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  1. I made a big mistake in moving my cruise selection from this first cruise to mid-September. I coulda, woulda, shoulda been traveling/boarding already - now I have to wait a month and a half... I did not think the waiting would be sooooo hard. Vicariously cruising leaves a lot to be desired - but it is way better than nothing at all (as we all know by now).
  2. One of the things we have really enjoyed is after dinner (we dine early) - and all the nights festivities - is to go to the Pizza place on the ship and get a late night custom made/custom cooked pizza. Unknown to me - and this only came to light when booking the myriad of post-COVID cruises - not every HAL ship has a Pizza (NY Pizza/Slice) place. It appears to be only the Signature & Pinnacle class have them on-board and all my previous cruises have been on these two classes, except for one. Early in our cruising life we did sail on the Westerdam - but that was before we understood the fin
  3. Hmmm - I used to do long distance motorcycle riding up in the wilds of New England (before i moved to Texas several years ago) - in every season except winter. If we had a ride planned - we went - in any weather. I still have my heated vest, long underwear, & socks - normally hooked up to the bike power - but could also use one of those larger battery packs for walking around. Also have heated gloves - but those are way, way to heavy duty for walking abound. Now the question is - will they still fit after 2 years of my COVID stagnation - Possibly/probably not. Update: It appea
  4. We purchased a Luggie Scooter Elite Plus 4. It folds up extremely small in either a flat or Cube shape. It is only 18" Wide so it does fit through the door (we travel without the arm rests (Seldom use them anyway). Unit weigh only 70 lbs - so can be used on tenders (on HAL). I got their top end 4-wheel unit - primarily for a bit more stability than three wheel units (The two front are narrower than the rear) and the automatic speed control when cornering (Automatically slows down on sharp corners - prevents tip-over) - wife thought I was crazy to spend extra for unit with that - till she
  5. Prize?? I do not understand...
  6. I am pretty sure different Cruise lines have different approaches...about 2 minutes ago I got a notice from RCCL for a (now self-cancelled) cruise out of Galveston scheduled for Mid-August. Here is their approach to start & end of Cruise testing. (Note: This cruise now requires vaccinations for 12 and older) "At the terminal: Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 are required to take a PCR test for COVID-19 when checking in. Registration details for this test will be sent via email in advance." Prior to disembarking: Unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 are required to take an antigen tes
  7. Post Cruise COVID Test - At-Home (Pre-Flight Hotel) self tests Our first cruise is to Alaska (All US Ports), but our second cruise this year will be to foreign lands with a Post-Cruise stay for several days. Was trying to figure out how to get the tests needed for return flight to the US. Not sure how/if the cruise line will have end of cruise testing - or how that will work with thousands of cruisers needing tests done right at the end of the cruise. Gonna be...interesting- especially as different test have different time-line for acceptability - and probably different country to country
  8. I am a three Star Mariner - one of the perks of 3-star is Advance Information for New Cruises. I do not think I have been getting those - or possibly in the Pandemic - I may have unsubscribed in frustration - or something. In any case - any ideas if they are providing early information on cruises??? Or possibly how to get back on the early notification of available cruises?? thank
  9. The Key I have found is to look through the long listings of TAs/TPs to find the very few ships that are going in the opposite direct - then try to match up the normal repositioning to align with that i.e. for 2023 (Yes - Looking out that far) the NCL Bliss is 16 nights From Barcelona to NYC on May 5 I could not find a really good match for the east bound TAs into Barcelona - BUT - there is an East bound NCL Gem NYC to Rome 15 nights starting April 15. And (here is the key) there is an overnight Ferry from Rome to Barcelona that I think runs daily.... I would have reserved that
  10. We have done 5 or 6 TransAtlantic / TransPacific cruises. We just love the rest and relaxation of the days at sea. Only been in one significant storm, and while the ship did roll and pitch up and down - it was in no way concerning. The captan did reroute the ship and miss one port stop to miss the eye of the storm. He kept us well informed and updated us several times a day as the weather /sea state changed. We actually liked sleeping in the rocking boat. My wife puts on a patch - for every cruise - just in case - and has never had an issue with seasickness. TAs & TPs are really abou
  11. We purchased a Luggie Scooter Elite Plus 4. It folds up extremely small in either a flat or Cube shape. It is only 18" Wide so it does fit through the door (we travel without the arm rests (Seldom use them anyway). Unit weigh only 70 lbs - so can be used on tenders (on HAL). I got their top end 4-wheel unit - primarily for a bit more stability than three wheel units (The two front are narrower than the rear) and the automatic speed control when cornering (Automatically slows down on sharp corners - prevents tip-over) - wife thought I was crazy to spend extra for unit with that - till she
  12. Just FYI: Wine & Soda/Water - Bring Aboard There is a discrepancy between the Contract and the June 1 version of "Know Before you Go" The contract reads pretty much as it always did: 1 Bottle per adult - No corkage fee. The Water/Soda/milk is now limited to 12-12oz cans or cartons (No plastic Bottles-ever). The "No Plastic Bottle is new (for me), and I am not sure there was ever a quantity limitation. The June 1 2021 version of Know Before you Go - Revised Policy effective June 1st, 2021 https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/faq/know-before-you-go.html
  13. I am on the 2022 March 31 39 day HAL New Zealand to Australia to Seattle cruise. Some people on the cruise are now starting to get notifications that the cruise has been cancelled / moved to Spring 2023. "Official" Cancellations will be in a couple of weeks... That 2022 cruise no longer shows up on HALs web-site, and the 2023 cruise is available but all Balconies and Suites are fully booked (Just like the 2022 cruise was).
  14. it varies based on the place, duration, tide, Phase of the Moon, and WHAT THE TRAFFIC WILL PAY.. I am booking a 50 day South pacific cruise now. Starts in Vancouver, but people can also board in San Diego. The cost to board in in Vancouver was listed as a wapping $4 more, for an additional 5 days of sailing. But when I actually booked it was actually cheaper to start in Vancouver than San Diego - Go Figure. In discussion with others who had earlier purchased from Vancouver, they were paying $200/day in additional fares for those 5 days. In short - It is whatever the market will bear
  15. No Problem, No Issue, No Apology needed. I am a (now retired) engineer so looking at things with a Risk/Benefit is just so second nature to me. I see this whole issue as - What is the Risk(s)? What is the Benefit? What is the Cost? I would not worry too much about what other people think - that is their problem - Not yours. Took me about 60 years to figure that out. In your case - what might be of more concern (given your forthcoming medical procedures) - rather than the folks on the ship - might be the great unwashed masses you might encounter on your excursions.
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