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About darstamp

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
  • Interests
    Cruising, movies, dining out with friends
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Norwegian, Crystal
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Can't decide

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  1. I was not able to find anything with enough battery power to satisfy the airline as they wanted 14 hours of battery power for the flight. The alternative was to buy oxygen from the airline which was very expensive. Even then, I still needed something for the cruise and the only thing that would do the job for me weighed 18 lbs. Now this would have been my first time travelling with oxygen but I have cruised many times and I felt that lugging an 18 lb. machine on excursions and around the ship would be difficult for me. I am single and though travelling with friends, I didn't want to have to ask for assistance. I had to weigh the pros and cons and decided that it wasn't worth the stress it was causing me and decided to cancel. There aren't many cruises that leave from Vancouver and return to Vancouver but they will be the only ones open to me unless my health situation improves.
  2. Thank you for your good wishes. I hope I will be able to cruise again in the future.
  3. Thanks so much. That is what I wanted to know.
  4. Because I am unable to arrange adequate oxygen supplies I have had to cancel my cruise. Can anyone tell me how to remove myself from the roll call while staying on Cruise Critic. I hope my health will improve in the future and I will be able to cruise again. thanks.
  5. Thanks for your response. I am running into all kinds of resistance to using something like the Inogen or Simply Go Mini because of my high pulse rate and the vendors keep trying to push the Sequal on me but it is so big. I can buy oxygen from the airline for the flight but I need something portable for the cruise. I am having a respirology technical come in and re-test me to make sure I still need the plus 5. I'm almost ready to cancel my trip.
  6. My oxygen provider is telling me that I should rent the Sequal Eclipse for my upcoming cruise. It is airline accepted so that isn't the problem. The problem is that it weighs 18 lbs and I think it would be a problem to drag around on excursions although it does have a handle and rolls like a carry-on. They are telling me that the smaller machines, like the Simply-go Mini won't give me enough battery life at pulse 5.
  7. Thanks so much for your helpful comments. I have a big decision to make and your input is much appreciate.
  8. There's a possibility that I will have to travel with oxygen on my next cruise. I'd be interested in hearing from others as I know there are a lot of hoops you have to go through. Did you have it on the plane or was it delivered to the ship? Do you have your own POC or did you rent it? Was RC accommodating? Or is it too much trouble and I should just cancel? thanks.
  9. No deals here. The Beverage package is the same price as it has been for several days only instead of 25% off each, it's buy one, get one 50% off. If RCL thinks that is a deal they need to go back to school. Curiously, I already booked my excursions the last time the price went down but when I checked the prices today, one of them had actually gone up. Glad I bought when I did. I don't know if it is specific to our particular sailing or if they just don't like Canadians.
  10. Very disappointed in RCL. Expected at least some decent discount for Black Friday. Here in Canada they have reduced our price on the Drinks package by the same $4 they reduced it a couple of weeks ago and no discounts on excursions today.
  11. I've sailed Carnival, NCL and Princess. All offered wine packages. Does anyone know if RCI offers wine packages?
  12. I went there last spring on the Grandeur. Nice boat ride out that gave good views of the area. Food was home cooked and very good, BBQ and rice & veggies. Drinks were $10 each, not a lot of shade and not enough chairs for everyone. There was a couple of nice beaches but a lot of seaweed about 6 feet out. I thought the description of the excursion was a little misleading as it made it sound larger with more variety of things to do than there were. I have some minor mobility issues and found it a bit difficult to get around. I had a 6:00 o'clock dinner time as did many others so there was quite a crush to get on the first boat back. Many people left waiting for the second boat. It was a nice day and I was glad I went because it was the only beach day we had on that cruise.
  13. I can't imagine going to Antigua and not visiting Nelson's Dockyard and Shirley Heights. It is part of Nelson's Dockyard National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Dockyard is fully restored and the views from Shirley Heights are fantastic. My ship is offering guided tours with the Whisper system so you can learn the history of this famous port in the Caribbean.
  14. My daughter and I had lunch in the Botticelli dining room after we boarded the ship.
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