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  1. Hi Steve, I live in California and have a Medicare Advantage plan. Last time I bought travel insurance I wasn’t yet eligible for Medicare.
  2. Hi Steve, How are plans different if a traveler has Medicare? And can you explain the look-back period for pre-existing conditions?
  3. Kathi!! Both Snort and Ollie got great window seats in business class for our flight to Los Angeles.
  4. Snort and I arrived home a couple of hours ago. 3 flights, 18 hours actual flying time, 17 hours of wait time in airports. Total : 35 hours. exhausted but happy to be back in my home country.
  5. Thanks Andrea. Miss you, girl! Our 30 minutes begins now.....
  6. Roy, I am surprised you aren’t on a flight home yet. Has Cunard at least been in touch with you so you know you haven’t fallen through the cracks? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. The internet is very challenging. Sorry for the multiple posts. I only hit the reply button once but it got into a loop for some reason. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Snort is doing well, thanks for thinking of him! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. HAL is helping as best they can, on board. They have supplied several telephones on and near the fro t desk and are letting people use them free of charge to call their travel agents or airlines to arrange their air travel. They’ve also set up extra computers in the classroom so people can use them (assuming decent internet which is spotty). Crew members such as the shore excursion staff are also individually helping some passengers feed who are having difficulties navigating their way to make travel arrangements. I think the offer from HAL is very fair. It’s not HAL’s fault any of this happened. I don’t blame them and I think, under the circumstances, they are stepping up and doing the very best that they can. Our staff and crew are working under extraordinary conditions right now and I have nothing but praise for them. As for Miss Dolly, my understanding is that she does NOT live on the ship full time. She goes home for a few months each year. Her stuff may be on the ship full time, however. Adventures aren’t always all fun and games (trivia!!). They sometimes are scary and unknown. And trying, and like a good pitcher throwing us curveballs. But we are travelers! Not tourists! Let’s all stay positive!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. HAL is helping as best they can, on board. They have supplied several telephones on and near the fro t desk and are letting people use them free of charge to call their travel agents or airlines to arrange their air travel. They’ve also set up extra computers in the classroom so people can use them (assuming decent internet which is spotty). Crew members such as the shore excursion staff are also individually helping some passengers feed who are having difficulties navigating their way to make travel arrangements. I think the offer from HAL is very fair. It’s not HAL’s fault any of this happened. I don’t blame them and I think, under the circumstances, they are stepping up and doing the very best that they can. Our staff and crew are working under extraordinary conditions right now and I have nothing but praise for them. As for Miss Dolly, my understanding is that she does NOT live on the ship full time. She goes home for a few months each year. Her stuff may be on the ship full time, however. Adventures aren’t always all fun and games (trivia!!). They sometimes are scary and unknown. And trying, and like a good pitcher throwing us curveballs. But we are travelers! Not tourists! Let’s all stay positive!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. HAL is helping as best they can, on board. They have supplied several telephones on and near the fro t desk and are letting people use them free of charge to call their travel agents or airlines to arrange their air travel. They’ve also set up extra computers in the classroom so people can use them (assuming decent internet which is spotty). Crew members such as the shore excursion staff are also individually helping some passengers feed who are having difficulties navigating their way to make travel arrangements. I think the offer from HAL is very fair. It’s not HAL’s fault any of this happened. I don’t blame them and I think, under the circumstances, they are stepping up and doing the very best that they can. Our staff and crew are working under extraordinary conditions right now and I have nothing but praise for them. As for Miss Dolly, my understanding is that she does NOT live on the ship full time. She goes home for a few months each year. Her stuff may be on the ship full time, however. Adventures aren’t always all fun and games (trivia!!). They sometimes are scary and unknown. And trying, and like a good pitcher throwing us curveballs. But we are travelers! Not tourists! Let’s all stay positive!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. HAL is helping as best they can, on board. They have supplied several telephones on and near the fro t desk and are letting people use them free of charge to call their travel agents or airlines to arrange their air travel. They’ve also set up extra computers in the classroom so people can use them (assuming decent internet which is spotty). Crew members such as the shore excursion staff are also individually helping some passengers feed who are having difficulties navigating their way to make travel arrangements. I think the offer from HAL is very fair. It’s not HAL’s fault any of this happened. I don’t blame them and I think, under the circumstances, they are stepping up and doing the very best that they can. Our staff and crew are working under extraordinary conditions right now and I have nothing but praise for them. As for Miss Dolly, my understanding is that she does NOT live on the ship full time. She goes home for a few months each year. Her stuff may be on the ship full time, however. Adventures aren’t always all fun and games (trivia!!). They sometimes are scary and unknown. And trying, and like a good pitcher throwing us curveballs. But we are travelers! Not tourists! Let’s all stay positive!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. HAL is helping as best they can, on board. They have supplied several telephones on and near the fro t desk and are letting people use them free of charge to call their travel agents or airlines to arrange their air travel. They’ve also set up extra computers in the classroom so people can use them (assuming decent internet which is spotty). Crew members such as the shore excursion staff are also individually helping some passengers feed who are having difficulties navigating their way to make travel arrangements. I think the offer from HAL is very fair. It’s not HAL’s fault any of this happened. I don’t blame them and I think, under the circumstances, they are stepping up and doing the very best that they can. Our staff and crew are working under extraordinary conditions right now and I have nothing but praise for them. As for Miss Dolly, my understanding is that she does NOT live on the ship full time. She goes home for a few months each year. Her stuff may be on the ship full time, however. Adventures aren’t always all fun and games (trivia!!). They sometimes are scary and unknown. And trying, and like a good pitcher throwing us curveballs. But we are travelers! Not tourists! Let’s all stay positive!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. HAL is helping as best they can, on board. They have supplied several telephones on and near the fro t desk and are letting people use them free of charge to call their travel agents or airlines to arrange their air travel. They’ve also set up extra computers in the classroom so people can use them (assuming decent internet which is spotty). Crew members such as the shore excursion staff are also individually helping some passengers feed who are having difficulties navigating their way to make travel arrangements. I think the offer from HAL is very fair. It’s not HAL’s fault any of this happened. I don’t blame them and I think, under the circumstances, they are stepping up and doing the very best that they can. Our staff and crew are working under extraordinary conditions right now and I have nothing but praise for them. As for Miss Dolly, my understanding is that she does NOT live on the ship full time. She goes home for a few months each year. Her stuff may be on the ship full time, however. Adventures aren’t always all fun and games (trivia!!). They sometimes are scary and unknown. And trying, and like a good pitcher throwing us curveballs. But we are travelers! Not tourists! Let’s all stay positive!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. HAL is helping as best they can, on board. They have supplied several telephones on and near the fro t desk and are letting people use them free of charge to call their travel agents or airlines to arrange their air travel. They’ve also set up extra computers in the classroom so people can use them (assuming decent internet which is spotty). Crew members such as the shore excursion staff are also individually helping some passengers feed who are having difficulties navigating their way to make travel arrangements. I think the offer from HAL is very fair. It’s not HAL’s fault any of this happened. I don’t blame them and I think, under the circumstances, they are stepping up and doing the very best that they can. Our staff and crew are working under extraordinary conditions right now and I have nothing but praise for them. As for Miss Dolly, my understanding is that she does NOT live on the ship full time. She goes home for a few months each year. Her stuff may be on the ship full time, however. Adventures aren’t always all fun and games (trivia!!). They sometimes are scary and unknown. And trying, and like a good pitcher throwing us curveballs. But we are travelers! Not tourists! Let’s all stay positive!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. Sherita and Snort reporting in here. There’s no cheating going on at trivia! Not by our team or any other on the ship. We occasionally hear a question that was asked a year or two prior and we all wrack our brains trying to remember what the answer is or was. Most of the time we remember wrong. twodjs - While you are most certainly entitled to your opinion and to posting same here, please be aware that you are massively outnumbered on this thread by people who enjoy the blog and love Kathi’s trivia q and a. Please direct your hostile attitude elsewhere. Namaste.
  17. Is it quiet? I’ve heard over and over that the air mini is noisy.
  18. I visited both Taronga Zoo in Sydney and Cleland Wildlife Park in Adelaide last year. Both were fantastic!! I did a ship's tour for the Taronga Zoo, as the transportation issue was handled and I didn't have to worry. I loved the zoo. But, hands down, my favorite of the two would be Cleland in Adelaide. The drive there and back is beautiful as well. Our guide pointed out landmarks and provided information about the Adelaide area, etc. At Cleland, we got to walk amongst the kangaroos and other animals, there's a great section with the Tasmanian Devils, as well as dingos. Lots of different animals, including koalas, and tons of birds. We did an excursion using a private tour company, not the ship, and it saved us a good amount of money. We used the company called Puresa.com. Excellent company, excellent vehicle, excellent guide. Picked us up at the ship, dropped us back there at the end of the day. At the actual park, we were on our own for several hours. Plenty of time.
  19. We’re out on a whale watching tour this afternoon. Just saw several whales out in the fjord and their tail flukes as they dove down. Also puffins out here! Cold but a great trip.
  20. Buy another one or two Tomahawk steaks - so your dining staff can get time off!!
  21. We've had a very active roll call for this cruise and I think there are over 130 of us scheduled for our CC meet and greet.
  22. I, too, will be on this cruise. I'm 2 trips behind in posting on my own blog, so not sure if I will get the chance to post "as I go" for this one. I'm also not planning on buying the internet on the ship, so that means less wifi time available. I did 1/2 VOV in 2014, love Iceland, and so am very excited to be going back and this time doing the full VOV. We have new Iceland ports this time as well as a new Greenland stop.
  23. I just got off the Maasdam 3 week Alaska cruise on July 9 and the gym on the ship opened every day at 6:00 AM.
  24. Once you have cruised over 50 days in one sailing, you will think nothing of sailing more days. My first long one was 35 days and it was a test to see if I could handle the 111 day world cruise I had booked the following year. At the 35 day mark, I did NOT want to leave the ship! So I knew I could handle longer cruises. On my first WC, I got to about day 90 and all of a sudden had horrible homesickness. I cried every morning for about a week, and then I was over it. I was only homesick for my two little granddaughters, however. I didn't miss being away from home, just their little smiling faces. What helped was facetiming with them. Now I do that regularly when I'm away. As for eating/food/drink -- you have to discipline yourself just like at home. This last cruise of 80 days, I picked up about 5 pounds. It disappeared pretty quickly once I got home. I think it was the desserts that I couldn't always say no to......
  25. I've often stayed in Aft cabins above the MDR. Never a problem at all. I've even stayed above/below the casino and have never had any noise problems. As one poster said above, if you're above a music venue, that could be problematic.
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