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zook50

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  1. Sorry - I'm not certain of American directives. Our Canadian public health officials and government have said no non-essential travel of any kind. Of course, this is a recommendation. They can't force people to listen.
  2. Thanks for your honesty. I am getting really tired of the people on the news (and on these CC boards) still going on holidays (cruises, all inclusives, or other) now and stating that they deserve it, don't think the virus is "that bad", etc. They are selfish, considering they are now exposing themselves to even more potentially sick people and, upon return, even if they show no symptoms, can be infected and pass it on to other more vulnerable people. They are travelling despite warnings from their governments - how irresponsible. As you said, everyone has the right to enjoy a vacation. But there's time to take one later when things have improved.
  3. Thanks, but we do mock bookings all the time. We went right through and saw the "correct" pricing screen - over $2000. more than our original booking cost. The only pre-booked people that will benefit are the ones that overpaid in the first place. No savings here. It's a constant irritation that Celebrity promotes this as a freebie(s).
  4. We checked one of our upcoming booked cruises (Apex, October 22, 2020), and it would cost us over $2000. more to get the "all 4 perks deal". LOL - not a deal and certainly not free, as some people still insist on using as a label for perks!
  5. We're on the same page here (and I'm sure the original person who brought this up would agree). AP students are totally different; they are more likely to monitor themselves, get their work done, perhaps not need as much catch up help, etc. We both said that it's the weaker students who are hurt most from excessive absenteeism. If your daughter is taking work with her on her holiday and you're monitoring her progress while away, that's a HUGE difference, as well. Many students are unwilling to do this, or, indeed, do homework at any time of the year. Your daughter was a strong, capable student with parents who cared; a holiday would never slow her down!😄 In contrast, I am subbing for a friend again tomorrow and will be supervising 5 (not AP) kids at noon who either need extra help making up assignments or need to write an exam, all due to absences (in two cases, from early holidays). Congratulations on your daughter's success and, again, thank you so much for being a great parent (from a grateful educator).
  6. Just finished sub teaching (taught full time for 32 years and have subbed for another 3+), so just catching up on this whole thread. Fascinating!! My apologies if I'm "extending" the meandering response to the original poster's question. My husband and I chose to have no children. We have travelled extensively and had mostly positive experiences with kids. Occasionally, we've run into an unruly or noisy or rude kid whose parent/guardian appears to have given up - sad. Thanks to all the strong parents I've seen in my career and travels who tirelessly raise our good future citizens. That being said, I certainly understand some of the educators' opinions here. When a student misses a week or two of school, it does have huge ramifications, contrary to what a non-educator (I'm assuming?) poster said. We (teachers and assistants) have to catch them up upon return during our early mornings, noon hours, or after school. They can't (and/or won't) do it themselves. As another poster said, it's often the students who need the time in school the most who go on the longest holidays (not during school days off). Expanding a child's horizons through travel is fantastic, but high school must be completed properly to ensure the child's future, including a job, acceptance to post-secondary programs, etc. To end on a positive note, we were thrilled to have a family with a baby on our last TA cruise. He was the only child on the ship and was definitely the most popular passenger aboard!! Of course, it helped that he was a complete charmer😉 We like all kinds of travel experiences, including family style resorts and cruises and a sprinkling of adults only holidays.
  7. Thanks - I know in the past the casino bar area has had lots of sports on (football, soccer, tennis, etc.), but we've never tried to watch the CFL Grey Cup. It would have to be a TSN or ESPN feed or something. Plus, Americans definitely outweigh Canadians in cruise passenger numbers, so we'd have to do a little begging, maybe?😉😉
  8. Anybody out there successfully used Sirius radio streaming on the SURF (not unlimited) internet package?
  9. And now for the most important topic of all😉...We will be on the Celebrity Eclipse on November 24, the day of CFL Grey Cup game. We will be at sea, having left Puerto Vallarta and headed for Huatalco. Any Canadians out there every been on a cruise during Grey Cup? Could you watch it on the ship? We've been on many cruises but never during this important (to Canadians) game. We will have the surf internet which doesn't allow video streaming, so we will have to depend on the ship for access to the game. Thanks for any feedback.
  10. Anybody know if the surf package can be used for streaming Sirius radio? I know it doesn't allow video streaming, but what about audio? Thanks!
  11. He also watched US college football there.
  12. We sailed on the Reflection and Edge in January this year and my husband watched NFL games in the casino bar.
  13. Thanks for your recommendations! We, too, have Blue Cross (I'm a semi-retired teacher, so we have a decent plan through that), and we also use an Avion card for most purchases, so have some coverage through that. You're so right, though - we have to look into buying extra, as the above don't cover enough in a "worst case scenario" situation. We cruise once or twice a year and go on all-inclusive land holidays as well. We are also at the point where we are planning on spending extended amounts of time in hot locations (renting a condo/apartment, etc. for weeks/months in the Caribbean). As we move into full retirement in a few years, we'll probably spend even more time away and need even more coverage. We've been pretty carefree travellers for decades, so this is new to us.
  14. This is an excellent topic, but most posters are American. Insurance options and recommendations for Canadians are often very different than those for Americans. We have medical insurance and limited other insurance (int., canc., and baggage), but are looking at more. We are healthy but getting older and more worried about aging relatives and, of course, our own aging! What specific companies/options are best for those living in Canada? Thanks for all information from those Canadians who have done this before us.
  15. On the Edge in January, we were using refillable metal water bottles; no plastic bottles were used for drinking water. Perhaps, soap and hair products will eventually be distributed in a more eco friendly material too? I bring my own hair and body wash products, so I don't use the Celebrity products, but my husband does. BTW, the amount of lather is not an indication of product quality but just something that a lot of people like in their hair or soap products (me included😄). My expensive (unfortunately) salon shampoo really helps my hair, but it doesn't lather as much as my husband's drugstore shampoo.
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