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misty57

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    Cruising, reading, farming, teaching Sunday school
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    Royal Carribean

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  1. I have to say that our unit tries very hard to honor the “senior” staff. I got an unexpected call this morning before my alarm that I was being placed on standby today! Nice but always waiting for the phone to ring since it’s usually one admission or one internal,agency nurse being pulled to make them have to call me in😝.
  2. I had to look twice to make sure this wasn’t one of my posts! I’ve been a nurse for42 years and feel the same way about a lot of things. I’m in a level 3 NICU but since I’ve been there so long I don’t have to float, they don’t change my schedule and I only have to work 4 weekend shifts in a 6 week schedule. I get to choose one holiday from my rotation to take off. We don’t take call anymore. Honestly the no float perk is the best. I’d trade everything else for that if I had to. I hope to retire in 2 years 4 months, Lord willing. .
  3. We usually stay overnight at an airport hotel the night before our flight which is the day before the cruise. We usually book early flights to allow more chances to get to our destination in case of delays. I shudder remembering the times we flew in the day of the cruise and didn’t take out travel insurance either!!
  4. I'm at a loss. You've sailed on most of the mainline choices. If you don't care about itinerary or ship size but want the best food, entertainment, and glitzy decor, the price may not be to your liking. I think it may help you to visit a travel agent that can give you a break down of the remaining cruise lines for you to try. I guess you could look at the least expensive cabin on lines like Azamara, Regent and Crystal. There probably would be fewer children especially for a longer cruise during school months. We also do not rock climb, zip line, play CD games or take adventurous excursions, but we like to,people watch and walk around enjoying the ambience of all the activity. We find that entertainment is unpredictable. We are finding that it is going the way of the food quality. It wouldn't surprise us if the lines starting making the entertainment an added cost one day.
  5. I have a little over 3 years to go. I'm compiling a list of things I will NOT miss when I retire from nursing. So far there are only 3 things I'll miss... the sweet babies I care for, a few of my coworkers although my contemporaries will all be gone by then, and the pay.
  6. In addition to inappropriate treatment with abtibioitics, a contributing factor to development of resistant bacteria is sharing of prescriptions and also not completing a proper course of appropriately prescribed antibiotics. Once you've seen a death or two from this you will never take antibiotic stewardship lightly! Like you, I am only guessing, but assuming there were other factors for the treatment given. The facility may have specific protocols for such things but won't necessarily be what you would find in a clinic here.
  7. We came off Symphony over a week ago. While we did not become ill on the ship we did see some poor food handling practices. DH noted someone ( I think itwas in Jamie's Italian but it could have been Chops) using their cell phone and then proceeding to prepare food without hand washing and no gloves. I know it happens all the time, but it's hard to see. If OP hadn't seen the food handling that way she may not have made the connection. Hopefully Royal will step up and increase their training and compliance.
  8. It's just human nature to want to know. Do you ever read the obituaries in the newspaper ? I don't always, but when I do I look at names to see if I know the person, and then I look at the age and hints as to cause of death. If I'm going on a. cruise and I know that someone has died I might want to know if it was related to an avoidable event such as the zip line or falling down a. certain staircase or excursion related. I don't think there is reason to scold someone for asking a question Grandma.
  9. It makes it easier to get to the early seating for shows. We pull up the sidewalk by 10-11pm so that works for us.
  10. We're on Symphony right now. DH did not want to bring any dress clothes so we are going sort of dressy casual every evening. I'll report back on the degree of formality as tonight is the first formal night. If it were up to me we would dress to the nines but oh well. Follow up... Consensus applies. I saw no tux but quite a few jackets shirt and tie... Most in kaki and shirt. A few in shorts and tee. Wear what you want.. No one will care.
  11. We're on Symphony right now. DH did not want to bring any dress clothes so we are going sort of dressy casual every evening. I'll report back on the degree of formality as tonight is the first formal night. If it were up to me we would dress to the nines but oh well.
  12. Thanks for the recommendations! I've ordered them and look forward to having an easier way to attach the tags.
  13. Since different cruise lines have different sized luggage tags I was wondering... which clear tag holders have others used? Looking on line I found some specific for royal but some of the reviews claimed they were too narrow. I need something that is easy to attach too. Arthritic hands don't work as well as they used to . I'm done with using packing tape and borrowing a stapler from the hotel on embarkation day.
  14. Wonderful review! We've cruised over 20 times and find it to be one of the best types of vacation for us "old farts". The loud conversations bother us as well, but I am especially sensitive since I work in an area where we speak only just above a whisper. We take noise canceling earphones to the solarium but that doesn't help in other venues. We're on Symphony in Februrary and we are eagerly anticipating ! The quantum class is really nice too, but Oasis class is our favorite.
  15. We've booked .Central Park balcony staterooms for the past several years. Our muster station was right by guest services. Get there early and you can find cushioned seating. Wait until,the crowd disperses before leaving.
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