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Old 11-04-2012, 04:12 PM   #61
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Jay and I have joked over the last few years that turning the corner on our respective 40th birthdays means that our geriatric genes have begun to come to life. For example, we fight irrational urges to don black socks, stand on the front porch, and yell at kids for walking through our yard; we find ourselves reminiscing about the good old days of rotary telephones, non-air conditioned schools, and Chocodiles; and we seem constitutionally unable to stay up past 10:30PM, even on the weekend.


I didn't realize you both just turned 40! You're still so young! And what a nice way to treat yourselves for your birthdays to a cruise!

















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You both look awesome!






We were going to stop at O'Gills to see how the Cardinals were faring against the Giants in the NLCS, but every television was showing football and there were people there with children?!?! Sorry, junior; you may be a rabid fan of the pigskin, but we like to drink with adults so make like an egg and scramble on out of here.


Agreed, children don't belong in the adult areas



Jay and I left instead ... football is not our sport of choice, anyway ... and we decided to visit Ooh La La for a bubbly nightcap. I'm not sure how I felt about the decor in this lounge ... I kept looking around for racks of souvenir DCL lingerie. I guess that's not too outrageous considering it's supposed to resemble a French boudoir. It was just a little too soft and plush for our tastes, but the drinks were prime and the bartender there was a hoot.


Fancy Schmancy


Maybe it's a bit too plush?


The bar is totally cool!


I think it looks cool! I'm going there 2014!



I decided to order the Elderbubble, not because I was feeling my age but because it included Elderflower liqueur which I adore. The drink also included Raspberry Vodka and Champagne ... an all boozie booze-filled drink to send me off into sweet dreams of another day at sea. I thought this drink was outstanding and once again not overly sweet.

The Elderbubble


Oh, my! Another drink with Elderflower and also Champagne, 2 of my favs, noting to try that drink!





Stay tuned for a second day at sea, where we book two cruises, finally get in on the midship detective agency game, enjoy champagne lunch at Remy and snooze away a fair portion of the day.

Thanks for reading!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:18 PM   #62
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Woohoo!! Snark and booze.... I am IN!!
I think you're in the right place ... hope you enjoy!

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I absolutely love Palo brunches and I can not wait to eat there again.
Palo brunch is always a must for us ... I like to gorge on the seafood!

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Thanks Rose ... actually I just turned 43 and Jay will be 43 in May ... he insists that not having children has helped keep the years at bay!

There are a lot of elderflower drinks available on the Fantasy ... they were all terrific! You will love them, I'm sure!
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:26 PM   #64
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Loving your report! We went on the Dream back in March(our first cruise) and loved it so much we're doing the Fantasy June 1 next year.

Loved the Palo brunch. I ordered one of the pizzas and they mistakenly gave me the grape one and I was pleasantly surprised how it tasted.

We loved Skyline so much we didn't visit anywhere else besides Meridian when we were waiting to go to Palo. I can't really do a lot of citrus drinks because of heartburn so our bartender made me a chocolate Martini that was so delicous!!! I will be requesting it again & again
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Bloody Mary's with gin or bourbon!!! Never thought of that. How did Novak do with those?
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Loving your report! We went on the Dream back in March(our first cruise) and loved it so much we're doing the Fantasy June 1 next year.

Loved the Palo brunch. I ordered one of the pizzas and they mistakenly gave me the grape one and I was pleasantly surprised how it tasted.

We loved Skyline so much we didn't visit anywhere else besides Meridian when we were waiting to go to Palo. I can't really do a lot of citrus drinks because of heartburn so our bartender made me a chocolate Martini that was so delicous!!! I will be requesting it again & again
We had the same experience last year on the Dream ... we loved it but 4 nights just isn't long enough and so we rebooked for this cruise. You can't go wrong with a chocolate martini!

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Kat, he did a great job. He always asked which booze we wanted and so Jay asked for Hendricks Gin with his and I asked for Blanton's Bourbon with mine. They were so good that even after we were seated for brunch and had our complimentary glass of prosecco we ordered another round of bloodies to finish off the meal!
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So enjoying your report.....cant wait for more...
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We booked 2 4-night cruises for next November (my parents are coming with, otherwise we would have booked another 7-night). And we are booked for the September 2013 PC cruise.
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Awesome! I wish I had that many cruises booked
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Novak is the best....cannot wait to see him in a few days!
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well, one of them is for my parents so it probably sounds like more than it is, but two cruises in one year is certainly new for us. Very excited about that but it will ruin my budget for sure!

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he was just fabulous. Tell him brenda & jason from the hurricane cruise send their best, would you? thanks!!
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We booked 2 4-night cruises for next November (my parents are coming with, otherwise we would have booked another 7-night). And we are booked for the September 2013 PC cruise.
Yay for a Grimace trippy But boo that you didn't book another 7-night - would have loved for you to be on our 10/26 cruise
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Yay for a Grimace trippy But boo that you didn't book another 7-night - would have loved for you to be on our 10/26 cruise
you're a sweetheart.

I couldn't convince her to go longer than 4 nights ... jay and I are both packing lots of patience on this one. our only hope is that we don't have another sandy while we are on the ship with my parents. could you imagine the carnage with Grimace on a cruise ship sailing through the tail of hurricane?
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:27 PM   #75
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Read this last night but didn't get to comment--you and Jay look great in your pics! And so many boozes that I had never heard of made it obvious that I am a wine girl (and sometimes whine girl ). The Ooh La La, however, resembled a cross between Graceland and Moulin Rouge!
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