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3rdGenCunarder

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  1. I just got the email for my Veendam cruise next July. I'm not meant to go to Ireland. Two years ago, we cancelled because of DH's illness, and now similar itinerary is cancelled. I expected the cancellation when I heard about the sale. The cruise comes up when I log in to the HAL site, but that is't surprising. It will take a while for that to catch up. I tried to do the form to opt for the bonus FCC, but after I filled it out, I got the spinning circle of dots. I, too, will lose OBC. But it wasn't a lot.
  2. Happy Cinco de Mayo! I'm having chicken tonight, but chicken enchiladas, in honor of the day. Jacqui, sorry to hear about your foot. Tell Jose that margaritas are good for the pain.
  3. May 6, QM2 TA. Fully paid. Cancelled March 6 (through TA). No FCC, no refund. TA says it could be up to 90 days, despite Cunard saying 60 days. Because of the UK shutdown, I have received refunds from nonrefundable play tickets and nonrefundable train tickets. Hotel deposits were always refundable. The ONLY part of my trip not yet refunded is Cunard. (Air through Cunard, too, so I didn't have to deal with the airline).
  4. I got a HAL survey a few weeks ago and it also had that Princess branding.
  5. We had Visiting Angels for my aunt when the basic assisted living arrangement wasn't sufficient, and they recommended Visiting Angels as supplementary aides. Every one I met was great. I hope your mother will accept help. My aunt was great about understanding her needs and accepting help. My MIL, on the other hand... 🙄
  6. Thanks, Rich. It's strange to see the ships idle. I used to make porcupine meatballs, haven't thought of that in years. I think I used ground lamb.
  7. Tension on the bow lines may help to adjust her position? Who gets to stand on that little forward platform? What a view that must be!!
  8. Yes. Glad the crew have been given a chance at better quarters.
  9. Is this the first time a HAL ship has used the new locks?
  10. Looks like the crew have hung flags from balconies. Maybe their home countries?
  11. I'm pretty sure they hang out and wait. Not worth the time and energy to send them back, even in a small group.
  12. I'm with you on the avocados. And why do people put them on a BLT? That's just strange. The only use for avocado is making guacamole!
  13. So before any port they have to be at sea for 14 days. Good thing they didn't take passengers. This is going to be a very long trip. There's a bit of an edge to this post, and I can hardly blame him. It must be frustrating to wonder, as they approach the port, will there be a last minute GO AWAY! Wishing Amsterdam, Captain, and crew a smooth 16 days and safe home to the crew who will disembark.
  14. Aha! That's why my breakfast there in Feb was a lot more expensive than I remember and not nearly as good. For years, News Cafe was our breakfast stop before leaving for a cruise. DH died 2 years ago, and this time I thought about going to the 11th Street diner instead. But no, I wanted to stick with the tradition. Service was terrible. Next time, I'll go to the diner. Or maybe Big Pink for those fantastic waffles.
  15. My pre-cruise stay is always South Beach. Whether I'm sailing out of Port Everglades or Miami, that's my favorite place to spend a few days. I love the deco architecture along Ocean Drive and the Mimo architecture of Lincoln Road. Today is the 100th birthday of Barbara Baer Captiman, one of the founders of the preservation movement. I find it ironic that on a day when the Miami Design Preservation League would be celebrating her birthday, their welcome center is closed and Ocean Drive is like a ghost town. I look forward to when I can go back and see the classic and the quirky that is South Beach, then get on a cruise ship! News Cafe webcam: https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/miami/?cam=miami
  16. On my one and only Princess cruise I felt there was nowhere quiet to be except my cabin and my tiny little balcony.
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