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  1. I am not a fan of the larger ships. If I want to see a great show I prefer a trip to Broadway or another great live theater city. If I were to decide to go zip lining I'd rather it was over a rainforest. Surfing? A trip to Hawaii seems much more ideal than a shipbound wave pool. There are plenty of tremendous amusement parks that have a great deal more appeal to me than what a ship can provide. My reasons for choosing a cruise are either for an easy laidback relaxing cruise around the Caribbean, or more likely, to explore an area of the world I have never visited before = the destination is the draw, and megaships cant get to the smaller ports - and there is serious discussion on their impact on the environment in larger ports. The ship experience is more personal and enjoyable for me on the less than 2500 passenger size cruise.
  2. Before this became about service animals the original question was Does anyone know of anyone bit by a dog onboard, and if so how was it handled. It was followed by security and medical services responses which were on-topic. But unless I missed it there were no responses that answered to original question. Just curious
  3. The original poster mentioned thyroid med specifically. I have found there is a great deal of variance in effectiveness from one generic brand to another (I've been told it has something to do with fillers and manufacturing processes). I can get a months supply from my local Walgreens that works fine, but the 90 day mail-order left me feeling terrible. So sometimes sticking to a pharmacy with a generic that works is an issue. I have had my physician write for 50mcg twice a day (though I continue to take it once daily) instead of my normal 100mcg. So I got the med I needed when I couldn't get another emergency override. I have also used GoodRx for another drug - in fact I now use Good Rx instead of my insurance for some meds. I always check with them before I get a new prescription filled, and go with whichever is cheaper. Seems to me the 90 day supply thing may be prevalent for all Medicare part D. Work-arounds are possible.
  4. To me, what type of vacation I want is a necessary component for choosing what to book - Sometimes its destinations that rank highest... sometimes its for relaxation...two totally different reasons for choices. Smaller ships can harbor in ports that larger ones can't. Larger ships, especially the newest and biggest ships ARE the destination - the ziplines through theater productions are the draw. Personally I like smaller ships, partly because I would rather see a Broadway play on Broadway, or at least in a good touring production. I'm not that enamored with some of the productions in cruise theaters. I would rather visit a city than cruise on one of the largest floating cities of any fleet. I like the social aspects of cruising on a smaller ship where you may actually meet people with common interests. Any well-maintained ship is aesthetically pleasing to me, My choice for booking is dependent on the experiences I anticipate. But the simple, straight answer - Millennium class ships have a charm of their own, and the staff get to know you and really seem more personable to me.
  5. As someone who has experienced both lost and delayed luggage on different occasions I now put my hotel address or cruise ship on the luggage tag when journeying to my destination. I'll have an itinerary with all destinations and dates if multiple overnights in different locations inside a clear plastic luggage tag holder. On the way home I just use my address. This way I have at least some hope of having my luggage catch up to me. Of course meds, grooming essentials, and at least one change of clothes is in my carryon.
  6. I love both cruising and land travel. Cruising definitely helps explore many different places - areas of the world that I never expected to visit during my lifetime. Land travel lets me stay in B&Bs, getting to know the people and the life in those areas. I never would have believed i’d Feel so comfortable and enjoy so much a bus tour of Turkey - wonderful people, beautiful country. And there’s nothing like staying a week in a rural area of Ireland, spending evenings sharing Craic at the pub and dancing to local music. But cruising has the advantage of my sleeping while someone else does the driving to the next location. And seeing the highlights of so many places. From Russia to Galapagos to China to New Zealand. Growing up a kid from Philly who thought going to theJersey shore was the highlight of travel, to having visited every continent except Antarctica I’ve experienced so much, and most would have been missed if not for cruising.
  7. I love both cruising and land travel. Cruising definitely helps explore many different places - areas of the world that I never expected to visit during my lifetime. Land travel lets me stay in B&Bs, getting to know the people and the life in those areas. I never would have believed i’d Feel so comfortable and enjoy so much a bus tour of Turkey - wonderful people, beautiful country. Ant there’s nothing like staying a week in a rural area of Ireland, spending evenings sharing Craic at the pub and dancing to local music. but cruising has the advantage of my sleeping while someone else does the driving to the next location. And seeing the highlights of so many places. From Russia to Galapagos to China to New Zealand. Growing up a kid from Philly who thought going to theJersey shore was the highlight of travel, to having visited every continent except Antarctica I’ve experienced so much, and most would have been missed if not for cruising.
  8. Both before the cruise and during the cruise our normal sleep patterns are awry. There have been several studies that related irregular sleep to decreased immune system response and therefore catching colds. WebMD had an article about it that I recently read. I'm traveling to Asia for a cruise in less than 6 weeks. My friend/travel buddy has just this week come down with a bad cold. I'm prone to bronchitis when I get a cold, so I'm doing everything I read about to try to prevent it - a homeopathic med, zinc, vitamin c, staying hydrated. As a retired nurse I'm a fanatic about handwashing, but nothing can protect you from airborne droplets.
  9. I love Grandeur - its just the right size for my type of cruising. The fact that it sales from Baltimore makes it near my home so I can avoid the cost and inconveniences of flying. I've always found the staff to be attentive and they seem to like their jobs. One told me he has enough seniority to be on any ship in the fleet, but prefers the smaller Grandeur because he can get to know the guests and provide "the type of services we used to be able to provide" I hate all the mega-ships that seem to be all the cruise lines are building these days. The amusement park atmosphere is not the relaxing, laid-back get-away that i crave.
  10. Thank you - that was the sort of info I wanted but the search function didn't take me to forums of Celebrity - I tried google and it brought me exactly the cabin info I needed. I also had some questions re port of Shanghai but no way I can find a thing until I tried google - which gave me some of the cruise related info I used to always find on Cruise Critic but better sources on TripAdvisor. I think I'm done with CC
  11. I've not used the website in a while, and started trying to see if I could search threads - but I don't see how. Can someone direct me to how to search?
  12. I saw this on amazon Old World Christmas Ornaments: Cruise Ship Glass Blown Ornaments for Christmas Tree
  13. I know I can use 144 hour Visa for cruise from Shanghai to Korea to Tokyo, but I'm not sure if adding extra days at start will require a regular Visa rather than the 144 hour one. My planned itinerary is: 4 days in Shanghai - including a day trip by air to see the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian leave China cruising to Incheon, Korea then cruise returns to Tianjin for 3 days before cruising to Jeju Island, Korea then on to Japan. Because my total stay in China is 7 days am I ineligible? Or is it two separate 144 hour visas since I leave China for another country then return to China? Is the day trip to Xian permitted? I'm not sure if its in an area that permits tourist travel on 144 hour visa. If anyone has done a similar itinerary or knows the ins and outs of Chinese Visas I would appreciate your advice!
  14. thanks so much for your input. When I contacted Viking they kept assuring me they could accommodate my diet onboard, but no reassurance regarding land-based parts of trip. Unfortunately they seemed to address it as I should know what I can and can not eat and it would be my own responsibility to maintain my diet. Knowing I can not control how things are cooked I have regretfully given up my hopes for a trip to China.
  15. I have booked with Viking for river cruise in China for next year. Since booking I have found out I have kidney disease and need a very strict sodium and protein restrictions. I am extremely concerned about the ability to meet my dietary needs. Viking FAQs said special dietary needs can be met - to inform them 4 weeks in advance of medical dietary needs, and to notify maitre'D on the cruise. Has anyone with medical restrictions succeeded in having those needs addressed during a China river cruise? I would not eat in an American Chinese restaurant anymore because of high sodium in the cooking, but i'm not sure what to expect on the Chinese cooking experiences in China, though I recognize there is a vast difference between American Chinese food and authentic cooking.
  16. the train is very easy to get to in Venice, then there is a lovely train ride to Varenna on the lake. We walked to our hotel. i didn't see this post til today, but if you would like detail email me goingplaces @ juno.com
  17. We had a fantastic cruise last year to New Zealand and Australia. I have 2 Myki cards (Melbourne), which have some value but I don't remember how much. It is impossible to get refunds, and the cards themselves had a cost. If anyone wants these cards email me at goingplaces@juno.com . I will respond to the first person who responds. You can send me a self addressed stamped envelope, and I will send you my cards that still have some value. If you don't hear from me it means someone else emailed me first.
  18. I still have 2 Myki cards if anyone wants them. Email me and I will send my address to FIRST responder.
  19. We had a fantastic cruise last year. I have cards for Opal - Sydney's public transportation, which may have about 35 Aus$ left on it, and Myki card (Melbourne), which has some value but I don't remember how much. A friend told me it took over 6 months to get reimbursed, which was a hassle. If anyone wants these cards email me at goingplaces@juno.com. I will respond to the first person who responds with my snail mail address. You can send me a self addressed stamped envelope, and I will send you my cards that still have some value. If you don't hear from me it means someone else emailed me first.
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