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Europe Here We Come! Vision of the Seas July 29,2019: 12 day Mediterranean/Greek Isles

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58 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Looks like you are off to a great start Jane!  Any luck with the Lavender tonic yet?

Nope... We didn't hang in the schooner bar tonight!!   For @JLMoran and anyone keeping track, the drink count....hmmmm....I might have lost count.  Miami vice (that should have been a lava flow), insanely strong Bahama Mama, blue Hawaiian, at Germaine and champagne, 2 glasses of wine and 2 shots of amaretto.  Whoever (and I'm so sorry I can't remember) suggested white mocha coffee and adding amaretto... Amazing!!! So good.  Anyway team drink pkg made out today for sure.  In other news, on allure in March and majesty in June, a glass of Oberon Cabernet was 15.  It is $18/glass on this ship.  Crazy ridiculous :(. I will miss it!!!  Jane

 

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Sorry about the wine price.  Probably has to do with location more than ship.   When we cruised out of Southampton this fall, we laughed at the Europeans drinking the fancy import Budlight.   

Then our son spent the fall in Bremen, home to Becks, and we teased him about drinking that cheap domestic swill

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Ok... While I wait the 20 mins for the teenager to make curfew I can update the day!!   We didn't get our luggage until after muster drill and sailaway so we couldn't really unpack.  Here are some pics:

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We did my time dining... The food was really pretty good... Best prime rib in a while!  I forgot to take pics until Madison reminded me I was the worst blogger ever... So I took dessert pics!  I even forgot to snap the menu!

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After dinner we came back and I unpacked.  It is incredible how much for we have!  We definitely could stay in this room with more kids.  Then we headed to the headline show.  It was a shadow show where they did hand s
hadow shapes on the screen.  I didn't take my camera out early enough... It was actually really good, hokey as it sounds!  I missed pics of the animals but here are some singers!

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I can't remember all of them, but it was fun.  The people who come in late, walk down the middle aisles talk during the show, and basically are rude as heck just kill me!  Visions rows at least have tons of leg room so you can let all these people in and out several times!!  Argh.. 

After the show we hit cafe latte-tudes and then schooner for the amaretto for the and then to bed.  

Update on the teenager... She made it back 1 minute late and apparently meet a group of 7 high school girls who all speak English.  She is very happy and meeting everyone at 10 tomorrow after everyone's formal night!  Huge load off my mind.

   Tomorrow is Cannes.  The plan is to sleep in, eat, take the tender after the initial rush is all over, shop and then hit the public beach.  Looking forward to a very laid back day because many of our other excursions start before 7am!!

   Oh... And I forgot to ask for my robe!  Gotta do that tomorrow...I mean today!  Jane

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3 minutes ago, Fairlynew said:

Sorry about the wine price.  Probably has to do with location more than ship.   When we cruised out of Southampton this fall, we laughed at the Europeans drinking the fancy import Budlight.   

Then our son spent the fall in Bremen, home to Becks, and we teased him about drinking that cheap domestic swill

I think you are right but ugh... the Kendall Jackson is still cheap lol!!  Jane

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@mom2mybugs Our favorite post dessert dessert while cruising with the deluxe beverage package is a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, a shot of espresso, and a shot of baileys. Our table in the main dinning room had them every night.... Man I miss being on a cruise 🙂  The trip looks awesome so far! 

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On 7/30/2019 at 1:31 PM, KathyC said:

Yay Blue Hawaiian! We're making one of those this week.

I did what you call a Poloroid if it's layered last night and thought of you!  It's just vodka, Curacao and Sprite... They shook it... Still tasted good!

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On 7/30/2019 at 7:10 PM, ChefSpencer said:

@mom2mybugs Our favorite post dessert dessert while cruising with the deluxe beverage package is a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, a shot of espresso, and a shot of baileys. Our table in the main dinning room had them every night.... Man I miss being on a cruise 🙂  The trip looks awesome so far! 

Oh yum....just yum!  Jane

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Look...I'm back and didn't drown!   voom has been slow and sprint free data in Europe is really slow.  That's partly why I haven't scoped muchI have to add my exciting, exciting news!  Our pins came!!!!   Platinum here we are lol!

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We got invited to our first to tier event lol, but I don't think we can go.  We will see ..we have izumi at 630 and the event is at 745.  If we are done, we will go!  

CANNES day 2. We have spent a fortune on excursions so decided to be cheap and low key in Cannes.  We slept in and caught the tender boat after all the numbers were called.  If you want to get a tender do a royal excursion or get there early because they were still calling tender numbers after 11!  

When you have a 16 year old fashionista, you shop.  I bought some soap and we went to a million little clothing boutiques... Mads had a blast!

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We walked around for a while and then hit the public beach just to the left of the port when you really by.   Madison has now experienced 2 public beaches without flinching too much. There were only a few topless today.  It was warm but not horrible and we enjoyed it.  

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We were back on the ship by 430 to relax and get ready for chops.  

Chops service was very good.  When we mentioned Madison's vegetarianism, he offered a couple options and she chose the eggplant parmesan from Giovanni's, which she enjoyed.  Our food was very good...my steak was a bit overdone but if that's all I'm complaining about, I'm happy!!  The steak pics liked kinda gross, lol, but here are some other pics!  I apologize for all the Jane, Jeff and Madison pics but I'm trying to use this as a memory as well!!!   

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After dinner we headed to the show... The barrade boys are 4 theater singers who all performed at some point in Les Mis.  They did a wide selection and we enjoyed it.  Red velvet cake martini and off to bed!  

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Just FYI...6 seats on solarium by pool by 8am available...by 830 none.  These chairs have been empty since 8

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The roof has been closed at least since yesterday... Not sure why 😞

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Wow.. and that's my thumb.  Pics take too long to upload so my thumb is staying!  Jane 

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DAY 3 FLORENCE

Florence was both amazing and frustrating.  I would have liked to find a tour that got us into the duomo, the duomo museum and the uffizi and ended up with a general tour of all the outside areas.  We probably should have done more research and gone private.  It was all a bit overwhelming.  Anyway, Florence was amazing and beautiful and a port I want to go back to on my own with more time.   The guide was very good, the bus was comfortable and we did enjoy our day.  We started with wandering...

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I was amazed at the colors on the duomo.  Unfortunately my really good pics are on my camera and I can't believe I didn't take at least one pic for everyone of the gates of paradise...ghiberti's amazing gold doors on the baptistry next to the duomo.  There have been many moments of tears of joy on this trip and seeing those doors and bruneleschi's (so not spelled rightdome were two of them.  

We then had 3 hours of free time.  It wasn't super crowded and we probably could have gotten into the uffizi but we knew the wait for the duomo was at least 1.5 hours and here is where we dithered and it kinda broke down.  But we walked around outside for a while longer, saw the Victoria's secret and Disney store less than 2 football fields away from the duomo (weird contrast of old and new) and then found an amazing cafe with wonderful Chianti classico and lasagna that melted in your mouth.  Madison had a vegetable rigatoni.  We ended that trip with gelato.  Yum....

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We got back to the ship and were tired.  Nothing looked good in the main dining room so we went to the windjammer for dinner.  We relaxed and missed the first production show so we went to the second at 1015.  It was truly pretty not great.  I love the shows usually and the talent on the ship is very very young and energetic but the choice of music and staging was kind of baffling!  Oh well!  Jane

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Chair hog update!!! For the first time ever, a royal Caribbean person is marking chairs!!!!   These chairs have been vacant for almost 2 hours!  

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Ack.... Just lost 30 mins of blogging.  Argh.........   Hit read next instead of enter.   Ok... My beautiful Rome blog is gone... Argh....   You will be happy to know they gave those chairs away!!  

Ok ..no ❤️  to redo Rome right now.  Ugh so sad.  Anyway I will give the condensed version.  We met at 7am with our first guide and then added a tour guide to give history in Rome.  Both were excellent!  Our first stop was the ancient Roman area

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It was really not very crowded and I felt really pretty safe from pickpockets.  I'd love to spend days walking around this area!  

Next we went to St Peter's in chains to see the st Peter relics and most amazingly, Michelangelo's Moses!  So incredible!  

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After that we went to lunch.  The cafe had 2 other tour groups but the food was pretty good and the service was efficient.  The wine... Not so great lol!  

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Madison was able to get a vegetarian salad and enjoyed the lasagna.  Then it was on to the Vatican and the Sistine chapel.  I'm not sure I can express it again (I did so well in the deleted one) but it was one of the most treasured memories of my life to look up at Michelangelo's ceiling. You could spend a whole day in the Vatican museum, but like Versailles and the Louvre, it is hard to absorb all the ceiling art, tapestries sculpture etc.  We kind of raced through that but then were able to spend 5-10 minutes I think ( I lost track of time) in the Sistine chapel.  They don't allow photos or videos there but I will remember it forever.  The art is amazing.

Next we went to St Peter's basilica to see  Michaelangelo's pieta and Bernini's alter.  So beautiful in that church and outside in St. Peter's square

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We got back to citiavechia around 545.  It is interesting in the industrial port to find old Roman ruins!

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We decided while we could find stuff in mdr, we would windjammer it again for dinner American night.  I ended up eating fajitas lol!   I found red velvet cake for @Sweety

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All the cakes were yummy!

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We finished the night with drinking blue drinks in the schooner bar... They have a pianist and violinist playing until the main piano guy comes at 945, watching the orchestra show and just relaxing.  It amazes me the people that come to shows late, flounce right up to the front row, stay for 5 mins and then leave.  Argh!  Jane

 

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