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  1. I agree...gloves and water shoes for sure. I think they try to accomodate everyone as this can be really special!
  2. Sounds like me. I did bring a sports coat on our 28 day cruise and wore it once or twice. But no tie!!
  3. We are also on the 31 Oct Jazz cruise. We hope everything continues relatively smoothly.
  4. We actually got used to and enjoyed the mild vibration in a rear cabin on the Navigator during a 28 day trip to the Amazon a couple of years ago. We got a guaranteed veranda.
  5. I would like to provide a little more detail about the required PCR test for travel to Canada. We just returned from a 12 day trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train in and out of Vancouver. My understanding of the 72 hour requirement is that it is calculated from the scheduled departure time for the final leg to Canada. If your flight is delayed or changed they will still accept your test if it met the original 72 hour requirement. Interestingly, the return to US rapid test requirement gives you an extra day (within 3 days prior to date of entry). At least my understanding...FWIW: Jack in Reno
  6. We enjoyed "Sacred Sites and Legendary Places". We have been to the islands a few times before. Its worth doing along with or beside others.
  7. Gloves were a big help for Coral Gardens. When I did it a few years ago the current was so strong it was hard to get organized in the water for the drift so I held onto the side until our group launched. Came away with just a couple of minor scratches. My DW was pleased she skipped this event which she had done many years ago on the Wind Song.
  8. We are on the Jazz starting 31 October at Memphis. Loved our Puget Sound trip 2+ years ago on the Constellation.
  9. Yes, the Wind Spirit has stabilizers like bigger ships. The motion is still dependent on the sea state but because of the size expect a little more motion. There is shade in the pool bar area and we have played cards with other couples at one of the tables there. We never lie out in the sun but there are a variety of places to find shade depending on the direction of the ship and relative location of the sun. The internet is so-so unless there is a recent upgrade.
  10. Been there on the Wind Surf and had a great time in the city for a few days. We took the train back to Rome, spent one more night there and then flew home to Reno.
  11. Staying at the Papeete Intercontinental with another couple for a Wind Spirit trip many years ago, we went to the pool side for a drink and lunch. My buddy spent a lot of time watching the gals at the pool.
  12. Having done two Windstar Tahiti trips and one PG, we enjoyed both. The motu dinner and show last time on Wind Spirit was delightful. With PG drinks are included and we got maximum use of that feature. I definitely suggest arriving at least a day early to adjust to the time change and get a decent night's sleep. Both cruise lines offer a pre and/or post package but experienced Tahiti travelers usually make their own arrangements. PG has special cruises that cater to children and have a program for them. There is little for kids to do on Windstar but every day you are in port so that could work for them. In 15 or so Windstar cruises I have seen very few children aboard...just a handful. FWIW its worth in sunny Reno.
  13. We few from LAX to Fiji on Fiji Air and did have lay flat seats in Business Class. But that was 2 1/2 years ago.
  14. Many years ago we stayed at a Sandals in Ocho Rios during July. I was very pleasantly surprised at the temperature range and cooling breezes.
  15. We enjoyed many of Regent's regular tours when we did the Amazon a few years ago. We also went on a Champagne Cruise on a small catamaran which was arranged privately thru Roll Call with a few other couples. I remember on a Viking river cruise they had at least two levels of difficulty as far as walking in old town European cities.
  16. We are booked on the Jazz departing 31 October from Memphis. Waiting for SWA to open schedule for our return from NO. Our first cruise since the pandemic and doing it with another couple we have traveled extensively with. Do have other cruises scheduled with Oceania in December and Wind Star next April.
  17. We really enjoyed our 11 day Puget Sound cruise two years ago. The food and service were fine and we loved the open bar and the relaxed entertainment. Just nice cruising and watching from our balcony.
  18. On the small ships, the pool bar area is normally in the shade. Its our favorite place to sit, play cards and have a drink or two.
  19. We are set to sail on the Sun, 24 May from London on its first now scheduled departure. Awaiting news. We have the 125% voucher applied. My BA air voucher is supposed to be competed by 22 April 2022. Don't know if I can extend that further. Lots of new snow at Lake Tahoe and ski areas.
  20. We are supposed to be on the Sun's 21 May 2021 departure from London. I think I will wait until after the new year to firm up our air travel. We usually fly in/out from PHX since we have a place there but we live in "warm today" Reno.
  21. We did at GTY on a 30 day cruise on Regent two years ago and it worked out just fine. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again on Viking.
  22. On active duty in the US Navy, my LST was departing Charleston SC and a sailing surfboard got too close to us, unnecessarily. The owner sued the Navy over the incident and I believe the case was dismissed. We had right of way as I understood at the time. I was at sea detail in the engine room as engineer officer so didn't see the incident.
  23. We are sort of lucky in that we have a small house in Phoenix, so we fly the night before to Phoenix and then leave the next day non-stop to London. This year we have the companion pass free on Southwest. We had Viking Air Plus and Bus Class but canceled because we could get a better deal on British Air from Phoenix. Our cruise starts in Stockholm and ends in London and we are going to spend a few days in Wales visiting friends after the cruise. Jack in cloudy Reno
  24. Two days ago she was at sea doing 12 knots. I expect it was a full power test run.
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