Posted March 10th, 2018, 10:35 AM
OP- Welcome to Cruise Critic!
I would be interested on how you addressed the following:
Your bills Nearly everything can be paid using our iDevices and WiFi. We do it the same way at home.
Your mail It is delivered to a locked box down the street that is large enough to hold at least a week’s worth. Our neighbor collects it periodically. We use the USPS Informed Delivery app to view what is delivered each day.
Your home We use WiFi to remotely monitor our home. Also, neighbors keep a close eye on it and we have a security system. It is much easier for us to leave for months in the winter when the yard is not an issue. We have arrangements in place for the snow to be shoveled.
Your car We use Stabil in the gas tanks and disconnect the batteries.
Your medicines This is the hardest part when traveling for more than 90 days. Mostly I have enough carryover of my meds to last at least four months now but I have also had some success getting vacation waivers from health insurance to get six months filled at one time or I have two prescriptions with slightly different dosages and insurance will fill them both before I leave.
The overall experience of over three months at sea We’ve done it for eight years now, so we must enjoy it. Three months is too short, five months is too long and four months is juuuuusssssstttt riiiiiiigghhhtt.
I’ve blogged about our winters at sea for seven years. We have many wonderful memories.
For all our extended travels, we have never personally experienced exactly the situation the OP is asking about in a US port; however, we did disembark the Pacific Princess once in LA when it was on the World Cruise and I don’t remember hearing that the ship had to be zeroed out.
1280 days ~ 128 cruises ~ 29 ships ~ 20 years ~ 6 continents ~ 5 cruise lines
1 happy cruiser!!
My travel diary from Winters spent at sea: