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  1. I have been to both several times. They are just "different" to me. Oddly, I always thought GSC was greater than Coco Cay (Little Stirrup Cay). But then Royal Caribbean has really stepped up it's game. Just adding a dock is a HUGE improvement, let alone everything else. That said, I still miss/yearn for the older days of the rugged beach paradise. I enjoyed Coco Cay back in the day. I also like it now, just different. So it's nice to have Great Stirrup Cay as an alternative once in awhile.
  2. I finally got caught up. Thank you to all the contributors! I just booked Adventure out of Galveston for January and I CAN'T WAIT! 6 months will be a long wait, but it seems short compared to how long it's been for a cruise! Question for those of you who sailed Adventure recently...it sounds like for internet, it's best to just purchase the regular zoom and not the streaming? We will be in the Panoramic Room on the top and very front. I'm assuming the streaming will be just a waste of money? And Morgan-regarding Global Entry, with all of your cruises upcoming, I'd
  3. We are also cruising r/t out of Venice (Ravenna) in September 2022. I haven't finalized plans yet, depending on air options. We are thinking of flying home out of Bologna, Milan or possibly Florence rather than Venice. The train is direct to both and air options seem like they may be similar. It will also provide an opportunity to visit another city for 1-2 days post cruise. We have been to Florence prior, but on a port visit, so we wouldn't mind the opportunity to be there in the afternoon and evening once cruise ship passengers vacate the city. At this point, I'm still planning to spe
  4. I'll be sad they are not there on our next cruise. We met them several years ago on our first visit. It's been quite awhile since we've been back. I am happy for them though. Once of the positives out of Covid was giving some business owners a pause to really reflect and decide what they want out of life going forward. I've had a few friends who were auto pilot for so many years, grinding day in and day out, and the original shut down + the slower pace after reopening allowed them time to decide they were ready to retire and allow a new generation to take the reins. Best wishes
  5. If I recall correctly, for our NB cruises, we cleared US customs in Vancouver, before boarding the ship. We had the passport book and card, and it seemed like our card would not work. I would call and confirm. According to the card itself, if arriving by sea or land, it should work, but I'm not sure the cruise policy will allow.
  6. We plan to send our renewal in next week. I filled out the paper work and printed it, but we've been lazy on getting the pictures done. Ours expired last week. Since I just booked a cruise for mid January, hopefully that will give enough time. Fortunately, it's closed loop out of Galveston so we can fish out our birth certificates from the safe deposit box, worst case scenario. That won't work for Europe in September 2022, certainly it won't take that long! (knocked on wood after that jinx!)
  7. I'm excited. I have booked! Now if it would only show up in my cruise planner. lol. I didn't splurge for the suite, but it was tempting. The offer was a comp inside cabin, but I upgraded to the new(er) panoramic oceanview rooms. I think that is the only room type I haven't sailed, so it will be interesting. I'm just mostly excited to get back on a ship! We have a cruise booked in Sept. 2022, but that seems SO FAR AWAY. So this will allow me to do some cruise planning in the short term and hopefully step foot on board! Our Alaska cruise was canceled this year - along with a few cruises
  8. Ah..That's great, even better than I expected. I'm going to upgrade anyway, but that makes me happy! Thanks for the replies!
  9. I have searched and searched, I'm sure it is user error with the key words I am searching, but it's not returning what I need. I am looking at booking a comped casino cruise. I think I recall in the past, you do not earn cruise points for these cruises unless you upgrade. Is that still accurate? In other words, if I book the "free" cruise with an inside cabin and upgrade to a balcony cabin, will I earn points? I need a measly 5 nights to finally move to Diamond (after 22 years of sailing, lol). Anyway, it would be nice to have the upgraded status when we sail to Greece next ye
  10. We stayed in a hump balcony on Serenade (sister ship) and never heard any noise from the Centrum (with or without the doors shut). On our med cruise next September on Brilliance, we have an aft cabin, which I'm excited about!
  11. I remember the day I sold my 100 shares. I had bought at @30 and it was at $60. I doubled my money! That was several years ago. If only....and I almost got back in last year when I saw it drop so low (although, that was the first time I was able to "congratulate" myself for selling at $60. haha).
  12. As someone who is vaccinated, I have zero concern with a break through case. The chance of a serious case (for myself, in my 40's and relatively healthy) is almost nil. What I'm most concerned about - for the Florida cruises where unvaccinated can cruise (adults, not just kids) - is that there will most likely be more than 2 in a cruise. And then the press will pick it up and it will become a big deal, and then my cruise in January will be cancelled. Or worse, the cruise lines can't recover from the bad press because they were forced to allow a much larger portion of unvaccina
  13. Yikes, indeed. I really hope they go back down soon. Our overseas cruise is in September 2022 so I can't really start pricing fares yet. My fingers are crossed.
  14. This is a great cautionary tale. I'm always a little apprehensive on what is or isn't covered between my insurance and any that I purchase (or using through the cruise line or other travel company). I'm not sure, or rather pretty positive, I wouldn't think to call the insurance company proactively in the scenario that you described. Particularly when the resort doctor referred me/spouse to the hospital. I guess I would expect if they did that, it would be covered. Thanks for sharing and I hope for more resolution, although I agree, thankful it's not a much larger amount of money,
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