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  1. On 2/14/2021 at 6:58 PM, twangster said:

    It's definitely that way in CO.  Everything on the mountain costs more. 

    For the last 3 years, renting ski/snowboard equipment on Mammoth Mountain property here in CA was only $75 for a 2-day! and to me that was worth the cost to not have to find room in the car for the gear on the 7-8 hour drive there.. this year it's up to $99! Definitely will think of renting in SD and hauling it next year. 

    On 2/14/2021 at 4:39 PM, Matt said:

    If you go on a weekend, plan to arrive right at opening because crowds arrive after 10am.

    Lovvve this tip! We started going on Thursday/Fridays after waiting in a 45 min lift line on a Saturday morning! 😯 We are heading up next week on a Tuesday mid-day to be able to ski all day Wednesday and Thursday, hopppefully avoiding COVID crowds! We'll see how the plan works out.

    Glad you got some runs in before people started showing up, cruising on an open run is so much fun. 


  2. How exciting! I bet she will love it. I used to go with my dad all the time for the 3 years we randomly lived in Massachusetts when I was elementary school aged, and we always had such a good time. 

    This will be my 4th year in a row going skiing after having taken a 20-year hiatus prior, and it was easy enough to pick back up (aside from the body aches after day one) so I think you should be fine. Definitely pack a heating pad and an ice pack and be ready to draw a hot bath just to soak your calves in when you come in! 

    I had to say "aww" to that cute little terrain map of NC, we have been going to Mammoth Mountain in the Sierras these past few years and the map is so wildly complicated in comparison, haha. Can't wait for the pics! 



  3. Yes! It was super easy to grab an open-air taxi (aka, the back of a truck converted to have seats and a roof) over to Magens. At the port entrance it was $12-14 pp one way, but we walked about 5 min up the street to grab some liquor/juice at a grocery store first and grabbed a taxi in that parking lot for $10pp!

    The same taxi you take over will make arrangements to pick you up whenever you like but we never saw a shortage of the same type of conveyance coming and going all day.




  4. 22 hours ago, teddy said:

    I always think I want to move to Florida....then my wife reminds me that we've only been there during winter months.

    Haha! I have only been there in August and it was literally the muggiest, heaviest, most oppressive heat I have ever felt, and we had just been to 5 Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico. 😆 Still, it would be awesome to drive to a cruise (one that doesn't end up in Mexico, San Diego's only option)!

  5. I loved the Caribe Hilton, the tower rooms had amazing views of the pools, ocean, city and all the way over to the Pan American pier where the ship will be docked. It was about 5 minute Uber to the pier, 5 minutes into OSJ.  

    As for missing anything, I really really loved visiting Luquillo Beach and the 50+ food kioskos they have there are packed with tons of authentic Puerto Rican staples. The beach was also pretty and calm with umbrellas/chairs for rent as well as water activities. This was about 30-40 minutes car ride away from Old San Juan. 

    If you're getting a rental car I highly suggest it! That and seeing El Yunque were my favorite parts of PR. 


    Pics of Caribe Hilton view, Luquillo Beach and El Yunque 






  6. 14 minutes ago, jcfoshe said:

    The way I read it, you can only lift and shift cruises that are before april '21.

    Currently, that is correct. The window they're offering you to shift within ends April 30, 2022, which means the cruise being lifted can only be departing through May 2021 (since they give the 4 week buffer). 

  7. On 12/5/2020 at 4:51 PM, twangster said:

    Maybe they are blocking these during COVID protocols.  Putting rental gear in your mouth sort of thing.

    I did an Isla Mujeres tour in Cancun in August and they were offering low-quality snorkels to every passenger! We had brought our own but they were for keeps; they were only sanitizing the masks and fins between tours. Kind of a lot of waste I'd think but I could see this on snorkel excursions when cruising resumes. 

  8. 13 minutes ago, RBRSKI said:

    Even though they are gonna be 21 and 17, we will never complain they still want to spend time with us!    Hope that never ENDS!

    haha, I remember my parents finally cutting me out of their vacations after I turned 21 (we did a big 21st to Maui) and I was always so jealous!! Also, don't worry, if they like hanging with you at 21 and 17, they always will. Said as a 34 yr old who still has a ton of fun just hanging on the couch with my parents. 

  9. 58 minutes ago, BrianB said:

    It accepted all of my information and photo...but when I try to submit, the ‘Sorry, hit a snag’ message keeps coming up.

    I am fully paid (was due today) and checked in for my Jan 25th but I also get this message. I would've lifted and shifted long ago but I got (2) 2-day Coco Cay Waterpark passes for $116 ($29/day/pp) which is an absolute STEAL I will never find again! 🤞🤞🤞

  10. 11 minutes ago, jticarruthers said:

    Thought it was announced a while back that masks dont stop you getting sick they are intended to stop you getting others sick ...

    It actually works both ways! If you're sick, it keeps your deadly moisture particles from slapping more people in the face, and if you're not sick, a mask helps you not to breathe in as many deadly moisture particles if they happen to be around. 


  11. My April 17 2022 Freedom cruise out of San Juan was replaced today by Explorer. If I stay on board how do I know what cabin I will be in and is there any opportunity to pick? I am sad it won't be amped! Does Explorer have any recent updates? 


    Over the next few weeks, we'll be making schedule and itinerary adjustments to some of our late 2021 and early 2022 sailings for six of our ships. These changes are being made after tapping into market research as well as listening to feedback and input from guests and trade partners on opportunities for new adventures. But most importantly, we are applying the best available public health, science and engineering insights to deliver a safe and healthy cruise vacation. Regrettably, as a result of these shifts, our April 17, 2022 Freedom of the Seas cruise has been cancelled.

    The good news is, our sister ship, Explorer of the Seas, is heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico! The even better news? She'll sail on the exact same day as your original cruise and will visit similar destinations! So, starting October 21, 2020, to make this transition easier, we're automatically moving you to the corresponding Explorer of the Seas sailing. 

    While we know you'll have a great time onboard Explorer of the Seas, your vacation is important to us, along with providing you the flexibility to make the best decision for you and those in your party. Below, we've outlined your options along with a few additional details.

    Option 1: Stay onboard the Explorer of the Seas cruise

    • We're automatically moving you to the Explorer of the Seas sailing departing on the same day as your original cruise.
    • Your current cruise fare paid will be price protected or reduced to the prevailing cruise fare rate (whichever is lower). This excludes taxes, fees, gratuities, and other non-cruise fare items.
      • If you were already paid in full and your cruise fare rate decreases, we'll provide you with a refund if there is any difference in pricing. You can expect to receive your refund to your original form of payment 45 days after we move you. Kindly note, refund times may vary depending on your financial institution.
    • Plus, we'll provide you with an Onboard Credit valued at a $50 USD for Interior and Ocean View staterooms or $100 USD for Balcony staterooms and Suites - because we know you were looking forward to sailing on a Freedom-class ship.


  12. Florida is a 74 hour round trip driving for me so best believe I will be flying if cruising ever resumes! I flew once already during the pandemic, 6 or so hours each way. I LOVED that the airport was the place I have seen the most masked people all in one spot and never felt unsafe while armed with cleaning wipes. 

    As long as airlines keep up with the middle seat blocked and intensive between-flight cleanings, I am on board. 

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