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  1. Appreciate the kind comments on our "handsome grandsons". I give the credit to the genes from my wife and our son's wife. Yes, the U.S. Open TV coverage starts at 2 pm EDT. BUT, the top six players will not be teeing off until between 5-5:30 pm EDT. That's when I will tune in for the excitement of watching those incredible setting at Pebble Beach. So super scenic!!! Plus, the golf action should be very, very good. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 83,589 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  2. Weather is still looking great for tomorrow in Vancouver. See below the latest from AccuWeather. Enjoy your sail-away. Understand sailing under that big bridge in Vancouver is very interesting and special. Looking forward to seeing lots of good and exciting visuals. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 45,926 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337
  3. Appreciate your great follow-up and interests for both Southeast Asia and Africa. YES, let me know any and ALL added questions. Or for the ways that I can be helpful. Both are great areas that do not receive as many cruise visitors as happens for the Caribbean or Med. Keep researching and planning!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 45,926 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337
  4. On another cruise line posting, there were two different reports on Allan King. Just finished with Silversea on the Shadow and getting ready to be on the Silver Wind. Great to hear that CD Allan is keeping busy and having fun. We have done three cruises with him and as noted his jokes are a little corny. BUT, super fun!! Love his "Happy Soxes". Any others have memories (hopefully good) of Allan? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 246,597 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474 Here is another view of Allan in action on our ship during our South Africa sailing. (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  5. Great to hear that CD Allan King is keeping busy and having fun. We have done three cruises with him and his jokes are a little corny. BUT, super fun!! Love his "Happy Soxes". Not sure as to how well (or not) Allan is with his trivia questions. He has bad an amazing career and wide range of cruise ship experiences. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 64,055 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696 Here are a couple views of Allan in action on the Silver Cloud, plus an example of his "Happy Soxes".: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  6. Great to hear that CD Allan King is keeping busy and having fun. We have done three cruises with him and his jokes are a little corny. BUT, super fun!! Love his "Happy Soxes". THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 246,597 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474 Here are a couple views of Allan in action on the Silver Cloud, plus an example of his "Happy Soxes".: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  7. Appreciate these good wishes on Father's Day!! Great day to celebrate before tomorrow being our 47th wedding anniversary. Lots of partying??!! Was down recently in Charlottesville, Va., for time with our son and the two grandsons. Below are pictures of them. They are growing up FAST!! The youngest will be seven in late July. The other is now age eight. As shown, they are reading and doing very well. It's fun being a grandfather!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 221,140 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139 Our two grandson are growing up fast and progressing, including their love for reading. Second is the youngest grandson showing his good form for playing tennis.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  8. Your upcoming Norway cruise to the Top of Europe will have many great ports and options as you experience the "MIDNIGHT SUN" above the Arctic Circle, etc. As detailed from the live/blog below, we enjoyed so much of ALL that is there to see in these scenic areas. The ports/areas we enjoyed in July 2010 were Flam, Gudvangen, Alesund, Leknes, Tromso, North Cape, Honningsvag, Hammerfest, Bergen, Copenhagen. Each location has its different and special aspects. Among our top favorites were the Flam rail adventure, seeing these dramatic fjords, exploring the dramatic Lofoten Islands, seeing that North Cape, soaking up historic and charming Bergen and finally for Copenhagen, hopefully you will have added time there at the end of your cruise. Need proof and evidence? Below are only a few visual samples for these areas. Many, many more on the live/blog connected below. As to the weather, our Captain explained that July is the best month for exploring these areas. For late June, you should also have decent weather. BUT, be prepared to layer and adjust for changes, cooler or warmer. Other questions and info needs? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 235,956 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923 Here are a few samples from the scenic fjords, being at the North Cape, seeing the dramatic Lofoten Island and even a special food displays on the ship.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!) For historic and charming Bergen, here are a couple of my visual samples.: Love Copenhagen and its wonderful Tivoli Gardens, etc., etc.!!:
  9. Yes, I hope you have good weather for your time in Vancouver. In looking ahead for the Silver Muse visiting Ketchikan on Wednesday, June 19, AccuWeather is projecting a high of 57°F and a low of 49°F, partly sunny, maybe a passing shower. That is much better than what will be hitting Ketchikan in the four days prior to your arrival there. For Saturday through Tuesday, Ketchikan will get pounded with lots of rain. Good luck for your flights, time in Vancouver and in boarding the Silver Muse. Impressed by all of the photo, etc., gear displayed by Davey. Lots of "stuff", lug and pack!! Will you have a laptop along to review and editing all of the visuals and video you will produce? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 64,055 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696
  10. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Independent two days ago, they had this headline: “PHNOM PENH CITY GUIDE: Where to Eat, Drink, Ship and Stay in Cambodian Capital” with these highlights: “Cambodia’s capital has a reputation as an unlovely arrival point for tourists heading to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, or to island resorts off the coast. But those who choose to stay will discover a city on the cusp of change, with a diverse nightlife and innovative restaurant scene emerging as an alternative to the colonial hangouts that catered to the UN personnel who tried to establish democracy in Cambodia in the Nineties.” Agree with this summary. We did not expect much in Phnom Penh, but we were pleasantly surprised with its charming style and evolving offerings. It is definitely a city on the upswing. Lots of new building, plus other nice "stars" here. Here is more for one of the key attractions we visited: "For a sense of Buddhist culture start with the Silver Pagoda, a temple with a silver-tiled floor, where $10 admission includes access to the Royal Palace when the king is not in residence (8-11am and 2.30-5pm daily). The walls of the Pagoda complex are covered in intricate murals depicting the Reamker, a Cambodian epic poem taking in monkey warriors, battling princes and 10-headed ogres." Full story at: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/48-hours-in/phnom-penh-things-to-do-cambodia-best-hotels-restaurants-bars-guide-a8955921.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio For latest live/blog, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/ Below are a couple of the visuals used to illustrate this profile for Cambodia's Capital City.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  11. From CNN, the cable news network this morning, they had this headline: “Venice becomes the front line in the battle against overtourism” with these highlights: “Venice received more than 36 million international tourists in 2017, a near 10% rise on the previous year. While travelers fuel the city's economy, they're also the primary contributors to Venice's biggest problem: overcrowding. From April to October, an estimated 32,000 cruise ship passengers disembark here daily, according to the Port Authority. In August, an additional 465,100 day-trippers make their way to the city, adding to the chaos of an additional 2.2 million tourists who will stay overnight, according to recent National Tourism Agency figures.” Here are a couple of other items from this story: "Many Venetians believe that everyone should have a chance to experience the beauty of their city, but say that a constant swell of tourists is ruining the experience for everyone. Short visits put a strain on the city's overstretched infrastructure, and cheap Airbnb rentals have driven up the cost of accommodation and living conditions for locals, some of whom have decided to leave altogether." Based on these statistics during the busiest April to October period, the cruise visitors are only about 6% of the visitors compared to the day-trippers. A counter-balancing detail is presented in this story about how the cruise ships are responsible for creating 6,000 jobs in the Venice area. Which is worse? Or, better? What is next? Here is what is stated in this article: "In September, a new measure requiring day-trippers to pay an entrance fee into the city of up to $11 (€10) will come into effect. Tourists overnighting in Venice will be exempt as a city tax is already included in the hotel rate. Residents, some 30,000 commuters, students and children under six will also not be required to pay." This long article also shares other Europe developments: "In Belgium, Bruges is cutting advertising for day trips and reducing the number of cruise ships allowed to dock at Zeebrugge port. Amsterdam's soaring visitor numbers reached 18 million in 2018, prompting the Netherlands tourism board to halt advertising campaigns, stating that its focus is now on 'destination management' rather than 'destination promotion.' " Full story at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-tourism-overcrowding-intl/index.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Live/blog from early 2018, first adventure through SE Asia, stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before exploring all over Vietnam and Cambodia, seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 47,254 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474 Here are a couple of the visuals used to illustrate this CNN article.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  12. From CNN, the cable news network this morning, they had this headline: “Venice becomes the front line in the battle against overtourism” with these highlights: “Venice received more than 36 million international tourists in 2017, a near 10% rise on the previous year. While travelers fuel the city's economy, they're also the primary contributors to Venice's biggest problem: overcrowding. From April to October, an estimated 32,000 cruise ship passengers disembark here daily, according to the Port Authority. In August, an additional 465,100 day-trippers make their way to the city, adding to the chaos of an additional 2.2 million tourists who will stay overnight, according to recent National Tourism Agency figures.” Here are a couple of other items from this story: "Many Venetians believe that everyone should have a chance to experience the beauty of their city, but say that a constant swell of tourists is ruining the experience for everyone. Short visits put a strain on the city's overstretched infrastructure, and cheap Airbnb rentals have driven up the cost of accommodation and living conditions for locals, some of whom have decided to leave altogether." Based on these statistics during the busiest April to October period, the cruise visitors are only about 6% of the visitors compared to the day-trippers. A counter-balancing detail is presented in this story about how the cruise ships are responsible for creating 6,000 jobs in the Venice area. Which is worse? Or, better? What is next? Here is what is stated in this article: "In September, a new measure requiring day-trippers to pay an entrance fee into the city of up to $11 (€10) will come into effect. Tourists overnighting in Venice will be exempt as a city tax is already included in the hotel rate. Residents, some 30,000 commuters, students and children under six will also not be required to pay." This long article also shares other Europe developments: "In Belgium, Bruges is cutting advertising for day trips and reducing the number of cruise ships allowed to dock at Zeebrugge port. Amsterdam's soaring visitor numbers reached 18 million in 2018, prompting the Netherlands tourism board to halt advertising campaigns, stating that its focus is now on 'destination management' rather than 'destination promotion.' " Full story at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-tourism-overcrowding-intl/index.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Live/blog from early 2018, first adventure through SE Asia, stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before exploring all over Vietnam and Cambodia, seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 47,254 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474 Here are a couple of the visuals used to illustrate this CNN article.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  13. YES!! Great locations, ports, history, scenic sights, etc., will be upcoming. Look forward to reading these interesting details, etc. Keep it the great sharing, especially for Slovenia. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 83,589 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  14. For those following along, like me, below is the map showing your various stops, ports, scenic sailing, etc. Looking great!! In Vancouver, per AccuWeather, on Monday, the weather is forecast to be: High of 74° / Low 57°F,. Sun and some clouds; pleasant. Sounds like super weather to commence your adventure. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 221,140 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  15. For our July 25, 2019, Silver Muse sailing, the Silversea website does go twistingly up and down as to being all wait-listed, versus having avails in many different cabin categories. Yesterday, it said ALL was on wait-list. Right now, this morning, it showed avails in eight of the nine categories. Strange and confusing??!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 246,576 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
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