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Live from Nieuw Statendam Premier Voyage, December 2018

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Bon Voyage, Everyone! We're so excited for you. Safe travels and thanks for taking us all along with you.🍾

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We are now in Toronto Airport waiting for something to eat.  Then I guess we will head for our gate in the international concourse.  

 

The flight was uneventful, which means good!  Hope the day continues the same.  We’ll be on the lookout for Tony and Martha!

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Looks like you're on a Dreamliner.  Let us know how you like it.

 

Roy

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Yes, Roy , a 787.  We have not been on one before.  Pat has a list of everything he’s flown on.  Our earlier flight was an A321.  

 

Victoria airport was decorated.  Here I’ve seen one lonely poinsettia!

 

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Jack and Evelyn we are going on this cruise.  we are very excited.  We just bought orange shirts for the cruise.

 

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49 minutes ago, Vict0riann said:

Yes, Roy , a 787.  We have not been on one before.  Pat has a list of everything he’s flown on.  Our earlier flight was an A321.  

 

Victoria airport was decorated.  Here I’ve seen one lonely poinsettia!

 

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What a lovely Christmas scene.  We spent some time in the Victoria airport a few years ago waiting for the weather to clear so we could board our plane.  Victoria is such a beautiful place.

 

Will look forward to your reports now that the “shakedown” cruise is finished and the “paying customers” are aboard.  It’s been fun seeing the ship coming together through Captain Albert’s eyes as he has reported daily on his blog.  

 

Bon voyage to you, Sherita and the rest of the crew!

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Ann

 

Lovely photo of the airport.  So much nicer that YVR, certainly in decorating!   We waved as you flew over Vancouver! 

 

Thanks for doing this live blog.  Enjoy every second of this great adventure!!

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Thanks so much for all who are providing information.  I am excited to board on December 23rd and will be happy to learn from your experiences.

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5 hours ago, Vict0riann said:

Yes, Roy , a 787.  We have not been on one before.  Pat has a list of everything he’s flown on.  Our earlier flight was an A321.  

 

Victoria airport was decorated.  Here I’ve seen one lonely poinsettia!

 

victoria

 

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Beautiful.

 

We have been on all types of planes -- props -- the Concord, etc.

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1 hour ago, bennybear said:

Love love the Dreamliner!  Enjoy! 

 

 

Just wondering what you love about it?  Business class?  

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22 hours ago, Vict0riann said:

Bear will be travelling along with us.  He resides with NCNurse and her DH.  He is competing with POA's Poohby to be the best-dressed bear on Cruise Critic!

 

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Very nice! Where'd you get the T-shirt? 

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3 minutes ago, POA1 said:

Very nice! Where'd you get the T-shirt? 

Made them using my Silhouette Cameo to cut the heat transfer vinyl.

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5 minutes ago, NCnurse said:

Made them using my Silhouette Cameo to cut the heat transfer vinyl.

Thanks! 

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2 hours ago, SilvertoGold said:

 

 

Just wondering what you love about it?  Business class?  

Have flown and business and premium economy on it,  bigger windows,  less jet lag due to different pressurization and Lighting.  Very comfortable.  

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We've flown the 787 a lot and for us it is also a very comfortable long distance airplane.  We just flew Seattle to Frankfurt on an A330 and there's no comparison.

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9 hours ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

 

Beautiful.

 

We have been on all types of planes -- props -- the Concord, etc.

We loved Concorde - but the Dreamliner was pretty good!  The movies were poor, and I didn’t sleep as the person behind me was tall and had her knees in my back, and she slept with her head on the tray table so that was sticking into my upper back, too.  I was fascinated with the “moving map” on the screen - very interesting format.

 

 

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But we are here in Rome, it was a nice drive in, and we have a room overlooking the entrance to the American Embassy, so we can watch the security!

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2 minutes ago, Vict0riann said:

But we are here in Rome, it was a nice drive in, and we have a room overlooking the entrance to the American Embassy, so we can watch the security!

 

Sorry to hear about your inability to sleep on the flight Ann 😞 

 

Glad you have arrived safely and sounds like you can have some fun watching from your room 😄 

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11 minutes ago, kazu said:

 

Sorry to hear about your inability to sleep on the flight Ann 😞 

 

Glad you have arrived safely and sounds like you can have some fun watching from your room 😄 

 

I really don’t sleep much on overnight flights, unless I have a “pod”, and they were asking $1500 for the upgrade, so for just a 7 hour flight, it didn’t seem worthwhile.  We had a cappuccino when we arrived at the hotel, so I’m wide awake now, and Pat is having a snooze.  We’ll go out around 1 for some lunch, maybe walk up to the Borghese Gallery.

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Welcome to Rome.  Hopefully you got into your room relatively quickly and will have some time for both rest and touring.

 

Roy

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1 hour ago, Vict0riann said:

But we are here in Rome, it was a nice drive in, and we have a room overlooking the entrance to the American Embassy, so we can watch the security!

 

Welcome to Rome. Enjoy your vacanze romane!

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My voyage has begun. 4:15 AM Uber ride to airport. Delta to Atlanta from Sacramento. Then evening flight From Atlanta to Rome. Long day and night ahead!!

 

No lost luggage for me this time. Traveling light. Only a carry-on and a backpack. Oh. And Snort. 

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5 minutes ago, scluvsrain said:

My voyage has begun. 4:15 AM Uber ride to airport. Delta to Atlanta from Sacramento. Then evening flight From Atlanta to Rome. Long day and night ahead!!

 

No lost luggage for me this time. Traveling light. Only a carry-on and a backpack. Oh. And Snort. 

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Wow Sherita!  You did pack light.  Impressive 😄 

 

Glad you made room for Snort.  It's not a complete cruise without Snort along 😉 

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Looks like we will meet you in Atlanta.

 

We are getting ready to go to the airport in Fort Myers.

 

Too bad we cannot pack "light", but our suitcases are well under  20 kg each.

 

Sorry to hear about your sleepless flight, Ann. Glad you all made it safe to Rome, cannot wait to see you all again!

 

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After an all night flight to Frankfurt from Seattle, we made it to Rome and are on the train to Civitavecchia.  

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Our rooms were ready for us when we arrived.  Sailingdutchy and his DW were greeted like long lost family members, kisses all around.  After a nap, we went to a small bakery around the corner with a dining room in the back, and had some spaghetti carbonara for lunch.  Then we walked the Via Veneto past Harry’s Bar, and all the way to the Borghese Gallery, which of course was closed, as it is Monday!  We continued around the park and saw a large and noisy flock of parrots in one of the Roman pines.  On the way back to the hotel, we stopped to buy a couple of bottles of wine and a big bottle of water.  I’m not sure what we are going to do about dinner.  I’m not really hungry, but maybe in a few hours.  I’m still on Victoria time. 

 

Sherita, you do travel light.  Does Snort wear orange?

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16 minutes ago, Vict0riann said:

Our rooms were ready for us when we arrived.  Sailingdutchy and his DW were greeted like long lost family members, kisses all around.  After a nap, we went to a small bakery around the corner with a dining room in the back, and had some spaghetti carbonara for lunch.  Then we walked the Via Veneto past Harry’s Bar, and all the way to the Borghese Gallery, which of course was closed, as it is Monday!  We continued around the park and saw a large and noisy flock of parrots in one of the Roman pines.  On the way back to the hotel, we stopped to buy a couple of bottles of wine and a big bottle of water.  I’m not sure what we are going to do about dinner.  I’m not really hungry, but maybe in a few hours.  I’m still on Victoria time. 

 

Sherita, you do travel light.  Does Snort wear orange?

 

So nice that your room was ready for you Ann 🙂

 

Absolutely loved the Borghese Gallery.  The grounds are beautiful too.  Hope you can get back to enjoy it.

 

Your lunch sounds delish. Good luck with adapting to the time change.  It's tough enough for us with a 5 hour difference.  You have a LOT more than that! 

 

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Hi Ann-

 

Which hotel are you using? We will be in Rome in Nov 2019 (TA on the Rotterdam) and planned on using the Savoy again. But other recommendations are welcome. 

 

In April, we had dinner at La Scala (Via di S. Isidoro, 5, 00187 Roma RM, Italy) and Angolo Dell'Aurora (Via Aurora, 19, 00187 Roma RM, Italy). Both are short walks from the Savoy. 

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2 hours ago, scluvsrain said:

My voyage has begun. 4:15 AM Uber ride to airport. Delta to Atlanta from Sacramento. Then evening flight From Atlanta to Rome. Long day and night ahead!!

 

No lost luggage for me this time. Traveling light. Only a carry-on and a backpack. Oh. And Snort. 

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Do tell how you do over two weeks with only carry on!  And Snort is adorable.

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Enjoy Rome!  Too bad the borghese gallery was closed.   You can make online reservations if you want to go and it is incredible.  

Have a gelato for me!  

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Thanks so much for starting this thread! Will enjoy following the comments.  We'll be sailing on her in April.

 

(I'll be curious to hear any observations you want to share about the current condition of Club Orange, which apparently has to/had to be re-designed after management decided to turn the culinary arts center into a suite restaurant.)

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