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  1. One time for sail away, we purchased a bottle of bubbly and got a lido deck bar to give us a plastic bucket full of ice to keep the bottle cold. We then could tool around all over the top deck, toasting the vacay all along the way!! If on a Grand class ship with your newbies, be sure to take them to the area on top of the bridge as part of your sail away!! They will love you forever for that experience (and if anyone has long hair, have them bring something to hold their hair back-lol) Don’t tell the group where you’re going, just go and either joy on their faces!!
  2. I’ve cruise with friends (anywhere from 6 to 43 of us!!) several times. The main 2 “rules” we had were to be together at sail away and to dine together in the evening. Beyond that, no one was obligated to be with the rest of the group. But we all did try to keep the others informed of our plans and would often split apart for various activities that were of interest to some but not others. Sometimes we took excursions together and sometimes not. There were occasions when some decided to dine in a specialty restaurant without the rest of the group but it was always encouraged to inf
  3. As I’m one who has even gotten ill on a flat-calm sea (yet did well in rough weather…go figure!!), I’ve tried everything. I suggest looking at ReliefBands. They are FDA approved for many conditions that might produce tummy troubles. My DH has used my band to quell queasiness from a medication he had to take; (he doesn’t get seasick). We’ve also had the band at the ready post-surgery in case it was needed. It has worked very, very well for me for seasickness and I highly recommend it. It is pricey but there are different versions (I have the slick-looking one). They just
  4. For this tip, please double check the TSA rules to make sure things haven’t changed! I have a CPAP and it does not count as a carry-on item. It is in addition to what an airline allows. As the machine is a medical device, we add all our medical items to this bag. So our Rx and OTC meds, first aid kit, wrist brace, extra contact lenses, etc. Now our carry-on or roll-aboard bag has a little more space for other items. DO be aware that you still cannot put liquids into the CPAP/medical bag…those still have to go into your little baggie for TSA or checked luggage.
  5. I grab one of the cabin drinking glasses to use on the desk top to hold my makeup brushes, eye/lip liners, mascara, etc. The steward will replace the “missing” glass so we’ll still have two to use for beverages. Also use one of the bathroom glasses to hold the travel-size toothpaste and each of our toothbrushes. We bring our electric toothbrush so the actual brushes are short so they really don’t stick out from the top of the glass. We mark the brush-caps so we know which one is which. This keeps the steward from having to touch them or wipe around them. There are usual
  6. If we are going to the main dining room or specialty dining, I will wear heels. I bring 1 pair and wear them with everything. I recently got these for our next cruise at the end of this year.
  7. I used the All Free & Clear pacs on the Sky. The pacs work in HE or regular washers. I put warm water into the washer first then add the pod; I swirl it around until the casing begins to dissolve then I let the washer fill a bit more with warm water before I switch to cold water and add the clothes. The washer instructions say to add clothes, then soap, then start the machine. I prefer to make certain the soap is distributed in the water (especially if I was using a powder) before I add the clothes.
  8. I’ve done this at a Hilton airport property in Austin: I used points for the room and paid extra to park. Before booking with points, I contacted the hotel and said I wanted to book with points and asked what the parking would be for a week. I think it was only about $50 (a lot less than the other parking establishments and still secured parking area). I name of who I spoke with along with date & time of the call. Had no problems with them following through with the rate they told me. Now it could be a different story elsewhere…
  9. Panorama view from our balcony then view of our room as we were getting ready to head to our cruise ship.
  10. I’ve used the book trick too but I’m wondering if cabins will have any since they may be difficult to sanitize. We usually have a magazine/folder/newspaper with us, so if no cabin-books, I’ll fold up some of our packing cubes to in the drawer then cover them with the paper materials to create a flat surface, I’ve also been able to put the machine behind the lamp but again, something was needed to fill the gap to make a surface level with the lamp base. Be careful if you do this though (I was not!) as you will want to position the machine where the air intake is not up against any f
  11. DH and I are so glad we got to meet him on the 50th Anniversary cruise on Pacific Princess and get his autograph. He was so friendly and personable. To add another TV show he was in: Hogan’s Hero’s where he played various characters from time to time.
  12. Is that per person or the total for two people? With or without the Have it All package?
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