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About melodyina

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    Northern WI & formerly Anchorage AK
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    Gardening & Wildlife. Rocks & landscaping.
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    I try to take a yearly cruise, and expand my destinations.

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  1. I cancelled our Soda and more package, as the only diet soda was Coke from the fountain dispenser. Mocktails, etc.. are loaded with sugar. So I ordered bottled water instead and will bring my own 'flavor enhancers' purchased from the grocery store that are sugar free.
  2. Thanks!! I'll look for the myfitness pal, and take your advice on the modified squats, pending the knee pain that is. I will say that I do stand and do some walking on a cement floor with my 7 hour job (without sitting) 5 days a week. Wow sometimes the leg cramps in the middle of the night really are hard to handle. I get 'double cramps' in two places. So Painful. I resort to downing pickle juice and it helps after a few minutes.
  3. Hello fellow cruisers! A topic I don't see much mentioned, but I"ll hit this head on - I have 150 days to get in 'better shape' for my cruise. I will start my 'athletic cruise prep' routine. What's new is looking up the length of my ship and 'mapping the length out' on our road from home my with the car. I will start with that. I will walk this imaginary deck in sun, rain, sleet and snow - well, at least twice a day (down and back), that's twice right? I am not a 'walker', never had the desire to hit the pavement or treadmill and just 'walk', it seems I always have something better I could be doing. 🙂 hmm... stairs. I see those eyes on me on the cruiseship as I take one step at a time (I have an arthritic knee), and especially during the drill I feel like i'm either being pushed, rushed, or the eyes are upon me taking notes this gal doesn't like stairs, and those muster drill stair guards are thinking... ahhh... what room is she in, we need to take note! I've got this one down though, I arrive EARLY before the ship alert goes off. You'lll see me sitting down in that chair long before many arrive, holding up my hand to 'wand me in'. You'll easily spot me - i'm the one holding on to the left rail even if its the 'up side' and, per hubby's request to never use hand rails, I'll either have my shirt sleeve or a disinfective wipe in my hands as I am bracing myself "step" "step" "step"at a time to get to the level. (I like how there aren't many kids on Princess as they usually run these steps).. In my mind i'm counting steps. (Its easier going up). By the end of the cruise I can tell you how many stairs and where. Those few decks with more stairs trick you. So - getting in shape for the stairs - what can one do? I live in a small county that only has one stop light and buildings are one level - so believe me when I say - I really don't know where I can find some stairs for this work-out. OK - my porch has 4 steps. That will have to do, it may drive my German Shepherd into confusion, but hopefully he can be on standby and 'sit, stay' and watch as I loop - ok lets pick 100 TIMES! D-I-E-T (!) I"ll take my WiiFit (HAH!) weigh in today, but not right now as I already ate breakfast and drank 12 oz of coffee, so I know the weight will be really wrong...... I'll start by going low-carb. I'll weigh-in later today.. Athletic wear!!! I've got a couple new pieces. Have you seen these shirts that now have holes for the thumbs! I now own one!! I've got the entire outfit! DH says that I look great in my athletic wear, but the outfit is just a delusion of my athletic ability. I'll take that as a compliment. Clothing! Yes Swimsuit!! I have three i'll be bringing. (One for salt water, one for fresh water and one for - just in-case there is a wardrobe malfunction I have a backup). Don't fear I have a cover-up, but - if you do put my on YouTube kindly let me know so I can share my fun and adventures. Shoes, shoes, shoes.. in my cruising years I"m not packing as many. I know what works. They need to be flat, they need to grip great on wet surfaces, slip in no-tie sneakers work great too, they need to look formal on demand and they need to not squeek when walking the deck. They need to be broken in as I don't want blisters. They need to be easy-on and easy-off. I also need a pair a size bigger of my favorites JUST IN CASE my feet swell from too much salt, or who knows.. just in case. So there it is, my thoughts as I ate my breakfast sandwich, onwards we start. The plan is in my mind and the countdown has begun!
  4. And... Did you say "yes" and if so, what suite did you get assigned? 😎
  5. Great info - especially on your pre-stay hotel.
  6. Our last (4) cruises, we requested table for 2 - traditional - late dining. Three of the cruises we had a great table in the back alongside a wall and it was truly wonderful. On one cruise it was a table for 2 set in a row of (6) table for two. The tables were so close to each other that I (short fuller figured woman) could not walk (squeeze) between the tables comfortably. Many must have felt the same as the next night - we were the only ones in our 'row'.. the waiter even said 'please come back tomorrow'.. We didn't. We only ate in the MDR twice, as it was just an uncomfortable feeling being that squeezed in to others.
  7. What a wonderful opportunity to experience a suite. I'd jump on it the moment you read it. If it is even still available. If you feel excited about it, don't waste time waiting for opinions.. this offer is not just waiting for you to reply, i'm sure it went out to many.
  8. Fares will continue to drop after "final payment due date" until they fill the ship. Years ago I grabbed a $399pp Alaskan cruise 2 weeks out from cruise date. You can wait for these 'final sale' periods on your cruise and then grab and book, but you will pay end up paying more for your airfare. Best advice: If you have travel flexibility, aren't specific in what kind of room or location in the ship you want, sign up for those last minute cruise notifications, and book only then.
  9. We paid off our Alaskan August cruise this week which also included EZAir reservations. So on a *whim* I decided to go on Delta and see what the cost of our flights would be today. Delta shows our return flight non-stop out of SEA to MSP as SOLD OUT. So I quickly went on my Delta App and viewed our reservation and it was there, confirmed and both husband and mine seats are next to each other just as selected on EZAir months ago. I"m thankful for EZAir as we were able to book and grab "our perfect flights" months ago, arriving and departing flights non-stop too! If I shopped today and didn't use EZAir our airfare costs would have been in the $600 range, and not the $400 range we bought in at. I really am impressed with EZAir, as the booking process was straight forward with ease of selection of flights and seats, and adding to the Princess booking put all costs in one place. We also have Princess Insurance and it just ads another comfort level with any airline delays. On a smiling note (i'm drinking my morning coffee), I will say I don't expect any airline cruise-day panics as we are flying in a couple days early, but I feel ready to conquer whatever the airlines may toss my way with Princess on my side.
  10. Once you are paid-in full you can no longer reprice. You can just cancel your cruise reservation you paid in full, accept (any) penalties and then rebook the same cruise at a later time. But you need to watch the penalties (if any). I too watch those 'last minute deals' and if you really don't care about a specific room or location, then yes - go ahead and book when the 90 day countdown and slashing is going on to fill the ship. But there is more than just the room cost to consider, booking early gives you promo's which balance out the pricing (such as obc, or drink packages or..etc..etc..). Look at your pricing as an entire package, not just what your room now costs.
  11. We do the same, we are booked for 2020 and though the price is "omg - i won't pay that' we booked it and will and wait for the promos and get a repricing. We've grabbed our room that is what counts.
  12. Though Denali is beautiful, its not to be rushed and taking a tour into the park would serve your best viewing. I would like to suggest based on the age of kids in the family is to explore around Anchorage. Some of the interesting roadside trips the kids might enjoy is panning for gold outside of Girdwood, biking the coastal trail in Anchorage, visiting the Spirit Houses (Russian burial site in Eklutna). There is a great creek turning towards Whittier with trails and you can see many salmon from the viewing decks (williwaw campground area). Aleyaska resort in Girdwood is a must see too, along with the AK Wildlife center. Grab your snacks, groceries or deli items from Fred Meyer in Anchorage. Palmer Hatcher Pass is fantastic for vistas too. You can reference TripAdvisor too. Denali may be just too long of a drive (counting both ways) for not much change in the scenery. Hint: If you drive by the Airport in Anchorage past the Fedex terminals andon to the coastal trail you are almost guaranteed to see a moose or two..
  13. This is so true, I'm thinking of my mom as an example. She IS on the internet, but does not participate with any social media groups. If I should ask her what a 'Cruise Critic' member was she would say - a negative person. (lol).
  14. I agree, we had three evenings reserved at the Crown Grill, but when I saw this option, I cancelled two of the reservations and will order from the MD.
  15. To me, it would depend on the week of the cruise. If you booked a table for 6, and it was during 'Spring Break' you may get a family of 4 or 5, and you would feel 'odd man out' of their circle. If you booked a table for 8 during Spring break, count on a family of 4 a party of 2, and you and an empty chair. Not Spring Break week? Less chance of families with school age kids. What is important to me is to be by a window when dining. If you can look at the layout of the dining room, the tables by the windows are for 4 and 6. Usually the tables for 8 are in the center of the dining room. Table for 2 ? Booked along the back side of a wall (note - no window view), or in a row of 6 tables of 2 with barely enough room for me to squeeze past the other tables so I don't sit with my back towards the main dining area. I would go for a table of 6. Another consideration is time zone. What time zone are you sailing in compared to yours? For example if you are from the East Coast sailing in Alaska thats a 4 hour time zone difference (6pm ship time is actually 10pm your time, and i'm hungry - now). If its your same time zone (or just an hour difference) I would pick a table of 6 and late dining. Why late dining? I enjoy not feeling rushed for the turn-around of the next guests and enjoy my dessert and coffee. Also i feel with a table for 6 there's enough conversation to float around the table so its not just centered on you, or one other person. As always, if you just don't feel good at the assigned table, glance around the room - take note of the empty chairs, and request a change. (Also keep in mind on a 7 day cruise, I am usually in the MDR only 3 or perhaps 4 nights). This works for me, and its only offered as additional info for your consideration. (Not many people take time zone into the equation).
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