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  1. Is there a pharmacy in Galveston that will do rapid covid tests? We will get a test done in Waco, but wanted to kow just in case. Thanks Mary
  2. Thanks so much for your help. I have my set sail pass printed and I'm going that way for now. If they retake my picture at check-in like they always do, I'll be good. They may be doing this to shorten the boarding process at the pier. Mary
  3. I was able to start check-in on my computer, but not able to post a picture that way. I then tried to finish it on my phone, but got a message the app was needing an update I started that process, but I am aware it may take some time Whenever that process is finished, how do I post my picture? I am 80 years old so do not know how to do this. Thanks for your help. Mary
  4. We've used Falstaff Parking a couple of times now. They have a shuttle to the ship and are located some distance away but are in a parking garage. We wanted covered parking without the prospect of flooding during storm season. Falstaff is on higher ground. Easy to get tickets on their website. Mary
  5. Is there a dedicated, private space on Independence where they hold the Chef's Table dinners? Mary
  6. I think some people do mention their status to others while in conversation. We discuss our travels, our cruises and other interests. I sure don't point to my pin; why on earth would I? I'm offended by your remark. You seem to want to insult me. Why? Mary
  7. We are D+ and wear our pins most of the time on the ship. We have gotten some snarky comments, but they didn't bother us. We wear them because we like them and enjoy wearing them. We don't mention our status, ever. Mary
  8. By the way, the space the staff used to store our wine had our name on our bottles and the names of others who also were using this service.
  9. Several times we have bought really nice ($$$) bottles of wine at the main bar or Vintages and asked that they store them for us for the entire cruise. They asked us when we were dining and where. They opened the bottles at the proper time for them to breathe, and then brought them to the dining room or specialty restaurant when we went there. The restaurant staff was slightly miffed that they did not get the gratuity or credit for selling a great bottle, but we got the service we wanted. We tipped the bar staff properly too. We like really good wine and appreciate wine service that enhances the experience. The bar staff has also decanted the wine if we request it based on the wine selected. By the way, we are known as Mr. and Mrs. (blank - name of wine) by the waitstaff and bartenders around the ship. Even years later. Mary
  10. I keep my detailed itinerary books for each cruise. I start a new book when I book the cruise. This is a word document that I type in hotel, air, tours, transfers, etc. information. When planning is complete, I type the document and add several lines between each day of the trip, so I have room to add information while on the ship. This includes special events, dining, new information, people contacts, etc. I have the book(?) bound before we leave. When I get home I store the book. I have referred to these books several times. Which hotel in Venice? Which tour company, guide in Ireland? What was the email of the company in Greece? I'm always surprised when friends, or even people I've met onboard, ask me about stuff from several years ago. They know I store that stuff and have been able to supply the information they need. I'm not technology-smart enough to do all this in a spreadsheet. I like my method and like having the data even though I might not have it on my phone or computer. Mary
  11. We had a big 50th Wedding Anniversary cruise planned for 2009. Bought our cruise in 2007 so we could pay for it over time. We had 3 big price drops -- ended up paying about a third less than when we booked. Cruise was not sold out. We had a JS aft on Summit. Mary
  12. We use the Klymit sleeping pad too. We've used it several years for multiple cruises and it has not leaked at all. We tell the steward we have it and we put it on the bed the first night. One time the steward came to introduce himself the first day and saw us blowing up the pads. He immediately came in and tore into the bedding and put the pad on and remade the bed. He seems upset that we were going to make the bed ourselves. He got an extra tip that time. Mary
  13. Wow, that sounds so easy. I guess I was making it more difficult than necessary. Thanks!! Mary
  14. We are researching for a transfer from our hotel near the VCE airport to the ship. We will use the hotel shuttle from the airport to the hotel, but need to arrange for a pickup and transport to the pier on the day of sailing. From what I can guess, it would be a car service and then the water taxi to the pier. My husband cannot walk very far. I don't know how to handle the luggage. We were in Venice 12 years ago and Royal Caribbean had a hotel and transfer package, so everything was handled for us. They no longer have this service. What are some options, please? Mary
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