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  1. Sent the passport in towards the end of September and received notice today that it is on its way so a bit over 2 months total.
  2. Sent my passport request in recently and will see how long it takes. Sorry to hear GE is taking so long for some of you. We renewed ours recently and those came back quickly.
  3. Not at all for us. And I'm prone to motion sickness too. I brought dramamine and ginger with me but didn't need either of them.
  4. Last year we had an aft balcony and one morning it was clear enough and we could actually see far enough that the ship sailing away from us disappeared from the bottom up. Round earth + relaxing, amazing wake.
  5. The ticketmaster analogy is interesting, but I don't think it holds over that well. Is ticketmaster building new stadiums or concert venues? Is it spending money to maintain the stadiums or venues and keep them actively running with the equivalent of crew members on them even as the money making events are cancelled? I don't see that much of the usual cruise industry costs have gone down as of yet... Except they are probably using a lot less toilet paper and food (although perhaps they have contracts for those they must still meet)?
  6. When we were there last year we read that the cruise passengers don't need the nature tag.
  7. Thanks. That was interesting. I agree about the title being misleading...
  8. When we cancelled Sat 3/28, we were told 7--10 business days for the refund (no word yet). I asked for a cancellation confirmation by email but was told no, although I do have a confirmation number. I had cancelled my pre-purchased excursions on 3/25 and received notification of those today, even though the receipts for those said within 30 days.
  9. Interesting idea. How do you book a fictitious person when you need to put in a passport or similar for them?
  10. Not on Explorer but on other ships. We did hear some noise from exercise classes one time and from them moving around equipment another. If you want to be sure of quiet, the fitness center isn't generally a great idea.
  11. The length of time and distance made it worth it to select the excursion from the ship when we did. We took the one with snorkeling and loved it: Pitons Cruise & Snorkel (also 4 hours) Cruise the rugged west coast of St. Lucia to its iconic geological landmarks, the Pitons. Thrill to the up-close sight of the two towering volcanic peaks that rise dramatically from the depths of the Caribbean. The crew anchors in a sheltered bay for snorkeling in calm, clear waters filled with colorful tropical fish and coral, and it's a short swim to reach a quiet beach.
  12. On our Explorer of the Seas Cruise on Dec 13-22 a group of Doctor Who fans and celebrity guests were on board. We weren't a part of that group, but ran into some of them on the boat.
  13. we really liked te amo beach for snorkeling.
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