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  1. SilkySal- true, but those on the water my fear is people running into us! We had a cluster yesterday just trying to get off the inland lake we live near now (we are trailer boaters). It went like this- 3:30 in the afternoon people like us ready to get off for the day, people wanting to get on, 3 lanes at the state park available. Dude with a $125,000 + MasterCraft launches- then decides to move his wakeboards off his tower and open the sunshade- in front of me who was waiting to dock. Group swimming, yes, swimming in one of the launch ramps (which my husband could have used to put the trailer in) when I said something about not swimming there I got a bunch of "we're looking for our car keys"- no joke. The MasterCraft then came and picked them up. I could go on about the stuff I have seen this summer- but most of it has been new boat owners just not paying any attention on the water. I haven't been on a horse for years, but my boss does 3 day eventing and I have been out on her farm and even if she would let me on her horses I would say no. Her and her husband have had some very interesting injuries!
  2. If you are not "boat people" and have not had much experience on small craft I agree doing the excursion with RCCL is a great way to get the buck list item checked off and learn if you enjoy the sport. To the person who said "they aren't hard to ride" you are correct, they aren't hard to "ride" but knowing the ins and outs of boater safety might be something someone doesn't know about. My husband and I have owned boats since we were in our early 20's (almost 40 years now) and started boating on Lake Michigan- so you can bet we took a boaters safety course. This past year we have seen an explosion in boat sales. In Wisconsin you don't need to take a course if born before 1989. It shows. Some of the worst offenders are those on personal water craft. They are often "pulled over" as well by local law enforcement. Please do not give anyone a hard time for wanting to go with a ship sponsored excursion to learn the basics. Who care's if it "follow the leader"- I bet you do "follow the leader" types of horseback riding excursions and not just say go rent a horse from the guy down the road and go do what you want.
  3. Only if you do not prove you're vaccinated:
  4. It has to be an "enhanced" license and not a "real ID"- the enhanced license is only available in a few states and according to this list, FL isn't one. https://www.uspassporthelpguide.com/enhanced-drivers-license/, Real ID is only valid for domestic flights/travel Real ID Information, Here's a bit more: What's an enhanced drivers license?
  5. My doctor gave me permission and a phone number to schedule- my husband's provider said no (both UW Health), go to Walgreens, CVS....so, I don't want to just get mine and have him waiting on the PCR. Might still be making a trip to Waukesha (I am presuming that's the one you are talking about). But I have bought two cars in Waukesha...so what's a COVID test 😉 except timing. I can see working only 1/2 day on Wednesday just because I will be running around getting tests done.
  6. Yes. Our pharmacy said that the code is only good for 72 hours so I plan on registering for it on Tuesday. As another backup my doctor gave approval (they got back to me after the pharmacy) so I plan on calling the clinic I go to and get an appointment there too. They use the spit in a tube antigen test.
  7. I have already booked my COVID test for our Oct. 2, 2021 cruise. How'd I do this? I live in a pretty small town and called my locally owned pharmacy (not Walgreen's) when I saw the sign yesterday. I took the 12:15 PM first slot (as the lab guy can pick it up at anytime in the afternoon). I then put a bring up on my calendar to register the day before with the county health department, which will give me a code to have the test done. My pharmacy told me DON'T WAIT to get the code, as their slots had been filling up. So, you may want to check if your local pharmacy is offering COVID tests and what do they recommend you do if you have some time. One perk of living in a small town. I am a bit worried that we don't get the test results back before Saturday morning, but then we punt and try and find a rapid-antigen place in Miami. Crossing my fingers having the first slot available will make a big difference.
  8. https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/6302/ This story does a good job explaining. You have two mRNA vaccines- good to go. Issue is if you had one AZ and one Moderna, they are different types so no go for some cruise lines.
  9. Symphony Oct. 2 opened today. Earliest time (departure is now at 7:00 PM) was 1:00 to 1:30 PM.
  10. Nothing as exotic as what others have posted. We hope to go overseas at some point after we retire but one thing we did on our own was take the public bus in Antigua to Nelson's Dockyard. We walked to the bus station and the bus is more like an oversized van and found the right bus. Enjoyed the drive over as people got on and off for work and school. My husband ended up on a jump seat! We were at Nelson's early and were able to wander around, do the museum and talk with both boat owners and people setting up for an event. When we were ready to leave we just waited for the bus to come around again- and the large buses from the port were just showing up.
  11. Congratulations on starting your planning! That can be stressful but fun too!. Our two boys are now 22 and almost 28 but we started with them when they were in elementary school. Once they got to be the age your boys are we did two staterooms. You can do two side by side rooms (sometimes connecting with a door) or you can do one across the hall from you. This is what we did usually as we didn't feel we needed to get the boys a balcony of their own when we upgraded from window view only rooms. The boys never minded the interior room with no window. The website might force you to book one adult in each room (you can switch on board) but if you call or use a good TA you can book them directly in their own room as long as they are right next to you or right across the hall. You could choose to put all 4 in one stateroom and you and your spouse have a room to yourself, or you could keep the younger one with you. With two rooms you will have two bathrooms/showers 🙂 We made Coco Cay only once- and that was well before what it is now! Tips about Royal that we have learned....let me think. We made only one big rule once the boys got older- they must be at dinner with us. We had check in times during the day if they weren't in the kids club. We used post-it notes in the stateroom or they could leave us a voice mail on the stateroom phone. The staff love serving the kids. Our boys figured out early that for dessert they could ask our waiter for a plate of their favorite chocolate chip cookies to go and they would bring them each a plate with a to-go cover for those late night snacks! We have to yet sail out of Miami (October will be our first). Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades) is super easy and close to everything. Port Canaveral is good too, but it is a drive from Orlando. Pick the itinerary you like the best and the ship you are most interested in. Entertainment on Royal is top notch. Our boys always enjoyed the shows. If an Oasis Class ship the shows in the aqua theater are amazing. The skating shows on the ice rinks (on most ships) are so good too! The athletic performers are often Olympians in their home countries and you will note the small Olympic ring tatts that many of them sport. Key West as the crow flies doesn't look that far away, but A1A is a two lane highway and you usually will drive 50 mph or less! My first time to Key West I was at a training conference for the BSA at Sea Base and we had an afternoon/evening off to see the sites. We were on Lower Matecumbe in Islamorada (mile marker 73.8) and so the drive down was 73 miles and took 2.5 hours at least due to a bad accident on our way. Enjoy the planning and don't be afraid to ask questions.
  12. Thanks for the report. We made Coco Cay only once back in the day of tendering. It was lovely then, but my sister made the new one in Sept. of 2019 and had a ball. We we are sailing Oct. 2 out of Miami and it will be on the stops. Your report is getting me excited. Thanks for sharing your adventure.
  13. Allure of the Seas went into dry dock, May of 2020. She was to get a major overhaul, but then COVID. I can't post links to stories on what was done, and don't have time to type out what was done, but you have access to search engines so you can see what they ended up doing. We were supposed to be on her last week, but COVID ;). We have done Harmony of the Seas and would imagine a 12 year old as well as the family would love Allure. Lots to do for sure. Oasis class has the Aqua shows which are awesome, plenty of free food (Johnny Rockets is free for breakfast) and nice up charge places as well. You just need to decide if ports or ship is more important. When we were traveling with our boys (now 22 and 27) they always found things to do, and that was when the largest ships were Freedom Class 🙂 We have Odyssey of the Seas booked for 2023, and really can't comment on if kids would find enough to do, but it does have the I-Fly.
  14. We paid $79.00 in September for our Symphony cruise in 4/22. Just checked, it is now $179.00.
  15. Call! Look on line 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after your current cruise for something you may be interested in and then call and asked. Our son just yesterday did a lift and shift January 2021 to January 2022. He didn't think he'd get what he was interested in but he did. We also did a lift and shift from March 2021 to April 2022. We didn't know about the tool, but were happy we got our 1st choice as well.
  16. We've been booked on Allure since 4/19 in a 8D ocean view balcony. Original booking was at $2540.00 for two. Repriced for the fourth time today at $1677.00. Don't think Allure will be amped before that with that pricing.
  17. We usually tip equal to the prepaid gratuities, making each double.
  18. We have Indy booked for a 5 day Coco Cay and Labadee for 9/14/2020 out of Port Everglades. This sounds like a reasonable itinerary.
  19. Unfortunately the aft cabin dividers can not be opened.
  20. We went back and forth on which way to go. We ultimately decided to take the full refund because of a possible future bankruptcy.
  21. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/passport-help/faqs.html
  22. Six months prior for international travel.
  23. You obviously do not know that the DNC is coming to Wisconsin to nominate their candidate. We do not have a minimal outbreak, we just are doing everything we can to flatten the curve. Our state weathered the pandemic of 1918 because we stayed home. But perhaps this is what everyone needs to remember- the last post by a NYC doctor who died of COVID-19 (and a friend of one of my friends) be kind to one and other, because in the end all we have is each other.
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