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bonsai3s

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About bonsai3s

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Circled by oranges, vineyards, & blueberries
  • Interests
    Gardening, triathlon.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, RCCL, Princess.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Tahiti

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  1. Our daily ritual is now to log on to Cruise Critic...just to keep our cruise addiction alive. Traveling, of any kind, is our passion. Not being able to travel has been difficult...specially for those of us in our Golden Years...who knows how much time we have left?...another sigh. Yes, a trip to the grocery store has become a significant event. We are staying positive and genuinely hopeful that cruising will resume. In the meantime, we have used our time wisely by taking care of things around the house..lots of yardwork...lots of exercise...less alcohol (no happy hour)...less food (no windjammer buffet or late night pizza at Sorrento's)..................result: sugar count and cholesterol lower, liver test better, and we've both lost 20 lbs. 😷😊
  2. Many (many) years ago... Walking around the ship, we saw a sign saying something like "Special Event" at a door. I could smell the wonderful smell of garlic...love garlic...and decided to walk in just to see what was being served. A formally dressed crew member said: "Sir, you are not allowed in here". I said: "Oops, sorry" and walked out. I told my beautiful wife: "Must be a wedding". The next day, I see the same "Special Event" sign and could smell the garlic. I thought "Gosh, there's another couple getting married onboard". I decided to walk in just to see what was being served.😁 The same formally dressed crew member saw me again and sternly said: "Sir, you are not allowed in here." I apologized, turned around and started walking out the door. The crew member said: "Sir, may I see your seapass card." Guilty and a bit worried, I handed her my seapass card. She looks at it and said: "Oh! Mr. Smith, you are Diamond!...welcome to our Special Event". * Back in the day, we had no idea what a Diamond member was...there were very few members and no one talked about it....and many thanks to Cruise Critic, we've learned. Fast forward to today: Our guess, post pandemic...the Diamond lounge will be closed. An outdoor area will be reserved for Diamonds during HH....hopefully away from the smoking area.😷
  3. 😊You are spot on...we do exactly the same things. 😊
  4. Agree! loved the Elite bar setup and have done the SF to Hawaii and back cruises a few times. Just one problem (pun intended)...with so many sea days, we tend to drink the alcohol a bit too fast. The Elite bar setup "should be for 2" if both husband and wife are Elites...wink, wink........or add a few more of those small bottles if the cruise is longer than 7 days. The current Elite bar setup has the same number of alcohol regardless of how many days your cruise is. We'd be happy if Royal did this...just don't forget the vouchers for specialty coffee.
  5. BND and orvill99...you got us smiling. We loved both 2buck chuck and Boone's Farm...brought back fond memories...............we are getting old.😉
  6. We have inquired about this "Quantum Phantom" transpacific sailing. Answer: No one knows. RCCL has acknowledged that "it was there but no longer there". There are Alaska sailings on the Quantum available for bookings in 2021...so we jokingly asked RCCL if the Quantum is sailing "sans passengers" from Tokyo to Alaska? They said "We don't think so, but we don't know". Just like you, we are waiting for it to come back. We were booked on this phantom sailing...then it just simply disappeared...and cancelled by RCCL. Several of the Quantum sailings in 2021 were either cancelled or the itineraries revised by RCCL...including sailings embarking from Hong Kong changed to Singapore.
  7. After only a day of reflection...we are now feeling buyer's remorse...not a good decision...perhaps it's a side effect of the pandemic...the inability to make good decisions.
  8. Did not want to post...but... We cancelled our family Allure B3B on March 8, 2020......yes, March 8th!...under the CWC. Waiting on FCC's. We were originally told 30 days, then 40 days, then 60 days, then 90 days. We called and inquired yesterday....and were informed: "You are in the queue...3 to 4 more weeks." 118 days and counting... Note: Yesterday, we made final payment for a cruise in October...that will most likely be cancelled...it took but a few minutes and the money was immediately debited from our credit card.
  9. We loved this itinerary and would do it again in a heartbeat. In our case, we did the Singapore to Sydney repo. It included a few Asians ports and we circumnavigated Australia going west to east, from Perth, to Adelaide, Tasmania, then finally Sydney...Ovation of the Seas. Repositioning cruises are usually done around October/November...so ships can be in Australia for their summer vacation which is typically in December. Sydney and Singapore are two of our favorite places...great cruise terminals, wonderful people, many places to visit, and extremely easy to get around using public transportation. For example: In Sydney, the OPT, Overseas Passenger Terminal, is only a short walk to the Sydney Opera House , Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, and downtown...not to mention Circular Quay train station and the ferries. In Singapore, the Marina Bay Cruise Terminal is walking distance to the Gardens by the Bay and an MRT station. You may want to visit the Asia or Australia threads for more detailed information. Sigh...brought back some fond memories...wishing cruising would start again soon...sigh.
  10. Welcome to Cruise Critic. We love B2B's or B3B's, (and S2S...side to side...as oppose to back to back...on S2S, you move to a different ship.) As stated by others, our best benefit is the big savings on airfare. 😃
  11. That's excellent! With this pandemic, and at home, we have changed our eating habits...and have limited our "eating hours" from about 3pm to 9pm. Working great so far. We don't even think about breakfast anymore. That said... It will take a bit more discipline when cruising starts again. We are in our 60's and exercise everyday at home and when cruising. Admittedly, we tend to drink and eat way too much when cruising...moderation next time. Note: We have eaten "late dining" for years......we'll do "early dining" like you.😃
  12. Thank you! 😄 You're the best...on the phone now and just confirmed our obc's can be moved to new or existing bookings. (We incorrectly assumed ALL obc's were gone/lost when cruises were cancelled )
  13. Sorry, not meant to hijack this thread...just another question for Ourusualbeach. We cancelled our b3b, Allure cruises under the CWC policy. All refunds received but still waiting for FCC's...these cruises were booked while onboard (NextCruise) and included the $100 obc's...what happens to those obc's? Thank you.
  14. Many wonderful shore excursions but one come to mind...a few years ago on the now infamous Diamond Princess in Yokohama. (😷 Before the pandemic.) It was our first trip to Japan...a bit worried because we didn't speak any Japanese. (We mostly do DIY at each port.) All we wanted was to experience the crowded train to Tokyo. What a memorable day it turned out to be. Sailing into the port, our ship was welcomed by a large group singing "Somewhere over the Rainbow"...and thousands waving American flags. We slowly docked next to one of the most architecturally stunning cruise terminals we've ever seen...the Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal. Inside, they had tables set up with locals helping cruise passengers with information and maps...and yes, they spoke English...extremely friendly and polite. We were told there was a free shuttle to the nearest train station provided by the City of Yokohama. It ran back and forth, cruise terminal to the train station, every 15 minutes or so. The train station was just like we watched on TV...clean, modern, and wow! thousands upon thousands of people. We were able to navigate our way around the train station...there was always someone willing to help. And yes, we made onto that packed train...slowly and calmly pushed in like a can of sardines. It was bizarre...no one said a word, no complaining, everyone very polite. We spent our day in Tokyo going from shrines to palaces to gardens to markets...couldn't get better I thought. Well...it got even better for me. I'm a triathlete and knew that there was an international triathlon in Yokohama. In the shuttle on our way back to the cruise terminal, I whispered: "That was a great day, but I wished there was someone I could ask that knew where the triathlon was being held...I wouldn't mind taking a quick look". Standing next to me was an older Japanese lady who said: "I speak English and I'm a volunteer at the triathlon...I can show you where it is". Wow!...incredible! When we got off the shuttle bus, she told us the triathlon site was only a short walk from the cruise terminal and pointed us towards the correct direction. With renewed energy, we made our way to the "Start/Finish" line........and lo and behold! we find ourselves watching world-class triathletes practicing. (It would be like walking on a golf course and finding Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson practicing.) We met and talked to Gwen Jorgensen, who was one of the best triathletes in the world and eventually won the gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. I couldn't wait to tell our friends onboard the ship what happened.
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