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  • Location
    We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
  • Interests
    Reading, gardening, outdoor activities, health and fitness, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    I've liked everyone we've been on; Princess, Carnival, Celebrity and now NCL. and some old defunct l
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Love the S. Caribbean route; also loved our recent Transatlantic

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  1. I've loved most places we have visited but some, I think, are so overly-hyped that people have unrealistic expectations. Being from a very rural area, I really do not like cities unless very iconic, due to historical or scenic sights. Just being in a city to experience city vibes--not for me. On our last trip to New York City (for a transatlantic cruise) we arrived at our hotel in downtown about 2 o'clock and left the hotel for the dock about 9 the next day. This was the perfect amount of time in NY for me! (we had been there previously and saw most of the 'sights'). Our hotel was a block from the Brooklyn Bridge, we walked to Wall Street and the 9-11 memorial, a historic church and then had a just fine meal at a little place across from the hotel. Was glad to leave the next morning We greatly enjoyed Rome, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Athens, Egypt--most on day trips or 3-4 days, as well as longer trips. I have to agree about Honolulu, but if you get off of Oahu you will enjoy Hawaii much more. For some reason I just haven't been that interested in seeing Paris, altlhough we will sometime. I really want to see Venice, but am scared of the crowds. Mostly, I prefer the countryside and off the beaten path in any country. Heck, I don't even like going to Omaha! (Which is actually quite a nice city with a lot of sights and possibly the best zoo in the world.)
  2. So I finally watched most of the second show--for some reason the first show didn't DVR. It seemed kind of --blah--I hardly know any of the 'stars' and they mostly had very sub-par performances. Judging, as usual, was all over the board with people getting the same score on vastly different quality of performances. Dances are so short! I understand that with Covid, no audience and other contraints that this year will be very different. Although I tend to watch the dances only and then read through the judges remarks and other fluff, the little I did watch Tyra I was pleasantly surprised that her interviews with the dancers were rather calm and nice and not the usual diva-like behavior I've seen from her. Her outfits though--erk! And what the heck happened to Carrie Ann? I didn't even recognize her at first, thought it was some new judge. More than a little work done? Also, the make-up is just getting ridiculous on way too many people. I've got the shows DVR'd, so I will probably cave in and watch and try not to still be mad that they got rid of Tom and Erin.
  3. Boy, the Chinese sizing is something else. Not Venus, but I wanted new long silky nightgowns. The ones I have had for a few years are a medium and fit well (I don't want to sleep in anything tight.) First I ordered medium; had to send back as I could barely get them on. Next ordered an XL--still too tight to sleep in. I weigh 130 pounds--not exactly huge. Who are they making these things for?
  4. For the first time in many, many years, I am not watching. I'm unhappy that they replaced Tom and Erin, two of the nicest and most genuine hosts on tv, with a kind of fake person--Tyra. I'm sure (hope) that somewhere inside all the hype is a genuine human, but it's all just too much; the clothes, the make-up, the hair the attitude. That's the main reason I've given up; my husband gave up last year because of the erratic judging and scores that so often let inferior dancers continue on, plus the popularity contest part of it. I want dancers judged on their dancing, not what state they come from or if they are more 'famous' than someone else, or they play a certain sport, etc. DWTS, I miss you but it's been going downhill for some time.
  5. I always wear sneakers--usually Sketchers the last few years--on the plane., so I don't have to pack them. I do a lot of walking on the ship for exercise and often quite a bit of walking in ports as well. I prefer more supportive walkers, but like the sketchers for looks and ability to slip on and off easily. So far I haven't found a pair of sandals that fit me right that stand up to several miles of daily walking. I bring sandals, but not flip flops as they always hurt my feet and look dumb with my bunions.
  6. I just got an email stating that we were receiving our full refund. I had also disputed the charges with our credit card company. Norwegian said to allow 8-13 days for the refund to come fully through. This was for a March 17 Tahiti to Hawaii cruise. So, good news--hopefully it all comes through.
  7. I have had a chronic cough for years--and do sneeze quite a bit too. Besides allergies of all kinds, finally got the cough mostly under control--at least much better--when, after years of allergy shots, allergy med of all kinds, etc., my doctor tried using medicine for acid reflux--what a difference that has made for me. I still cough, but not the horrible, uncontrollable coughing spells that could last for many minutes. Note: I did not especially notice any other symptoms of acid reflux for my dry nagging cough and excessive nasal drip. My cough was embarrassing and truly uncontrollable at times. I still suffer from allergies, but with meds am somewhat under control, compared to before.
  8. After reading an article years ago that hand blowers spread something like 800% more germs than drying with towels, I try not to use them. I'm not sure I have ever seen the blow dryers on cruise ships, usually either paper towels or cloth towels. Haven't sailed Carnival in a long time though.
  9. Practically never do ship's tours after several less than stellar experiences--a lot of them involving looong stops for shopping at very touristy places. One tour in Grand Cayman was especially bad because the bus was not only full but overbooked and they made some of us sit in jump seats that pulled down in the middle of the aisle, meaning anyone who sat there was pinched in a narrow uncomfortable seat, couldn't see much, and it made getting in and out of the bus a nightmare for everyone. I suppose there are a few places where because of logistics we might consider a ship tour. But it hasn't happened in about 10 years.
  10. We came with minutes--maybe seconds of missing the ship in St. Kitts two years ago. They were literally pulling up the gangway behind us. We seldom do ship excursions and this was definitely on our tour guide, who was so intent on being sure he circled the island for us (which he apparently thought he had promised; but we did not remember that) that he just kept on going. If we had known how much farther we had to go after we left the fort, we would have just had him take us back to the ship. He kept telling us, " oh, they will wait for you" as he drove like a crazy man the last few miles. He dropped us off at a back entrance, a ship employee was gesturing to us frantically, they had to reopen the gate, etc. We actually got back only 3 or 4 minutes after the time they had stated to be on board--not the sailing time--so I was surprised that they actually pulled the gangplanks so quickly. Sail time was 30 minutes later.
  11. The choices need more options or more choices. We will cruise about the same, once we feel confident that the virus threat is over or greatly lessened--but not for a few months to a year. All this could change depending on circumstances and how this all plays out.
  12. I've seen the green flash once on the beach in Hawaii and at least twice on cruise ships. Beautiful.
  13. Cherry County, in Nebraska (not the county we live in) is larger than Connecticut, and Rhode Island and Delaware combined, with a population of under 6000! Ranch country.
  14. Here in Nebraska we do not 'yet' have a shelter in place directive, ( although strongly suggested) unless it just happened today. We are one of the four least affected states, but we realize that the confirmed cases tell little, since so many may be affected but either have few or no symptoms and very few here have actually been tested. Many counties have no cases yet, mostly out west in cowboy country where there are so few people. We have counties bigger than some states out there, some with only one small town and wide-spaced ranches. Five cases in my county. Many more in Omaha/Lincoln metro areas of course. All but essential businesses are closed though, and schools are closed for the year. We are staying in as much as possible and are well stocked with groceries and other supplies. Stores do have some empty shelves, mostly cleaning products and tp (have seen some though), but not as bad as some of you are reporting. As of now we could get by just fine with stock on hand for several weeks. We are lucky to live on a small lake with 111 acres of property to walk on and only four neighbors, none closer than a block away. I am outside a lot, when the weather is decent. It was in the 70's earlier this week, then down to 20 (colder at night) for the last couple of days--but getting better now. Lots of yard work done! For me, the self-imposed isolation isn't really than hard, since I often stay home several days at a time and am one of those people content with reading, tv and computer time. I am getting a lot of deep cleaning done though! I can't imagine how hard it would be to live in a small apartment, though, and not be able to get out. I have pretty severe allergies, although well controlled with meds, so it is normal for me to be sniffly and have a cough, especially in the spring, so it is easy to wonder what if? What if it isn't allergies? But so far no fever, headache, etc. that would indicate anything else. Haven't been out since Sunday, but I do have a couple of fabric masks I had bought a couple of years ago when for outside use when my allergies were especially bad, so we will be using them when we do go to the store, etc. Stay safe everyone and hopefully this all will pass sooner rather than later.
  15. Very true, that was a chartered flight. We have upgraded before, using Princess air, on our own after the flights were ticketed. I am sure it would be the same with NCL.
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