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    Deep in the heart of Texas
  • Interests
    Walking, sewing, step training, golf, music
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Santorini, Greek Islands

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  1. I think that yes, we will cruise again- Although my husband never was a big fan of the cruises we took out of Galveston, I think he would really like Canada and the Mediterranean. We don't cruise to gamble or to chow down at the buffet, but to see things we haven't seen before. With all that said, neither one of us would like to get stuck on the neverending sea voyage, even if we weren't ill. Covid is going to have to burn out before I make another reservation, and I definitely need to get my deposit for the last cruise I booked (NCL Canada) prior to booking another.
  2. That's it. That's what I have been expecting. They are going to let the virus die on any and every surface of old age and hope that it burns it's way out of the public by summer. What an age we live in.
  3. The coronavirus is really like a forest fire. I am not resigned to catching it, by no means. But, was talking with my sister the other day and told her it was like trying to hold back a wave with your body. There are just too many variables and unknown contact points, both on and off ships and now, just in general life. For example- I sing in a group where the leader was sick this past week. He is married to a nurse who works in one of the biggest hospitals in Houston. There is also an active case in Conroe a few blocks away from where they live. If she is unknowingly exposed, then he is exposed. He does setup for the band so his hands touch everything... mikes, keyboard, guitars, ipads, stands. I started wiping down things that I touched frequently about two weeks ago, but CV is so contagious all it takes is a cough aimed in the wrong direction at the wrong time. Add that to the fact that they are still practicing intinction at our local church for communion which is totally the wrong thing to do anyway, regardless of a pandemic. (Intinction is the practice of dipping a piece of the communion bread in a common cup of wine/juice. Many people end up sticking their fingers into the cup accidentally). I am out of pocket for the next two weeks for Spring Break, stay-cationing with our grandkids here at the house. We should, as a country- really know if this is escalating exponentially in 14 more days. For all of our sakes, I hope it doesn't- and that warmer weather will put the Kabosh on it. If not- we do what we can in the meantime, especially where it pertains to exposure. Every person on these boards loves to cruise, me included. I hope that the industry can survive this hit.
  4. Early this morning I was reading about a number of Filipino crew (on DP) that were infected along with a smaller number of Indian personnel. It is not hard to see how this spread quickly...food handling, cleaning... any personal services rendered had potential to transmit the virus.
  5. I think it all comes down to reasonable customer service in the end. Missing a port or even two on a voyage is part and parcel of the vaguaries of weather and chance... rough seas, hurricanes, dock strikes, men overboard, etc. As cruisers, we know that every line is in existence to make money- but part of that ability to make money is based on the ability to secure passenger loyalty. With regards to an absolutely demolished itinerary, good customer service should include offering pax a complete refund and/or cancelling the cruise until COVD-19 runs its course (which may be quite awhile). So, I understand your chagrin and hope you find some resolution in all of this. I gave you some Twitter support👌 Hang in there.
  6. pacruise- Weight "creep" is unfortunately a very normal part of life as most of us live it... from the mid 20th century to now. If you look at photos from the 70s, you will see that people are much leaner in general. This is even truer when you look at photos from the 40s and 50s, which we've been doing lately in an attempt to scan family pics into a digital format. There are tons of reasons why- from hormones in meat to misinformation about fats and cholesterol- to a very high rate of antidepressant use which encourages weight gain, to disrupted sleep patterns, stress and cortisol, the wide availability of fast food and a culture which heavily promotes alcohol and soda. What I have seen generally, is that people have a preset conception of how they can lose weight- (which is generally scientifically wrong), but they never implement their system for longer than a couple of weeks because a system that actually works involves prolonged effort and discipling. It is absolutely normal to gain weight back over a period of years of eating "normally". I think that people feel guilty about it though, and that compounds the difficulty in the thought process about losing it again. The rationale may be something like "I lost if before- I know I will just gain it back so why bother". That's wrong thinking. People don't feel that was when they put gas in their tank only to have it run out. They go and refill it again. In maintenance, I think what is important is that you set limits for how far you will let it go and then work at it for a period of time before it gets out of hand. For example: I had a friend who wanted to hire me several years back... very nice person. She and her husband had allowed themselves to get to the point where it was hard to walk even and they were not disciplined in their eating habits. They needed to attack the weight issue at least one way and since they didn't want to pursue cutting calories, they needed to exercise at least. I suggested walking, light weight training and swimming- none of which struck a chord with them. I've lost touch with them, but I would imagine they have probably pursued bariatric surgery by now- which ironically forces you to do (eat less) what you could have done earlier when the weight hasn't caused peripheral issues that make it hard to move.
  7. I think what I find most about people who insist that "diets don't work" is that when they see someone successfully losing weight by modifying their eating habits- say, "Oh, you'll just gain it back once you start to eat normally." Well, no you don't. Weight creeps up over a period of time unless you habitually gorge on high calorie food or alcohol. I was down at my goal last Spring, but hosted a ton of parties where I cooked and took some nice vacations where I indulged myself. I had a lot of fun and drank good wine with my spouse and our friends and family. I don't begrudge that to myself or anyone- but as my husband and I laugh about it... if you do the crime you gotta pay the time. I estimate being close to my personal goal around Easter, at which time I will just go into maintenance mode.
  8. Well, dawg- since you seem to know it all, I guess you'll never be in that position.😊
  9. Nothing like a little Veuve Cliquot on the balcony- Yellow label or Grande Dame:)
  10. Since I have a certification in Personal Nutrition Counseling, I won't argue with you. Suffice it to say, it works for me and has worked for my clients. Up the activity and cut out some calories. Since basal met is about 1300 for me, burning an extra 400 a day is no big deal.
  11. So you can opt out then, at that point if you didn't realize what it cost before?
  12. It's just going to cause some chagrin to folks (couples) who have a daily cocktail together, thinking it's free... and then finding out it cost them about 40 bucks a day in gratuities at the end of the cruise. As the old saying goes- caveat emptor. Pays to read the fine print, and the good old parental saying, "Honey, there ain't nuthin' for free."
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