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About SleepingUgly

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    Not Chicago, unfortunately
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    Any type of traveling, napping, reading, tater tots, shoes
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    Caribbean (it's the only destination I've cruised!)

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  1. Safe travels! Can't wait to follow along b/c work has been a bear lately so it will be nice to live vicariously through you, haha. And don't pay any mind to those who hurumph at "creature comforts". I mean, we travel not only to learn more about other cultures and people, but to also more fully appreciate what we do have and not take them for granted. I hope you have a fantastic flight later today, and looking forward to your cruise!
  2. These pictures are bringing back wonderful memories so thank you so much for sharing! I used to "have to" travel to London for work @ 1-2 times a month , and I hated it because it was - you know - for work. I never learned to really appreciate the city until many trips in. Have not been back in a couple of years and have really missed it. Just goes to show you - you never really appreciate something until you don't have it anymore! Thanks again for reminding me why I love the city so much!
  3. I don't believe the Classic package includes mixed drinks, which is why we had upgraded our girls to the premium package on our cruise last year. The premium package also includes stuff like iced coffee and certain juices. HTH!
  4. Actually, here is the daily for Embarkation Day (post #36).
  5. Sorry, you have to scroll through all the pages as I posted them at the beginning of each day of our cruise (starting with Day 2, I believe). Post No. 77 (on p. 4) has the first day so you may want to start there. The only day that was missing was the last day; for some reason, I could not find the daily for that day. If you'd like, I can try to locate the photos again and post some here? Just let me know! Linda
  6. I posted copies of most dailies from our 2018-19 holiday cruise in my trip report (see my signature), but the itinerary was different. You may be traveling to some of the same islands, though. Let me know if I can help with any specific questions! Linda
  7. Oh, goody, another Norris trip report! And on the Silhouette too. I've missed her and hope she treated you and your wife well on your cruise. Really looking forward to following along! Linda
  8. What a fun review to read! Thanks for sharing. We were on a similar, 12-night itinerary in late December, also on the Silhouette, and we, too, love that length of a cruise. Just enough days that you feel like you really were on a great vacation, but not too short that you are not ready to go home. The seven days of ports, one right after the other, did get tiring, but made those last two sea days that much more enjoyable and relaxing! Appreciate your time to share your vacation and thoughts with us! Linda
  9. I have to admit - this is NOT my employer's fault. I actually, technically have an "unlimited" number of PTO days each year, but when you work for a small, boutique firm, it's tough to take so much time off. My "restrictions" are those damn kids I for some reason thought would be a good idea to have - school and college tuition, their upkeep, their oversight ... Calgon (or Celebrity), take me away! πŸ™‚ Hoping for a smooth travel day for you tomorrow, Jim! Linda
  10. Totally following along. I have done ZERO westbound and ZERO eastbound TAs, haha, and also no B2Bs. Still quite a few years to go before I hit retirement age, when I can take as long of vacations as I want without people at work flipping out that I'll be out of reach for more than one day, so I will live vicariously through you (and others) until then. Safe travels!! Linda
  11. This was precisely my line of logic as well in choosing a CS over a RS for our January 2020 sailing on the Summit. Price difference was around $600 per person, so $1200 for the two of us. We already have the premium beverage package and free WiFi as part of the Go Best (or whatever they are calling it these days) promotion for the CS. For a seven-night cruise, I think we'll be fine eating in Luminae most nights so don't need to add in specialty restaurants into the rotation. Besides, there is no Murano on the Summit so we may just go to Tuscan Grille one evening (and use our $300 OBC for that meal), if we wanted to change things up. I really could not care less re: a stocked minibar or bottles of wine or whatever, when we have the premium beverage package already anyway. Lastly, for us, the higher tub will just be a nuisance (if that), rather than an obstacle. I think if we had booked on an S-class ship, where Murano would be present, we may have thought differently. Definitely, if you will be on a longer cruise than seven nights, you may want more variety as well in your dining experience. if we had not gotten the Go Best package with the extra perks for the CS, we would have upgraded to the RS but then the price different then may also have been much more than $600 per person! Linda
  12. FYI ... this is the same children's menu that was on the Silhouette in late December in the MDR, so I'm guessing there is just one, basic children's menu throughout the ship. Our eight-year-old ordered off the regular menu quite often as well (she loved the French onion soup and enjoyed trying the different pastas offered each day) so they are definitely not limited to just what's on the kids' menu. Hope you enjoy your cruise! Linda
  13. I am very much looking forward to this trip report, Dana! We will be hitting up two of these ports on an upcoming cruise (not for a while, boo) so really excited to read about your experiences. I know just how time-consuming these reports can take, so thanks so much in advance for dedicating the time to share your thoughts and photos with us! Linda
  14. We definitely had smoked salmon available for breakfast every morning in the Oceanview Cafe when we sailed on the Silhouette in late December 2018. I remember b/c dh would get that pretty much every single day. As for the lunch buffet - I will admit that the offerings didn't change much from day to day. BUT, the variety of choices was quite expansive each day. You have your pizza station, your freshly-made pasta station (sauces would change daily, I believe), a panini station, the Mexican station, the Asian station, the Indian station, the salad bar, soups, American offerings (including meats and fish), desserts. There would be at least 2-3 main dishes to choose from at each station, and some may change at least one of their offerings from day to day, but there would always be staples that were there consistently. I'm sorry but that is definitely a lot more variety than I would get at home and pretty much any vacation where you stayed in the hotel / resort each day. If you didn't want to eat at the buffet for lunch, you had the MDR. You could get burgers and hot dogs and fries at the Mast Grill. You could order room service. Really, those are quite the options and, personally, I thought the buffet offered a lot of different types of foods everyday. Yes, the station themes pretty much stayed the same everyday, but considering that the theme at home is "you'll eat what I serve you", I'll take the Oceanview Cafe and its choices anyday! Linda
  15. Lovely photos of a lovely (non high-maintenance) couple! Still really enjoying your TR ... thanks for posting and very much appreciate your thoughts and comments on the tours. I am taking notes and now have a better idea of what NOT to do in certain ports on our Reflection cruise later in 2020 ... Linda
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