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  1. I will check it out, especially if we are limited to only using ship excursions, I'm betting that Carnival will have one to Maya Chan - I know they have one to Tabyana Beach in Roatan.
  2. We have a good, strong relationship and frankly, my husband and I are fun, and funny. We made sure that Alex was schooled in the classics like Monty Python, Ferris Bueller, All things John Hughes, science fiction, and Bruce Lee through Jackie Chan, and I think my proudest moment came when, at the tender age of 10, he turned to me during the Blues Brothers movie and told me "man, Mom-that lady (Aretha Franklin) can REALLY sing!" I introduced him to Journey when he was in his heavy metal phase and now we share a love of Celtic and Irish music, acapella, and harder stuff like Sabaton and Flogging Molly. Al likes smooth jazz, which Alex and I can't stand, but those two share a love of history, airplanes and trains. We are all artists and designers and enjoy "making stuff". Alex and I are driving to Ballahack Airsoft Fields in Chesapeake, VA this December with his roommate. There's a post-apocalypse role playing survival game called Revelations, now in it's 11th year. They are contestants, I'm just a merchant. Sharing interests is possible, even with a 26 year old. He LIKES being with us.
  3. Hi NIATPAC29 !! Glad to see another cruiser join the roll call. I'm also curious about Maya Chan after Jeff's glowing endorsement !
  4. I'm very glad that you are both ok ! The cruise lines just had a Come to Jesus meeting in Miami so I think that they have had enough and are going to push back against the lockdown on cruising. I really hope that you get your cruise in November but I'm sure that you will get it in January. ; ) I think that we will go to Tabyana in Roatan, the snorkeling was very good when we were there the last time, and hit one of the resort/restaurant beaches in Cozumel. Last time I was in Costa Maya the beaches were full of seaweed so we will spend the day exploring Mardi Gras. You guys must be very close to Florida ports ! I wish that we were close enough to drive to ports. Kristine
  5. Good morning, Jeff !! I'm not sure why Mardi Gras isn't complete, the original completion date was in November 2019 ! I know they had some sort of setback early on and I know Covid shut down the shipyards briefly, but it really should be near completion. The first sailing is supposed to be in February 2021! I've already booked the Horizon January 2022 with my family and 3 oldest grandsons. I would also like to do a Mexican Riviera Princess cruise in October 2022 but they don't have anything after April 2022 yet. We haven't been to any of the ports on this cruise. We are looking forward to Grand Cayman and Cozumel but we will likely not get past Margaritaville when in Ocho Rios. I have trip insurance but decided against the possible injuries climbing Dunn's Falls. I'm 67 right now and I prefer the relative safety of the pool in port. The kids can risk all when they vacation with my daughter and her husband. It looks like they have cool water toys in Cayman and beaches for me. I just hope that they are still in business when we get there. The jury is still out on Cozumel. Inclusives seem expensive since the only one who drinks alcohol is me, and I won't drink when in the water - and I am ALWAYS in the water. I hope that we can just find a nice beach with a good restaurant and maybe lounges, and an umbrella for my husband, who burns easily. We all agree about how relaxing it is to cruise, my husband says it's the only way to really get away from your life, and by life, he means job. He designs trade show exhibits, TV sets, retail fixtures and themed environments for corporate meetings. It sounds so glamorous but it's not. It's very stressful and creatives are rarely treated well. Right now the company he works for is one of the last design companies left standing here in the Twin Cities. By now, it may be the only one. There's no word when, or if, any of the other ones will ever open up again. Right now his company is doing "virtual" sets instead of building custom sets. Trade shows are cancelled way into 2021. I hope that you, your family, and your friends are not suffering from this economic shutdown. What cruises do you have booked before May? Carnival actually seems to be chomping at the bit to sail again, and Celebrity too. If your cruises do sail, ports may change if ports refuse to let the ships dock. But for me, it's really all about the ship and being out on the ocean. The visiting of different ports is just icing on the cake. kristine
  6. HELLO !! I'd have said hello sooner but I didn't get a notification that there was a response - then I remembered that we changed our email address and I'll bet I forgot to update my account! Anyhow - so glad to have you on board with us. We are staying in Orlando so we can do Epcot and Volcano Bay. I hope everything is fairly normalized by then, especially since I refuse to accept this as the "new normal". I believe that particular phase was coined by people with very low expectations from life. I'm confident that embarkation bugs will get ironed out quickly and I'm certain that with all the specialized cleaning that will still need to be done on top of the regular cabin turn, they will figure out a way to get us out and off as quickly as possible! I'm curious about which ports will open, and when. So far only the Bahamas seems hungry for visitors. Hope all is well with you kristine
  7. Thanks everyone for your input. I'll probably have to wait and see what's open, and when. I just can't wait to cruise again!!
  8. alexmom

    Beach in Cozumel

    We're sailing to Cozumel on the Mardi Gras in May 2021. I've never been there and I'm looking for a good beach, not more than 1/2 hour from the port. My husband and son don't drink alcohol and I won't touch it either if I'm going in the water - and I WILL be going in the water!! I had looked at one place, but it was all inclusive and we won't be drinking the alcohol. We'll need food, juice, chairs and a bathroom. Should I look at hotels with day passes like I did in Puerto Vallarta ? Thank you for any help you can give me, Kristine
  9. Hi ! I'm sailing on the Horizon in January 2022 with my son (26) and my grandsons (15-17) and I think that they will be bored with me dragging them to yet another beach unless I can blow their minds with some cool water toys. Don't ask me what kind I'm looking for, because I'm clueless about what's out there. I would really love to hear from other people about their experiences with this subject and even beach suggestions for me ! My husband and I have sailed many places in the Caribbean but never to Grand Cayman. Thank you for whatever info you have. Kristine
  10. It looks like I'm the first one to start this roll call ! I will be on with my husband and my son, Alex, for his 26th birthday. His first cruise was on the Carnival Dream for his 17th birthday! We are all very excited but sad for the people whose Mardi Gras cruises were cancelled. I'm certainly hoping that she will start sailing in February. At least in May it will still have "that new ship smell" !! LOL I know Alex is really looking forward to the roller coaster and going back to Roatan to snorkel. Al and I are really eager to take him to Jiji's Asian and Bonsai sushi. I doubt that we'll do the Bonsai teppanyaki again, although it is far better than Benihana, we will have already eaten at Benihana days before boarding Mardi Gras. I hope others join the roll call, introduce yourselves, and share your favorite things about cruising and cruise ports. warm regards, Kristine
  11. Thanks for the link, I very much enjoyed reading it. I've never tried Sabatini's but I was also unimpressed with my steak at the Crown Grill and probably won't go back, even though the service there was impeccable. My first time on Royal Princess I never even went to the dining room. The food at the buffet was so fresh and delicious and interesting that we didn't feel the need. There's always too much food on my plate in the dining room and it makes me feel badly about wasting food. At the buffet I can always grab fruit and a couple tiny bites of something that looks or smells interesting and then go do something else. If I get hungry in 3-4 hours, I can do it again. A really good steak is the only way to get me to voluntarily sit at a table for an hour, LOL.
  12. Do you know where to find MDR menus for the Mexican Riviera cruise ? I'm having trouble finding current menus for the Royal Princess at all !I would appreciate any information on the subject. Thanks. kristine
  13. OMGosh !! This is awesome ! I can't wait to head to In&Out when we hit San Pedro pre-cruise ! We're at the BWPlus but will make our way to Burger Nirvana before 7 days of cruise food, which will contain ZERO burgers !! kristine
  14. Thanks, I have the lyft app on my phone. I have used both lyft and uber in Florida. I have also used shuttles several times. I've never used a taxi because of the prohibitive expense and because they drive soooo sloooowwww. At least they do here in Minnesota. Execucar is also an expensive alternative I won't be using. I don't need the rock bottom cheapest ride but I don't want to bleed money out of my eyeballs. I can vaguely remember having issues with uber picking me up at POM, or maybe it was at the airport in FLL. One of those cities makes pick ups difficult for any company that isn't a taxicab. Apparently LA doesn't do that ???
  15. We are flying into LAX for a Princess cruise out of the Port of LA in October. We always come in a day early and stay a day later, so we'll need to get from LAX to the BWPlus in San Pedro. What are our options for airport to hotel ? We've always cruised out of Florida, plus San Pedro is too far from the airport for a hotel shuttle. I wouldn't know which shuttle service to call in California. We're flying in on Friday and out on a Sunday. I have no idea what kind of traffic we would be dealing with either, especially a Friday late morning. I would love any information or tips you can give me ! warm regards, kristine
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