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Fogfog

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    Mostly Near the Atlantic unless we are in the Mts for a break
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    Travel. Cooking. Historical Drama Series. Martinis. Wine. Bocce.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity (most often), Regent
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Baltics

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  1. The breakfast/hang tag for complimentary breakfast still exists, yes? I see there is a 20% service charge noted on that menu. If the menu is "complimentary"--how if the 20% calculated?
  2. Celebrity/NCL/Carnival/Disney/Regent--the MDRs can deliver a very decent meal and then other nights--very mediocre to downright disappointing. We have had some bad/inedible items in MDR on most recent sailings on both Celebrity and NCL. Three sailings ago--- with Celebrity--- we found the MDR was more disappointing each night than good so that we had chosen Aqua (Blu) in April for a TA. We are boarding tom for B2B and will be Aqua (BLU) one leg and then Concierge with a big specialty dining packages for almost all dinners the second leg In BLU we have had far more hits than misses...though a couple of choices have been less than terrific but none were duds like MDR We have had OUTSTANDING meals in Murano and NCLs French specialty restaurant Bistro and also Carnival's Chefs Table has been an excellent. The Carnival Chef's Table with wine pairing appears to be a far better value/experience than whats advertised for Celebrity (before the new chef addition). We may try the Chef's Table with Celebrity if we hear good things about it. So far -we read here people asking about it and haven't heard first hand accounts of it and whether it is successful and well executed. We have had a very nice meals in Celebrity's Tuscan, The Porch, Lawn Club Grill, Qzine (before the lpc conversion) and a steakhouse type of restaurant on both Regent and Carnival. We feel the Celebrity MDR quality has gone down and is more "banquet" food. Unlike a kitchen on a land based restaurant (smaller venue--fewer meals demanded at the same time )-- the ability to deliver quality for 1000s is tougher. We suspect too it is that our expectations have been raised due to more experience cruising and having had some really great meals at sea.
  3. Many cruise companies have committed $1 million + to the relief efforts And I read a post today of a man in Fl who bout 100+ generators and they are being shipped to the Bahamas News reported that the US Coast Guard, the UN and Red Cross were on site for aid. No reports for the "Royal Navy" etc though on a post someone said that the "Royal Navy" keeps a ship in the Caribbean during the hurricane season. If that's true--never heard that before. Interesting. If that's true, it wasn't reported in the news that they were on site. I don't see anything inflammatory in asking where the Royals are, Khan (who instead of encouraging Londoners to give/support relief was bashing a US President) , or if Parliament was working to pass emergency aid.... With the Caribbean being a popular vacation destination for those in the EU and northern climes-- will the EU send funds/aid? I don't mean just gov aid-- will people send private aid via Red Cross etc from the EU... ? I hope those that have vacationed there will reach out and send help.
  4. I believe the OC is like a 100 yr lease.... so perhaps the fees go to that "lease" The Bahamas still own the land and after the lease--the property and its improvements revert back to the Bahamas News reported that the US Coast Guard, the UN and Red Cross were on site for aid. No reports for the "Royal Navy" I don't see anything inflammatory in asking where the Royals are, Khan (who instead of encouraging Londoners to give/support relief was bashing a US President) , or if Parliament was working to pass emergency aid....
  5. Good to know because its not been in the MSM Only thing from MSM has been Khan's comments (not helpful) instead of his urging LOndoners to pony up funds
  6. The devastation from Dorian has been horrible. Lets remember--the Bahamas are not a US state--they are part of the British Commonwealth. The country remains part of the British Commonwealth of Nations and recognizes the British QUEEN as the head of state. Where are the sentiments of Khan (London)? Is he calling for Londoners to donate to the cause to rebuild the Bahamas?, The Royals? Beyond the Queen's statement of sympathies... will they give to the cause? Less private jetting for Harry and money sent to the Bahamas effort? And Parliament -- what will they budget for the people of the Bahamas? Where are the efforts of the British Navy etc to bring food/supplies? How much is the UK spending to support the rebuilding of the Bahamas? Have not seen anything in the press.
  7. The devastation from Dorian has been horrible. Lets remember--the Bahamas are not a US state--they are part of the British Commonwealth. The country remains part of the British Commonwealth of Nations and recognizes the British QUEEN as the head of state. Where are the sentiments of Khan (London)? Is he calling for Londoners to donate to the cause to rebuild the Bahamas?, The Royals? Beyond the Queen's statement of sympathies... will they give to the cause? Less private jetting for Harry and money sent to the Bahamas effort? And Parliament -- what will they budget for the people of the Bahamas? Where are the efforts of the British Navy etc to bring food/supplies? How much is the UK spending to support the rebuilding of the Bahamas? Have not seen anything in the press.
  8. Because the storms is 160 miles wide-- thats why I feel the OC will have had some weather/seas. Here's a post of pics The Bahamas are destroyed
  9. Dorian has be a nightmare of a storm and will have altered the Bahamas permanently. Reefs/dunes/beaches will have been altered/destroyed. Trees are gone. Wildlife. It is a storm that will be talked about for generations. The video and pics from the Abacos are terrible. We have friends who spend a great deal of time in the West End and Marsh Harbor etc. They tell us it is far worse -- Dorian has been parked there for a day+ I suspect that Ocean Cay will not be open til next spring-- that there has been significant damage from the seas.. and that the men/construction workers etc will be called to the cleanup/rebuilding of the country. It is possible I suppose that they can choose to build at O.C (which will house permanent workers at OC) as there will be shelter/food etc there. Am certain MSC will release more information at an appropriate time Keeping the people of the Bahamas in our prayers. And praying Dorian goes out to sea and we don't get hit
  10. WE LOVE that our most often sailed line does have an Indoor clean air policy...(no indoor smoking/limited outdoor sites) ...so honestly will be paying attention to MSC and smoking etc Happy to report smokers who abuse rules/designated areas
  11. We have NEVER had someone ask our Cap Club Status and NEVER even asked which level of cabin etc. or had people bore us with their knowledge/advice Have met lovely people who cruise many times a year/travel extensively and have met many other lovely people who are working full time and travel rarely due to work and family demands. Find it hilarious that people have to tell their upper level of Cap Club and how many sailings they have done on this thread. Oh the irony🙄
  12. ICYMI "Important announcement for our guests sailing on our Celebrity Equinox 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruise departing August 31 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida: As you may be aware, Hurricane Dorian is forecast to affect South Florida this weekend. In order to depart Fort Lauderdale ahead of any adverse weather, we will be departing one hour earlier at 2:30 PM on Saturday, August 31st. We will begin boarding at 10:30 AM, so please plan on arriving to the pier early to help expedite our check-in process. All guests must be on board 60 minutes prior to our scheduled departure. We’ll continue to keep a close eye on the weather conditions. If we need to make any changes to your itinerary, we will let you know as soon as we can. Your safety and the safety of our crew is our primary concern. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation, and we look forward to providing you an amazing vacation." from Fb
  13. Where is Jim Cantore? 😱
  14. Was really hoping for a quiet hurricane season. Fingers crossed Dorian doesn't roll over Ocean Cay and rip out all of the plantings or destroy the beaches etc before they are even completed 😞
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