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  1. Is this what you are referencing? https://www.wales247.co.uk/covid-testing-facilities-launched-in-asda-car-parks-in-wales
  2. Google: circle hanging cloth clip Lots of options.
  3. Hi - far more familiar with Celebrity than Princess, but have sailed both in balcony staterooms. Princess has more free dining offerings - International Cafe is great when you are hungry at 3 am. Celebrity desserts are pretty, but Princess desserts taste better. Celebrity has sofas in their regular balcony cabins. Have to be careful what you book on Princess if you want a love seat/sofa. Celebrity ships have a covered pool in the adults only Solarium - a really nice place to relax. Princess doesn't have anything like this. Sanctuary on Princess is nice, but an extra cost. There were a lot of activities in the Atrium on our Princess sailings. Not so much going on in the Celebrity atrium area. However, no live trees in the Princess atrium. Princess has self-service launderettes with irons & ironing boards. Celebrity sometimes has $20/bag laundry specials. More likely to be about $50/bag - folded, not pressed. Celebrity doesn't allow smoking in the casino - Princess does. Princess has the large outdoor "tv/movie" screen by the pool. Celebrity has an "added on" screen on refurbished ships. Unless it is summer or a school holiday, usually not very many kids on Celebrity cruises. Longer the cruise - fewer the kids. Average age on Princess is probably a bit younger than on Celebrity. I don't know how it is on Princess, but I was unexpectedly on crutches on my last Celebrity sailing, and the staff were fantastic! Got me wheelchairs when needed, pushed me up steep gangways, room steward would run to open stateroom door for me. Above and beyond customer service wherever I went. (Great room stewards on all our cruises, save one Celebrity sailing where he was just OK.) If sailing on a Princess Grand class ship, the mini-suites on Dolphin deck don't have covered balconies. Balconies on Caribe are half covered. Except for aft staterooms on the Celebrity S class ships, I think all decks have fully covered balconies. Celebrity balconies are larger than most of those found in "regular balcony" staterooms on Princess. (Celebrity Edge class ships are in a category of their own regarding balconies - not going down that rabbit hole in this conversation.) Some Celebrity balconies have such large overhangs that you can't see up to the sky very well. Beware of blocked mid-ship sight lines on Celebrity Millennium class ships. Angled balconies on the S class ships are really deep. Princess is definitely the way to go for Alaska. Enjoy all your upcoming cruises - both lines are great!
  4. Bo - don't forget the overnights in Bermuda! We're on the same sailing and I look forward to meeting you. Always wonderful to finally meet someone who contributes so much to the CC boards. K OP - apologies for the brief hijack of your thread.
  5. This test is to ascertain your mental state now. If you get one right you are doing OK, if you get none right you better go for counseling. There are 4 test questions. Don't miss one. Giraffe Test 1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator? Stop and think about it and decide on your answer before you scroll down. The Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way. Elephant Test 2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator? Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator? Wrong Answer. Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions. Lion King Test 3. The Lion King is hosting an Animal Conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend? Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities. Crocodile Test 4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do not have a boat. How do you manage it? Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across. Haven't you been lis-ten-ing? All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Conference. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes. According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around 90% of the Retirees they tested got all questions wrong, but many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says this conclusively proves the theory that most Retirees do not have the brains of a four-year old. Send this out to frustrate all of your smart friends.
  6. If 2020 was a math word-problem: If you're going down a river at 2 MPH and your canoe loses a wheel, how much pancake mix would you need to re-shingle your roof?
  7. Hi - we were supposed to do this combination in May and booked the Rocky Mountaineer through AAA after booking our cruise with Celebrity. Purchased the "train" portion as a package from Rocky Mountaineer with extra nights in Calgary and Vancouver. Due to Covid-19, Rocky Mountaineer cancelled the trip. If you plan to deal with Rocky Mountaineer, my advice is to make certain that you have really good travel insurance that will cover your expenses if for any reason the trip can't be done. RM has refused to refund any of our $6K, including the cost of the hotels (all of which are fully refunding pandemic related cancellations). We're so frustrated with this situation that we're not sure we ever want to travel with them. We have friends who did the trip with the Gold Leaf Service (which is what we had booked), and they said it was fantastic. Thousands of positive reviews on TripAdvisor, but the negative reviews detail exactly what we have dealt with. Just go in with your eyes open and read their Terms & Conditions carefully. (They're on the website and in their brochure.) Whenever we get to Alaska for our long-awaited cruise, we're considering hiring a driver to take us on the same route as the train. Then we'll have more control over what we see, when we eat & where we sleep and will save a boatload of money! Kay
  8. Not a lot of need for my new wool hat or the heavy sweaters purchased for our ill-fated Canadian Rockies/Alaska trip. Maybe it will be extra cold next winter down here in NC!
  9. Hi. Daughter of a close friend is part of the crew so I too am following their journey. They are refueling in Cyprus then picking up food in Athens. Still waiting for a port that will allow them to dock.
  10. Wonderful, upbeat ideas here! While still a little too early to order luggage tags for our 5/21 Alaska cruise out of Vancouver, I'll keep an eye on the calendar and order them in a few weeks as a memento. (Of course, by then, X may have shut down the order link.) We've booked Alaska 4 or 5 times and always had to cancel for unforeseen circumstances. We were so confidant that this one would be a "go" that we booked a week long package with the Rocky Mountaineer from Calgary to Vancouver prior to the cruise. Fingers and toes crossed, but being realistic that these trips will remain on our bucket lists for a bit longer. Stay safe everyone. Kay
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