Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
sid_9169

Breakaway / Live (*) / Solo - Feb-07-17-2019...

Recommended Posts

7 minutes ago, pebbles1102 said:

HI Sid,

 

Loving your review as always.  Thanks for the pictures of Syd Norman's Pour House.  You are making me wish my cruise was sooner instead of having to wait until November.

They're always better sooner than later...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, sid_9169 said:

It's back to seven day cruises for me... I know this sounds like blasphemy, but by the eighth or ninth day, I was pretty much ready to go home. May have had something to do with the demographic of the other passengers. (Not that I have anything against senior citizens)

Sid, I agree that solo cruises are more enjoyable for 7 days. I have done both solo and with my husband. With a cruise buddy, I prefer 10 days, but that's mostly because I sail out of NY in the winter!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We did our first 14 day cruise in November, OMG we couldn't wait to get home!  Too long.

 

We will stick to 8 days is a good length of time.  When we were working cruising was our escape from corporate world, now that we are retired, we continue to cruise and we love cruising.  As we've "aged" we now enjoy less people, which means smaller ships.

We're with you regarding fellow cruisers, not moving in line, or having such a sense of entitlement, meaning "I paid of this cruise I'm going to do what I want when I want".

 

Love your reviews, hope you can work it out so you can cruise more and get paid to cruise as you do such a fantastic job of reporting on it!

Susan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I feel you on the upcoming life decisions, I have some to make in the upcoming months and at the moment don't like any of my options. 

 

But also, I'm really sad that your review is coming to an end.  Thank you for taking the time to do this. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I believe these next pictures are from the morning of Grand Cayman... I went up for my usual omelette. (Usual for a cruise, that is. I have cereal every morning in my real life)

IMG_20190216_085129899.thumb.jpg.059458307beeb1044c8a9fec15db06ae.jpg

 

IMG_20190216_085532869.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

These touch panels, located all over the ship, are a great way to make reservations, look at show schedules, ect. I had a reservation that I wanted to change the time for, and it took about a minute and a half... Easy peasy.

IMG_20190216_090926546.thumb.jpg.01c2dec69afc3d0676678a05963b35a1.jpg

IMG_20190216_090937678.thumb.jpg.42696f5a5f07ef639df191a9939aebfd.jpg

IMG_20190216_091011364.thumb.jpg.19158dc3dfb8240499b1843a9c71f63f.jpg

IMG_20190216_091013987.thumb.jpg.d1b5987ee47b62c75b878a59aab267f0.jpg

IMG_20190216_091016775.thumb.jpg.ed2af1435c61cec70926a2d4281cd859.jpg

 

 

IMG_20190216_090856990_HDR.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My cabin stewardess, Ana left me a nice hand written note with my towel sculpture this morning.

IMG_20190216_114529060.thumb.jpg.080cb42bdc6a0060d44fe877b9128dfa.jpg

 

IMG_20190216_114542608.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I believe these are from the sea day following Jamaica. The Indian buffet at moderno...

IMG_20190216_124905309.thumb.jpg.6c2cb7afe97c7e20756c00b684b9aa13.jpg

 

Looks kinda sloppy all piled up like that, but it was all great... They really do Indian food well...

 

IMG_20190216_125504563.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sid you have no idea how much your reviews are appreciated.

 

As having cruised ONLY with Carnival and wanting to branch out, it is eye opening to see up close other cruise lines.

 

We are not "dress-up" folks and it looks like we'd fit right in with NCL.  This ship looks amazing!

 

When is your next cruise so I can watch for your next review.  Wish your reviews could continue on and on!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

And, now I believe we're at the final sea day... It would soon all be over. I really didn't want it to end, but I knew that the return to reality was inevitable.

 

The last day was by far the busiest at Vibe.

IMG_20190216_155732340_HDR.thumb.jpg.170126e3279ad7b68b2ba481c1351e5b.jpg

IMG_20190216_162630660.thumb.jpg.4c3392da705c20b39f160fba156ed93d.jpg

IMG_20190216_170601362.thumb.jpg.1d98d1b801d984c5db5c467676648cd3.jpg

 

 

IMG_20190216_153708784.jpg

IMG_20190216_175238986_HDR.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, zencruisers said:

That is one huge straw!

 

The new paper straws... I thought the same thing...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Hogladyrider said:

Sid you have no idea how much your reviews are appreciated.

 

As having cruised ONLY with Carnival and wanting to branch out, it is eye opening to see up close other cruise lines.

 

We are not "dress-up" folks and it looks like we'd fit right in with NCL.  This ship looks amazing!

 

When is your next cruise so I can watch for your next review.  Wish your reviews could continue on and on!

Unfortunately, I don't have anything else planned right now... I'm going to start researching though. I'm considering the Carnival Horizon, the new Encore, or possibly one of Royal's mega ships. I've been wanting to try them out for awhile.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

IMG_20190216_151432068.thumb.jpg.8088c1d53de9be6871bee3012d7f9253.jpg

The day was dwindling away. I got most of the packing out of the way, but had to wait for my liquor that I'd bought in the gift shop to be delivered. I got ready for my final meal on board, which was Moderno... I had been to every other specialty restaurant on board, other than Ocean Blue...

 

 

 

IMG_20190216_151443878.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think I had a few more drinks at Vibe before heading to dinner.  Also, did some final exploration...

IMG_20190216_152537323.thumb.jpg.63a91e5c33f12ff40140b6a7da14f710.jpg

IMG_20190216_152553377.thumb.jpg.cd9ded0ce104d861f0eba952c955eada.jpg

IMG_20190216_152631114.thumb.jpg.9d561b66d8f936b4513e15b76444e652.jpg

IMG_20190216_152639518.thumb.jpg.3d525da98e60ca82797c9725d26d1583.jpg

IMG_20190216_152656832.thumb.jpg.4060a92b6f0a393bc79a92d0e645660d.jpg

 

Then, Marilyn popped up again...

IMG_20190216_152837316.thumb.jpg.aebf370e1eb171d675abcdcc77e8a0b0.jpg

 

I went to guest services to drop off my vacation hero cards.

 

 

IMG_20190216_172926189.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I enjoyed the final sunset of the cruise... When it came up again, we were in New Orleans...

IMG_20190216_183943109_HDR.thumb.jpg.efc2bbec77c6717cdc71ced62f6bb54d.jpg

IMG_20190216_184001546_HDR.thumb.jpg.8fd3c21454d9cce595d47e7e31112ffa.jpg

IMG_20190216_184141307_HDR.thumb.jpg.7f615d5e3aaec3629d9c42604b8dc2a7.jpg

 

IMG_20190216_184655474.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

IMG_20190216_190123158.thumb.jpg.79888c5b9226955049c48c37132021c3.jpg

IMG_20190216_190655718.thumb.jpg.3b96922bbbf1ea1ec0fa9bfae84759e8.jpg

IMG_20190216_185841825.thumb.jpg.5b728bdb713358dcdb1f8eaabcd98a24.jpg

IMG_20190216_185513059.thumb.jpg.10e25db8ca7fc61b375cb463851c73a2.jpgIMG_20190216_185441997.thumb.jpg.7c49f677b62b42767c19bc55a2f69a03.jpg

I ended up being a little late for my reservation at Moderno, but I felt like I had to see that final sunset. I had been a long way by now, and in mere hours it would all be over... I tried to go light with my last dinner, if that can even be done at this restaurant...

 

 

IMG_20190216_191022404.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

At least my last dessert on board was pretty healthy by dessert standards. The grilled pineapple.

IMG_20190216_193635979.thumb.jpg.60632bba61039387b4be85d08cbf4d86.jpg

 

When I got back to my cabin, my liquor had shown up, so at least I could finish packing.

 

IMG_20190216_194909121.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


After dinner, I made a few more rounds, and took a few more photos. I ended up going to bed pretty early, but I still didn't get much sleep... All the stress and issues back home were heavy on my mind...

IMG_20190216_203104799.thumb.jpg.0f1450d236f3081a76415bddb9a0814a.jpg

IMG_20190216_204002232.thumb.jpg.bcfa14dd388edd9313350d5331bb4270.jpg

IMG_20190216_204046555.thumb.jpg.1bab0c27eefe5e4524eeeea61ba67610.jpg

IMG_20190216_204450688.thumb.jpg.be9a5174031b9ccd0d72def667a9d0b8.jpg

 

 

 

Edgar, the Vibe bartender was getting ready for tomorrow's new passengers.

 

 

 

IMG_20190216_204845818_TOP.jpg

Edited by sid_9169
delete photo

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, sid_9169 said:

And, now I believe we're at the final sea day... It would soon all be over. I really didn't want it to end, but I knew that the return to reality was inevitable.

 

The last day was by far the busiest at Vibe.

IMG_20190216_155732340_HDR.thumb.jpg.170126e3279ad7b68b2ba481c1351e5b.jpg

IMG_20190216_162630660.thumb.jpg.4c3392da705c20b39f160fba156ed93d.jpg

IMG_20190216_170601362.thumb.jpg.1d98d1b801d984c5db5c467676648cd3.jpg

 

 

IMG_20190216_153708784.jpg

IMG_20190216_175238986_HDR.jpg

Sid, now i know who was on the other side at the Vibe bar doing shots (we were on the other side) Edgar was going back and forth making shots for us, too.  "shots,  shot's,  shots"    lol  we've never had so many shots in one sitting.  I love the scoopy doo shot and B-52's

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
7 minutes ago, surfone said:

Sid, now i know who was on the other side at the Vibe bar doing shots (we were on the other side) Edgar was going back and forth making shots for us, too.  "shots,  shot's,  shots"    lol  we've never had so many shots in one sitting.  I love the scoopy doo shot and B-52's

So, you were the ones...... And, yes, the shots just keep coming one after the other sometimes...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Q&A with the Coral Expeditions Team
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...