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  1. I had measles as a child in the 50's and German measles twice. You're not supposed to be able to get German measles twice but I did. I still remember hallucinating from the fever. It was horrible. The vaccine wasn't available when I was a child. I wish it had been.
  2. So, how does Happy Hour work when you have the Signature Beverage Package? We got the SBP included free as a promo on our upcoming 14 night TA. I suppose it's a moot point but just curious.
  3. We did the Coral Princess Panama Canal (11 night partial transit) and it was fine. My problem with Princess is that they constantly try to get you to buy stuff. Our last cruise to the Eastern Caribbean last winter on the Crown was enjoyable, however Princess in their constant assault on cheapening the experience has decided to remove the only armchair in the cabin (standard balcony and below), leaving only the desk chair to sit on. That was the last straw for us. Not an option for my 65 year old body.We won't be back. At least on HAL you get a loveseat.
  4. Same issue here, former Princess cruiser. We used a discount travel agency aligned with a well-known national organization for retired folks and I could not find anything about my OBC or my shareholder OBC on HAL's site. I also could not find anywhere to pay for our airfare, which we booked through HAL's Flightease, because their price blew away the T/A's. HAL told me to call the TA, which I did, and they walked me through all the promotions and OBC we are due. I also was finally able to get a balance due on the airfare and instruction on how to pay for it. The TA had no information on the purchased air and had to call HAL to find out how to handle it. It took about 45 minutes on the phone to get it straightened out. There appears to be a disconnect between HAL and the TA. I suspect it's HAL's doing. I don't think they like it much when you book with an TA. The lady I spoke with at HAL Flightease was not particularly helpful and simply said to call the TA, even though I booked the air with HAL.
  5. We are booked on a TA with HAL next April and will be arriving in Le Havre on May 1, which is May Day, a National holiday. We have an excursion booked to Paris with HAL for that day. What can we expect? Will everything be closed? We really won't have a lot of time in Paris due to the travel time, so I'm wondering if it's even worth the expense and hassle if all the attractions are closed. We will be staying almost a week in the Normandy region the following week to explore the D-Day beaches, museums, towns, and Mont St Michele so don't really want to do shore excursions to those areas. Anybody been there on May Day? Thanks, Burns & Diane
  6. We also got a pretty good deal, Chicago to Fort Lauderdale, Paris to Chicago, Premium Economy $2296, total for both of us. Delta/Air France It's booked, we even have seat assignments. I don't know if that price is guaranteed however, final payment isn't until Jan 20.
  7. I think a lot of colds and viruses originate not on board ship but on the planes getting to the ship. Your basic run of the mill cold takes 3-4 days for symptoms to appear. Usually colds begins to peak around day 4 or 5 AFTER symptoms appear, then begins to subside. So, do the math, 8-9 days or so until peak and then another 5 days or so until symptoms subside. That's around 14 days thereabouts, so no wonder a lot of people are hacking and snuffling near the end of their cruise. Of course, it gets spread around on board too, people who weren't exposed on a flight have a good chance of catching it anyway. I hate flying to a port but sometimes it can't be avoided.
  8. Had this been you, instead of me I think you would understand. We are talking INCHES. He was directly behind me. You weren't there. Yes, I accept some responsibility for not scanning the area directly behind me but coming up behind someone in a scooter with no warning is unsafe. If you've ever been in the Horizon Court on a Princess ship you would know how tight the buffet area is.
  9. You completely missed my point. It is a danger to other passengers when scooters run right up behind others with no warning. I was not expecting a scooter to be inches behind me, out of my line of sight. What bothered me was his entitled attitude. Believe me, I sympathize with those less fortunate and I think it's great that they don't let their limitations prevent them from enjoying life. But he acted like I was at fault and I was not. Scooters should not be in crowded buffet lines. It is too dangerous for everyone. If it were me, I would ask my wife or a crew member to assist. And yes, he was moving at the time.
  10. I had the same experience on our last Princess cruise. I was in the very crowded buffet line and unbeknownst to me an elderly man drove into the buffet area to see what was being offered. He was right behind me when I backed up slightly to get around my wife. I backed into his scooter and he yelled "WATCH OUT!" in a very aggressive and angry voice. I almost fell over backwards over his scooter. Why are these allowed in the buffet area? I understand wanting to see what is being offered but in a crowded situation it is a danger to others. This is where buffet staff can be really helpful in assisting those who are not as mobile.
  11. Princess does this too and everyone pretty much ignores it. People want to "get the party started". Can't say I blame them although from a cabin steward's perspective it probably makes them feel rushed.
  12. Will this work? It's got a collar so I should be good...
  13. I guess I will have to call them. My invoice for the cruise (booked through the TA) now says $0 balance, since I paid it off. But the air was arranged through HAL, separately from the TA, so I don't see how it would be part of the final cruise payment. As far as insurance goes, I bought medical and travel insurance through a third party also.
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