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    Detroit suburbs
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    travel, genealogy, photography, gardening
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    Princess, Celebrity, HAL
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  1. I'm not cruising until next April (was supposed to cruise in Nov. this year, now glad I have time to figure all this stuff out). Currently I do not own a smartphone and never have. Sounds like it's a necessary purchase now. 😒
  2. I appreciate the original poster's post as I'm in the same situation: sailing solo (for the first time) and without a smartphone. Also appreciate the responses!
  3. We have been to Hawaii many times, the first time on a cruise. After that we would go for 2 wks in Jan (live in Mich.), staying one week at a rented condo apt on one island and the 2nd week on a different island. As I recall there really aren't many good walks on any of the islands except Honolulu where there are loads of sidewalks. On the other islands we always rented a car so we could drive to some of the sights. On most of the other islands, sidewalks are limited to just the main town; otherwise you need a car or go on a tour.
  4. But on most TAs on this route, one doesn't go outside much as I recall.
  5. The alternative offered might work for me since I'm retired. Another good thing about the later date is less likelihood of hurricane problems.
  6. Just got word that my Oct 2022 WB TA on the Emerald has been cancelled. This is my second cancelled cruise: this year's CB from NYC to the Caribbean was the first. At least I hadn't made any lodging/airfare reservations for the 2022 cruise as I had for this year's cancelled cruise.
  7. My card says shots administered by OCHD, which I know stands for Oakland County Health Dept. Hope that's good enough!
  8. Thanks to a fellow 11/11 baby! Unfortunately, the cruise has been cancelled. 😪 It was a repositioning cruise on the Caribbean P from the NE/Canada itinerary to the Caribbean; I was to board in NYC, which I've never done (altho have departed from the NJ terminal on a Celebrity ship). My next cruise on another line is in January. Hopefully, by then things will be back to the "new" normal. BTW, were you upset as I was when 11/11 became a federal holiday on our birthday? i.e. no mail with birthday cards <g>
  9. After reading this thread, glad my next cruise isn't until April 2022. Was supposed to cruise on the CB in Nov., but that one was cancelled. I don't currently have a smartphone so I guess I have to buy one before next April.
  10. We've been to all those islands multiple times. I've snorkeled at all four, as I remember. Curacao is my favorite island as I love the Dutch influence, esp. the architecture. It's an easy place to walk around, even though the two "sides" (Punda [east side] and Outrabanda [west side]) are separated by a canal leading from the ocean to an large lagoon where there's a refinery for oil from nearby Venezuela. There is a pedestrian swing- bridge over the canal so that the ships can pass. There might be a ship traversing the canal while you're there. Back in our early days there (1999-2005) th
  11. After reading this thread, glad my next Princess cruise isn't until April 2022 (was supposed to cruise on the CB in Nov 2021, but that's been cancelled). Hopefully by then things will be running more smoothly.
  12. Now I'm glad my 11/6/21 cruise on the Caribbean was cancelled! My next Princess cruise is not until next April so, hopefully, things will have been smoothed out. And I just may buy the necessary smart phone 😉
  13. I have done 32 cruises for 361 days on Princess--it's been our favorite cruise line! I am also without a smart phone and see no need for one (I'm 75). So I think Princess could have an alternative for folks like me.
  14. Looks good to me! Have always gotten several spa treatments + the thermal suite on our TAs, not so much on cruises to the Caribbean.
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