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Eclipsing Northern Europe by cruise : Basic black , and Baltic blues


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Cruising the Baltic family style on the Celebrity Eclipse

 

 

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This was our sixth visit to Europe , but this one would be different . We would be taking our oldest grandson , Tyler age 13 . We have always maintained a close relationship to him and his brother .

 

 

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He was just 3 when we first visited Europe , also on a Baltic cruise , on the NCL Dream . When we returned we told him stories of a far away place including the land where Thomas the Train , his favorite , lived . We promised to take him there one day , and so the time had arrived .

 

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We would be taking the local train to our non stop flight from Miami to London

 

 

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We left in the late afternoon on Friday , June 3rd , the day after Tyler had finished school for Summer . Last stop MIA for our overnight flight to LHR .

 

 

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Can't believe you've started the review so soon after returning home!:)

 

I can't either , but we some down time ( without any kids ) , and so we jumped on the free time . But that will change soon with both of our oldest grandsons here today and tomorrow ! :eek:

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Excited to be following along with you again. Always love your reviews & only 10 weeks until we are back on Eclipse again [emoji3]

 

 

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Brilliant , it's great to have you back along . Which itinerary ? You may on the same cruise as Larry ( KikisDad ) . And thanks again for the hand washing tip , No sickness this trip ! :) :D

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I have enjoyed all your reviews and am eager to share this trip with your grandson. thanks for all your work.

 

Thank you hazelmaye , and you're welcome ! I do enjoy sharing the photos as it makes it more interesting to me . But I must admit that I get some strange looks as I photograph food with flash ! :o

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Tri rail looks good on paper and they had new cars but it wasn't our plan A .

 

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As you can see it covers 3 counties and 3 airports and we rode it all the way from North to South . A problem is that it has no provision for luggage . And not long into the trip it became crowded and worse , there was a car accident on one of the crossings making the 2 hour trip , a 3 hour trip . Fortunately we had taken the early train and Tri Rail has completed the missing link , bringing them into the 21st century and getting us there on time .

 

 

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Story about the missing link :

 

 

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-tri-rail-miami-station-tour-20150402-story.html

 

 

So we had less than an hour's wait before boarding our flight .

 

 

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We flew on Virgin Atlantic and it was our first flight on the Dreamliner 787 .

 

 

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We had a frustrating experience with a popular online vacation site trying to upgrade to upper class and so we were seated 3 across , in the last row of Premium Economy .

 

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Where Tyler loved the interactive TV system .

 

 

 

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ooh I think that was the same cruise we were on 5th June ? We are flying Dreamliner to Mexico in January Premium, was it good ? Looking forward to more review. I did a review but on the review page so it is still not published. We really enjoyed our Baltics cruise on Eclipse, hope you did too.

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May is my favorite time to visit Florida. Do continue with your review.

 

Yes we do enjoy our May days in Florida , but we also enjoy the smaller crowds in many of the tourist areas like St. Petersburg , Russia . And typically , our reviews take months to complete ! :eek:

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ooh I think that was the same cruise we were on 5th June ? We are flying Dreamliner to Mexico in January Premium, was it good ? Looking forward to more review. I did a review but on the review page so it is still not published. We really enjoyed our Baltics cruise on Eclipse, hope you did too.

 

Yes it was the same cruise . And yes we enjoyed the plane and flight - but the cruise even more ! However , we have been somewhat spoiled by past cruising and we do have some mixed and conflicting feelings which will surface as the narrative evolves chronologically .

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Yes it was the same cruise . And yes we enjoyed the plane and flight - but the cruise even more ! However , we have been somewhat spoiled by past cruising and we do have some mixed and conflicting feelings which will surface as the narrative evolves chronologically .

 

Very much looking forward to more, I love how we all have different viewpoints.

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Very much looking forward to more, I love how we all have different viewpoints.

 

Yes with so many different countries , and people from different countries on this cruise we did hear and see many viewpoints . Although this cruise had a more distinct UK feel than our previous UK cruises , which had both departed from Dover .

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Our flight felt like a cruise because we received our menu before we left the ground .

 

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And the pre flight safety video made me think that we had boarded an astral plane by mistake . Cue the Moody Blues song " Legend of a mind " .

 

 

 

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Dinner is served

 

 

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The Dreamliner has magic windows which can be dimmed by the passengers or crew .

 

 

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And no , this review hasn't gone in the toilet (yet) ! But there is more room and it is more humane then most others .

 

 

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And almost before we knew it - we were there .

 

 

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I am enjoying another of your wonderful reviews. We sailed Eclipse to the Baltics last year in June and loved it. We got amazing weather except for the first day in Copenhagen. I am looking forward to reliving it through your eyes. Thank you for posting.

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I am enjoying another of your wonderful reviews. We sailed Eclipse to the Baltics last year in June and loved it. We got amazing weather except for the first day in Copenhagen. I am looking forward to reliving it through your eyes. Thank you for posting.

 

You're welcome , and welcome back . :) :D

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