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  1. Thanks for all the replies: valid points made by everyone and Brillohead, your comments made me laugh out loud so hard my husband came downstairs to see what was so funny. I do worry that even when the Covid crisis is over, cruiselines may continue to forbid private shore excursions which are obviously a loss of revenue to the ship. We have taken ship excursions on occasion, but the ones that we remember most fondly are inevitably those we have done on our own.
  2. It's been six years since my husband and I spent several days in Istanbul on our own prior to a Black Sea cruise. We absolutely loved the city and found it very easy to get around. I would also like to say that each time we took the local tram, at least one (if not more) folks jumped up to offer me (a senior citizen) their seat. PS When I take public transport in Pittsburgh, only rarely do I see that kind of behavior.
  3. Am I the only one who is bothered by the decision to force all land excursions to be only those sponsored by the ship? I understand the rationale, but that is my line in the sand. Guess I won't be cruising anytime in the near future.
  4. Got a kick out of this. My folks used to drag us 3 kids to Hollywood Beach Florida from eastern North Carolina each summer for 'vacation'. Cruisemom: did you have siblings on those long trips? My folks had to put tape dividers on the back seat as we kids squabbled (and roasted without air conditioner) for the entire 11 hours. We tried quietly reading but it just made us car-sick. If one child sprawled after falling asleep, the others complained that we were "over our line'. All of us still harbor unpleasant memories of those trips.
  5. My husband and I have loved every city we visited throughout the world until hitting Verona, Italy. It definitely disappointed us. At the time we were traveling in Italy independently and disliked this city so much we paid an extra train fare to leave the next morning, instead of the following evening. It was very hot and filled with tourists. Their Roman colosseum was tricked out for an entertainment event and none of the public bathrooms were open. We were also charged 6 additional euros (in addition to our coffee) because we sat at a table and drank it. Oh yes, and I forgot to mention our
  6. My husband and I did the Spencer Beach Tour several years ago and really liked it. They supplied snorkeling gear (not sure if this will be the case after Covid) and their lunch was delicious. Nobody has mentioned this, but by law all beaches in St. Lucia are open to the public and the snorkeling/lounge-chair area at Sugar Beach is adjacent to the very ritzy Viceroy resort. While you can not get off the beach to enter the resort grounds (they have security guards) you are certainly allowed to stroll along the pristine sand and swim in the water in front of the resort. Much much less rocky and c
  7. I can empathize with your girlfriend as growing up near the coast of NC, I loved to collect the shells (as well as the fossilized shark teeth) found on our coast. But when I mentioned my hobby years ago online, I was informed it is illegal to collect shells on many islands, even if they contain no critter. I still see folks beach combing in the Caribbean but I would suggest you check out local ordinances first.
  8. If money were no object, the Viceroy Resort at Sugar Beach in St. Lucia. Gorgeous place, great beach and of course the view of the Pitons. (Don't know about their food, as I only had a tour of the place, and didn't stay there).
  9. When I spoke to the agent about redeeming the future credits, he said that the expiration date on them referred to the last date to book another cruise. From that point, I seem to recall him saying that we had until mid 2022 to sail.
  10. Just wanted to say something positive about Royal Caribbean. We had booked two cabins out of Venice sailing October 10. 2020. I decided to cancel the trip before making final payment and feared, since I had non-refundable deposits, I had no chance of getting any of that money applied to a future cruise. However, when I called RCL to cancel, they told me I would be getting an email giving me vouchers for future-cruise credit of my deposit amount. Two months passed, and I had almost given up but just yesterday an email arrived with a Future Cruise Certificate number for the entire amount of my
  11. I have to admit having a soft spot for Nassau as that is where my husband and I went for our honeymoon 54 years ago. Since then, we have been back a number of times as part of Caribbean cruising. You don't have to restrict yourself to the main tourist activities. Once 4 of us went by local bus to the Retreat Gardens, an 11 acre oasis featuring rare palm trees just outside the city. Another time we took our young grandkids to Ardastra Gardins, and they got a big kick out of the flamingos. On a different cruise we went on a snorkel expedition. (The coral is nothing special but there were lots
  12. boatbuilder Your optimistic depiction of Florida's method of dealing with the virus is certainly not shared by our numerous relatives who have lived in Florida for most of their lives. This includes our family in Orlando, Jacksonville, and Sarasota.
  13. Hope you don't mean a timeshare purchase. That's a whole other story and not, by most all accounts, a very pretty one.
  14. Loved our time in Ephesus Turkey. We took a private tour, zipped off the ship right after docking and were the first people admitted after Ephesus opened that morning.
  15. In January of 2018, a southern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity leaving out of San Juan Puerto Rico ended up departing 4 hours late but still without almost 200 passengers who had missed the embarkation. What was the problem? A big cyclone bomb had hit the USA east coast 1 day earlier and over 6000 flights were affected. Fortunately, my husband and I had booked a flight to San Juan from Orlando, where we had been staying with family for almost a week. Our southwest flight left on time, but it was completely packed, leaving behind 33 standby folks who never made it on the plane. Folks were catchin
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