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About KmomChicago

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    Cool Cruiser

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    South Chicago Area
  • Interests
    travel, family, gardening
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Premier, remember them?
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Labadee, Haiti

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  1. Hi, KimboJam. Thanks for the response. Yes, that "real" part is pretty easy for me, having been accused of being too direct, or should I say, blunt, for the better part of the past 50 years. If my words are entertaining, it's because of a hard-learned gratitude for the laughs in life as better therapy than the tears. When my fabulous novel is available for 99 cents as an e-read, I'll let you know!
  2. Hi, batoryfirst. I appreciate your high praise! If you met me in real life you might dial back that "delight" term, but I will gratefully take it here in the virtual world. You are pretty delightful yourself, IMHO.
  3. Thank you bklvr99 for reading through and for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it!
  4. Thank you Toras! I'm really glad to hear that. Sounds like a lot of fun, as it should be. Maybe the off-season crowd is more laid back and in a kindly state of mind. I have to wonder how much our travel dates impacted the moods among the rest of our passengers. It was a very family-heavy peak season manifest, the kind of cruise where every berth that can be filled is filled, and crowds are at their largest. The one show I attended was filled to the rafters, and I don't think much else was going on aboard at that time so it may have been a reluctant bunch to start with. Hope to hear more about your journey, all good times of course, amirite?
  5. Poutine at Smoke’s in Halifax. I believe we got one order of bacon ranch poutine, one of Philly cheesesteak poutine, and one of butter cauliflower poutine (as per Indian butter chicken sauce). They all still started with cheese curd and brown gravy under the additional accoutrements. You can see a few curds that hadn’t yet melted under my cauliflower. It cost almost $40 Canadian with a few sodas. I estimate each serving was about 4,000 calories as they each weighed a couple of pounds and we needed none of those as we were already overeating daily in the Windjammer, but you gotta make sacrifices sometimes.
  6. What ports are Are you visiting Saint John? If so, we rented a car for the day at the Budget office just a block or so from port - I walked over to get the car and drove back to pick up my mom. There is a secured drop off / pickup area but if you tell them what you are doing they will let you into it for pickup. We drove up to St. Martins to see the sea caves. You can get a look at them from a short distance without walking, though many people trek across the sandy beach at low tide. There is a mom and pop convenience store / bakery in town that sells homemade Nanaimo, a Canadian chocolate confection. My mom is also able to walk short distances so this worked well for us; she stayed in the car and watched the rest of our group as we explored the caves.
  7. By the way, if you are thinking, "if the kid is prone to carsickness, why don't they have a barf bag ready to go?" Thank you. That is a very helpful bit of advice. I asked myself that question many thousands of times over, like, nonstop over and over for the remainder of the drive out, occasionally during the cruise, nonstop during the entire drive back, and once in a while even now. We immediately fixed one up from an intact plastic grocery bag inside the sturdy structure of a handled small paper shopping bag, which, of course, she did not need as she was not car sick, as she explained, but merely had a sour stomach from the glass of milk Kmom forced upon her before we left the house earlier that morning. Not because she needed it, or wanted it, but because it was going to EXPIRE while we were away. I added strawberry syrup before "encouraging" her to enjoy it. Which gives you some idea of the contents of the, umm, substance projected across multiple surfaces of our auto interior. Kmom is a nut job in her own right, if you haven't figured that out already. I don't crave success so much as I fear failure. I think and rethink every decision and think everything that goes wrong for other people is my fault, and apparently I shut down and play the "victim" sometimes which I am working on. If you are a better human person than I am, well then I congratulate you and I am not really very surprised about that. Just stumbling through and doing the best we can here, like everyone else. I try to remember the old mantra and apply it to life in general: If you walked away, it was a good flight! Hey, it's only a $35,000 vehicle, what's to worry about?
  8. Marginally related. This is my meanager’s bedroom door at home and may help you get to know her better. Failure to follow instructions leads to direct or passive-aggressive protests up to and including door slamming, hollering, whining, and grumbling. I would not ever trade one second of my life with this wondrous magical kid. She has made my life complete. She puked in the car on the first day of the drive out to New Jersey this trip, did I mention that tidbit? All over my husband's truck. We spent about an hour and a half cleaning it up at a rest stop in Ohio. Then we skipped our planned (short) visit to the Football Hall of Fame that afternoon in Canton, where I stupidly booked a room about 40 minutes out of the way of the route for just that purpose. We used the time instead once mom and kiddo were at the hotel to buy white vinegar and baking soda and a soft scrub brush and work on the darn thing some more. A few years ago, we also drove out to NYC because this same kid saw the Statue of Liberty on an episode of Wonder Pets, saving a baby pigeon in "Yew Nork City" as she explained, and we went all the way up into the crown and everything to satisfy the first stop on a little kid's bucket list (which is now out of control, by the way, and I don't really want to fly all the way to gosh darn Japan. I told her, HOW ABOUT EUROPE FIRST, mmm-kay?) Anyway, somewhere in Indiana, about one hour from home on the way back, she puked in my little Mitsubishi Outlander crossover mom-mobile, which was only a couple of months old at the time. When she hurled all over DH's prized possession and we were standing out in the busy parking lot with I-80 traffic whizzing by, cussing a blue streak at the truck, each other, and life in general, I walked over quietly to him at one point and said, "We will look back one day and miss these years more than we could ever imagine."
  9. These are my pics of the room. No interior shots. I took the doorknob photo because you can see minor damage where it was once jimmied open. I would think that only happens when it’s bolted from the inside so you can guess why someone had to be broken out of their junior suite.
  10. Kid’s Club Once again taken on the port day Mom and I stayed on the ship.
  11. Digging out my photos. I didn’t take enough this cruise but here is some of the stairwell art from around the ship, which I always enjoy.
  12. Hi, Ptod! I have to agree. I think I laughed right in her face when she said it to me. I do find, most of the time, that the "but let me tell you about" segments are the funniest stuff left over after every journey. And secretly I love that no matter how much I plan, there will always be surprises, for better or for worse. Next time I see someone having a laughing fit I will rethink my judgment and NOT assume they need another dose of medication! Thank you for taking the time to comment, and even more so, THANK YOU for waving back!
  13. Indeed. You may feel Adventure has more in common with Norwegian Epic than with Enchantment, based on the megaship size and amenities, though Epic is also quite a bit newer. We really like the internal Royal Promenade area which I believe is a unique design feature in the industry and which will be something new for you. In particular I did a fabulous job of choosing our room location. We were under a dead space so we had no overhead noise, ever. Close to the aft elevator and a quick run up the stairs to Windjammer. The ship was extremely stable and we barely ever felt any movement, even up on a high deck. Our hallway was very quiet and I never heard any of the screaming kids or rollicking late night party crowd sometimes mentioned in other reviews, but I suppose you can't plan for that, as you never know who might book a room near you. I also particularly enjoyed the sense of total privacy on the enclosed balcony. We were fairly sheltered from overhead rain and excessive sun glare. We don't run around naked but you could easily do so if you wanted to while on the open water and no one would be the wiser.
  14. Sorry, I realized I didn't answer your question about chairs in the Solarium, or maybe I didn't understand the question. My photos up in Post #29 show empty loungers in the Solarium on a port day when everyone else was in Bar Harbor. As you might expect, they can get crowded on sea days. By skipping one port day and heading up fairly early, as you can see, I completely avoided chair hogs and really humanity in general in this space on a perfect sunny morning. I steered clear of it otherwise.
  15. Hi Don, or Deb, as the case may be. I know all about Olney and your World Famous White Squirrels. It's not just any small town, that Olney. A lot of Illinoisans do the back-and-forth between Somewhere, Illinois and Somewhere, Florida, for what I think are very obvious reasons. In the Junior suite, we had both wall dispensers and individual toiletries. I am guessing that might be a suites-only perk but unfortunately cannot confirm. I used the shower dispenser when I was in it, rather than the packaged stuff, and found it to be perfectly fine.
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