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Wendy The Wanderer

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About Wendy The Wanderer

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  • Location
    Toronto, Dunedin FL and Ottawa Valley
  • Interests
    Outdoors, photography, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Paul Gauguin
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    French Polynesia

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  1. Gee, it took two weeks! I'm thinking I should call Amex and warn them in case they try the same thing on me. Definitely a good idea to have links from your bank accounts to your credit card--should make it much easier.
  2. Interesting summary. I presume it will evolve further. Particularly with place-holder-like statements like this one, that has no detail whatsoever about what this health screening would entail: EXTENSIVE PRE-EMBARKATION HEALTH SCREENING All guests will undergo extensive pre-embarkation health screening. Another one that seems very interesting to me. Sounds like prices will skyrocket: INCREASED SOCIAL DISTANCING THROUGH REDUCED CAPACITY To provide even more space for responsible social distancing, we have reduced shipboard guest capacity. Reduced seating in entertainment venues, smaller group sizes for shore excursions, culinary classes, and onboard activities, along with increased spacing in dining venues, provide for effective social distancing practices. Another price-sensitive addition would be this; more staff, more equipment, more space: ENHANCED ONBOARD MEDICAL TEAMS AND HEALTH SERVICES We are expanding our medical teams to provide an industry-leading Medical Staff-to-Guest ratio on board each of our ships. Enhanced onboard medical centers are abundantly stocked with common prescription medications, remedies, and the latest virus-testing equipment. All medical centers will have the ability to perform FDA- and CDC-approved PCR Point of Care testing. Complimentary consultations and treatments are provided for respiratory illnesses and each ship is equipped with dedicated isolation accommodations should the unlikely need arise.
  3. In the past I would have highly recommended the Paul Gauguin but cannot in conscience do that now. Their new owners, Ponant, have been cancelling cruises, as all cruise lines have during the covid crisis, but have refused to give anyone a refund for their paid-up cruises, offering future cruise credits instead, as the only option. So I can't recommend them to anyone. No, there won't be a scuba program onboard, but presumably there will be operators on the islands who provide this, don't know. Excursion booking depends on your cabin class, to some extent I believe. Dress code on Regent ships is always 'elegant casual', with a formal optional night on longer cruises. We love the Paul Gauguin, and have over 40 nights on her; believe me, I mourn the loss of this ship. But Regent, especially Navigator if they're doing this trip, is a pretty darned good substitute. A bit bigger, not so intimate and "islandy", but I'm sure it would be a very, very nice trip. And also especially nice if they provide Business Class air round-trip to Papeete.
  4. That's too bad, and sad to hear. It's owned the people who used to own the PG. I wonder what will happen to the rest of their chain. I also wonder how other hotels on Moorea area coping, not just the big resorts, but the smaller hotels. BTW, in my experience, hotels come and go in FP. The climate is challenging for structures. They age very fast, and there are a number of abandoned hotels from the past to be seen. The wonderful Pearl hotel that we stayed in on Manihi in 2000, for instance, is long gone, just a ruin moldering into the sand and palms I presume.
  5. Thank you for saying this. My perception is that it's both reasons. The Japanese have routinely worn masks to protect others from infection for a long time. And I've seen it in other countries too, where there was no perceptible air pollution problem.
  6. I just again today, as I did yesterday, and all of mine are there. The 5th column, Reward Nights, is blank before 2008, but the Voyage Nights are still there, and my total reward total is correct.
  7. Well then physical distancing needs to be maintained, doesn't it? And yes, masks are meant to protect other people, especially in cases where physical distancing can't be maintained. That shouldn't be true on a beach.
  8. Yeah, still hopeful, for sure. At the moment I'm mostly just glad to be a live and with a steady retirement income. And I would dearly love to cruise again. We can certainly dream!
  9. Nice to hear stories about how things are opening up in different areas, but can we resist the urge to start to argue about the rights and wrongs of opening up, or comparing notes endlessly about Covid? (Just asking, not demanding. I was in fact about to do precisely that, and stopped myself.)
  10. Things are opening up but very slowly here in Toronto. No school until next fall, no summer school here at U. of T. Lots of regulations about how stores can open and operate. We were on a beer/booze run in the car today, and I noticed lots of banks with long lines snaking down the street, not sure what that's about. Lining up on the street to get in anywhere has become a fact of life--supermarkets, drugstores, bakeries, dollar stores even. One thing that has happened is that regulations around booze, always archaic here in "Toronto the Good", have been eased. So restaurants who do take out of pickup can also deliver beer, wine and even cocktails. This is helping some of the small establishments like the bar where my son works. They don't normally do food, but they're doing easy meal take-out at least once a week, as well as espresso and cocktails. Even some of the pot shops have started delivering, I believe. I'm not sure they'll get that genie back into the bottle, ahem.
  11. I was just going to post this. Sayanora Alaska and St. Lawrence River cruising this year.
  12. Yes, I can't wait to get up there. It was such a cold spring that we were happy to be here in the city, especially when the government was discouraging people from going to their cottages. Once the black flies clear out about mid-June, I'll be there, I hope. Only downside is no broadband, despite it being about 40 miles from the nation's capital.
  13. I used to love camping. In fact I did a lot of backpacking before I married David. Weeklong hikes or more, everything on your back. Tiny tent, tiny stove, freeze-dried food, gorp, the whole bit. Loved it. David's idea of camping, as he used to say, is black and white TV in his hotel room. I took him day-hiking once up in a beautiful wilderness park here in Ontario, Killarney, and we stayed in town, at the local motel. After our son was born, when he was little, I took him camping several times, just the two of us (or the three of us, i.e. the dog). He loved it, and grew up with as keen a love as me for the outdoors and the wilderness. He learned how to canoe at camp, and has done some great outdoor adventures with his buddies. But once we inherited the cottage from my mum in the 90's, camping lost its appeal. I can sit on the front porch and drink in the trees and the great river flowing by, or walk in the woods and commune with the trees any time I want. I do miss the hiking, however, and regret that I didn't do more of that when I was middle-aged--it's a great way to keep fit. Here's my view at twilight from my front porch at the cottage:
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