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  1. You know, it is possible to be sympathetic for these people. I get it. It sucks. Even if there were other options, it still sucks. This is an especially good time to remind people to be kind to each other. That's all I wanted to say.
  2. I read that, too, on an actual review for the Spectrum. The person was very angry and gave a bad review for the cruise, but my feeling is -- if you're dealing with China, you need to not only do your homework, but do everything possible on your end to make sure your trip goes as planned.
  3. I believe the latest you can book at this point is March 2021. We were originally going to go in Summer/Fall 2021, and the only way to book was to do a "future cruise" deposit on board until the dates came up. They did say, however, that more sailings would probably be available in a few weeks. We were given such great incentives if we booked an earlier cruise that we couldn't turn it down.
  4. I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences regarding the Best of Japan cruise out of Shanghai. From what little I've been able to find, I've gleaned the following: 1. The majority of cruisers are Chinese; 2. There are special areas only for cruisers in suites; 3. Although there are great features of the ship and great activities, many include a surcharge; 4. The food is geared toward the local cuisine (yum); 5. The cabins are very nice; 6. You need visas for China and Japan. Is there any more you can tell me, or elaborate on the above? Than
  5. We were just on the Jewel for a Mediterranean cruise. We had a great time. The staff was fantastic, the activities were really fun, and the only criticism I have is that the dining room curtains desperately needed to be vacuumed. They had been pinned up for so long without cleaning that they had a good 1/2 inch of dust sitting on them. That aside, I would not hesitate to sail on her again.
  6. Thing I can't do without: my portable clothes steamer. Have a wonderful trip!
  7. It was awesome. Probably the most fun event we went to on the ship, and definitely worth the money. Make sure you dress for it -- there is a costume contest. 🙂
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