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  1. Maybe - I get my second shot in a few days. My husband is months away from being eligible for the vaccine. My children don't even have a vaccine approved for them. We've got a cruise booked for November and another in December. I would certainly feel more comfortable if my kids were vaccinated before getting on a ship. Ideally, I would love for vaccines to be mandatory and for everyone to be eligible to get one.
  2. Yes, I would definitely sail if masks are required. I wear one all day at work. I cannot imagine they won't be required for at least the next year or so.
  3. We did this Christmas Hawaiian cruise in 2019 and we're going to do it again this Christmas. Last time we did it with our family of 4 and my mother, who was 65 at the time. It was an amazing cruise for multi-generations. My teenage son ended up doing crafts and games with my mother. On board, there was just so much for all of us to do as a family. It's definitely a cruise with a lot of really old people and a lot of kids. My mother many times commented that she had never seen so many elderly people on a ship in her life. Shore excursions were a little more of a challenge.
  4. This is a conversation we often have as a family. We love the nicer amenities but would also like to cruise as much as possible. We're both working and our kids are still in middle and high school so our vacation time is limited. I always say I'm willing to do an interior cabin but we never end up that way. We usually end up at a balcony but have been know to flex anywhere between an OV and a mini-suite depending on the $/person.
  5. We were on the Grand right before the refurb and then again a couple months after. The changes made for a much more comfortable experience. The rooms and look of the ship was very much improved. We loved the changes to the quick service restaurants by the pool. I really wish they had changed the furniture in the Explorer's lounge. That was still terrible when we were on it after the renovations. I love the Grand and would happily sail on that ship anytime. Now that Ruby is moving to San Francisco, I'll finally be able to compare ships in the Princess line.
  6. Parking Lot Website https://www.impark.com/san-francisco-bay/cruise-parking/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=maps&utm_content=0270055&utm_campaign=local_us This is where we park. It's usually pretty empty up on the top deck. We always book as soon as possible. I think it's 2 months prior to departure. We usually go straight to the parking lot and then grab our bags and walk over as a family. It's an easy walk over to the ship. It's about $20 a day but I am happy to pay that. Once the cruise is over, I just want to walk off the ship and get home as soon as possi
  7. I'm not thrilled with the shore excursions mostly because I don't see scuba diving being offered. We usually book through a private company on our own but I don't know if that will be allowed in 2021. I'm hoping that since we're going to Hawaii, we won't be quite as restricted on shore excursions. Looks like we'll have to wait and see what happens.
  8. We booked the 15 day Hawaii cruise for December 2021. The only reason we booked it is because we had some future cruise credits and didn't have to pay anything additional. I'm trying not to get my hopes too high about going. I doubt we'll cruise if we can't get vaccinated before going and kids are probably going to be the last phase of vaccine rollout.
  9. You'll be able to use both FCC but you'll only get one onboard credit if you use all your FCC on one cruise.
  10. We do plan something at every stop but that's because we don't cruise to places multiple times. We want to go places where we haven't been before. I want to go and do and see everything, sitting on a beach all day would be my personal hell. It depends on our level of confidence with the area and feeling of safety as to whether we book through the ship or not. In Hawaii, Alaska, and Europe we will book things on our own. We're heading back to the Caribbean for the first time in over a decade. We didn't have children on previous trips and I remember some pretty shady areas with lots of pus
  11. We are a family of 4. We're in our 40s and the boys are 12 and 14. I'm reading through the excursions offered by Carnival and nothing is jumping out at me and the reviews aren't great. We are an active family. We have no interest in shopping tours or lounging on a beach. I was leaning against going scuba diving because we plan to do that the day before in Grand Turk, but snorkeling would be fine. We would be up for just about anything as long as it gets us out of crowds and tourist shopping areas. I'm open to something outside the carnival excursions. Any tips or suggestions would be ap
  12. Without the shutdown, I would have been able to say that we had just gotten off the ship yesterday. Since that cruise got cancelled, my answer is April of 2004.
  13. We're set to cruise 4/6 out of San Francisco. We usually don't take our computers when we cruise, but we'll be taking them this time. If we're stuck in any type of quarantine, it would be nice for the kids to be able to catch up on school work and us to be able to work remotely.
  14. We're booked for the April 6th Miracle cruise out of San Francisco. If the ship sails, we'll be on it. I'm beginning to think we've only got a 50% chance of the cruise happening though.
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