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About kastke

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  1. It’s a tough situation all the way around. I understand your frustrations, and also understand your son & daughter-in-law’s position. Would an antibody test relieve their concerns? My granddaughter lives several states away, so we didn’t have to make that tough decision of when we felt safe enough to visit again. Love her dearly, but my husband is also immunocompromised.
  2. My 22 year old granddaughter also tested positive. She had a fairly severe case, but did not need to be hospitalized. She also has never been retested - she was told if she self-quarantined for 14 days after all symptoms were gone, she would be fine. Which is what she followed. That method doesn’t help anyone who tests positive, but is asymptomatic, though.
  3. We spent 3 days in Copenhagen after this Transatlantic. We purchased the Copenhagen card ahead of time, online, and had it sent to our house. It was good to have in advance. Did not have to concern ourselves with finding where to buy it. We also stayed at Hotel Bethel, which John referenced above. The location is excellent, hotel was nice. There was remodeling going on while we were there, so a few small inconveniences construction related, but nothing drastic. I would not hesitate to stay there again.
  4. My understanding is once Royal announces a cancellation, lift and shift is no longer available for those sailings.
  5. Actually, since the cruise line is protecting your commission, you are not working “for not a penny”. You are just doing more work to earn your money. I was a salaried employee before I retired. My pay was the same, whether I worked 40 hours or 60 hours. Too many of those 60 hour weeks might have made it seem like I was working for nothing, but I was not. No different for sales reps/travel agents. Some commissions are easily earned, some you have to work your tail end off to earn.
  6. I get that. My dad was on an aircraft carrier that was bombed twice; he was off the coast of Japan the day Japan surrendered. He would never talk about the war either.... until after 9/11. That was a turning point for him to make sure his grandkids and great grands knew the history.
  7. We did the Blarney Castle excursion also, but with a private tour. We must have arrived there shortly before you, as I see myself in the picture of the other line (right hand side). My red hair is usually an easy telltale mark! It was great getting to the Castle before the lines, and thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring the gardens. I did kiss the stone, but Bill did not - he wouldn’t have been able to get up easily either. We had lunch in Kinsale, then had the driver drop us off at the Church in Cobh, explored the area, and walked back down to the port, saw the Titanic Memorials and Museum. It was just a great day all the way around. Dorothy
  8. I know you say the number of days is a hard rule. We currently have a Vancouver to Hawaii 11 night booked for Sept 2020. The ONLY Vancouver to Hawaii route currently offered in Sept 2021, or the 4 week window, is a 10 night cruise. Do you think they would honor that switch?
  9. I’ve never wiped down a cabin, probably won’t do it in the future. I’ve always carried hand sanitizer in my purse and my car. I spent far too much time at softball games for my kids and grandkids, breezes kicking up baseball dust and some parks with porta-potties but no hand washing stations made that a necessity years ago!!
  10. I agree with all the above. I do enjoy the Serenade and other Radiance class ships, but we also like the Royal Promenade. We sailed Vision for a B2B Southern Caribbean this winter, and that ship has a much larger, and nicer, pool area than Radiance class. However, other than for the pool area, I would not want to sail a Vision class again. Just too small for me.
  11. This. My youngest daughter, at 18 months old, was a runner, climber, and LOVED the water. Had NO fear. There’s no way I would have known at 8 weeks old how her temperament would be at 18 months. She would not have been content with the kiddie splash pool, she would have wanted to be in the main pool. Not allowed if a child is in diapers. It would not have been a fun vacation for anyone taking her on a cruise at 18 months old. I also am not the type that would go on a family vacation with my children to put them in a day care or nursery.
  12. We were also on this TA. Since you’re doing the review in real time, it will coincide with pictures popping up on my phone in memories. Thank you! This will be fun to follow along!
  13. We used one in February, and lost one for later this year.
  14. When the virus issues started, we knew we wouldn’t be taking our next 2 cruises due to husband is immunocompromised. I cancelled all cruise planner items and the cruise with refundable deposit and we have received all those refunds. We currently only have $900 “in play”, which I could get $700 as FCC if I cancel now, but don’t know if we’ll ever get to use it. Cruise is a repositioning Vancouver to Hawaii, before Serenade heads to Australia. Waiting to see if Alaska season gets cancelled completely, or Canada or Australia announce port closure extensions. Any of those happen before our final payment, we’ll take the cash refund, otherwise I figure we are out the money. I consider us fortunate that $900 could be our total loss!
  15. I have read so many times that no one knows anyone over 70 yrs old that doesn’t have some type of medical issue. I find that very sad and discouraging. My father took NO medications at all until he was 93 yrs old when he developed a viral heart infection. He was meticulous in taking care of his health and weight. Ridiculously meticulous. I appear to have my dad’s genetics. I’m grateful for that. Neither I nor my husband take any prescription medications either. We’re not 70 yet, but late 60’s. We won’t cruise anymore if we have to produce a dr’s note every time once we turn 70. I will be very disappointed if the rule is not relaxed by then, but there are plenty of other ways to vacations.
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