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  1. @Jan_In_Maine I'm so sorry that happened to you. You would think adults would be above that sort of behavior. They sound like a couple of bullies to me. I'm going to be curious how much i gain on this cruise in December since I'm still trying to figure out a new workout routine that I can manage long-term that I will hopefully be able to do on the cruise too. My last cruise several years ago, I had gained 5 lbs. I hope to do better than that this time.
  2. Andy- I hope your leg heals quickly. Jo- I think .6 is a good sustainable loss. Diana- my grandma used to live near Tahoe when I was in HS. I spent the summer there after my sophomore year, part of it was at a leadership camp and then the rest with her. It was beautiful back then. I'm sure it has changed a lot. Jason's mom MFP is My Fitness Pal. An App that you can use to track calories, macros and exercise. I used to use it regularly with really good results before my accident. I hope you figure out the hair loss. I'm pretty frustrated with the leg right now. I could not sleep more than a couple of hours, and usually only an hour or so at a time before a would wake up after getting my leg wrapped Friday morning. By the time I came home from work on Friday, I had to take the slipper off as my foot as swelled so much. I borrowed one of my son's Keens as that was the only shoe I could get on. I ended up taking the wrappings off late last night and my foot and ankle are pretty bruised and more swollen than they've been since I first started weight baring back in January. I'm back to wearing the compression sock until I see her again on Wednesday but I'm honestly dreading the idea of her wrapping my leg like that again. I'm tired and really want to get my life back. I want to be able to walk without the cane. Sorry to vent. I'm probably just too tired. I did stick to my diet this weekend at least.
  3. Belle- enjoy your cruise. a 30 day cruise sounds very relaxing. Congrats Jan, Pacruise and Jasonsmom on the losses. And Robin - paying off your mortgage is a big win to celebrate. Jenny - staying the same is good during a tough week. I was very surprised to be down 4.0# this morning. I'm trying to decide what's a realistic goal weight for my cruise that's now 86 days away. I'm getting my leg wrapped tomorrow at PT to hopefully help with the lymphedema, so I'll be back to showering with a garbage bag for 2 weeks. At least, I had a lot of practice with that so the PT was teasing me that I should be a pro. Our rain is supposed to finally let up this weekend so that will be nice.
  4. I'm wondering if the change was due to the complaints from people in those cabins below, either from noise from the bar, or from not wanting to be on the balconies with people looking down. I will try to get some good pics of the differences.
  5. The design is going to be a bit different on the Sky Princess though. The bar is in the middle with the glass on the sides. It doesn't go out nearly as far as on the previous ships.
  6. Hi Belle, Jan, Jo, Andrea, Diana and friends: Sorry, I have been away for so long. I sadly wasn't very focused on my diet after my accident. The one year anniversary is tomorrow. I finally had the courage to weigh myself today to see how much weight I had gained and it wasn't as much as I had thought, all though I'm sure some of that is because I've lost some muscle tone in the right leg with all of the surgeries. So my new starting weight is 148.4. The fibula is still healing and there is a mild stress fracture that they found a few weeks ago on an MRI but overall I keep progressing. I will have my leg wrapped on Friday to help with swelling for the next 2 weeks so no pool exercise. I'm going to do what I can at home with exercise bands and light weights on the other leg, core and upper body. I've been trying to watch what I eat though. My son is returning from his deployment next week so I'm sure there will be some splurge meals late next week. Belle- nice poem as always. Those are some long cruises you have coming up. My best friend and I are doing a Caribbean one on Princess in December to make up for the Baltic one we were originally going to do. Diana- That 44 day cruise to South America sounds amazing. I would love to read your trip report when you get back. Have a good week everyone. Kat
  7. Thank you. That’s helpful. I’m pleased with this cabin.
  8. My friend and I booked a mini-suite guarantee on the Sky Princess for the December 7th sailing. We just found out that we will be in cabin M409 on the Marina deck below the SeaWalk. I know on the Regal and Royal some cruisers didn't like the Marina deck cabins below the SkyWalk but I understand they've changed the design somewhat but I'm trying to understand if we will have a bit more privacy maybe than on the previous ships? I know no one can answer for sure since the ship hasn't sailed yet but I've been trying to see if there are any pictures out yet of the side of the ship to give me some idea of that area. I'm still excited to have the bigger balcony, and to see the new ship. Plus getting out of Minnesota in December for the Caribbean is always a plus. 😊
  9. I'm also new to traveling with limitations, and I've decided to go with a scooter for my cruise in December. I decided it would make traveling easier for both me and my friend.
  10. The scooter would only be for the trip, and even then not all of the time. I walk with the cane at home and still do all of my chores other than mowing my lawn myself. I had an MRI last Friday and I'm waiting to hear from the surgeon on next steps.
  11. What is a good price for the 1 device package per day?
  12. I called Princess and they had me give a cabin number to the TA but I'm still not sure what that means and I'm wondering if I should switch it. I'm waiting for the TA to get back to me. The HC cabins on this sailing do look pretty limited as it's a new ship. I did reserve a smallest size regular scooter which special needs at sea assures me will fit through the doorway of a standard cabin. If it comes to it, I may just need to bring a small shower chair if we stick with the mini-suite so I can transfer into the tub. I saw my surgeon today and I may end up having at least some of my hardware removed before the cruise. I'll know more after my MRI on the 9th. That could be a good thing as the physical therapist feels that the amount of hardware in my leg is part of what is limiting my range of motion.
  13. I'm thinking you want Renmar's site: Princess Obstructed View's Site
  14. Thank you for the access office info. I called and spoke to them yesterday. I also went ahead and reserved a scooter from Special Needs at Sea.
  15. Sorry, forgot to mention we are switching from an Allure of the Seas cruise as it was one of the sailings affected by the Azipod issue and my friend really wanted to stay with an itinerary closer to our original itinerary so that's why we picked this one.
  16. Hello- I thought it would be best to post this here, but let me know if my questions would be better on the Princess forum. My best friend and I are looking to sail on the 7 night Western Caribbean on the Sky Princess on 12/7. My TA is recommending that I book an accessible cabin and also think about getting either a scooter or a powerchair for the cruise. I fell off my roof last September, and landed standing up so I now have 2 plates and 10 pins holding my right knee and upper shin together along with extensive scar tissue, nerve damage, and osteoarthritis in that knee. My range of motion is still somewhat limited in that leg. At home, I walk with a cane and use a shower chair to get in and out of the shower at home (it's a tub with a shower as I haven't remodeled since my accident last year). I can walk short distances and do a few stairs, leading with my good leg. I'm a little hesitant to book the accessible cabins as my friend and I definitely wanted either a balcony or a mini-suite and the TA is saying that it's showing that it would be a guarantee. How do the cruise lines handle guarantees on accessible cabins? Also, I've only used either a wheelchair or powerchair for short periods so any recommendations on how to decide if I need one, and what might be best for me would be helpful. Thank you very much. I'm still trying to adjust to my new normal.
  17. Hello- I thought it would be best to post this here, but let me know if my questions would be better on the Princess forum. My best friend and I are looking to sail on the 7 night Western Caribbean on the Sky Princess on 12/7. My TA is recommending that I book an accessible cabin and also think about getting either a scooter or a powerchair for the cruise. I fell off my roof last September, and landed standing up so I now have 2 plates and 10 pins holding my right knee and upper shin together along with extensive scar tissue, nerve damage, and osteoarthritis in that knee. My range of motion is still somewhat limited in that leg. At home, I walk with a cane and use a shower chair to get in and out of the shower at home (it's a tub with a shower as I haven't remodeled since my accident last year). I can walk short distances and do a few stairs, leading with my good leg. I'm a little hesitant to book the accessible cabins as my friend and I definitely wanted either a balcony or a mini-suite and the TA is saying that it's showing that it would be a guarantee. How do the cruise lines handle guarantees on accessible cabins? Also, I've only used either a wheelchair or powerchair for short periods so any recommendations on how to decide if I need one, and what might be best for me would be helpful. Thank you very much. I'm still trying to adjust to my new normal.
  18. We ended up going with a category 8D - cabin 7680 to save a little. Thoughts on this location? It's a bit aft but not all the way at the back.
  19. Would a cabin location around 8206 be good? Price wise, I think that could definitely be within our budget.
  20. Hello my friend and I are looking to book a girls trip on Allure for the Western Caribbean itinerary in December. We were originally going to do a Baltic cruise on Serenade this summer but I suffered complex tibia plateau fractures last fall and I'm not to the point where my leg will be able to handle 13 days on cobblestones and lots of stairs by July so we've decided to save that for 2020 and try a relaxing Caribbean cruise for this year. I've only done 1 previous cruise, and it wasn't on RC and my friend has never cruised before. The sheer variety of cabin types on the Oasis class ships is a bit overwhelming honestly. Our cruise will stop at CocoCay, Cozumel, CostaMaya, and Roatan if that matters at all. We know we don't want a suite, and most likely don't want a regular inside but other than than we're having a hard time deciding as we're wondering how much time we'll really spend in the cabin on an Oasis class ship as it seems like there is so much to do? How do people decide, and I'm thinking middle decks are best?
  21. That same cruise in 2020 is going to be on Jewel of the Seas, which is Radiance class I believe so I think it docks in Stockholm. Also it still overnights in Stockholm the first night before embarking so we like that.
  22. My friend and I had lunch today, and we are going to see about switching the Baltic cruise to next year and maybe doing something a bit easier this year like a 7 day Caribbean so I have a bit more time. The surgeon had said 12 months for full recovery which would put me into September and that was before some complications I had. My progress the first couple of months once I was able to bear weight was progressing well but the last 6 weeks or so I am a point where the gains are slower now. Royal is offering this same itinerary in 2020. I do like the idea of public buses in Stockholm and Copenhagen if that's possible, and a private tour for St. Petersburg might be worth the cost even if my leg is better by then.
  23. My friend and I are supposed to be on the 13 night Scandinavia-Russia cruise on serenade of the seas on July 28th of this year. I had a bad accident last September after we booked the cruise and broke my right leg in 6 places at the base of the knee joint (called a tibia plateau fracture). I've had a couple of surgeries but I'm still walking with a cane, and can't walk long distances so I'm trying to figure out how feasible this trip is at this point. My leg tends to swell when I walk more than a couple of blocks. Our itinerary is: Stockholm (overnight) Helsinki St. Petersburg (overnight 2 nights) Tallinn Riga Visby Berlin Fredericia Copenhagen (overnight) We were thinking of doing the HOHO in Stockholm and maybe Copenhagen and we were looking at a tour in St. Petersburg. How walkable are the other ports, or are there buses available in the other ports also? This will only be my 2nd cruise so I'm also nervous about a cruise of this length with an injury like this. We do have trip insurance. I also don't want to ruin the trip for my friend.
  24. I've read quite a few threads that include discussion of the official dress code on formal night. Since this is my first time on Princess, and only my 2nd cruise ever I still have a couple of questions that I'm hoping some of the more experienced cruisers can answer. My cruise will be in mid-December on the Royal Princess if that matters. I'm debating between shorter cocktail dresses and long formal dresses, or possibly one of each. What percentage of women in your experience are typically in long gowns? If it's only 5-10%, I would likely stick with the cocktail dresses. Are both formal nights the same level of formality, or is one more formal than the other due to something like a Captain's dinner? Thank you.
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