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  1. Funatabi, At least in the past, for LONG cruises and Grand Voyages they have laundry plans for the cruise that are WAY less than $7.00 per day average. While I no longer have any of my past bills, as I recall last year on the 2018 World the package was close to $300.00 for the 113 days, or around $3 dollars per day, and that was per cabin - not per person. Maybe someone on the present WC can tell you this year's price when they return. I had excellent service with the Package.
  2. Celbe - WOW, what a meaningful and impactful picture! Instant tears for me and they are still flowing.Thank you for sharing.
  3. I agree and speak with your AND a Travel physician or travel nurse. Then decide. In our mid seventies after clearance from medical folks, we decided to get the shot (absolutely NO reaction) as we did not know what travels we have left AND want will happen with Yellow Fever risks in travel. We knew that this would probably near the end of the shot option (due to age) so decided to cover the next 10 years of travel (if we were fortunate enough to have the opportunities for such travel again.) DO remember though that you are getting an unbalanced view of experiences. Those with serious side-effect outcomes may not be sailing anymore.
  4. I understand it to be very low calorie but very expensive for dental care if you chew the sand.
  5. Thank you akacruiser (and HI!) and Copper10-8. I too was sure I heard then on a cruise in the Crow's Nest. Yes it was the VOV several years ago. I must say that I love such music to be LOUD, but it was too loud for even me in the Crow's Nest. I could last about 1 hour at the most.
  6. In a similar situation my experience was WONDERFUL and different from what many above say. Read your insurance policy CAREFULLY! About 7 days prior to a 21 day cruise my cabin mate had a Medical Emergency, could not cruise. She was fully reimbursed her costs. I had a CHOICE! Full refund for me if I elected not to sail ORR they would fully cover any single supplement costs. It worked perfectly smoothly, although I did have to put the single supplement on a Credit Card - not actually charged at the time and voided once I had the proper paperwork in at the end to the cruise that supported her need to cancel. I elected to go alone because I really needed a break from work and winter weather. It turned out to be one of the most fun cruises I have been on. For one thing - many other passengers felt sorry for me and invited me to join them for shore activities, parties, cocktails, etc. Plus - I simply did what I wanted to do, a most relaxing option.
  7. rkacruiser So glad to read of your great cruise! and review of a ship I have not sailed on. Any chance you will be getting to Seattle for a cruise in 2019? If so, maybe we can get together for lunch again. I am hoping to find a 2 week (+or - a few days) from the west coast to get an "away" break in 2019. Big (meaning money) plans for 2020 but I need a cruise break sooner. Wander
  8. In my experience it depends on the country or what country has local jurisdiction. Historically I have specifically taken school supplies off the ship to give to schools, but it always fit in my good sized backpack and It was NOT stuffed - rather did not really look like it had a lot of supplies in it. I always just walked off the ship and gave the supplies to teachers in the schools we were to visit. On some cruises a number of us did the same. (In one west Africian country where a ship tour specifically visited two schools, we were most generous, only to learn that the school did not have any pencils, crayons, etc. to use on the paper we brought.) However, after several cruises of success using the above message - when I went to one port (in like Vanuatu or Palau) I had a small rolling suitcase of supplies being sent by several folks as a follow-up to a recent weather disaster there where whole schools were demolished and they were desperate for supplies. Well, once on the ship i started checking on what paperwork or such I needed to complete to deliver the supplies. Well, after much head scratching, contacts with local authorities, etc. the answer was that I could not disembark with the suitcase or supplies. The local folks reason was that there would NOT be any officials available to clear them. Well, I spent hours on this and finally gave up, and just went to shore myself the next day (after trying one more time). What did I see there but a group of students forming a small band, playing and asking for money for school supplies lost to the storm from the very village I had the goods for. I marched back to the ship with pictures of the kids and pleaded my case once again - NO LUCK with the locals. Outcome - the ship did ask the Port Agent (NOT A government official) to take the suitcase off the ship with him and get the goods to the kids. Well he agreed to do so - I gave him the case. Heaven only knows what he did with the contents, I can only hope that he was getting them to the correct folks as a donation and not diverting where they went or selling them. I will never know, but I am sure someone used them, even if he profited from them.
  9. I visited parts of Cuba 18 months ago and LOVED every second of it. The people were wonderful to us, the scenery in many places outstanding, and the experience of being there one that I will always cherish - and I hope to go back with a longer inland stay. I was there on a very small cruise ship and we had a ball, both onshore and on the ship. After over 1,000 days on medium sized cruise ships I was leery of a small one, but loved it for Cuba as we were really in a more "up close and personal situation". We spent three "full" days on shore in Havana and environs, one full day in Cienfuegos, one in Trinidad and one is San o n the east coast. Each day we took an excellent 4-5 day tour that was included in the fare (all were very good tours with excellent guides). The smaller buses, all Russian built and mainly government owned, were just fine in my opinion. After our tour of the day were were free to roam as we wished, without restrictions. That was wonderful. Folks were always wanting to talk with us, some in a rather academic manner and some more casual chat. We did NOT talk of politics in either country. Our guides, however were willing to have more in depth talks about life in Cuba, the government, etc. Several times one guide would respond to a more sensitive question with - Well in guide training were wee told to say -------, but in my opinion and answer is ---------. Certainly some responses sounded a bit more like wording from a government t issued Tour Guide Book, but we seldom noticed that. The ONE thing that I REALLY SECOND from above - the walking surfaces. WOW, NOT what we are used to. I longed for a good old dirt road. I have two semi-bum knees and some relatively minor balance issues and I had to be so very, very careful. Havana had the best roads and sidewalks, but even there there were many cobbled surfaces, curb heights of 10-12 inches were common, missing stones, FEW if ANY hand rails for steps, drop-offs, etc. I did take a pair of tracking poles and used them for most of my walking. However, Havana was wonderful compared to the other ports. Wow, I had many a private celebrations after making it safely one more block or across one more street. Despite some moments of terror at where to place my foot next (due to my balance issues) I love the visit and would return to the same terrorizing streets Opps - have to go to a meeting. Moe later if time allows.
  10. Remember the horse racing games well - and then, for a long cruise that included time in Kenya, we had a giraffe race one day where passengers were invited to bring a wooden giraffes that they had purchased, after the giraffes' required time in the ship's freezer. (Killed bugs they said.) In the races I participated in my giraffe was approximately 6-7" tall, raced as "Tiny". Largest was over 7 feet tall.
  11. Around 15 years ago we went to the very edge of the Polar Ice Cap. Nice to say that you have been there but not much else. Now I love sea days so I did not regret being on the cruise, but the trip from Longyearbyen to the ice cap was just like any trip over open water. The ice cap interesting but after a few moments passengers wee ready to move on. That said - i found visiting Longyearbyn very interesting as was the rest of the cruise up the coast of Norway. Going north we went as far as the Captain thought safe.
  12. The common anti-gravity recliners I am very familiar with in no way resemble what most would expect to see for a recliner. In terms of the ship, I would have no problem brining an anti-gravity recliner - many suitcases take far less space than a folded anti-gravity recliner. When folded mine is approximately 5" deep, "30 high and 24" wide. Now for airlines - too wide for overhead bins, but if properly contained - it should not be a problem as checked baggage - although it could be damaged bouncing around. For travel purposes, I would tie it shut (unable to unfold), and put it in some sort of cloth bag - perhaps hand stitched. If flying is involved, I would check with my airline about how to best pack it and minimize the baggage fee.
  13. I do NOT know if HAL allows a recliner for medical reasons or not, but what I do understand that for long cruises, like the Grands and WC - they stopped shipping recliners as part of the "no additional charge" luggage shipping program for early reservations. If you have not already, I certainly would check with your specifics before assuming some passenger related information is correct.
  14. Perhaps I missed this, but you can also get eggs in the AM soft and hard boiled.
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