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  1. I have only started cruising solo about 4 years ago and I LOVE it. I have done 3 solo cruises on RCCL, 1 on Celebrity and 2 resort vacations. My last was on Oasis this past September and I am thinking about Anthem for this Christmas. What I like about solo vacations is that you can do whatever you want when you want and no arguments (unless you argue with yourself) . The first night in the MDR can feel a little awkward but with the right waitstaff you will do fine. I enjoyed eating in the MDR solo because the waitstaff seem to pay special attention to us solo cruisers (at least I feel that way). Also there is no one at my table to judge me or comment if I want 2 desserts every night. I did have a few invites to join others at dinner because they felt sad that I was eating alone. I thanked them and told them that I enjoy my own company. I am also one that always carries my e-reader with me when I eat (I do it at home too). As @Ampurp85 said when people hear you're cruising solo they tell you how brave your are and they wish they could do it. I only had 1 little problem travelling by myself & that was at Thrill Waterpark and I wanted to go on the Slingshot and had to have 2 people but I managed to find @Cruising With JTand he went on it with me (he was cruising solo too).
  2. I was on Oasis on the Sept 19th sailing and my sister was suppose to come. We had a central park balcony paid in full (I paid for on my credit card). My sister had to work so she was a no show for the cruise (we knew this was going to happen for about a month). I received a refund for the taxes & port charges last week. Yesterday my C&A account was updated and I received 28 points for this cruise (double double points).
  3. I've been getting the same error message yesterday and this morning.
  4. I'm so glad that I bugged her yesterday. Didn't realize she was going on vacation.
  5. 59 days to go! Oasis on Sept. 19th out of Cape Liberty. First time to Coco Cay, can't wait.
  6. This is not correct. "Immunised travellers (excluding UK) with a negative pre-arrival test result must quarantine until receiving a negative arrival test result". I only bring this up because I leave in 2 weeks for Bermuda and they have been changing this every week. As of June 6 they have also changed the pre-arrival testing from 5 days before travel date to 3 days before travel date. This has all been very confusing over the last week.
  7. My family took the Autotrain to Orlando back in 1976. My parents, my grandmother and 4 teenagers. My parents & grandmother had the bedrooms and us kids had the standard coach seats. We had so much fun.
  8. Below is a link to yesterday's Royal Gazette article Cruise lines could 'homeport' in Bermuda https://www.royalgazette.com/politics/news/article/20210322/cruise-lines-could-homeport-in-bermuda-minister/
  9. We were at this port 3 years ago on Carnival Vista and back then there was really nothing at the port to see. They had a small locals market and that was really it. We did a Carnival excursion (ziplining which was a lot of fun). Sorry to hear that they substituted this port for St Lucia. No comparison at all. St Lucia was soooo much better!
  10. If you are on Facebook join the group "Bermuda Bound". This group has so much info on everything Bermuda. They have a file tab that has a file "Bermuda tours recommendations by members". Most of the members travel frequently to Bermuda and there are also local Bermudians that are members too. I think your 1st day you should do an island tour since it will be your 1st time on the island. Hopefully if things are little closer to normal you should book a "local tour" not an excursion from the ship. Bermuda so different from any of the Caribbean Islands. Bermudians are so genuinely warm and friendly. I have been going to Bermuda for over 40 years (by air & by cruise) and I still find so many new things to see and do.
  11. Island Centre Tours is the local top tour operator in Bermuda. https://www.islandtourcentre.com/ They are located right at Dockyard. If you're into jet skis or renting your own boat BDA Watersports https://bdawatersports.com/ is great. They have been around for a long time. I used them in the past and they are wonderful. Not located to far from Dockyard and they use to reimburse you for your taxi fare from Dockyard. If you just want a tour of the island there are plenty of taxi/tour operators right at the pier. They are all legit. If your boys are adventurous go to Admiralty House Park to cliff dive. Most of the taxi/tour operators can take you. This is a great website about all there is to do in Bermuda. https://www.gotobermuda.com/.
  12. So sad! Just called to get a full refund for my Rhapsody of the Seas Greece cruise for August 22nd. I really wanted to go on that cruise. Only on hold for 25 minutes not bad. Expected refund 45 days. Cancelled my cruise planner items earlier this morning online so I'll probably get that refund faster. Also had them check on my refund for my May 4th Bermuda cruise. I requested a refund back on March 25 and they put me in for a FCC which I didn't want. So I will still be waiting another 45 days for that refund. No more cruises for me this year. I think I'll just spend a week in Bermuda in September/October and maybe go to Universal in FL for a few days in late August (depending on the COVID situation in FL).
  13. I like power surge but in my case I was having nuclear meltdowns! My hot flashes started when i was 43 and the first year was hell. They were never ending morning noon & night. We were on a family cruise the first summer I had the flashes & I couldn't keep sunscreen on because I was flashing so often. My poor sister was sharing a cabin with me and she had to wear a sweatshirt to bed because I had the AC on as cold as it could get. My neck, face, ears and arms also turned red when I have a flash. 15 years later and I still get them but only a couple of times a week.
  14. @mworkmanI received the same email today and I requested a refund for my May 4th cruise not a FCC. ?
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