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Celebrity Silhouette, Norwegian Fjords Sept. 1 2019

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20 minutes ago, Bimmer09 said:

But of course.

Thanks for playing!

Norris

Your travel details, pics and stories always make my day!  Thank you!

I have lived in Canada for the past 45 years but I am originally from Bournemouth, England!

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gbolton- 

i knew it was Proud Mary ! You beat me to the post !

Hello Norris- 

Lovely photos of London. The hotel looks wonderful !

So glad that you and Carol had such an enjoyable pre- cruise stay.

Looking forward to photos of Norway and the Silhouette!

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It's always exciting-that moment when you attach your cruise ship luggage tags in the hotel room prior to hauling them down to the street.

 We take our own bags down to the lobby only needing help when we reach the half dozen steps into the reception area as there is no ramp. A liveried bellman came dashing over to carry Carol's suitcase down.

 

 I remember it well as if it just happened on September the First. A text had arrived telling me our driver was on his way for our 10 a.m pick-up and I pride myself on my punctuality so I was going to be outside the hotel by 9.55. When I took my bags out, there was the driver and a black Mercedes ready to roll.

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Pay in advance with a credit card (I did) or PayPal or pay the driver on the day

 

Bags were loaded into the trunk as the bellman brought them earning a 5 pound tip.

We sat in the back in comfort and off we went through the streets of London retracing our tire tracks from Friday as we headed to the M4 in a Heathrowly direction. We would link up with the M3 before being sucked into the Heathrow vortex and head Southwest on a beautiful smooth and well-signposted motorway that brought memories flooding back as I had driven it many many times. Windsor, Bracknell, Basingstoke all places I once knew intimately from behind the wheel of a company car: an American company, ARA Services. I stayed overnight in Southampton many times so this was a great drive down memory lane for me. We had asked the driver to turn off the radio as we always do so that we don't have to listen to someone else's taste in music or chat. We drove through beautiful countryside not glimpsing the towns as they are well screened by trees and rolling hills and away from the highway/motorway/tomato/tomahtoh.

 

Within two hours we were slowed by the streets of Southampton, so familiar as they unfolded around each corner. Following signs for the port. We stop at the entrance to pier 1. "Silhouette? Pier 10, mate" A vast harbor and avast there shipmates! as we enter pier 10....

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Our new home!

 

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A pier porter takes our bags and I give him 5 pounds for not immediately hurling them into the harbor. He points to the painted lines on the pier which show our feet where to go.

The feet pass the Zebra

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We follow the line for Not Zenith or Suites passengers and are soon attended to. Like our two previous X cruises on Silhouette and Reflection the boarding process is smooth and effortless.

Passport, credit card, smile for the tiny camera, security conveyor as in an airport, X-Ray scan

gather belongings, proceed to gangway no waiting, stop for photographers- 6 out of 10 passed them by with a No Thanks but we dived right in. Once my Flickr issues are fixed I may post the pic (the Saga continues).

 

The gangway is all the way forward by the bow and is a long Z shaped walkway up to deck 5 where we are scanned aboard and offered glasses of "champagne." I take one and we make our way to the midship elevator bank to hit deck 15 and the Sunset bar which is our ritual.

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Up at the Sunset Bar we take our seats for the wait to get into our rooms. It is 12.30 and we were dropped off at noon. A bar waiter comes by as we gaze out over the lawn. A ginger beer and a Stella please. He offers a beverage package but at $83 a day I don't see the value.

Until he brings me the bill and the Stella is $12.00! I ask him "what airport is this?" and then explain that in the real world where I live a six pack of Stella at retail is $9 making each bottle $1.50 in value. The 700% upcharge/margin (at retail, not wholesale) is a wee bit stiff. A Stella on Princess is $7 and change. Doing some quick math in my head and figuring-in espressos, cappuccinos and Sambucas plus glasses of wine at dinner I accepted the Premium package expense. Azamara included alcoholic drinks and I upgraded there for $22 a day which covered everything I needed. So I'll be factoring drinks prices into the price comparison when looking to book a future cruise and considering both lines. Celebrity take note.

 

Carol had a soft drinks package for $11 a day but would have to pay for her breakfast espressos

and we would laugh at the $6 for a double espresso (not a great one either) and $10.50 for a double cappuccino. I pay I think $4.60 at Starbucks for a QUAD espresso (not a great one either)

 

Luckily the ship is a corker and we are going to Norway so I refrained from tossing the wicker chairs over the side.

 

At 1.15 p.m it was announced by the Cruise Director that the rooms were ready....

 

I took a zoom shot of a P & O ship berthed way behind us before I left deck 15

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We delayed our departure, figuring the elevators would be jammed (a safe bet)

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14 minutes ago, Gordoncruickshank said:

Norris, is that you just reaching the ship after 7 pages!!

 Indeed. I have been rushing along! LOL!

 I won't be in any hurry on the ship, nor in Norway.

I am a man who likes to stop to smell the roses, sip the Guinness, stare at the waterfall etc

I rush during my work life, drive past the roses, chug down the coffee, stare at the alarm clock and in these reviews leave all that behind.

Thanks for reading along Gordon!

Norris

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It's a long schlep on a ship with no aft elevators to get to our cabin but we don't have any interest in not being fully aft-where the builders ran out of ship basically. We share a little quiet lobby at our door with the suite formerly known as Ours, 7358.

Please, do come in!

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There is a tea kettle and all that goes with it on the desktop-a nod to the mostly British passengers but Carol will have that removed so we can use the desk for my computer.

(British readers are gasping!)

 

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The screen that separates ours from 7362 has swung open but we get maintenance to fix the lock, which they do promptly. I closed it for the photo.

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Ahhhhh....the view!

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Carol rubs down all the likely-to-touch surfaces with Clorox wipes as is her custom in ships and hotels. We adjourn to the buffet for a spot of lunch as, unlike on Princess, the MDR isn't open to all.

Carol is not a buffet person or at least wasn't until she tried the Oceanview where she made up a Thai plate. I had been looking forward to the Indian station and scored a meat curry with poppadoms and rice but also hit the carvery for a big wedge of roast beef.

 

We took our food out to the open deck to enjoy in the sun. The meat in my Indian dish suffered from not being cooked long and slow to break down the fibers so it was a tough chew and a big disappointment. The roast beef was the same thing, a long chew and bone-dry from the heat lamps.  Not off to a good start but I had something in my stomach until dinner. Carol was happy with her meal.

 

Our Muster Drill was station D3 which means Tuscan Grill and no lifejackets were needed to be brought down stairs.  Luckily we were only 2 floors above. 

 

At 4 p.m we let go of the mooring lines-we actually had nothing to do with it but were in agreement on principle. Let's get to Norway!

 

Without a webcam and well-wishers on the dock there was no point in waving as we do in Ft. Lauderdale. We slipped quietly away.

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I am really enjoying your posts. I grew up in Surrey mostly around Purley but moved to Cornwall in 1986.  You made me want to go back for a visit especially the Churchill War Rooms.

 

I will be on Silhouette for the 24 October transatlantic may have to be vegetarian in the buffet by the sound of it.  Mostly sailed P&O where the drinks prices are reasonable their £40 per day pp drinks package would be well over my daily bill. Cocktails are around £6 no gratuities on top.  Have the Classic Drinks Package included.

 

Which P&O ship did you photograph?

 

I am also reading your Cuba tale as I visited in 2017 doing a cruise on Star Flyer.

 

Looking forward to the next instalment.

 

Mandy

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3 hours ago, Clipper Chick said:

I am really enjoying your posts. I grew up in Surrey mostly around Purley but moved to Cornwall in 1986.  You made me want to go back for a visit especially the Churchill War Rooms.

 

I will be on Silhouette for the 24 October transatlantic may have to be vegetarian in the buffet by the sound of it.  Mostly sailed P&O where the drinks prices are reasonable their £40 per day pp drinks package would be well over my daily bill. Cocktails are around £6 no gratuities on top.  Have the Classic Drinks Package included.

 

Which P&O ship did you photograph?

 

I am also reading your Cuba tale as I visited in 2017 doing a cruise on Star Flyer.

 

Looking forward to the next instalment.

 

Mandy

 

Hi, Mandy the P & O ship was Aurora, setting off for 30 nights to the USA and Canada.

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 That first day buffet meal was the only one that was very poor. I could have pushed the plate aside or switched it with someone else's while they weren't looking-"hey look at that whale doing the backstroke over there" but it was the only Indian meat entree and the only carvery beef on offer. Disappointing though as I love the Indian station on X.

The drinks pricing is simply gouging a captive audience. The price of a beer on Princess, which I will be cruising in January is comparable to a restaurant beer in Chicago so I am ok with that.

 

Thanks for reading the Cuba review. It was a highlight cruise for us as we loved Cuba and loved Azamara.

Norris

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SAILAWAY

We are always on our balcony for sailaway even if there is a CruiseCritic Roll Call group to join at the Sunset Bar. We have an uninterrupted view

We have cleared the pier and are saying cheerio to Southampton

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A Roll On Roll Off transporter

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Cruise ship stalkers

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another RoRo

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A castle in the woods

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A fast ferry

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We like long sailaways where there is something to see as opposed to Ft Lauderdale sailing where it is over in 10 minutes and there is nothing but sea ahead. Venice of course is a stunner.

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Industrial ports we love

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A haven for seafarers

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I’m loving the journey, Norris. I think that I need to time my reading a bit better, though. By the time I see your song references, someone else has already claimed the prize! I guess that’s the price I pay for being such a night owl 🦉

 

I love your aft balcony room. I think DH and I would be very happy there. 😍

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20 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

We like long sailaways where there is something to see 

Norris, recommend the sailaway through the Stockholm archipelago.  Long and very scenic.

 

Robert

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On 9/10/2019 at 7:01 AM, Bimmer09 said:

It's about time for another Gentleman's Seafaring Journal and luckily I have something to report - a Cruise to the Norwegian Fjords on my favorite ship. Here's the itinerary (well almost as gremlins have been at work since we (Norris and Carol- not the Royal "we") arrived home from London yesterday afternoon.

 

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There was a sea day to get back to Southampton and then a day spent in London before flying home to Chicago Monday September 9th- yesterday if my math is correct. Photos from those days will be seen once I can free up space on my laptop.

 

So that's where we will be going as this unwinds day after day....

 

Norris

 

On 9/10/2019 at 7:01 AM, Bimmer09 said:

It's about time for another Gentleman's Seafaring Journal and luckily I have something to report - a Cruise to the Norwegian Fjords on my favorite ship. Here's the itinerary (well almost as gremlins have been at work since we (Norris and Carol- not the Royal "we") arrived home from London yesterday afternoon.

 

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There was a sea day to get back to Southampton and then a day spent in London before flying home to Chicago Monday September 9th- yesterday if my math is correct. Photos from those days will be seen once I can free up space on my laptop.

 

So that's where we will be going as this unwinds day after day....

 

Norris

Norris 

 

I’m terribly late to this shin dig, but better late than never.  I totally forgot you were headed across the pond for this adventure.  I’m ready to be thoroughly entertained and as always, looking forward to this fine journal of yours.

 

Just got back from my first solo cruise.  Treated myself to four days on the Navigator of the Seas.  Had fun, but guessing nothing like jaunt you and Carol experienced.

 

Hope all is well,

 

Trip

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I have never seen the Southampton port in so much detail.  Such a busy and beautiful port.  I like the look of the castle tucked away.  It would make for a nice summer home haha.

 

Thank you for all of your details like the cost of a Stella.  That is highway robbery for one beer. 

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14 hours ago, CruiserRob said:

Norris, recommend the sailaway through the Stockholm archipelago.  Long and very scenic.

 

Robert

 

Robert, yes I've heard that but know that some bigger ships stop way out from the city. No doubt Azamara goes all the way. The Baltic cruises are very city intense but we chose Norway this time for the Fjords and the small cities/towns. I have a friend and a niece (Treacle Scone Julie)

who did the Baltic cities this year on different lines ( Regent and X) and both enjoyed immensely.

Did you take pics you could share and which ship did you sail?

Thanks for the comment!

Norris

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28 minutes ago, Bimmer09 said:

 

Robert, yes I've heard that but know that some bigger ships stop way out from the city. No doubt Azamara goes all the way. The Baltic cruises are very city intense but we chose Norway this time for the Fjords and the small cities/towns. I have a friend and a niece (Treacle Scone Julie)

who did the Baltic cities this year on different lines ( Regent and X) and both enjoyed immensely.

Did you take pics you could share and which ship did you sail?

Thanks for the comment!

Norris

Norris, I was on the Celebrity Constellation about 10 or 11 years ago - so long ago that I was shooting film!, so not many pictures.  We are in the process of slowly moving and all of my prints are in the other house.  Our cruise started in Stockholm and the first thing I had to do when I got there was find a store that sold the last Harry Potter book for my daughter as it was published that day.  She had been used to going to the midnight releases in the book store for the previous volumes as she had grown up with the books - strange how things like that stick in you mind.

 

Robert

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1 hour ago, Bimmer09 said:

 

Robert, yes I've heard that but know that some bigger ships stop way out from the city. No doubt Azamara goes all the way. The Baltic cruises are very city intense but we chose Norway this time for the Fjords and the small cities/towns. I have a friend and a niece (Treacle Scone Julie)

who did the Baltic cities this year on different lines ( Regent and X) and both enjoyed immensely.

Did you take pics you could share and which ship did you sail?

Thanks for the comment!

Norris

 

Would you like to see some of our Pics from the Stockholm sail out in June ?

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19 minutes ago, scubacruiserx2 said:

 

Would you like to see some of our Pics from the Stockholm sail out in June ?

 

Sure Joe!

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Woe is me

First the good news is that my Flickr woes which didn't allow me to upload iPhone photos (widget was caught in the flange capacitor or something) have been fixed thanks to the good customer service at Flickr.

 

Right about now you should be watching a sail away video from Southampton. I clicked "Upload to Youtube" yesterday at noon and it showed 6 minutes for the task. Excellent. Then it stalled halfway. As I was going to work I left it to do its thing. I came home at 11.30 to find no progress. Carol said she had heard that Youtube were having issues and today I Googled to find large parts of the globe had the same issue so I will have to press on until Youtube sorts itself out or brings me a note from its Mother.

 

The Editor

 

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43 minutes ago, Bimmer09 said:

Woe is me

First the good news is that my Flickr woes which didn't allow me to upload iPhone photos (widget was caught in the flange capacitor or something) have been fixed thanks to the good customer service at Flickr.

 

Right about now you should be watching a sail away video from Southampton. I clicked "Upload to Youtube" yesterday at noon and it showed 6 minutes for the task. Excellent. Then it stalled halfway. As I was going to work I left it to do its thing. I came home at 11.30 to find no progress. Carol said she had heard that Youtube were having issues and today I Googled to find large parts of the globe had the same issue so I will have to press on until Youtube sorts itself out or brings me a note from its Mother.

 

The Editor

 

 

Sorry about that Chief . I wonder if Flickr and Photobucket are related ?

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