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  1. When I lived in Guam I would call around dinner time. Here in the states I call when I get up, around 5am mountain time. I generally don't have to wait more than 2-3 minutes at most. I would expect a higher call volume in the next few days in particular. I am not sure when your 48 hours is up but keep calling and try different times of the day.
  2. I don't think anyone should use the Diamond Princess as an example of transmission. There were just too many variables that could have led to the outbreak on board. Primarily, we still have no idea how many of the passengers would have tested positive pre quarantine as they didn't test everyone to begin with. While they think patient zero from the Diamond Princess was the man that disembarked in Hong Kong it is not know for sure that he was. Also, some passengers on board were finding loopholes in the quarantine (interacting on balcony's etc..) and crew could have also contributed. So while it is possible that transmission was happening through vents or pipes there is not enough evidence to say for sure one way or another what went wrong on the Diamond Princess.
  3. `I haven't cruised with my kids on my own but I have traveled with them internationally on my own pretty frequently. Or sometimes I will be traveling with one or two kids and my husband with the other one or two. Or sometimes my oldest is traveling on her own. In any case, we always have notarized paperwork giving permission from the other parent to travel. When my husband and I were in the military we always made sure we had a generalized letter giving permission to the other parent to take the child out of the country. In those cases, it was more general, for 6+ months at a time. We did that paperwork at the same time we did our POA paperwork so all our bases were covered if needed. Honestly, I have never needed any of it entering or leaving any country. Sometime we have been questioned a bit by immigration officials. Nothing too crazy, they have just asked me or the kids a few things like "where are you headed" or "is dad waiting for you at home?" Or other questions that could easily just be small talk. I feel more comfortable being prepared even if I never need any of it.
  4. It isn't confusing. The typo is just funny. If you look under the blue line it says " which includes undresses or slacks..." instead of sundresses and slacks.
  5. My teens did it last April and they loved it. They made several rolls and had a lot of fun. They weren't able to finish what they made. On Ovation last April they could not take the leftovers with them, but I have heard you sometimes can. They felt it was worth it. Both of them and my 10 year old will be doing it again in the fall. I would like to do it myself at some point. I have made sushi before so I don't know that I need a class but it looks like you get a lot for the $35.
  6. This is what I would do if I wanted to rope drop one of the parks. For us, coming off the cruise we usually don't want to rush. When we have done Disney parks and cruise together (or really any land vacation with cruise) we do the land portion first, then plan either a late afternoon flight or a flight the next day so that we can relax post cruise, leave the ship between 8:30 and 9 and just take it easy that day. So for us, we would just make our way to Disney, make a reservation somewhere for lunch and plan either a pool day or a half day in one of the parks. Good luck!
  7. We found the break even point for the refreshment package to be 3-4 mocktails/coffee drinks a day with maybe 1 bottle of water (we mostly just drink tap water, but occasionally grab a bottled water for extra water in port or something) when it was on sale for $19. If the package was any higher than that I would not buy one and purchase as I go. Lately, it has been about $30 a day in the cruise planner for our sailing which is just too high, IMO.
  8. No more than 1 a year for me. And usually not every year. We take 2 big vacations and 3-4 weekend trips throughout the year. We cruise sometimes, when the price is right or it fits what we are in the mood for. But it isn't our favorite way to travel when it is just the 5 of us.
  9. I wouldn't read too much into that. That has been pretty much my experience traveling through Asia for the last 5 or 6 years at least. October 2018 Japan was doing a temporal temperature check on all kids under 13. The same for Korea, only it was kids under 12 in Feb. 2018. I've not flown into an airport anywhere in Asia since 2015 or so and not at least walked through the scanners that were checking everyone's body temperature as they were walking through. And even I wear a mash when I have the slightish hint of a cold when traveling there, as it is the norm.
  10. Pixels was all that was available to prebook for our cruise as well. It wasn't opened for booking until 80 days or so before sailing that time. But I have heard that the time varies from sailing to sailing.
  11. Since it is a kids sail free sailing could they just have the 4th passenger be a no show if it comes to that? They should still get the taxes and port fees refunded, correct?
  12. Merion Mom was also on the previous cruise AND there are posters in another thread on these boards supposed to board today that are at the port being told they can not check bags and that boarding is delayed until tomorrow. So I expect your friend will soon find out she is not boarding her cruise today
  13. I've never really traveled solo, aside from going home when I was on leave before I was married. Since then I have pretty much always had either the kids or the husband with me, the only exceptions were flying to my hometown to attend my grandmother's funeral and one weekend with girlfriends (so still not alone). I would travel alone if I was given the opportunity though. It just isn't in the cards for me right now. But my husband and children love to travel so I enjoy that. Someday when the kids are out of the house our circumstances might change. My husband does travel al one for business a couple of times a year though. And a couple years ago I started checking into a local hotel for one or two nights (depending on what we have going on). The little time away for me to be completely selfish is so nice.
  14. It is pretty small (which seems to be the norm now) and there weren't many books last April. We left a few that we had brought with us to read on the cruise but didn't find anything we were interested in reading. I had my kindle with me too, so I just downloaded a few books after I was done with the books I had packed.
  15. We will be on Allure in the med. in October. My kids aren't huge fans of the kids clubs. On our last cruise they were 9, 13 and 15. In was in the South Pacific and had a lot of seas days, so the opposite of our next cruise really. The younger two met someone to hang out with the last few days but my oldest never did. Even with friends, they tended to stick around with us in the evenings. We saw some of the shows and our oldest loved some of the evening trivia games. She would also just sit and chat with us in one of the bars in the evening, with a mocktail or whatever. My younger two hung out with friends in the day and after the show they most went back to the room to relax and watch movies. One night all three of them watched a movie on the pool deck, cuddled with blankets since it was quite cold. Anyway we found plenty to do as a family, even with mostly sea days. For Allure in the Med, I think several days we will all get to bed early. Especially since we will be very busy traveling for the 8 days prior to the cruise.
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