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About notladjr

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    Celebrity, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Tran-Atlantic Crossings

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  1. That bacon clothesline looks as good as I imagined! I will be having that next week on Nieuw Statendam!
  2. We board Nieuw Statendam this coming Sunday April 7th and I sure hope the Pinnacle Grille has the new menu because this bacon appetizer sounds great. Of course bacon always sounds great!
  3. Yes you are crazy. Why not play it safe by spending $150 bucks for a decent hotel and fly in the night before? I have also been to Rome before but can't imagine not wanting to spend at least a little bit of time there again!
  4. What is the "bacon clothesline"? Is that an entree or appetizer?
  5. Don't you mean "were doing the transatlantic crossing in 20 days "?
  6. If its any consolation it wouldn't matter if the Bills were in the Superbowl because a few years back they proved they can't win them even if they get there! (how in the world do you make it to 4 Super Bowls in a row and not win at least one????). Come to think of it though at least your team got there those times. My Tennessee Titans have only gottern there once and lost.
  7. Our first HAL cruise was on Nieuw Amsterdam 11/25/18. We had an inside cabin but it was a Spa one. You are correct to be worried about cabins beneath BB Kings. BB Kings was increditble, the best music I have ever heard on a ship, but one night around 10 pm I was going from one end of the ship to the other and ended up doing so walking on the deck below BB Kings. If the cabins had anywehre near the noise that was coming from the ceiling in the corridor those people had to be miserable if they were in their rooms trying to sleep.
  8. I am really enjoying your review. You are an excellent writer! You also have a lovely family. I didn't take any of our kids on a cruise until they were teenagers. I wish I could have taken them when they were younger like you are doing. My kids traveled quite a bit but just not on ships.
  9. My feedback is different than theirs. While I agree about Olive Garden food being substandard (tv dinner quality) Canaletto's on Nieuw Amsterdam in November was unique and very, very good.
  10. My wife would disagree with you big time about Canaletto. Olive Garden food tastes no better than a decent Italian frozen tv dinner and my wife had what she considers one of the best meals of her life at Calaletto's on Nieuw Amsterdam last November. Something that was called some kind of spaghetti but was unlike anything she had ever eaten. It involved a sauteed flat mushroom at the bottom, shredded vegatables of some kind on top and an amazing sauce (maybe clear?) My dish there was ok but I am a Pinnicle Grill steak guy! LOL
  11. Sounds like you are very flexible so there is a good chance you may get as good a deal in the fall. However my experience booking a May 2020 T/A on another cruise surprised me. For t/a crossings my wife pretty much insists on big ships with a promenade like a city street. For our 40th wedding anniversary I found the perfect 15 night cruise that hits the Caribbean first then crosses to Ireland and then England. I starterd watching it waiting for a bargain on a junior suite. Prices stayed stable but cabins started disappearing pretty fast. I didn't check for a couple of weeks and when I did there were only 5 jr suites left. I thought maybe some large online travel agency had a big block of rooms reserved but my agent friend said no. Bottom line is I had to go ahead and book because of the 5 avaialble none had premium locations and only one was decent. A couple of days after I booked all were gone. My only consolation is that this years version of that cruise, which is one day shorter, has prices only about $200 total less per person than I paid and it is for one less day. (BTW I found out that apparently a large church group has booked a lot of cabins on my cruise and that is why it has sold so fast so early)
  12. I am just thankful my wife doesn't frequent forums like this one. If she read this thread she might not get on a cruise ship again!
  13. This is so absurd not really worthy of answer. If you don't want to take the minuscule risk that your ship might have mechanical or electrical issues then stay home. You can expect the cruise line to maintain their vessels and not to unnecessarily place you danger. You cannot expect them to never have an issue beyond their control.
  14. Having experienced 40 foot swells and 80 mph winds on a ship twice this size in the middle of the Atlantic with stabilizers deployed I can only imagine how much worse this situation is. We had an adventure. These folks are experiencing a nightmare. (2002 we were on Brilliance of the Seas maiden T/A crossing and could not outrun hurricane Gustav)
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