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  1. 11 hours ago, JVes said:

    It took me years to accept that yes, I need help. Maybe even decades. Even now, I hate it. I hate it so very very much that it's a constant scream in the back of my mind. I rage against my body, sometimes quite literally screaming into my pillow.

    Shadow, I'm glad you took the courage to post that. I don't have answers. All I can tell you is that it's normal to grieve your former freedom and what your body used to be able to do.

     

     

    Thank you. I keep telling myself that pain at my age is normal. That what I'm going through now is just part of the process. I have to accept it but doesn't mean I have to be thrilled about it. But the upside is we're still here and we're still upright so good for us! Bless you 

  2. Therein lies the problem,, asking for help. I don't think it's so much that I  do not want to bother anyone It's that I hate to think that I need help! It's very difficult for me to accept I'm not who I used to be. I'm not ready to give up but I'm very uncomfortable with being unstable mobility wise , with not being able to do the things I used to do comfortably. It really changed my life.

     

    I envy older people who run up and down the stairs on cruise ships. I used to be able to run up and down the stairs

     

     With me, it's mostly the pain and the stability issues.. The walking. I can't walk as far or as long as I used to but I do it. I hate trudging along but I do it. Of course I have the Rollator!

  3. 12 hours ago, afdds said:

    Never thought about that.  The representative was trying to tell me it was something I did.  He kept saying there was a pull down tab for either Main Dinning Room or Cabin delivery.  And for the longest time he was trying to switch my reservation to the Cabin instead of the Main Dining Room.  It took awhile for us to get on the same page that NO I wanted the actual restrauant, which is what I assumed I was receiving.  Of course, I can't check on this tab because I have already made the reservation.  I can however, go into our 2025 cruise once the reservations open and see if there is such a tab that exists.  I know there was no such tab on the first day they opened their books.

    I've been sailing with Holland America for quite a while now and I have never seen a drop down tab giving you the option of having the dinner in the main dining room. Never.  Can't imagine why you'd want to

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  4. When I started this thread it was because I could not get the AARP benefit combined with my travel agent benefit. However, I changed travel agents for my cruise next year and I got both.. I got the new travel agent on board credit and the AARP obc. Like I said before....go figure.

     

    And..... Some of you may think this is mean and I'm sorry if you do but for my cruise that the travel agent benefits and the AARP benefits couldn't be combined, well I had that transferred to a different travel agent and everything was combined.

     

    Ps .. I could transfer the cruise over because it was within the 30 days.

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  5. 2 hours ago, Sea42 said:

    Our TA send us a statement that includes this information:

    Includes: "Have It All" Perks.

    Includes: Club Orange Upgrade - VC stateroom at VH rates.

    Includes: $100 OBC Military Benefit

    Includes: $100 OBC from Group Program

    Includes: $1000 OBC as our gift (added prior to sailing).

    Total OBC - $1200 per stateroom.

    That's exactly how I see my onboard credits from my new travel agent. However, when I called in to Holland America and asked if they could see all of those onboard credits they told me no. The only onboard credits they could see were the ones they gave me directly. Actually,  I'm glad to see this because it was new to me and I didn't know how to feel about that.

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  6. 10 hours ago, ScottishMaid said:

    I booked two cruises back to back through a TA for August. I called HAL reservations today to follow up on the AARP benefit and the Educator/teacher benefit.

    The agent said I already had an AARP benefit for a July cruise and I needed to reapply for the benefit for the August cruises. If I make dummy bookings for the cruises it shows I qualify for the benefit. Thoughts?

     

    For the teacher benefit she said it can only be applied to one cruise so it's been applied to the first but not the second. I get the impression she's saying it can only be used once. It doesn't say that on HAL's information page. Anyone have experience with this?

    I think the agents make it up as they go along

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  7. 1 hour ago, kazu said:

    Happy Hump Day everyone and thanks to Rich, Vanessa, Debbie, Dixie & Ann.

     

    Sorry I haven’t been posting but I don’t have a lot of good things to say.  The drugs and pain and effort to walk make me very tired and it is hard for me to keep up with the Daily.  I’m on my last day of antibiotics and while there has been some improvement I can barely stand to put my foot in the softest shoe I own.  My foot nurse has given me a merino wool thing that makes it easier to walk on my hardwood floors and helps protect the foot.

     

    X-Ray was done on Thursday and so far, I haven’t heard anything.  It was marked urgent by my FP so hopefully soon on the bone infection or what they see?   I have an appointment with the vascular surgeon next Tuesday.  Should be fun trying to drive there if the foot hasn’t improved.

     

    I can’t walk Ivan obviously - but he is getting walked daily.  Ca-Ching - $$$$.  here he is motoring let full out (probably so she could get the pic). 

     

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    He’s doing 3 - 5 kms per day.  Hard to believe this is the same dog that could only be walked for 10 minutes 3 times a day when I first got him!  he’ll probably be sad when I start walking him again - LOL.

     

    @marshhawk Annie I am so sorry to hear how things have turned out for Chuck and for you.  My prayers are with you both 🙏

     

    Prayers for those on the Care list and all who need them.  Cheers to those celebrating.

     

     

    Hope you feel better soon

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  8. 10 minutes ago, Horizon chaser 1957 said:

    Go down to the main stage, or wherever the excursions check in, really early when the first tours are checking in. Tell the excursion person on the check in desk, and they’ll cross you off the list for that tour. Once in a blue moon you can get on a sold out excursion the same way being Johnny on the spot for a ‘morning of’ cancellation but don’t count on it. 

    That is great advice and I thank you for it. But sometimes I'm just not feeling well enough to do that. I am a woman of a certain age. Ty

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  9. Hello fellow cruises.

    How do you cancel a shore excursion either the night before or the morning of. I've had problems with this. Please be advised this has nothing to do with a refund. Has nothing to do with money at all. I just hate the thought of people waiting for me when I'm not going to be there. I don't want to hold up the bus......

     

    1 time I knew the night before I wasn't feeling well and I wouldn't make the excursion the next day. Of course no 1 was at the excursion desk. There was no voicemail, I had no email  address so I called the front desk. I explained my situation that I wouldn't be making the excursion and the excursion desk was closed. The representative at the front desk told me they would notify the excursion people. That was never done. I hate to repeat myself but I felt terrible thinking that people were waiting on a bus for me and I  wasn't going. On another occasion,,,, It was about 2 hours before the excursion was about to begin. Again, no 1 was at the excursion desk it was too early. I tried to call later  but they were all out with the excursion. So I really don't know how to cancel an excursion.

     

    There must be a way and I'm sure someone out there knows it. I'd appreciate the help. Thanks

     

    Ps.. If there's another thread out there I should be looking at please let me know.

  10. 1 hour ago, Ski Mom said:

    Thank you for your response.? I did read the itinerary and I did not see any mention of tenders but when I called the cruise line for information the representative said that some of the ports require a tender but when I questioned why it wasn’t stated on the itinerary I was told that the trip I was interested in would have a new ship that required a tender. I picked another itinerary and called again and was given different information so now I am very confused and was just wondering if anyone else had any information about this trip. 

    I know Bar Harbor is a tender port.

  11. 23 minutes ago, RRFan said:

    I know Princess gives the veteran’s benefit on every single cruise. We aren’t vets but they tell me once their Vet status was on file with PCL that benefit was automatically applied to every cruise they booked without them having to ask for it ever again. Kind of surprising that HAL would limit that. As I said earlier, we had booked a cruise weeks before I ever even knew about the AARP or educator benefit, but since I applied on the HAL site and got them verified, HAL automatically applied it to our next cruise. We didn’t know until we got onboard and checked our statement on the Navigator app that we got the OBC for all of it. What I don’t know is how to get it applied to my next two coming up later this year.  

    I never had a problem before. I cruised quite a bit and I never had a problem getting both perks. Travel agent at AARP (since last July). As I mentioned earlier I got the both for next year. Talk to the travel agent before you book see if they know how to add everything. Mine  didn't. 

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  12. On 4/14/2024 at 12:02 PM, RobTheGob said:

     

    I guess it’s not surprising that there is inconsistencies…

     

    I realized that I had entered my info in SheerID before sending the email - that probably affected how well it worked for me.

     

    SheerID HAL

    I did this already. It was already confirmed. My current travel agent called HAL  again and they refuse to add it again. She said she couldn't combine both benefits. However, For next year I booked with a different travel agent and their perks and the AARP were both on my booking. Go figure.....

  13. 4 hours ago, StLouisCruisers said:

    Santorini Greece.

     

    I'm only posting photos from our first time there because they would probably all be the same.  In fact the third time we stayed on the ship.  I believe the weather wasn't great that day.

     

    In 2012 we stopped at Santorini for the first time on Crown Princess.  Once we made our way to the top using the gondolas, we walked to the local bus station and boarded a bus headed to Oia.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVJhNjyrNZUgCxKqdAls7v5z?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1356365383

     

    This stop was in late November so the crowds weren't terrible.  Along the way the view of the island and coastline.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVIC1gS9FzBDdR9PRLq2bmNh?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1356365423

     

    Once in Oia we did what we all do, walk around and take photos.  Here is the blindingly white church.  Everything there is blindingly white!00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVK4WeFov6BOBtREH9_d3i42?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1356365450

     

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    After our nice visit to Oia we rode the bus back along the two lane winding road to Fira.  Another ride down on the gondolas and a tender over to the ship.  A beautiful stop on our Greek Isles cruise.😎

     

     

     

     

    So beautiful. I have a cruise to go there next year in October.

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  14. 7 hours ago, dfish said:

    Good morning, everyone!

     

    It is a gray day today with intermittent rain showers predicted.  All the better for those May flowers that will soon be here.  I will be so happy when the trees finish budding out.  Apparently, tree pollen is a big irritant to me.  I'm sure once the trees finish, the grass will take over. 

     

    @RMLincoln Keeping you and DH in my thoughts today that all goes well.

    @Haljo1935 Hoping all goes well with your procedure today.

    @JazzyV I hope you are resting comfortably.  I'm glad BFF is with you.

     

    I have a pedicure this morning and hope that is all I need to deal with.  Yesterday got busy with details for the conference I am attending on Saturday.  I left the position of State Director two years ago, but for some reason, I am in charge of the details of this conference.  Or at least it seems like I am.

     

    Today's meal sounds tasty.  What makes it stand out is the scallion ginger sauce.  https://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/272931/sheet-pan-sesame-chicken-broccoli-with-scallion-ginger-sauce/

     

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    This one uses chicken that has been cut up into cubes.  It doesn't have a separate sauce, but does bring in the ginger along with a sweet chili sauce.  https://www.eatyourselfskinny.com/sheet-pan-sesame-chicken-and-veggies/

     

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    Here is one more variation that uses just broccoli as the vegetable.  https://www.punchfork.com/recipe/Sesame-Chicken-and-Broccoli-Sheet-Pan-Meal-Kalyns-Kitchen

     

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    Wishing you all a wonderful day!

    Everything looks delish

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  15. 8 hours ago, AncientWanderer said:

    Greetings everyone from Japan.  I hope all are doing well.  Glad to see that @kazuJacqui was able to make her trip, and even has enough oomph to do a “live from.”  😊

     

    The Westerdam is delivering the goods here in Japan.  We’ve had great excursions, quite good food, and wonderful service.  And blessed with sunny skies.  And…perfect timing for the cherry blossoms.  Happy campers.  Here are a few photos.


    Shirakawago from Kanazawa port stop

     

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    Hirosaki from Aomori port stop

     

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    And a pretty darn lavish Asian dinner in the Lido

     

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    Wishing everyone a best possible day.  Many thanks to the Daily team and all contributors.   ❤️

    OMG you must be thrilled. Everything looks so beautiful

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  16. 10 hours ago, bennybear said:

    Welcome @shadow 123   My first dog was named Shadow.  
     

    Welcome home @JazzyV  now just take it easy!  May the healing go well! 
     

    @RMLincoln we knew what you meant!  And you had a great excuse!  Praying all goes well tomorrow! 
     

    @kochleffel Happy Passover,  I don’t like ginger beer so I think I’d try your version of the drink. 
     

    @ger_77 hope you don’t have to wait too much longer for good news for Maurice! 
     

    @Cruzin Terri sending lots of gentle hugs!  So hard! 
     

    @marshhawk hugs! Lots of hugs!  

     

    How do you capture the handle that way. When you mention someone by the handle It appears in blue. How do you do that?

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  17. 8 hours ago, DeeniEncinitas said:

    🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺

    OMGOSH!! Just precious!! So cute I just want to squeeze them LOL! You’re the best ! Thanks for the pictures, and I love how eloquent you are and your fantastic attitude and positivity!!! We need more of that from everyone in this world!

    🌺Mahalo

    Denise🙂

    Ditto everything from DeeniEncinitas. They are beautiful and you are kind.

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  18. 14 minutes ago, dfish said:

    We loved it.  We both said we'd do it again.  How about you?

    In 2017 I went on the 38 day Voyage of the Viking and spent some time in Iceland. Then last year I did the 25 day cruise to Iceland. I enjoyed it.. I just enjoy  cruising.  I love the crew on the Holland America line  .Just great... But Honestly I don't think I'd go back to Iceland again.

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  19. 2 hours ago, marshhawk said:

    @shadow 123Here too!  We feed everything that arrives in our yard. Except for the lizards.  I let them eat our bugs though.   However I am not sure I want to start feeding an armadillo if it shows up.  They will destroy a house foundation in no time flat. And I am not too fond of the coyotes, as they have taken one of my cats. My neighbor is always scared I will end up feeding the foxes, but they show up in the early morning hours, and by then the possums and raccoons have stripped the feeders clean. This is why if I can get a cat off the street, I will do so.

    I'm in the city so we don't see too much of those wild critters thank heavens.

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