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  • Location
    Winnipeg Canada
  • Interests
    Cruising & family
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL & Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    caribbean , Hawaii

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  1. We also had a cruise booked on the Star Princess that we cancelled about a month ago due to covid and low and behold, Princess cancelled the cruise the other day and transferred the Star and Golden to P&O. We've since rebooked another cruise for April 2022. We're hoping that covid will just be a bad memory by then...
  2. Haha. My wife and I actually enjoy nice dry red wine, but our other cruise mate likes the sweeter wines. She actually used to consume Baby Duck (yuck) and it's taken us years to wean here off that stuff. So, she has graduated to the Beringer, which we also enjoy. However, that "perfect" smooth and "jammy" red wine. And also a smooth, oaky, and buttery Chardonnay sounds good to me...
  3. I don't have a sophisticated palette. So, we usually bring our own. Berenger White Zinfandel. $3.97 a bottle at Walmart. However, as we have at the deluxe beverage package for our next cruise, I think we'll broaden our taste buds a little. 🍸🥃 😆
  4. Well, we're booked on a 28 day cruise. So, I can only hope all our cruise mates are a bunch of old farts that go to bed early and get up late. 😆😆😆
  5. Yes, I was looking at that and the only thing I see directly above is the beauty salon. Can't see that being much of an issue, but I could be wrong. That's why I was hoping that people who booked that stateroom before could provide some insite, but thanks for pointing that out.
  6. Curious to hear from anyone who would have stayed in stateroom L231 Lido deck on the Sapphire Princess. I would like to know about the location on the ship.
  7. We were booked on an Hawaii cruise for last March that got cancelled. We rebooked the same cruise for this coming January, but decided to cancel in light of the situation with the pandemic still being out of control. So, now we've rebooked a new cruise for April 2022 and are hoping we don't have to cancel that one. We really want to get back to our favourite way to vacation, but not if we our risking our lives in the process.
  8. I don't blame you for being nervous. The deciding factor for us to cancel our January cruise was having to drive through 5 states as we were going to go on a road trip rather than fly assuming the border would be open, which I doubt. Hope you sign up for the roll call if you haven't already done so. We would love to meet you and see how your trip on the Royal went.
  9. Totally understand the anxiety you must feel. Our last cruise was March 2019. We booked our next cruise for March 2020. A 15 night cruise to Hawaii from LA. Of course, that cruise got cancelled. So, we rebooked the same cruise for January 2021, think the pandemic would be under control by then. We decided to cancel that cruise as the pandemic isn't close to being under control and don't even know if the border between Canada and the USA will be open by then. So, now we've booked a 28 day cruise going from Sydney, Au to SanFrancisco for April 2022. We are counting on a vaccine being available by then that will make travel safer.
  10. Not from school, but one morning we shared a table at breakfast with another couple. As we chatted, the husband recognized my western Canadian accent (didn't know I had one) and asked where we were from. Turned out they were originally from a community about 5 miles from us and discovered we knew some of the same people. They had moved to the US for business and subsequently, retired in North Carolina. Small world.
  11. We absolutely love cruising and now that we're retired, we like to incorporate road trips along with each cruise. Our last cruise was March 2019. We've had 2 cruises cancelled since and our next cruise is scheduled for April 2022. Right now road trips aren't considered safe and if you do go on one, you are required to self isolate for 14 days upon return. So, we will do what we have to do to maintain our health and will enjoy getting back to cruising when it's safe to do so.
  12. Totally understandable given the current circumstances. We've cancelled or had cancelled 2 cruises since March of this year. We have rebooked another cruise for April 2022, but we aren't betting the farm that that one will go either.
  13. Yes, we were booked on the Star Princess for a 15 day cruise and received a phone call from our TA a few months ago saying that final payment was due by Sept. 23rd. We hadn't purchased insurance at the time and were told we had until final payment was made to do so. We waited until about a week ago to see how the pandemic was progressing and finally decided to cancel our cruise and wait until there is a safe way to travel. We had our deposit refunded and our FCC from a previously cancelled cruise reinstated on our Princess accounts.
  14. Although it's a great thought and we'd love to go see our home town Winnipeg Jets play the Calgary Flames, which starts tonight, I'm afraid they aren't allowing anyone to go to the games. So, we'll just curl up in front of the old TV and cheer them on from home. 🏒
  15. We have a cruise planned from San Pedro to Hawaii starting January 5th. We had planned a road trip from where we live in Canada to San Pedro. However, as the border is currently closed between Canada and the USA and the pandemic is still not under control in either country, we don't know whether or not our planned trip will even happen. We also had planned a road trip in September to the east coast of Canada that we cancelled due to the pandemic situation in our 2 most populated provinces that were on our road trip. So, we now participate in day trips around our own province to places we've never been or haven't visited in a long time. It doesn't take the place of a nice road trip, but it is a good distraction.
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