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  1. I'm glad you are well and enjoying your cruise. Where I work, AMA means "against medical advice" 😁.
  2. We were enjoying happy hour at a hotel bar on Shelter Island, and saw the ship through the window as you sailed by!
  3. I use one of those tapestry looking mini bags on a long string about the size of a cell phone, that you can buy in some of the ports. I also carry my lactase pills, cell phone, tissues, etc.
  4. If you really believe this to be their last cruise, you may wish to focus your attention on enjoying the time with them. For the ports where the ship is docked, it should not be a problem for the 3 of you to push the wheelchairs for the 2 of them and look around town. Tender ports may need to be skipped, or you can take turns going off the ship and staying with them. They can also enjoy a quiet day in their cabin now and then, order room service, and recover from prior activities.
  5. Interpretation: Each Princess ship has one of the three restaurants listed above. Grand class ships have Crown grill, the Island and Coral have Bayou, and I don't know which have the Sterling.
  6. Dolphin deck side balconies are all mini suites, and not covered. There are 2 aft balcony cabins, not sure if they are covered or not, or partially. Emerald deck has covered side mini suites.
  7. We were escorted onto the Caribbean Princess last October in Ft Lauderdale. This was very nice (and very awkward) because the line to board was seriously backed up due to scheduled coast guard inspection. Our escort took us past everyone in line. Then it was funny, because he didn't believe that there were suites on the Fiesta deck. We had been in the same window suite previously, so we knew where it was!
  8. If the baby is accustomed to taking a bath, the mini suite would be a better option.
  9. I have had 2 different short cruises re-fared after final payment, with 2 different travel agents (one a big online agency and one an individual agent). In both cases there were still cabins available in our category and we didn't have any bonus offers attached.
  10. They did that for lunch on our last cruise, because our return was delayed, and it caused a real traffic jam. It was made worse because so many were doing walk off, they were dragging suitcases around.
  11. While we were on the Royal last month there was a medical emergency announced, with a request for B+ and O- blood donors, with a donor card. I didn't go, as I don't have either type, but I heard that the venue (Princess Live) was full of volunteers.
  12. I like that is has one deck less of cabins, so less crowded. I love being able to up to the bow on deck 8, and out on the deck on top of the bridge. Also, Skywalker's lounge is a lovely and scenic place to relax during the day (sometimes closed off for private events though).
  13. I always bring the battery tea lights for the bathroom, both on ships and in hotels. I buy 2 packs at the dollar store, so if I forget them, no big deal!
  14. DD and I received the drink tickets on a 3 day on the Star in May (I was platinum and she was gold). DH and I got them on the Royal 3 day in Sept (both platinum). In-laws on the Royal with us did not get them (she is ruby and he is gold). Did not get them last Sept on the Star (gold and ruby). Seems to be a pattern. On the Royal, the day we didn't leave Canada Place on time, the bar in Club 6 was closed, and the poor servers had to go to another bar to get the drinks for the P/E/S reception. The food was good though!
  15. My dad has had intermittent afib for many years. He takes one cardiac med for his blood pressure, and he has another cardiac med to take only when he goes into afib. He usually goes months between episodes. His doctor wanted him to go on one of the newer blood thinners (I think elequis), but we decided it was a bad idea for him, because his risk of bleeding out from a fall is higher than his risk of throwing a clot. I'm glad you have an appointment coming up to discuss all this. By the way, my parents are on a trip in Montreal as I write this.
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