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Lady Patriot

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    St Louis, MO
  • Interests
    Reading, lifting weights, dancing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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  1. Celebrating 55 years today, so you'll be seeing more of me. We always book through a travel agent. Always. Our next cruise is once again to the Western Caribbean, but for 2 reasons: 1) this is my mil's first (hopefully not last) cruise. She is 75, and even though she still gets around pretty well, we figured it would be best to go with what we knew. 2) We live near St Louis and it's much easier to drive the 11 hours to NOLA. I have absolutely no desire to fly anymore between the gestapo security and flights that are more like African bush taxis now that everybody has to bring their pets with them. Eventually we'll do something new. Sorry, but those more expensive cruise lines are out of the question for us as we have to do some serious saving.
  2. We have cruised the week before Thanksgiving, mid January and now early December, all of which seem to be good times. We have no kids and can travel just about anytime, but we have to save up for a cruise, so we also look for the best deals.
  3. Retirement is a few years off for us, but we're in a better position to plan more carefully. My husband's retirement pension starts when he's 60, so that's a big thing right there. DH and I are both totally fed up with the pc atmosphere in most workplaces anymore. I'm in the process of selling or getting rid of things we probably won't ever use again. We live in a nice townhome right now, and God willing this will be our last stop before retirement. Right now we're in eastern Missouri to take care of my mil. Depending on how things go with her we can't wait to go back to South Carolina. If you live in the Midwest and like it, good for you. It's too cold for me and people aren't very friendly here.
  4. My hubby, mil and I will be sailing the Getaway in a mini suite Dec 1-8 2019. dh and I will be in the bed while my mil will be on the futon. I feel like it would just be nice to divide the room for a little privacy and give all of us some space. If there isn't one I'm thinking about rigging one out of a small clothesline, a shower curtain, and hooks that stick to the wall. I'm told I could also use magnets as I always have bad luck with those sticky hooks. Thanks.
  5. I hope NCL is cracking down on chair hogs overall. I know there was a sign on the Dawn warning that any belongings left there more than an hour would be removed.
  6. Thanks. We are sailing the Getaway out of NOLA in December, but this is still helpful. We always pay for the outside parking lot across the street from the terminal because it is guarded 24/7 and we leave stuff in our car (covered, of course) from the 11 hour drive from St Louis.
  7. Stowe our bags and put stuff in our safe, then head down to the dining room.
  8. Strange as it sounds, the pretzel bread. Never had it before cruising the Dawn back in 2017 and then couldn't get enough of it.
  9. dh retired from the Army after 24 years in 2005. With the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan at the time, some soldiers were doing 2 rotations in 5 years, meaning they were gone from their families for a year at a time. dh was working entire weekends in addition to his civilian job (he was reserves at the time) and it actually caused us to go deep into debt mainly because the per diem wasn't paying nearly enough. The Army would pay him for overnight travel and accommodations if he had to travel more than 110 miles each way and his mileage was just under that. But I knew how much he enjoyed being in the military. The final blow came when they told him he wouldn't be getting into a school he needed to get promoted any time soon, that priority was going to soldiers going out and soldiers coming in. I guess they thought he sat around and surfed the web or something. I finally said enough was enough and nagged him to retire. We BOTH did our time. :mad: He is due to retire from his current job in 7-10 years, depending on things. We are currently living just west of St Louis to help take care of my mil but if she's gone by that time we are moving back down south. So ready; not crazy about midwest weather.
  10. Sadly you have no real way of knowing ahead of time what might work. Dramamine has always worked for me, but last cruise we ended up in 15' waves and popping Dramamine pills like candy. Still ended up calling the dinosaurs. Of course I drank myself silly the night before, celebrating my free drink package on the NCL Dawn. Hope everything goes well.
  11. dh and I always wanted to take a cruise. Long story short, we lived in Charlotte NC at the time the Majesty was sailing to the Western Caribbean out of Charleston (a 4 hour drive away). We decided to just take a cruise and if we liked it we could take more; if we didn't then we would never do it again. We liked the Freestyle dining especially. We had been in rough seas 3 out of the 7 days, one of our ports was cancelled, another port (Cozumel) had been pretty much totalled by Hurricane Wilma. We were one of the first ships into Cozumel after Hurricane Wilma destroyed nearly all of the island. We were going to skip that stop too, but Cozumel begged us to come in to get the economy going again. It would have been a cruise to nowhere otherwise. Unless you're into pub crawling, Key West is a complete waste of time and effort. Even after all that we were ready to go on our next cruise. Anyway, the Freestyle Dining and the Free at Sea packages are the best. NCL is convenient for us because we can drive to NOLA. It's cheaper and we don't have to mess with the airlines. We had the UBP, so I drank my face off, not thinking we might hit very rough (16') seas for the next 22 hours. :eek:
  12. Hey, at least it wasn't a used condom like my husband found in an Athens hotel.
  13. Hi everybody. Glad I found this thread. Am reading French Women Don't Get Fat and adjusting my diet from there. I do better some days than others. I lived in Italy for 3 years; trust me, this doesn't work with all that lovely pasta. Ideally I have a good 100 pounds to lose, but at this point I'll settle for a size. At the moment I weigh 305 pounds, but I'm also 5'10" and very muscular. In fact 200 pounds is a pretty decent weight for me. I'm actually one of those freaks of nature who can lose weight on a cruise.
  14. I've heard mostly bad things about Carnival and I'm sure 99.9999% of their cruises go off without a hitch, but if I gave you 100 pieces of candy and I told you that 4 of them were poisoned, would you eat them? We were going to give the Carnival Dream a chance, just something different, but then I heard about the flood on one of the decks (I guess they said a water pipe burst). Yes, stuff happens, but that wouldn't sit right with me. Now we'll just do the Norwegian Breakaway, even though we want to see something different than the Western Caribbean, but this is my mil's first cruise and I'm not too sure she cares. She is 75 and a flooded deck wouldn't sit well with her at all. I'm told that cruising in general is going downhill since cruise ships became cheap floating resorts. We sailed the NCL Dawn in 2017 and whereas we used to get drink glasses for the drink of the day (still have ours from the NCL Sun in 2007), everything was served in plastic cups with the NCL logo on it. Yes, it's a little thing, but it's often the little things that make the best memories. Even though we'd like to try some other cruises, we sail out of NOLA when possible because it's an 11-hour drive from where we live and we don't have to mess with the airlines. I really hope other ships start sailing out of there. It looked like RCCL used to. Only thing I hated about NOLA is that we sailed at 4 pm and were in US waters until just before midnight, which meant no duty free purchases and had to pay the taxes on our drinks, even though we had the unlimited bar package until we got out into international waters.
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