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  1. My wife and I often eat breakfast in the dining room. She would much rather do that than the buffet any day. I'm a big breakfast eater so I usually order a little more than the standard breakfast. Here is where I've ever had a problem. Order 3 eggs - get 2. Order 3 pieces of toast - get 2. I always have to take inventory when breakfast arrives and send the waiter back for what they forgot, if need be.
  2. We have cruised 23 times and 21 of them were in an inside cabin. The other two times we had a balcony and it went like this. 15 day - roundtrip California-Hawaii in February. The weather to Hawaii was so cold that we never used the balcony. For the 5 days we had in Hawaii we were so busy and so tired at the end of the day that we never used the balcony. Returning to California we encountered cold weather and never used the balcony. What a waste. 12 day - Tahiti. The balcony sounded ideal. Warm weather, island views, idyllic right?. However, with temperatures over 100 degrees on a daily basis, including hours after the sun went down, we didn't use the balcony except to dry my scuba diving gear. It was great for that. What a waste. We have four cruises coming up, each B2B. Two are 14 days each and other two are 10 days each. We did think about a balcony for the first B2B, being 28 days at sea. However, the price tag was over $6000 more than an inside. Getting a balcony has to give me value for the money spent. Thus far it has not. Needless to say, the next four cruises are also in an inside.
  3. We are doing B2B 14-day cruises in June/July. 28 days of cruising @ one mask per day = 28 masks; times 2 cruisers = 56 masks. Looks like we should bring at least six 10 packs. I think I better check our inventory of KN95s.
  4. I see that there is a lot of information about ARRIVAL groups here but nothing about departure groups. I've never cared before but now we have B2B cruises coming up where our disembarkation time becomes a factor. We are Elite, if that matters when selection occurs. Any ideas?
  5. I have not had a problem with the app. I did have a question about our new passport uploads but that was answered here on CC. We were in the Green Lane right away and, as of yesterday, we were still there. All is well.
  6. The Princess website shows that they have eliminated the 72 hour rule in favor of a 3-day rule. That way you don't have to count the hours between your test and arrival at the port. The example they use for a cruise leaving on a Sunday is; get your test anytime on Thursday and it's good for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, regardless of what time the test was administered on Thursday or what time you arrived at the port on Sunday.
  7. I too remember those days when you received your documents in the mail. It always seemed to be an exciting time when they arrived. I don't recall when it changed to the Cruise Personalizer but it did and I learned how to use it. I did hate the drudgery of entering all the same information for both me and my wife, but that's the way it was and it seemed to work. On our last cruise (ending 3/1/2020 - how's that for close) my Medallion wasn't good for much. I even had to hold it up to the screen to unlock the cabin door. Now we have the app. Once again I had to adapt. I prefer to make entries on my computer because I don't like the screen size on the phone (fat fingering) - even though I have an iPhone X with a large screen. Everything seems too small and hard to use. However, I went on with life and made my entries. I had one question in regards to our renewed passports and got the information from CC. The entries were made and we are in the green lane for our B2B, 14-day cruises in June/July 2022. Along the way I have made several checks, because of reported app problems, but we have always remained in the green lane. Thus far the app has worked flawlessly and I look forward to exploring its use on our next cruises.
  8. I too enjoy a good hot dog for lunch rather than going to the dining room. Smothered in mustard and onions (accompanied with a beer) it tastes fantastic. However, my favorite is actually kielbasa, eaten in the same manner as the hot dog; in a bun with lots of mustard and onions. We have a local shop that sells terrific smoked kielbasa and I buy a lot of it. My wife asked me to cook once a week, so once a week we have kielbasa. I wish I could get it on a Princess.
  9. I have always been able to enter my wife's data for any cruise using only my sign-in. We have B2B 14-day cruises set for June/July 2022. The app automatically linked the two cruises and I entered the information for both of us. We renewed our passports this year and I entered the new numbers and new passport photos for both of us. We are both currently in the green lane. No problems with the app here.
  10. Sounds like you ;picked the wrong cruise line.
  11. I found this thread interesting because I'm sort of a watch freak. I have several, from different manufacturers. Some self-wind, some battery, and some Eco-Drive. You will very seldom ever see me without a watch. I put my watch on as soon as I get up in the morning, so you will find me wearing it at breakfast. It's the last thing I take off before going to bed at night. If I take a nap, I do not remove it. My current favorite is a Rado, self-wind, followed by a radio-controlled Citizen Eco-Drive that has both analog and digital times. It appears that I'm odd-man-out.
  12. I was talking about the photo of the passport itself, not of me. The system allows you to change your passport number and the expiration date, which I did. When it came to the photo of the passport itself, there was no way to edit the old passport photo out and take a picture of the new one. There was a button that allowed you to remove everything on that page and I suspect that is what will need to be done to replace the photo of the passport. However, since that picture is so small, perhaps no one could tell the difference. I was just curious to see if anyone had any ideas of how to do this. Surely, I cannot be the only one whose passport expired and new information had to be entered into the ap. Thanks.
  13. Yesterday I was filling out the Ocean Ready information for our cruise in 2022. As part of that I updated our passport information as we had to renew our passports that would expire later this year. The passport number had changed so that information was updated, as well as the expiration date. However, I did not see an option for replacing the photo, absent removing all of our old passport information, which I would assume would also remove the photo and you would just start over. Has anyone encountered this and what was your solution, if any?
  14. Regardless of what the cruise lines do, you might still need to be vaccinated to travel. If the CDC instantly removed any vaccine requirement, but one country on your cruise itinerary has a requirement for vaccination, then you'll have to be vaccinated. It does not matter whether or not you intent to go ashore since you are entering that country the moment your ship crosses the 12 mile limit countries maintain as jurisdiction. Vaccination requirements would apply at that time. Cruiselines will likely be required to insure that all passengers show proof of vaccination to board - just like showing your passport.
  15. I'm 72 years old and don't cruise on ships with all the bells and whistles. I could care less about that stuff. I was talking about the rust that is appearing on the back and sides of the ship. I've been to Hawaii 4 times, including multiple week stays, and I have been on over 20 cruises, so no need to lecture me about cruise ships, cruises, or Hawaii. The rust makes the ship look tired, at least on the outside.
  16. We are also booked on this 28 day itinerary. For Kazooartist, we live in the GR area.
  17. Judging by a couple of those pictures she looks a little old, worn and tired. I hope not since I have a cruise booked on her.
  18. We have been on about 24 cruises and one had one early return and that was only a one day loss on the cruise. The reason was the ever increasing cases of norovirus onboard. The cruise line did everything they could to mitigate the issue but could not bring it under control. Passengers didn't help as we watched dozens of people bypass hand washing and hand sanitizing stations at will. We returned to Fort Lauderdale and the cruise line took very good care of us. Oddly, we returned to port on 2/1/20, the beginning of the pandemic, with no corona virus onboard, only norovirus.
  19. We are booked for Feb 2022 and I have my doubts about that cruise sailing. The CDC "Framework" is really a no sail order in disguise. It allows the CDC to approve/disapprove cruise lines plans on a whim. They can set out guidelines and when the cruise lines comply the CDC can change the guidelines for no apparent reason and the cruise lines have to start over. When the "Framework" expires the CDC simply blames the cruise lines for non-compliance and renews the "Framework". The cruise lines need to start looking at cruises that don't involve U.S. waters but close enough to attract U.S. passengers.
  20. We are scheduled for this cruise in February 2022. With cruising pretty much shut down we decided that we might like to go back to Hawaii. We've been there 3-4 times, including both cruises and land based. We were looking at a land based vacation when I thought that if we booked far enough ahead we might also be able to throw in this cruise as a start, just for fun. We will likely fly in 3-4 days ahead of the cruise, do the cruise, then do 2 weeks on land. Looking at one week in Lahina, Maui and one week in Kona on the Big Island. A couple of places that we went to that haven't been mentioned are; climb to the top of Diamond Head (take your time, have lots of water, and don't be afraid to stop and rest or head back down; strenuous but worth the view) and go to the Punch Bowl National Cemetery. Since we will be there at the height of "whale season" we will likely take several excursions for this. We once had whales under our tour boat and so close out of the water that if your arms were 6' long you could have touched them.
  21. We are mostly loyal to one cruise line but that was not our intent when we started out. We started with Commodore Cruise Line (no longer in existence) then went to NCL. After a couple of cruises we tried RCL before moving on to Princess. By now we knew what we preferred about cruise lines and liked Princess a touch more than NCL or RCL but didn't have a problem with cruising with any of those three given the right itinerary and price. As we continued our cruising adventures we looked at the various itineraries for places that we wanted to go and Princess always seemed to have the right itinerary. We also now preferred to go on slightly longer cruises and liked to do back-to-back cruises. We then found that Princess almost always had either had B2B cruises available or perhaps a 14-day itinerary. The other lines usually did not have B2B available but seemed to be repeating the same 7-day itinerary. They might have had a 10-day but no 14-day. When it came to more exotic itineraries we found the Princess line seemed to be going to more of the places that we wanted to see and had longer better itineraries at a better price. This was true when we began to explore 14-day B2B cruises with one being to Iceland/Norway and the other to the Baltic states for June 2021. Holland America was the only line that came close but we still preferred the Princess itinerary. Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, we had to cancel those cruises when the itinerary completely changed.. We last cruised NCL in 1996 and RCL in 2013, when we took our family on a cruise and opted for RCL because of the children's programs for our grandchildren. Before that we last cruised RCL in 2002. Since cruising is pretty much at a standstill right now we thought that we might want to go back to Hawaii but on land for a couple of weeks. We've been there about 4 times and really like it so why not. But then I thought of NCL and the Pride of America. We might be able to do a 7-day cruise then stay in Hawaii as planned. The best of both worlds if it worked. As a result, we booked the NCL cruise for February 2022, hoping that things would improve by then, but I'm not optimistic. In total we have done 23 cruises but do not book for the "perks". We book itinerary first. We are currently "Elite" on Princess but have no status with NCL due to our cruises occurring so long ago.
  22. I hope you have good luck with your April 2022 cruise. We have one booked for Feb. 2022 and I'm having my doubts. We had to cancel 2, 14-day B2B cruises on Princess and wondered what to do next. My wife wanted to go back to Hawaii on land and after talking it over decided to do the 7-day Pride of America preceding the land based stay. However, Hawaii now says they won't open up to cruise ships until late fall 2021 and the CDC says they can change their published rules on their whim. The CDC has made it clear that they do not want cruise ships to sail and have now laid out some onerous rules to delay that as much as possible. They will also now have the backing of Biden, whereas Trump reigned them in. My wife and I were talking a couple of days ago and she said that we might have sailed our last cruise (Feb 2020, just before the lockdown). It would be a shame if it came to that.
  23. We used the Medallion for the first time on our 14-day Caribbean cruise that ended on 3/1/20, right before the shutdown. We wore the medallion on the provided lanyard and it was not a big deal. If we didn't want it flopping around or visible in port, we simply dropped it down our shirts. My Medallion did not unlock the cabin door unless i was standing in front of it and a couple of times I had to hold the Medallion up to the screen for it to work. My wife's Medallion would unlock the door from 8-10 feet away. We did not carry our cell phones with us so we did not use any of the other features around the ship. For us the Medallion was simply a round cruise card, rather than a flat one. The Medallion did eliminate a lot of touch points though as the Medallion never had to be handed to anyone for any reason. Hold it up to a reader and it was done. Given the current COVID situation, I would think that the touch point elimination would be a huge advantage.
  24. Sometime ago in my life's 72 year journey I learned that the only thing in life that remains constant is change. Like it or not, change will occur, change must occur. We have gone from the phone hanging on the wall (Yukon 2-6910) to cell phones, to cell phones with text messaging, to cell phones with cameras. In all probability, good changes. Along the way we went from young and carefree to being married, with children, then grandchildren, and to a lucky few great-grandchildren or more. All great changes to our lives. However, that entailed aging and the problems that come with that change. A lot of those aging changes are not pleasurable and therefore not a welcome change. All throughout our lives, we all have experienced changes both welcome and unwelcome, but indeed, the changes did occur, with or without our consent. I doubt that any of us welcomed this pandemic into our lives but nonetheless it has occurred and it has changed us all dramatically. If we want to continue cruising, cruising must change, and thus we must change, if we want to continue to cruise, or quit cruising. However, quitting cruising is also a change. Cruising must change to accommodate the thousands of other changes that have occurred throughout the world. As a result, we might have to: Use more technology to our advantage or disadvantage, depending on how you view it. Carry our phones with us on a cruise. Wear masks in public areas. Social distance. Wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently. Use cruise line excursions only. Eat only with our immediate traveling party. Consent to medical tests, ad infinitum. However, a simple change like washing your hands seems to cause panic on a cruise ship. We were on a cruise to the Caribbean which ended on 3/1/20, right before the lockdown. We did not have coronavirus but did have norovirus aboard. The cruise line required people to wash their hands before entering the buffet. You should have seen the number of people that tried everything they could to avoid that. Some crew members would allow people to pass without washing their hands and some would not. Today, a simple act of not washing your hands could get you thrown off a cruise ship. Whether or not you view the many changes in life as good or bad, in the end you must accept that change, or change to not accept that change.
  25. Keep in mind that even if you "think" you can understand the legal language that the insurance contract will be written in, what you think it says and what the insurance company thinks it says might be two different things. Insurance companies don't make money by paying out claims.
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