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    • Live B2B2B2B From the Carnival Magic 11/26-12/22
      Hello everyone!
       
      I'm getting ready to sail out for another adventure on Sunday and I plan to do a live review of my time on board.
       
      This time I will be sailing on the Carnival Magic for 26 days from November 26 until December 22. I am not sure where I am going, nowhere too terribly exciting just around the Caribbean but I am excited to be on a ship for the Holidays and seeing the wonderful decorations and being around the festive cheer. Magic is also one of my favorite ships in the Carnival fleet.
       
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    • Jim_Iain Live -  2nd Half World Cruise -  B2B Singapore to Down Under 11/25 – 12/21
      Jim_Iain -  2nd Half World Cruise -  B2B Singapore to Down Under 11/25 – 12/21
        
      Welcome!    Come along and join us for another adventure.  
       
      As an introduction we are Jim (who writes these Live Posts) and Iain, who ends up in most of the pictures.   We have been together 34 years -  or as Iain just said “34 long hard years”  LOL.
       
      Are were  among of the first to be Gay Couples to be married in California.  We were legally married June 2008 days after the California Supreme Court ruled the restriction of Gay Marriage was illegal.   5 Months later California had a referendum to change the constitution and make it illegal again.   Luckily the State Supreme court ruled a small group of 4,000 marriage were grandfathered and would remain legal.  It was another 7 years before the Supreme Court Legalized Gay Marriage Nation Wide. 
      We have 3 kids and 5 Grand Children.  

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    • LIVE! Celebration 11/26-12/3 Holidays & Casino Ultra—Let’s Cruise!
      Yes! She’s back! After a jaunt over to Royal Caribbean for Wonder of the Seas last month, I’m back on Carnival, this time taking the Celebration out of Miami!  This is my 7th LIVE! Blog here on Cruise Critic, and I just love taking y’all along with me.
       
      For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Dee, traveling with my dear hubby Russ. I adore cruising, have done a ton of it.  I’m particularly excited about this cruise since I LOVE Carnival, and also the Mardi Gras—been on her twice!  This is my first time on her sister ship the Celebration, and my second time cruising out of Miami since the pandemic.

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    • Live from QV to the Canary Islands.
      
      It has been a year since sailing with Cunard, our last in November/December ‘22 to the same destination on this ship. Since then we have sailed with 2 other lines in the Pacific and Europe and enjoyed long distance travel. How pleasant to be back in familiar surroundings of QV.
      From reading CC over the past few days, it appears that there are quite a few active members seeking some sun joining me on this voyage. 
      I have written blogs before and always try to convey the atmosphere on the ship to anyone interested enough to read this.

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    • Live - Valiant Lady Dec 2-10
      Here we go again! Hop aboard and join me as I sail solo for the first time ever on the beautiful Valiant Lady!

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    • My View: A Symphony of Gratitude (Live Thanksgiving Week)
      Hello from deck eleven on Symphony of the Seas!
       
      We are about to sail away from Port Everglades, heading toward the Southern Caribbean.
       

      TIP:  If I can help find any information for you while I am onboard, please post your request. I will do my best to follow through on requests.
       
      I will likely fall a day or two behind, depending on Wi-Fi and our busy schedule. However, I will try to keep the report as “live“ as possible. 
       
      Gratitude:
       
      Since this is a Thanksgiving cruise, it will be great to hear what you are thankful for, if you would like to share.
       
      We are extra thankful to be on this trip today, as we had to cancel Odyssey of the Seas in January due to illness.  At that time, we could not with good conscience say “no” to a couple of the health questions due to our son having a cough and sore throat.  

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    • Live on the Escape Nov 25-Dec 2
      Hello. I’m fairly a newby to cruise critic, but not to cruising. I really enjoy the live posts from other cruise critics folks, so I’m going to give this a good ol’ fashion try. 

      We (me and the husband) are embarking from Port Canaveral on Saturday, Nov 25th, on the NCL Escape. This is our 4th cruise on the Escape. We absolutely LOVE the Escape. The staff have been so attentive and they bend over backwards. It will be interesting to see if it is the same on this cruise (our last Escape cruise was in Feb 2023). 

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    • Big Apple to Big Easy on the Breakaway Nov28-Dec12 2023 Live
      Know the fashion is to start cruise lives early, but I am starting cruise day sitting in the cruise terminal. I love reading them so much I figured I would do one on my cruise. Plus I haven’t heard much on the board about Breakaway recently. If anyone on the sailing wants to chime it with their experiences, that is super welcome!

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    • Live Regal - Nov 26 2023
      I thought that I would start this.  However I probably won't be as faithful as St Greg and TxTeach. First time on Princess. Did Holland America last year and others pre-covid. Hubbie and I traveling.  We are recent empty nester. We live near Dallas.  I stumbled upon this trip in Sept 2023 while researching for 2024 cruises in the Mediterranean. The price was very reasonable and we had the time available. We have a balcony near the Aft. We love being in the aft.

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    • Live from the Celebrity Constellation, 11/28-12/10/23.
      Most of the time, what the industry calls a "Cruise Vacation" is called for.  I did a search for long cruises, 11/23, and then by price.  In my experience, the lines are pretty similar.  The frequent guest programs are useless, so once you get invited to the basic loyalty party, the rest of the perks are pretty boring.  The Constellation is a lovely ship, and we had fond memories of an amazing trip to the Med years ago.  

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    • Live from Ruby Princess Nov 20-30
      Greetings from the Ruby.
       
      It was very busy day in port at Fort Lauderdale.  There were 6 ships leaving for the week.
      We were blue lane because we had to pick up our Medallions.  Total time from drop off to onboard less than 20 minutes.  
      Cabins were not ready until 1pm.  
      There is a sanctuary onboard.  $40 a d

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    • LIVE REPORT Christmas Markets-MSC Euribia 1-8th Dec 2023 -New Ship-YC Balcony suite
      Here we go again! Although similar to other reports I’ve done, (as the Virtuosa is almost identical), I’ll comment on the differences Euribia. 
      The aim of the report is to help others about to sail and, those considering whether or not to book. 
      Also, it’s great for me to be able to scroll back and remember happy times when I’m at home and in between cruises! It’s surprising what one forgets, and how good it is when the pictures and text bring it all back to life!

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    • LIVE Thanksgiving cruise on Elation with ninjacat123 and family!  Gobble, gobble!!​🦃​
      Thanksgiving with ninjacat123 AND family!  I am ready for a vacation from my vacation (if you didn’t read my LIVE in Italy, etc here’s the link)
       
      And now you know why I’m still recovering from that whirlwind trip.  Sooooo much fun and sooooo many places to see, it was awesome.  Now ninjacat123 aka Bethany needs some chilling time and we have that on Elation as we cruise to Freeport and Nassau!  Freeport is a new port for all of us and I have booked a cabana at a beach club.  Now, when I say “all of us” I mean my mom, my two DDs, me and Craig.  We are all getting excited about our 6 hour drive with potty stops to Jacksonville starting at 5am (NOT) but this is the way.
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    • Live from the Deep Blue Sea on Reflection (Nov 25 - Dec 3)
      I decided to write a bit as I watch the birds skimming the wave tops in the Caribbean.  We are Elite on Celebrity, 3* on HAL, Elite on Princess, and have sailed a few of the other lines in everything from OVs to Penthouse suites.  This sailing is our first on Celebrity (X) in nearly a year (Apex 12/2022), and it’s 18 months since we have been on the Reflection.  We sailed 3 times on X in 2022 in suites.  Due the the new pricing structure (yikes!) we are in Aqua on this cruise.  My brother and SIL are along in Concierge as well.

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    • Pirate’s LIVE “Family Reunion” on the HORIZON…Dec 3-9, 2023
      Hello, my Cruise Critic  family!
       
      I am here yet again to do my Community Service and help you all deal with either your post-cruise blues, or your “my cruise isn’t approaching fast enough” blues. How do I plan to help with those problems, you ask? By letting you live vicariously through MY cruise in this live review, of course! Sure, you have to mix up your own DOD’s, cook your own meals, and make your own bed, but seeing my crazy adventures will make you feel like you’re on vaca….right?

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    • Live from Anthem
      I'm about to cry happy tears.  We're actually on board.    Long awaited, much needed.  Can try to answer any questions..... 

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    • Live From the Ascent 3 night cruise
      We boarded yesterday about noon, and the process couldn't have been any easier.  It took about 45 minutes from arriving at the port, to drop luggage, park, get back to the terminal through the check in process and be onboard the ship.
       
      The ship is amazing.  It is our first time on an edge class ship, and so far we have been very impressed.  We ate dinner at the Roof Garden Restaurant, and the food was good, and I was blown away by the size of the T-Bone steak.

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    • Live from the Venture - headed back to Antarctica
      We boarded the Venture yesterday in Ushuaia and are now powering our way through 4 meter swells in the Drake. I'll provide updates as Starlink allows throughout the voyage.
       
       
      Unlike our July trip aboard Venture, this time we had no flight drama and arrived in Buenos Aires without an issue. We are squeezing this trip in over the Thanksgiving break to minimize days missed at school for our son and his friend and had a very narrow window to make it work...thankfully the stars aligned this time.

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    • Live but Late from the Eclipse - Thanksgiving (US) Cruise - November 17 - 25, 2023
      Good Evening from the Eclipse! I have been so busy doing absolutely nothing I never started my live thread until just now. But I guess better late than never. Sailing solo this time around for the holiday as mom decided to visit some friemds (and I decided a cruise sounded much more enjoyable!) 
       
      For Thankgiving I booked a Royal Suite for the 8 night Celebrity Eclipse Mexican Rivera sailing which includes a stop in San Diego. The best thing about this itinerary is that there is an afternoon arrival in most ports which makes for a relaxed morning. I found it a bit odd that Celebrity decided to do mostly 6 night cruises this season with a few 8 nights mixed in rather than doing 7 night cruises. Of course, what do I know about fleet planning? Absolutely nothing. They didn't seem to h

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    • Currently sailing off coast of Morocco. It is November 21 2023 - but temps outside are mid 70’s at 8:19 am. We have had gorgeous sunny days at Barcelona, Malaga, and Casablanca. Light sweater in morning, short sleeves later. 

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