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Warm Breezes

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    Michigan
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    Reading, Cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Which ever one I am on.
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Where ever my cruise takes me.

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  1. We rented a motor home and are about to head to ND to visit DS and doing some biking/golf/camping in Medora. It may be our only chance to see him this year. He was going to be coming home to be in our best friends son's wedding in September but they just decided this weekend to go with a small wedding in Vegas and renew their vows and have a reception September 2021 instead. So now DS will be heading to Vegas instead of coming home to MI for a visit😔
  2. We currently have a cruise booked on the Mardi Gras for December. I have a strong feeling it will be canceled and even if it doesn't we will likely push it back to October of next year. In it's place we have decided to rent a 35 ft motor home and are heading out to ND to visit our DS next month. DD and her boyfriend will be coming with us. The plan is to pick DS up in Minot and head out to Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Medora for some sightseeing, biking and golfing. This, IMHO, is the safest way to travel right now. We don't have to stop anywhere to use public restrooms since we will be self contained and I will make sure to have all groceries picked up curb side before we leave. This will be as safe as we can go and I will get to see my son whom I haven't seen since Christmas. But I will definitely miss my cruise and we will be booking the same room, same ship and try again for next year. Not canceling just pushing it back a year. I have to say that this trip to ND is ending up being much more expensive than our booked cruise with an Aft Balcony room was and we have to do all the cooking and cleaning (ughh). But we have 2 more people going with us, plus the dog and the cat, and picking up a 3rd so I guess that evens that out a little bit. So we will see if our vacation turns out a little more like RV (with Robin Williams) than National Lampoon's Vacation 😅.
  3. Did not choose to share a table before Covid-19. Will not choose to share a table after Covid-19.
  4. First, to get to a really nice affordable AI I would probably need to fly there. Flying is definitely not appealing to me any time soon. We can drive, which we don’t mind doing, to many different cruise ports. Second, an AI could never rock me to sleep like a cruise ship can. An important part of being on the ocean. For me, my favorite place to enjoy the ocean is on a cruise ship with a large balcony room. My favorite place to enjoy land would be to head to the canyons and mountains out west in a motor home. Those are my 2 favorite places to be. I’m not a beach person (I burn easily, don’t like swimming with creatures, and hate sand getting into everything), nor do I like the snow (can’t wait until we can leave Michigan behind), nor am I fan of big cities. To each his own.
  5. First, I doubt I will ever book and inside or oceanview room again. It will be at least a balcony with an Aft Balcony being preferred. If I am going to be stuck on a ship I want to be able to get some fresh air and see the ocean. Second, I will start carrying my prescriptions in their bottles with at least 2-3 more weeks more than my vacation plans. Third, not any different, but we will continue to dine with just our cruising companions. Fourth, when going to public events we will be more diligent in finding areas to sit that away from the crowds or we will skip them if we can't find a place. We pretty much kept to ourselves to begin with but will do more so now. We don't cruise to socialize. We cruise to relax and spend time with each other in a place where we are pampered and taken care of. All I need is a place to sit and enjoy the ocean.
  6. Our next cruise is booked on Carnival Mardi Gras in December. Aft Balcony.
  7. We have an Aft Balcony booked on deck 14. Currently working from home and dreaming of December.
  8. I'll be doing the same thing. See you there.
  9. I always go to check my credit balance the last night and then go to the casino and down load that amount into my casino account before I cash out my casino account with the casino cashier.
  10. Same here. I am waiting for my funds to become available before purchasing CCL and NCL stock.
  11. We are booked in December so no plans for us to cancel. However, friends of ours were scheduled to sail on March 22 and are cancelling today. They are cancelling because of the fear they could get quaranteened on the ship for 2 weeks not for fear of getting the virus. Quite frankly if this was next year at this time, after I retire in January, we would be looking to book a cheap cruise.
  12. Two things I already bring which is extra medicine (although I may need to rethink that in future and pack more than a 1 week extra supply) and my iPad loaded with books for reading. The other thing, which I usually never bring, is my work laptop so I could work from the ship. However since I will be retiring in January that would only be an extra item to bring on our next cruise in December...won't be needing it after that.
  13. Our first 2 cruises were on Disney. Our kids were 4 and 7 for the first one and 7 and 10 for the second. We went with friends who had kids the same age. These cruises were expensive but great for kids that age. It also got us addicted to cruising. Our friends, who were cruise veterans, planned both of those cruises. I switched to Carnival for our 3rd cruise when I found a fantastic deal. I didn't realize before that how inexpensive could be. We did a few more Carnival cruises before trying NCL. It was slightly more expensive than Carnival but we wanted to try something different. We loved the Freestyle concept. We did some a few more cruises going back and forth between Carnival and NCL with the kids as they grew up. When the oldest was in College and the youngest in High School we took our first adult only cruise on NCL. We decided to try Princess after flipping back and forth with Carnival and NCL with just the 2 of us a few times. We were in our late 40's at that time and felt like we were the youngsters on that cruise filled with snow birds and retirement village groups. Since then we have been flipping between NCL and Carnival again. We do super cheap Casino cruises on Carnival and NCL (in inside and OV) and we do more expensive larger ships (like Getaway and our upcoming Mardi Gras in Aft Balconies) and everything in between. It all depends on the deals we find, the time we have and what we feel like doing. I would try other cruise lines if the price and ship met what we wanted out of our vacation. We've done a few more vacations with the kids but have done mostly Carnival with them just because it is usually the cheaper option without the drink package. Since DS, who is 25 doesn't drink and I don't drink that much, it is usually the best option when we sail as a family. On Carnival we usually get free Drinks on Us in the Casino with just the 2 of us and on NCL we get the drink package in the Promo for the 2 of us.
  14. After 20 cruises, most to the Caribbean/Mexico, DH and I find port days on the ship to be most relaxing. We still get off when we sail to a port we have never been to or a port we really enjoy and when we sail with family and friends, but if it is just the 2 of us and we are at a port we have been to a few times already we look forward to a quiet day on the ship. Usually we spend some time in an empty jacuzzi or laying out in places where the sight and sounds are all ocean, just like the beach, without the hassle of getting to the beach or dealing with all the people or sand at the beach. I come back from these types of cruises so relaxed and refreshed.
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