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    Northern Calif
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    Art, reading ,music & travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Each ship has its own personality.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Pacific Rim

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  1. At first I giggled at these post, since the itinerary is what is most important to my agenda, however after seeing photos of such delightful elderly gentlemen, it will be enjoyable and entertaining to cruise with you. Our World Cruise wardrobe will be sadly lacking as we too are from the land of the hoodies. My experience when dressed other than basic is we are told how cute we are. Egad! I’m not sure it is a compliment! Ann
  2. Sorry for the loss of cosmetics, I had my cosmetic bag in my purse which I very seldom do, it was stolen a long with designer sunglasses. Not only are cosmetics expensive to replace, as well as glasses, but remembering brands and colors was a bear. My first thought for your girls was to convince them how lovely they looked au natural. As I am sure they do. Not attached to makeup is freeing. As for myself a month away from age 75, I too feel naked without blush and eyebrows color. Most gals my age feel comfortable. Thus I guess I’ll stay addicted. A
  3. The original poster is on her way! The best advice for packing I’ve read on C.C is ; pack one week warm, one week cold. Plus my personal five must haves : a non structured backpack, a rectangular wrap/scarf, lightweight windbreaker, a hat, sunglasses. Needless to say comfortable shoes!
  4. Definitely wear a small lightweight backpack. I promise you will thank me when in the afternoon the umbrella, windbreaker, hat and gloves peel off! Or pulled out when the weather changed. All of this including your water bottle plus a souvenir or two can be stuffed in the backpack then checked at wherever. Ann J.
  5. It’s all about the fabric of the outfit. Cotton would be in my opinion casual. A dark skirt or pant with an attractive flowered or jeweled top in a festive color made of a dressier fabric would be fine. It’s fun to see youngsters dressed up, girls seem to enjoy, but a guy might not. Hubby could wear a jacket with a funky or dressy holiday tie. Going out to dinner at home depends on where home is and where you go to dinner. On the Jewel you will see all styles of clothing: no matter what you wear someone else will dress better or more casual. All in all anything goes. Some will wear rhinestone jeans. Some diamonds. Wear what fits your lifestyle and what’s comfortable. Personally I’d wear an embellished sparkling sweater with a pair of black pants, great earrings, bracelet. Don’t wear clothing with glued on glitter, it comes off. Have a great trip! In January will be in Dubai. Ann J
  6. Has anyone experienced using Tours by Locals in Naples? Ann
  7. I have to chime in: we’ve sailed on Holland for two months a few years back, called the Asian Pacific Rim Cruise, as I was rushing to an activity, one of the crew, who become like a second family said “ You are on vacation, relax”. The cuisine was never boring, eating too much was an issue because we had late dining. Just join in all of the silly games and contest, it’s fun! And yes, the lecture series are not to be missed. And books! The ports were amazing, with a lot of experience to share with dinner mates, who too, became close friends. Plus we have great stories to share even now at dinner parties. The only time I felt restless was on the section returning home from Samoa to Honolulu. This year we are on a World Cruise Jan. - mid April. As we are aging, we feel it it is necessary to fill that cruise bucket list! Have fun! Ann
  8. I feel the same way about my white linen jacket. Perfect for summer, when denim is to hot. Ann
  9. In my experience with pants on cruise ships : Everyone regardless of age or girth wears jeans. However I have worn (bought from Costco) when it’s exceptionally cold, thin warm undergarments under oath tops and jeans. Thinner stretchy jeans are cold. In an unexpected cold spell, before boarding the ship I pulled out of my carry on a pair of black fleece yoga style pants to wear over the jeans. Plus I always have a huge cream colored bamboo fabric scarf. I use it for warmth on the plane, in the theater, restaurants, on the beach. Over my jacket, in the rain. A life saving garment! Others prefer pashmina. Unless you are on Cunard, casual is in. On land jeans are favored too. Have a great trip! Ann
  10. We are booked on QM2 Jan.3 r/t NY. Our first Queen. Why this ship......itinerary! Originally our thoughts were to book Oceana, which gives guest a lot of add ons, plus is very port intensive. After realizing since we are older, (we are no longer the first ones off the ship, returning as the gang plank goes up) sea days between ports are appealing and necessary. Plus we’ve seen most of The Pacific Rim of Asia on Holland. It is exciting to read and see on You tube exotic QM2 ports, helping to fill my Bucket list; We haven't seen Port Said, Haifa, the Suez Canal, Dubai, South African ports, Vietnam. The other side of Australia. Sri Lanka. How exciting to celebrate my 75 bday in Dubai! Gotta do a World cruise while we are healthy and vertical! Ann
  11. First a “thank you” to remind me to pack light...we are in our mid seventies, taking our 30 th cruise, a World Cruise to finish off a few ports on my bucket list. Our first cruise was three days from Southern Calif. to Baja. Those three days changed my life! We both fell in love with cruising. We love being pampered while sailing the oceans of the world, enjoying tales from dinner mates, hearing different music, we’ve taken several jazz themed cruises, seeing wonderful museums and examining art! What has changed since we first started cruising, well naturally ourselves, we are no longer the first off the gangway and last on. Now we enjoy a leisurely breakfast, take a half day tour, then back for a late lunch, a nap then out again. Finally dinner and a movie onboard. We’ve never favored ships tours, preferring to book locally, still do. The World Cruise will challenge our packing habits as to fit in with “theme nights”, which seems to be part of the WC culture. We've never zip-lined, but the need to ride a camel, seems important. Seeing lions feeding not so much. Preferring to seeing people feeding on exotic meals. I digress. Like others, comfortable shoes and light weight clothes are important. Buying souvenirs doesn’t happen. We still take photos, but not with heavy expensive cameras. We have taken our family members on cruises as a way to get us all in one place. However now as great grandparents the size of our family makes it prohibitive to find a time for everyone to join us and of course the cost. Thus we are taking the World Cruise. The date is July of 2019, what disturbs me most about changes in cruising is our political environment. Unfortunately some folks refuse to edit their conversations. What happened to the almost guaranteed friendships acquired while sailing. A
  12. OMGosh! Enough already! My friend at this moment is on QM2, she is thrilled with the lovely friendly guest she has met. This is the same person among others were hesitant to travel the QM2 because of the dress code “gossip. After disembarking she has a month of on land travel, thus not packing a gown. A
  13. To add to the conversation of “What Not ToWear” ; those of us who are labeled as “artsy” would definitely make a statement on their choice of clothing color. Not to offend to but to enjoy the event in their own way. Regardless of Cunards dress code surely if Canard wants my dollar, accepting any color of the rainbow among the traditional is o.k.. I chose Cunard for the World Itinerary not for Cunard's multiple parties. Carnival owns Cunard and other lines, parties are part of the fun for all lines while crossing the ocean. The difference between Cunard IMHO are those guest who are not open to others taste. Americans respect money, others the distinction of class, while still others the educated, but we all enjoy friendly, caring guest, regardless of their kilts or Sgt. Pepper outfit. Ann
  14. Hmmmmm......lack of bees, lack of flowers, lack of color. In a nut shell possibly a lack of food. I’d design a dress that has a lack of color. A dress in vertical stripes of black, whites, gray, winter colors. Sort of what the vegetation looks like after a fire. Perhaps a touch of yellow to indicate the possibility of nature replenished. I cant believe I’m writing about Project Runway on CC! On that note; while we watch PR for entertainment it’s good, IMO, PR is addressing social issues, I don’t feel too guilty watching the show. Over and over and over👀 Ann
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