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Scarlet Lady

sunny 80 °F

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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Posted by rpickett 21:23 Archived in USA Tagged sea to miami Comments (0)

Celebrity Edge

Final Day

sunny 85 °F

Celebrity Edge is truly at the cutting edge of cruise ship technology and design. Last night we ate at our third specialty restaurant - Eden - which may be the best culinary experience I have had at sea. The ambiance is unique and the food was exceptional.

This ship has by far the best food in the Celebrity fleet. The menu's are exceptional in the dining rooms and the assortment of expertly prepared dishes in the Oceanview Cafe was superb.

For those of you who have not made plans for the summer yet, Celebrity is offering some great value adds for the Edge sailings in the Western Mediterranean, this summer!

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Posted by rpickett 11:44 Archived in USA Tagged sea day Comments (0)

Norwegian Breakaway

Sea Days 6 and 7

overcast 60 °F

Life continues quietly at sea. The passengers are up and about and are filling the various events on board. No one seems bored or is having a problem finding something to do.

The highlight of the cruise so far is the food. We have eaten at all of the specialty restaurants and with the exception of Le Bistro - the french restaurant, they have been exceptional. Le Bistro missed on the escargot which were dry and the fish stew which only had six pieces of fish in it. The mostly Philippino wait staff is exceptionally attentive. Our cruise director Dan-Dan is also Philippino and is also very good. We went through Ireland immigration today - two officers got a free two day cruise - so debarking tomorrow should be a breeze. We are fog bound today as we are west of the English channel.

Two nights ago we ate at Teppanyaki - a traditional Japanese restaurant, and last night we ate at Ocean Blue - the seafood restaurant

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Posted by rpickett 06:50 Tagged sea and day 7 6 Comments (0)

Norwegian Breakaway

Day 5 at sea

overcast 72 °F

Dinner was at the Manhattan Supper Club - one of the three main restaurants. A first - we were actually seated at Table 1! I was never sure that table existed on a cruise ship! After dinner, I went to see an absolutely superb hypnotist. I have only seen a similar act one time before, and the artist was incredible!

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We woke up this morning to overcast skies but the seas were much calmer and the wind had died down significantly. We watched the cooking demonstration conducted by the chefs at Le Bistro, which is where we are dining tonight and then had lunch at Jimmy Buffets!

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Posted by rpickett 09:41 Tagged sea at day 5 Comments (0)

Norwegian Breakaway

Day 3 and 4 at sea

sunny 72 °F

After another cloudy and windy day, we dined tonight at Cagney's Steak House, which was bustling. A good pork belly appetizer, lobster bisque and a filet hit the spot. The chocolate seven layer cake finished of the dinner - far too much food. Everything was cooked superbly!

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This morning we woke up to something new: clear skies and less wind. The upper decks were opened back up and the passengers enjoyed some 'freedom' from below decks!

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Posted by rpickett 10:28 Tagged sea and at day 3 4 Comments (0)

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