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WVHillbilly

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    WV
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    cruising, hunting and fishing
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    Royal Caribbean
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    Anywhere

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  1. A pic of an old barn against the Blue Ridge Mountains near Luray, VA
  2. We are also doing a land/cruise tour in June 2021. I plan on carrying my camera gear in a padded camera backpack, wife will have a carry on for meds, raingear, and binoculars. I haven't decided whether her's will be a backpack or suitcase. I'd also be interested in how others have managed their carry on's especially traveling between lodges.
  3. Ship - Harmony of the Seas Deck - 6 Stateroom # - 6668 Stateroom Category – 4D Starboard or Port Side - Starboard Quiet Stateroom? –Yes, even though it was directly across from the elevator/stair lobby we never heard any noise. Was stateroom a connecting stateroom? - No Balcony View - No obstructions. Balcony Size? - Normal sized balcony, two chairs and foot stools and end table. Was wind a problem? - No If an aft cabin, was soot a problem? - No Any specific problems with this cabin? - None Any other comments? - This cabin was booked on our very first cruise at Next Cruise, the DW wanted to be close to the elevators/stairs. I worried about noise and considered changing rooms but we stuck with it and would book this cabin again. We never heard any noise coming from the elevator/stair lobby and it was very convenient to Schooners and one floor down was Cafe Promenade and Boleros.
  4. I tip an extra $1 per drink, for the DW and I it adds maybe an extra $10 per day. I found that the waiters remember you and you never wait for a drink. I've even had them see me coming into the bar take my order and say go ahead and find a seat, I'll find you.
  5. Good to see that they are starting to open things up. While the death rate is troubling and good to see it is falling; the dropping of the infection rate as we continue to return to normal is of the greatest interest. Here in my part of the world they have really ramped up the testing. They have begun offering testing for people without symptoms and without doctors orders and the turn around for test results have been greatly reduced. Several weeks ago the turnaround for results was 5 days or more; this week my mother had to take the test because she had to have a procedure done at the hospital and her test came back in a day. If the infection rate drops to less that 1%, perhaps we can really feel like cruising will return and the ports start opening.
  6. We are booked on the Grandeur to NE/Canada leaving September 3, not a 100% convinced it will sail or if it sails that the itinerary won't be changed. 31 days till final payment so will have to make a decision whether cancel, make final payment and hope for refund or FCC. My other dilemma is rebook at cheaper rate and lose my $18 DBP or keep what I have.
  7. USMC Airwing: Noobies would be sent for the keys to the aircraft or sent for 50' of flightline. They were also subjected to "hammer qualifications". This consisted of being able to strike the head of a nail with a hammer, once the had hit the nail several times and feeling confident, they would be blind folded and told to hit the nail. Their freshly starched cover (hat) would be placed over the nail.
  8. We too have been satisfied with the MDR, this past February we sailed on Harmony and purchased the 3 night specialty dinning package mainly to try out Wonderland. We ate in Chops, 150 Central Park and Wonderland. My steak in Chops was very good and he service was great; I had the venison tenderloins in 150 Central Park and i was spectacular and the service at 150 Central Park was the very best of the three we dined in. We really enjoyed Wonderland, the appetizers were amazingly different and we enjoyed the flavor; the main course was good but the two deserts {The World and the Forbidden Apple) were the best and worth going there again just to have them.
  9. We have a connoisseur tour booked for June 2021, we chose it mainly for the known cost value. I have been told that the Tundra Wilderness tour is the one you want to take as the other tour doesn't go as far into the park. The lodges are isolated to somewhat isolated with limited to no dining options outside of the lodge. If you know what lodge you are going to, check out the menu from the restaurant in the lodge for the prices, then make your decision.
  10. We were supposed to do a cruise tour May 27 starting in Fairbanks and sailing on the Royal Princess, I had to cancel for medical reasons just as Covid 19 was escaping from China. My TA was able to transfer my deposit to a cruise tour in 2021 this time aboard the Star Princess.
  11. I had to cancel my June 2020 Alaska cruise due to medical reasons prior to the shutting down of the cruise industry in March and my TA contacted Princess and I was able to transfer my booking to 2021 and I didn't lose any of my deposit. If rebooking is something you would do I'd try that.
  12. And this I believe was the all inclusive area.
  13. Here are a few pictures of the family area.
  14. And a few more of the adults area.
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