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  1. I have always purchased travel insurance, usually about ten to twenty days after we book; that way it covers pre-existing conditions for my elderly father. So, covering the $900 cruise booking fee costs around $100. Then, I add to my policy, making sure my items are covered before final payment. This really helps when booking a NRD cruise, as I have one for this May in Europe. I have had to use our insurance twice, both times for jewelry. The second time was so unexpected, as my DH lost his Breitling watch. The sentimental value will never be recouped...and he refuses to purchase another expensive watch, even for wearing around home. 🗽
  2. Yay...I finally caught up on all of the posts, but then felt a little sad thatI Iwas not onboard. My DH said the same, as Japan is one of his favorite countries that we have visited, just not on a cruise...so, someday for sure. Looks like your vacation is off to a wonderful start; cannot wait to hear more...enjoy! I hope that Silkroad is also reading this because she will be doing this TP in the future!
  3. You and your large group sound just like my cousin, Kathy. The bigger the group the better; they have done both Adriatic and Alaskan cruises, but with Princess. My DH and I were unable to attend due to work, but the group loved it! Glad that overall you you enjoyed Edge. My DH and I loved the Edge and all its funky places onboard. We enjoy quieter venues and doing excursions mostly by ourselves or in small groups. The Edge was a good fit for us and our four friends. I am booked with three friends leaving from Rome next May. This will be my first cruise without my DH... Thanks so so much for your balanced review.
  4. Homework is always a necessity, at least for us...
  5. I was so happy that I canceled the inaugural, but kept kept the TA! The info’ posted and changes were great information!
  6. Just give me a caramel macchiato with a little whip on top and I am one happy camper...alcohol puts me to sleep, but I am happy for all of you who enjoy it!
  7. VT, I am so happy that you are at the helm once again...I want to make the TA back to the states on October 22, 2020! My suite price was good and it included all four perks; however, life keeps getting in the way. So, you might want my cabin, as it is not aft, nor does it have a pole for dancing...Thanks for all the updates etc...
  8. I believe I would be okay, just not sure about my DH for a cruise more than two weeks...like 30 days or more, but will definitely share your information! Thanks!
  9. I just thought the photos that showed the gyms looked like the equipment was minimal...Azamara definitely, as I am always open to new ships, itineraries and reasonable pricing,
  10. For long cruises many ships do not have great gyms, so that keeps me from trying Oceania, Crystal or others. Am I wrong with this evaluation? S and E class are great! I love suite class, but just S1’s with my budget. I did book an SV in Europe for Edge; not paying 16,000...so not worth it for me!
  11. Thanks, Kat, for sharing your great review, photos and insight! I too love the Edge and could also be the age of your parents. I am especially glad that you had a great overall cruise and that the paying for the extra services etc...worked out well for you too. Europe is such a beautiful place to spend time... the history, culture and food are just heavenly... I agree that there are so many things on Edge that are enjoyable for different age groups! It is not just one's age, but ones's perspective on life that brings us together!
  12. I know...huh...the pressure is on...
  13. Honestly, I have been LOL while reading this thread. It also lmakes me think a lot about "the things people say to make a point" or whatever...really interested in meeting Captain Kate, along with her Sphinx cat. Furthermore, maybe I will wear my red bottom shoes too, but I have plenty of time...I am not kidding about the shoes!
  14. Cruise Critic is a valuable source, but the earlier one knows the better! I always stay up late the day before they are released(actually, sometimes early morning too)...put my cabins on hold and then decide to pay. I am very picky about cabin selection and price, having my cheat sheet available for alternatives just in case. Homework is invaluable...
  15. All of this makes me feel so fortunate to be able to cruise in early May and September - October; however, with family obligations, one of us has to stay home...but thankfully, we have done so many wonderful cruises, along with many more likely together in the future! It is great to have flexibility and the money to enjoy the cruising experience. Lots of good ideas above for staying cool and making the best of a hot summer!
  16. I am also a fan of those mini flashlights, as they sure do come in handy! My SV cruise is not until next May and I am doing that with a girlfriend. We will have two loungers for sure, one way or another! Our beds will be by the balcony...
  17. I hope the prices drop after Apex, as it will hopefully bring down prices. There is a ship building frenzy. I enjoyed Edge in a sky suite and have an SV booked in May!
  18. I only use packing containers and Ziplock bags, but also do some laundry in my cabin due to using the gym. The more I cruise, the lighter my suitcase is. I also have a cool carryon type purse or bag that has its own packing bags etc. I usually weigh in at 47-48 lbs, even though I can have 70...what can i say...my DH is a master packer, so i use his abilities to. This is for cruises in Europe, along with land stays too! it is so nice to have cruise clothes and certain gadgets that are lightweight, not to mention a cruise closet for everything, but clothes...
  19. It sounds like Edge was a win for the entire family! Thanks for sharing!
  20. Yes, there are glass shower doors on the S2 Sky Suites. So far, not on the other two classes, S1 and S3 due to the tub configuration and different layouts...they really do look nice, but I could not open your photo either...no worries!
  21. Marilyn, many thanks for all of this information. Hopefully, this may spur more than just a conversation on Cruise Critic. You did a great job and I have enjoyed reading your comments, along with others on this thread! Bravo 11268 sister!
  22. Thanks for thanks for your opinion on the extra days. My cousin wants to do MP on our own, so that would be just the seven days, and not as expensive as Celebrity either...so many decisions and so little time...anyway, I need to do more research for sure!
  23. Usually, we received great WI-FI crossing the Atlantic on her, except a few times due to high seas or other weather related issues. Leaving Bermuda there was a small issue, but it cleared up quickly...must have been triangle related...hahaha!
  24. I am definitely following and would pay the additional 2K for Flora instead of Expedition, especially if it was for 11 days...that is on my bucket list! I desperately wanted to book for 2011, but 1800 was a lot to put down for such a long time, but I will certainly have to do that. It will be interesting to see how all of this turns, especially since there are so many booked...one never knows nowadays!
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