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  1. Good news is that Sakari and I tested negative for COVID. So, it's just the hubby in his isolated room. He's going stir crazy and gets let out of his jail on Saturday. Meanwhile...my house is constantly spotless like a 5 star hotel (bored outta my skull without him) and he's getting served 3 meals a day on a serving tray and snacks. Mask up like an alien, drop at the door and run for cover. Living the good life but yet not. LOL  He's still requesting a bell and I'm still denying that! As I'm writing this, the 70's song "I will survive" is blaring in my head and we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank goodness that was the only light we would see this time around. 


    Everyone stay healthy!

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  2. 10 hours ago, Btank said:

    Things fine, just laying low and not travelling.  We just got back from a land vacation - flew into ATL, drove through DC to Delaware, and flew out of Philly.  We're returning to cruising on Liberty of the Seas in December!  I'm really digging this retirement thingie. 😁


          --bruce T.



    That's awesome! I hope you have a wonderful cruise and happy retirement life! 😄 

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  3. 2 hours ago, Btank said:


    Ok, awful but I'm glad you're working with her to give her the support she needs.


    On a separate note, I'm glad to see you doing well after I was off the boards for a year and a half!


         --bruce T.


    Wow Bruce, where ya been? I hope everything has been good. I have pretty much been off the boards as well. It's been pretty slow over here so...as you can tell, I've just been doing land vacations instead. I hope you have been well and healthy. 

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  4. On 10/3/2021 at 7:23 PM, AKR2011 said:

    I've been following your page and just want to thank you for another amazing review. It was heartbreaking to read about Sakari. What have the doctors said? Is she improving at all? I hope she has an awesome school year and things start to get better. I work in mental health, and being a teen is difficult enough. Throw in the pandemic and it's only worse. It doesn't matter that we've been dealing with this for over a year and a half. Time doesn't make it easier. I'm thinking of Sakari and your family ❤ Side note, it's awesome to see you being able to be so active. I know it can't be easy, but it's been amazing to see you come so far. I know you used to try and travel during Thanksgiving. Any plans this year? I did a full vaccinated cruise on The Gem at the end of August, and it was such a great vacation. Amazing crew, half capacity ship, and no masks on board. I can't recommend it enough, and I know you need that ship! 😁


    Thank you so much and glad you enjoyed the review. 


    Sakari seems to be a little better but she is still loosing weight. We are trying to work through things however, we were just thrown for another loop...Sakari was sent home from school 2 weeks ago to quarantine because she was exposed to a child in her class with COVID. Well, she did have a small cough and dry throat and off and on weakness and tired but said she was ok. We thought she just had a cold. Fast forward to last Thursday and the hubby ended up with the same symptoms but worse. Aching legs, arms and ribs, watering eyes and redness, headache...yep, he tested positive for COVID. Sakari and I are off to get our tests tomorrow. UGH! 


    We were trying to plan something in December but everything is up in the air at the moment. I'm unsure of what this world will be like by then with the COVID and flights and vaccination status and all. We may not be going anywhere unless we drive, which I truly hate!


    We are truly missing cruising... but won't be able to. Not vaccinated and no plans to do so. Just too many unknowns and being in the medical field...I hear a lot of scary things. 😞

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  5. 20 hours ago, Gappleby said:

    Thanks. It works now. The bottom links rarely work for me but that’s probably because I’m not clicking in the right place. I just scroll to the top and use those links. 

    Great review. Thanks. 


    You have to click on the picture beside the words. 

  6. 2 hours ago, Gappleby said:

    Hi Kim

    The day 12 link at the top of the page takes me to day 7.  Thanks. 

    Thanks for letting me know and if any other links are broken or go to the wrong place please let me know. I have fixed that link (but you won't see it until I'm done with the day I'm working on now and it's published). Did you try some of the other pages to see if it would take you there or the bottom of that page link?

  7. On 9/13/2021 at 2:27 PM, TravelGirlinDallas said:

    We are scheduled to sail on the Carnival Dream this coming Sunday. I pulled up your Dream review from 2013 to see what you thought of it. It was an interesting comparison reading your current Aruba review at the same time as this one from when Sakari was only 5. 😄


    Oh my, yea I'd say she has changed quite a bit. 😄 

  8. 1 hour ago, perfect match said:

    @mitsugirly, We we’re at Sky Reef today. It was awesome! The snorkeling was even better than I expected, and that’s after seeing your spectacular pictures. We are really glad we went there. 

    I have pictures in my Olympus TG2, but other camera doesn’t talk to my iPad, so I won’t be able to share any of them until I get home- and I’m in no rush to get home!! I will come back and post some s soon as I can 


    BTW, I had a camera problem similar to one you had a few years back. I brought my camera, I brought the charger plug that goes into the wall, and I brought what I thought was the cord to connect the two. Unfortunately, the cord I brought was for my Sea Life camera. The camera I brought is my TG2. They are not compatible, so I won’t be able to charge the TG2! 😱


    My phone is going to have to be my primary camera on this trip. Hope the TH2 battery lasts through our day in Nassau on Friday! 


    Oh my gosh I'm so happy you loved it there! I'm glad you went and I can't wait to see your pictures!


    Oh no! Not the camera issues! I go with more back up than a professional photographer these days because of that time. LOL

  9. On 9/9/2021 at 2:04 AM, perfect match said:

    @mitsugirly, if I understand your Sky Reef review correctly, you did not have a reservation there, you just showed up and had no problem getting in. My plan right now is to grab a taxi when we get off the ship and just go there. We would like to do our snorkeling first, then get something to eat and drink. Hope they’re ok with that.  Would I be better off if I booked a reservation with them?  We  aren’t interested in all inclusive beverages, tequila tastings, or massages, and will have our own snorkel gear including snorkel vests if required.


    When you get in the water off the pier, what direction did you go to see the beautiful purple fan corals?  When I was looking at YouTube videos, I saw some that showed nothing but a plain, sandy bottom. Nothing at all like your pictures! Did you have to swim out a bit to see the good stuff? Any restrictions as to where you could go? 



    No we did not have a reservation. We just showed up. I'm honestly not sure how it is on a cruise ship day. I actually messaged them via fb to ask if we could just show up and if there was a cover charge before we left the house and they told us no.


    The fans are EVERYWHERE!!! There's no missing them. The whole place is filled with them. I first headed to the left (when facing the water). No, no swimming out...just along the sides by land. I swam a good ways down before turning around (I think there was some buoy's or something to the left) but I seen them everywhere I was.  The huge rocks full of coral was to the right, basically right beside the steps leading in. It was so beautiful. 


    I hope you have a great time! Let me know how it went. 

  10. 1 hour ago, perfect match said:

    Thanks, Kim! At this point, we’re deciding between Sky Reef and Chankanaab. Good to know about the taxis at Sky Reef, and I’m sure if you could get in and out of the water easily there with your bad foot, I’ll be ok there, too.


    Glad to see that you and your family are still getting out and enjoying your vacation time. I plan to get back to reading your blog after we get back from our Allure cruise that we will be on next week. I’m sure it will help with the post cruise depression. It’s been 2 years, 4 months since we’ve been on a ship. I’ll believe it’s really happening once we board on Sunday!


    I'm not gonna lie, it's been years since we have been to Chankanaab and I don't know how much it has changed or if the entrance getting in and out of the water at Chank has changed at all, but the physical aspect of getting out is easier at Sky Reef. JMO


    We are definitely enjoying our land vacations. I do miss cruising though. It's been 1 year and 9 months for us since we've had a cruise. 


    I hope you have a wonderful time on your cruise. I'm so jealous! 🙂 

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  11. On 9/6/2021 at 11:09 PM, perfect match said:

    After seeing the pictures posted by @mitsugirly, we’re thinking of trying Sky Reef on our cruise next week. We will be traveling by taxi to get there. I’m sure we will have no problem getting a taxi from the pier to go out there. How about getting back to the pier when we’re done? Somehow, it doesn’t seem like a place that taxis would be hanging out waiting for a fare. Will the staff at Sky Reef call a taxi for us, or would we be better off arranging for the driver who brings us there to come back and get us at a set time? 

    How do you  get into and out of the water at Sky Reef? Can I jump in from a pier, or use a ladder? Or would I have to climb over slippery rocks?  Kim, if you’re reading this, I know you’re still having problems with your foot, so I guess if you managed there, I can, too. I’d just rather know what to expect when I get there. 



    I definitely wouldn't have any concerns with a taxi. There's a spot right beside it that had taxi's when we went and there wasn't even any cruise ships when we were there. It's also on the main strip so you have taxi's passing by all the time and definitely the staff could call you one. I agree with leg...on a cruise ship day, they are definitely going to be available. 


    You can see in one of my pictures, in my review at the end, a taxi parked outside. 


    I didn't really get a picture from being in the water looking up at the steps, but it was easy enough to get in and out. A few steps up on the dock (just to go over the rocks) and a few down. 



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