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  1. You each get 24 hours of free internet via wifi. Usually an instruction sheet in your cabin on how to set it up, at least there was pre-covid.
  2. As Diamond we have two free days wifi between us. We spread it out and only use it to check in on health and wellfare of family back home and maybe delete some of the junk email that has piled up.
  3. We've brought wine several times to the MDR and have never been charged. Asked about it once and waiter said they're suppose to charge but told me not to worry about it. Earned him an extra tip.
  4. We've dined at both. We like the Steak at Giovanni's (better than Chops) but like the Italian selections, especially red sauce based, better at Jamie's. I don't think you can go wrong at any of their specialty restaurants.
  5. I’ve recently gotten into DSLR photography, purchasing the intro level Nikon D3500 with NIKKOR 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.3G and 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G kit lenses. The pandemic allowed me a lot of time to practice and finally feeling comfortable. Pictures of past cruises, where I used my phone or an inexpensive point and shoot, were pretty disappointing so I’m really looking forward to practicing my newfound skills on our upcoming Caribbean cruises. I’ve thought about expanding my lens inventory past the kit lenses and would like some advice. If you were to bring/purchase only two lenses for a cruise what would you bring? Of course the cheaper the better but the important thing is value for what I get. I’m primarily interested in internal ship pictures and landscape/street while ashore.
  6. Just found out our 27 March 2022 Oasis cruise is hosting the “Legends of Pittsburgh Steelers” cruise. My understanding is that they’re not chartering the entire ship, just reserving a huge block of cabins for about 1000 - 1200 people, so our reservation is probably safe. We’re considering rebooking. My concern is the impact on our cruising experience. I’m sure there will be special events for attendees that will likely restrict our access to certain venues at times and expect the whole 'vibe' of the cruise will be different. Has anyone sailed on similar cruises and if so, how was your experience?
  7. We have been vaccinated and can’t wait to cruise again. A deal breaker for me would be masks and the whole social distancing thing. From my perspective if you are not vaccinated you travel at your own risk. My activities shouldn’t be restricted to try and keep someone safe who has NOT taken available action to mitigate their risk and are participating in a solely voluntary activity. Now, until we reach the magic “herd immunity” point I will continue to take appropriate action (wearing mask, distancing, etc.) in public venues such as stores where people who have not yet had the opportunity to get vaccinated may congregate.
  8. We're hoping things will be somewhat normal by our Oct BTBs. If we are restricted to ship excursions we'll likely cancel/reschedule. One of the reasons we cruise is because there are so many options. We've already done all the ship sponsored excursions we're interested in and prefer just to go to a beach or explore on our own.
  9. Just called Crown & Anchor CS. The Customer Service representative I spoke with said that they are awaiting management clarification but they ANTICIPATE that this will be expanded to include existing reservations and that points will be automatically applied.
  10. There are at least 4 separate "traveling" walls and many replicas throughout the country. Most are around 1/2 size but there's one permanent structure in Utah that is 80%, as is one of the traveling walls.
  11. Became a shellback on the USS Pharris (FF1094) back in '77. Pretty typical for those days - King Neptune's court, garbage chute, truth serum, doused with fire hoses, raw knees from crawling on the non-skid, and of course the darling Royal Baby. Nothing compared to my Chief initiation though. Heard they've significantly toned down both now-a-days. Also a Blue Nose, but we didn't have any type of initiation. Just remember very rough, freezing seas.
  12. Definitely more extravagant than the old canvas racks we had on the Newport News. But still 100 times better than sleeping in the mud like some of those poor ground pounders.
  13. While you're doing that keep you eye out for the mail buoy, and grab an A.S.H. holder.
  14. Also a Lone Sailor Award Recipient. Believe he was in the Navy during WW2 as a Gunner Mate 1st Class. Quit a man, as they all were.
  15. Have you seen Blind Man's Bluff - History Channel Documentary? Might be up your alley. Discusses the types of missions you may have been on.
  16. That's why we're called spooks.....🕵️‍♂️
  17. Spent time on your sister ship USS Pharris (FF 1094)
  18. U.S. Navy Cryptologic Technician 1973 - 1995. Been there, done that, got the tee shirts to prove it ⛴️🌎.
  19. Same here - called RCI and they moved the redeemed points ($400 OBC) to my Oct 20 cruise.
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