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  1. I knew about the 14-day quarantine until the end of June prior to reading your comment. Thanks for the update. We would like to do a DIY land trip and island-hop in November, but who knows if it will even be possible?
  2. Our first cruise on Carnival Dream, we were with another couple from Toronto. They cruised a lot and we became FB friends. The wife became a travel agent at one point, and now that's who we use to book most of our travel. On our Celebrity Equinox trip, we were seated at a large table that held 12 maybe. The first night there were 6 of us. Another couple from Germany, and a couple from London. The couple from London met other Brits and they ended up eating together, but we became good friends with the couple from Germany, and they have even been to our town to visit us when travelling elsewhere in the states. We haven't been to see them yet, but we will!
  3. We surprised our kids with an Alaskan cruise. We told them at Christmas by creating a brochure of sorts with an itinerary, photos of the ship, photos from the excursions we booked, etc. Maybe something new to wear that's appropriate for the cruise destination? Like a swimsuit for a Caribbean cruise or a raincoat or fleece jacket for Alaska. You could also go to a travel agent and get the cruise ship book, give it to her, and circle the cruise you booked inside for her to discover.
  4. Something to consider: people that have cancelled cruises due to COVID-19 are being offered FCC (future cruise credit often at 125% value) or a 100% refund. Many people are/or will take the FCC and sail again at a later date. If there is a specific cruise you want to do, I would book it ASAP and select your cabin. All those FCCs need to be used by a certain date (I've seen Dec. 31, 2021 for Royal Caribbean - not sure about Princess) and they are going to impact the availability of future sailings.
  5. That's fine by me too. I actually didn't even think we would get the $ back, so it's a bonus either way.
  6. Thank you for circling back with an update!! This helps us a lot. We have another cruise booked Jan. 2020 and think we will take the 125% FCC and apply it to that. Now I know Allianz will transfer the policy to another booking too. I appreciate this great info. Good for Allianz too!
  7. I am losing weight (that's what happens when you have very little appetite apparently), so I'm going to need smaller clothes if this keeps up.
  8. Our family has not been quarantined and are hoping we never need to be. We are self-isolating and social distancing. Pretty much everything in our state is closed including schools so I'm home with 3 kids. Gas stations, grocery stores, hospitals, and pharmacies are still open, but with limited hours. I wear lounge clothes, like pull-on athleisure pants, a no-wire bra, t-shirt, leightweight track jacket, socks and slippers. No makeup except maybe moisturizer. If I have to go out to buy groceries in the current climate, I cover up my dark under eye circles and call it good. Even on a normal day, I have an under 5-minute face. Moisturizer, concealer, brow pencil, mascara. That's it. Eyeshadow and eye liner if I'm going out with my husband for date night.
  9. It is very likely our upcoming cruise from Hawaii to Vancouver will be cancelled. We have decided when it happens, we will switch to a DIY land tour some other time this year. I have searched google and know that Nov-April is generally considered hurricane season, even though hurricanes are rare in HI. I know the temps are fairly consistent and it obviously rains more in the rainforest areas than other parts. Is there a "bed time" or "less desirable" time to visit?
  10. I was really happy for the winner. The judges got it right. Also, Carly has legs for DAYS!
  11. Or maybe somewhere in California? If we can still sail (and if it's safe), arriving at a different disembarkation port would be be fine with us.
  12. Radiance sails from Australia to Hawaii to Vancouver. Looks like Canada has closed all poets until July (another thread here on CC), so Radiance can’t sail to Vancouver. We we are scheduled on Radiance HI to Vancouver. Waiting to see what Royal does with that itinerary.
  13. Not true. Hawaiian cruises can be TP or repositioning cruises too. Radiance from HI to Vancouver, for example, before the Alaska season starts.
  14. The bright side for us: we will likely switch to land based vacation in HI, if we can still fly. Since our trip isn't until May 1st, maybe things will improve by then. Hubby has 2 weeks off of work for this trip, so we will travel somewhere, even if we have to road trip.
  15. We are on the May 5th TP sailing from Hawaii to Vancouver on Radiance before she starts her Alaska trips. Nothing from Royal to tell us we can’t sail (And we hope it stays that way).
  16. We love having a balcony cabin and won't sail without it. We love watching the sail in/out of port. Room service breakfast on the balcony makes me insanely happy. We too are early risers, and typically go get a latte when we first get up, and eat a "real" breakfast later. On a port day when we need to get off the ship quickly, we go to the WJ early to avoid some of the crowd and like the "sleepy" feeling that Tree_Skier mentions above.
  17. I find sunscreen to be so frustrating. So many chemicals, mixed reviews, conflicting information, etc. I bought Alba Botanicals SPF50 for a decent price at Costco recently because it was labelled "reef safe" and we are going to Hawaii. Then I did some reading and not only is it not "reef safe", the term "reef safe" isn't defined. So, we have 2 cans of sunscreen for our kids to use when we are boating this summer, but I am no safer to finding reef safe sunscreen.
  18. Okay. Point well taken. I don't know why I didn't think of it that way. I knew about the connecting door but didn't put the two together that way. Lesson learned.
  19. Apparently, I am in the minority, but I'd go Jr. Suite and have the kids with us. Hubby and I are not comfortable with our kids (at similar ages) being in a room by themselves. Actually, we are sailing in January with our 3 kids that will be 12, 12, and 9. We were going to book a cabin for 5 (on Symphony I think), but then my mom said she would sail too and offered to have our 12 yr. old son with her. The other 4 of us will be in an accessible room which we need for our daughter that uses a wheelchair for long distances and walks with forearm crutches.
  20. I think the issue is that what one considers "proper" has changed, and we all have a different opinion of "proper" based on venue/location and maybe even time of the year. If I'm not wearing what someone else considers "proper" that's on them, not me. My husband and I "dress up" for dinner on a cruise, but that means khaki pants for my husband (in a shade of tan or grey), with a polo shirt or button down shirt. For me, it means, capris and a blouse or dressy tank top with a cardigan, or a wrap dress of some sort. I plan on wearing a few colorful maxi dresses on our Hawaiian cruise from Lands End and Lulus Fashion Lounge. Still comfortable, but dressier than our normal attire. He doesn't bring a suit, and I don't bring cocktail dresses.
  21. A good nail tech is worth their weight in gold IMO. I've been going to the same salon for 15 years, but have stuck to the same nail tech for 1.5 years. He's really good at picking colors that look good on my skin tone, so I let him pick the color and it's always amazing. Right now I'm wearing a DND nail lacquer in a light pink (I think the color is Ribbon Chiffon, but can't find it online now), plus a clear coat of "Mermaid" by Cre8tion which makes them have a very subtle sparkle, almost like diamond dust. I'm going to wear a bolder color on my toes for our upcoming cruise with Mermaid over the top (sparkly toes for Hawaii), and do a French manicure so they look fresh and classic and grow out well.
  22. Just an FYI for others about how it works. The recreation.gov website tells you basically everything you need to know, so I'll spare you those details. Hubby and I decided to get the "Passport" ticket so we can explore not only the USS Arizona memorial, but also the Battleship Missouri, the USS Bowfin, and the aviation museum. I created the online account, set a bunch of reminders on my phone, and was prepared and ready to buy our tickets 60 days out from the day we intend to visit. I logged on and was ready to add the tickets to my cart at exactly 7am Hawaii time. When I did, the EARLIEST time I could get scheduled tickets for Pearl Harbor was 11am. My guess is the early morning tickets are used by tour organizations. We are going to arrive earlier than our scheduled time and see if we can get walk up tickets at an earlier time, if not, no big deal. Just wanted to pass on my experience in case it helps someone else. Happy planning!
  23. I prefer to wear lightweight sneakers, like this: https://www.newbalance.com/pd/fuelcore-nergize/WXNRG.html?dwvar_WXNRG_style=WXNRGDG#style=WXNRGOH I wear them on the plane usually, but even if I don't, they weight almost nothing and don't take much space in the suitcase.
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