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Cruising has been my go-to vacation activity for years now.  These days, I have to face the sad reality that I won’t be confident enough to go on a cruise until a reliable vaccine is made available.  I have asthma and I’m in my mid-50s.

What other recreational activities can be done at a time like this?

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Same! I seriously feel you pain.  This summer is our first staycation in I don’t even remember how long. It feels weird. Our solution? Desperate times and too long in dry dock make you do crazy t

We’re just staying put for now.  Truly, aside from missing cruising, I really don’t mind staying home.  My work life was such a whirlwind the past few years - so much travel.  I’m glad to be home for

I guess were blessed to be so close to the beach. My parents have a condo over there, and we get to go often enough. We went down a couple weeks ago for the week, and enjoyed some great family time on

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Well after our rescheduled cruise of Sept was cancelled we were looking into hopping on Amtrak to somewhere in this beautiful country. First idea was taking the Amtrak Vermonter to Vermont obviously but due to the virus Amtrak is only going as far as Connecticut. Next we thought of going to Maine again on Amtrak because we have been there twice on cruises and LOVED the state. In the end we just gave up the idea, it became a hassle and we figured, no cruise, save the money. We are gonna have a bunch to buy for out L and S cruise for August 2021. 

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Not be a downer, but not really anything to do anymore unless you want to just sit and do nothing. Most attractions are closed in many states. We have opted for a hotel at Oak Island, NC, because as long as we have the water, we're good. We also have some friends and family in the area we plan on seeing as well. You may look into Pigeon Forge, TN. I know a lot of people who love that place. Mountain air is good for you too. I hope you find something.

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34 minutes ago, PG Cruiser said:

Cruising has been my go-to vacation activity for years now.

Same! I seriously feel you pain.  This summer is our first staycation in I don’t even remember how long. It feels weird.

Our solution? Desperate times and too long in dry dock make you do crazy things. With nowhere to go, we are building a pool, hot tub, and cabana right in our backyard! All inspired by Oasis Lagoon of course. Excavation just happened two days ago. You can take the cruise away from the girl, but you cannot take away the love. 😉

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7 minutes ago, RCIfan1912 said:

Well after our rescheduled cruise of Sept was cancelled we were looking into hoping on Amtrak to somewhere in this beautiful country. First idea was taking the Amtrak Vermonter to Vermont obviously but due to the virus Amtrak is only going as far as Connecticut. Next we thought of going to Maine again on Amtrak because we have been there twice on cruises and LOVED the state. In the end we just gave up the idea, it became a hassle and we figured, no cruise, save the money. We are gonna have a bunch to buy for out L and S cruise for August 2021. 

People talk about taking USA vacations, but where would one go, there are still so many restrictions, and some of the cities I always dreamed of visiting or returning to see are now going through high crime, like NYC, Chicago, etc,.   I live in Florida, outside of Tampa, two weeks ago drove over to the east coast, stayed at a hotel, it was totally different than before the virus.  No breakfast, had to find a restaurant, but on the week end the seating is limited, so it was a wait.   Going out to dinner is not the same either, limited menus, (although the staff were very welcoming and so happy to serve us), we came home feeling like we may just stay home, it didn't even feel like a vacation.   So sad, I wonder when and if we will be able to enjoy our leisure lives, and the people in the hospitality industry do want to see everyone come back and have fun.   So many people have loss jobs and businesses.

It is strange, this virus is bad, but yet many people have to be tested to know if they have it.   

 I am in my seventies, I want to get back on a cruise ship and wonder if it will ever happen.   Will the CDC ever let us go on with our lives without living in fear.   There will always be viruses and germs, but I can't live in a bubble or fear for the rest of my remaining life.  I wear a mask, and read we will have to wear a mask for many more years, that is scary.   My friend is 89, she has seen a lot of life and illnesses (polio, swine flu, etc.) and has never seen such fear.   She wears a mask, but goes out with friends, three weeks ago her son died suddenly at age 60, not CoVid, although my friend feels he died from the stress of losing his business (he owned a catering business)  and not being able to get out and be with his friends, or his church community.  He had a massive heart attack.  No one knows when it is our time, but sitting around waiting for there to be no more viruses or germs, and living in constant fear, is not how my friend wants to live her senior years.  My friend is active and healthy, no medication, just uses a walker so she won't fall, she wants to celebrate her 90th birthday, in June, on a cruise ship.   I certainly hope it will happen.    

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We’re just staying put for now.  Truly, aside from missing cruising, I really don’t mind staying home.  My work life was such a whirlwind the past few years - so much travel.  I’m glad to be home for a change.  Dan is busy as a bee with yard work and I’m cooking waaay more than I ever have before. I’m content.

For now, I am happy just seeing all of this <cancelled> cruise money come pouring back in !  I will stay home, put my money in the bank and wait until it’s time to cruise again.

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Not sure if you are a golfer 🏌️♀️ but that has been a blessing for many in our town, allowing people of all ages a relatively safe way to get out, socialize and get some sun. We have the Rocky Mountains within an hour drive so many are enjoying what the mountains and national parks have to offer. (Hiking, kayaking, camping) 

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39 minutes ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Same! I seriously feel you pain.  This summer is our first staycation in I don’t even remember how long. It feels weird.

Our solution? Desperate times and too long in dry dock make you do crazy things. With nowhere to go, we are building a pool, hot tub, and cabana right in our backyard! All inspired by Oasis Lagoon of course. Excavation just happened two days ago. You can take the cruise away from the girl, but you cannot take away the love. 😉

If only Ontario wasn’t soooo far away 🤔

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1 hour ago, PG Cruiser said:

Cruising has been my go-to vacation activity for years now.  These days, I have to face the sad reality that I won’t be confident enough to go on a cruise until a reliable vaccine is made available.  I have asthma and I’m in my mid-50s.

What other recreational activities can be done at a time like this?

I too am a mid-50s asthmatic. I'm ready to get on a ship any time cruising is available and my schedule permits.

To answer your question - visit a State Park for a hike (level of difficulty your choice). Do some wine tastings - many wineries are open with limited space availability (which hasn't been an issue relative to the number of people visiting in our recent experience).

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I feel your pain and feel comfortable enough to share this..... Been dealing with clinical depression since I was 16, traveling always made me feel better. I always took some sort of cruise, river, day, etc. There is something about water that makes me extremely happy. Those memories could last long enough to get me through.  I had three plan this year and was hoping to get in 5 for 2021. Had to move my January's and couldn't do March thanks to company restrictions. On top of that I had COVID don't want to get it again. My lasting side effect is extreme fatigue, so would have loved to just lay out on a cruise deck and read my books. I don't think I would be able to hike or be as active as I once was. As a Chicagoan I was stoked to be able to do day cruises on the Chicago river.....not happening since we rolled back phases. Now some of my only options are: a staycation or staying in a bed and breakfast in Galena IL. Neither hold a candle to cruising.

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1 hour ago, Lovetocruise2002 said:

Same! I seriously feel you pain.  This summer is our first staycation in I don’t even remember how long. It feels weird.

Our solution? Desperate times and too long in dry dock make you do crazy things. With nowhere to go, we are building a pool, hot tub, and cabana right in our backyard! All inspired by Oasis Lagoon of course. Excavation just happened two days ago. You can take the cruise away from the girl, but you cannot take away the love. 😉

We're gonna need pics when it's all done!

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Well, I love being on holiday but asbsolutely hate the travelling to get there, especially flying which freaks me out to the extent that I usually need to take some tranquilizers for a couple of days beforehand.

So, depite being gutted at losing 3 trips this year to Covid, I have decided to enjoy the fact that, for once, I don't have to get on a plane and I will finally take advantage of the fact that I live in a tourist hot spot that people pay good (and sometimes lots of) money to visit. I have lived here for 34 years and have never truly made the most of it. I guess this is going to be the year to put that to rights, so I have decided I'm going to´stop lamenting our Covid-cancellations and put as much effort into planning our staycation in the Algarve as I do into planning our cruises!

And I totally intend to do no housework and eat out or order in every day!

(Can I post a staycation live blog???) 😊

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Im using the enforced lack of vacation options to pay down accumulated medical debts, instead of having a bajillion different $100-a-month payment plans for anywhere from 6 months to 6 more years.

Hoping this will leave me debt-free by the time I get my annual bonus in Feb 2021, so I can book a cruise for summer 2022 (if the outlook looks rosy enough by then). Would be the last chance for a trip with the whole family. Mediterranean if no Iceland offerings available, but for sure something more exotic and longer duration.

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WE have been visiting the bourbon trail, we’re not even huge bourbon fans, but the country side in Ky is so beautiful and all the horse farms near Lexington are nice to visit, also enjoy the Smokey Mountians, we had a cruise canceled in May, have not tried to rebook anything yet. 

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