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  1. How true. The Spanish Flu is still circulating as one of the coronavirus seasonal flus. The sooner politicians figure this out, the better
  2. She Who Must Be Obeyed and I maintain our own packing list and the packing. If either of us forgets something, it's on that person and you can bet it's not forgotten the next time. I can't imagine someone else packing for me.
  3. Thanks. I guess that will have to do since we are not allowed to post covid statistics here. Anyone who is curious, though, can google for the CDCs recent data on breakthrough transmissions. Having worked in occupational health programs for most of my career, including travel medicine, I understand the science of disease spread, but I also understand the statistics of the impact of those diseases as well. Life is not risk free.
  4. I pack my clothes, including a sport coat, in zip lock bags and then compress them. Very few wrinkles after sometimes a couple of weeks. Any wrinkles that do occur are quickly taken care if with a small spritzer bottle of water. Never needed an iron yet.
  5. And to add one more thing, well two, Matt, even though I dress up a bit in the evenings, I do not eat dinner in the MDR. It's generally too loud to converse without shouting and it takes too long. I also avoid the production shows as well because they are over amplified. My evening routine is to follow the smaller music venues and enjoy a wee dram or three while enjoying the music. One of the many things I enjoy about cruising is the choices available.
  6. Well, matt1, I'm sure you'll look just fine in the way you want to present your image to the world. I wore a suit most of my working days and now I only wear a suit and tie to marryins and buryins. I described my on-board ensemble to show that it's easy to look sharp without adding a lot of space or weight to your luggage. I was also taught to dress for the occasion. I don't wear a suit to a biker bar and I don't wear my Harley gear to a fine restaurant.
  7. I"m vaccinated and only wear a mask when required. I don't feel the need to wear one to protect anyone else. Fire up your google and check out the CDC's data on breakthrough transmissions that was posted on October 4 and draw your own conclusions regarding mandates.
  8. I often combine land travel with a cruise, so I tend to travel light with few "cruise only" clothes. That being said, my black sport coat weighs 20 ounces and I fold it carefully and compress it inside a zip lock bag. I pack one or two pairs of nice slacks, also in a zip lock bag. On board, in the evenings I don a pair of slacks, a red or black T-shirt with a matching pocket square, and my black sport coat. I figure I'm right at the top of the bell curve for dress codes. On my last cruise, I did a 1500 mile trip on the Harley to the port, with my minimalist cruise-only wear in one saddlebag. Don't tell me it's airline luggage fees that are preventing you from looking sharp.
  9. I've cruised on other holidays, but never Halloween. Does RCI have any sort of celebration that one should prepare for - or are covid masks scary enough?😉
  10. Same here. If She Who Must Be Obeyed cruises with me, a balcony is mandatory as it's her private sanctuary. When I cruise solo, it's an inside for me - partly because of the single supplements and partly because I would seldom use a balcony. I also have my bookings marked no upgrade because I select my inside cabins very carefully and a cruise line upgrade is not always an upgrade to me - such as above a nightclub or below the pool deck.
  11. Happy to have been of service. It's why I don't waste time with technology that won't work.
  12. It was pre-Covid. I just showed up at the pier around 12:00 and if memory serves I was in my cabin by 12:25. The Medallion device worked well for opening the cabin door and I carried it in a small leather pouch in my pocket that I use for sea pass cards. When I ordered a drink, I pulled it out and the server scanned it. After a couple of nights at the same bar, the server recognized me and just wrote down my cabin number. Why waste hours trying to make a wonky app work when you can accomplish the same results by just showing up at the pier with paperwork? Do you recall Einstein's quote about insanity?
  13. Interesting that we can't post infection rates. On October 4th, the CDC posted their breakthrough transmission rate date for vaccinated people. I suggest you google for that information and draw your own conclusion about the scientific validity of covid restrictions and mandates.
  14. I just booked a last minute cruise on RCI and downloaded their navigator app. It worked flawlessly. I was able to take a self photo for boarding, a photo of my vaccination card, and it scanned my passport. Easy beezy. On my most recent Princess cruise, I gave up trying to get the Medallion app to work and just showed up at the pier with my papoerwork. They processed me in, gave me a Medallion "coin" that I used like a sea pass card. BTW, I used the same phone for both apps so that tells me it's not my phone, but their wonky app. Classic case of what happens when the suits let the whiz bang kids sit at the big table.
  15. She Who Must Be Obeyed and I live in a small town with a rural mailbox. We've had the same carrier for years. He gets a tip every Christmas and a zip lock bag of brownies every so often. I submit a hold request and he ignores the limit and continues to hold the mail until we get back. We used Catalog Choice to eliminate unwanted catalogs. We went with paperless billing years ago, We do all of our banking online. Some days we don't get any mail at all. So holding our mail is easy beezy for the carrier. Neither of us take any prescription medications and it's no trouble loading up on enough supplements for an extended trip. We count ourselves among the fortunate.
  16. Found it. Thanks. I was all over that page yesterday morning and either it wasn't ready or I missed it. It's almost too much work to jump through all the hoops in order to board, but the sea is calling and I must go.
  17. It's been a couple of years since I was on RCI, 2018 if memory serves. This week I booked and paid for a last-minute cruise. I then downloaded the app and completed loading everything I could. Yesterday I received a 18 page attachment to an email from Royal. On page three it says: Online Check-In Thank you for completing Online Check-in. Remember to print your SetSail Pass and bring it with you in order to board the ship. In the absence of a printed SetSail Pass, additional forms will need to be completed at the Pier My question is, where do I find the SetSail Pass to print?
  18. Scroll down to the Special Interest Cruising section and look for the forum on disabled cruising. Lots of folks there with the experience and answers you are looking for. Good luck!
  19. Take a look at the HAL 2024 WC. I like the itinerary and when I did a mock booking the single supplement was less than 100 percent. Plus, a fully refundable deposit. I finally booked on through and have the cabin I want.
  20. I remember a story from the early days of programming and central computers. The central computer room had a man and a dog. The man was there to feed the dog. The dog was there to bite the man if he tried to touch/improve anything.
  21. At this point, with a fully refundable deposit, it may be wise to cover your bets and book both. She Who Must Be Obeyed and I have had aft balconies on a couple of cruises and liked them. We did have an issue with soot on one cruise, but the steward gave us an extra towel to wipe off the chairs and tables in the early morning. Good luck with your booking(s).
  22. I just called a PCC to find out how to move a deposit from another cruise to the WC. Go online and book the WC and place a courtesy hold on the booking. Then call in and request a "funds tranfer" from the old cruise to the WC. Hope this helps
  23. The 2024 HAL world cruise has an itinerary that would be a good mix of some places I would like to see again and some that are on the bucket list. Good mix of port and sea days too. It'll be fun to see how fast it fills up. With the offer of a fully refundable deposit, it may be worth holding the ideal cabin for now. Plus, that's almost two years to save up for the final.
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