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BarbinMich

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  1. The notice about the cancelled ports reported the $100. Won't know if it's credited to my ship account til I board, but I assume that's what they're doing.
  2. I''m on the Eurodam 11/14-11/24. Awhile back they cancelled Aruba and Curacao (my favorite island) and gave us a measly $100 for the inconvenience. That shortened the length from 10 to 8 days.
  3. Interesting! I have a cruise at the same time on my other line (HAL) and they've dropped Curacao and Aruba (got a measly $100 for the "inconvenience). I assume it was because those islands don't want cruise ships yet.
  4. 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. 😒
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. But on most TAs on this route, one doesn't go outside much as I recall.
  8. The alternative offered might work for me since I'm retired. Another good thing about the later date is less likelihood of hurricane problems.
  9. 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.
  10. My card says shots administered by OCHD, which I know stands for Oakland County Health Dept. Hope that's good enough!
  11. 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>
  12. 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.
  13. 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) the passenger ships (except for the Carnival Destiny) would dock in the canal with room for the oilers to pass by. The Outrabanda has seen much development in the last 20 years or so with some resorts and shops on that side. The Punda side is the main business/shopping/restaurant area. I believe Venezuela farmers still bring their produce on boats to the market area on that side. It's a unique island in the Caribbean IMHO and I love it.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 😉
  16. 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.
  17. Looks good to me! Have always gotten several spa treatments + the thermal suite on our TAs, not so much on cruises to the Caribbean.
  18. True, that there were no Canadian ports on our now-cancelled cruise. But the ship was not going to be doing the Canadian cruises because of COVID, as far as I know.
  19. We've done 4 cruises to Alaska over the years; three were in May/June time period and one in Sept. I strongly disliked the Sept. cruise as Glacier Bay, e.g., was pretty much devoid of snow; plus had a lot of rain on that cruise. May is my favorite; has almost always been sunny and Glacier Bay is beautiful with lots of snow cover on the mountains. I see your proposed itinerary does Hubbard Glacier rather than Glacier Bay. IMHO it's far inferior to GB, but I guess Celebrity still doesn't have access to Glacier Bay. Our first Alaskan cruise did Hubbard Glacier and it was OK, but not after one has seen Glacier Bay in the spring/early summer. Enjoy!
  20. I just checked and could not log in with my relatively recently changed password, but can log in with my old password. Go figure. . .
  21. We sailed out of NJ on a Celebrity cruise a few years ago and, yes, it's thrilling to go under the bridge! That was our first cruise out of NYC area; so many cruises ended at Red Hook in the predawn hours--Lady Liberty was such a nice sight, all lit-up.
  22. I've been the old locks both ways and several times. I never stay in the cabin but roam around the open decks for various views. I will admit I did stay in the cabin once as the ship was being lowered--our cabin was an outside on Plaza deck and I just wanted to see what the "view" was like as the ship was lowered--seemed very close to the wall when one is sitting on the large sill of the window!
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