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    Travel, hiking, hiking while traveling
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    I’m not even loyal to my siblings
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    Anything across the pond

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  1. For clarity, Ncl accepts the single vax card from J&J.
  2. I would sail that RCL itinerary without hesitation. Sitka is one of my more favorite ports in Alaska as it hasn't yet built up the diamond international stretch like the typical 3 (Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway). Plus, I prefer Skagway to IPS. I've had some of my best calving at Dawes but that is just luck of the draw. Don't get me wrong. GNP is exceptional, but RCL offers a good trade off. If you think the Observation lounge is nice for viewing, Two70 lounge is perhaps the best venue at sea for that sort of thing. The Ovation was built for cool weather sailing with many features inside like bumper cars, trapeze, etc if that is your thing. Northstar would be amazing in port on a clear day and RipCord is in my top 3 favorite things to do on a cruise ship. I like the Aways' for the waterfront feature but I'm not sure how much that would be used on an Alaska sailing. Of course, Ovation is missing district Brew House and O'Sheehans for DH lol. Personal preference of course, but I think both the RCL itinerary and ship is superior for an Alaskan Cruise, but in reality you really can't go wrong with either and I'm grateful for the choice.
  3. Ovation Balcony is even cheaper if interested in trying RCL.
  4. I've been monitoring pricing for October Encore. We ended up committing to a 3 week hiking trip thru Grand Teton/Yellowstone (crossing fingers for some snow to clear the air), but maybe someone else can benefit from the lowered prices. These are just published fares. You can expect another 10% off plus some additional SBC if you use a brokerage agency. I do expect prices to drop another 10-15% as time draws nearer.
  5. Wow, instead of "Girl on a Train" you had "Girl on an Awning". I'm a firm believer that we often find ourselves exactly where we are supposed to be. Saving a life is no small feat, it means you are in harmony with the karma gods. Thank you for the entire review. You have a great outlook on travel and hit a home run in the gratitude department. Best.
  6. That's the best bait and switch I've ever read about! Where do I sign up 🙂
  7. No need to pay $3. Just google "CDC vaccination card blank" and click images. There are thousands. Actually, some universities in Michigan have given up checking and if they are it's cursory. They need the tuition money.
  8. The way I remember it is that the ship was green very briefly, like only one day (perhaps that was the day you boarded?). It went green (before any sailings), yellow, green (briefly), orange (briefly), and has remained yellow. I still believe it's been covid since the first sailing, it's just taken a bit of time for the covid to spread. None of this would prevent me from boarding the Encore today 🙂
  9. Perhaps you can find this family on Social Media and ask them directly? It's a long shot, but until we get first hand reports of what NCL covers (or doesn't') we are all just guessing. The language I don't like is "assist"....... wth does assist mean? Anyway, this family was denied boarding the Encore and did have to quarantine in Seattle. They have first hand experience if you can get in touch with them somehow.
  10. I don't believe that is accurate. I believe the Encore identified Covid on its very first sailing August 7th. That is when the ship moved from Green to Yellow on the CDC chart. It could have come onboard with the non-revenue generating special sailing that occurred the week prior, or the crew could have brought it as they traveled from Aruba to Alaska, but the ship went yellow on it's very first cruise. I get that there are other possibilities for a ship to go to yellow on the CDC chart, but given the circumstances I'd bet my farm it was actually covid and not a CLI or missed report. However; I do agree it was the 8/21 sailing that had the first eyewitness report of a guest being off loaded with the hazmat suits (or whatever the suits are called).
  11. Yesterday the Breakaway was listed as heading to Gibralter tomorrow, but today it's listed as "Destination not available". Maybe this is a normal glitch? You do such a good job with tracking ship location, have you ever seen this before?
  12. Yesterday the Breakaway was listed as arriving in Gibraltar tomorrow (Sept 8th). Today it's destination "not available", although thankfully she is still sailing west.
  13. C'mon... Jamie didn't suggest anything of the sort. We can tell by your signature that you are a NCL loyalist (which is, or course, absolutely fine), but to be blind to their shortcomings in this situation is a bit naïve. The entry into Bermuda is onerous, more so than any other port I am aware of. A heads up from NCL is appropriate, if even to apologize that they missed communication at the 21 day mark as promised but they are working on updating the protocols. AFter all, they are the ones who stated 21 days. Personally, the longer NCL waits to inform guests the more I'm inclined to think this ship isn't headed to Bermuda at all. Something strange is going on. Yesterday the ship was listed as arrival in Gibraltar tomorrow. Today the destination is "not available" (although it is still sailing west which is a good sign). I get that things remain extremely fluid and all the cruise lines are struggling with constant changes, but NCL stated they would inform guests of protocols 21 days out. That has come and gone without an update or apology. NCL can do better.
  14. Next stop Gibraltar on September 8th 🙂
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