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About llarsen

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  • Location
    Murrieta, CA
  • Interests
    Travel, Outdoors
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Oceania, Celebrity, Princess

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  1. Hi, I had lunch with my travel companion yesterday and she said her husband will not use any local tours, only Princess shore excursions.... This is our first time traveling together, so we will just enjoy our time with them and continue to use local tours when we my husband and I travel again to Europe. Thanks so much for your input and also for the time change tip 🙂
  2. Thank you Hank! It's been a while since I've been on CC but it is nice to see you are still helping others with your wealth of experience and information! I was hoping for a calm beach with warm water, 70 degrees is also too cold for me! I guess that's why we have spent so many years in the Caribbean, Hawaii and French Polynesia, lol. I'm sure we will find other fun things to do, especially with the help of this board. Also jas283a thanks for the heads up on possible time change! 🙂
  3. Wow, thank you all for the replies! I'm getting excited for this cruise and look forward to checking out your suggestions. Thank you!
  4. Hello, This will be our 26th cruise but we have never cruised the Mexican Riviera. We are going with another couple March 25, 2022 who have taken this cruise before...but they always use cruise ship shore excursions. They are worried about missing the ship, or something happening to them on a local operated tour in Mexico. We (normally) book local guides and have never had a problem on any of our cruises. Looking for suggestions for Puerto Valarta / Loreto and La Paz, either DIY or with local tour company. We like beaches and food and alcohol tours.
  5. Thank you for the replies. I looked into Hotel Current and they are not offering the Snooze and Cruise package (probably due to Covid and shuttle rules) and it looks like a good deal. Maybe they will offer it again soon. Thanks for the opinion on the Carnival lot, I read others saying "never again" when I was searching parking lots near Long Beach cruise terminal. Some said it was closed and they were given a paper with other lot directions but at 11:30am it was suddenly open and available? I couldn't figure out if they just arrived too early the first time or what?
  6. Hello, We will (hopefully) be sailing out of Long Beach 5 nights on the Miracle Nov 4th, 2021. We live in CA and have never sailed out of Long Beach before. From what I understand, the Carnival cruise terminal Lot can be a nightmare, slots cannot be reserved and it is expensive. I am wondering if there are any good parking garages for Long Beach Airport that we can keep our car and Uber or car service to cruise terminal? Or if anyone has any other Long Beach Parking suggestions or tips? (I do not want to stay in hotel w parking pre-cruise,
  7. Yes, it was kind of unbelievable to find him, let alone still playing at 99 years old! And thank you for your well wishes. Yes, the sinus surgery was a success! Thank you!
  8. Hi, We've never stayed in that area but we took a taxi from our hotel in Old San Juan to Plaza Las Americas to find an old gentleman (99yrs old) who used to play in OSJ but now plays at the mall everyday! (And we found him!) The distance on Google Maps looks to be about the same as Tres Palmas to Pan Am Pier and our taxi was $20.
  9. Hi sorry for the delay. I had booked El Canario because the Hotels in Old San Juan (in our price range for our date) only had No Refundable rooms. But right before our trip I realized we would have to taxi into Old San Juan from the El Canario hotel, so I switched to Hotel Milano (no refundable) and was happy with it. Sorry I can't help on El Canario. It looked like a nice hotel. But we wanted to be in Old San Juan so the switch was worth it for us.
  10. Hello, We were recently on the Summit (loved the new makeover and everything was just wonderful!) I just want to make those that may need Distilled water aware of a situation that happened with me on the Summit. Prior to our cruise I was scheduled for Sinus surgery upon our return from vacation. One of the conditions for being able to take this trip was having access to Distilled water to do a medicated sinus rinse twice a day. I called our travel agent who said this would not be a problem, that they have distilled water available for CPA
  11. Thank you Angel, it wouldn’t of happened without your help! Best wishes to you! Linda
  12. Success! We found our man and it was soooo worth it! I wasn’t feeling well yesterday after no sleep on our long overnight flight and didn’t think we would get the chance to find him. This morning before getting on our ship we took a taxi to the mall and heard music coming from the 2nd floor and there he was! Unbelievable. He was so kind and seemed happy after reading my (translated) letter and giving him some framed prints and gifts. Everyone there seems to love love him and have much respect for this 99 yr old gentleman. 😊
  13. Angel, We are packed and plan to go on our trip, but that could still change. Our flight gets into SJ around 12:30pm on Friday the 29th. We are staying in Old San Juan and will leave our luggage and probably grab something to eat. Do you have any idea what time he is usually at the Plaza Las Americas shopping center in Hato Rey? It's probably silly to think he would even want a photo of himself, I think it probably means more to me. But when I see it I think to myself that if he was my dad or loved one, I would want to have it.
  14. Stinger-PR, I hope you see this message. I can't thank you enough for taking the time to come back on this thread and give me the information you found. I'm very grateful. Wishing you the best, Linda
  15. Wow! This is why I believe in miracles.... I am so happy to see this gentleman is still alive and playing! 99 years old, incredible! My husband put the name you gave us on Google and we saw a photo of him on a Facebook page Fundacion Pisadas de Amor, playing at the mall. I contacted them right away and they were kind to reply that they do not know him or his family personally, but they said he is there everyday at the Plaza Las Americas shopping center in Hato Rey. I was at my ENT doctor appt yesterday morning when I first saw your reply. I was ecstat
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