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  1. I completely disagree. The likelihood is very good that you will get the "worst" cabin available since logic dictates that those who select their cabins will have picked off the "best" choices already. Granted, what's "worst" and what's "best" is an individual thing, but we probably all can agree on some generalizations: Cabins right under the pool deck are noisiest. Insides next to elevator shafts can hear banging in rough seas. Cabins near the room service kitchen on Baja Deck have reported irritation with the coming and going. It's all a matter of your risk tolerance and your tolerance for the unknown. Also, guarantee assignments can come so late that, while it is possible to then be switched to any other open cabin in the category in which you have been assigned, there might not actually be any open cabins in that category. To me, the bottom line is how picky you are about your cabin -- if every cabin in the category you've paid for and every cabin in all categories above it (because it is possible to be assigned an upgraded cabin) is acceptable to you, then go for it. But if you see some cabins in that category you wouldn't want, then consider whether you feel lucky.
  2. I appreciate your focus on grammar here, but if I were you, I'd be more concerned about whether or not your wife finds out about Susan . . . .
  3. It's hardly off-topic or irrelevant to talk about godmothers for Princess ships, and really? The boards have "gone off the rails"? Look around you: life has gone off the rails since March. Just relax and go with the flow. I love the suggestion of Julie Andrews. Never heard of Bindi Irwin before this. Not a fan of nepotism; has she done anything besides just being the daughter of a dead TV guy? I nominate Eileen Collins, test pilot and the first female space shuttle pilot. A woman of achievement on her own. Space flight definitely fits into the theme of "discovery."
  4. In our state, plenty of tests for daily testing of football players, both pro and college. For everybody else, not so much. But at least you can watch the game while you cough up a lung and wonder if it's allergies or Covid.
  5. One thing I believe I recall from looking into this myself is that you may not pack anything in that luggage except clothing. Shoes probably are okay, but no evening bags, no toiletries, no curling iron/hair straightener, no books, no emergency stores of butter [inside joke]. Something to consider.
  6. I like FLL-LA better, too, even with the long flight home (but then I love long airplane rides) -- because I prefer getting to turn the clocks back versus turning them forward during the cruise. OP, you're near the equator: it's going to be hot, humid, and with a high potential for rain showers pretty much all year round. Even when it's wringing wet with humidity or sun blazing down or amidst a tropical downpour, it's still one of the most memorable destinations ever. Make sure to the The Path Between the Seas before you go.
  7. The Grand has an indoor pool, so that's nice for the first and last day or two, when it might be chilly to sit/swim outside (I mean, I'm out there if the sun is out, regardless of temp, but I realize not everyone is as single-minded as I in pursuit of the perfect tan). Plus, the Grand has one deck fewer cabins, so a smaller passenger load. I do like the views from Skywalker's and the bar Adagio, available on the Ruby but neither of which are on the Grand. However, the food we had on the Grand was among the best in my last three or four cruises. And I did like Club One-Five, the disco, although I know some don't care for it. She's a little longer in the tooth than the Ruby (nothing like using a metaphor that has zero to do with ships!), and there are places where it shows (thick layers of paint, some exterior rusting), but I experienced nothing that impacted my enjoyment of the cruise itself. I'd pick the Grand. Enjoy -- I loved my Hawaii cruise and hope to do it again sometime.
  8. Yep. Wouldn't have said so if I weren't. If you price out a cruise for both single and double occupancy, you'll see the add-on (i.e. the $ difference between "Best Price" and "Best Value") is the same whether you're looking at the price for one person solo or the price for per person based on double occupancy.
  9. Solo cruisers only pay $40 more per day, not $80. Only the cruise fare is doubled, not the "extras" in the package.
  10. A friend of mine owned a travel agency in the 1990s-2000s. She says that all the other domestic airlines were willing to pitch in and help agents help their customers if something went wrong, trying to fix agent errors or accommodate a client request. Except Delta. She said her agency just referred to Delta as the Just Say No Airline, and the would bend over backwards not to sell a client a DL ticket unless it was the cheapest or the client preferred. Just because they knew if things went sideways, they'd get no support. Sounds like they haven't changed.
  11. I've sailed at Christmas alone five times, and each time was assigned a table in Traditional Dining with other people. One was a very large table with two families, an older couple, and me. I've also been at tables of just single people and singles and a few couples. On my Hawaii cruise, it was actually a table for 8 but only three of us were there each night . . . me and two men. Handsome guys, too. I could tell I was the envy of a table full of single women nearby! Wait, what was my point? Oh, yeah, I remember: at least in Traditional Dining, you needn't worry -- sharing is still the norm, no matter the season. Enjoy; it was a phenomenal cruise!
  12. Agree. A test result is meaningless, unless the test is conducted right there at the pier and the result is forthcoming immediately. What's the point of bringing to the pier a test result taken even just the day before? In the intervening 24 hours, the passenger tested has (assuming the "usual" FLL routine I have!) visited Total Wine and/or Walgreen's, gone out to dinner at a restaurant, perhaps visited the hotel bar for a nightcap (or two -- don't judge; I'm on vacation). Plus, the next morning, perhaps breakfast in the hotel, and another quick dart across the street to Walgreen's for the inevitable forgotten item (toothpaste. It's always toothpaste with me. I could write a book about how I've forgotten toothpaste all around the world.). All those places obviously come with the danger of exposure to the virus, making yesterday's negative result the very definition of old news.
  13. Renmar's site doesn't show where the beds are; it's strictly views out the window. On the Grand-class ships (so this does not include the Sapphire/Diamond/Sea/Sun), oceanview cabins on Emerald Deck all have the bed on the side wall, not under the window, unless the cabin has upper bunks. All the oceanview cabins on Plaza Deck have beds under the window. On the Pacific Princess, oceanview cabins on Deck 4 (the sort-of equivalent to Plaza Deck) have the bed on the side wall, not under the window. I believe the same is true for oceanview cabins on her Deck 3, which are truly porthole windows. I know nothing about the oceanview cabins on the new big ships, so can't speak to that.
  14. Well, that's just not true. I never had a single waiter be able to "read" it; they all asked to see it and/or just asked my cabin number. The Medallion didn't even unlock my door unless it was held up to the screen. Granted, that was one cruise on one ship and maybe it works perfectly all across the rest of the fleet, but I'm doubtful.
  15. After 11, the Tahitian Lounge becomes the nightclub, so even though there's not a Skywalker's on the Pacific, it doesn't mean that there is no late-night venue. It's got quite a nice-sized dance floor, too. I loved that ship . . . .
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