your Regal thread that I have taken a break for a bit; but now I am back and I have read all 34 pages of your ABC cruise yesterday and today. Your photos as always are amazing. Your sunrises and sunsets; oh my; perfection. What a wonderful break from your cold Chicago. What a fun way I to spend my weekend Norris: I have really enjoyed catching up! Thank you for all of your time and effort in making us a part of cruising!

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Norris, thank you for this great review. You really make us feel as if we were all on the cruise with you, and that is a lot of fun. - EBC

 

Thank you for saying this.

I can see from the reads numbers next to the review that a lot of people read these things I write but I don't know who they are until they comment. It's icing on the already rich cake that my life is.

I do have fun on our cruises but it's inward fun and contentment. I am not loud or a party animal-no bro' hugs and high 5s and yelling yippee!! I am sure some passengers have wanted to call the Medical dept to have someone check my pulse-cruising is my ZEN. I will talk to anyone who sits down beside me to share an ashtray but am happy sitting alone or wandering with a camera.

I have a fast pace , physically demanding job (keeps me fit) and just like to relax and go with the flow on a ship. If I miss a lot of good stuff going on in the Patter....ah well. I know there will be more Princess cruises to enjoy-just not for a couple of years. We have other cruises booked.

Thanks again, for making my day.

Norris

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They don't try to sell you anything.

Give a small pamphlet with recipes, make you really hungry and take you on a brief tour of the kitchen.

 

It's that smell of garlic, onions and pancetta frying in a pan 100 feet away....gets me every time!

Thanks for the comment JF, so glad to see you still reading along as this winds down.

Norris

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Norris, it is you who made our day. I’m a long time reader, and this thank you is long overdo.

 

You have a gift for seeing details. Great job!

 

 

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So glad I found this review! A little late to the party and have some catch up reading to do.

I have read many if your reviews and I'm sure this one will live up to previous ones!

 

Hope you enjoyed the ABC's as much as we did. DH and I just got off NCL Jade February 26 where we visited the ABC's for the first time. We loved the islands. It was one of best cruises we have been on. Can't wait to visit them again.

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Norris,

My friends and I sail on Caribbean Princess this Sunday, 3/18. Your marvelous review and beautiful pictures have whet my appetite again for a wonderful adventure. Of course, watching two hours of the "Love Boat" yesterday afternoon certainly helped!

Thanks for taking the time...

Susan

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Norris, it is you who made our day. I’m a long time reader, and this thank you is long overdo.

You have a gift for seeing details. Great job!

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Thanks Judie for being a long time reader and for the compliments!

It takes me a long time to write these things as I work, life a life and don't have enough time on my hands to get them done quicker. I wrote the epic Celebrity Silhouette one when I was between jobs.

There is also a lot of waiting around for iMovie to load my videos and then share them to Youtube. I am stalled this morning uploading the entire Voice of the Ocean show, the Pop Choir and P.Everglades harbor at 6 a.m. iMovie often has me banging my head on the desk.

First World problems!

Tomorrow I am off work and hopefully can show you all the video mentioned above.

Cheers!

Norris

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Thank you Norris for another amazing review. I have been reading along from close to the start and thought I

better let you know how entertained I have been, and that I have been lurking!

 

I have been going between this review and your 2015 Rome to

Barcelona review which reminded me that during that review I had told you, that you made me put it on our

bucket list. This October that one will be splashing out of the bucket onto the promenade deck.

 

We are going on the Celebrity Reflection October 1, sailing of the Western Mediterranean. First time to Europe for us!

I will also reread your 2014 Venice to Rome next. Your ideas and experiences in Rome and Barcelona have been

exciting to re-read with the idea that in a few short months we will see all that! The research and planning have

been fun yet overwhelming at times. Thank you for these past reviews! They are invaluable to all of us, your readers.

 

Kitty

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Norris,

My friends and I sail on Caribbean Princess this Sunday, 3/18. Your marvelous review and beautiful pictures have whet my appetite again for a wonderful adventure. Of course, watching two hours of the "Love Boat" yesterday afternoon certainly helped!

Thanks for taking the time...

Susan

 

Susan, Bon Voyage on the CB this Sunday!! We have only sailed her once so far. She has my favorite Skywalkers design.

Thanks for the compliments on the review!

I have never seen an episode of the Love Boat.

Best wishes,

Norris

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Thank you Norris for another amazing review. I have been reading along from close to the start and thought I

better let you know how entertained I have been, and that I have been lurking!

 

I have been going between this review and your 2015 Rome to

Barcelona review which reminded me that during that review I had told you, that you made me put it on our

bucket list. This October that one will be splashing out of the bucket onto the promenade deck.

 

We are going on the Celebrity Reflection October 1, sailing of the Western Mediterranean. First time to Europe for us!

I will also reread your 2014 Venice to Rome next. Your ideas and experiences in Rome and Barcelona have been

exciting to re-read with the idea that in a few short months we will see all that! The research and planning have

been fun yet overwhelming at times. Thank you for these past reviews! They are invaluable to all of us, your readers.

 

Kitty

 

Kitty- welcome!! Did not know you were reading this but now I do and am glad to see you here.

The Rome to Barcelona on the Emerald was my favorite cruise outside of the 3 Alaskan ones. It wasn't because of the Emerald and her crew as some of them may have hit their heads on the low ceilings above the bunk beds ( I had the top bunk when I sailed those 44 cruises with Royal Caribbean) but the ports- aye aye aye!!I Italy....every day Italy until the end and then to discover Barcelona! Rome, Venice and Barcelona are 3 cities I would want to visit for a week without a ship being involved. Venice is tiny but so unique. Yes read the Venice to Rome one as it was magical to me. It cost a lot of money because of the ship being so small and booking the most expensive suite and we went bonkers on booking a stunning hotel but have no regrets as that was a once in a lifetime experience and they treated us so well. Our experience in the hotels in Rome and Venice left a lasting impression of Italian hotel hospitality-so warm and welcoming but I think knowing a few Italian phrases really helped to set the tone.

If you read that one and there is no photo here and there just click on the blank space and it will take you to the original photo on Flickr.

The video I took when sitting in a canal side Venetian restaurant eating good Italian food during a rainstorm and a gondola goes by with a guy singing is one of my favorite video moments ever.

Italy- I first visited it in 1965 and didn't get back until 2014 and I so regret that long delay.

We both love it there and love the Italian people we meet.

And you are going on the Reflection!! Lovely ship. Have you read my review?

You are in for such a treat! What is your itinerary?

Excited-for-you-Norris

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Kitty- welcome!! Did not know you were reading this but now I do and am glad to see you here.

The Rome to Barcelona on the Emerald was my favorite cruise outside of the 3 Alaskan ones. It wasn't because of the Emerald and her crew as some of them may have hit their heads on the low ceilings above the bunk beds ( I had the top bunk when I sailed those 44 cruises with Royal Caribbean) but the ports- aye aye aye!!I Italy....every day Italy until the end and then to discover Barcelona! Rome, Venice and Barcelona are 3 cities I would want to visit for a week without a ship being involved. Venice is tiny but so unique. Yes read the Venice to Rome one as it was magical to me. It cost a lot of money because of the ship being so small and booking the most expensive suite and we went bonkers on booking a stunning hotel but have no regrets as that was a once in a lifetime experience and they treated us so well. Our experience in the hotels in Rome and Venice left a lasting impression of Italian hotel hospitality-so warm and welcoming but I think knowing a few Italian phrases really helped to set the tone.

If you read that one and there is no photo here and there just click on the blank space and it will take you to the original photo on Flickr.

The video I took when sitting in a canal side Venetian restaurant eating good Italian food during a rainstorm and a gondola goes by with a guy singing is one of my favorite video moments ever.

Italy- I first visited it in 1965 and didn't get back until 2014 and I so regret that long delay.

We both love it there and love the Italian people we meet.

And you are going on the Reflection!! Lovely ship. Have you read my review?

You are in for such a treat! What is your itinerary?

Excited-for-you-Norris

 

This just got me excited all over again too. :) Bring on September!

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And you are going on the Reflection!! Lovely ship. Have you read my review?

You are in for such a treat! What is your itinerary?

Excited-for-you-Norris

Norris,

 

I will definitely reread your Reflection review! It is so fun to read something that you know is going to happen

to you shortly!

 

We will not be going to Venice, sadly, but there is always a reload of that bucket list especially after I am reading your

wonderful time there.

 

Our ports for this 11 day cruise in October are:Rome-(two days at sea) -Gibraltar, UK-Malaga, Spain- Cartagena, Spain,- Ibiza, Spain, - Barcelona, Spain (overnight) -Nice, France- Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy - back to Rome. We will be staying four more nights in Rome before flying back to US.

 

At the Florence/Pisa (La Spezia) port we will be seeing the Cinque Terre.

 

So much to see and do!!!! We may need a vacation from our vacation! :D

 

Kitty

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Voice of the Ocean

We are in our seats in good time for the Voice of the Ocean show in the Princess Theater.

Show begins at 2.30 pm on our last full day on the ship. This pic was taken 18 minutes before the start and the seats would fill up.

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It looked like it wasn't going to be the dismal throw-away event like the auditions in Club Fusion. The iconic red chairs made for some anticipation.

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There will be judges!



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and 6 contestants

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I'll let Corey set the scene. This is the first of many video clips as I pretty much shot the whole show.





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Norris

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Corey introduces the judges. The first, who's name I didn't catch on video is Jeffrey Allen who does an Elton John Tribute show. He performed in the Princess Theater after we left Curacao and again after we left Bonaire but we didn't go as we are not fans of Elton. Michael Misko is the funny magician Carol saw on our Thursday sea day. Miss Rose is the Entertainment Director.

 

 

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A word about the videos...I spent a total of 5 hours today trying to get them onto Youtube as iMovie wasn't cooperating as it should and eventually I had to search Google to find others having the same issues as me. This led to watching a video fix on Youtube and happily it worked. Then my Mac tells me I am short of storage space. Oh yeah? How short? Oh, I have 300 Megabytes available out of 500 Gigabytes. Yikes!! So I have spent a couple more hours offloading files to a portable hard drive. So much for my day off LOL!

Norris

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Norris,

 

I will definitely reread your Reflection review! It is so fun to read something that you know is going to happen

to you shortly!

 

We will not be going to Venice, sadly, but there is always a reload of that bucket list especially after I am reading your

wonderful time there.

 

Our ports for this 11 day cruise in October are:Rome-(two days at sea) -Gibraltar, UK-Malaga, Spain- Cartagena, Spain,- Ibiza, Spain, - Barcelona, Spain (overnight) -Nice, France- Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy - back to Rome. We will be staying four more nights in Rome before flying back to US.

 

At the Florence/Pisa (La Spezia) port we will be seeing the Cinque Terre.

 

So much to see and do!!!! We may need a vacation from our vacation! :D

 

Kitty

 

Kitty, I am glad we went to Venice first as that cruise wasn't all about Italy which we were both revisiting for the first time in decades. We had the variety of Croatia and Malta to break up the Italy and we loved both of those stops very much. Once we got off in Rome-our first time there-we got hooked on the Italian atmosphere and cafe lifestyle as well as the antiquities. Hooked for life!

Your Itinerary is mouthwatering and you are going to get that variety too. I was last in Ibiza in 1972-yikes! Loved it then. Nice, France we had to miss because of the deadly floods that weekend (Oct 2 2016). Gibraltar I have never been to. Being on a glorious ship like the Reflection and seeing all these great ports is indeed something to anticipate. Well chosen!!

La Spezia is the closest port to Cinque Terre and we loved our brief time there, even on a cloudy windy day.

The Med will always call to us. I am excited for you!

I know you'll take a lot of great photos for CC.

Norris

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Just to give you an idea of some of the logistics of putting videos in the reviews I have uploaded Voice video # 3 to Youtube an hour ago and the timer tells me it will be processed in 9 hours 42 minutes....must be rush hour for uploading videos to Youtube!

The photos take very little time as once they are in Lightroom to be prepped for Flickr it can take 5 seconds to two minutes to do the tweaks necessary depending on how I want the photo to look, which is ideally "how I remembered it". Cameras and eyes simply don't see the same.

Back at the Voice of the Ocean and we both agreed that it was a valiant effort by Princess to give us a new kind of entertainment on board. No the judges aren't stars and the singers aren't of the high calibre of TVs Voice contestants but this is free entertainment and those are our fellow passengers up there entertaining us as best they can. We applaud everyone who gets up on a ship and tries something as difficult as singing in tune and in a time and with some feeling.

It's a day of relaxing delights from the moment I awoke until now-coffee on deck in the fresh sea air, taking some pics while the ship is quiet, a nice cooked breakfast, a Guinness on deck, chatting and people watching, then off to a British Pub Lunch (more Guinness!) and now the Voice finals for about 45 minutes. Then maybe a nap? Pop Choir around 5 pm then pack and then a slap-up feed in the Crown Grill. Just a typical day on a Princess ship. Love it!

 

Some stills between video shots



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Norris

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Video 3 processed in a fraction of the time estimated Youtube time. There's a glitch in the camcorder's autofocus at the beginning, caused by a light on stage but it only lasts for 20 seconds or so.

 

 

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Norris

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Clip # 4 and there are only two more after this ( I promise!!)







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Video shooting note- I couldn't hold the camera up to my eye level for these videos as it would have annoyed the people behind me-very distracting-so I had to hold it lower to screen the color viewfinder with my body. I don't have a note from my mother, alas.







Norris

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Clip # 4 and there are only two more after this ( I promise!!)



 



 



 

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Video shooting note- I couldn't hold the camera up to my eye level for these videos as it would have annoyed the people behind me-very distracting-so I had to hold it lower to screen the color viewfinder with my body. I don't have a note from my mother, alas.



 



 



 

Norris

 

 

 

Love your reviews Norris. Didn’t see this review until recently. Getting excited for our upcoming Celebrity Cruise and enjoyed your Celebrity review before our first cruise. Your photos are amazing. I have a crop sensor Nikon D500. I know yours is a full frame, but any suggestions for taking stills of the onboard productions. I have Nikkor 16-80, 35 1.8 & 10-20. I’m sure I’ll use them all on the cruise but have never taken photos of shows before.

 

Maris

 

 

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Maris, good question re taking photos at the shows where no flash is allowed. My full frame camera doesn't have a flash which is fine by me as I never use flash.

Much depends on where you like to sit. We usually sit right at the back, about 4 rows from the exit so we can get in and out easily without going down and then up a lot of stairs in a crowd.

From there I use my crop sensor Canon as I have a 55 to 250mm zoom on it. Being a crop sensor this actually gives me 55-250mm multiplied by 1.6 (for Canon or 1.5 for Nikon) which means in my lens the range is 88 to 400mm.

In Flickr, and a major reason I love it, under my photos is the EXIF data which shows me all the settings that took the photo. As you don't have a lens bigger than 80mm you will need to sit closer to get detail. Here are 2 photos to illustrate.

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That close up was taken with the lens at 250 mm (really 400mm magnification) from this seat

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That was with the Full Frame camera at 24mm (no 1.6 multiple on a FF as the sensor is 1.6 times bigger already).

From our usual seats and to get everyone on stage and all the scenery in the pic a 55mm gets this view-so your 80mm reach would work but without close-up capability.

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I would suggest sitting in the raised seating and not on the floor just in front of the stage which would be a temptation as you'll see the whole set and what's happening at the back of the stage better and with less likelihood of heads in the way. If you want the close-ups then I recommend renting a zoom lens from Borrowlenses.com. I rent from them if for instance I am going to Alaska (see Star Princess review) and know I will need a zoom to see eagles, whales or glaciers up close. My 55 to 250 lens is not a Canon L Lens (top of the line) and is not as sharp therefore.

In the Caribbean my zoom was mainly for shows, for other ships nearby and for land far away-like the salt mountains in Bonaire. Mostly I used a 24-70mm L Lens, F4.

Borrowlenses have a Nikon 18 to 300mm lens for $50 a week so you need to book one for two weeks for a 7 to 10 day cruise. A 200mm is only $44.

I hope this helps!

Norris

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Free at Last!

I have escaped iMovie hell (just for today) and can now bring you the thrilling conclusion of Voice of the Ocean. It wasn't a show I recorded for my own pleasure but I have seen people ask about it on CC and thought it would be good to share. I have combined two excerpts into one.





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Norris

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Maris, good question re taking photos at the shows where no flash is allowed. My full frame camera doesn't have a flash which is fine by me as I never use flash.

 

 

Much depends on where you like to sit. We usually sit right at the back, about 4 rows from the exit so we can get in and out easily without going down and then up a lot of stairs in a crowd.

 

From there I use my crop sensor Canon as I have a 55 to 250mm zoom on it. Being a crop sensor this actually gives me 55-250mm multiplied by 1.6 (for Canon or 1.5 for Nikon) which means in my lens the range is 88 to 400mm.

 

 

In Flickr, and a major reason I love it, under my photos is the EXIF data which shows me all the settings that took the photo. As you don't have a lens bigger than 80mm you will need to sit closer to get detail. Here are 2 photos to illustrate.

 

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That close up was taken with the lens at 250 mm (really 400mm magnification) from this seat

 

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That was with the Full Frame camera at 24mm (no 1.6 multiple on a FF as the sensor is 1.6 times bigger already).

 

 

From our usual seats and to get everyone on stage and all the scenery in the pic a 55mm gets this view-so your 80mm reach would work but without close-up capability.

 

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I would suggest sitting in the raised seating and not on the floor just in front of the stage which would be a temptation as you'll see the whole set and what's happening at the back of the stage better and with less likelihood of heads in the way. If you want the close-ups then I recommend renting a zoom lens from Borrowlenses.com. I rent from them if for instance I am going to Alaska (see Star Princess review) and know I will need a zoom to see eagles, whales or glaciers up close. My 55 to 250 lens is not a Canon L Lens (top of the line) and is not as sharp therefore.

 

In the Caribbean my zoom was mainly for shows, for other ships nearby and for land far away-like the salt mountains in Bonaire. Mostly I used a 24-70mm L Lens, F4.

 

 

Borrowlenses have a Nikon 18 to 300mm lens for $50 a week so you need to book one for two weeks for a 7 to 10 day cruise. A 200mm is only $44.

 

 

I hope this helps!

 

Norris

 

 

 

Norris

 

Thanks so much for your guidance. I’ll have to copy your reply so I can refer to it offline. I do have a 55 - 200 but just a kit. I’ll try it along with my 16 to 80. It’s better quality. My D500 is new to me & is supposed to be good for photos of shows. It even has a special metering mode for stage lighting. We will be going to most of the shows, so I guess trial and error. Thanks again. Your reviews are amazing & photography even better.

 

Maris

 

 

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Well Mr. Norris; I posted on your Regal thread that I have taken a break for a bit; but now I am back and I have read all 34 pages of your ABC cruise yesterday and today. Your photos as always are amazing. Your sunrises and sunsets; oh my; perfection. What a wonderful break from your cold Chicago. What a fun way I to spend my weekend Norris: I have really enjoyed catching up! Thank you for all of your time and effort in making us a part of cruising!

 

Thanks for the great compliments and most of all for taking the time to read the whole thing so far. Re the time and effort I am having iMovie struggles and wasted an hour just now watching the spinning Apple beach ball/restarting the computer etc. All that to bring you the video of the Pop Choir singing Sweet Caroline etc. It will have to wait until after work today. Again, not something I recorded to play back at home but maybe some of the readers were singing in it or are curious about it.

Once I get through the iMovie issues it is back to the photos and I took a lot on our last morning while waiting to be booted off the Crown.

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Norris

 

Thanks so much for your guidance. I’ll have to copy your reply so I can refer to it offline. I do have a 55 - 200 but just a kit. I’ll try it along with my 16 to 80. It’s better quality. My D500 is new to me & is supposed to be good for photos of shows. It even has a special metering mode for stage lighting. We will be going to most of the shows, so I guess trial and error. Thanks again. Your reviews are amazing & photography even better.

 

Maris

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Maris thanks for the kind compliments!

Will you be posting your Celebrity pics on CC?

When do you sail?

Norris

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We are a half hour out from our ABC cruise. Woot! Thanks for bringing us along on yours. I will finish it up when we get back.

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We are a half hour out from our ABC cruise. Woot! Thanks for bringing us along on yours. I will finish it up when we get back.

 

In that case-Bon Voyage!!

I know you will have a great time.

Enjoy!

Norris

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I'm still here, Norris, following along even though I've been a bit quiet lately. I'm loving all the ship pictures, and the videos of all of the activities aboard the ship. :D

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Princess Pop Choir



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With that video now uploaded to Youtube I have escaped from iMovie and can now get back to photos and continue with my story.





Carol no longer joins the Pop Choir-she did her first on the Crown in 2012 and there was about 50 people singing. She enjoyed that! On the Diamond later that year there were 7 singers. She boldly went through with it but the rehearsal time-suck was a drag, so no more after that.



We salute those that take part and entertain the Piazza on the last sea day around 5 p.m!

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Maris thanks for the kind compliments!

 

Will you be posting your Celebrity pics on CC?

 

When do you sail?

 

Norris

 

 

 

I may try to post. That will be trial & error. You save from Lightroom to Flickr don’t you? And then post from there? I do have a Flickr account. We are flying from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale next Wednesday, the 21st weather permitting & sail on the Reflection March 23 for 10 days to the eastern Caribbean. Can’t wait to leave this long winter behind. I think it may have even been worse in Chicago.

 

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I may try to post. That will be trial & error. You save from Lightroom to Flickr don’t you? And then post from there? I do have a Flickr account. We are flying from Toronto to Fort Lauderdale next Wednesday, the 21st weather permitting & sail on the Reflection March 23 for 10 days to the eastern Caribbean. Can’t wait to leave this long winter behind. I think it may have even been worse in Chicago.

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Maris, I process my RAW files in Lightroom and "publish" them to my chosen web host which is and I hope always will be Flickr where they compress them to JPEGS and from Flickr it is so easy to share using the BBB function to CC. Just copy and paste and then erase most of the url gobbledegook that identifies the location of that photo on the web. Just keep the text that begins and ends with the word img.I post the pictures big enough to fill the whole width of the CC available page. If you need any help when the time comes, just come back and post here and I will be happy to help you.

The Reflection is a dazzler of a ship. Great choice!

Bon Voyage!

Norris

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CROWN GRILL

With one exception, on the Star Princess, where our last dinner aboard was a fiasco of Circus-clownery, the Crown Grill experience has been very memorable. We like meat!



I was vegetarian once for about 4 months when sharing a home in London with the American Jazz singer Annette Peacock who convinced me to try being a vegan. 4 months

of dreaming of a steak and trying to avoid the smell of bacon wafting from British homes at breakfast time. Don't get me wrong- I do love animals but I love them most when they are being seared in a pan on a high heat with some potatoes nearby and a glass of red wine at my fingertips.





At $29 per person a Crown Grill meal is a steal. We eat at a better steakhouse in Houston called Pappas Brothers but that costs $100 a person.



We were led to a booth by the window. Thank you Neville!!



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We were joined by a wonderful Ukranian waitress called Victorila, who had suffered a cut to her nose just previously







 

 

She retrieved my bottle of Malbec from Sabatini's the night before. We were in buoyant spirits despite having just packed for disembarkation. "It is what it is" is my favorite saying and it is our last night of this wonderful cruise. Thank you Princess! We escaped the Chicago weather completely for 8 days and came back new, just as promised. We got our money's worth in pleasant memories. We pretty much always order the same steak -the 8oz petite filet mignon.





Carol's notes, which I don't have with me alas as I am writing from Michigan, told me that 50 minutes passed between the time we sat down until we got our first appetizer. We did have bread which I always dive head-first into.They serve some big tables in the CG and that slows things down big time. There was a 10 top nearby. So don't be in a hurry to get to a show. With great company and a fine bottle of wine I was in no rush anyway.

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The winner of the Voice of the Ocean-91 year old Ernie was seated nearby and the excellent tall blond singer from the song and dance shows who was sitting at the far side of the room came over to congratulate him on his Voice win- a nice warm touch.



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This was my tiger (not ostrich) shrimp appetizer



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and Carol's field greens with I am happy to say, beets! Tomatoes! and feta cheese!!!!

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Seriously good food so far!



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We both had the 8oz filet, cooked medium. I always have the garlic herbed fries with this.



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As an extra indulgence and for an extra $10 upcharge I had a lobster tail. The extra $10 is a recent development but I can't complain. We have never been offered a free lobster tail on land-nor one for just $10. We also insisted on just one side dish although were offered all of them to share. Creamed spinach is our number one choice every time.



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We shared a Crown Dependence which is a multi part dessert sampler and an explosion of flavor. Belly-bustin' goodness!

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A few tummy pats (it was expanding) and nods of agreement- "Good vittles!"



There is only one way for me to top off an indulgent meal like this.....



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Again with the plate of coffee beans ! Did Neville tell her to do that as a joke?

You already guessed that I imagine. A wonderful meal for $68! A tip for our excellent waitress and we were out the door just before ten which left Carol with enough time to go to the show in the Princess Theater for the last time-A. J Clarke, singing and playing with the ship's "Orchestra" augmented by the violinist and cellist I showed you earlier. She raved about the show next morning. Me? I had to be up early again and this time it would be to see us coming into Port Everglades in the dark....and so to bed.



 

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Your CG meal looks delicious, especially the dessert. You can't find a meal of that quality for $60 something on land. We go to Ruth Chris from time to time and yes, creamed spinach always, garlic mashed potatoes and a steak each costs way more.

 

The last day of cruising is always bittersweet. Looking forward to your pictures gliding into Florida.

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Your CG meal looks delicious, especially the dessert. You can't find a meal of that quality for $60 something on land. We go to Ruth Chris from time to time and yes, creamed spinach always, garlic mashed potatoes and a steak each costs way more.

 

The last day of cruising is always bittersweet. Looking forward to your pictures gliding into Florida.

My last comment for this review. Norris, you have out done yourself.

 

Wow, what a great review.

 

I have your cruise next January bookmarked to look for your review.

 

Until adieu.....

 

Judy

 

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Your CG meal looks delicious, especially the dessert. You can't find a meal of that quality for $60 something on land. We go to Ruth Chris from time to time and yes, creamed spinach always, garlic mashed potatoes and a steak each costs way more.

 

The last day of cruising is always bittersweet. Looking forward to your pictures gliding into Florida.

 

The CG meal was delicious indeed! It is terrific value at $29 each.

We like Ruth's Chris too-steak spitting butter at you when it comes to the table. We don't go out for steaks in Chicago (gasp!) as I cook a mean filet in a cast iron skillet (finished in the oven) without the huge mark-up. We dine out for stuff we don't cook ourselves cooked by some talented chefs.

I looked at my harbor photos of 6 a.m Port Everglades after driving in from Michigan this morning and there are some nice ships lit-up shots. Then I hit some rooms like Adagio, Sabatini's, Vines-basically anything I had missed. Later in Ft Lauderdale we have a meal of the Gods. So-more to come!

Norris

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My last comment for this review. Norris, you have out done yourself.

 

Wow, what a great review.

 

I have your cruise next January bookmarked to look for your review.

 

Until adieu.....

 

Judy

 

Sent from my HUAWEI SCL-L04 using Tapatalk

 

Judy- I am not done yet! More to come....

Norris, thanking you for your kind compliments.

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Back in Port Everglades



Phew! I was up on deck just in time to catch us coming into the harbor

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and we were not the first

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Oasis

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Queen Elizabeth

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A Freedom class Royal ship already docked in the distance

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Coral Princess closing in on her berth

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More....after work

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Now you already know that I am in Heaven. The Winter Olympics finale show, and the Super Bowl Half-Time show are dull in comparison to my being on deck on a morning when half a dozen beautiful cruise ships come home, gliding slowly and quietly back to their berths with thousands of satisfied customers.

 

I look for another to arrive



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There's no airhorns or people on the rocks waving (because I am not down there with a camera)



and no ship horns. It's too early for that. It is quiet on deck, just a few people up near Tradewinds getting coffee and some taking pictures. There were camera people I would speak to, people who would ask me questions which I was happy to answer. One lovely woman about my age had just bought herself a new DSLR camera so she could have a hobby that would tax her brain was one who talked to me everyday. I told her about CC and how she could find the photos I was taking but I don't know if she ever followed-up.



There aren't many cruise ships that excite me just for their design- I do love the Oasis design achievement, and the look of the Disney ships. Celebrity S Class is undoubtedly my favorite of all. Princess Grand class with the aft Skywalkers (Star, Golden,Caribbean) get me every time-so striking! I can't think of a Carnival design that raises my pulse. Interior-wise I know that they don't all have the Joe Farcus "designs" any longer. That's a relief. They were headache inducing, dark and overwrought, mishmashes of vomitus historical periods, clashing from deck to deck and room to room. Let there be light and relief from ornamentation! Less is more. The Regal Princess is a good example of modern interior design-very soothing and pleasing color palate. S -Class of X and M Class ditto.

However undistinguished in my eye the Carnival ships carry a lot of happy people and Captains and officers and crew no less good at their jobs, I imagine, than Princess. They are all pulling from the same International crew pool. Carnival is not for me but it is for a lot of people so kudos to the line for their growth and dominance in the industry.





* I am not a Joe Farcus hater-just his designs which Micky Arison signed off on, not being an arbiter of good taste. Joe was very passionate about his work and had a reason for every explosion in a paintshop. I have watched all of his Youtube interviews and admire his work ethic but not the work itself. I just don't like over-design which is why Japan and Norway looks good to me but St Petersburg holds no interest. Gilded palaces I would never line up for.

I am a working class guy from Northern Ireland for Pete's sake, who drinks Guinness and eats his own weight in potatoes weekly.



Here comes one of the few Carnival ships (maybe the only one now?) that call PE home- the Conquest

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I look away for a moment to catch up with the Coral



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We are backing into berth number 2, where we came from 8 days ago



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Conquest getting closer

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I'm waiting for a crunching sound....

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Safely berthed I no longer have to concern myself with the Conquest

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