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Here is the link to my photo album of the cruise aboard Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady

Although not for everybody because it is somewhat non-traditional - it is a great way to enjoy a cruise.

Click Scarlet Lady

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Virgin Voyages

Scarlet Lady

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Finally after a long hiatus, my brother and I headed to Miami to board Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady. Miami was again full of cruise ships, with our ship, two Carnival Ships, an MSC ship and an NCL ship all in the embarkation process.

We were assigned a 3:00pm check in slot, arranged on the Virgin Voyages App - your electronic home for the cruise. Check in took some time but was efficient. We first checked in and got out paperwork for the required Covid test. After a brief wait we got the antigen test and headed to the second floor of the terminal for the official check in, where they checked our passport, our vaccination card, and our wristbands - essentially the electronic key to the ship. By the time we finished the check in process, our Covid results had been emailed to us and we could board. Our bags were waiting for us when we arrived at our cabin. The first evolution, as normal, was the required safety drill. To complete it, you watched the rather clever safety video, and then proceeded to you muster station where you checked in with your wrist band and watched a demonstration on donning the life jacket.

Tonight Cocktails were at the Draught Haus - with seven different beers on draft as well as liquor and other canned beers.
We had made reservations at Razzle Dazzle - one of the many eateries on board. Although Vegetarian by design, it had meat on the menu. I started with a wonderful mushroom tartare and then grilled salmon with a side of smoked bacon. My brother had grilled chicken with a side of loaded tater tots. Desert was three giant cookies with cinnamon "cereal milk" The food and service was all excellent.

This morning for breakfast we headed to "The Galley", the ship's approximation of the buffet. Of note, is that since you "live" on the ship with the Virgin app on your tablet or phone, signed in to the ship's good wifi, there are charging stations at each table in The Galley.

Today is a sea day, so we are relaxing and exploring the ship!

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Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago

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As we await the start of "normal travel" we visited our son and family in the burbs of Chicago and spent a few hours at the Field Museum of Natural History - one of our nation's great museums.

Click this link to view a photo album of our visit:Field Museum
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Travelling home

After a great wedding, I flew home on Delta through Atlanta, just to get a different perspective. Not much was different than the trip north. Check-in in Cleveland was easy as was TSA Pre-check.

The main difference is that Delta thoroughly cleans the planes between flights including misting the air. They have spaced out their departures so that there is sufficient time to make this happen. Masks were required as expected and middle seats were left open. Upon boarding each passenger was provided with an alcohol wipe by the flight attendant. On board snacks consisted of a pre-packaged bag with a small bottle of water and some standard Delta munchies.

Atlanta was still quite busy with a number of flights coming and going, however there were not international flights on the departure board. The sky club was open, with masks required and the food available was all pre-packaged, but tasty. People were pretty good about wearing masks except when eating and drinking and tried to space themselves out.

As the Pilot said Delta is now the 'clean machine' and suggested that if everyone wore a mask, we would be done with this sooner rather than later!

Next trip in in December hopefully. A Caribbean cruise on Royal Clipper.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock on...

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Today's excursion was to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, established in 1983 and located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, is dedicated to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential musicians, bands, producers, and others that have in some major way influenced the music industry, particularly in the area of rock and roll.[1] Originally, there were four categories of induction: performers, non-performers, early influences, and lifetime achievement. In 2000, "sidemen" was introduced as a category.

The only category that has seen new inductees every single year is the performers category. Artists become eligible for induction in that category 25 years after the release of their first record.[2] In order to be inducted, an artist must be nominated by a committee that selects a number of candidates, the highest being 16 for the 2020 class. Ballots are then sent to more than 1,000 "rock experts" who evaluate the candidates and vote on who should be inducted. The performers that receive the highest number of votes are inducted.

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