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Everything posted by sk8erguy1978

  1. LOL. Yeah, I need bathwater temps myself! While the OTW are really, REALLY nice we aren't ocean swimmers. We like to walk in and "hang out" but not swim & touch the ground. Also, we want to spend time at the pool, so more reason to save the $400 for something else :). We have friends on the same cruise that have an OTW cabana, excited to see what they think.
  2. It's the Beach Cabana. The over-the-water is $1199 which I think is a good price too. I am half tempted for that instead but between the $400 more & distance from potty wife is happy with the Beach Cabana.
  3. Oasis of the Seas September 19th, 2021 The cruise price for same cabin is a few hundred more than when we upgraded. Deluxe Drink Package: Same as previous sale at $46 (still an excellent price) 75 minute Swedish massage I saved $23.60 (was $175.82 now $152.22 after gratuity) Coco Beach Club Cabana $799, over the water $1199 - not sure previously but for the same cruise this year it was considerably more. It is not marked as a Black Friday deal but does indicate I have 9 hours left to pull the trigger. Other cabanas look like great prices too $499 water park & $599 Ch
  4. Water park for Oasis September 19th, 2021 was around $33 bucks, I almost jumped on it but so far I'd be roaming the park solo. The CocoCay Beach Club is $54 on Oasis September 19, 2021 almost pulled the trigger but thinking about the Cabana instead. Here I thought $46 was a steal! LOL .... AND You're the winner to talk me into the Coco Beach Club Cabana because ours is priced at $799. So, I saved $23.60 on my wife's massage. The drink price is the same as a previous sale of $46. Looks like I'll pull the trigger on the Coco Beach Cabana for $799.
  5. Ha ha ha ha ... Possibly, but I think it's this API. https://sling.apache.org
  6. Every one has different vacation budgets, that's what is great about cruises, they can accommodate most of them. Even at $400 difference I'd want to pick my own room, at $141 (actually $170 I'm a midship guy) it's a no brainier for me. That's because I can afford it and don't like to gamble with guarantee category. If you can still afford the cruise comfortably and not have to cut out a "must do" to get the room, do it. However, if it comes at a sacrifice, think about how much time you spend in the room and if it's worth it to you.
  7. I agree with the above, it's not worth the argument. Been there, done that, they know better than you, even have "insider info" (Insert eye roll). Honestly, without knowing voice tones and volume it's hard to say if she took it as a personal attack or not. I'd say, to relieve yourself, a simple... "If I came across as a jerk before, I apologize. It's not you personally, I just get fired up with all the incorrect facts the media drills into people about the cruise industry."
  8. I'll probably not volunteer. It's safe to say the sailing will depart from Florida and living in New York means quarantine when I return. It has nothing to do with work, I'm just not willing to do that, unless of course I was exposed. Additionally, with rising cases in my area and new restrictions being put in place, I'm not sure non-essential air travel is a good idea. It does sound like an amazing "once in a lifetime" opportunity and would love to be part of it. (Honestly, what would be the odds of actually getting picked anyway LOL)
  9. Just do this! In fact, forget the chips! Not much to add accept personally, our eating habits are different on a cruise ship. At home, at best, breakfast is a yogurt (if anything at all), lunch isn't much bigger. However, when cruising, at breakfast 1 I start to stress about breakfast 2 let alone lunch 1. So, add in your vacation eating habits. I too thank you for your service & congratulate you both on 50 years! We will only be 5 years in September (although dating way longer than the average couple) and she's already sick of me :).
  10. Is there another way to use a web browser
  11. Yes. I don't travel for work but recent years have flown a lot to visit friend on weekends, etc. Last year alone... I had 2 AA flights delayed. I had a United flight delayed by 12 hours. That's just what I remember. Personally, not worth the risk.
  12. You're correct. Whether Star class or not, you paid gratuity already, you're under no obligation to tip above that. If you order a drink (with or without a drink package) the gratuity is automatically added, you're under no obligation to tip above that. If you eat at Chops (whether paid or as a Star class perk) the gratuity is taken care of there too. The reason people tip more is the understanding that tips are pooled among crew & the tips are insultingly low (see below). Personally, I tip extra when specialty dining (I usually paid months ago anyway so why not leave an extra $20 (or
  13. Having done Bermuda a bunch of times, one on Anthem from NJ to get married... I'm STOKED to hear this podcast. I have so many other connections to Bermuda via the 5 day from NJ but don't want to ramble. Due to working from home I haven't been current with the podcasts, I've been catching up now that gyms are back open. I'll be getting buff while listening! Very excited.
  14. I used the affiliate link here and was assigned Kathy Geiger, she's been great. [email protected] Since you're open to whomever, I'd say use the affiliate link. I'd suspect @Matt gets a little kick back to help the site. Plus you wouldn't have to choose :).
  15. Nothing better than seeing those clocks from your balcony! (Last few visits on Anthem we docked away from them)
  16. I remember back in 2007 we paid a dollar for a ride up the hill. Genius system, they'd pack a van and shuttle a bunch to top of hill. I did the $7 dollar bus last year since island was cut short to 1 day (had scooter rental lined up but cancelled, too expensive for a.few hours) have to say it's an easy system. We've done this and it too works out to be a great value and fun way to mix with the locals a bit (depending where you're going of course).
  17. I'd book something now so it's locked, it's only a few clicks to cancel. For your note book: I worked with Nijae' Burgess from My Bermuda Lyft (https://www.mybdalyft.com/) (web address in his signature is different, "mybermudalyft.com" and doesn't seem to be a redirect but logos are the same and his email always showed "[email protected]") and it was a great experience. While we didn't get to actually use his service due to hurricane Jerry, he came highly recommended from someone I trust with Bermuda information more than ANYONE. He was going to customize a great pub crawl ex
  18. One thing I'll say, Bermuda is one of the friendliest islands and trusting people. They are very easy to work with and most tourist guys who own a bus will do whatever you want. Not always the fastest to answer emails but that's their style, don't think you're being ignored. Cheaper price and a more custom experience, especially if you're traveling with a group.
  19. Just one trip for 2021 so far, it's a cruise, in September. I am hoping for a few land trips but fear @JLMoran is right, at least for the first half of the year. We did do two small trips this year, Wildwood NJ & NY Adirondacks. I can see similar trips next summer which would be nice. Depending how the spring plays out, I'd like to book another "larger" vacation in October / November next year.
  20. I TOTALLY wasn't even thinking about the fact, they might not be allowed to roam Hamilton... But, let's hope things are a little better in August!
  21. I've done the Crystal Caves and loved them. We didn't do the ship tour, we navigated by bus, which wasn't bad but took some time and had to transfer in Hamilton. We also stopped at the Rum Swizzle on the way back. Overall a nice afternoon. Edit: Actually reading the descriptions of the tours, I'd choose #2. We stopped at the lighthouse one year with the scooter, I mean, neat and all but not much other than views, little history. It would be neat to see St. George (all my Bermuda visits and have yet to go) but you could take the ferry over after Caves. However, the second seems like a nice
  22. Last Cruise was last September on Anthem to Bermuda (5 day). The Bermuda 2 days was shortened to one due to Jerry, which is hysterical because my wife and a few of her friends have an inside joke and call each other Jerry. A bunch of friends came along (invited themselves) and having them join us was the single best memory because the shenanigans that occurred all week long (even the stuff that annoyed me) wouldn't have happened without them. It just wouldn't have been as fun. I'd give anything to be annoyed at my friends right now.
  23. A little, but also crying as today was boarding day.
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