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dmdiver

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    mansfield, tx
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    scuba, whitewater rafting, horses
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Carnival
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    Caribbean

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  1. We are scheduled for Encore in May of next year. Since it is an Alaskan cruise, the pool areas won't be used by us. Looking forward to trying out NCL.
  2. Math Teacher, Lady Lion is correct - you call to have it done. We did everything over the phone through our travel person, as we were dealing with 2 cabins and wanted to be sure we got the reservations linked together.
  3. It's always been my understanding that you need to book a year out for Alaska if you want to get the cabin you want. I think our cancelled one was booked about a year out as well.
  4. Wow, that hasn't been our experience. We were only on one ship that seemed tired & that was a long time ago, so I'm sure there's been a refurb since then. We found the Italian pay restaurant to be very good on the two ships we were on - have never tried any of the others. I will agree that there's not much to be found late at night, but I thought the pizza was good. I suppose it just depends on who is cooking.
  5. We ended up taking the 125% FCC, then booked for next year. I see many posts saying prices are inflated, but we didn't find that to be the case for us. Our re-booked cruise fare was almost 50% cheaper than the one we had originally booked by the time the additional 20% was taken off. Plus, the cabin is one category, one deck higher. We have plenty to cover all taxes, fees, gratuities, daily service charge & most if not all of our excursions. There is also a $200 onboard credit that we can use for photos, go carts, laser tag, etc. Now, of course if something happens to NCL, we're up a creek without a paddle. I choose to remain optimistic and look forward to seeing Alaska next year.
  6. We applied ours to the fare, fees, gratuities, daily service charge. When excursions are available, we will call to book and use the remaining FCC on them. Plus we have the $50 per port excursion credit and an onboard credit that was the promo when we re-booked.
  7. This was such a welcome diversion! I had to google furries as well. I used to wear a character costume when I worked at Six Flags as a teen & boy was it hot! Maybe that's why I never see them in Texas. Anyway, we've come across many interesting people on our vacations. One that I remember was a wedding party that was partying hard on a cruise. They were all still in their wedding attire & having a really good time. When we got up the next morning to head to the buffet for breakfast, there was one of the guys, in his tux, sound asleep in one of the loungers by the pool. In St. Thomas, my friend & I accidentally went into the men's restroom in port. That was awkward. Not even sure how that happened. When we were at an all inclusive in Dominican Republic, we saw this really pretty colorful drink while at the pool bar. I asked the bartender what it was and he said "butt melon". I have a witness. I asked him again - same answer. My friend heard the same. So, that's what we ordered multiple times throughout the day & always got the same drink. Next day, we are on the beach, different bartender. So, of course we order our new favorite drink, the butt melon. The waitress just looked at us like we had three heads. So then, began the effort of describing the drink to her. Finally, she said, oh you mean a Bob Marley! Sure enough, something had been lost in translation at the pool bar, but the beach waitstaff was able to figure it out. I can only imagine what went through her head. I probably don't want to know. We had one cruise on Carnival Freedom. Our head waiter was John Alex. He was phenomenal. Anyway, there were 6 of us and one guy always ordered salad - no dressing or any vegetables other than the lettuce, but he wanted parmesan cheese. Well, when John Alex came with the cheese grater, he told our friend to say when. Well, he wasn't really paying attention, so John Alex kept grating and grating and grating. So finally our friend realizes he needs to say when. Every night after that, John Alex would appear with the cheese grater & kind of shake out his arm to get ready & take some deep breaths. He was the funnest (is that a word) waiter ever.
  8. Carnival, Royal Caribbean & I'd still like to try MSC. I would give Princess another try, but hubby won't.
  9. We rebooked for next year. I am remaining optimistic.
  10. We were told we could use it for anything. So, our plan is to use it for booking excursions.
  11. Still waiting on my water refund. I'd just as soon have it transferred to the new booking, but they say they can't do that. Seems dumb to me, as they are paying credit card fees on refunds and then again when I re-purchase, not to mention the fees they paid when I made the initial purchase. It would cost nothing to transfer an item from one booking to another.
  12. I haven't been yet, but we chose Encore for Glacier Bay.
  13. So, here we are nearing the end of April. Lots of people out riding bikes, walking, jogging, golfing, doing home improvements. Restaurants are to-go only since 3rd week or so of March, but May 1 they are allowed to open, but at 25% capacity is my understanding. The stores I've been to all have markings on the floor to help with social distancing. Plexiglass shield is between pharmacy staff and customers. Still no hair or nail salons open, but May 1, tanning salons are allowed to be open. I suppose it's easier not to make contact with another human in a tanning salon than the others. Anyway, it surprised me to read that. Had a couple of storms come through this week. Some people had good-sized hail. I don't think we got any at our house or if we did, it was small. As far as covid is concerned, I don't think our town has had a whole lot, maybe 40? and I think 1 death. While numbers may be a small percentage, if one of your friends or family members is in that percentage, it is pretty significant to you. So, I just try to keep that in mind. The more people I talk to, the more I am hearing that they think covid was already here. A while back, over 100 students were out sick at one of our elementary schools. My grandson was one of them. One of my granddaughters and her dad were also sick with a lingering upper respiratory as well. A few neighbors had long-lasting illnesses earlier this year/late last year. All these were fever and cough, but tested negative for flu & strep. So, I don't know - could be something to that.
  14. I'm 60, been retired almost 2 years. Hubby still working, thank goodness. He works from home & as long as business rolls in, he should keep his job. Our 27 year old son got furloughed 2 weeks after moving into an apartment by himself. Not knowing if the furlough would turn into a layoff, he used stimulus money to help pay out for breaking his lease & moved back home. This was more our idea than his, but we were concerned about his emotional health as well. His girlfriend had also just broken up with him & he had to give up his dog (kind of a long story there). Anyway, we are hoping things will return to normal before all these businesses start failing. We've been taking advantage of ordering groceries online & picking up. However, there are items that you just can't order through the grocery app, so we still end up going into the store occasionally. We have done a lot of yard work at home - just wearing bandanas when we go to Lowe's or Home Depot for supplies. Gas prices have fallen - saw a guy today filling up multiple 5-gallon containers at the gas station. Our daughters are both teachers, so they are still employed, just online now. Our son-in-laws are both firefighters in Dallas. I worry for their safety all the time, but now I have concerns for their health. We did help our daughter & her family move recently. I feel for the buyers of their old house. It was purchased due to a job transfer & now the transfer has been delayed. I hope they are able to manage until they can get to Texas from California. We were supposed to go to Alaska next month but now planning on 2021 instead. Surely things will be right by then.
  15. I think I took what we had paid & just upped it by 25% and it matched what they gave in FCC. I had also done calculations assuming the 25% only on the base fare. Basically, I was trying to see what we could expect so when I got on the phone with the agent, I would have a general idea of what to expect. I just remember being surprised that it was the higher amount that I had calculated. We ended up with extra to put toward excursions and a $200 onboard credit, which was the promo going on. We did end up losing $50 per port excursion credit, as the cancelled cruise had $100 and the newly booked one only has $50. Even so, the excess FCC will pay for our excursions or come close. I imagine they may be more expensive next year trying to make up the money lost this year.
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