– Avalon Myanmar – Myanmar River Cruise – April 2017
*Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara Journey – Singapore to Dubai (April 8, 2018)
* Azamara Quest – Southeast Asia and Japan (February 2015)
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Part I
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part II
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part III
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? Part IV
– How Close to Luxury Can Celebrity’s Smallest Ship Get? – Some Final Observations and Thoughts
– The Prologue to the Travelogue
– The Adventure Begins…With a Bump or Two
– Settling In Made Easy
– Luxury Touches Here, There and OK, Not, Everywhere…But There Are Lots of Them!
– Asian Flair Onboard and On Shore
– Private Tours, Israel and Conflicts in Perceptions and Perspective
Celebrity Equinox 2009 – Egypt…Impressive and Depressing
– Dining With the Captain and the Reidel Wine Seminar
– The Last Dinner (Tuscan Grille) and Disembarkation
– What Happens When A Class Act Meets Highly Discounted Cruise Fare
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part I
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part II
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part III
– Lisbon to Monaco: Crystal As a “Move Up” & “Move Over” Luxury Option – Part IV (Food & Wine!)
– Princess Cruises Doesn’t Treat You Like Royalty; Celebrity Cruises Does! Which is a Better Value for the Upscale Cruise Guest? Part I
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. -Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part II: The Standard Veranda Staterooms
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part III: Treating You Right From The Start
– Celebrity Silhouette vs. Royal Princess – Which Is A Better Value For The Upscale Cruise Guest? Part IV: The Wine Lists Speak Volumes (As Do The Beverage Packages)
Regent Seven Seas Voyager – August 2017
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part I
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part II (Getting There, The Stateroom and First Impressions)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part III (“You Can’t Teach Five Star Service” and Bonafacio, Corsica)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part IV (Calvi, Monaco, Portofino, Porto Azzurro…and Stale Bread)
– Italy and Corisca 2014 – Part V (My Last Day…and How The Chef’s Team Makes It Happen)
The flights to London and on to Venice were fast and, in fact, early. The only problem was that none of our luggage was quite as fast. Apparently there was an issue at London Gatwick and many bags didn’t make the flight. They say they will be delivered this evening. I hope so. I don’t want to start two Food & Wine cruises on the Seabourn Spirit without any clothes!
That said, we are, once again, staying the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel in Venice. We have an incredible room which is just over-the-top. I will post photos later, but suffice it to say the king size bed is dwarfed, the furnishings are spectacular and the plaster ceiling you can stare at for hours. Oh, and did I mention, the Grand Canal is right outside our window. Did I mention anything about our luggage?
Our room actually wasn’t quite ready when we arrived at 12:00 p.m. so we took a little stroll to a restaurant we enjoyed the last time we were in Venice (for the Inaugural Cruise of the Seabourn Odyssey). We were greeted with belinis to relax us. We decided on a carafe of a local prosecco and I started with sardines which were fried and then sautéed with sweet onions. After watching so many cooking shows and reality shows going on and on about risotto (and truly never having one that made me happy) I said, “I gotta be able to have good risotto here”. So we ordered the seafood risotto.
Having a nice wait while it was prepared we watched some of the everyday Venetians go about their business. At about 1:30 p.m. school must have let out for there was a long parade of middle school age children going this way and that with their backpacks, and smiling, but never in a rush. This is Venice, of course.
Our risotto arrived before we could see it. It had that wonderful scent of the sea…from a good distance. Suffice it to say it was magnificent. I now know what they were going on about being able to taste each little pearl. And right about then I was thinking, “The world is my oyster.” I think there is something about some clothes that I am supposed to tend to, but I just can’t remember what it was.
After a sleep and shaking off the time change, it was time for drinks on the Grand Canal and then some dinner. A few of us went to a nice restaurant where we enjoyed reuniting and catching up on things. I could not resist the spaghetti with cuttlefish ink followed by a really delicious seafood soup with clams, mussels, scallops, prawns, langoustine, chunks of fish and a wonderful tomato and olive oil broth with just a little bit of spice…of course coupled with a nice local white wine.
Then back to the suite for a relatively early evening. Opened my luggage and…it all just came together: We are having a wonderful time in Venice, looking forward to our wine walk tomorrow and then our boarding the Seabourn Spirit.