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  1. The bird is the Nene (nay-nay). We saw one in Maui, on Haleakala. Very elusive bird!
  2. Because they expect that the casino will extract far more than the value of the cruise from you. They do the same thing in Vegas and other gaming oriented enterprises. Sometimes you will win but the odds are always with the house. And if you are entertained and can afford the casino spend, then it's worth it.
  3. Yes thank you! Miss Poipu very much enjoyed her's. Unfortunately she ate it but she is fine! 😳
  4. I just finished Gay Courter's book "Quarantine! How I Survived the Diamond Princess Coronavirus Crisis". Excellent read, especially for those of us who followed along closely at the time here on CC.
  5. That would be Ray Charles. I saw him perform in a tiny venue New Year's Eve in Lake Tahoe back in the 80's. Wonderful show.
  6. I can't see my upcoming cruises or saved cruises. I can't search for cruises either. I can see that my FCCs are still applied to my two active cruises.
  7. No reason to ask for forgiveness! I welcome pictures from places that I would love to get back to someday.
  8. We didn't notice vibration aft on the Royal class ships. We've had aft suites on the Aloha deck on the Royal and Caribe deck on the Majestic, both narrower balconies, and the soot was the same on both. Riviera is one deck up from where we have been and does have a larger balcony with more cover. Remember though that it's not an everyday occurrence and I still think that even with the soot it is still an amazing place to be when sailing on one of these ships.
  9. I woke up to the wonderful news today! Our trial in the US still does not have results and even when it does we will stick with it to the conclusion which is almost two years off. So it will be a while until we find out if we have actually gotten the vaccine or a placebo but I can happily wait that out knowing that the wait will be worth it. And it will get us that much closer to being onboard a ship!
  10. This is the worst soot we saw and it is a Dolphin deck balcony directly below our's on the Majestic Princess. It happened the last two days of the cruise and I took these pictures on our final morning on board. Since our Caribe deck had less cover, it had more soot and our Steward took in the seat cushions every day. Even with this problem though i would not hesitate to book one of these again. The views are amazing!
  11. Mine has posted shortly after the deadline set for return of the form. So it should be sometime in early January if they continue to process FCCs at the same pace.
  12. The announcement implies that only the US and Japan cruises are impacted by this action. But the list includes the South America cruises on the Coral and Asian cruises to / from Singapore on the Grand (plus some others on the Royal). Just another blow to those of us hoping to return to normal someday soon.
  13. I don't think that you will find one that is 75% covered. But the wider ones will have more cover such as those on Riviera, Baja, or Dolphin decks. We've stayed in the narrower balcony aft suites on the Majestic and Royal so we've experienced minimal cover situations. Keep in mind that at some point on your voyage you'll experience soot on your balcony. Some days it's minimal and others it can be quite heavy.
  14. Thank you! We don't consider ourselves brave, just happy to be doing a small part to get us out of this mess. When (if?) the vaccine is proven effective, we can ask to be unblinded and if we received the placebo, we will be allowed to get the actual vaccine and continue on in the study. Sending a hug right back to you! I like those better than virtual vacuum cleaners. 😁
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