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  1. I have 2 cruises currently booked.  The first is to replace our Mardi Gras cruise that was canceled for December and we rebooked for Oct. 2021.  Then I booked NCL Encore for Feb. 2022 to use our Cruise Next certificates that expire in 2022.  Money was already invested in both, so no harm in getting them booked early and getting the rooms we wanted (Aft Balcony on Mardi Gras and Large Balcony on Encore.)  I highly doubt I will ever book another cruise without a balcony.  The only way I'd want to be stranded on a ship for a few weeks.😁😉

  2. 18 hours ago, slidergirl said:

    How many nights did you spend at Theodore Roosevelt NP?   It's kind of out there in the boonies.  It would make for a 1600 mi round trip, going and coming different ways.  Might be worth a better look!!   

    We stayed 4 nights in Medora.  The campgrounds in the NP were not open so we stayed at Medora Campground for 3 nights and the Red Trail Campground for 1 night as we added the last night a week prior and Medora Campground couldn't accommodate us for another night.  Having stayed at both I would have booked our entire stay at the Red Trail Campground in hindsight since the sights were much nicer.  We took my son's car to go through the NP North and South Loop.  The kids rented bikes in Medora and road the trails around there and my daughter and her boyfriend did some golfing at Bully Pulpit golf course in the Badlands at sunset.  Medora is about 3 hours from where DS lives in Minot so it made for a nice family getaway with him.

  3. We rented a motor home and drove out to ND to visit DS and sight see at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  Came home and booked a cruise in October 2021 to replace our Carnival Mardi Gras cruise that just got cancelled for December and another one for February 2022 on NCL Encore to use our Cruise Next certificates that expire in October 2022.  No other vacations are currently planned.  We were lucky enough to sneak a trip to Las Vegas in at the end of February right before everything shut down.

  4. We happened to get back from a Las Vegas vacation at the end of February before everything shut down.  We just got back from a trip to ND to see our DS.  We rented a motor home so we could travel as safe as possible.  We made a side trip with DS to Medora, ND to see Theodore Roosevelt National Park.  Got my camping itch taken care of for a few years.  Came back and rebooked my December Carnival Mardi Gras cruise that got cancelled just before we left to October 2021 and booked a new cruise on NCL Encore for February 2022.  I'm sure we will try to get some kind of land vacation in before our October 2021 cruise but we will wait and see for now.

  5. On 7/6/2020 at 5:50 PM, Warm Breezes said:

    We rented a motor home and are about to head to ND to visit DS and doing some biking/golf/camping in Medora.  It may be our only chance to see him this year.  He was going to be coming home to be in our best friends son's wedding in September but they just decided this weekend to go with a small wedding in Vegas and renew their vows and have a reception September 2021 instead.  So now DS will be heading to Vegas instead of coming home to MI for a visit😔

    Since I posted this our Carnival Mardi Gras cruise in December got cancelled.  We just returned from our motor home trip and I rebooked our Mardi Gras cruise for October 2021 and then booked a NCL Encore cruise for February 2022.   While I enjoyed getting a chance to visit with DS, my camping fix is done for a long time...I really want to get back on a ship.

  6. We rented a motor home and are about to head to ND to visit DS and doing some biking/golf/camping in Medora.  It may be our only chance to see him this year.  He was going to be coming home to be in our best friends son's wedding in September but they just decided this weekend to go with a small wedding in Vegas and renew their vows and have a reception September 2021 instead.  So now DS will be heading to Vegas instead of coming home to MI for a visit😔

  7. On 6/17/2020 at 5:07 PM, cynt said:

    So, I have finally wrapped my mind around no planes or cruise vacations this year. Staycation it will be for us this summer while practicing social distancing of course. ROAD TRIP!!  All I see is the movie National Lampoon's Vacation.  One of the funniest craziest stupidest family movies ever!


    So where are you and your family going to explore on your STAYCATION?

    What's your favorite road trip food? 

    Where do you have to stop on each family road trip?


    We've already been to the state park about an hour from our house. Hiked and had a great time in the wilderness. We disconnected from the electronics because both of us working from home has been quite the experience. Next up, we're getting a beach house along the coast.  We're on the beach so we'll enjoy the crashing waves from our patio.  This is the closest thing I could find to a cruise. LOL!!  But YIKES!!! It's more expensive than a week cruise in a balcony cabin for 2.  And I'm not getting free meals, entertainment nor free ice cream.  SIGH!?!?!?  And I have to cook and clean up if we don't dine out breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.  Momma is not happy but you gotta do, what you gotta do.  I've always said cruising was a great value vacation. And that still holds true. 


    Our favorite road trip food is summer sausage, cheese and crackers.  We never travel without them. O and sunflower seeds and Dr. Pepper if I'm driving.


    We stop at https://buc-ees.com/. It's like a truck stop for cars on steroids. Best bathrooms ever! Hands down!  Plan to spend an hour there. Just cause.  It's like a Wally World gas station.


    This is just a fun thread and to help some of us get creative ideas about some STAYCATIONS.  So don't be shy, where are you going on your staycation?  

    We currently have a cruise booked on the Mardi Gras for December.  I have a strong feeling it will be canceled and even if it doesn't we will likely push it back to October of next year.  In it's place we have decided to rent a 35 ft motor home and are heading out to ND to visit our DS next month.  DD and her boyfriend will be coming with us.  The plan is to pick DS up in Minot and head out to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora for some sightseeing, biking and golfing.  This, IMHO, is the safest way to travel right now.  We don't have to stop anywhere to use public restrooms since we will be self contained and I will make sure to have all groceries picked up curb side before we leave.  This will be as safe as we can go and I will get to see my son whom I haven't seen since Christmas.  But I will definitely miss my cruise and we will be booking the same room, same ship and try again for next year.  Not canceling just pushing it back a year.  I have to say that this trip to ND is ending up being much more expensive than our booked cruise with an Aft Balcony room was and we have to do all the cooking and cleaning (ughh).  But we have 2 more people going with us, plus the dog and the cat, and picking up a 3rd so I guess that evens that out a little bit.  So we will see if our vacation turns out a little more like RV (with Robin Williams) than National Lampoon's Vacation 😅.

  8. 2 hours ago, clo said:

    So could you equally enjoy a really nice AI, oceanfront?

    First, to get to a really nice affordable AI I would probably need to fly there.  Flying is definitely not appealing to me any time soon.  We can drive, which we don’t mind doing, to many different cruise ports.


    Second, an AI could never rock me to sleep like a cruise ship can.  An important part of being on the ocean.


    For me, my favorite place to enjoy the ocean is on a cruise ship with a large balcony room.  My favorite place to enjoy land would be to head to the canyons and mountains out west in a motor home.  Those are my 2 favorite places to be.  I’m not a beach person (I burn easily, don’t like swimming with creatures, and hate sand getting into everything), nor do I like the snow (can’t wait until we can leave Michigan behind), nor am I fan of big cities.  To each his own.

  9. First, I doubt I will ever book and inside or oceanview room again.  It will be at least a balcony with an Aft Balcony being preferred.  If I am going to be stuck on a ship I want to be able to get some fresh air and see the ocean.


    Second, I will start carrying my prescriptions in their bottles with at least 2-3 more weeks more than my vacation plans.


    Third, not any different, but we will continue to dine with just our cruising companions.


    Fourth, when going to public events we will be more diligent in finding areas to sit that away from the crowds or we will skip them if we can't find a place.  We pretty much kept to ourselves to begin with but will do more so now.  


    We don't cruise to socialize.  We cruise to relax and spend time with each other in a place where we are pampered and taken care of.  All I need is a place to sit and enjoy the ocean.  




  10. We are booked in December so no plans for us to cancel.  However, friends of ours were scheduled to sail on March 22 and are cancelling today.  They are cancelling because of the fear they could get quaranteened on the ship for 2 weeks not for fear of getting the virus.  Quite frankly if this was next year at this time, after I retire in January, we would be looking to book a cheap cruise.

  11. Two things I already bring which is extra medicine (although I may need to rethink that in future and pack more than a 1 week extra supply) and my iPad loaded with books for reading.  The other thing, which I usually never bring, is my work laptop so I could work from the ship.  However since I will be retiring in January that would only be an extra item to bring on our next cruise in December...won't be needing it after that.

  12. Our first 2 cruises were on Disney.  Our kids were 4 and 7 for the first one and 7 and 10 for the second.  We went with friends who had kids the same age.  These cruises were expensive but great for kids that age.  It also got us addicted to cruising.  Our friends, who were cruise veterans, planned both of those cruises. 


    I switched to Carnival for our 3rd cruise when I found a fantastic deal.  I didn't realize before that how inexpensive could be.  We did a few more Carnival cruises before trying NCL.  It was slightly more expensive than Carnival but we wanted to try something different.  We loved the Freestyle concept.  We did some a few more cruises going back and forth between Carnival and NCL with the kids as they grew up. 


    When the oldest was in College and the youngest in High School we took our first adult only cruise on NCL.  We decided to try Princess after flipping back and forth with Carnival and NCL with just the 2 of us a few times.  We were in our late 40's at that time and felt like we were the youngsters on that cruise filled with snow birds and retirement village groups. 


    Since then we have been flipping between NCL and Carnival again.  We do super cheap Casino cruises on Carnival and NCL (in inside and OV) and we do more expensive larger ships (like Getaway and our upcoming Mardi Gras in Aft Balconies) and everything in between.  It all depends on the deals we find, the time we have and what we feel like doing.   I would try other cruise lines if the price and ship met what we wanted out of our vacation. 


    We've done a few more vacations with the kids but have done mostly Carnival with them just because it is usually the cheaper option without the drink package.  Since DS, who is 25 doesn't drink and I don't drink that much, it is usually the best option when we sail as a family.  On Carnival we usually get free Drinks on Us in the Casino with just the 2 of us and on NCL we get the drink package in the Promo for the 2 of us.

  13. On 2/23/2020 at 2:11 PM, Joebucks said:

    I would say your average 7 day cruise has about 3 sea days. I don't need more.


    I never really understood the allure of wanting to go to the main pool deck on a port day. I think there's at least some psychological thing that says this is a coveted area that is hard to have such an exclusivity. The reason it gets so busy on sea days is because that is where all of the action is. Activities, bars, socializing, music, etc. On a port day, there is little to none of that. There are almost always places on every ship, every day, that are constantly quiet. So is it pool access you want? Maybe it's wanting to get more use of that drink package you spent a lot on or the included food. I could understand that.


    I could understand if you really really don't want to go anywhere. No one has to do anything on a vacation. I've been to my local downtown hundreds of times and still go for entertainment, having a great time. So comparatively, 10 trips to Nassau wouldn't quite be that excessive, especially when they are months and even years apart. For me a day at the beach is one of the most relaxing days of vacation and even the year for that matter. I'd rather hear and see the ocean rather than staring at a small pool. I'm fortunate enough to be able to get about 2-3 weeks a year at the beach, but it's never enough.

    After 20 cruises, most to the Caribbean/Mexico, DH and I find port days on the ship to be most relaxing.  We still get off when we sail to a port we have never been to or a port we really enjoy and when we sail with family and friends, but if it is just the 2 of us and we are at a port we have been to a few times already we look forward to a quiet day on the ship.  Usually we spend some time in an empty jacuzzi or laying out in places where the sight and sounds are all ocean, just like the beach, without the hassle of getting to the beach or dealing with all the people or sand at the beach.  I come back from these types of cruises so relaxed and refreshed.

  14. First thing I do when I get home from work is take of shoes/socks/sandals and go bare foot.  Same thing happens on a ship.  I'm still alive to talk about and never gotten sick over it.  If only I could do it at work too.  I do slip my feet out of shoes under my desk every once in a while where no one can see my shoeless feet.  Socks stay on though.

  15. In 2001 friends of ours convinced us to try it.  They had gone on a few Princess and Royal Cruises and liked it.  Our DS, 7 at the time, and DD, 4 at the time, were the same ages as their 2 boys.  We decided to do a 4 night Disney World and 3 night Disney Wonder vacation together.  We were hooked.  In 2004 we asked all the kids if they wanted to go back to Disney World or do a 7 night cruise.  A 7 night Disney Magic cruise won out.  After that all our kids got going into sports and we were all working full time it made it too impossible for us to schedule longer trips like this together again but both families have taken multiple cruises over the years, they have tended to do Royal while we alternated mainly between Carnival and NCL.  We have taken multiple smaller land trips together over the years and we are still good friends.   DS. now 25, will be standing up for their oldest DS in his wedding this fall.  They are going with us tonight to see a semi-pro basketball game were DD, now 23, is on the dance team and afterwards I am helping them book their first NCL cruise from their MyVegas Rewards (which we got them hooked on.)  Someday we will work it out so we can do another cruise together.  Having said that, we are planning a trip to Hawaii with them next year for their 30th anniversary.

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