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  1. I typically make plans for every port, a cruise ship excursion is typically my last choice - but if its all that's available (only happened once in all my cruises - could find no private excursions at all offered in La Coruna) then I'd do a ships excursion. I am moving away from itineraries I've done many times before, with my age & budget I am focusing more on bucket list cruises. So fewer cruises, but hopefully to places I really want to see. Although I did do a Mexican riviera cruise last fall - my 3rd time on this itinerary. And in Puerto Vallarta we made it to the Botanical Gardens, and an absolutely wonderful restaurant there on site. It was fairly inexpensive for an excursion as we did it on our own - the only hard part was finding a taxi not hell bent on ripping me off, getting there from the port. But we made it, didn't pay more than we should have - and so worthwhile to see the beautiful grounds. Even if you've been to a port many times - its still such a short time we are there on a port stop. So my thought is you can go to the same port 10+ times and maybe still have plenty of things to see or do that are new.
  2. Wow. I never thought of that! Tough times. If people smoke where they shouldn't, I suppose they could be hit with hella fines. One instance where your odds of being kicked off the ship are low!
  3. Rx meds, I'd say 3 weeks worth beyond what you think you need for the trip. A kindle loaded up with way more books than you think you will want to get to. And this isn't something to pack, but I tend to book balconies and if you are stuck - having access to light and fresh air I think would make things so much more pleasant. I saw in the news where the couple ordered wine brought to them by drone. LOL.
  4. I understand it sounds silly. I'm not sure I'd even choose to be on a cruise ship right now, with the wildfire spread of the virus even in the midst of quarantine & infection control measures. What we know about this coronavirus is based on what is effective on other coronaviruses, but it is too new for there to be studies. Hence the "novel" designation. As for it already leveling off in China, they have taken extreme measures to limit the spread. Travel bans within regions that are heavily infected - preventing their citizens from leaving the area. Also a high degree of testing & trying to limit the spread by enforced quarantines. We are not restricting travel within the US, at least for now, and our capacity to test is nowhere near what it needs to be to even determine the extent of the population affected.
  5. Hand washing is so important, and more effective against viruses than hand gel. It isn't easy though, getting from a sink to the MDR / seated & having your food with clean hands. I know it is advised to not touch a hand rail, but if seas are rocking I'd rather grab the hand rail & get sick than have a broken leg, wrist or pelvis. And then you need to pull your chair out, and pick up & read the menu. Unless they are going to paper / disposed of after each use - avoiding the hand rail may be of limited value. If I were about to go on a cruise in the midst of this, I'd wash my hands thoroughly in the cabin. Then put on disposable gloves until after I'm seated, after I have set down the menu for good. Remove inside out, taking care not to touch outside the gloves as you are removing them (I'm a nurse, this is how you need to remove gloves to keep from contaminating your hands anyway) discard in a paper bag that you can toss out after you are done eating. It may sound laughable but it's what you need to do to have clean hands at meal time. Hoping at the buffet they have crew dishing up the food for the passengers. Otherwise you grab a serving spoon & it may have been handled by 50 other people, with hands that may not be clean. That's just to keep from touching germs that may sicken you, I don't know what to do about airborne viruses & the "stay 6 feet away from others" rule. I don't think that's even possible on a ship.
  6. I think it's a good idea to offer something tangible like this. With all the negative news now regarding cruise ships, it's necessary to reward passengers who don't bail. Should be happening across the board with all cruise lines. I'm hoping this doesn't do lasting damage to this industry.
  7. It was really handy all around. In the hotel for the day before the cruise too.
  8. The free coffee I've had in the lido or MDR has been ok. The coffee in the bistro a little better, but being on a budget last cruise I didn't buy any there. I brought packets of organic instant coffee sticks. Handy for morning room service coffee - I just asked for hot water (like I was going to make tea). Their room service coffee is generally hideous. I liked my coffee better than anything they have on board, even the bistro. Available on amazon, instacart, etc.
  9. https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/27/health/us-cases-coronavirus-community-transmission/index.html
  10. There are now cases spread through the community here in the US, that had no contact with other people who were known to be infected. An issue is the low number of tests done in the US and how our labs are just barely getting up to speed. The 1st case in California took 4 days of the patient being ill & officials wanting to test, but there were no labs in the area that could do it. The CDC would not, because at that time their requirements for being eligible for testing were not met. (They required the patient to be so sick they needed intubation). Also, obviously you can't treat or report what you don't test for. S. Korea has done in the neighborhood of 60,000 tests, I believe only 500 or less have been tested for Coronavirus in the US. It's here, hopefully we can get a handle on isolating people who are carrying it. Most people are not terribly ill, they can recover on their own but unfortunately they can spread it to more vulnerable individuals.
  11. I don't know if its coincidental, but had booked a cruise for way off. Dragging my feet a bit on paying for my trip insurance - I had another week or so in which I had to do it to qualify for the pre-existing waiver. But I noticed the price of the coverage had gone up in just a few days. I wonder if all this in the news is affecting the rates as well. The company wouldn't even cover travel to China, as well as some other parts of the world.
  12. To me it didn't sound like it was a 10 day waiting period to cancel, but a 10 day time limit on how long you could cancel & get a refund. Which makes sense - my 3rd party insurance has a 14 day period where a cancel with refund is possible. After that you cancel if you like, but no refund is available.
  13. It is a pricey outing, but to me it was worth it. I wasn't on a cruise stop, I found a vacation package with Iceland Air. We also did horseback riding before hand. It's been several years since I visited, but it was the big highlight of my trip. It pays to be prepared - you can save a little money bringing your own towel over renting one there. And make sure to wear a tight fitting swim cap - put your hair full of conditioner before getting in the water. The water is heavenly but will make your hair straw otherwise. There is lots of Blue Lagoon top quality shampoo & conditioner in the changing & showering areas to help yourself to. There are buckets of clay mask to put on your face at the perimeters of the blue lagoon. Bring a disposable water camera to use in the lagoon. You can get a bite to eat in the cafe for pretty reasonable, just a serve yourself area from pre-made sandwiches, juices etc, but you don't have to eat in the expensive restaurant. Tip - if you want to bring home a souvenir lotion - you can buy it in the US mail order for less than at the gift shop at Blue Lagoon. The mineral lotion is so great, it works as well or better on my eczema than some of my prescription lotions. Saves on space / weight in the luggage, too. Buying at the airport I believe is the most economical, but that won't be in your plans. With the tour I had, it picked us up from the hotel & then we could take a bus back when we decided we had enough of being there. They ran pretty often, just had to make sure you had the right company & didn't miss the last one.
  14. December 23, 2016 166 Ship - Miracle Deck - Main Stateroom # - 4237 Stateroom Category – Vista Suite Starboard or Port Side - Starboard Quiet Stateroom? (With comments on problems) – Very. So much so I could only vaguely hear the ships announcements, and would need to open the door to the hall / listen with it open to hear the announcements well enough to understand them. Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - Yes, I believe there was a door connecting to the next aft stateroom. Balcony View - Amazing, large aft wrap. Balcony Size? Normal, large aft wrap balcony for the class of stateroom. Was wind a problem? - No If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - No Any specific problems with this cabin? Just needing a refurb. There were some odor problems in the cabin, of cigarette smoke that would come & go. Don't know if it was from the ventilation system of the ship, or if a neighbor was smoking. Also some vague odors from the carpet that again would come & go - don't know if someone got sick & they couldn't fully get the odor out of the carpet. And one of the sink basins had a hairline crack in it. Other than that, the cabin was good - just due for a cosmetic lift / the Miracle is going for drydock soon. It's a beautiful & spacious cabin, I love the circular layout. And some of the drawers in the dressers stuck a bit, but maybe that helps them keep shut in rough seas. For some reason the fridge sat outside the cabinet meant for it. Any other comments? - Very spacious, good storage, loved the location midway between the dining room / entertainment areas & lido. Got a lot of walking & stairs in which helps defray the calories.
  15. thank you so much! I am wanting some pesos in case I want to take the bus back from the botanical gardens in PV. And waited too long to get pesos here, they all want at least 2 business days & have to be ordered in advance.
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