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  1. Both my husband and I got vaccinated, at different times. He is on Medicare and got it in February/March. I have insurance thru my employer and got it in March. Neither of us has a record of receiving the vaccine or a charge on our accounts. The only proof we have is the card.
  2. Le Bistro the escargot. La Cucina the osso buco.
  3. From 2009 to 2016 We took 6 NCL cruises. One 16 day which we received double points for and several more longer cruises. We went from gold to platinum on the last one in 2016, a 9 day cruise which took us from 73 points to 82 points so the change was a moot point for us. We are up to 113, and like the rest of you, it would have been more if not for 2020. I agree with those above, I am not impressed by the additional benefits in platinum plus. In order of importance for us: complimentary dinners, laundry, priority embarkation.
  4. I can't answer your question, but I can say that DH and I are booked on the Breakaway Jan 16, 2022 out of New Orleans. NOLA is our favorite port to sail from. Come join us!
  5. Last time we cruised out of NOLA, early 2019, neither of those was an issue. Lots of twist and turns as you sail down. You can tell when you hit the gulf, the feel of the ship changes.
  6. Glad you switched. An added perk of cruising out of NOLA is the trip down the river. It takes about 8 hours to reach the gulf. A meandering slow ride, the banks close on both sides.
  7. Somewhere on these boards a couple of years ago a water engineer said that he tested the water from various sources on the ship and all was fine but said the best was the melted ice from your ice bucket. We have been filling our water bottles in the morning from the ice bucket. It is very good water.
  8. Thank you. I find my life is less stressful if I stay positive.
  9. Thank you. Alaska is our very favorite cruise.
  10. We know this very well. Thank you.
  11. Yes, you need to do what you can and go where you want when you can.
  12. Me too. Again it is very unlike me so I am very grateful.
  13. Thank you. He is doing much better. He started improving and all the home therapy stopped (Physical, occupational, speech and home health care) just weeks before the covid restrictions.
  14. Late winter 2019 I began researching Alaska cruises to celebrate my husbands 80th birthday in May 2020. This would be our 4th Alaska cruise, we have 30+ cruises since 2001. I stumbled across a fantastic price on an Alaskan cruise on the Joy. I immediately called my PVP. He pointed out that that price was for May 2019 not 2020. In a spur of the moment decision, very unlike me, I decided to book for 2019 less than 4 months out. I was able to use 2 future cruise certificates but the balance was due immediately. Once booked I started to look for flights. To make it work I had to book arriving in Seattle 2 days ahead of the cruise and leaving one day after the cruise. Well, I thought, two trips in one, we would explore Seattle. So I turned to hotel rooms. Since we were going to be there I wanted to be able to walk around so after looking at my options we ended up booking at the Charter Hotel (a Hilton property) within walking distance of Pikes Market. 2 extra days in Seattle, hotel and food started evening out the savings on the cruise. I decided to take a "whatever" attitude, very unlike me, and we did what we wanted, bought what we wanted and spent what we wanted. After a great full day in Seattle we boarded the Joy and had a super cruise and again did, bought, spent what we wanted. LOVED the Joy! Here we are one year later and the cruise I planned to book isn't happening. In the mean time my husband has been in the hospital 3 times with various health concerns. In all probability that will be the last cruise he ever takes, for a variety of reasons. Although I still have 2 future cruise credits I have gotten the value out of them what I paid so I will just wait and see what the future of cruising holds. We have been talking a lot lately about how luckily we were that I made a mistake reading the NCL site last year. I wrote a review of the cruise titled Best Cruise Ever? I can now adamantly say that yes! It was the best cruise ever, for us.
  15. $20 at the beginning of the cruise to our cabin steward with our requests for the room. $20 at the end of the cruise if the steward was good. $5 at specialty restaurants for exceptional service. $4 for room service in the morning when they bring our coffee and sweet rolls.
  16. On our last transatlantic cruise at the last port as we were getting ready to board somewhat early and talking about what to do with our remaining euros we saw our room steward getting off to head into town. We called him over and gave him all the euros we had, it was not much. He was very appreciative. Two birds, one stone.
  17. DH tells this story: A salesman goes into a diner for breakfast. He tells the waitress he is new in town and asks what the people are like. She asks him what the people are like where he comes from. He replies that they are snakes in the grass, they cannot be trusted, and will lie to your face. The waitress tells him that he will find that the people here are just like that. Later that day a salesman comes in for lunch and tells the waitress that he is new in town and asks what the people are like. She asks him what the people are like where he comes from. He tells her that they are the salt of the earth, friendly people who will give you the shirt off their back. The waitress tells him that he will find that the people here are just like that. So I say, "What have your other vacations been like? This one will be like those. "
  18. You are welcome. Have a great time. We went in September several years ago and really enjoyed that time of the year. One of my favorite pictures from of DH and I is one taken in Skayway with the leaves in the trees behind us turning color. We prefer traveling off season and for Alaska that's either early cruises or late cruises.
  19. We were traveling in Portugal staying at the Pousadas (a chain of luxury, traditional or historical hotels in Portugal ) which had a special called "Golden Age" which at the time was offering 40% off for seniors. At one hotel we asked for the Golden age discount and the clerk said "Oh for the old people". He was not being rude, it was just the translation.
  20. Thank you. You made me actually lough out loud!
  21. On Saturday October 16, 1999 DH and I were at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA when I woke up in the middle of the night because the bed was shaking. I called out to my husband (who was born in California and lived there the first 38 years of his life) he replied, “don’t worry, it’s just an earthquake”. Yep, just an earthquake. We had a corner room and the curtains were swaying back and forth. As we got up to get in the doorway of the bathroom, we could see the water in the pool looking like large waves. Once it ended, we went down to see what was going on. Panic in the lobby, crying and screaming and huddling. People checking out to get to the airport. Meanwhile the maintenance crew was already fixing the cracks in the walls. We were scheduled to leave that afternoon, so we waited until the chaos died down and headed for the airport. We boarded our plane and in the seats behind us was a family, mother, father and 5-year-old boy. This was back in the day, so the boy had his Sony Walkman with his earphones. He was obviously listening to Disney music because he was singing along. His parents kept shushing him, but DH and I smiled at each other enjoying it. As the plane took off the little boy said “Up, Up big fella.” And as we reached cruising altitude he shouted out “BEST VACATION EVER!” Since 1999 when we return from a vacation and people ask us how it was, we always say “Best. Vacation. Ever”. Thank you, little boy, (now 25 years old) for starting one of our favorite traditions. So, I am officially declaring this “BEST CRUISE EVER” until the next one.
  22. Victoria We did not get to Victoria until around 6pm. The last time we were here while we were in a shop picking up the last of our gifts, DH asked the woman at the counter if they gave military discount since he was wearing his Marines polo. She looked and him and said yes, of course. We just love Canadians! So here are some of my recommendations. Take the time to sit in the observation lounge in the afternoon. Read a book. Have a scone with clotted cream. Order room service coffee in the morning. We tip them $4. You don’t have to tip but you should, $1, $2, $3. Don’t have a melt down at the elevators. Let your room steward know what your schedule is. Once Mark understood our schedule our room was always clean and we only saw him when we went looking for him. Visit places on the ship during non prime time. Debarkation We put our luggage our before we went to bed. We leisurely got off the ship. The line of passengers with luggage was long. We got a porter, he picked up our luggage (2 pieces) we went to the porter line and were out of there. We had the red eye leaving at 11:45 so we stored our luggage and walked around Pike Market. Had another scone. I mean it GO! Had a late lunch at the Athenian. We went to Target, on 2nd and shopped for some snacks for the airplane, which we did not eat. Our car picked us up, we went to the airport no flight problems and we got home by 9am.
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