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    wnoble1967 got a reaction from cruisellama in Juneau excursion-Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier Explorer   
    i was Stationed at Coast Guard Station Juneau years back. one of the tours people do not think about is all of the mining this town in known for.
     
      AJ Mine Gastineau Mill Tours
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    wnoble1967 reacted to teddy in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    I still have two of my old ones from 30+ years ago  
    I wonder what kind of looks I’d get boarding the ship with one of them on my shoulder?
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    wnoble1967 reacted to FionaMG in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    Well, I decided to give them a try. I bought a set of Amazon's own brand and will probably entertain myself doing a practice pack in the next few days. ?
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    wnoble1967 reacted to BrianB in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    There are a few good videos showing ways to pack for a trip where clothing is less likely to be mussed or wrinkled…especially my sport coat and dress shirt for formal night. Also, I try to find clothing…in particular shirts and polos…that are made with wrinkle-resistant materials. Just unpack, shake out and hang up.
    Luggage choice is also important. Try to find the right bags…roomy, light but strong, with wheels. Rain proof matters, too. So many times I have seen full luggage carts on the pier waiting to be loaded aboard while sitting in a sudden downpour. I have a large bag with four wheels and my carry-on attaches to the top so I can easily roll them with one hand. This is important for me as I always do walk-off at the end of the cruise. The carry-on also has wheels and an expandable handle. Luggage needs to be strong enough to endure being tossed around by luggage handlers, or being on the bottom of the pile on a cart. Remember, you get what you pay for. My friend’s bargain luggage had wheels which snapped off on day one and the zipper jammed. Lesson learned!
    Sorry about veering off topic but packing was an easy segue to luggage choice. Have a great cruise!😎
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    wnoble1967 reacted to miles4us2go in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    Packing cubes! Yes! Love them.
    Another tip I have is colors... pack a color scheme, so that you can mix and match into several outfits. I use a website https://coolors.co/ (if that link doesn't work, it's coolors dot co) It works best on a computer, not cell or tablet, although the creator has been working on apps for phones, so maybe that works now. Anyway, if you have a favorite piece, say a patterned scarf, you can either play with the color generator or take a pick of the scarf and select colors from it. You'll end up with a palette. Bring items from that palette to coordinate. It makes for easy clothing choices. Here is a favorite palette of mine from the site:

    Happy traveling... and packing. 😉
    ~Debbie
     
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    wnoble1967 reacted to FionaMG in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    Oh my goodness, yes! My SIL and her family's luggage got soaked through sitting on the tarmac at Miami airport in a downpour. Luckily they were on their way home because everything inside was wet. I admit to not having rainproof luggage but I do usually line my case with a plastic bin liner to help prevent the stuff inside getting wet.
    One thing that I am very curious about is that sometimes when I am unpacking after a trip I find sand in my suitcase even if I haven't been near a beach. I just can't figure out how it gets in there.
    As for wheels... well, I maintain that every set of luggage wheels comes with a notice attached saying "Bag handlers, please do your best to break me off"! 😆
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    wnoble1967 got a reaction from crabkitty in Harmony of the Seas Experience - 8/22 - Barcelona/Florence/Pisa/Rome   
    Thank you so much for your sharing your experience. With Cruising changing day by day this gives us an opportunity to see how it was for you on the ship. For Everyone still going on Harmony if you can share your experiences for the rest of us that would be amazing. 
    For the rest of us who have not gone on Harmony yet, and our concerned about the Covid test we receive before you get onboard you might want to check out this link below, a friend of mine who works in a Covid unit uses this everyday and swears by it. I ordered it myself but has not gotten here yet. In my mind every little bit of protection cant hurt.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086Q8V26P?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details
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    wnoble1967 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Harmony of the Seas Experience - 8/22 - Barcelona/Florence/Pisa/Rome   
    Thank you so much for your sharing your experience. With Cruising changing day by day this gives us an opportunity to see how it was for you on the ship. For Everyone still going on Harmony if you can share your experiences for the rest of us that would be amazing. 
    For the rest of us who have not gone on Harmony yet, and our concerned about the Covid test we receive before you get onboard you might want to check out this link below, a friend of mine who works in a Covid unit uses this everyday and swears by it. I ordered it myself but has not gotten here yet. In my mind every little bit of protection cant hurt.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086Q8V26P?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details
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    wnoble1967 reacted to Boneric in Demographics of Current Cruisers   
    Was just on Symphony last week:
    Demographic - For a cruise sailing a week before school restarts, there were very very few children and teens. But i didn’t find the cruise average age to be high. A lot of late 30s - late 50s, mostly couples or small groups friends/family
    capacity - symphony holds around 6500 guest on a full load. We sailed at 1800 guest. Originally capped booking number for that ship was 40% capacity, but a little more than 10% canceled/moved their sailing last minute due to delta variant fear. It was a little spooky at times, and the casino energy (fully vaccinated area) wasn’t  exciting, but there was never a line or jam for anything. To put it in perspective for those of us who have cruised before, you could make your way to the pool deck at 11 am and still find ample chairs (and they have distanced and reduced seating)
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    wnoble1967 reacted to steverk in Demographics of Current Cruisers   
    I've been on 2 cruises and have a couple observations. 
    First, almost everyone on both cruises were experienced,  frequent cruisers. I only met one couple that was on their first cruise. 
    Second, nearly everyone on board couldn't possibly care less about cdc advice.
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    wnoble1967 reacted to KristiZ in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    THIS! Our October Med cruise ranged from 45F/7C in Nice to 80F/27C in Athens
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    wnoble1967 got a reaction from FionaMG in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    So much great information. Thank you all so much....
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    wnoble1967 reacted to Matt in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    One trick is to plan to wear certain clothes more than one day. Granted, that works for all regions, not just Europe.
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    wnoble1967 reacted to Jill in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    I bought 4 pair of travel pants and 3 travel skirts/skort.  Marshall’s and TJMaxx have lots of them in their active wear section. They fold up into about an 8” stack. 
     
    We have a 12 night on Odyssey out of Rome next October (was supposed to be this October but it was cancelled), so I completely get the whole packing thing! 
     
    You can also use those ziplock bags that you suck the air out of to compress everything. We’re definitely using those for our Alaska cruise since that requires bulky/heavy clothing. 
     
    The pants are similar to these. I have differing lengths on mine. 

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    wnoble1967 reacted to PG Cruiser in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    I've always factored in onboard laundry services into my planning.  I'm not really into dressing up so since I've made cruising my R&R of choice, the clothes I buy are the "laundry-friendly" ones.  Goodbye fancy linens!
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    wnoble1967 reacted to FionaMG in Western Mediterranean Cruise In the Fall. Afraid of Overpacking.....   
    As Matt says, definitely plan on wearing some outfits on more than one day. Let's face it, when you're at home would you wear an outfit just once and then wash it immediately afterwards? Or would you wear it 2 or 3 times before washing? Mix and match outfits make this very doable.
    Other than that, you need to take the weather into account. In the Med in October it can be changeable. One day could be warm and sunny, the next raining and the next after that windy and cold. All of which means you're going to need layers, although it shouldn't be so cold that you need to bring winter wear, but an umbrella or rain capes are a must!
    Forward planning is your friend when it comes to avoiding overpacking. I find it helps to create a kind of chart. Some people use spreadsheets but I'm not a fan of those so I create a table in Word like this one: 

    That lets me see at a glance what we'll be doing on any given day so I can then plan what days outfits can be doubled up. The trick is to stick to the plan when it comes to actually putting the stuff in the suitcase and resist the temptation to start throwing in extra items at the last minute "just in case".
    Bear in mind that port days in the Med will be long and tiring, so plan for comfort rather than style, especially where footwear is concerned. Bring something tried and trusted that you can be sure will still be comfortable after traipsing around a city centre for a whole day. This is not the time for strappy sandals or a brand new pair of sneakers you have not worn before!
    Also since a significant part of sightseeing in the Med is likely to involve religious sites, be sure to plan on wearing something that covers shoulders and knees on those days to avoid the very real risk of being denied entry. I witnessed a lady having to go and buy a cover-up from a stall-holder at the Vatican because she was wearing a sleeveless top and they weren't going to let her in!
    I hope this helps. Have fun planning and feel free to ask if you have any more questions. ?
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    wnoble1967 reacted to Pammie07 in xSAILEDx Harmony of the Seas - Aug 22nd, 2021   
    Hay happy sailing ⛵️ 
    please let us know your experience we are headed out next on the same one in September so would be fab to hear what you thought been a bit hesitant to book and go but some more info would be fantastic! 
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    wnoble1967 got a reaction from JasonOasis in Anyone else move up their cruises due to Delta concern?   
    I agree with Jason Oasis, I had Covid bad, back in December, I had the Moderna Vaccine and I am finding a way to coexist. I am so done living 
    In fear. The only way I am not going on my cruise to the Mediterranean mid October is if country's shut down and we can't go. Spain's numbers were horrific at the beginning of July, and now their in the down turn. Infection rate will continue to fluctuate for a long time. Until we get to some kind of heard immunity we will continue to see delta foxtrot golf India Lima or any other variant they can name with the phonetic alphabet until we get to where we need to be to stop the spread. It is what it is. Long story short I just need a vacation.....
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    wnoble1967 got a reaction from Linda R in Anyone else move up their cruises due to Delta concern?   
    I agree with Jason Oasis, I had Covid bad, back in December, I had the Moderna Vaccine and I am finding a way to coexist. I am so done living 
    In fear. The only way I am not going on my cruise to the Mediterranean mid October is if country's shut down and we can't go. Spain's numbers were horrific at the beginning of July, and now their in the down turn. Infection rate will continue to fluctuate for a long time. Until we get to some kind of heard immunity we will continue to see delta foxtrot golf India Lima or any other variant they can name with the phonetic alphabet until we get to where we need to be to stop the spread. It is what it is. Long story short I just need a vacation.....
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    wnoble1967 got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Anyone else move up their cruises due to Delta concern?   
    I agree with Jason Oasis, I had Covid bad, back in December, I had the Moderna Vaccine and I am finding a way to coexist. I am so done living 
    In fear. The only way I am not going on my cruise to the Mediterranean mid October is if country's shut down and we can't go. Spain's numbers were horrific at the beginning of July, and now their in the down turn. Infection rate will continue to fluctuate for a long time. Until we get to some kind of heard immunity we will continue to see delta foxtrot golf India Lima or any other variant they can name with the phonetic alphabet until we get to where we need to be to stop the spread. It is what it is. Long story short I just need a vacation.....
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    wnoble1967 reacted to JasonOasis in Anyone else move up their cruises due to Delta concern?   
    No I'm not changing any of my cruises scheduled COVID isn't going anywhere and neither am I.  At this point the way I see it we both are going to have to learn to coexist and I don't see cruise lines shutting down again over COVID concerns.
    I'm fully vaccinated, I still exercise caution and mask up when I think it is necessary and as my October cruise get closer I'll take even more precautions to make sure I protect myself from Delta and don't pop positive days before my cruise I refuse to live in fear of this virus.  I respect the virus but I will not live in fear of it I'm not changing anything.
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    wnoble1967 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in xSAILEDx Oasis of the Seas - OCT 3, 2021 (Perfect Day & Bahamas)   
    The process has been
    1.  Pay in full for your cruise by the final payment deadline
    2.  Wait for the monthly protocols to be released for the month you are cruising (in your case, Oct)
    3.  If the protocols are not something you are comfortable with, request a full cash refund.
    This process has only been in effect for 2 months (July and August) and it’s entirely possible that Royal could change their policy about allowing cancellations due to vaccination protocols.  There’s no way to know….but if you want cash back, currently there are only 2 ways to do it - if Royal cancels your cruise or, the method described above.
    One thing to add.  If you decide to cancel due to vaccination protocols and you follow #1 and 2 above, AND if you have used CWC FCCs to pay for any part of your cruise, you can ask for those qualified FCCs to be refunded in cash as well.  This is something that has to be approved but it is a  new “rule”. I was able to get over $10K worth of CWC FCCs approved for refund for an August Symphony cruise that I cancelled due to vaccination protocols.  I will breathe a sigh of relief once (and only then) those funds actually hit my CC account.  Until then it’s just a promise I’ve received from Royal.Only time will tell I guess.
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    wnoble1967 reacted to WAAAYTOOO in xSAILEDx Harmony Aug 15, 2021   
    It is almost always less expensive to prebook excursions.  I don't know if I can ever recall finding a discount after boarding plus you always run the risk of the excursion being sold out if you wait until you are onboard.  If it's something you really want to do I definitely advise you to book prior to boarding.
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