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  1. Very much agree with this. We've been burned in the past with expensive mattress purchases only to put them on inadequate frames and box springs. Sagging was pretty immediate. About 4 years ago we purchased a similar frame to the one you linked and rolled the dice on a $750 memory foam mattress that arrived rolled up in a box that we never tested prior to purchase. Everything has held up perfectly and we no longer see the need to spend thousands of dollars on a mattress that fails us after 2 years.
  2. I'm on the same sailing. While I haven't bid, the option to do so is still available to me.
  3. +1. Our May 2020 sailing has additional OBC offered by Celebrity due to a number of issues that occurred when the reservation was transferred to our TA. It'd be great if it weren't forfeited but I'm not optimistic.
  4. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5097/
  5. https://www.princess.com/news/notices_and_advisories/notices/global-ship-operations-pause.html
  6. As long as they don't remove the footst... Eh. Never mind.
  7. September 2, 2019 With our sailing decision made, we called X to make the reservation. As Hurricane Dorian created a state of emergency in Florida the Miami(?) call center was closed and we were transferred to a Resolution Specialist located in Wichita, KS. The agent we spoke with was amazing which makes sense as their job is to make the likes of us happy, or less mad depending on the situation. Going into the call we were prepared with a stateroom already picked out. Even with no cruising experience and limited knowledge on the subject it doesn't require a rocket scientist to know it's a good idea is to look at deck plans and figure out what's above and below your cabin. Placing the reservation was seamless and uneventful. We're technically astute and prefer making reservation or submitting orders on the interwebs over phone calls. We opted to pickup the phone as I had found a mention of an extra $100 OBC buried on Celebrity's website if you called. For an extra $100 OBC it was an easy decision to put on my big boy britches and brave making a phone call. Apparently your Captain's Club level must be Classic or higher to get this $100 OBC. As I have no status I can only chalk up this $100 OBC fortune to my smooth talking.😛 In the spirit of "affordable" requirement in the OP, we booked a 1C cabin, 8311, with 4 perks. I'm a light drinker while the better half is known to indulge here and there. Any of you can make a strong argument that I could have saved a decent chunk of change by opting for the classic package or none at all and you'd be right. But lest you forget our "don't wants" > "wants" and the premium package aligns to our not wanting to think about minutia such as signing receipts or handing over a credit card. On the next episode we'll cover our search for a TA.
  8. My better half is always giving me a pat on the butt.
  9. September 1, 2019 With our shortlist settled we used this lazy Sunday to view a STUPID amount of cruising-related videos on YouTube. I pulled up my YouTube watch history and counted no less than 50 videos viewed this day. Some videos stood out, others left much to be desired. Video production values aside, we were able to glean a lot of information provided by these moving pictures that the written word cannot capture. We're visual learners and while we have discovered Cruise Critic by this time, we hadn't created accounts for this site yet and had only performed a cursory examination of the vast information on it. We watched informative videos from (what I have since learned are some of the usual vlogging suspects) Tips for Travellers, Emma, La Lido Loca, Don's Family Vacations (he's...interesting, to be sure) et al. Admittedly we did focus first on the Celebrity videos because we are slightly limited in our traveling dates due to our professions. Celebrity had one particular sailing itinerary and dates that worked for us given the travel time frame constraints we had. Two videos stood out in our search as they provided a full ship walk through. One was pre-Hoppenization and the other post. It wasn't clear to us what had changed after "The Hoppening" but it didn't matter. Both videos included information that aligned to our cruising requirements stated above so we ceased further research into Princess and Holland. Reflecting back to those videos it might seem strange to you, what the ONE thing was that pushed us over the tipping point and sealed the deal. It doesn't get a lot of attention on Cruise Critic, but it was Slush on deck 12. One of the videos we watched included the Slush menu. Upon viewing it we were sold. It was settled. We found a ship, we found an itinerary, and we found our dates (see subject line of this thread). The stars aligned perfectly to what we were looking for and what we knew at the time. With our decision made, tomorrow we'd be calling X to place the reservation. To be continued...
  10. Welcome back! I really shouldn't write at the end of a long work day. I tend to make errors such as listing the wrong year of time travel in the above posts. Anything "2020" should have been "2019". Oh well, back to it. August 31, 2019 Extensive research commenced on a cruse line and ship. We entered this experiment with almost no knowledge of cruising past rumors, anecdotal evidence, and hearsay ie; Carnival is a party line, cruising is stuffy and for old people, ships are cesspools of germs and filth, et al. Our approach in choosing a line might be unique in that our search consisted of finding experiences we didn't want rather than did. We're of the mindset that it's easier for us tolerate something we can't predict than it is to tolerate something we flat out want no part of. Yes, we over-indexed on the research but it's how we're programmed. Subjective experiences such as food quality weren't given consideration. Even with no cruising experience figuring out which line has the best food would be a waste of mental energy. Plus we're not food snobs and enjoy mediocre food just as well as exquisite dining. As long as the food doesn't suck we'll be just fine. Did not wants in priority order: Children (or too many of them). We're empty-nesters and while ours are great, we're done with that until we're grandparents. We didn't want to feel that we'd miss something on our cruise. Oasis class ships are clearly off the short list and with smaller ships you have a greater opportunity to experience almost everything. Sensory over-load. We're not affected by this but it can be a distraction. Rock walls, flow riders, et al. We don't want to think about things; we just want them to happen. Wants in no particular order: On the bell curve of an age demographic we wanted to be on the left side of the curve. Slow and easy. This is a vacation and we want to relax. We love observing people and watching the world go by. 7+ day cruise. If we're making the commitment, we might as well go all in. A simple, easy, and common itinerary that included easily navigable ports. Mobility isn't an issue, simplicity is a desire. Over-complicating our first cruise might turn us off from future cruises. We like to think of our first cruise vacation as "Cruising 101". Ease of travel pre and post-cruise. Affordable. Subjective to be sure. However, as we have no benchmark on what is or isn't affordable we had to use our best judgment here. Concierge, Aqua, and Suites are nice, but not something we need to enjoy our trip, at least for now. Balcony is a must have. After a bit of research our shortlist consisted of: Celebrity Princess Holland (mostly because of the music which we love experiencing)
  11. ~August 28, 2020: Sigh, “It’s time to make the donuts” so more work, more save. And now for an intermission. More history will be shared in the coming days as we're just about to share the experience of researching and booking of our first cruise.
  12. ~August 27, 2020: Inner monologue – “We need to go on a vacation and could use some time to unplug from ‘life.’ I should look into a cruise again.”
  13. ~August 2011 through ~August 26th, 2020: Work work work work work. Save save save save save.
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