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JanineM

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  • Location
    Sandy Springs, GA
  • Interests
    Sewing, blogging, music, gardening
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    We've sailed on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    No favourites! I'd sail anywhere

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  1. We were supposed to board on Sunday. And yes, I think cruising will be different but so will everything else! My husband and I talked about it the other night. We're prepared to book a cruise for the fall. Right now people need to continue to dream and plan. That's how my mom and her family of prairie dirt farmers got through the Depression. They always knew things would get better ... they did then and they will now.
  2. We were in an elevator on one of the S-class ships with Adam West - the original Batman a few years ago. And Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch was on the same cruise. Adam West was very low key. Mitch Winehouse thought he was a big deal.
  3. Appetiser: Goat Cheese Souffle Dessert: I dream about the Valhrona Cocoa Croquant After dinner they also bring you a tray of sweets - things like homemade Turkish Delight.
  4. We sailed with friends several years ago and their liquor tab was over $1,400. He ordered bottles of Bailey's for the room to have with their coffee first thing in the morning, then that led to Bloodies for breakfast, beer at 11 am, martinis at 4, wine with dinner and if anyone was still standing, a nightcap after dinner. She also bought rounds for groups of people. They were a LOT of fun - but he didn't always make it to dessert. On the other hand, our largest bar bill has been about $600 for a 12-night TA. If we don't have a drinks package I'll pre-order wine for the room and we sail on Celebrity so tend to take advantage of the Captain's Club lounge ...
  5. Apologies if these questions have been asked before. I searched the forums and couldn't find any similar questions. We have a Guarantee Suite for a cruise in about 6 weeks. Is there a chance our suite will change? There are plenty of higher-level suites available on the ship. The lowest acceptable move up offers are ridiculous. Will they drop closer to sail date? Thanks in advance!
  6. We sailed Silhouette to Norway last August (2019) and of our 25+ cruises it was probably our favourite. The ship was lovely, the scenery was fantastic and the weather was perfect (a rarity). We normally sail in Aqua Class but had a concierge class cabin for this cruise. We walked into town in Stavanger and Flam ... very walkable and easy to get around.
  7. If any of you are on Instagram, one of the DWTS costume designers/sewists is very active there. Her account is @lynnwardrobesews I believe she's also on Facebook. Yesterday she posted a picture of the some the fabric that they're working with.
  8. We were on the previous week and have just gotten back to the States. Our experience was quite similar to yours - very smooth seas with unbelievably good weather!
  9. The other benefit of Aqua Class is access to some of the spa services and relaxation areas (depending on the ship). We've taken a couple of late winter/early spring TAs and the quiet, warm space to relax was a great benefit.
  10. Rain gear! We were in Alaska in early September and on at least a couple of days we were drenched ... It wasn't 'cold' to someone from a cold climate, but it was damp. My shoes were soaked ...
  11. Yes, there will be wind - just like on sea days in the Caribbean. Whether it's hot or cold really depends on the the weather that particular week. September could be really chilly or quite warm. If it's chilly they'll put lap robes (blankets) on the pool deck so you can always sit in the sun. And there are lots of spaces on the pool deck that are protected from the wind. The sun will still be warm in September. But I'd definitely have something that breaks the wind, something that covers the ears and gloves. Nothing is worse than cold ears and hands.
  12. When cruiselines used to assign seating one of the key considerations was languages spoken. I don't know if they still do this because we haven't had an assigned table in probably 7 or 8 years.
  13. I've got an insurance rider for jewellery and other valuable possessions and it would take about 2 minutes for my insurance company to provide proof.
  14. But this is how it always was in the past. You were seated at a big table with strangers and all got to know each other over the course of the sailing. There would always be some oddball at the table and you'd find yourself talking about them 10 years later. There were no issues ordering drinks - sometimes people would ask if you wanted to share a bottle of wine but it wasn't required and we never did. Only once were we moved to another table and that was because our waiter thought we would be more comfortable away from a rowdy group. I've never seen anyone look askance at someone drinking beer from a bottle. What's annoying is people talking another language at a shared table or helping themselves to someone else's food or bringing up a topic that is bound to get people riled up (like asking what everyone paid for their cabin, politics or religion). We generally prefer to eat just the two of us but if we're seated with others (as happens at lunch in the dining room) then we just meet some new people and have something to talk about later.
  15. Walk off the ship and the chances are very good you won't have any issues. More than once we've been at gate before 8 am. Having TSA Precheck helps.
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