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    music, writing, travel, horses, dogs,
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    SeaDream Yacht Club, Hebridean Island Cruises
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  1. If you like seafood, you're in luck. Here in Germany, we don't get as much fish as I'd like. I always overdose on Hebridean Princess. Especially when they do the fabulous cold seafood buffet!
  2. Thanks so much for reading! I noticed when we were in Glasgow about to embark on an earlier cruise, we had dinner at a steak and gin restaurant at the Glasgow train station and they had what looked like bottomless liquor decanters hanging like lamps. We were given a bunch of similar decanters as wedding presents in 2002, so I immediately noticed how they'd been repurposed. If I were a craftier sort, I might have tried that myself with ours! I've never not had a great time on Hebridean Princess, although we have had some strokes of bad luck afterwards. So far, we've done five cruises, one of which was a back to back. After two of them, I've wound up getting sick. After the other two, I've had dogs suddenly die of cancer. I'm sure it's coincidental in the cases involving our dogs. The cases involving my getting sick have only taught me to wash my hands more often, never share utensils or dishes, and use the hand sanitizer religiously! That's good advice no matter what! As for Bill and his kilt... well, it took a lot of work to convince him to get one, and he looks amazing in it. He will keep wearing it. I will insist. I'm not sure what the future holds for us, but I'm sure we'll do another Hebridean cruise at some point, after my credit card has recovered.
  3. Sigh... I remember two years ago, it was Hurricane Irma. The captain did take good care of us, though, and rearranged our itinerary so that we would be safe and comfortable. It resulted in a bit more time on the coach and some last minute changes of plans, but it was all good in the end. Try not to worry. You're going to have a great time! And soon you and your wife can enjoy all the gin and whiskies you want!
  4. Yes, and that was the only time on five cruises I have ever run into midges.
  5. We did run into them at one stop. The crew made midge repellant available at reception and it wasn’t an issue.
  6. Great! I'll check it out. I'd actually love to explore parts of South America. If we hadn't moved to Germany, we probably would have finally gotten down there. I don't know how much longer we'll be over here. I'm not in a hurry to move back to the States. I have heard the Galapagos are amazing.
  7. No, I haven’t yet been to South America. Maybe someday we’ll get there.
  8. It’s hard to believe I was on the ship a week ago. Reality bites.
  9. Ha ha... well, I didn’t get that impression. He was actually great all week. I think maybe he had too much whisky that last night. I am glad you enjoyed the series, although I think you probably read about 2016’s cruise. In 2012, I didn’t have a travel blog, so that first one got limited coverage. I reviewed it on the now defunct Epinions.com. I also did a series in 2017.
  10. I have just finished the series, which runs for fifteen posts. Those who want to start at the beginning will find the link in the first post on this thread. Those who want to start with the cruise should start here. I'll probably write a brief summary post tomorrow for those who don't want a blow by blow. Hope this is helpful for those who are curious. We didn't have a perfect cruise, but it was our favorite of the five we've done so far, mainly because we had a great group and a mostly great staff.
  11. I'm on post #7, which is about where the writing about the cruise starts. I predict another eight. 😄
  12. As promised, I'm starting my blog series about our latest Hebridean Princess cruise. You will find the first post here. It's just an introduction. We spent three days in Scotland prior to boarding, so the first couple of posts in the series will be about them, then I'll get into our actual cruise experience. Fair warning-- I tend to be very detailed and sometimes I'm inappropriate!
  13. We had some cloudy days and rain. We also had some sun. Scotland is one of those places where the weather changes constantly. I did have to buy a sweatshirt at one of the distilleries and I wore my sweater more than once. I didn't need the shorts I brought, although I probably could have worn them in Edinburgh when we started our trip. I'm getting ready to write my blog series about our trip. When the first post is ready, I'll post it in a new thread. I predict I'll have at least a dozen posts for those who want a blow by blow. We had a wonderful time! Of the five cruises I've done on Hebridean Princess, this one was my favorite, despite the rough seas at Cape Wrath.
  14. Finally got our rainbow... and yesterday, we had a couple of dolphins!
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