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    San Diego County
  • Interests
    snorkeling, traveling, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCI, Princess, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Australia/New Zealand

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  1. No, there was a scheduler that walked around the waiting area, scheduled your time and gave you a reminder card. I was very impressed with the efficiency of the entire process - a very pleasant surprise after all the difficulty getting that first appointment.
  2. One of the frustrations I had trying to schedule an appointment was choosing a supposedly available time slot, completing all the information, then at the very last step getting a notice that "time slot is not available". It finally occurred to me to try choosing the LAST time slot on the list, hoping that most people would start at the top. It worked - I've had my first dose, and the 2nd shot was scheduled while I was in the 15 minute "observation" period.
  3. I suspect the 'cruise bubble' excursions are at least partially to protect port residents from possibly infected cruisers; some ports may make it a requirement before allowing ships to dock. Many island destinations don't have the medical infrastructure to handle large outbreaks that might result from just one infected cruiser wandering around wherever he/she chooses without any restriction.
  4. Back in 2016 we flew to England and boarded a ship for a 28 night cruise around the British Isles, Norway, Iceland, ending in New York. The first night dinner service was the usual madhouse for anytime dining. We were tired and decided not to wait for a table for 2, so were seated at a large table for 10. As we all sat down, I looked across the table and thought the woman looked familiar - it turned out to be a realtor who lives and works in our little San Diego county senior community of 1600 homes. By the time we all got settled, we learned that everyone at the table lived within about 20 miles of us.
  5. We received another $342 refund today from our May cruise that we cancelled in March (most of our original payment was refunded within a few days of cancellation.). This means we've now received $170 more back than we paid - have no idea what the extra is from but don't think I'll attempt to give it back!
  6. We don't count cruises - they're too variable, with ours varying from 4 nights to 34. Instead we just kept track of the number of nights onboard. We managed to hit 365 nights on the last night of our last cruise ending in October. Since we've had to cancel 3 this year and now have medical conditions that probably mean we'll never cruise again, it's nice to have hit that 'one full year' milestone.
  7. San Diego County beaches have been showing green Bioluminescence (probably the same as or similar to phosphorescence) for the last week. Google "Photos bioluminescence San Diego" and there are plenty of spectacular pictures. It happens pretty frequently, often in May. It coincides with a 'red tide' which makes the water look brownish during the day. We've seen a green flash twice - once on the Big Island in Hawaii and once sailing out of Papeete. Haven't seen a green ray, but did see a glowing pink one, also on the Big Island.
  8. Can anyone confirm that both ships are still in San Diego? The Marine Traffic website says they're there, but I can no longer find a working webcam for the harbor area. Anyone know of one? I really would love to get a view of the harbor! We used to see the ships during evening local news broadcasts, but now most of the shows are being broadcast from home.
  9. I tried forwarding mine, but the originator has found a way to somehow block forwarding - just get an error code. I could cut & paste, but mine is basically the same as the OP's. A neighbor posted on Nextdoor receiving a similar message and when she tried forwarding, hers turned to unreadable garbage. The people sending these are pro's, guess they'll continue as long as a small percentage of people panic and send them money.
  10. Laura - 'luvforsun' is right. We received the identical email and, like them, only use that particular screen name and password combination for Cruise Critic. Yes, the letter did have the actual password. Somehow the Cruise Critic database has been hacked and I suspect you will hear from others with the same problem.
  11. Deposit refunds hit our credit card today. Cancellation was on 4/6 for a mid-September cruise.
  12. We cancelled a May 9 Princess cruise on 3/11, had the refund on our credit card on 3/14. Cancelled a Celebrity mid-September cruise on 4/7, still nothing.
  13. Our earliest cruise memories are from the early '80's, so much of what we experienced has already been described by other 'old timers'. One thing that I haven't seen emphasized is that the cabins were TINY, unless you were in a suite. The beds were also tiny - our first cruise (Sitmar) had a "double" bed that was barely larger than what we'd call a twin. It was pushed against the wall, which was paper thin, and it was soon obvious that right on the other side of that wall was an identical bed. I swear we could hear them turn over in bed, among other things. I also remember passenger costume parties and talent shows that attracted the whole ship and were lots of fun - people got very creative.
  14. The September cruise was not until 9/18, so no commission for the agency. We'll stick with the TA for several reasons. Whether or not we stick with Celebrity is another story!
  15. Yes, they can charge a fee if it was disclosed to you at the time of booking. Ours does charge a $50pp fee; they waived the fee on our cancellation of a May cruise, but did charge it on a September cancellation. I don't begrudge them the small fee - they've given us many thousands of dollars in OBC over the years as well as good service. We just hope they can stay in business until (if?) cruising picks up again.
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