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  1. My wife used to pre tan. Living in the northeast getting a jump on the glow. I used to buy size 35, 36” waist pants! Filled them out too from normal 34” waist, got home and back to work and gym! Sadly size 36” waist year round now. You get older. Wife no longer pre tans!
  2. Too bad a deal couldn’t be worked out on just going to that little beach near boat docking. I believe it was called snorkel park beach. With vaccinations cards and pre board testing. Many of us on the east coast just want a cruise. Avoiding flights, driving to New York area for a cruise. Close off going to other areas of Bermuda unless you jump through all those other hoops. Same for cruises out of Florida I’m sure many cruisers would be happy with just going to private islands owned by cruise companies, especially if you got the drinks package.
  3. Age 66 here, love to cruise, but wife has compromised immune system. Cancer survivor. We’re both vaccinated and careful. Our daughter working in health field is quite concerned with variants. New one in South America coming this way. Waiting for better days. Patiently waiting. But if I were younger I’d definitely be going now. Masking up and booster shots might be the new normal.
  4. Great information, enjoy reading about your cruise! Are the activities well attended and is there live music. I’ve read the activities scheduled and seems great but are people actually doing things in groups? We’re looking forward to cruising again this fall. Thanks again for your wonderful information and pictures too!
  5. Best wishes. My wife went through very similar chemo, surgery and then radiation back in 2008. Drinking cool aid with ice through a straw, saltine crackers, baby soft toothbrush and extremely mild toothpaste all help. Landsend for specific bathing suits. Big help was free Livestrong program at local ymca, still going several times a week. Eat right exercise and strive and survive. Getting on a cruise ship after all that stuff took a few to feel normal, now the big C word never gets mentioned. She’s always dancing, Zumba, line dancing, etc. Probably 25 cruises since the C thing! Enjoy your cruise, you deserve it. We also booked one for the end of the rainbow something to look forward to, in fall of 2009, loved it.
  6. Pfizer vaccinations is supposed to be good against India covid19 variant. Having been vaccinated in February and March 2021 we are waiting for further information before cruising again. Booster vaccinations etc. Wife is stage 3 cancer survivor with compromised immune system. I can’t wait to cruise again but very cautious as we lost several people to covid19. Looking forward to reading about start up cruises and reviews. If I was 40 again and vaccinated I’d be there. 66 and different problems we’ve been advised to wait. Stinks having to listen to reason, adult kids telling us stuff! On the plus side during covid19 pandemic- we repainted inside of house, renovated kitchen, floors, mostly our free labor and our cruise money went there! Those who are cruising cannot wait to hear from you!
  7. 1918 Spanish flu epidemic was 18 plus months. Even in this modern world and free society the response to covid19 is not even close to any end in sight. I just can’t see cruises returning until 2021 and it might be later in the year. If you can’t fight it on land how can you manage an enclosed ship in the ocean. History is repeating itself. Stay safe and carry on. It’s not worth the risk.
  8. Recent news articles are reporting airlines planes that are idle are experiencing problems with engines on restarting. Like cruise ships designed for constant use and maintenance sitting idle is creating problems. Many planes are parked in dry areas of the country to lower exposure to harmful environment but still having problems on restart. Same thing is likely for cruise ships in the ocean being idle. Plumbing is design for daily use. No way to maintain as usual. Point is on restarting problems will pop up with mechanical issues. Covid19 has many factors to restarting.
  9. This is the first wave of covid19 going through USA and each state is doing their own thing. Northeast was a mess and hunkered down and better now but so many deaths. Now flashpoint is Arizona California Texas and Florida still the first wave. If and when it calms down the schools are reopening and second wave will shut down the dense population states again. Unfortunately it’s inevitable. Supposed to be a clinical trials vaccine in Russia now. We might be writing off 2020 and into 2021. Wearing a mask and gloves and hunkered down. Covid19 is no joke and has taken 5 friends and relatives to date.
  10. Not flying anywhere. Thanks for making my point. Stay safe and carry on!
  11. Norwegian Cruise Line warned of a potential bankruptcy, saying that there’s “substantial doubt” about its ability to keep operating amid coronavirus. NCL is borrowing money to stay afloat and just issued statements about potential bankruptcy. Ships are built for running daily now shut down the mold /plumbing Failing. Effects of salt water and salt air are a recipe for disaster. Each month of lack of use accelerates the rust. Skeleton crew are only capable of so much maintenance. Where do cruise lines borrow money in another 4 to 6 months. Vaccines not possible until February not to mention trials.
  12. We’re social distancing wearing masks and just surviving. Age 65 high blood pressure and compromised immune system from stage 3 cancer were not going on a cruise ship anytime soon. We’re looking forward to Bermuda this fall and Europe too. Plus transatlantic and Caribbean February. Now not even sure about just going to Florida this winter. Survival is key
  13. I agree on trinity reservations and the hotel is best western plus on Dorsey rd recently renovated and the stain glass pub next door is excellent. $139 included shuttle bus ride to and from cruise plus parking and breakfast. Used it twice now. Bruce at trinity is excellent
  14. We enjoyed our land based Europe experience in October 2018 a couple of weeks in Portugal and Poland Italy then transatlantic from Barcelona to Florida. Wonderful way to recover from our experience on land. Bonus is you gaining a hour extra sleep every other day on way back. Flying out to Lisbon was first thing in the morning and we enjoyed our sleep and recover nicely there. We can’t wait to return. But for covid19 we’d be going back soon!
  15. Cruise ships are meant for constant use and maintenance. Idle ships are a waiting disaster. Anyone who has had a boat in the water knows it’s a hole to throw money in! The plumbing will rot from lack of use. Salt water and air will corrode everything. Mold is likely. Bed bugs likely. Rust is inevitable. Something that is full and running everyday and being maintained is going to rot very quickly while idle for months and months. Many older ships are going to be scrapped. Skeleton staff onboard can only do so much. Restructuring is inevitable. Financial decisions are coming soon and the future is bleak. I love cruising and have enjoyed over 40 but these companies are in a terrible position.
  16. Newscasts should show horrific experience of being on a ventilator. Show how your body is affected for the rest of your life following covid19 if you recover. Lungs and heart compromised not to mention the toll on your mind. Our doctor was adamant about how terrible covid19 can be to our age 65 plus. Yet my parents age 91 and 93 are still going out for lunch with friends and won’t listen to reason. Same for our doctors parents. People are going to do what they want. Wearing a mask and social distancing is our way of life for the future ....
  17. We’re both just over 65 and love younger active people. This would be terrible. But I can understand the logic. Over 65 higher risk factors. High blood pressure and cancer survivor and compromised immune system are key factors. Surviving covid19 can compromise lungs heart and the mind. Trying to avoid the risk.
  18. Month to month covid19 is fluid through out the USA. Some states doing their own thing. No mandatory masks for Florida statewide yet. Arizona cases exploded. Even in New England state to state variations of protocols. If you travel to Maine self quarantine for 14 days or negative recently tested for covid19. I’m not sure we’re going to Florida this winter. Just trying to deal with reality of covid19. Loss 4 family members and friends. Another healthy 68 year old friend in California was sick for a month. I can’t see covid19 being resolved because of USA being state to state and sometimes city and counties doing and not doing proper social distancing masks testing to flatten curve.
  19. Boatyard has been our favorite for years. $20.00 each and chairs and umbrella ride back free drink and boat ride to snorkeling sea turtles and ship wreck. Crew usually are there too! Happy hour prices like 2 for $4 rum and coke’s. Only draw back no longer the Banks excellent beer. Rope swing off pier. Music. Our place in the sun for Barbados Fun. Clean bathrooms!
  20. Premier cruise lines old ship outa Port Manatee near Tampa Florida circa 1995! Old wooden tub of a ship. My very first cruise. Age 40. I thought I died and went to heaven. Great food. Pool was as small as hot tubs now! Remember eating and enjoying entertainers in small dining room. Bored to death at night. Every 2 feet another old folk. They all keep saying I looked great, my wife laughed as these people were in their 80’s plus. Needless to say 40 plus cruises and 25 years later things have progressed. Hitting golf balls off back of ship too! $$$ made of fish food. Yes skeet shooting off front of ship port side 3 for a $1 USA cash. Enjoyed it!
  21. Thanks! That’s my argument first 7 night on NCL bliss and then a 11 night celebrity reflection.
  22. Please help me out buddies? I love celebrity cruises to the point of Elite status but my wife of 42 years is now in love with NCL because of activities and dancing opportunities. Our last 2 NCL cruises 14 nights on the Bliss in February 2020 and Same for Gem for Halloween 2019 were outstanding in activities but I’m missing that Celebrity food and service. Our last 2 celebrity cruises on their Equionox and eclipse were boring but the food and service were excellent. Personally I find a silent disco fun once but a cheap way out of providing alternative to live band and dancing activities.That was in 2017 and 2018. Have activities gotten Any better on Celebrity? Any recent activities schedules would be appreciated. My wife has stated we’ll return to Celebrity and HAL when we’re older. NCL has a wonderful Sugarcane mojitos bar with live Latin music and dancing every night and dedicated comedy club and the Cavern with Beatles tribute band and packed every night. Celebrity should take notes fun is missing. We’re age 65 but active. Thanks.
  23. How much activities were going on? Zumba? Dancing. Theme parties? I love celebrity and we’re at the elite level but my wife is disappointed with activities. It’s hard to get her to go back to celebrity as she loves NCL and the activities and dancing. Please let us know if you found any activities Thanks
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