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About Saturngrl

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  • Location
    Central Florida
  • Interests
    Cruises, volunteer work, wine, my job
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Royal Caribbean
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call

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  1. January 2019 to CoCo Cay, St. Maartin, and San Juan on the Allure.
  2. Florida is open! The theme parks vary a bit in their safety measures. Disney has not re-opened their shows and dinner shows, nor has resumed parades. All of the theme parks required masks and have enhanced their cleaning. Restaurants are open, with most having put up tall barriers between booths and distanced their tables. I work in healthcare and can report with our current open practices, our COVID infection rate is currently ranked in the middle of the county, next to California which remains closed for the most part. Due to Florida's high level of senior adults living
  3. I agree time will tell.... I am a healthcare worker who has received my shots. I see COVID every day at my job. I must admit the discussion is a bit tedious for me. Before COVID, the biggest nastiest easily-transmissible bug was Norovirus. My practice has never wavered in regard to preventing getting a communicable disease on a ship (or anywhere I travel). Upon 1st entry to my cabin, I wipe every solid surface down with a disinfectant wipe and use a UV wand on the linens. I also carry hand sanitizer with me and use the ship-provided hand sanitizer every time I pass one.
  4. In the past, we would arrive at the port early and board with the Concierge class group. If we boarded before the 11:30 Concierge luncheon, we would head up to one of the specialty restaurants to book our reservations for the number of nights of the package we purchased. Then, we headed down to the MDR for the Concierge embarkation luncheon knowing we had all of our specialty dining nights planned! How this will work in the future with proposed enforced boarding times...we will wait and see....
  5. I just made final payment on our 11/20/2021 Reflection cruise. I, too, hope there will be a hard requirement for vaccination prior to cruising, or documentation for the clinical reason for no vaccination. I'm all for strict adherence of masking in public areas on board. Enforcement of use of hand sanitizers plus distancing between seats in public areas is also a must on my list. I disagree with cruise-sponsored excursions in port. Why group people on a bus with little to no social distancing to go to a crowded location, especially for those of us who have been vaccinated and
  6. I agree with the TA recommendation! I will never try to book a cruise directly through the cruise line again....learned that lesson the hard way.
  7. I love Concierge! Benefits for me: 1. Dedicated check in line, pre-embarkation lounge and earlier embarkation based upon status/class 2. Embarkation lunch in the MDR. Granted the menu is limited, but it's so nice to set your carry-on bag down in a safe area to be waited upon without the buffet crowds. 3. Welcome bottle of wine/bubbly and green apples in your stateroom. 4. Desirable cabin locations on quieter decks. 5. The Concierge is very helpful when needed. 6. Sometimes the ship will host a Concierge-only event. We were welcomed to sailaway with fre
  8. I work in healthcare and all of this mask talk bothers me. Yes, masks provide a degree of protection. The biggest way to prevent the spread of any infection is hand hygiene. Before COVID, the big fear in cruising was Norovirus. My ritual upon first entering my assigned stateroom is to wipe down every hard surface with disinfectant wipes. I use a UV wand on the bedding. I also consider every public surface on the ship to be contaminated and use the hand sanitizers frequently on the ship, as well as my own. I also avoid touching my face until I've washed my hands or used hand sanitiz
  9. As a health care professional who has witnessed COVID, the seasonal flu, pneumonia and other communicable diseases in action, I understand the initial need for cruise lines to restrict passenger travel in ports. This is a temporary measure and, although I don't like it, will accept it if my fundraising cruise happens this February.
  10. Senator Rick Scott is pushing the CDC to open cruising sooner rather than later. He cited 150,000 jobs in Florida depending on this. Fingers are crossed!
  11. The feeling of "Aaaaaah" when the Muster Drill is over and our cruise begins!
  12. In addition to the above-mentioned perks, I also love the Concierge-only dedicated lounge on disembarkation day. The caffeine and pastry offerings are a nice send-off perk and no waiting in crowded public areas to disembark.
  13. I just called Celebrity about our November 2021 sailing. Sadly, my reservation is under a group booking and currently not eligible for this offer. I hope my TA will be able to help with this, but will still be happy to be on a Celebrity ship next year!
  14. Cruises are also huge fundraisers for not-for-profit charities. I serve as Board President for one and our organization will take a big financial hit if our February 2, 2021 cruise gets cancelled. I just read the letter and am appalled that the CDC has failed to comply with previous requests by congress for records and documentation. CDC is non-compliant, so why should the cruise lines be punished? Before COVID 19, the big fear on cruise ships was Norovirus. I will continue to do the same thing on future cruises that I did to prevent Norovirus: Wipe down
  15. I do both. Tip at least $1 -$2 per drink (depending if I'm sitting at the bar, or being served away from the bar). I also choose a fave bar on the 1st or 2nd day, and tip a specific wonderful bartender $20. That goes a long way toward developing the relationship with that crew member for superior service the remainder of the cruise!
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