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  1. Navis, Your plans sound fantastic - a great variety. Happy travels to you!
  2. Yep, I kind of cried a bit the first time we sailed out of NY. In 2019, we spent the day before our cruise visiting both the Statue and Ellis Island, my husband's first time there, and I hadn't been since 1978 (when you could still climb all the way up). In early 2019, they opened the new museum near the statue. It was fantastic, and I highly recommend a visit. Only down side is we were a little tired by the time we got to Ellis Island and didn't give it the attention it deserves. I tried to visualize my German great-grand parents arriving there with my toddler grandfather.
  3. I am awed by sailing by the Statue of Liberty. And once, I woke up just as we were returning and sailed by her - around 3 in the morning.
  4. Here in the Finger Lakes/Rochester region, many businesses have opened up, though of course with many new adjustments. * Restaurants continue to offer a lot of take out, and since the weather is good many offer outdoor seating. Many allow for indoor seating at something like 25% capacity. We are in no hurry for that indoor experience though. * Most stores restrict the number of people in at any time. I only shop at places that mandate masks. For us, Costco, Trader Joe's, and Aldis have been the best. * We have visited quite a few wineries who have had to seriously re-imagine how they handle visitors. Tastings are not done belly-up to the tasting counter but done at distanced tables -- getting a flight rather than pour-by-pour. Many have outdoor options, and when you go inside to make a purchase they take mask and social distancing seriously. They are working very hard to make it safe, legal, and still provide an enjoyable customer experience. I am happy to give them our support. Some pockets of the area - just won't go there where there are too many people who just don't take it seriously enough. (They're typically not places I'd go anyway, younger crowd.) We feel very lucky at our home. My husband has been working at home since mid-March with no sense of if/when he'll return to the office. I've worked at home for several years. I'm glad he's here too b/c the things I would do to get out and see other people - the coffee shop to hang out, the Y, etc -- are not possible these days. The Duck Toller is the clear winner -- much longer walks and more opportunities for treats. Several big school districts have made the announcement that kids won't be coming back in September, though I guess some might have options for kids with specific needs. To be honest, I haven't paid that much attention as it's evolving. It doesn't seem so limiting now -- the backyard is lovely, we feel safe taking walks, outdoor dining feels comfortable --- we wonder what it will be like once the weather turns. Hope you are all healthy and enjoying your summers.......
  5. The whole lot of 'em. From the bands who alternate between Big Band to Country to 70s style, etc ... -- and the dancers and chorus ensembles who do the same. And some of them are doing the pool side music too. I've only seen one performer I didn't think was up to par - too lazy to find my dailies for the name. Played in the Escape's District Brew House. Oh, and, I may have had a crush on the whole ensemble of Choir of Man.
  6. I've only attended two. On the Gem our small group could see the staff and their demonstration. It was right next to the lifeboats. It started on time, didn't take long. Only one person who complained that we were cutting into their drinking time 'cause heaven knows there wouldn't be enough for that over the course of the week. :/ The next one was on the Escape, and our station was in the Atrium. I could not believe how crowded it was, how rude people were, how late it started beyond the supposed start time. I am short and couldn't see a darn thing. In an emergency, that would have been the last place I would want to be. And then there's the cluster to use the elevators after - which we avoided. Smaller, staggered groups has to be the future.
  7. So we just booked something for June 2021 and I created my usual spreadsheet where we plan things like dinners, shows, excursions. My husband warned me not to peak too soon. It's like he forgot who he married. :/
  8. Our agent took care of this for us - and in her email subject line was "OK, Norwegian doesn't make this easy..." That might be quite the understatement! She explained in detail how she got to the final number for our new booking and quite honestly it was much better than when I tried to figure it out myself! (and this is why I'm glad to use a TA)
  9. Thank you for this thread! I'm in upstate NY - Rochester/Monroe County. Our medical facilities are holding on, for now. The health systems are really playing well together. We have an excellent county exec and also public health director who are communicating very clearly and concisely what's happening here. Finding our governor's reports helpful too. The grocery stores are open, and many are hosting special hours for seniors. One originally stated "for the elderly" - as a 62 year old, I'm glad they amended their wording to "60+". If I go, my hope would be to get "carded." We try to support some of the local businesses -- restaurants, a chocolatier - all of who are doing great jobs of curbside pick-up. All transactions done online, no exchange of cash or credit cards. And in case you wondered, dog poop bags are handy when you don't want to pick something up. I have worked at home for 4+ years so no changes here, but I am missing going to the Y, other social activities, etc. My husband recently started working at home too so we had to switch internet providers to boost our bandwidth. He works for a company that supplies scientific supplies/equipment, so still busy. (He is customer support.) My job is related to medical technology software, and we are about to launch a new telehealth application. I also have a part time job at a local publication, so pushing out on social media what businesses are still open and promoting local businesses. Waiting for NCL to cancel our May cruise to Canada. The US Comfort is sitting in one of the berths NCL uses now. Biggest winner of this time: My Duck Toller. I've been taking her on much longer walks, exploring different neighborhoods, parks, and both her humans are home. Finding that people are very good about keeping the distance between us, thankfully. Here she is sitting at the Frederick Douglass statue, near where he lived here. Well, that was wordy. Hope you all continue to stay healthy.
  10. Wow! You sure are close to the terminal. I watched this online - as I often watch cruises head out/in.
  11. Henry - Been thinking of you - hope you and your family are doing OK. Were you able to finish your downsizing to a new home? My county (Monroe) is fairly hard hit, but NOTHING like your area.
  12. wow, they sure make this convoluted, don't they?!
  13. We are booked for a late May cruise to Canada/NE which we know won't happen. I looked at the rates for our same category and they are $900 more/pp, though with their sale it's "only" $400ish more! And, we could still book excursions in Canada if desired, or upgrade our room. I can't imagine living in such a vacuum that I would book a cruise to a country whose ports are closed out of a city with such a high rate of infection. Maybe at the end of February when I booked this I should have had better sense that the virus would spread so far.
  14. I am sure our cruise out of NYC on 5.23 will not happen. Certainly not as booked to Canada. Waiting for NCL to cancel it which would be to our financial advantage.
  15. Meanwhile, today I received a reminder about the opportunity to upgrade.... To a cruise to Canada before they lift their ban in July. I get that the emails are probably auto-scheduled ages ago, but it's not that hard to un-schedule those mailings, either. I'm being patient to see what they offer as a substitute itinerary, or if cruising is even a possibility by then. But this ticked me off.
  16. So our May cruise is not cancelled - but the itinerary cannot be kept as Canada won't allow the ship to dock. How soon is it reasonable to expect that NCL would communicate to us about itinerary changes or cancellations? I am sure our travel agent will be in touch but I know she has had about the worst week ever in her career dealing with cancellations of all kinds, not just cruises. Our situation is not as pressing.
  17. For all of us who are disappointed in our cancellations, etc, the impact on the crew - and their families - can be devastating, even if only a short term hiatus. Even our modest trip has a trickle down impact - the AirBnB we were staying in the night before departure, our dog sitter, ....
  18. When your cruise set out, they expected to stop at those other places - it was the weather that prevented it. But with our 2 stops in Canada, we KNOW we can't go there, so that is a different story. Ah well, we planned it less than 90 days from sailing, unlike our other cruises where we waited for many months.
  19. I mean, yeah, a foreign port - they could send us to Bermuda or Bahamas instead of Halifax, etc.....but I doubt that would happen.
  20. I don't know. I'll try to sort it out later. Now I want to have a little cry and a shot of whiskey. 😞
  21. We were to be on the Pearl on 5/23. Dang. I guess we'll get the refund since it's not our option to cancel.
  22. The theme of Choir of Man - very loosely -- is that it's a group of guys who find companionship and camaraderie with each other, the way some do with sports teams. And the singing was absolutely perfect. Tightest harmonies you can imagine...spot on. Your kids probably know some of the music - covers of Katy Perry, Sia, and Adele for example. I bought the CD and play it often. To be honest, I like the cast we saw on the Escape in June even better than those on the CD. (that cast left soon after that)
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