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It's finally here!!!! Seven night cruise to Bahamas, St. Thomas and St Kitts. Harmony! Besides visiting a friend in Texas a bunch of times I haven't been away or on a cruise since Adventure in February of 2016. I've waited 11 months since booking. I'm super excited about everything.
 
The When: Saturday, July 7th-14th.
 
The Who: myself, my best friend and her husband, his friend and wife and a family of maybe 30. All ages covered here.
 
The Why: Besides why not, it's a friend's birthday, that's where the insane amount of people come from.
 
The How: I'm flying down Friday (July 6th) afternoon and have a hotel room near the cruise part....doing this alone. My bff and her husband are not the nervous type and will fly down day of. I'm spending 7 days with people, thrilled to have a day to myself. Some of the others are staying in the same hotel and are probably meeting for dinner, I may (definitely) skip out.
 
The Plans: Bahamas. No plans. It's the only place I haven't been. I'll wander off the ship if anyone else does.  Not thrilled with the times - I think 8-2. Meh.
 
St. Thomas - RC excursion - St. John Beach and Snorkel.  I think there will be five of us here. St. Thomas is one of my all-time favorite islands.
 
St. Kitts. - one of my least favorite but this is probably because last time I did the volcano hike which was a huge mistake. I see now that RC now clearly states how strenuous this hike truly is. I don't know many people who can jog/run UP a mountain, but okay. No plans here, will taxi to a beach.
 
The Room: Studio Interior with virtual balcony. I don't share well unless it's love. I would have loved a balcony but this was not cheap.  I booked in August and the price has never once gone down, only up.
 
Misc: Drink Package, yes. I'm not a fan of RC's coffee. I drink a ton of water and seltzer. I like my cocktails and love wine. I figure with so many of us it there will be lot of drinks all around. We've got some heavy weights on this trip - I am not one of them. We have Grease booked and one comedy show. I'm more of a planner and would have rather booked everything and then play by ear but I tried hard not be annoying with my group.
 
Dinner plans: MTD but my reservations seemed to have disappeared. Sigh. 5 of us should be linked. The rest are family and we expect them to eat dinner together. I'll go and check when I arrive. I'd have liked to try some of the specialty restaurants but the group of 5 isn't interested. We'll see if I wind up trying out with others, by myself or not at all.
 
VOOM Surf and Stream - yep. How else can I update this blog? For real, though, I need to be connected for my own self. Don't need to check work email but like to be available if anyone needs anything. My boss and I happen to both be away at the same time.
 
Thoughts: Since there are so many of us I have a few concerns on how we're all getting along. Some of the other group is annoyed the 5 made other dinner plans. I'm not sure how so many of us can do everything together. I'm easy going for the most part but really enjoy alone time. Gimme a book and a chair and I'm good for hours. I have no tolerance for BS and will go off on my own if needed or wanted.
 
Thoughts Part II: We've gotten off to a rough start. One of us was rushed to the hospital this weekend and since has been cleared to go but we're all a little worried for him. Another one of us is a klutz and spilled fresh hot effing coffee on herself and gave herself  what looks like first and second degree burns. Thanks to Google images it seems like that's the worst of it. Also, don't look up images for third degree burns unless you want to be sad or sick to your stomach or both. Dummy. Also, OUCH.
 
Let me know if you want a picture of something or info. Dunno if I know how to post pics so we'll see since I'll be on my cell phone.
 
Instagram: Isalay76 - mostly dog pics but the plan is to actually post cruise pictures.
 

This is Luna. She senses something is up and has been staring at me all week. This is pretty much the only thing I will miss.

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@ellcee--Have a great and safe cruise! Looking forward to your blog.

If there is still space available, you may want to check out this fabulous excursion we took in 2016. It will change your mind about St Kitts and is well worth the reasonable price of $55. It relaxing, fun, educational and cultural. ENJOY!! If you google them, you will see MANY great reviews.

Thenford Grey Grand Tour of St. Kitts is great!

By Skid, May 30, 2017 in Shore Excursions

Took the Thenford Grey 6 hour Grand Tour of St. Kitts during our recent Adventure OTS cruise. We cannot say enough about how good it is. We were fortunate enough to have Thenford himself as our tour guide. He grew up on the island and while he was extremely knowledgeable and informative, he was also entertaining and funny. 
The tour included several stops and great photo opps, as well as beach time. He will, of course, make sure you are back to the ship in plenty of time.
This was well worth the $55 per person cost, which includes admission fees to two attractions.
He runs other tours as well which you may check out at www.thenfordgreytours.com

 

 

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Have a great cruise, Ellcee! Very sorry to hear about your friends/family members, best wishes on their respective recoveries.

I'm sailing on Harmony solo in December 2019, so I'm always up for following a live review onboard this ship 🙂 (I'm booked in a Studio Oceanview on Deck Four, you'll have to let us know how you liked your corner of the world!) Like you, I need my alone time although I do like talking to people while I'm vacation. I just am too darn stubborn to follow everyone else's itinerary, so I prefer travelling solo. 😂 Have you thought about dining at a specialty restaurant solo for lunch? This is what I am planning to do for my two upcoming cruises on Adventure and Harmony in addition to MDR dinner with assigned tablemates. 

Edit: Thanks to your blog title, I am really missing MSCL lmao; brings back memories of high school in the '90s!

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1 hour ago, accio7 said:

Edit: Thanks to your blog title, I am really missing MSCL lmao; brings back memories of high school in the '90s!

Right?! I just listened to a podcast with Claire Danes so it's been in my head. I'm right there with you.

 

1 hour ago, accio7 said:

Have you thought about dining at a specialty restaurant solo for lunch?

Probably not this cruise since I'm going in October and that's a truly solo cruise. Next time I feel the dining package will be worth it and I can try wherever I want.

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It's always interesting to travel with long time friends. It seems traveling brings out the best (and worst) of some people.  You never really know someone until you travel on vacation with them. 

Balconies are great without question but given the choice of taking more cruises or only sailing in a balcony cabin, more cruises wins every time. 

Looking forward to following along!

Happy cruising!

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2 hours ago, accio7 said:

Edit: Thanks to your blog title, I am really missing MSCL lmao; brings back memories of high school in the '90s!

 

45 minutes ago, ellcee said:

Right?! I just listened to a podcast with Claire Danes so it's been in my head. I'm right there with you.

Ugh!  We can't be blog friends anymore!  Cannot stand Claire Danes!

JK...We're probably all around the same age...group cruise one day would be fun...high school in the 90s...that is a time I would prefer to forget. lol

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2 hours ago, accio7 said:

Edit: Thanks to your blog title, I am really missing MSCL lmao; brings back memories of high school in the '90s!

Just now, Lovetocruise2002 said:

high school in the 90s...that is a time I would prefer to forget.

High school for me was the 80's, so Stranger Things is more my retro nostalgia jam, but I totally agree on the "High school; there's a time I'd prefer to forget, amirite?" part! 😅

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Looking forward to following @ellcee, I'm like you I can find a book a chair and just be by myself (no offense to my hubby).  Make this cruise about you and just enjoy.  Drama is not necessary on the high seas that you've been looking forward to!  Have a great time! 

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Out of office: ON.

 

About to drop puppy off. She gets a vacation as well. I drop her off at a friend's house - my friend has another dog and an entire family to keep her company. She loves going there.

 

Taking a Lyft to JFK tomorrow morning. Last time I took a Lyft the driver dropped us off midway there to a hospital because he was having a diabetic issue. He literally dropped us in front of the hospital and drove himself down the road to the ER. I'm guessing he was okay. Very weird though.

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Elbowed the whole flight. I said something before takeoff but she claimed not to speak English. She also sang the whole flight...and the lady next to her didn’t speak much English either so kept asking me things. It was bad enough that the people across from me let me off the plane before and told me to “run like the wind”. God bless them. 

Made it to hotel. Decent.  The hotel Comped  my taxi ride since I called and no one answered and they offer free shuttle from airport to hotel. in all honesty I didn’t ask which makes it even Better.

Walked to market for wine and seltzer for room. Walked on treadmill for a bit. Met up with part of our party and shared said wine. All good now. 

 

Shuttle to port tomorrow morning at 10:30. 

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