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#21
midwest
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I hope you don't mind me dropping in. I have been following you all for months since we are going on the 3/13 cruise. Have enjoyed viewing all your pictures so much. I do have one question if you wouldn't mind answering. Did everyone get dressed up for all the formal nights? I read on a different post that usually on the South Pacific cruises, people don't dress up as much. What did you guys do? thanks.
Sandy
#22
San Jose,Ca
6,137 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Originally posted by compozer
Did everyone get dressed up for all the formal nights? I read on a different post that usually on the South Pacific cruises, people don't dress up as much. What did you guys do? thanks.
Sandy
Sandy.....of the four formal nights, we got dressed up in formal gear for three of them. Probably would have done the fourth one except one of our traveling buddies got the noro. DH took his black tux as well as his white dinner jacket. I wore the same dressy black pants, black shoes and different sparkely tops. I thought that most people did get dressed up in the evening for both formal and non-formal nights.

Andi
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#23
Santa Barbara, California, USA
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Joined Jun 2002
More getting into the Holiday spirit helpers ~
For those who celebrate ~ Enjoy!
MERRY CHRISTMAS !

Click on Christmas Card >>>>>> http://ak.imgag.com/imgag/product/pr...66187/graphic1

compozer **Regarding getting dressed for formal nights.
I wear simple comfortable clothes - ie: sleeveless back dress with a
black sequin shrug or black or white pants with sparkly tops
and sometimes a matching colorful shrug for the theater to keep my arms warm.

Kzmama - I am glad you both got home safe and sound and am praying you all feel better real soon.
Give Darrell a great big HUG from me!
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#24
California
1,316 Posts
Joined Apr 2010
Originally posted by compozer
Did everyone get dressed up for all the formal nights? I read on a different post that usually on the South Pacific cruises, people don't dress up as much. What did you guys do? thanks.
Sandy
We ate at the buffet for 3 of the 4 formal nights, but did go to our assigned dining room for one of them. Neither of us likes to dress up so we were going to just skip all of them, but the head waiter told us we didn't have to be fancy and he really wanted us to come, so I wore black slacks, a nice black tank and a longer black sweater in a fine gauge sweater knit. The all black helped it look dressier than it was, and I was comfortable. My friend wore black slacks and a satiny fabric blouse.
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Past Cruises:

2004 7-day Caribbean, Grand Princess
2005 15-day Western Europe Transatlantic, Golden Princess
2006 10- day Panama Canal, Coral Princess
2007 7-day Mexican Riviera, Golden Princess
2009 15-day Hawaii, Golden Princess
2009 7-day Alaska, Star Princess
2010 10- day Alaska, Sea Princess
2010 3-Day Coastal, Golden Princess
2011 28-Day Hawaii Tahiti R/T LA, Sapphire Princess
2013 3-Day Coastal, Golden Princess
2013 7-Day California Coastal, Grand Princess
2013 3-Day Coastal, Golden Princess
2014 4-Day Coastal, Sapphire Princess
2014 10-Day Caribbean, Royal Princess
#25
Cleveland, TX
539 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
We did the formal 2 of the 4 nights. We had to do the last formal as they had pheasant and Darrell loves this. It was good. Darrell does bring his suit and I bring black slacks with shiny tops.
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Golden Princess - Hawaii - 10/09
Crown Princess - Western Caribbean - 1/11
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Carnival Triumph - Western Caribbean - 4/12
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#26
St. George, UT
342 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
We got dressed up for the 4 formal nights. I wore my white dinner jacket with my miniature medals and a tux pants, and my beautiful bride wore formal clothes. That sure is easier than wearing my class A uniform and we enjoy dressing up once in awhile.Some folks don't care to and that's fine, afterall we should do what is comfortable for us. We enjoyed the cruise very much but we'll never sail on the Sapphire again. Trying to catch a show in the Explorer's Lounge was near impossible without grabbing seats far in advance, so we missed some good ones.
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Golden Princess,2007, PCL, To Mexico
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Golden Princess, 2009, PCL to Hawaii
Coral Princess, 2009, PCL to Panama
Island Princess, 2009, PCL to Alaska
Island Princess, 2009, PCL to Canada
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Island Princess,2010, PCL, to Alaska
Sapphire Princess,2011,PCL, to Mexico
Star Princess,2011,PCL, to Caribbean
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Coral Princess, 2012,PCL,East Bound Panama
Coral Princess, 2012,PCL,West Bound Panama
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#27
Santa Barbara, California, USA
7,233 Posts
Joined Jun 2002
OK, I just finished my Cruise Journal on Panraven . com and requested they send me a the hard copy ~ if you want a peak ~ here it is . . .

http://www.panraven.com/storyviewer/?storyId=224631

Now back to work on the Blog . . .

http://sapphireprincessodyssey.blogspot.com/
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51/52) Carnival Dream Journeys Caribbean B2B Cruise 1/3, 14/2016:
50) Infinity Panama Canal : 4/28/15 ~
49) NCL Norwegain Sun ~ 1/12/2014 ~ Caribbean
48) NCL Norwegain Sun 9/16/13 ~ Pacific Coastal
47,46,45) Carnival Splendor~49 day~3 legs South America around the Horn~LA - NY~2/3, 2/20, 3/5, 2013
BreatheFriendsSeaWrite SASA Blog : http://breathefriendsseawrite.blogspot.com/
44) Sapphire Princess 7 day Coastal Cruise ~ 4/28/12
43) Sapphire Princess RT LA Hawaii/Tahiti/Samoa October 22, 2011 28 Days ~
Blog : http://sapphireprincessodyssey.blogspot.com
42,41,40)Carnival Splendor Salsa 49er's 2009 ~ 49 day around South America
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#28
Cleveland, TX
539 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Very nice job, Grace. It broiught back great memories.
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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean - l/09
Golden Princess - Hawaii - 10/09
Crown Princess - Western Caribbean - 1/11
Sapphire Princess - Hawaii/South Pacific - 10/11
Carnival Triumph - Western Caribbean - 4/12
Crown Princess - Western Caribbean - 1/13
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#29
Clackamas, Oregon
208 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Hi all,
Glad to find this site. Thanks Grace for sending the link. Sorry I haven't been on here before. Been busier than all getout since we got home. We thot the whole cruise was fantastic. Can't believe the number of sad comments that were posted on the old thread. Sure there were some disappointments with the show seating, etc., but we expected it based on the demographics of the cruise passenger list. I'll bet the shows during the next week cruise (Mexico with 560 kids on board) didn't have the same seating problems as we did. I thot they could have offered the same shows a few more times to accommodate the number of passengers, but, that is just my opinion. I'll bet they learned a few things from the comments on this cruise that they will implement in the future.

When we got back to LA, we got hit with a big dose of reality when we pulled up to LAX with all the Christmas decorations already put up. Thanks have just been zany ever since. Now we are getting ready to head down south for the winter as soon as Christmas is over so we have that to look forward to. We started to work on the photo journal, but haven't gotten back to it yet. It is on next week's schedule. Thanks to those that have theirs finished and are allowing peeks at them. Maybe we can pick up a few ideas.

As an aside, Donna (Who Knew): You should have stuck around for that last tournament. I managed to win the whole thing. I would have bought you and your friend one of those little umbrella drinks. LOL.

Andi & Wil: Sounds like you have a full schedule planned. Don't forget to call if you come up through Portland on your way to the Seattle cruises.

Marla & Diana: Miss you guys! Sorry we didn't get any more chances to get together for Pegs & Jokers. Had a great time teaching you Marla.

Take care everyone and have a happy holiday season! Will try to stay in touch while we travel down the road.

Tim & Diane (Papa Bear Too)
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#30
California
1,316 Posts
Joined Apr 2010
Darn it all Tim! LOL! Lydia and I actually talked about staying to watch the last one! Oh well, neither of us drink, but they could have put the umbrella in some water. Tap would have been fine.
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Past Cruises:

2004 7-day Caribbean, Grand Princess
2005 15-day Western Europe Transatlantic, Golden Princess
2006 10- day Panama Canal, Coral Princess
2007 7-day Mexican Riviera, Golden Princess
2009 15-day Hawaii, Golden Princess
2009 7-day Alaska, Star Princess
2010 10- day Alaska, Sea Princess
2010 3-Day Coastal, Golden Princess
2011 28-Day Hawaii Tahiti R/T LA, Sapphire Princess
2013 3-Day Coastal, Golden Princess
2013 7-Day California Coastal, Grand Princess
2013 3-Day Coastal, Golden Princess
2014 4-Day Coastal, Sapphire Princess
2014 10-Day Caribbean, Royal Princess
#31
midwest
4,306 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
Thanks all for answering my question. I do love to get dressed up so glad to hear it wasn't too casual. Everything around home seems so casual these days. My dh even said he'd like to buy a tux. We are going on more and more cruises lately so I'll have to see if I can find one. Am packing now for our Christmas cruise.
#32
3,060 Posts
Joined May 2005
Hello Everyone,

I am sure you are all as busy as I am! Sheesh!!!!

My website's server has been down so that is why this link took forever for me to post. Anyway here it is American Samoa through my eyes

http://www.pbase.com/dchip/american_samoa

Glad you have enjoyed the previous two ports. Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers, Denise
#33
Santa Barbara, California, USA
7,233 Posts
Joined Jun 2002
Originally posted by dchip
Hello Everyone,

I am sure you are all as busy as I am! Sheesh!!!!

My website's server has been down so that is why this link took forever for me to post. Anyway here it is American Samoa through my eyes

http://www.pbase.com/dchip/american_samoa

Glad you have enjoyed the previous two ports. Let me know if you have any questions.

Cheers, Denise
All of your pictures before are gorgeous and these are no different!
Thank you for sharing them with us!

Happy Holidays everyone!
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1. NCL Star TtansAtlantic - 4/22/2018 ~ Miami to Barcelona ~ *OVER*

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2. Carnival Horizon TransAtlantic - 5/9/2018 *and BACK* ~ Barcelona to NYC
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53) Celebrity Equinox ~ 1/30/2017 ~11 day Ultimate Caribbean ~
51/52) Carnival Dream Journeys Caribbean B2B Cruise 1/3, 14/2016:
50) Infinity Panama Canal : 4/28/15 ~
49) NCL Norwegain Sun ~ 1/12/2014 ~ Caribbean
48) NCL Norwegain Sun 9/16/13 ~ Pacific Coastal
47,46,45) Carnival Splendor~49 day~3 legs South America around the Horn~LA - NY~2/3, 2/20, 3/5, 2013
BreatheFriendsSeaWrite SASA Blog : http://breathefriendsseawrite.blogspot.com/
44) Sapphire Princess 7 day Coastal Cruise ~ 4/28/12
43) Sapphire Princess RT LA Hawaii/Tahiti/Samoa October 22, 2011 28 Days ~
Blog : http://sapphireprincessodyssey.blogspot.com
42,41,40)Carnival Splendor Salsa 49er's 2009 ~ 49 day around South America
Blog : http://salsas49ers.blogspot.com
#34
Cleveland, TX
539 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Denise, Thanks also from me for sharing those pics. They brought back some wonderful memories.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!

Gloria & Darrell
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Carnival Conquest - Western Caribbean - l/09
Golden Princess - Hawaii - 10/09
Crown Princess - Western Caribbean - 1/11
Sapphire Princess - Hawaii/South Pacific - 10/11
Carnival Triumph - Western Caribbean - 4/12
Crown Princess - Western Caribbean - 1/13
Caribbean Princess - Western Caribbean - 12/13
Emerald Princess - Western Caribbean - 12/14
Caribbean Princess - WesternCaribbean - 1/16
#36
San Jose,Ca
6,137 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Merry Christmas all!!!

So, what is everyone doing today???

Since the boys are all now young men and not a one of them married (), Christmas has evolved into a pretty low key day. We will all congegrate at our house to open presents and then go crazy ordering Chinese take out....I swear they order one of everything from the menu!!! Lots of leftovers. After pigging out, the guys scatter and Wil and I spend the rest of the day napping while attempting to read and watch football. I must also still compose my christmas letter and get cards out ....well, maybe I'll just skip the cards this year and send the letter via email.

May all of you have a very merry christmas, no matter how you spend the day.

Andi
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#37
Northern California
346 Posts
Joined Jun 2005
Merry Christmas all!!!

So, what is everyone doing today???

Andy, thanks for sharing your day. I am about to leave for my son's house and the grandkids, almost 6 and 17 months. I must say the "Elf on the Shelf" has made for a very good 5 year old this December! Where were they when my boys were growing up. This afternoon we will all be at my oldest son's for dinner. I hear prime rib. There is a horse shoe game at 1pm, it's 27 degrees right now, as the meat cooks on an open fire in the backyard. No matter what happens it is always wonderful to be with family.
Enjoy the day everyone and best wishes, Marla
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#38
Santa Barbara, California, USA
7,233 Posts
Joined Jun 2002
I spent Christmas eve preparing lunch and dinner meals for my clients for Christmas. *I do this because I do not have a family of my own and I like to celebrate Christmas ~ so, I ~ get to Have Christmas Too.

Christmas morning =8am I helped them open their gifts.

At 9am I headed to my church for Christmas Day service ~ A very good message on Christmas Treasures. At the end of the service every one was encouraged to write down what they were giving as a gift from themselves. No not money or things - Just where & how you want to grow internally this coming year. And then we all put our memo in a brightly colored box & took it to the front of the church and put it in an empty manger.

*I asked the Pastor's wife what they were going to do with all the memo's in the little boxes and she said she hadn't thought that far ahead, so I suggested a small book be made of all the memos put in the manger today to mark our progress through out the coming year. No one will know whose is whose and it will be something we could take home and pray over for each other.

When I came back to work at 5pm Christmas Day my 2 clients and the staff on were raving about the egg dish I had put together for them for lunch ~ how good it was. *I will have some for breakfast myself tomorrow morning and see!

Christmas dinner was pretty darn good too!
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53) Celebrity Equinox ~ 1/30/2017 ~11 day Ultimate Caribbean ~
51/52) Carnival Dream Journeys Caribbean B2B Cruise 1/3, 14/2016:
50) Infinity Panama Canal : 4/28/15 ~
49) NCL Norwegain Sun ~ 1/12/2014 ~ Caribbean
48) NCL Norwegain Sun 9/16/13 ~ Pacific Coastal
47,46,45) Carnival Splendor~49 day~3 legs South America around the Horn~LA - NY~2/3, 2/20, 3/5, 2013
BreatheFriendsSeaWrite SASA Blog : http://breathefriendsseawrite.blogspot.com/
44) Sapphire Princess 7 day Coastal Cruise ~ 4/28/12
43) Sapphire Princess RT LA Hawaii/Tahiti/Samoa October 22, 2011 28 Days ~
Blog : http://sapphireprincessodyssey.blogspot.com
42,41,40)Carnival Splendor Salsa 49er's 2009 ~ 49 day around South America
Blog : http://salsas49ers.blogspot.com
#39
3,060 Posts
Joined May 2005
Hi Everyone,

Hope your holidays were fabulous however you celebrate!

We are having Christmas today! Since our sons are both married and have in laws, Christmas is whatever day works each year.

We do go to one son's house and watch Hope 9, and Chase 2, open Santa's presents. We have breakfast there and then come home to a peaceful day together. Daelyn who is 1 took her first steps on Christmas Day. We are looking forward to seeing her new accomplishment.

The kids and grands will all be here by 3pm, we will take our annual family photo for the "family ornament", open gifts and eat Nonna's lasagne. Looking forward to a fun day with family.

Cheers, Denise
#40
Clackamas, Oregon
208 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Hi everyone,
Hope all had a Merry Christmas and are looking forward to a prosperous New Year. We are leaving tomorrow in our motorhome to head south, hoping to arrive in Hemet, CA on New Year's Day. We typically spend New Year's Eve at the Orange Grove RV Park in Bakersfield, then make our final drive to Hemet early in the morning so we can be parked and set up in time for the football games. It is always fun to reunite with our winter family.

Our Christmas was sort of strange this year as we celebrated a week early so the whole family could be together. Our middle son and his family were spending Christmas with her family this year. Once they get married, you have to share them with other family, but we are still grateful to have them when we can get them. The whole next week seemed strange as we already had Christmas over, and they were still playing carols on the radio. We did go to two different Christmas Eve services though which were great. We connected with several old friends.

Right now I am sitting at the car dealership getting my car serviced before our big trip tomorrow. Nothing like leaving things for the last minute. Next I am going to try to finish up my Panraven photo journal. Thanks to those of you that were willing to share your efforts. It has helped with ideas for ours.

Take care everyone and have a safe and Happy New Year!

Tim & Diane
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