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Having lunch in the MDR.  Lots of press.  

 

Still some HAL corporate onboard     saw Orlando circulating and talking with guests which I thought was a nice touch

 

There was a question about Christmas decorations.  At least in the atrium they are decorating.

 

 

 

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Thanks for posting these tidbits as you go. Really appreciate it.Have a great trip. 

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Tamarind layout has changed from the KDam.  Nice large Sushi Bar.   The Tamarind bar has moved around the corner and where it was was on the KDam they have made outdoor bar seating.  Very nice.  On the other side they have the al fresco dining

 

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1 hour ago, DeeniEncinitas said:

What happened to the Pinnacle menu?

i saw no steaks at all!  Did I miss something! 

Great pics.

Denise😊

 

 

Missed that page!! Will post tomorrow.   Losing signal as we sailed away!!

 

on to dinner!

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Oh no worries please! You enjoy that fabulous vacation and looking forward to more of your adventures! I was surprised but now it’s just fine. 

Should be dinner time coming up! Enjoy cocktails and a wonderful dinner.

Its starting to rain here this morning in San Diego so am enjoying the rain.

Denise😊

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Thanks for doing this live from. If you have a chance to post the new wine packages it would be appreciated. Have a fantastic cruise

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9 hours ago, freestyling said:

Thanks for doing this live from. If you have a chance to post the new wine packages it would be appreciated. Have a fantastic cruise

 

 

No change in the wine packages

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Had dinner at the Tamarind with new menu.  The biggest issues for us is no Sushi option.  If you want sushi you have to pay  a la cart prices.

 

there is a new Curry Barramundi which was excellent along with the Crab fried rice.

 

 

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I'm following along & enjoy reading your posts & pictures.

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Thanks for checking on wine. The curry barramundi sounds delicious. Disappointing to hear about the sushi.

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Huge thanks for taking the time to bring us along on your trip.   I love Rome and it's clear you had a very special visit!  

 

Have a great cruise -- looking forward to following along!

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Two new appetizers on the Tamarind — Thai Citrus Scallops and Lobster and shrimp gyoza.C5D54DA3-832A-4CAF-BE84-C72FC223EC32.jpeg.afa7a6fde75da67fdeb91b443dda2c68.jpegLobster and shrimp gyoza.

 

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You have a great approach to travel. Thanks for your report from the beginning to these daily accounts.

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Good morning Cartagena!

 

last night was our first gala and went off flawlessly.  Seemed to be the standard Iberico Ham-shrimp cocktail-escargot followed by filet/shrimp-lamb chop-sole-mushroom risotto.  All excellent especially the iberico ham.   

 

Off to the local el Corte Inglese will post some more pictures later

( additions to the MDR breakfast)

 

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It sounds like the PR, press and corporate will be leaving tomorrow from Malaga.   They cancelled our Pinnacle Reservations tonight as they are having a private event so they maybe having a send off dinner for them

 

Mr Orlando gave a state of the company presentation was nicely done.  One point during the Q&A he was asked about the poor state of the website.   He responded that he was well aware of the issue and had a team working on it

 

Time will tell :—)

 

still a few contractors on board. They were working on some Dutch Cafe decorations yesterday, imaging they are also gunning to get off in Malaga as well. 

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New section of the MDR breakfast or at least new to us.  The second picture is the Quinoa parfait.  Mrs Jones liked it while Mr. Jones is skeptical.

 

 

 

 

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We’ve tracked down a local cafe we had been to before.  Plaza Cafe and are having our second brekfast or merienda. Place is full of workers having their snacks, cafe con leche and reading the paper.  We decided on some 

tortilla espanola and coffee all for 2 euros.  Such a deal !!

 

 

 

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If I can't be there myself this is the next best thing, thanks for taking us along.

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We made it to the el Corte Ingles department store and in the Christmas area stumbled on the “Magic Christmas Forest” (rough translation).  We wandered though and came across a presentation by the Christmas Wolf (best we could guess). And while we could not understand it and the story was not familiar the rapt attention of the kids was universal 

 

 

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we also found the Jamon section with some of the legs fetching 700 euros

 

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On the way back in a tip of the hat to POA we stopped by a wine bodega, but as we were outside enjoying the sun an Estrella seemed more appropriate.

 

 

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All in all a great day in Cartagena 

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With the EXC taking over the section of the Crows Nest we finally found where they moved the Computers, deck 1 atrium.  Where the old Shorex desk was on the KDam

 

They have a total of 4 workstations

 

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We had lunch at the Pinnacle yesterday (that menu at least has not changed).  We lost track of time talking to another Gentlemen and missed the Wine Tasting.   In talking to our tablemate over 250 4 and 5 star mariners attended.  Quite the group.

 

We also chatted with the Cellar master who we have sailed several times with.    He mentioned that the Cellar master’ Dinner had 80 guests confirmed so far (and its still nearly a week away).    We have had amazing times at these CM dinners but they have tended to be much smaller so will see how it works out.

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20 minutes ago, travelinjones said:

We made it to the el Corte Ingles department store and in the Christmas area stumbled on the “Magic Christmas Forest” (rough translation).  We wandered though and came across a presentation by the Christmas Wolf (best we could guess). And while we could not understand it and the story was not familiar the rapt attention of the kids was universal 

 

 

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we also found the Jamon section with some of the legs fetching 700 euros

 

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On the way back in a tip of the hat to POA we stopped by a wine bodega, but as we were outside enjoying the sun an Estrella seemed more appropriate.

 

 

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All in all a great day in Cartagena 

So enjoying your blog this AM over my coffee!! Thanks for the pictures and great detail

of everything! The Christmas setting at the mall brings back many memories of the Christmas markets in Europe when we were there.

Question? What do you think of the transformation of the Crows Nest? We enjoy going up there for views and cocktails. Have a great time.

Denise😊

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35 minutes ago, DeeniEncinitas said:

So enjoying your blog this AM over my coffee!! Thanks for the pictures and great detail

of everything! The Christmas setting at the mall brings back many memories of the Christmas markets in Europe when we were there.

Question? What do you think of the transformation of the Crows Nest? We enjoy going up there for views and cocktails. Have a great time.

Denise😊

 

To be honest we are not fans of the EXC “invasion” of the crows nest.   On the other ships we have appreciated this area for reading and scenic cruising.  They did retain some of that concept but we still wish for the older layout.    If they could all be like the Prinsendam crows nest we’d be happy cruisers 🙂

 

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Just some notes.

 

We have found Orlando throughout the Ship observing and engaging guests   He seems genuinely interested in feedback.

 

The Rock Room and Billboard on Board have been popular.   They have been doing alternating 45 minutes sets.   The Rock Room band plays for 45 minutes, then the “dueling” Piano’s for 45. No break, they literally will start 1 minute after the other have stopped.  Both venues have great musicians and are very popular with a wide range of guests.

 

We asked the cellarmaster about the new Wine Packages and he stated that they will be changing just not until middle of next year earliest.   So we are safe for a while.   We have enjoyed the new packages and were happy to see they are still in place.

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in the past we have been able to invite guests to dinner and have their charge be discounted per the 5* amount.  They appear to be more strict at least on The first day.   Will report back and see if this was a one off

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