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    Quote Originally Posted by Max A View Post
    Nice to see an update Simon

    The cigars look nice and the cigar lounge sounds like a fitting place to enjoy a break. Did many others use the cigar lounge?

    As we're in lockdown we're fulfilling our travelling needs through this thread

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    Ha, good of you to say so Max, I'll try & drag some more out today. So far this has lasted twice as long a my cruise! Only one other chap smoking cigars & he only smoked bandless Canary Islands sticks. They did have a decent stock but of course charged a lot for them ever saw anyone buy any. I meant to look through the cabinets & see what dates they had but wasn't impressed with their humidification, far too low. I tried to [point this out & they sounded interested but it didn't change.
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    Next part. 17th & 18th Malaysia, firstly Penang & then Kula Lumpa, we we visited Temples & saw the famous tall building. Managed a Petit Punch 2002, back onboard, shame there discontinued these little beauties, a classic short smoke. & the following day at sea a Monte 80th Anniversary 2008. This is a pretty splendid stick, as those who have tried it will know. Not spectacular but then the Monte profile is too middle of the road for that but a very pleasant distinguished smoke IMHO.

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    More. Pic of the Fundy on the Crystal staircase. Slightly over blown after cropping to download on Taptalk. The RA ER Portugal 2010, is a wonderful wee smoke, all the RA ER's are good cigars, just different formats. This suits mornings, with coffee & stickies IMHO! Another morning at sea (6 days crossing the Indian Ocean after being refused entry to Sir Lanka & India) & the cigar of choice was the Hoyo Epi No2 2005, Epi' is obviously short for epic! That afternoon, on a bit of a roll, I had a Party SdCon No3 2007, nicely paired with coffee & a Genlivet. Another morning, well just before lunch) & a LGC No1 2004, with Coffee & Club Havana rum. These are delightful & worth smoking indoors or very sheltered warm spot, to appreciate the more delicate floral notes.

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    A VR DA 2004, is a cigar to be savoured & to take your time over; perfect cruising smoke. I start with a coffee & managed several drinks to pair it with, as the afternoon whiled away. Tragic this gem on the Don, was discontinued but I suspected we'll see it as an EL in the future. Before a Gala dinner, a Cohiba Maduro Secretos 2015, Club Havana 7yo. Another morning a QdO Panatela 2002, my fav of this marca, a lovely morning smoke, even my wife joined me in the cigar lounge for this one! A visit to Thailand The Man with the Golden Cigar! For those who remember the James Bond Island, an ode to the prolific cigar smoker, Roger Moore.

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    Oh James !



    Nice write up and lovely selection of cigars.
    Lucky there's a cigar lounge, I would have thought ships may have gone no smoking , luckily not.

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    Hi Kickback, it's possible some cruise lines don't have a cigar lounge, I don't know any that are smoke free. They usually have places outside for the fag smokers, on other Mm SC ships I have been able to smoke cigars outside too but for some reason not on the Splendida. Except for the last night when I sneaked onto the stern for a crafty Divinos, as I enjoyed the warmth of the Dubai night air.
    On the last night, we went out into Dubai & watched the water fountain & light display by the Burj Khalifa. I had a rather special smoke lined up for this perfect occasion, a 1980's Cuban Davidoff No2. The usual debate is considering how soft/faded these now are (they were considered mild back in the day), are the worth paying the crazy prices they fetch today?

    Well taste is alway subjective & we all have different limits we'd put on what we are prepare to pay for a single cigar. The Davidoff 3000, I smoked at the Hotel Nacional, was worth every penny, a truly amazing smoke. This was amazing & smoked at home in the shed/garage, then it could have been under whelming but it was the right cigar for the situation & a splendid memory to treasure.

    So that brings me to the end of this saga. My wife is already looking at other cruise & certainly has it in her blood now, gard to believe for the first 10yrs of our marriage she was seasick crossing the Chanel ferry! This trip of several thousand miles, she had to early nights, when she insisted the ship was actually rolling.

    Personally I won't be cruising for 2-3yrs at least, will want to see how they deal with future illness outbreaks onboard. If one passenger gets sick & then the local ports start refusing entry &or insisting on quarrentine then I'll be sticking to hotels.

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    A great way to end the trip and a 1980's Cuban Davidoff, wow that's older than me!

    Thanks for the write ups Simon. It sounds like you and your wife will enjoy many more cruises once they've overcome the Coronavirus issues.

    You have some great t-shirts and shirts!

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    Excellent. Glad that you appreciate the brilliance of a specific cigar (the Cuban davidoff) more in a suitable setting - I think there's a lot to be said about that. Still gotta caugh up for it but worth it with the memories! Looks wicked mate.
    Stay smoky

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    Cheers Geoff; I am sure we have all had a cigar on a special occasion & thought wow! And then later had the same on another occasion & it has fallen flat - the mood & the occasion gives any good stick a real boost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Bolivar View Post
    Cheers Geoff; I am sure we have all had a cigar on a special occasion & thought wow! And then later had the same on another occasion & it has fallen flat - the mood & the occasion gives any good stick a real boost.
    Set and setting eh
    Stay smoky

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