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  1. Update - Since the listing on our VA house went “live” yesterday (Thursday), we decided it would be best just to skeedaddle and run away to western MD to visit my daughter and see her new house. For @coneyraven, they live in Garrett County in Oakland. I don’t know much more about the area except that it is beautiful out here in the sticks (meant lovingly). We watched a big (probably 8 point) buck with his deer-ladies grazing in their yard (5 acres). Simply beautiful. Of course, all Dan could talk about was shootIng them with a bow, but I avoided a philosophical confrontation on the sub
    7 points
  2. Maybe the fact it's phasing out is a signal we may see things spin up later in the year. Just a guess.
    6 points
  3. Dinner in CK on Allure last December... our last cruise before multiple cancellations... Here's hoping for more CK memories in 2021!!!
    5 points
  4. These recommendations are totally incomplete. No mention at all was made whether hiding rubber ducks would be allowed.
    5 points
  5. Standing orders are fine. It is easier to note this in an email to the Genie. I cannot stress how much each Genie is different. Be very careful while reading about the experience of others. Make sure that you give your Genie space to act creatively as well. Most Genies to send random snacks throughout the sailing but they can also be requested or denied (meaning just ask your Genie not to send them anymore) if you are not using them. I have said it before, and I say it again. SC is food overload. The idea of snacks delivered each day seems awesome at first, by the middle of the
    4 points
  6. *****UPDATE***** I purchased the duplicate birth certificate due to the information received from this strand within 5 days I had it! Now this morning, I just received an email from the Department of State (passport agency) that my daughters passport was complete and they were mailing it out. Targeted date to be here in Florida is 30 September 2020, I have to sign for it. I went to my local Post Office with her old passport book and completed her application on 27 August 2020, so lightening fast! Just wanted to update here on the time it took I think doing it before sailing resumed may ha
    4 points
  7. I really had no intention of using it but with pandemic and kids virtual schooling the school board took away vacation dates that would have been for one of our bookings. I researched other sailings that might work and gave them a call. I had a "favorite" in the list of potentials but figured "not in a million years". The agent read off the three most likely that would match up and then "Oh one more. Yes it qualifies" ! It was my dream trip. We locked it down. It cost me about $80 in extra taxes. But saved me over half of what I would have had to pay if I had tried to book without the L+S...
    3 points
  8. I dont think anyone can really answer that since it is all likely to be different when cruising resumes. Personally i wouldnt bother with it just for the boarding benefit, if the other perks are of value you to you then maybe thats the icing on the cake.
    3 points
  9. WAAAYTOOO

    First time in SC

    I agree with @MLH. I have found the only reliable (and easy) way to get orders is via the Genie. It has been my experience that the room service number is useless. I am almost never able to get through. Also concur that standing orders - particularly for Starbucks In the morning - is ship-dependent. Some will, some won’t. I almost always have to tell the Genie to STOP bringing food. We can never eat everything they bring and I hate wasting. If there’s something you know you want and will eat, bring it on ! But unsolicited random food deliveries are rarely consumed b
    3 points
  10. MLH

    First time in SC

    Yes to standing orders. The Drink of the Day may be not as easy. We did have Starbucks delivered every morning on Harmony but were not allowed on Oasis, There are always a sushi and canape in the cabin. Sometimes they show up, but you never know when. We had standing orders everyday and ended up wasting a lot. I would give the genie a heads up the morning or evening before versus standing based on your acitivites for the day. I would have every thing go through the genie. They know the order takers and can stress the importance rather than ordering yourself and waiting a
    3 points
  11. I have only been on two cruises, last one was mid-2018 and was a repositioning Port Everglades to San Juan with stops in Nassau, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas. Ship was (if I remember) Freedom. This one is easy. Second full day, the first of two sea days between Nassau and St. Maarten, was rainy and very choppy. I'm not one to get motion sick, so I ended up having the pool to myself as, it seemed, all 4,000ish other passengers (including my wife) were staying in their rooms. Literally, I had the entire pool complex to myself, and I sat in the pool, sloshing back and forth with the waves, r
    3 points
  12. MMMMMM the mushroom soup was fantastic.
    2 points
  13. We obviously can't be certain what will happen post-COVID and what that means for check-in, but we were on HOTS in Port Canaveral in January of this year, DID NOT have the Key, and we were on the ship before 11 am. We got to the terminal just after 10 am(ish). We are "lowly" Gold C&A members, with nothing special one way or the other, and we were held up maybe 5 minutes for a few of the higher-up classes and some Suite guests to be lead on, and then we were sent right on, right along with some Key holders. I'd say for boarding purposes alone, the Key wouldn't provide that much benefit.
    2 points
  14. Jax

    First time in SC

    agree with @Lovetocruise2002on this. The food coma is real! It will come down to personal preference and how much time you spend in your stateroom. We stopped all food and beverage deliveries by day 3 of our cruise. We would return to a table full of watered down drinks and felt it was wasteful. We didn’t want to handcuff our genie’s creativity so we limited snack deliveries to those on our questionnaire and agreed to message drink requests when we knew we would be in our stateroom to receive them. Balancing the food overload is real! So pick your food choices wisely. LOL Do not
    2 points
  15. WAAAYTOOO

    First time in SC

    Also concur with @Lovetocruise2002 She responded before I finished pecking !
    2 points
  16. Truth be told .... I didn't take that shot.... I have no idea who did so I'm unable to give photo credit. In fact, in that shot, we have a Celebrity ship and, I believe, a Norwegion, but, I do love it either way. It gives a great overview of what's where.
    2 points
  17. What percentage of the chairs had been grabbed by the chair hogs who never used them?
    2 points
  18. We loved everything about our sailing on Symphony last Sep 2019 from the time we embarked all the way through the disembarkation. As we walked off the ship our only regret was not booking a B2B. Luckily, we now have a B2B planned for Sep 21...we'll probably wish we booked a B2B2B when that trip ends, too.
    2 points
  19. Sail away on Symphony of the Seas from Miami, just realizing that I won't have contact with work for 7 wonderful nights and nothing to worry about, since I can't do anything about it. I refuse to access / pay for the internet service, just to decompress for a few days.
    2 points
  20. I sort of figured that but wasn't sure. Like you said, it's basically right now a wait and see. I would guess the accountants and risk experts have determined that there will be enough "early adopters" to help the cruise lines stop or slow their losses to the point it's worth the risk of another outbreak in the news. The Pac-12 Football league just announced they reversed their decision on canceling the season due to more availability of rapid testing. Maybe this will translate to other industries like the cruise industry but I don't know how feasible it would be to test every single
    1 point
  21. Matt

    Room service charges

    For what it's worth, I don't see them getting rid of the room service fee.
    1 point
  22. we are cruising on December 13
    1 point
  23. I wasn't connecting to restart, but the migration of the 2.0 to the Celebrity app. As this is the first cruise window that's opened for us (that the app actually connects), it was cool to see the link to the muster video. The video was in Chinese which was entertaining.
    1 point
  24. cruisellama

    Room service charges

    That would be a great gesture. Allows those who aren't ready for more public dining settings a way to mitigate concerns.
    1 point
  25. I did mine by phone after researching as close to apples to apples. I found options that worked and they did as well. One was a dream option . I asked on that one and they granted my wish!
    1 point
  26. I believe that everyone is beyond ready to start cruising again.
    1 point
  27. Hopefully since the ball has started rolling we can start cruising again soon! I know that I am beyond ready for a cruise vacation!!!!
    1 point
  28. I personally would be more concerned about itinerary changes than ship changes. I know everybody has personal favorites when it comes to ships and it seems like the changes are between somewhat comparable ships. It's not like they are taking you of Brilliance and putting you on the SS Minnow! At least you're cruising, right?
    1 point
  29. Freedom of the Seas in 2010. It was my hubby and my honeymoon. We loved it so much but did not have an opportunity to go on another cruise until what was to be this October 2020. Due to obvious circumstances we will be going next year October. Cant wait!
    1 point
  30. Can't say I remember that...but I doubt many. The weather got bad overnight and was projected to remain bad, so I think most people assumed the pool deck was a wash for most of the day.
    1 point
  31. There are so many memories , if i have to pick one it would be going on our first RCL cruise on Oasis this past january . We drove from Ontario Canada . We left snow to go on this cruise , it was for my 60th birthday . My wife said pick your vacation .. I heard great things about Oasis prior to being amped , but wow what a ship . We did as much as we could on sail days and enjoyed the ports when we stopped . I enjoyed the the Escape room , the rock climbing wall , zip lining , wave rider , water slides , my wife did some of this as well but sometimes watched the crazy guy lol. I still
    1 point
  32. For us, me especially, the last one we did was Harmony in late January and coming down from Maine, we appreciated the warmth and humidity! That first time stepping onto the ship, hearing the loud music, feeling the warmth on your face, knowing you don't have to shovel for 7 days, and then look for a bartender...it's a wonderful feeling! And on that particular sailing our daughter's birthday was our day in St. Maarten, so swimming and enjoying the ocean and beach with her, in that setting, was something I'll never forget. Too many memories to pick a best! Can't wait to make many more!
    1 point
  33. I barely recall :( I guess I would say snorkeling and walking around all of Coco Cay back in....le sigh...last November. And side sad note and word of caution, don't click on past cruises - your cancelled ones show up and make you weepy! My two are there for this year, hoping the third doesn't end up there as no points awarded
    1 point
  34. I'm not blaming the family at all, but what would lead them to this belief? Did they think they were sailing on Mayo Clinic of the Seas? "“We were always under the impression that the medical facilities and staff on a ship were world class and world leading."
    1 point
  35. It was a family cruise (Liberty of the Seas) with my grandson (4). He loved escargot - had it every night. He also loved waving the napkins at the final dinner in the MDR when all the staff starts their parade.
    1 point
  36. My last Bermuda sailing on Anthem, I got to see Joyce Kuo (lead guitarist for We Will Rock You) perform acoustic guitar in the Schooner Bar on our first night out. But the really memorable part was that I got to spend about 10 or 15 minutes after her set just chatting with her about her background in music, the experience of auditioning for WWRY and learning the music, and what it was like to be a performer on board. All from the context of my daughter being a musician (singer) and looking to find a career performing. She was so down to earth and friendly, and more than happy to talk abou
    1 point
  37. Oh wow...my Freedom in August is down to $46 when converted from CAD. First time I've seen a cruise planner sale for this sailing. Not sure it's worth it though as it's a 5 day Bermuda cruise and we'll probably be off the ship for 2 of those days (or 1 day for sure).
    1 point
  38. Quantum OTS - May 24th 2021 Oasis OTS - Nov 21st 2021
    1 point
  39. Just don't leave your car jacked up on cinder blocks in the front yard.
    1 point
  40. Harmony of the Seas, April 4 to 16, 2021. From Port Canaveral to Barcelona. Time to dust off the camera and polish the lens again!
    1 point
  41. Please add 20 January 2022 Ovation
    1 point
  42. Floski

    First time in SC

    ...and here I was about to welcome you to South Carolina....
    1 point
  43. Must have hired someone from Disney to set pricing
    1 point
  44. I’m a glutton for punishment. Booked Navigator for 1/1/21.
    1 point
  45. Lifted and Shifted: From: Harmony of the Seas (November 1, 2020) To: Harmony of the Seas (November 14, 2021)
    1 point
  46. Liberty July 4th 2021
    1 point
  47. Officially booked on Navigator for November 12, 2021. It’ll be my wife’s first B2B
    1 point
  48. Wife decided to add this one.
    1 point
  49. Mod... ban this creaton from the boards post haste!!
    1 point
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