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Horizon / Live / Solo - Sep 21-29-2019

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Another tribe member checking in. Have a wonderful vacation and a happy birthday Sid.  

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3 minutes ago, pcrum said:

Sorry for being a pest, but you do know if you can eat at the same restaurant 3 times?  If so, I'd think eating at the steakhouse would be a deal, as it's normally $35/person.  On NCL, we used our dining package to eat at the French Le Bistro for all of our meals because we enjoyed it so much.

I think the deal is one meal in the steakhouse (normally $38) and two additional meals in Jiji or Cucina.

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1 minute ago, Saint Greg said:

 

Hopefully you didn't get sandwiched between two rotund strangers like I did on the Dream last December. It's best to hold off and grab an aisle or bar seat after the others have filled up.

Yes, I hate the way they guide you into the aisle, and won't let you decide where you want to sit...

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1 minute ago, sid_9169 said:

I think the deal is one meal in the steakhouse (normally $38) and two additional meals in Jiji or Cucina.

Ok, thank you.  So the steakhouse is now $38?  I missed that increase notification.  

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18 minutes ago, sid_9169 said:

Just another side note while I'm sitting here bored... I never understood the people who pile a plate full of food from the buffet, and schlep it all the way back to their cabin. There are hundreds of perfectly good tables to eat at, yet you insist upon trying to navigate elevators and hallways, just so you can probably make a huge mess inside your cabin, that the room steward, who's already busy enough, has to clean up... Wow, that was a long sentence...

 

This is one of the reasons for getting a lido deck room. While I do this...It's usually only with late night pizza or deli sandwich...and the next morning I try to return the plate to the buffet area on my way to get coffee. Of course the official CCL position is for you to put it in the hallway with a napkin over the plate and there's a team of non-steward folks who go around and pick those up. Don't like a plate by your door? Put it by someone else's door.

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20 minutes ago, sid_9169 said:

And, don't even get me started on those lanyard people...

*deletes lanyard from cruise shopping list

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Have a great birthday cruise, Sid!  I'll be happily following along and can't wait to see the food and Alchemy porn.  We leave Thursday, sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale next Saturday on the Magic.  Instead of getting my stuff together to start packing, I've been marathoning your adventures!  Wishing you calm seas and fair weather ahead.  Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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Technically we are in Miami at the same time. I would much rather be on a ship instead of hanging out waiting for my room. 😊 But I’m on vacation so it’s all good. 

Have a great cruise!

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When I got down to Alchemy, it was totally swamped... The only chairs available were on the outer tables. I knew that there was no chance at getting a "custom" drink sitting anywhere but right at the bar. I came up to Blue Iguana tequila bar and got a shot of Roca Patron instead... I may end up not going back to Alchemy until after the steakhouse tonight...

 

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47 minutes ago, sid_9169 said:

And, don't even get me started on those lanyard people...

Would you elaborate here a bit?  The folks who try to sell them, or the ones who use them?

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We're moving, and there's an invisible sail away party going down on the lido deck...

 

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1 hour ago, sid_9169 said:

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I spy with my little eye....my fave Sid shirt....you know, the light blue one with the cool pictures. I don't even need to look that closely now to know what they are!

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3 minutes ago, ceilidh1 said:

I spy with my little eye....my fave Sid shirt....you know, the light blue one with the cool pictures. I don't even need to look that closely now to know what they are!

I'm saving that one for the Chef's Table...

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14 minutes ago, sid_9169 said:

When I got down to Alchemy, it was totally swamped... The only chairs available were on the outer tables. I knew that there was no chance at getting a "custom" drink sitting anywhere but right at the bar. I came up to Blue Iguana tequila bar and got a shot of Roca Patron instead... I may end up not going back to Alchemy until after the steakhouse tonight...

 

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When we were on Horizon earlier this year the Alchemy Bar was always packed all 8 days of the cruise. First Carnival cruise where we never sat at the main bar at Alchemy the entire cruise. 

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3 minutes ago, PhillyFan33579 said:

 

When we were on Horizon earlier this year the Alchemy Bar was always packed all 8 days of the cruise. First Carnival cruise where we never sat at the main bar at Alchemy the entire cruise. 

Sid, set up a your towel on the chair RIGHT NOW! We need Alchemy porn....

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3 hours ago, sid_9169 said:

 

 

 

Hopefully the cabins open up soon... I want to get rid of these bags...

 

 

 

 

Also, it just started pouring down rain... Cleared out the entire lido deck...

 

 

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Pouring down rain before cabins are ready, I bet the areas under cover were especially crowded.

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I decided to give Alchemy another try. I found a seat on the outer rim, and had a conversation with Armin, one of the bartenders. I explained my situation about the need for some real customized, one of a kind adult beverages... He said "I'm listening"... I told him about my love of tequila, and he was free to just go crazy... He said he would whip me something up... Then, this happened... Tequila, with what I perceive to be a hint of coconut? I'm not sure, I'll have to ask... It's good, though...

 

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While I was up at the Alchemy Bar, a guy comes up and asks "are you Sid?" I said that I was... He seemed happy to meet me, and said that he and his dad followed my reviews... His name was Trey (possibly Tray?)  anyway, extremely nice guy. I'm sure I'll run into him again throughout the week...

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My reservation is at the steakhouse soon, so I'll need another drink... After the nice tip for the last drink, all that's required is a wink wink and a nod, and he will work his magic... I asked if there was a name for the first drink or this one, but he said they're just his own special concoctions... Fair enough... This one turned out to be pretty nice... Borat would say "very nice"

 

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say hello to Annamaria at the Alchemy bar if she is still there!  She was my favorite on the Horizon last year.  She even let me join in on shaking the drinks with them!

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Bring on the food! I can't believe I've even survived the day with that bowl of noodles...

 

 

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