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  •  In 2005 we took the Constellation out of New (7+ / 0-)

    Jersey to Dover and then on to the Baltic. Three weeks on board with so many good friends.

    Didn't make Amsterdam though, probably because it was the first ship of the season to sail the Baltic route. We did have a stop in Gdansk and it was surprisingly beautiful. Loved Stockholm and Tallin. And the two days in St Petersburg which, in 2005, didn't present the same problems you face today.

    It was one of our favorite cruises and your photographs are bringing back all of the wonderful memories.

    I miss cruising. We loved the Celebrity Suite on the Constellation class ships and the martini bars on all of them.

    Meanwhile, my great-grandson, now 15, wants to go to Amsterdam with me when he graduates from high school. Only he is not interested in the Van Gogh museum, that I have wanted to visit since I was younger than he is today, or to the Anne Frank House. No, he is only interested in the coffee houses. Because I drink lattes, you see. He knows I would love some Dutch coffee. ;-)

    •  Can you get coffee in an Amsterdam coffee house? (7+ / 0-)

      [cough], [cough].

      Actually we had intended to try one, but never really got around to it.

      Our previous cruises have all been on Royal Caribbean. We chose Celebrity this time around because of the itinerary. RC's itineraries lately seem to be lacking for us.

      We might be looking at going back to the Med next year. There are several cruises in the Rome/Venice/Greek Islands vacinity that may be promising.

      Marry the one you love, not the one a bigot says you're allowed to love.

      by lotac on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 07:51:51 PM PDT

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      •  you can! (0+ / 0-)

        My brother-in-law and sister-in-law visited us when we lived in the Netherlands a few years back. They were right off the plane and searching for caffeine, so they went to a coffee shop and even asked to see the menu. Once they figured things out, they asked if they could still get coffee. The waiter said, "Yeah, I think we have a few cups around here somewhere." Yet the coffee was still pretty good (but maybe not by Dutch standards).

        We had a good laugh at their expense after that.

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