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    NYC Metro Area
  • Interests
    Travel, photography, cinema, mixed-media painting, chocolate
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Love new places, returning to favorite places, & going home.

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  1. Welcome! It's a great group of regulars here (or we could say the conoscenti) that do a lot to keep the vibes so chill around here and everyone who visits, they seem to be equally cool. Might also have something with everyone feeling so good about the prospect of visiting Italy 🇮🇹 for the first time, or like most of us, returning again and again 😉 So it makes for a pleasant board with great conversations. This is one of the port boards that maintained steady conversations throughout the pandemic. It's a special place, we're glad you're here! 🥰
  2. Thanks for the update Bruce. Things are probably going to be different (as it has been) in different countries in various parts of the world for a while. It will probably also continue to change unexpectedly, but hopefully it's moving in a better direction. Sounds like Europe *might* be opening to American travelers this summer, but that could change as quickly (and/or unexpectedly) as the announcement was made. Whatever the case, it might only make sense to plan a Europe trip in the near future, and definitely having the ability to get a refund or rebook at a future ti
  3. Hi Lori, We've really missed how things used to be too, it's been a rough year for sure, but we're looking forward to getting back on the sea, and chatting with everyone about our plans and experiences here on Cruise Critic. We believe we're moving in the right direction, certainly in a better place than we were a year ago at this time. It's been pretty active on many of our boards, some of the cruise lines, Italy, Spain, UK, Greece, various discussion topics (including a jokes/humor topic) and cruise executives have stopped by to visit and answer member questions, thi
  4. Welcome to Cruise Critic Cobeck! We're so glad you found us, you'll enjoy making plans here with our incredible community of cruisers, especially on your ship's roll call topic, as Host Kat and our members have pointed you to. You can meet and get to know now people who will be on your ship. I love your itinerary, Guernsey is on my must visit list, along with Wales, parts of the UK I've yet to see. Ireland too, believe it or not, and I'm a citizen, attained through naturalization via my grandfather who was born in County Clare near the seaside. It's probably where I'm headed first,
  5. Advise I continue to hear is to make sure that there is the ability to cancel and obtain refunds. The New York Times (by Ceylan Yiginsu) has been updating their list of countries and its requirements to enter, and today there was an article about using the ports in Bahamas or Bermuda instead of Florida. As is written here, some ports in Europe are/might be open, but there's much uncertainty about any future restrictions and potential requirements for foreign travelers arriving with (or without) vaccinations. Seems to be shaping up to be a very complex matrix of variables to determ
  6. I'm convinced, it sounds like an unforgettable experience, and definitely sauna after! 💯 This makes sense and in this case, one could wrap one's head around it. Perhaps this would be the feeling once on the voyage entirely. But it's good to know that except for in the case you pointed out, it's otherwise a choice. I appreciate the detailed answers you gave about this amazing voyage and experience. It's an opportunity to visit places that we didn't think we'd be able to see, at least without such complicated logistics or, leaving too harsh an environmental foo
  7. Congratulations on the new ship, she's beautiful and I'm loving that big Q 🙂 I visited your website and began reading about the Heart of the Northwest Passage, (didn't even realize at first it was an Ultramarine itinerary but yay!) and was deeply entrenched in the details of this voyage, which, combined with the sleek and stunning interiors of the ship that are cool, but wouldn't compete with the beauty of what's outside, it's easy to see what an unforgettable experience this would be. The only thing I wouldn't want is the helicopters, as technologically superior as the
  8. Hey GUT, Did you get a new avi? A sketch of the GUT pooch? Chili still Chili, OzKiwi looks the same, I have to go and look to see if my Covid goggles 🤓 are so foggy I can't see everyone here! We're getting so close.... Hope everyone is hanging in there and summer has been as ok as can be 🌻
  9. Love the itineraries, these extraordinary places that the ships will go to, and that it's a smaller boat. A chance to get to know people better, casual but classy, comfortable atmosphere, sounds like fine food and beverage is planned... any special attention to wines or spirits? Might be a nice opportunity to enjoy some fine tastings while sailing. And who will be doing the food? Smaller ships tend to attract an executive chef with exciting ideas that are easier to prepare for a smaller group of people than a mega-ship. I think what's the best thing about cruises of this size, esp
  10. Agree with phabric on the idea of a Ho-Ho tour, although you could stay on one route and simply take the longer of the two, the one that covers more of London. I almost never do Ho-Hos and I had been to London previously but I didn't know it the way I wanted to and so I thought on my next visit, I'd kick it off with an overview above ground. You don't get to become so familiar with the terrain, or see much, by using the tube but it is efficient! I think it was a smart decision because from that point on I felt like it was easy to make my way around on foot or by tube, I had a sense
  11. Puns on Cruise Critic...I have to check in the community guidelines about this.... 😂 (What would we have done without laughter all these months?? Thanks for this one, and for keeping everyone's spirits up with great humor all year. 🤗😍)
  12. Cruise Critic is pleased to welcome the team from RiverCruising.co.uk to our community on March 1, 2021. The good news is that you may begin asking your questions right away! Here is a link to the post: Q&A with RiverCruising.co.uk Stop in to say hello and/or ask any river cruising questions you might have. Before long, we will be on our way again; until then, let's talk about what's next. Hope everyone is hanging in there 😘
  13. Cruise Critic is pleased to welcome the team from RiverCruising.co.uk to our community on March 1, 2021. The good news is that you may begin asking your questions right away! Here is a link to the post: Q&A with RiverCruising.co.uk Stop in to say hello and/or ask any river cruising questions you might have. Before long, we will be on our way again; until then, let's talk about what's next. Hope everyone is hanging in there 😘
  14. Cruise Critic is pleased to welcome the team from RiverCruising.co.uk to our community on March 1, 2021. The good news is that you may begin asking your questions right away! Here is a link to the post: Q&A with RiverCruising.co.uk Stop in to say hello and/or ask any river cruising questions you might have. Before long, we will be on our way again; until then, let's talk about what's next. Hope everyone is hanging in there 😘
  15. Cruise Critic is pleased to welcome the team from RiverCruising.co.uk to our community on March 1, 2021. The good news is that you may begin asking your questions right away! Here is a link to the post: Q&A with RiverCruising.co.uk Stop in to say hello and/or ask any river cruising questions you might have. Before long, we will be on our way again; until then, let's talk about what's next. Hope everyone is hanging in there 😘
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