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    Washington State
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    Travel, cooking, reading, music
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Costa Maya, Mexico

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  1. It is really unbelievable to me that a mid-level, unelected bureaucrat can seemingly shut down an entire industry. Get out there and live, people! If you can catch a cruise in another country, do it. If you've always wanted to go to Paris, now's the time. Don't let the CDC tell you to stop your life. We've traveled during Covid - flew from Seattle to Boston last September and spent 3 weeks looking at pretty leaves. We ate out EVERY DAY, sometimes in crowded places indoors. We didn't get so much as a sniffle. Live your life now. Assess the risk, take precautions, but live.
  2. Hello, it’s been a while since we’ve been on Royal Caribbean cruise, so the Unlimited Dining Plan is a new concept for us. We prefer the specialty restaurants, so there is no doubt it would be a good deal for us. I do have a couple of questions: 1. Can I use the plan at Cafe Latte-tudes for coffee, etc? 2. At Chops, some items have an additional surcharge, such as the seafood tower ($39), would I still need to pay the surcharge for that? Thank you, Susan
  3. We are thinking of taking a 16 day Panama Canal cruise in December 2021. It will have 7 sea days, one is daytime transit of the Canal. I know Oceania isn’t known for their onboard entertainment (we did a 12 day Baltic cruise on the Marina, but nearly every day was a port day). What types of activities, entertainment, etc. can we expect on the Panama Canal cruise during the day?
  4. One lounger in the sun, and one in the shade is how we roll. Everyone is happy.
  5. Yes, I am thinking the Spa Terrace would be a good place to have access to since the cruise has 7 sea days, and I love sitting in the warm sun. The hot breakfast option is great, especially when you have an early excursion to get to.
  6. We are considering a Panama Canal cruise on Insignia in December 2021. We previously cruise with Oceania on the Marina, and had a concierge level stateroom which we enjoyed. The Insignia does not have a concierge lounge, but if we chose a concierge stateroom we would get unlimited access to the Spa Terrace. Given that this would be a “warm weather” cruise with quite a few sea days, would it be worth it to have access to the Spa Terrace. I like to lounge in the sun, my husband prefers shade. On a Princess cruise we enjoyed time in the Sanctuary on sea days (even shade-lo
  7. I live about 30 miles SE of Seattle. The Seattle area has had quite an outbreak and unfortunately it has hit senior care centers particularly hard. My husband is retired and I am able to work from home, so we are doing OK. We only go out to go to the grocery store or take a drive. We miss the grandkids. We have a 2 year old granddaughter and a 4 month old grandson. If the weather were better we could spend time in the backyard with them, but since it's cold & rainy we can't really visit.
  8. Husband & I have sailed with several cruise lines: Princess, Norwegiian, RCL, and Oceania. We LOVED Oceania - did a 12 day Baltic Cruise with them in 2017 on the Marina. Now we are spoiled. The food & service were excellent. We had a Concierge stateroom and really enjoyed the Concierge lounge with coffee & snacks all day long. It was a nice place to read newspapers, watch the news and generally hang out. We also liked the fact that it was Club Casual for dinner. We never had to dress up. We do wish the entertainment was better, but it was not that big a deal. Our itinerar
  9. We were on the Crown for a 10-Day Caribbean cruise from Dec 27-Jan 6th, and we missed a port (Grenada) due to the generator problem. It was very disappointing because we were really looking forward to that port. Interesting that they have not been able to fix the generator problem on the Crown.
  10. Yes, we travel light. We each have 1 piece of wheeled luggage, and one backpack/carry on.
  11. Thank you. We will take your advice and ask early in the cruise if we can disembark in the first group.
  12. We will be on the December 27th sailing of the Crown, a 10-Day Caribbean itinerary. We get back into port on Monday, January 6th at 7:00am, and we have an 11:00 am flight out of Fort Lauderdale Airport. Will we be able to self disembark and carry our own luggage off the ship? We did that a few years ago on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Does Princess allow that?
  13. Since you booked through EZ Air, you should contact Princess first and ask about changing your flight time. We booked our flight ourselves through Delta for our upcoming cruise. The itinerary changed, and I didn't like it, so I called Delta. They have a policy that if your flights change by more than 90 minutes, they will allow you to change your flight to something you would prefer. The time on our flight had indeed changed by more that 90 minutes, so they worked with me to find a flight I would prefer. Our flight is actually better now than when I originally booked, s
  14. Thank you for the review. We, too, will be on board the Crown on December 27th. Looking forward to reading more.
  15. We like to travel that way, too. Sometimes a cruise is a good way to reach some of the more "out of the way" port towns or islands you might not get to if you travel on your own.
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