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  1. Dear Sir In Polyester Blazer: Due to your unfortunate negative comments on my service, it is with deep regret and unbridled relish that I inform you of the following: You are so much less enterprising than the other 5 passenger couples, every one of whom discovered independently by Day 2 that all you have to do to get a suite on this ship is walk into one (the same being empty), that I would not serve you any Champagne and chocolate strawberries from the overflowing cooler even if you offered me a case of N95's. Yours most sincerely, Eduardo [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. I wear shoes because I don't want you to catch my athlete's foot. No lectures please [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I could easily gain 5 lb or more [emoji33] a week but have worked with pre-diabetes long enough to know that I'd better carry 5 lb of my favorite delicious very low carb foods per week with me on my next cruise to prevent that... my current wardrobe for the new bod has zero room for extra me, so I know I have to behave. Not much restaurant or buffet food really appeals to me anyway, and thus has it ever been. All that salt, for one thing! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I repriced a 2021 TA on Summit, same cabin, *different* perks, same NRD, my TA seemed to have no problem with it. We lost 3 perks that were not hardly going to be used anyway, and kept pre-paid gratuities. Lost the free wi-fi, the drinks, and the $150 pp OBC. Saved $700 total!!!!!!!!!! It wouldn't have been cost effective for $50 pp, because $100 doesn't recoup that $300 OBC, which could go for excursions. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I haven't read most of the responses, but an idea immediately occurred to me if she is planning to go on her own. She's a digital native; she may easily be able to find a group of like-minded students to travel with. Perhaps gap year European kids, or local foreign-exchange students from her school or another. Perhaps there is scholarship $$ that includes working in Europe-- a great way to actually make some new friends in your new country! We were lucky-- our son only wanted to go skydiving... but those 15-20 minutes he was aloft, and the 5 or so coming down with an instructor buddy-riding him through loop-the-loops Oh My the most harrowing moments of his scary-enough high school career. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Oops 'scuse me you are so right... [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. When DS, highly inappropriate at times and with a developmental disability, was 19, we added hime to a family cruise along with his brother and his DGF. Refusing him alone this gift would actually have meant one of us had to stay home. We all had a great time, DS most of all, but he could have brought himself down at any moment. There are many reasons for people to judge that you must be a boor, and only one of them includes actually being a boor. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I have Keen Whispers which are my water shoes on the rocky beaches of New England. They are also great walking shoes, I discovered last summer. I think I wore flip flops the only time I took my kids to a water park. That worked in my 40's. Late 60's have made me awfully shy about showing my feet any more than I must. Lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I'm neither a frequent nor an international flyer, but living on the east coast guarantees weather disruptions All The Time. And on the second (of two) cruise I took, our homeward flight out of Seattle was delayed about 8 hours. That could so easily have been the flight going TO Seattle.... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. For me, who wears a simple mask on a plane/bus year-round, they have a very good purpose-- in the dry dry cabin, they conserve the moisture I breathe out with every breath, thus keeping the airways hydrated. Time tested inexpensive life saver. During the winter I also wear exam gloves to travel-- so when I wash my hand frequently, as one must, it's the gloves I'm washing, thereby preventing winter's dry, cracked fingertips. As a bonus for those gloves, their slight grippiness allows me to pick up stuff that would otherwise require a death grip to keep them from sliding out of my dry, frictionless fingers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Enjoying this! Kirkwall is first stop on an Aug 2021 cruise. We are walker-arounders but there could be time for a van ride.... I will tell this Lorna tour leader y'all sent me...[emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I have downloaded the app, which I won't need for a loonnnng time yet. All the reviews in the Apple app store were extraordinarily negative. I'm glad to see it will be of use. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. This is very good to hear! I just purchased a Travel Insured policy after a very long and patient (and entertaining!) chat online with Deanna at TIS (also after having seen it here), which ended in a couple of quotes in my email. During my online purchase, I was bizarrely taken through my USAA membership because evidently I had not logged off before closing the tab the last time I used USAA on that device. I chatted online with an EXCELLENT TI agent. Turns out, if you are a USAA member, you may get a discounted TI price if your state participates in that. My quoting and purchasing experiences were phenomenal compared to ordinary customer service. I printed the 40-page insurance document and carefully read every word before I even hit the initial stage of purchasing. Not that I remember it now, but it was useful and now I know where to find info. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. "That's not how it works" for an answer sounds like you might want to ask to speak to that person's supervisor's supervisor! You are being very patient with them, my irritable hat is off to you [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Great topic for a beginner! First cruise was in the era of car phones in a bag. Second was the year before I got a smartphone. Now I have one with a good camera, so will need to have it by me. I am very ambivalent about wearing pocketed leggings, which seem to be many women's go-to. My derriere is worth showing off, but I am 68 for Pete's sake. I always travel with a featherweight fanny pack from 30 years ago at CVS. Even if I have multiple pockets built into my clothes. I'd rather that or zipper pockets in clothing (safari vest anyone? [emoji23][emoji23]) than a wristlet, which would drive me absolutely bonkers. Even wearing a watch is going to be bad enough. The waterproof pouch sounds very safe and convenient for anything involving water. Our third cruise is to northern climes so there will be no beach fun involved, but perhaps a boat expedition where I'd want to get pics. But when I go kayaking, and carry my phone in case of emergency, I use a quart freezer ziploc bag. Works for me for that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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