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About ysolde

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    NYC
  • Interests
    Pets, trivia, movies, make-up and beauty
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. ysolde

    Virus

    We had already paid our final balance (we were to cruise on 5/31) and had checked into our cruise. With the new DoS/CDC guidelines, we contacted our travel agency and had them cancel today. It just did not seem worth it.
  2. I'm sorry the QV did not work out for. you. As to the dress code, in the future, given that it's a British ship, would your husband consider wearing a kilt?
  3. I am curious about this as well. The main reason we purchased The Key was to avoid The Windjammer on embarkation day. However, we had already purchased the UDP. We are sailing on the Oasis out of Cape Liberty in late May. If we can already access Chops or Giovanni's for lunch on embarkation day, I am really not seeing all that much value to The Key for us, tbh. Does anyone know whether we will be able to eat at one of the specialty dining venues on embarkation day, or whether, without The Key, we will have to eat at the Windjammer? Yes, the first day at the Windjammer is that bad . . .
  4. Back on topic for a moment. On our last cruise, a TATL voyage on the NCL Encore, many hallways were a bit narrow. It would have been fine (the wheelchair I use for travel is, in fact, a child/teen size transport wheelchair, lightweight and compact), except for the inevitable service trolleys left outside the cabins (can't be helped) and the sometimes prodigious number of mobility scooters left in the selfsame hallways. My husband (who was pushing my transport chair) found himself weaving and bobbing along the hall, avoiding obstacles left and right, as we made our way to breakfast in the morning (this was particularly "interesting" early in our voyage, when we had some rough seas). It should not have been that difficult.
  5. The Hassler in Rome is accessible. It's also wonderful -- personal service, warm, friendly staff. The location, at the top of the Spanish Steps, is, on one hand, privileged in terms of views and easy access everywhere. OTOH, it can make for steep walking/rolling, so taxis may be required to get to and from the hotel.
  6. My husband and I love the IC, but it is undergoing renovations soon. Not sure when it reopens. Always a solid choice. Love the beach there. Great service. If you want something boutique-y, try the Serafina in the Condado neghborhood. It is a lovely independent hotel (so no points on stay, unfortunately). Great staff. The on-site restaurant is a gem, right on the beach.
  7. I was almost out of my foundation (Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation). I have (two) backups, but I have a cruise and another trip coming up, and I noticed something on the Sephora website: the same foundation comes in a stick formulation. I can get the same color (which blends perfectly into my pale, cool-toned, difficult to match skin), in a stick formulation. So I ordered it, figuring I can try it for a week or so prior to the cruise. If it doesn't work out, meh, I can just pack a liquid foundation. So, has anyone ever taken a stick foundation on a cruise (or another trip) with them? If you have any experience with the Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation, I am particularly curious, since I like the lighter coverage, but I am curious about stick foundations in general. Obviously, I like the portability, the fact that it is solid (so no taking up valuable space in the 311 bag), and that it seems to just give coverage wherever you need it (I really like minimal coverage, especially on vacation). Any thoughts and experience would be appreciated!
  8. I use Supergoop Unseen sunscreen (SPF 40) under my makeup every day. It's a really good sunscreen -- no sunburn. It's also great under makeup -- no pilling, no smudging. I use a separate sunscreen for my eyes (Shiseido Sun Protection Eye Cream SPF 34) because everything else causes stinging and burning. This works beautifully. I also use an SPF lip balm (mostly, I just finish up my makeup with Perricone's no lipstick lipstick -- I love the perfect shade of neutral pink, and it has an SPF of 15). I have one in my vanity and one in my purse. I carry the Colorscience mineral powder in my purse and touch up my sunscreen throughout the day. On body, I love Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry Touch (SPF 100). It's not perfect, but (especially if you allow it to set before you get dressed), it does not feel like you are wearing sunscreen. I carry a Supergoop hand lotion (SPF 40, I think) in my purse. So, after I wash my hands, I re-apply some SPF. It's so much better than skin cancer.
  9. I use the Supergoop Unseen sunscreen every day, and I use it on beach and cruise vacations. I find it works beautifully under make-up, or just alone. On the rest of me, I use Neutrogena Dry Touch (SPF 100). It causes a little less staining on my clothes (but it still stains, let's be honest. I wear less make-up day-to-day on cruise/beach vacations: a bit of Bobbi Brown's skin foundation (which really blends into my skin), then some undereye concealer (my dark circles are BAD), followed by just a touch of Perricone's No-Blush Blush (this stuff is fantastic when used sparingly, and I do mean sparingly), and a hint of Perricone's No Highlighter Highlighter (or skip that step). I use a little bit of powder to set under my eyes and my nose. Then I may use a little bit of a light matte eyeshadow (or skip that step), a bit of liner very close to the upper lash line (or skip that step). Mascara. Finally, moisturizing lip balm containing an SPF. I get my hair professionally blown out once or twice a week (it's a frizzy mess that needs professional styling). I keep that up on vacation, because I look much better and waste much less time messing with my hair that way. I wear a hat when I go outside anywhere sunny, because I am extremely fair and have already had skin cancer once.
  10. We're staying at the one in the airport. I am traveling really light (carry-on suitcase and personal item). I need to (gently) tell my mom that the lighter she travels on the way over, the easier it will be. We both have Le Pliage bags (indeed, I have two), that we can pack inside our suitcases and fill with anything that we purchase along the way if the need arises. Checking a carry-on on the way home if necessary is not a big deal.
  11. Hi, all! My mother and I are flying in the night before (July 27), staying at the MCO airport hotel (a Hyatt), and then taking the Royal Caribbean shuttle to HOTS on Sunday, July 28. I am hoping this works. Has anyone tried this before? How did it work out? It seems to be the least stressful way to go about it, given that my mother and I are flying in from different states, that I use a wheelchair, and my that mother is older. We'll see how it goes.
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