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About RNCheryl

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Ft. Lauderdale
  • Interests
    Travel, music, theater, granddaughters activities.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Celebrity.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    St. Petersburg, Amsterdam

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  1. The Coral, for sure. Just the right size, and in our experience, the best crew ever.
  2. Thanks for returning to post. I asked our TA to check into the August 30 sailing. Looks like this cruise will be about $300 more expensive. Although I prefer a smaller ship, the Sky looks very inviting.
  3. I can't say enough good things about this company. http://tntours98.com/index.html Our 10 family members on one comfortable van, driven by company owner. They worked closely with us to perfect our itinerary. Had games like nature bingo for the kids. Immaculately clean. We saw Emerald Lake, the Tutshi dog camp (even went on a "sled" ride), made several photo/walk around stops. Stopped for lunch at a cute little place that was not overrun with tourists. One of the very best excursions I have ever taken. When I last looked, all Trip Advisor reviews were excellent.
  4. Got this email from Princess today: Dear Cheryl, We’re sending you this special offer — save 10% off your cruise fare† and receive $200 onboard spending money‡ per stateroom when you pay for your booked future cruise in full. Take advantage of this exclusive offer by paying your outstanding cruise balance by August 31, 2020. Make a full payment through your preferred Travel Advisor, Cruise Vacation Planner, or by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, and ask for the Pay in Full offer. It’s a win-win: Spend less, and set sail with free money to spend on board! This is in regards to a British Isles cruise for 7/1/21. My balance is $7100, SO I could get a $710 reduction plus OBC. BUT, what are the risks??? I guess they need cash badly. I could afford to lose my $200 deposit if it came to that, but not the larger amount.
  5. One and only NCL cruise was on the Bliss last year. Great service from friendly employees. Horrible atrium with too much noise and games that would have been fun elsewhere. (but a very good bar). Observation deck for viewing the Alaskan countryside, beyond excellent. Jersey Boys, as good as Broadway. Beatles tribute, outstanding. The cabins were fine. Buffet good. Our one and only specialty restaurant, Teppanyaki, was very good. Final impression: too big, requires too much pre-planning and not enough spontaniety. No evening musical entertainment that is spontaneous.
  6. Not from Ft Lauderdale. We are (most likely) going back to more restrictive status with dine-in restaurants and gyms closing this week.
  7. Lovely remembrance of Amsterdam. We have many of the same photos. Stayed in Dam Square area; was easy to use the tram to get to Museum district. We did a canal tour, food tour, WWII Jewish history walk, and just enjoyed the hospitality of the Netherlanders.
  8. Had only one cruise on NCL; 50th Anniversary on Bliss with several family members, and enjoyed. Also lots of cruises on other lines. Here is the bottom line: but it was vacation money and considering some folks can't even afford food or medicine, I'm humbled by the whole situation. 3
  9. I am very happy with Xs refund. ABC Islands in November. Asked TA for a refund on 4/6 ($900 fully refundable); she said to watch for the refund to credit card in 7-10 days. Not hearing anything after 3 weeks, I contacted TA again. She encouraged me to be patient, being certain that X would come through. Got the refund on 4/26, so just 20 days. Very happy.
  10. Well, WineO, maybe you don't recognize the difference between a vaccine for HIV and for a corona type virus. Check it out. What are the means of infection. Not a good comparison. OuiOnboard, yes indeed. We have a Princess British Isles for summer 2021. Hoping to have been vaccinated by then. Early cancellation has to do with family finances; sons may need financial help, and our $900 fully refundable deposit might be better used by our family than Celebrity. None of this makes it any easier to adapt to. I was already planning excursions....
  11. We were scheduled on the Constellation for a Thanksgiving cruise from Tampa. 12 nights, a lovely itinerary. Got a wonderful price, with TA throwing in $$$ OBC. Sadly, cruising is not in our immediate future. We will wait until a vaccine is widely available before sailing again. Best wishes.
  12. Red Neck Bob, still hoping to cruise with you to the ABC islands in November.
  13. First I've seen it (and I live if FLL). Doesn't make it any less concerning.
  14. Eagerly following your report as we have this cruise (on the Crown) next July. Especially interested in your private excursions. We have visited London twice, and just love everything about it.
  15. Just random thoughts, after our Bliss Alaskan adventure. Book everything you are able to beforehand. Shows, specialty restaurants (our granddaughters loved Teppenyaki). Then immediately on boarding, try to reserve other adventures, like race cars. They also liked the lumberjack show in Ketchikan. You might look into the Cruising Duck phenom, not sure if that is still a "thing", but could be fun for little ones. Soft serve ice cream cones were a big hit! Not sure if you would be able to pull it off, but the adults LOVED the Beatles in the Cavern Club. Kids were hit and miss on the Kids club. They did hang out there when we were doing adult stuff, but preferred to be with us.
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