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  1. Not much to add, except that I love both Barcelona and Palma. No, you won't be able to see everything, think of this as a sampler.
  2. I between my 3 Med cruises (Royal, Disney, and MSC) I've been to a few of these. In Athens, we used Greeking.me for an excursion to the Acropolis and Agora. The guide was fantastic, and they do several other tours, including culinary. Kotor is a very cool walled city to walk around. When we were there, we hired a local guide who drove us up into the hills surrounding the town and down to the place where you can catch a boat to the church in the middle of the water. We got some pomegranate wine there which was quite tasty. We just walked around Genoa and climbed the bell tower o
  3. I was just looking over my Alaska cruise notes, and realized that I made that one non-refundable (like a dope)...my actual quote to my TA was "It will take something life-shaking for us not to go on this cruise."
  4. And now I read about Canada extending the port closure through February...I know there is still a lot of time (relatively speaking) between Feb and June, but still, makes me a bit more nervous. My wife and I have never been to the Caribbean, having done all of our cruising in Europe, so any itinerary would be new ports (even Nassau). The big thing for us is to get away for our anniversary sans kids.
  5. So I'm booked on the June 18, 2021 Ovation to Alaska. I am optimistic about it, but have lingering doubts about everything getting back to "normal" by then. This cruise is for our 20th anniversary, and was very excited to go to Alaska, but I am beginning to wonder. Obviously, when everything restarts, it will be focused on the Caribbean, specifically CocoCay and Labadee. Does anyone think I should book a refundable placeholder out of FL, just in case? I've been putting aside the money I would be paying monthly on the AK cruise in savings, rather than paying to RC, so I will have the cash on ha
  6. Great tip! Ovation for June 18 is $43/night, down from over $60 last I looked. And the fare went down too!
  7. Picard was a bit of pansy, always made Riker lead the away team. Kirk would throw a few punches and kiss a few aliens. Also, Capt Crunch > Capt Kangaroo. Concerning MSC cruises, I wonder if it was a one embarkation, one disembarkation cruise. They typically operate on the model that you can do a round trip from any of the ports of call (I.e. on and off in Genoa or Naples, etc). Made for an interesting dynamic on board since every night is someone’s first or last night.
  8. Thanks all, I guess I’ll just wait and see a bit...much as I hate to have an unchecked box on my spreadsheet
  9. Fair enough. I was planning with a pre-COVID mindset.
  10. The eternal optimist in me is still in full-tilt planning for my Ovation to Alaska cruise next June. What is the earliest recommended time to plan for a flight out of SEA post cruise? Right now I can get a pretty good price on a flight at 11:00, but I feel like that might be pushing it.
  11. Had to lift and shift my Nov 23 Mariner to next Nov 22, 2021 on Indy
  12. I can cut wood just by looking at it. It's true...I saw it with my own eyes.
  13. We took this same cruise in Nov 2018, here's my trip report:
  14. Two tours at Ramstein myself...best 6 years of my career. Also why all of my cruises were in the Med
  15. Difference between Air Force and ground pounders: Army officer (points towards the front line and turns to enlisted guys): Give ‘em hell, private! Air Force enlisted guy (helps officer strap into combat aircraft): Give ‘em hell, sir! (said as one of the aforementioned AF officers)
  16. @PurdueFlyer- nothing to add, just love your avatar! Boiler Up!
  17. My Thanksgiving Mariner now has DBP for $52, down from $69...but Thrill water park went from $59/pp to $82/pp
  18. Nothing for my November cruise...but good for you!
  19. A skeleton walks into a bar and says "I'll have a beer and a mop." Two cannibals are eating a clown. One looked at the other and asked, "Does this taste funny to you?"
  20. I have nothing but good things to say about America's hat
  21. Not gonna lie...thought did cross my mind. Quickly vetoed by wife, though.
  22. Any day in St John's is a good day (better at night). This might be one of my favorite places on Earth. Spent many a night on George Street bouncing between Guinness and Black Horse, and of course getting "Screeched."
  23. Newly YOLO booked: 23 Nov 2020 Mariner of the Seas, two stops at Coco Cay!
  24. We used Greeking Me...absolutely would recommend them in a heartbeat.
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