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  1. 271 days for me. We have booked a 10 night on Ovation from Vancouver to Hawaii and then 19 nights Hawaii to Sydney in Sep 2020. We can’t wait.
  2. Well done. Great minds think alike. We are booked on Ovation ot Seas from Vancouver to Hawaii and then onto Sydney for Sept 2020 ie 29 nights. I finally plan to call it a day next year. I am now on a 4-day week (my choice) and from October this year will whittle it down to a 3-day week and we will take it from there. I actually booked a “retirement” cruise 18 months ago for Sydney – Fiji and then a week in Hong Kong for March this year which was a fantastic experience. However, by the time came round to do the trip I had decided to stay a wee bit longer at work but,.. what the heck went on the trip anyway ! So,…I had to go and book another one !
  3. Wonderful review. My thanks to all who made this such a fantastic thread to read. One of the best I have read in a long time.
  4. We are booked on Ovation for next year and started to read this thread. It is awesome and the pictures are incredible. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to share with us your fantastic trip. Regards Ron.
  5. I am just turned 60 and last week I notified my manager that I want to go on a 4 day week for 6 months then a 3 day week for the final 6 months and then look to retire next April. So far he has made no comment but I don’t expect any issues with that as the alternative is I leave now, and we can’t afford to lose more people. My tentative leaving date is now 31st March 2020 ie 437 days but, I have emphasized that between now and then if I get really really hacked off, then I will throw in the towel now as I am getting increasingly fed up and losing interest in my work due to ever increasing admin requirements (I am an Engineer). We might find that a 3-day week suits me fine and yes the extra money would be handy but,…we will see. We had a sharp reminder earlier this week when my SIL had a stroke at the age of 65 just when she and her hubby are beginning to enjoy their retirement together. She is now recovering but it will be a long road. It was another reminder that we never know what is round the corner and don’t leave it until it is too late and miss out on those things that we wanted to do but keep putting them off.
  6. Wow,..what a cracker. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy.
  7. Yesterday I finally went ahead and booked a Transpacific in April 2020 from Sydney to LA ie 29 nights as I plan to retire in March 2020. It will soon come round.
  8. I would just like to say again thank you very much for taking the time and trouble in putting together what was a fantastic review / live report from your trip on Freedom. It was very enjoyable reading and was the first thing I looked up each morning when I got into work. I totally agree with your final thoughts, and as we fly out I 10 days’ time to board her, we will keep this forefront in our mind. Our focus is to chill and relax and not let anything spoil our vacation. As they say Life is too short. Thanks again and safe travels home. Ron.
  9. Awesome review. Thank you so much for sharing. Highlight of my day reading this.
  10. Thanks again for posting this detailed report. It is VERY much appreciated as I read this is very cold Scotland and I simply cant wait just 2 weeks time when we will be onboard.
  11. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post this live review. I look forward to joining you. We are Sailing Freedom in 3 weeks time and cant wait. Thanks again. Ron
  12. Good point. We too were offered flight via New York but declined for the same reason. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. We are from the UK and sailing on Freedom this December. We are flying to San Juan via Miami with American Airlines out of London. We are flying back via Jet Blue to Orlando to visit friends and then with BA back to London. As a previous poster said, the normal ESTA is suffice for entry etc.
  14. Awesome review. You have just cheered me up on a cold and chilly morning in Scotland as I am about to start work at 7:00 AM. This makes me look forward even more to our cruise on FotS in Dec. Thank You. Ron.
  15. Thank you very much for your honest and detailed review ofChef table. It looks like you had a great experience, however, I don’t think itis for us although your picture of the Desert was very appealing ! On ourprevious cruises we have preferred Giovanni’s and thank you for sharing themenu. I will be interest read your opinionof Chops. Thanks again for a wonderful review. Enjoy the rest of yourcruise. Regards Ron.
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