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  1. We gave up on 'port' lectures after a couple tries because it was all focused on shopping, which is not of interest to us. I have been to several very good lectures that were not port focused, the best by a cruise director who used to work at the Australia Zoo with Steve Irwin when he was alive; informative, funny and touching. Most real lectures are on longer cruises but vary wildly in quality. Some I wonder how the heck the person got a lecture gig at all!
  2. Our first cruise, early 70's, was on the Chandris line, the Regina Magna. It was an amazing cruise and the food was wonderful--we had lobsters so large they cut 'steaks' off of them, and I still remember the cream of onion soup. Compared to today's mega ships, I suppose it would be underwhelming and the entertainment lacking, but at the time we loved it and it caused a life-long love of cruising for us.
  3. We seldom have Christmas right on Christmas anyway--too many different families, all wanting a time together, so we will likely have a nice meal at home or possibly with our son and family the only ones close, or even eat out. With family in four different states, presents have been sent off. We will open gifts with the Nebr. contingent a few days after Christmas. We've had Covid (fairly mild) as well as several others in the family and Nebraska does not have a stay at home order, but we will keep things small and safe. I did even more of my shopping online then norma
  4. Thanks! Hoping we can go as we might also be able to see our Nebr. Huskers play in Dublin at the end of the cruise--if all works out.
  5. We have an Iceland/Norway cruise booked in August 2021. I fully expect to cancel before the final deadline, but will watch how things go.
  6. I could do it in the Caribbean, since we've cruised there so much; probably not in the more exotic, far-flung destinations. Just getting flights and hotels can take a lot of planning sometimes.
  7. We've had superb weather for December--50 to 60 every day; back to normal on Friday, but still not bad for Nebraska in December.
  8. As in many words, ( the many meanings and kinds of, say, love, or anger or hate) or I believe 'loyalty' can have various meanings and nuances, including preferring one line to another almost exclusively. That said, we aren't "loyal' (preferential?) to any one line, although we like some more than others.
  9. Flip flops in the 50's and 60's in Nebraska were called thongs. And they were just the simple rubber kind that cost about a dollar. I could never wear them then or now due to tender feet. The 'other' kind of thongs were unknown at that time, at least to me. Here in the US I think trousers is used mostly for the 'pants' that come with suits, or other more formal or dressy styles, both for men and women. It's not so often used any more, especially for women. Slacks or pants is used for the less formal long version. in US speak. I remember being so confused about clo
  10. We've been on both. The Pearl was fine (weather from NY to Ireland not!) but we prefer the Getaway for most of the reasons others have listed.
  11. We have cruised on a lot of different lines, although two or three lines the most often. We do not book a cruise according to what line it is, but according to the itinerary and the price. We like the variety of experiences by booking different cruise lines and sometimes enjoy the good old tried-and true where we know what to expect. Time of year is also important as some dates just don't work and we do prefer a warm cruise in the winter. There are some cruise lines that don't interest us a lot, but I'd try (almost) any given the right trip and price.
  12. We just booked a cruise in August 2021. We did this mainly because my sister, who often cruises with us, would lose over $3000 in cruise credit if she doesn't book by Nov. 27th--and she doesn't want to cruise alone. Besides that, unique and wonderful itinerary with the (faint) possibility of being able to leave the cruise early and watch our football team in Dublin. But, we all know and frankly expect that we may be cancelling before final payment in April. At least she won't lose her cruise credit that way. I'm afraid April will be just too early to be sure that we
  13. I had my ears pierced back in about 1964 with the very stupid 'self-piercer' earrings they had then. Basically you wore earrings with sharp points that gradually bore a hole in your ear. Talk about the hard way to do it! Any way, fast forward 40 years or more and yes, my holes did start to close up, especially in one ear. I had always been a little sensitive to various metals, though, and sometimes they got irritated. It's not an urban legend, since it happened to me. Note that I was not wearing earrings every day for many years, but only when going out or 'dressing
  14. Thanks again for all the food for thought. Too bad it is all so complicated. We will pursue the issue as far as possible, but we do realize this may be difficult or impossible. Sigh. There are four of us in total, just wanting this unique itinerary plus the once in a lifetime opportunity to watch our team in Ireland. Note: the game is on the 28th, which is a sea day after the port of Edinburgh. The cruise officially ends in Southampton on the 29th of August. So, we would not be going to Southampton if we go to the game.
  15. Well, we have actually thought about doing this; just unsure if there are some legal ramifications? It might be a little suspicious if we are getting off with all our luggage, but yeah, I doubt they would physically keep your from leaving. Just don't know about customs, immigration, passports at airport, etc.
  16. Thanks everyone--yes, very interesting to hopefully be able to see our team in Dublin. Well, with Covid, all plans are shaky and likely to change, but, who knows, maybe it will work out. We will keep working on the ability to debark and any more advice or experiences are welcome. We can cancel with all funds returned until April 11; after that it would be cruise credit, which I am not too interested in.
  17. We are booking a cruise in August, 2021 (knowing that we may or may not cancel, depending on Covid restrictions) that starts in Iceland and ends in Southampton. We want to debark in Edinburgh, the last port before a sea day and arrival in Southampton, because we want to fly to Dublin to watch the Nebraska Football team, which is playing Illinois in Dublin on the last sea day. Almost an unbelievable twist in a cruise we are very interested in! Our agent has called NCL and told him they don't arrange early debarks ahead of time, would have to get permission once on the
  18. 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').
  19. 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 p
  20. 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?
  21. 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 stat
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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 an
  25. 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.
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