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About shipgeeks

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    Western PA
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  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Was Premier; now MSC
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Promenade deck of a ship

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  1. I get my watch batteries from ebay. You have to be able to pry off the back of the watch, and know what number battery you need, but if you can do that, they are very cheap.
  2. I wear earrings all day every day! It makes me feel less "plain", especially without makeup. And a few weeks ago I decided to occasionally wear some small but extra-sparkly ones (aka cruise earrings) around the house. If I'm going out and wearing a mask, I usually choose ones that have a more secure closing than just a hook, so the elastic doesn't dislodge it. I put on a watch the other day, before going to the river to watch for a flyover, and realized it was the first time I had worn a watch since early March! The first time in my life that I didn't wear a watch every single day.
  3. What date in January? All the January dates I see are $360 or $389; you are correct, that does not include port fees and taxes. And mine automatically comes up (on my TA's website) with my best discount, which on those sailings is a teacher discount. Those are also inside prices, but I see $465, $557, and $908 for higher categories. Good luck; we loved Seaside!
  4. When we arrive in Sydney, we're going to take the opportunity to spend a few days there, mainly checking out my old haunts, if they still exist. I left Sydney in 1982, so..... Any thoughts about my wish list would be appreciated. Ferry to Neutral Bay, to go up to Kurraba Road and see the building of my first flat there. Walk across the Bridge to North Sydney. Attend one or more performances in the Opera House, preferably dance, symphony, or opera. I danced one season there, and ushered for several years as a second job. Check out the Strand Arcade, Bodenweiser Dance Studio, and some dance supply shops. Bondi Beach and Bondi Pavilion. Train to Katoomba to visit friends Diane and Arthur, and to do some bush walks. Ferry to Manly. Thank you, all; it's been fun!
  5. OzKiwiJJ, You created a wonderful cruise experience. Thank you so much! As well as enjoying the beautiful scenery, my shipmates, and the ship amenities, I learned a lot more about NZ and Australia. I can't wait to sail with all of you again. Til we meet again....
  6. Here in the US, I see both Armonia and Seaside starting at under $300 for 7 nights. I can't wait to book again!
  7. I'm learning. When we were on the ship, we put them in the mini-bar so they wouldn't be in the sun. They were quite hard to cut. Here at home, I've stored them in the basement pantry. Fairly hard to cut. But a few days ago the weather went from frigid to hot, and suddenly my ship is easy to cut. It's not melty, just perfect at room temp (no AC here).
  8. I might have to dig in to my daily programs next. I re-read my journal; that was really nice. No Med fragrance on ebay. But if I start wearing the new White Night outfit I bought and didn't get to wear, it means I'm getting desperate.
  9. We will be sad to have this wonderful journey come to an end. The ship, the ports, and our fellow passengers have all been outstanding. So nice to have such great photographers aboard, too, to share the many sights. I'm glad we will all have our Gala Dinner together. Tuxedo and Most Fabulous Dress are hanging and ready to don.
  10. You are very welcome! It brightens my day every day.
  11. That's hilarious!
  12. Mingus, I agree with you about the CC functions; outstanding. And when we crossed paths with any of those officers during the week, they treated us warmly again. Good point about the smoking. We, too, were Bella.
  13. Our ideal cruise would be lots of sea days and one overnight at the cruiseline's private island. Second choice would be all sea days, for at least - but preferably more than - seven nights. Even at our first cruise, many years ago, we were both more interested in being on a ship at sea than in visiting any exotic ports. The ship is definitely the attraction for us.
  14. Nice dresses! I especially like the first two, with interesting necklines. I love wearing dresses on cruises. I like the jumpsuit, too. I recently bought a daytime one similar to it, for my April cruise that didn't happen.
  15. We are regular Celebrity cruisers, and were on Princess a number of years ago. Our most recent cruise was on MSC Seaside, and MSC is now our favorite line. I think what we liked most was that it did not feel like any other cruise. Most of our cruises in recent years had become very similar. Our favorite part of cruising is just being on a ship at sea; however, more and more elements had become not all that different from being at home, due to the passenger mix -- not very mixed. On Seaside we were among fewer than 700 American passengers, out of 4400 people. Nobody talked about the Steelers; the music was more varied, and did not include "Margaritaville" or "Sweet Caroline"; the food was more varied (and mostly very good); the show lounge entertainment was more Cirque du Soleil than Rock and Broadway. All of that was a plus for us; for someone else I'm sure it's a negative. We had read complaints about service and other issues before we went. We found the service, and the warmth of the crew, outstanding. In short, it's absolutely worth considering, as long as you do some research about the style of cruising MSC offers, as well as the different "Experiences", etc.
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