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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
  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 examina
  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
  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.
  14. You might be saying to yourselves, “What in tarnations? A trip report from the future? Is this a time paradox? Did I take a 60+ day nap and find myself in May? Does this guy possess the Time Stone from the Marvel movies?” There are a lot of fantastic trip reports on Cruise Critic and I wanted to differentiate this one from the likes of: The thorough and informative reports from @Jim_Iain The positivity found in @chicagopaul's reports. The great pictures from @mahdnc. The amazing writing and creativity found in the best trip report I’ve encountered thus far by @David Ka
  15. Ship: Equinox Length of Cruise: 10 Nights Cruise Sail Date: May 13, 2020 Date email offer received: February 28, 2020 Captain’s Club Tier: Preview Booked through Celebrity Direct OR via TA: Booked directly through Celebrity and transferred to a TA Current Cabin: 1C Deluxe Ocean View W/ Veranda Bid?: Not at this time. May reconsider in the future. General Comments (offer details, etc.) Move-up offers min-max ranges per person: Concierge: $100-$400 Family Veranda: $100-$500 Aqua: $200-$600 Sky Suite: $750-$1750
  16. As a member of the greatest generation (X), that LL Bean bag brings back some memories.
  17. I'm *more* likely to cruise as there are deals to be found. Just not anything in SE Asia in the near future.
  18. It seems most folks on this forum prefer Murano over Tuscan. Granted, I haven't dusted off my abacus and analyzed all the feedback but I suspect many would agree with this. From a culinary perspective I don't have a preference as I've never visited either. Taking it further we've never even been on a ship. Even with the anecdotal evidence that Murano is preferred over Tuscan, the better half and I opted for the latter as our dinner for the first night. It wasn't because Tuscan was all we could get or because the timing of the reservation worked with our schedule. It was
  19. All great points and thank you for the guidance. Full transparency, we're on the fence about purchasing before setting sail mostly because we've never been on a cruise and have no idea if the MDR will be to our liking. I've stated in previous threads we're not food snobs and as long as the food doesn't suck we'll be fine. But the ambiance and atmosphere of the MDR vs specialty may be important to us; we'll find out. Depending on the time one goes to the MDR we're aware it can be a little crazy. If the cost does go up while on board we likely wouldn't purchase the packag
  20. I do my best to "assimilate" to the culture of online forums by lurking and making wise use of the search feature before asking questions. However, I haven't seen anyone mention this in the past few months (or I just missed it). I do know how to use the search function but admittedly don't know which parameters to search with on my query. I'm aware I can purchase the Specialty Dining Package for Y nights in the cruise planner. But I was curious if this is the best place to do it based on things I've learned by lurking. eg: I know there are passengers that upgrade to the premium bev
  21. With the permission of your friends in the adjacent balcony, the steward will unlock the divider.
  22. Fair point and definitely understood. I should edit the post to say "Don't want a lot of children". I figure with 10 and 12 day cruises planned just before most schools let out should keep their numbers limited.
  23. I've been following this thread since the 1st post and have been looking for a reason to respond. Thank you for providing that reason as I just learned a new word. Reading is fun! I was hoping someone would chime in that has the same cruising experience I have on X or any other line for that matter. Unless I missed it, I don't believe that to be the case. I suppose the prevailing reason is the thread's topic of "what keeps you coming back". In my case I've never been on any cruise on any line. If the group will indulge me I'll share what led the better half and I to ch
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