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    Westlake OH
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    RCL, Holland, Celebrity, Carnival, NCL

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  1. I got a notice that final payment is due on my 2/21 cruise. Regretfully, I cancelled. I did take a credit for a future cruise (nontransferrable). Maybe I'll be able to cruise in another year or two for a 69th or 70th birthday....but right now, I'm not too optimistic. Even with travel insurance & a Medigap policy that has some travel coverage, I wouldn't want to risk getting Covid at sea or in a foreign port. And a vaccine for Covid that only has 50% efficacy just doesn't give me enough comfort to risk my health to take this kind of vacation, especially with risk factors. On a differe
  2. Farmersfight - Your advice is terrific and practical - thank you! My daughter & her spouse are health care professionals, and a son is a health care professional doing some Covid research work. He just got engaged to a doctor. They sound like aliens to me when they get started talking about Covid, viruses, vaccines etc. Anyway, thank you again. Your comment and info were actually understandable LOL. Mally 900: I'll take a look at Road Scholar's offerings too. I've only taken one organized tour, but it was a very positive experience. I took a bus tour with Trafalg
  3. I hadn't really considered the loss of the social aspects of solo cruising until I read the OP's post. I would have said that I wasn't social anymore (widow - late 60's) so it didn't apply to me. At this point, I just enjoy the ocean, reading & relaxing, and the familiarity of cruising. Last year I did manage to take a bucket list cruise to the Mediterranean that had a lot of excursions, as well as my traditional solo "birthday" cruise in February to get out of winter weather. After reading OP's post, I realized that a large part of my enjoyment from cruising still comes fro
  4. Thanks FastPitchDad -- that's exactly the info that I needed!!!!
  5. Yes, I was hoping for something right at the airport (senior, dragging a cruise suitcase after a very long day of travel with a few transfers. I know I'm going to be physically very wiped out. I was hoping to minimize having to call & then wait for a shuttle -- especially if planes are delayed and I end up getting in very late..
  6. Off topic, but this reminded me of a prior cruise. When our kids were teens, we'd book them into an interior cabin across the hall from our cabin. I'd always get an extra key for their cabin. They never knew when Mom would check compliance with curfew or check if they were keeping their cabin tidy. Imagine my shock when I used my key one afternoon to check their cabin, turned on the light...and discovered one of my high school sons in bed with a college girl.... When I had A TALK WITH HIM, he told me that my instructions to the kids were not to go into anyone else's cabin. I had apparent
  7. Not sure if this is the right thread, but I'm hoping someone who has used the Port of Bayonne can give me a quick suggestion. It's been awhile since I've cruised out of Bayonne. I'll have one suitcase. What would be an appropriate tip for the porter when I drop off my suitcase?
  8. I was browsing the RCL app for my upcoming Anthem cruise, and saw a notice that they will be selling WOW bands on the 1st day. I saw a post from 2018 that said the WOW band ($4.95) worked the same as a Sign & Sail card as a room key and for charging drinks. Are they still $4.95, and are they really a benefit? I've never minded carrying a card, so I'm trying to understand whether the wristbands are useful or not.
  9. Interestingly, I didn't get a Royal Up invitation to bid this time (solo, in a JS -- same agent that I usually use). I have gotten invitations when cruising with someone else with no problem. I went to the site by myself and put in a bid...but then I was also locked out once when I wanted to see if the bid range had changed. I was told it was a "glitch."
  10. I've cruised to AK on Celebrity, NCL and HAL (widow-67). I cruise a lot w/RCL, and our family had cruised a lot with Carnival in the past. I also wasn't a fan of Celebrity. I prefer a more informal style, and (just bad luck) met some pretentious, unfriendly people on Celebrity. I also wasn't crazy about my NCL cruise in AK, although their prices are usually good. The NCL cruise had some cold & rainy weather, so passengers were inside a lot. The ship felt very crowded. Weather in AK is always a gamble though. On that NCL cruise, sometimes port time was barely enough
  11. Congratulations! Can I ask approx. what was your successful bid? I have one that's still pending for a Feb cruise...not optimistic, but eternally hopeful.
  12. People say that it's possible. I've always gotten my rejections at the last minute (very late on the night before I cruise). I check how much the next category of cabin would be when I make my reservation, and weigh whether to upgrade when booking. I usually book a balcony or a JS at least 6 mos.+ before the cruise. When Royal Up opens for bidding, I don't bid for any upgrade that would cost more than if I had just bought it in the first place. My bids usually are in the mid-range of "fair." The odds of getting into a balcony from an interior cabin appear better, esp. on b
  13. Good tips - something I hadn't thought much about (I'll be taking another cruise in 2 weeks). I ran low on one of my meds on a Mediterranean cruise last October. I was traveling with one of my kids who is a clinical pharmacist. He dragged me into a pharmacy in Greece, and spoke to the pharmacist. It turned out my prescription medicine is actually available over the counter in Greece, for about the same price! Anyway, it makes sense to bring at least one extra week of pills. Thanks for all the ideas!
  14. Like Island Lady, I usually get my rejections very late at night or early in the morning of the day that I cruise. I'm usually in a JS bidding for a GS. The odds of an empty GS in the Royal Up pool are probably lower just based on the number of them on the ship, but you never know 😀.
  15. Thanks - this helps. Arrival after 2 flights is scheduled around 9 pm or so...but with delays & time to get luggage, I'm not optimistic.
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