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  1. How wonderful! We would have liked to do that as well but nothing fit with our departure time.
  2. Oh, wow, orville99, those photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing.
  3. Our non-ship tour of the Sydney Opera House. Being serious fans or modern architecture, furniture, art, etc., the extensive small-group tour was one of the highlights of our Australia/Southeast Asia trip.
  4. Yikes! As I am short, I always sit in front rows to see anything so that would have been a surprising “Eyeful Tower.”
  5. I dare say the belly was not the only thing flopping on this contestant. 😩
  6. Sailing out of Sydney Harbor at night and seeing that beautiful, iconic opera house lit up after having an interior and exterior tour of it a few hours earlier. Riding in a bucking, water-logged Zodiac back to the ship in Antarctica. I laughed about it despite being a somewhat afraid I might end up in the water. Hiking up to a weather station in the Galapagos. It was not a challenging climb until we got to the areas with missing wood planks. My husband is tall so he just stepped over to the next secure plank. I am NOT tall and had to spider myself onward via the hand r
  7. So true! It is very weak but still tastes awful and is caffeinated so I don’t bother. 😩 I drink iced water most of the time but occasionally make a pitcher of tea at home with “decaffeinated” (still has some caffeine but much less) organic black, green, mint and orange tea, brewed dark. I then add 1/4 cup of sugar. Strong, refreshing and very lightly sweetened.
  8. “What a long, strange trip” that could turn into.
  9. I would be so thankful that I was not lured into a false sense of normalcy and did not have to spend time getting my money back.
  10. We always stay in Melbourne, Fl. as we dislike land-locked, crowded Orlando. Melbourne also has an airport, MLB, that can work for some flyers. Melbourne is a nice, quiet town close to Port Canaveral and near good beaches. The Hampton Inn on Durham Rd. in West Melbourne was newly renovated when we were there in January 2019. It is convenient to Publix supermarkets, Target, and eateries. Be aware of Allegiant Air safety issues as or December 2019. https://www.oig.dot.gov/sites/default/files/FAA Oversight of Allegiant Air Final Report.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm
  11. Very good point, donaldsc. We made 4 spectacular Zodiac landings during our time in Antarctica. Though the trip for 2 was pricey, we felt that the odds of making at least one of four landings were much better than that of a frequently canceled flight. We considered an expedition ship with excellent lecturers with other knowledge-seekers/adventurers and actual landings “must-dos.”
  12. Iran, Botswana, Greenland, Iceland, Greece, Madagascar and back to South Africa, Cuba, the Galapagos and Antarctica.
  13. Thanks for posting this article. The financial incentive for doctors is disturbing.
  14. Maybe try expedition ships. While pricey, they have very low kid counts and well-traveled, well-behaved passengers. Celebrity Xpedition to the Galapagos is among our favorite expedition cruise experiences. We would rather do one expensive but far more enjoyable/better-suited to our personalities exhibition trips than 4 or 5 mainstream cruises. We have been to wonderful, remote places (our favorite kind) where the only little “kids” are baby seals, turtles and penguins.
  15. That is a wonderful memory, Ocean Boy. I neighborhood is next to a huge Catholic Church and have walked in their equally large parking lot for years. All of the employees, parishioners, etc. have always been so nice to me, their agnostic/Buddhist-leaning neighbor.
  16. I also enjoy Nassau. I was there a year ago March for a women-only cruise with one of my best friends. We did a lot of walking, stopping at the chocolate factory and store and other places near it such as the lovely Catholic church where we met the friendly female sextant who gave us a free tour, cold bottled water and encouraged us to use the church’s super-clean restrooms. We hit the food truck near the beach at Fish Fry and had freshly made french fries and real lemonade while sitting under a large shady tree right on the beach. We talked to many locals and had a great time by
  17. Those look delicious! Did they come out chewy or crisp?
  18. Completing one of my life goals - to set foot on all 7 continents by age 50, in Vung Tau, Vietnam. This was done while on a monthlong Australia and Southeast Asia cruise.
  19. https://www.npr.org/2020/05/22/859624421/grocery-workers-union-estimates-3-257-members-infected-with-coronavirus I think the most significant portion of this piece is the 200% increase in 5 weeks.
  20. RCI’s Empress of the Seas to Cuba in 2019. Worst ship experience for us. Cuba was fantastic but the ship had a strong sewer smell in the aft stairwells the entire cruise. Part of that might have been due to the Norovirus on board but wow, the smell was eye-watering. Our cabin had alternating freezing or broiling temperature control and a jagged metal bathroom sink lever - both of which took a few days to fix despite repeated requests at guest services. My Time Dining was very poorly run. Our requests for tables for 2 was a nightmare and we once ended up at
  21. We went on Celebrity Xpedition and I agree with everything you say. We especially liked the lack of cheesy shows, upselling, noisy pools, etc. Upscale and peaceful is hard to beat. We love remote places where animals and the land are the attraction as we don’t care to shop, gamble, etc.
  22. No cruising with masks for me! It is hard enough wearing an N95 for just an hour of brisk walking. The mask makes my glasses fog up and my face damp and hot. However, I personally think it is unconscionable to be outside without a mask so I deal with the unpleasantness to protect others and myself. I could maybe do without the mask as I walk in a HUGE church parking lot with the ability to easily steer away from the few others I encounter. However, there are others on the sidewalk on the couple of blocks I walk to and from home to the church and back. I will do all I ca
  23. The art! Most of it is fabulous and a must-see. I took a free art tour with one of the curators and it was one of the best things I have ever done on a ship. Also, Central Park is lovely and peaceful, particularly after dinner when all the subtle lighting is on. I also did a free horticulture talk/tour that was so interesting.
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