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    United States of America
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    Cruising...duh!
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Changes with the tide
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere on a Ship

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  1. That shorter, 1 inch swab was what I got when I was tested. Thank God! I got to do it myself and it was just 10 seconds of swirling it around in my nose.
  2. My May Alaska cruise on another cruise line was canceled last week. They're not even sending the ship to the region any more. I'd bet on your June HAL cruise not occurring either. I'm also betting there won't be an Alaska season from any line except maybe the US flagged lines.
  3. I would pick a balcony on NS over a SS on Eurodam anyways, especially after my last cruise on Eurodam. The new itinerary would just be the icing on the cake. 🙂
  4. This is just my opinion, but I think HAL went too far with their brand partnering. It's not just Oprah. It's BB King, Rolling Stones, Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard, BBC....I'm sure I'm forgetting a few. Everywhere you look on board now, it's some sort of brand partner. I wish they would take a step back and focus more on their own brand. 1 or 2 are ok, but 4, 5, 6, or more is just getting ridiculous. Probably why so many people can't quite figure out what HAL is nowadays.
  5. I know this doesn't involve any line in the OP's consideration, but I'd say some of the shows I've seen on Royal Caribbean do rival professional shows I've seen on land. I would never refer to these shows as "wannabe." And yes, I've been to Broadway and to major playhouses all over the country.
  6. I know this is repeating what's already been said, but I'll say it anyways. In my opinion, HAL's staterooms are far better. On the other hand, Princess' entertainment is far better. I like HAL's ships a little better, but I like Princess' grand atrium design. The thing about Princess....and I don't know if this is good or bad....is that I can't quite figure out what their niche is. There's really nothing about them that sets them apart from the rest of the industry.
  7. Wow, this is a tough one to narrow down. Whether is was my Godfather tour in Sicily to Savoca and Castelmola, Venice sailaway, glacier calving and brown bear sighting in Glacier Bay, eating lunch in a quaint cliffside bistro in Oia (Santorini), getting married in St Thomas, or many other great memories that come to mind, its' hard to say which is my favorite. I'd just say the whole journey has been great. 🙂
  8. Other than the cruise piece, this federal mandate is much ado about nothing. Masks have been mandatory on planes, busses, trains, ferries, and federal inside buildings since last summer. I know because I work in a federal building, have flown all through COVID, and I ride a ferry to work. This mandate is just putting a Band-Aid on a wound that has already scabbed over. Plus, with courthouse COVID restrictions and high thresholds for case acceptance, US attorneys aren't likely to take these case right now anyways.
  9. I totally agree. After about 14 days, I’m more than ready to jump ship. I’m not about to try to to “school” those who do though, especially when it’s unsolicited. Their choice and if it makes them happy, I say go for it. 🙂
  10. I'm from a tourist town (Key West) and I've lived in tourist towns all over this country. As a "local," I guess I don't have as much of a problem with tourists as some of y'all do. I'd say the good/bad ratio is exactly the same as the locals themselves.
  11. Just book an ATV tour.....they've been masked up & keeping folks safe from COVID for years! 😉😆
  12. I've never sailed that route but just thinking geographically, I think I would lean toward port side, only because that's the land side throughout your trip. But truth be told, you might be so far off shore that it doesn't matter. Hopefully someone who has sailed that route and knows the individual ports can say what side is best for port sail-ins or sail-aways. Either way, enjoy your cruise. 🙂
  13. That was my thought as well. I think Oceania (owned by NCLH) is the line that should take notice.
  14. Haven't you seen the way people act at the $10 discount table that sells $5 crap? It's a show in and of itself! 😆
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