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January 28, 2022 Panama Canal Full Transit - Live From Emerald Princess
I thought I would go ahead and get this Live From thread started.  There is an active roll call for this cruise  and I am hoping others will join in and help answer everyone’s questions. 
 
I will be heading to the airport soon to catch a red eye to Fort Lauderdale!

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Live on Odyssey - January 29, 2022 - 8 Night Southern Caribbean 🚢
It's been 9+ years since we've set foot on a new class of Royal Caribbean ship. Looking forward to it. So much to see I'm told.

Unfortunately I have to drive to Pt Everglades
 
But hey, it's a fun itinerary. ABC light

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Live from the Nieuw Statendam
Good morning fellow HAL cruisers! We are onboard the Nieuw Statendam currently parked in Grand Turk. Thought I would tell you all how things are going: 

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Anthem January 20th Semi -Live
We flew in from California two days early and lucked out with a gorgeous day on the 19th to enjoy Manhattan.  We found a lovely Italian place for lunch just outside Central Park -- Pazza Notte.  Cute, great food and service.  
 
Manhattan restaurants do seem to be good about following protocols, in particular requiring proof of vaccination.  So be prepared if you plan on dining in the city....

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On Riviera Now- 1/14 - 1/28
Just thought I would start this for anyone who wants to contribute information as you have time. I will only do as I have time, but others may like to….

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Live from the Viking Star World Cruise 2021-22
And the World Cruise continues!

Starting a topic to post live updates from the Viking Star. We started our World Cruise on December 24th 2021 embarking from Fort Lauderdale. 
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LIVE Suite Review 1/30-2/6: A (Solo) Woman on the Edge
Hello Again CC!
 
So remember back in November when I did a live review from the Equinox and I was desperately trying to resist buying a vintage Louis Vuitton bag in the luxury shop in case I needed that money to book a last minute winter cruise?
 
Well, it turned out to be a wise decision!  It only took about 6 days of single digit temperatures and 2 instances of our garage door freezing shut for me to decide that hopping on a ship and sailing away to warmer weather could NOT wait till my next cruise booked in March.

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Majestic Princess Jan 22, 2022 live report
This’s my first cruise with Princess. Although I’m not new to cruising, all my previous 8 cruises have been with NCL. My last cruise was on NCL Bliss Mexican Riviera just last December. I usually cruise once a year so I didn’t plan to take another cruise so soon. But about a week ago, Princess started offering the incredible fare with no single supplement. The price was so good that it’s like once in a lifetime deal. I like the freestyle cruise that NCL has offered so I was little hesitant to try the more formal lines like Princess or HAL. But with this great price, I couldn’t pass it up.

I live in the Bay Area, so it’s a short flight down to LA. Nice clear sky here

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Oasis 1/23 - 1/30 LIVE!
Loving everything about our first cruise! 
 
We weren’t sure what to expect, especially with all the uncertainty with traveling right now…

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Live aboard the Mardi Gras
Come join us as we embark on our first cruise of 2022 aboard the Mardi Gras.  

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Live Endeavor Jan16. Beyond the Antarctic Circle
I guess I will start this thread. 
 
Onboard the charter Omni air flight awaiting departure. Now 2 hours late. Supposedly waiting for 🧊 ice. ;(
 
Plane is less than half full, I guess about 75 pax and 10 crew. 
 Plane seems to be in good shape, modern and a little better padded seats. Seems very clean. Crew so far are attentive. 

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Carnival Mardi Gras - 1/22 Sailing live
My daughter, Faith, and I are so excited to finally experience Mardi Gras.  I've been memorizing the ship's deck plans and planning meals and activities for weeks and I'm so excited.  Adding to the excitement is that one of Faith's Carnival Crew friends will be on this sailing. 

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Live from QE, sailing 18th Jan.
So, here we are again starting another voyage on the QE: 12 day round trip to the Med.
Boarding delayed a while, even though we whizzed through the testing centre and the magic “negative” pipped on the mobile. Whilst checking in we heard that there were only 900 pax on this trip, so social distancing will not be a problem and likely that there are more crew than passengers. Eventually on ship just after 1.00pm enjoyed a delicious lunch, and unpacked.

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Feb. 2, 2022 Koningsdam Live Cruise Report, San Diego - Hawaii - San Diego
Welcome to the Live Cruise Report for our cruise.  Please feel free to post your experiences for sharing with other cruisers.  We are Bob & Steve from Palm Springs, CA, and we hope to see you all on board safely.

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Caribbean P Jan 9 to Mar 13 live review/updates
Our original plan was a week on the Caribbean P., followed by 24 days in the Caribbean and Panama Cannel on the Island P and then the world cruise on the Island P.  With the cancellation of the Island P voyages, I was lucky to be able to string together a new set of voyages.  That was to be 3 x 7-night on the Caribbean P followed by a day in Ft. L and then 40 nights on the Regal. 

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Live-ish from the 1/16 Encore Sailing!
I can’t believe we actually made it!  
Step 1: Negative Covid test 72 hours ago
Step 2: Hope NCL doesn’t cancel the cruise
Step 3: Change flights to avoid snow and canceled flights
Step 4: Test negative at the port 

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Eurodam 1/16-26 Almost Live Thread.
Precruise
 
We have had several requests from those who know we are traveling again to post some of our experiences.  I hope to have enough internet to be able to share pictures along the way.
 
This trip is a 10 day Caribbean cruise on the Holland America MS Eurodam, a ship we have experienced several times and absolutely love for its layout, design and amenities.
 
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Live from NCL Encore Jan 9-16
Made it through testing, and check-in. Will upload photos. Got here at 9:30am. Little hectic process but all went smoothly at the earlier hour. I would suggest being early if possible. Process of testing, security and check-in took about an hour. 
 
CVS sends you a text when results are in. Pink wristbands. 
 
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Anthem 1/9/22- LIVE!
We'll be boarding Anthem for our 11 night Southern Caribbean sailing. I will try to keep up with doing a live review the best that I can. This will be our third time on Anthem. 
 
As everyone knows, San Juan is a no go. As of now, we are supposed to go to St Maarten, St Kitts, Antigua, and Barbados. Things are bound to change so I'm expecting it to not go as planned. Totally fine with that, just happy to be on vacation and sailing again.

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Almost Live from Explorer
My Goddaughter and I will be flying from Gatwick to Tenerife to sail on Explorer for 7 days.  
I was a frequent cruiser with my late husband but have never holidayed with Clare before, nor been on Marella.  In the past I have written Live From Blogs whilst cruising but this time will only have internet when using 4G ashore.

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Live from Emerald Princess Jan. 8-18
Boarding was smooth. Got to Park and Go at 10:40. In the lounge waiting to board at 11:15 and were escorted to the ship at 12:15, one of the first eight on-board. We were told everyone has to go to open air deck fifteen and wait for the announcement that our staterooms were available, but being the adventurous ones we went to Passenger service desk to see about an upgrade. We were told they would contact us tomorrow, so we'll see. We noticed down below that the International cafe and Good Spirits bar were open, so after stopping by the dining room to get our dining preferences entered we sat down with a drink and some food in the Piazza and listened to the violinist. Good way to start our cruise.

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Live from Crystal Symphony 8th January 2022
Boarded today in Miami. Just under 2 hours from arrival to being in my suite. Protocols were laborious and repetitive. 8 Seperate lines from start to finish, the longest being an hour as there were only 2 agents on the desk. I’m not sure why it’s necessary to show your passport 6 times and your vaccine record 3 times, they really could do with a simplified system but it was worth it just to be onboard. First impressions are fantastic, she’s like a new ship. Everywhere pristine, smell of new carpets, everything sparkles. Crew are extremely warm and friendly, every single crew member greets you. A Quick lunch in Silk which was superb, followed by an Ice cream and then off to unpack.

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Live Review Apex 1/8/2022 - 1/15/2022 Virtual Cruise Plenty of Pictures.
Past Cruises:  We have sailed on many different lines.  We pick the cruise line based on cruise itinerary and timing.  We have our favorites and have yet been on a line where we said never again… YET lol.  Since the restart we have been on NCL EPIC, Royal Caribbean Odyssey, Celebrity Summit(our favorite), Carnival Mardi Gras.
 
Day 1
 
After dealing with flight cancellations and the winter storm we finally made it to FLL.  We were able to get a Uber very quickly for about $13.00.

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Anthem of the Seas LIVE 1/9
 
Wednesday was previously supposed to be a stop in San Juan but due to their new testing policy, our ship cannot dock. 
 
We were also notified a couple of weeks ago that our departure time had changed to 16:30 instead of 15:00, which seems to be typical for Anthem right now. Then yesterday, they notified us that the ship is having problems with one of its azipods, so they're taking it slow and our check-in and boarding is delayed an additional hour. 

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"Group Live" Caribbean Princess 1/9/22 - 1/16/22
With everything that's going on, such as shortages of tests, flights being cancelled and the like, I thought yet another "live" would be appropriate, and I welcome everyone else on this sailing to join us and post your thoughts and experiences.

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