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    Austin, Texas USA
  • Interests
    Travel & walking
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL is current favorite
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  1. On shorter cruises, you remember when you embarked and know that it's over in a week or two. On the GWVs, you get so embedded in ship life you forget when you embarked and the disembarkation is too far away to even think about.
  2. Before Covid, we really enjoyed the private diamond & concierge lounges with Royal Caribbean. Nice quiet places to get away from the madding crowd. 😉 But the lounges really got busy & crowded during 'happy hours'. But the real perk for us is free laundry when you gain 4-Star Mariner on Holland America.
  3. I sucked at PT after my Total Knee Replacement 2-1/2 years ago. I'm stuck at about 80 degrees flexion. I considered manipulation under anesthesia but was afraid of breaking stuff. Now looking at what some surgeons are doing more frequently -- Arthrolysis, which is minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue in the knee. Question: Has anyone tried this arthrolysis???
  4. I meant "not more" than 72 hours. Not holding our breath for the June 2021 Alaska sailing or even for the October 2021 Eastern Caribbean sailing we have booked. Do feel pretty good about the July 2022 HAL Voyage of the Vikings, however. Will probably plan to arrive at embarkation port (Seattle) and spend 3 nights there.
  5. On the 2018 World Cruise on the HAL Amsterdam, we met a woman who had been living for a number of years on the ship. She was the queen of the ship. She was ushered to a reserved chair in the theater by a ship's officer. We chatted with her and she said that her outside view cabin, the food, service & entertainment she enjoyed would cost far more ashore.
  6. Anyone hear anything about if the cruise lines will require a negative Covid19 test result not less than 72 hours before boarding? This will affect how early to arrive at the embarkation port (we plan to drive), finding a testing facility, and how many nights to stay before embarkation. Our Alaska cruise is set for June 4, 2021. We hope to have had our vaccinations by then.
  7. We've seen the threads on this forum about getting prescription extensions for 90, 120, 180 days (and longer) for medications. We are also concerned about getting such extensions for durable medical equipment like insulin pump infusion sets and Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) sensors & transmitters. DW has the Tandem t:Slim insulin pump and the Dexcom G6 CGM. Has anyone had success in getting their insurance company to approve long overrides of similar durable medical equipment such as insulin pump infusion sets and CGM sensors & transmitters? We are in the USA and are on Medicare with BCBS Federal Employee secondary insurance.
  8. Due to having gastritis, DW can only drink a protein milkshake or have chicken noodle soup (or similar) for dinner. Was wondering if anyone has brought a blender onboard. We would bring a small blender, sort of like a Ninja Bullet. We know the restrictions for heat-producing appliances and electric power strips. So....possible that HAL would allow a small blender to be brought onboard?
  9. Our very first HAL cruise was the entire 2018 World Cruise. Had a fabulous time. Had a resident drawing instructor named Benjamin Sack who did a "live" 6 foot by 8 foot pen & ink drawing of this voyage while in his stateroom. We got the half-size print which you can see in the attached photo.
  10. And don't forget to book Dolly on the Zaandam ASAP so she can break in the new WC crew if the Amsterdam crew can't be reassigned. 😉
  11. Saw this on CNN. EU considering travel ban on US citizens. https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/23/politics/eu-us-coronavirus-travel/index.html
  12. Nice pictures. Your post may inspire us to re-post photos for our 25-day sailing from Houston to Antwerp on the Rickmers Jakarta in 2017. Our original pictures were posted with TinyPics which went out of business and all the photos that were with our CC trip write-up in the Freighter Cruising board were deleted.
  13. Well, for what it's worth, he was very personable & friendly to us when we had a private chat onboard the 2018 GWC. Too bad he's getting all these negative comments. You gotta break some eggs to make an omelette. 😉
  14. Well, in our Chevrolet (actually a Lexus ES 350 F-Sport), we'll continue driving/hiking to the 36 or so land-based points where at least three states meet. We've done the Four Corners , Texas/Arkansas/Louisiana, Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee & Kentucky/Virginia/Tennessee.
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