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About Ravbo

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    Estero (Fort Myers), Florida
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    Planning several longer cruises and/or world cruises after we retire (someday).
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  1. Each state is different and each state has its own challenges. One solution does not fit all.
  2. Absolutely Fantastic. Humor is these difficult times is a wonderful addition. Everyone stay safe. Bob (and Terry)
  3. FLorida is NOT getting our of control. The number of cases in Florida IS increasing BUT that in mainly due to increased testing. The important numbers to watch are COVID hospital admissions and COVID ICU admissions both of which are staying constant (NOT INCREASING). Unfortunate and uneducated comments like yours that are meant to scare people are not helpful.
  4. Depends on time of year. If you are trying to book during season, it is best to book early. Many hotels get fully booked during high tourist season.
  5. There is actually room for 4 large suitcases under the bed.
  6. They would do the same thing they have done in previous years. Move the ships away from the hurricane. DUH.
  7. The medical and evacuation coverage part of Travel Insurance should be considered. If you are injured or require hospitalization while on your trip, the cost could be thousands of dollars. Even worse would be medical evacuation which could cost tens of thousands of dollars. Without insurance, you would be responsible for these costs. Some things you should consider. If you are on Medicare, Medicare does NOT provide coverage outside the US. I would NEVER travel without insurance.
  8. During a recent physical exam I mentioned the possible need of him signing this letter if it is still required when we have a cruise. (my doctor is also an avid cruises). He said he would have no problem signing the letter. Bob
  9. We absolutely plan to go on our cruises. We have 8 cruises booked for 2020 and plan to be on every ship.
  10. We always leave the daily gratuities in place and give the following to the individuals at the end of the cruise. Also should mention we always stay in suits. We also use the Specialty Restaurants every other day. Butler - $15.00 to $20.00 per day of cruise (extra for parties in suite). Suite Attendant - $15.00 to $20.00 per day of cruise. Luminae Maitre'D - $5.00 per day of cruise. Luminae Waiter - $15.00 to $20.00 per day of cruise. Luminae Assistant Waiter - $5.00 per day of cruise. Luminae Wine Sommelier - $10.00 to $15.00 per day of cruise. Michaels Club Concierge - $5.00 per day of cruise. Michaels Club Bartender - $5.00 per day of cruise. Other Bartenders - $5.00 per day of cruise. Specialty Restaurant Waiter - $200.00 per cruise. Specialty Restaurant Wine Sommelier - $50.00 per cruise. Safe travels, Bob
  11. Portable clothes steamers are NOT allowed. The following is taken directly from the Celebrity website. "Certain items that generate heat or produce an open flame are not permitted on ship. This includes clothing irons, hotplates, steamers, candles, incense and any other item that may create a fire hazard. Curling irons and hair dryers are allowed. "
  12. Merry Christmas Paul and Edward, Your blog was great as always. Hope you enjoyed your cruise and had an easy trip home. Enjoy the holidays. Safe Travels, Bob and Terry
  13. We learned the hard way early in our cruise life. If we have to fly home after a cruise, we now ALWAYS stay at a hotel near the airport on disembarkation day. On one of our Hawaii cruises (I think in 2005), the return from Hawaii to San Diego was almost 4 hours late arriving to San Diego due to a medical emergency just after we left Hawaii. We had a flight booked the afternoon we disembarked. A very nice first class 1 stop short duration return flight from San Diego to Fort Myers turned into a multi coach flight (20 hours of travel time - NOT PRETTY.) This was our fault for booking the flight on disembarkation day. Staying at a hotel near the airport on disembarkation day is much more relaxing and we have a much larger selection of return flights. Bob
  14. Hi Paul and Edward, We have always closely followed your posts and look forward to your comments on this Silhouette cruise. Silhouette is our favorite Celebrity Ship followed by Reflection. Wishing you a GREAT cruise and an enjoyable warm time in the Caribbean. This should be a nice change from your Chicago weather. Safe Travels, Bob (and Terry)
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