– 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)
I have noticed quite a number of people are visiting my blog looking for information on the Trump National – Colts Neck golf course. So here is what I am aware my new neighbor is up to.
Work has already begun on the reconfiguration of the golf course itself (lengthening/reconfiguring some holes, moving bunkers, etc.) as well as the planning for the new swimming pool and tennis courts. (I also understand that some interior improvements are also started, but I do not know what they are as of yet.)
As part of those plans the two ponds were emptied last week which, inadvertently, caused a bit of a problem: The water from the ponds is also the water source for the sprinkler system in the Clubhouse. So without the ponds filled, the sprinkler system has no water supply. If the Clubhouse was empty that would be one thing, but it is not. So with events planned and water sources needed, tanker trucks filled with water are, as necessary, on site to supply water. (Such are the logistical problems with being pretty much in the country.) I am not sure how long this is going to be going on, or what the total logistical situation is, but it is an interesting quandary.
On another front Trump wants to change the name of the road leading into the Club to “Trump Boulevard” from Professional Circle. While the name sounds good, if you ever saw it, you would know a boulevard it is not. Apparently the businesses on the road are in favor of it, but some in town have objections like a supposed unwritten rule that streets aren’t to be named after living people (though there are streets named after existing businesses, i.e. Slope Brook Farm Road…which isn’t even related to the business and was named by other people) and someone didn’t like it promoting Mr. Trump.
As for the present name “Professional Circle”, I have to wonder if so much interest and concern was put into such a terrible name for our fairly rural town? Personally, as one living in the area, I think if the present road name had any historical significance, like Hominy Hill Road (which is the back entrance into the development) there might be a legitimate issue. I live in the Hominy Hill area in between it and Hominy Hill Golf Course (a public course); both named after an old farm.
However, there is no such history and, just as Hominy Hill Road was named for an existing entity, Trump Boulevard should also be so named. I am sure more people will eventually be familiar with the name Trump than Hominy Hill so to me it makes sense. Just my neighborly opinion.
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