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  1. The most recommended on Cruise Critic is tripinsurancestore . Steve, the owner, gives lots of recommendations and hosts Q&A threads on this site. Here is the link to the travel insurance forum here on Cruise Critic: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/499-cruisetravel-insurance/ There is lots of good info there. Personally, I always go double insured. My husband is paraplegic and if something happens out of the country, I want to make sure we are not in trouble. GeoBlu is the Blue Cross travel product. That have a network of doctors and hospitals all over the world that will bill directly to GeoBlu just like your insurance at home. So, if something really bad happens and you don't have $20,000.00 in open credit on your credit card, you will still be okay. Some foreign hospitals require payment before they will treat. The CON to GeoBlu is they do not have the trip insurance and their evacuation coverage is low. So, we take a second policy that has usually $500,000 in evacuation insurance and to insure the trip, delays, lost luggage, etc. Make sure whatever policy you get covers pre-existing conditions. Most do not unless you buy them in the two week window after you book the trip. Again, I really suggest going over to the Cruise Critic insurance forum. Bottom line is the cruise company's product (Celebrity, Princess, Carnival, etc) that they sell with your cruise is usually not good coverage for most people and is more expensive. As with all free advice, your mileage may vary. 😀
  2. My favorite Princess hot dog story. Our very first cruise was during Sapphair Princess's first year at sea. It was an Alaskan 7 day. @Ken-ATL DH and I were like a kid in a candy store. We over particpated in everything... including food. On day 4 or 5 I had hit a wall for rich food. I had been to afternoon teas, bakeries, sushi bar (for one hour each day in the buffet), midnight buffet (one of the last years this was done), all meals in the dining room. Finally I hit a wall. When the waiter asked me what I wanted for dinner, I asked if there was something more simple I could eat. I said that I would even be happy with just a hot dog. The waiter granted my wish. A simple hot dog was brought out on a plate on a bed of three kinds of different colored lettuce leaves with other pretty garnishes on the plate including a flower. It was the fanciest hot dog plate I had ever seen. It hit the spot. The epilog to that story is we still had two more meals after that. On that cruise we ate and ate and ate. I lost 10 lbs on that cruise. How? I have never walked so much in my life. Because we were busy, it seemed we kept going from one end of the ship to the other about 20 times a day. Plus, we had shore excursions that had a lot of walking.
  3. @EatonDoolittle What a great idea! Also, a great excuse to meet up with someone new on the ship!
  4. In years past I have seen it on one ship and not another (both Princess). Same with other cruise lines. Some have it and some don't. Bottom line is don't depend on the ship having anything. If there are rough seas, then the ship could run out of everything for sea sickness.
  5. We have used ship water on occassion. It is okay and does not hurt the CPAP. But, as others stated, you can order in advance or just ask the room steward. In a pinch, if we are uncomfortable with the tap water somewhere, we will use regular (name brand) bottled water.
  6. Some ships have a few basic OTC drugs (meclizine, ibuprofen, etc.) offered in little packets for free at the ship medical center. This is not consistent and your mileage may vary.
  7. Medallion question: Does the food menu and drink options change depending on where you are located on the ship? Princess has hinted that the food and drinks would be offerings from the closest restaurant or bar.
  8. One of the wonderful things about Google. I am able to look up all of these drinks. I am interested in trying them all! @Ken-ATL you should follow this thread.
  9. Somewhere in the FAQ it says something to the effect that Elite/Platinum will have access to boarding times on the app 3 or 4 days earlier than the masses. I read the whole thing yesterday. Lots of interesting tidbits
  10. We are booked on the 11/28 Caribbean Princess. When booked we thought we would be far enough in the fall that we would not be the first cruise. Now we are booked on CB's first cruise. However, this makes me think the 11/28 cruise might not go either. We will see.
  11. It was stated earlier in this thread... this long, long thread... Anyone booked before June 7 can use the DMW app. Booked after June 7 the DMW app is for paid in full, Elite, and Platinum. We are gold and are able to book all nights and use the "one" promo credit for the specialty restaurant. Not sure I am going to do the complicated way to get the two free credits booked. I will wait another month for the shake out cruises to happen.
  12. FINALLY, after checking and rebooking several times, I have a table for 2 for all seven nights... oh and for the night we are at the hotel. Yes, it let me book dinner on the cruise for the pre-cruise hotel night.
  13. I see you are on the CB for 12/8. We are on the 11/27 CB and are having the same problem. Many nights the system only offers a table for 4 in the Island Dining Room. It does not matter if you choose 5 PM or 10 PM. There is ONLY a table for 4. Hopefully this gets sorted soon.
  14. DH and I discussed this and our first take was a question. As unlikely as breakthrough cases are, what are the chances that two people sharing the same cabin both have a breakthrough case at the same time?
  15. We have a pre-cruise hotel night booked with Princess. DMW app is allowing me to schedule dinner on the ship for a night that I am not even on the ship.
  16. So, I tried to book seating tonight. We want a table for 2. To book the same time each night it will only offer a table for 4. When I try to book individual nights, there are only tables for 4 on the first night no matter what time I pick whether 5 PM or 10 PM. There does not seem to be a way to change the request for table size.
  17. Our 11/28 cruise will be the second cruise for CB. I wonder if the will still be working out he bugs of a totally new crew coming together.
  18. I do hope you are referring to Onslow in Keeping Up Appearances. 😀 I am in the USA and it is one of favorite Britcoms.
  19. As to the original question, I would think the TA would be #3 on the list because sometimes TA's do not pass on information in a timely manner and sometimes not at all. Nothing against the TA, but they just do not work 24/7 and as others have said, upgrades are time sensitive.
  20. DH @Ken-ATL and I gave up dressing up years ago. We will wear a polo and slacks to the MDR. On formal night we upgrade to a button up collared shirt. Since the cruises we have done in the last few years have all been Caribbean, we have not felt out of place. While some dress up, it seems the hotter the climate the lower the participation in dressing up. And, yes, we used to carry a tux to dress up (see our profile pic). Nowadays, it just not seem as important.
  21. Looks like there will be no exemption for unvaccinated children. There is no age restriction on this series of cruises to Alaska but guests of all ages must be fully vaccinated.  https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/frequently-asked-questions/?cid=dm_email_promo_internal_destination_otherpromotional_rf1ak006_210521_alaska&eccn=TGN2TKIGFSYQW6JEIJCACLBQAE&rrid=581654267A&mi_u=581654267A&custId=TGN2TKIGFSYQW6JEIJCACLBQAE&mi_ecmp=RF1AK006
  22. Those are questions we do not yet know the answers.
  23. Well, according to USA Today, Carnival Corp has announced that all three of it's American lines will require vaxed passengers on the Alaska cruises. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/05/19/norwegian-cruise-line-resumes-alaska-cruise-bookings/5167889001/
  24. Carnival Corp has announced that all three of it's American based lines will require proof of vaccination for the initial Alaska cruises. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/05/19/norwegian-cruise-line-resumes-alaska-cruise-bookings/5167889001/
  25. As it stands today (rules changing daily), if they go with a CDC defined fully vaxed cruise (98/95) then it is theroitically possible to do a 7/3/21 but not likely. The ship would need to be in place, already bringing in crew, and vaxed. But, who knows. There have been wild swings in the rules. The cruise lines seem to know what is coming but are not talking.
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