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    Coastal GA USA
  • Interests
    Photography, needlework, reading
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, Princess, and the ones too expensive for me to cruise on...
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Any place I haven't already been

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  1. I was in 6030 and did not hear a thing. I think the production shows ended before 11pm and nothing after that. EM
  2. Princess has an unhosted Knitters & Natters group on sea days. People bring their crafts, usually some sort of needlework. I have seen a lot of socks knitted, scarves, afghans, etc. I take along crochet thread for potholders. Cunard also does this. Oceania had a needlepoint session on the first sea day, handing out small projects such as coin purse, eyeglass case. The other two sea days it was bracelet making and kits were handed out. EM
  3. It would help if you said what ship. I was pleased to find sinks inside the buffets on MSC Seaside and Island Princess. While I can't use the Purel stations I do head for the sinks when they are there. And they are present on some Carnival ships also. EM
  4. Amber Cove for sure. It's Grand Turk only better. Same kind of pool but much more seating/loungers. No beach, though. At a quick glance I don't see much activity for Royal Caribbean there, just Empress of the Seas. Carnival does have a lot of visits there. Costa Maya also has a pool, but it seems more adult oriented, not a lazy river type thing. EM
  5. Frio insulin cooling cases: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=frio+insulin+cooling+case&crid=2AZTFMJ1TM0RX&sprefix=frio%2Caps%2C1575&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_4
  6. Sailing Edge next month; Carnival and Cunard in June, Carnival next Jan. EM
  7. Have you set up your online account on the Princess website? When you do, you will be able to purchase the transfer there. Or your travel agent can do it for you. The transfer is probably located within the excursions. EM
  8. She has expressed a desire for the river cruise. The trip is for her. Find out why she wants a river cruise, then decide. EM
  9. Nothing else. It's a depressed area, not safe to wander. EM
  10. This is the setup in regular cabins, I believe it is similar in YC.
  11. What had you planned to do in St. Petersburg? If you travel on your US passport and take ships excursions, or excursions through other approved agencies, you don't need an individual visa. It is handled as a group through the ship or the tour agency. Which passport have you booked the cruise under? I'm not sure you can do a cruise with a patchwork of passports of convenience. If you used your US passport in your online checkin, that is what will be on the manifest that Princess submits to the Russian authorities. If you used your HK passport, that is what they will see. So what was your plan? I rereading your itinerary, I realize that your cruise is to end in SPB. Do you need a visa if you are in transit to the airport? Had you planned to stay in SPB before flying home? EM
  12. I usually have a mid-morning breakfast, and if we have early dining, don't eat again until supper. I could be a carboholic, but try to limit the bread and rolls. The desserts don't interest me, tho I might have ice cream or sherbert. My sister doesn't leave the cabin until after noon, so she has lunch and dinner. We are both diabetic, so mindful of what we eat. I usually lose weight due to all the walking we do, especially if our cabin is far forward and the MDR is aft... We also take the stairs when possible (up two and down three). We are both mid-70's. My fitbit loves all the walking on the ship and in port. And the stairs... EM
  13. Then again, how mobile/adventurous are you? Are you willing to change ports? For instance, in the Med, you could take a cruise that ends in Barcelona. The same day catch a cruiseferry to Civitavecchia (Rome) that would leave in the evening and take about 20 hours. Spend the night in Civitavecchia and sail from there the next day on a different cruise. https://ssl.directferries.com/ferry/secure/booking_redirect_df.aspx?stdc=DF10&grid=0&rfid=395&psgr=2&curr=2&retn=false&rfidr=0&_ga=2.202941265.1961816404.1582142818-1218422321.1582142818 https://www.directferries.co.uk/grimaldi_lines_cruise_roma.htm There are similar opportunities all over the Med: ferries around the western Med; ferries in the Greek isles and the Adriatic. If I was 10 years younger, I would be planning such a trip. EM
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