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Audrey V.

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  1. 40 minutes ago, Pattycruise said:

    Funny, I stumbled across the Enchantment one last night.  How do these smaller ships fare on a TA?

    Taking Vision back to the US on Friday, so I will let you know. We took a TA over to Europe (Anthem - it was a bathtub sailing). Just finished our testing (still required,  although Carnival and NCL no longer require based on amount of days).

  2. 8 hours ago, FSUFAN said:

    @BigKarl is correct in stating that whatever line you choose, a balcony is a must have when sailing in Alaska. 

    We have done balcony and the interior.  Unlike Florida, the sun does not set in the summer, so even with blackout shades, the room remains light.  The balcony is nice, but personal preference over brightness. Both cruises had ranger's / naturalists come aboard while watching the calving. 

  3. 1 hour ago, GatorCruiser said:

    @Audrey V. you got a few years on me. I was class of 98 out of UF. But I was also there for the spurrier glory years. With the occasional loss to fsu in those days. My wife and I will be diamond after our next cruise. We may check out celebrity after that. 

    We are thinking of doing back to backs as a cheap housing strategy while doing our Nomad years.  The biggest problem I have with RCL is lack of self service laundry on ships. We are only Emerald, and part of me wants to push through to Diamond,  but perks are not worth it. 

    I started when Dickie was fired.  Football only got good after I left. Now the Hurricanes 🌀  was different.  We were number one a few times back in the 80s.  Loved taking Metrorail to the Orange Bowl. 

  4. On 10/27/2022 at 11:03 PM, GatorCruiser said:

    We need more gators on this Board. 

    I am a Gator (BS 84) / Cane (JD 88).

    As to the original poster, if I may respond using your first name,  FSU.

    FSU, I think you raise good points. We have booked RCL when the rates / destinations are good. Likewise, we have also traveled on Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines and a few no longer around, like the Big Red Boat and Majestic. 

    Lately, we have been Nomads (retirees without an RV or house), and have used cruises in lieu of flights (the transatlantic). My husband (LSU Civil Engineering 1984) and I agree that Royal Caribbean is nice, but unless we are trying to achieve Diamond level quickly,  it makes more sense in selecting a cruise to consider  factors such as price, laundry,  dates, destinations,  ship size and age (Carnival can be a tad gaudy), and other anticipated guests. 

    So the major ding for us with RCL is the lack of guest laundry.  The coin laundry in Holland America is great, as other passengers have discussed stock advice. 

    I knew retirees that were stalwart RCL fans. They traveled in groups,  and it was basically a club in their planned development. Probably worth it for the perks, but that a whole different topic. 

    I hope that you, Mr. and Mrs. Fan, do well in your travel selection. 

  5. We did Radiance in 2008 as a family,  and a HAL in 2019. Both were good cruises, but a lot depends on you. We were youngsters (late fifties) on the HAL, and traveled without kids. Had a great time, and twice we had aurora borealis.  It was more intimate than the RCL, and what I liked was that they pisted what was on their buffet, so you knew whether it was worth doing the buffet rather than the plates. Serious Alaskan seafood!

    The RCL was great because it had a lot of kid options.  Too much,  in my opinion.  My kids did not want to leave the ship, and my DH stayed while I walked around Skagway. At the time, Radiance had headliners that they boarded for the night,  so entertainment varied. 

    So it depends on you. I think kids would be bored on HAL, and by kids I mean under 50. 

  6. Thanks. We are reading the Navica app now. Seems like since our first purchase of the proctored test, they now sell a self reporting. DH will be happy since we have carefully carried these boxes (unopened of course,  and within the temperature range) throughout a backpack trip. Would hate to think that we Schweppes them for naught.  

  7. They have all things electronic.  It seems like a no brainer that the ships could give each person a tag to put on individual towels when they are checked out, so that if someone moves or takes the towel, the credit is properly attributed to the person checking it out. If someone truly steals a used towel, you are on the hook. But if staff is moving it from a chair hog, they won't be charged (punished for being a hog is okay). 

  8. We are taking a transatlantic out of Barcelona,  and it is one that still requires a proctored test. When we took a transatlantic out of New York, we had bought two sets (4) of tests from Royal Caribbean, giving us (2) the extra two remaining tests. 

    I recently heard Royal Caribbean no longer is selling or partnering with Optum, where you go on the Navica app and have it proctored while in the hotel room.  

    It's no biggie since we have scouted out pharmacies that can do the test. Does anyone know if the Navica app is still available?

  9. Okay, for some really cheap tricks, but unfortunately,  not the band. 

    Clean your formal wear when you get back home. Ditto for heavy or bulky items. 

    Get some clothes that dry quickly when handwashing. Think nylon or wicking material. Costco and Macy's carry 32 degrees.  The shirts dry quick. 

    I have not done this one, but the room is good for magnets. Put up a clothesline while you sleep with heavy duty 🧲 magnets. 

    I admit to this one. The pool towels can be easily replaced at the kiosk. Press your hand washables to get most water out of it before hanging to dry. Exchange for fresh towels. 

    I use hand wash for clothes while traveling.  

    My husband swears by this one: a stained t-shirt looks better after some time in a hot tub.

  10. Every county has an Emergency Operation Center. They will have the best localized advice for your given area. Used to be that you should look in the telephone book, and see what level storm would need evacuation.  Some people,  because they are coastal or in a low lying area, are advised to evacuate at a tropical storm level where others that are in a relatively high area (about 15 feet above sea level -- this is Florida) are best to stay put. 

    Also, if you plan to drive to the port of Miami, make sure you check roads to make sure they are not closed (for mass evacuations, traffic goes just one way). Also fill up with gas beforehand, and keep an emergency kit in case you get stranded. The parking garages in the Port are probably the safest place for vehicles. 

  11. My kid when he was 8 once complained about turndown service at an Omni because they gave soothing lotion instead of a chocolate.  We started camping and staying in hostels more. 

    By turndown service, I did not mean moving the sheets back, but the Stateroom Attendent freshens the sheets if you have an afternoon nap,  puts a Compass and a towel animal in a charming way near the bed. They also give fresh towels and remove the garbage in the eveningand in the morning. If glasses were used, they take away the old glasses and put new glasses and coasters. I am not staying in a Suite, but a regular room. 


  12. Currently have a GTY for a November 4th sailing.  Does not have an assignment,  but did the scan the bar code trick. Assuming we did it correctly, it shows a low floor interior, but mid ship. Satisfied,  but on my last interior we were reassigned at check-in. A girl can hope, but okay either way. I like to think of it as a hope similar to a lottery ticket.  

  13. Stateroom Attendants do a lot more than clean, and can be your eyes and ears on the ship. Not only do they make sure your Stateroom is in order twice a day, they learn your preferences and bring to your attention the Compass and ship news, fresh glasses (including wine glasses if requested), evening turndown, etc. They will also help if you do not want to keep things (e.g., dressy clothes or a souvenir no longer wanted. 


  14. Back to seafood basics and aversion. 

    You may want to try something other than fish, such as lobster, shrimp or fried calamari.  Bay scallops too. These may not be as "fishy". If the lobster appeals tastes good, there are a few whitefish that will taste as good when dipped in butter or cocktail sauce or tartar sauce.

    Until you decide you like it, I would avoid oysters,  mussels, clams, escargot,  etc. 

    I am over 60 and just recently decided to stop my aversion to bananas. I still get grossed out if mushy,  but can now eat them after overcoming my purely in my mind  reaction over them. 

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