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  1. I hope you find a good deal on a back to back Polynesian. I had looked at a good price on the Jewel last year but couldn't go. One thing to keep in mind, often the difference in price of the overall air fare will pay for much of the B2B second half. The reason I did a B2B Alaskan last year was that it was cheaper to sail the second week back to Vancouver than fly to Vancouver and then from Seward.
  2. It will start on Sept. 13th. Vancouver to Seward, 7 days. Seward to Vancouver 7 days and Vancouver to LA 9 days. 23 days total.
  3. I did a B2B on the Jewell in Alaska June 2019 and I loved it. I had different Solo hosts for each trip and although their style was different, they both did a great job. I haven't cruised that much but so far the Jewell is my favorite ship. I even scheduled a B2B2B on her next fall.
  4. MamaFej, I hope your land cruises give you great pleasure while you are waiting for safe available sea cruises.
  5. Is Old & Dumb an option? 😉
  6. Well since wearing a mask does almost nothing for me but does a lot for others around me, I will wear a mask if necessary. It is just a sign of respect and a modicum of care for your fellow man. Now if I could just figure out how to eat if masks are needed. I wouldn't like room service for every meal even if it were offered.
  7. Well I was almost 69 then and there were younger and older. I have been on 5 solos now and the longer the cruises tend to get more retired folk. I will say that on my last solo in late February we had people from 25 to 80 and we all got along fine. The solo host or hostess have been very good at getting all to participate. Over the 5 solos women from 45 to 80 tend to outnumber the men but I have found fascinating conversations from women from the whole spectrum. The Epic crowd was huge the first night but got smaller and more manageable. Also we kinda made our own groups at times. I would think that there will be fewer older people until there is a vaccine but I could be wrong.
  8. My first solo was a studio on the Epic about 18 months ago. I really enjoyed it. The cabin is smaller but I really didn't spend that much time there. The bed was the same size as in a regular cabin but there is only a little room between it and the storage closets and shelves. I had plenty of storage but maybe you wouldn't. The shower is a little smaller than usual. The sink is tiny and the nook with the toilet is small but those things weren't a problem for me. The one annoyance was that the bright bathroom light was turned on and off by a motion sensor. If you were in there more than a couple minutes, you had to wave your hand around to stay lit. To prevent the bright light fully waking me, I hung a washcloth over the sensor with a magnet and used a magnetic dim nightlight I always pack. There must have been almost 100 people there for the first solo meeting. Too many for me. It slowed down some later. They had sign up sheets for several activities each day and also took a group to the evening show. If the perks and price make the studio a good deal, go for it. The lounge always had coffee, tea and cookies. All solo cruisers are welcome to the lounge for the evening solo meet and dinner. Studio cruisers have 24 hour access to the lounge,
  9. MamaFej, I hope your trips work out for you. I intend to cruise again but things will have to stabilize a little before I make that leap. I am not really afraid but I do not want to be on a ship that isn't allowed to dock or hasn't figured out how to deal with problems that may come with cruising in less than perfect times. I will wait a little while to see what happens and when the threat level reaches a point I think I can tolerate, I am cruising again. Again good luck with your future plans and I hope they all work out to make you happy.
  10. I thought Legionnaires' disease was caused by improper maintenance of the HVAC systems. Kinda unfair to compare to a virus that can be carried and passed on by anyone. I know when I was responsible for cooling towers, we had to maintain a proper level of biocide and algaecide in the water to prevent Legionnaires' and other airborne pathogens.
  11. Just make sure when they shove the bed to one side so that the gap is not below the fold up bed. I can't believe I had to ask the steward to move the gap to the other side. Trying to walk bent away from the fold up bed is tough for a geezer with a bad knee.
  12. I know that on my first Alaska cruise almost 4 years ago there were idiots running around coughing in the elevators without covering and I ended up with the flu before I left the 10 day cruise and then it went to double pneumonia shortly after I got home.
  13. If the cruise lines start requiring a doctors release for people 70 and over, I'm screwed. My regular doctor is with the VA and VA doctors won't sign anything.
  14. Hi Donna, I once knew a 2 brothers and a sister in their 80s who were still scrimping to the point of not buying things they needed even though they were loaded. Just remember the government or a retirement home will be glad to deplete your savings if you don't spend anything. If I live long enough, I intend to die broke. I doubt I will live that long but I intend to enjoy some of what my wife and I saved for. She only lived for 4 years after I retired and was gone less than 4 months after we found she was sick. There are no guarantees. Plan for the future but live for now.
  15. Sandra, As an introvert who almost never starts a conversation, I know what you mean. I have had great luck soloing with NCL. They have a solo meet every night, Starting with embarkation night. From that meeting those who wish, go to dinner together. At the trivia games, most people realize diversity of the participants is a good thing. I have been asked to join several teams on several cruises. On two cruises, the solo group had their own team. Some solo groups are tighter than others but all have been welcoming and willing to help a newbie. Check to see if the cruise you are thinking of has a Roll Call on Cruise Critic. If they do you can contact other solos there. If they also have a Meet & Mingle, you can meet solos or people with similar interests there. Try it, you'll like it.
  16. Bluebelle, Late Janurary this year I had a shore excursion to the rainforest in Puerto Rico and walked around in San Juan. The earthquakes were at the opposite end of the island and I didn't see an effect. There may have been some, but I didn't see it. I saw some evidence of the hurricane but the island was quite beautiful.
  17. After working 16 years in a coal mine when I was younger, small spaces and lack of sunshine don't bother me. I probably should amend my earlier list to Kindle, food, plumbing, air conditioning, and a few minutes email or text every 3 to 7 days to check in. I could probably make it a month before I started going stir crazy. I am fairly adaptable as long as my reading and nutritional needs are met. I think I will start carrying 2 or 3 weeks more medication with me now though.
  18. Coastcat, When I was on the Jewel in Alaska last June, they had a great solo program. I almost never initiate a conversation but I had no trouble making friends there. As a matter of fact, I have been to solo meetings on 5 NCL ships and met people to talk to and eat with on all of them. Just go to the solo meets, solo dinners and if they have it the Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle. You would have to be aggressively non communicative to remain isolated.
  19. I am pretty much introverted so as long as I have food and plenty of books on my Kindle, I'm good. I don't mind company but I live alone and do pretty well without it.
  20. They don't seem to care at the NCL solo meetings. I have seen people traveling with parents, two women traveling together and I was welcomed when I traveled with 2 of my teenage granddaughters. I didn't see much of them either.
  21. It looks like there are 22 members on the Getaway 3/1/20 Roll Call. They should be able to help you with your questions.
  22. I took a quick peek and there is an active Roll Call for this cruise. You will get a better response there. Go to the top of this page, to the light blue bar across the page. Click on "Find Your Roll Call". Then click on NCL from the drop down menu for the cruise line, then Escape from the next column and finish by choosing your sail date. Good luck and have a great cruise.
  23. NSnJW

    Gosh Darn It

    As long as you are packing you are travelling. As long as you are traveling, you are living, not just alive. Enjoy your cruises.
  24. Also check the inside cabin rate. Sometimes an inside with a solo rate is cheaper than the studio. If you are solo on a NCL ship with a studio lounge but you aren't in a studio cabin, you can still go to the solo meet up and dinner in the evening. Last year I got a solo balcony on the Breakaway for just a few bucks more than a studio.
  25. I have only traveled with NCL and Carnival so I have zero real data on any of the others. You might post in the cruise line forums if no one with more info picks up this thread. Hope you find the perfect cruise for you.
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