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    Washington State
  • Interests
    Travel, History
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Royal Caribbean, Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean, Alaska, Mexican Riviera
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  1. Probably the Mexican Riviera out of LA. We haven't seen our relatives in Southern California in quite awhile now. So this would combine visiting with them and going on a warm destination cruise.
  2. That's true. I would imagine that the seating arrangements in the MDR on cruise ships will look different when sailing resumes. That might be a good thing for people like me who have always followed social distancing.
  3. Personally, I would like to see more "real" tables for two in the MDR. My wife and I prefer to have a quiet dinner, and not have to engage in conversation with strangers. Most of the tables for two on Princess are a joke. Some are literally three inches from another table for two. It's impossible to have a nice private conversation with just your spouse. I realize many people enjoy a large table and getting to know their table mates. But there are plenty of introverts such as ourselves who are very uncomfortable in that situation.
  4. Thank you for this very informative thread. You're descriptions of the various Covid procedures were much appreciated, and your photos were terrific!
  5. This is on Baja Deck 11 - Forward. There is a similar deck on Caribe Deck 10 - Forward.
  6. Cruising through the Panama Canal on the Coral Princess. A bunch of the crew members went up to the bow of the ship and posed for some photos. The passengers on deck all applauded them and thanked them for the great job they were all doing for us. It was magical.
  7. We had three sunny days in a row on that trip: Juneau, Glacier Bay and Sitka. It was actually in the mid 70's in Juneau. Terrific weather for May! I wasn't aware that you couldn't book a specific cabin on the HAL website. That seem very odd. I don't mind booking guarantees, since we always book insides, and it doesn't matter where we are on the ship.
  8. Good news about the Bayreuth Festival. Happy to hear that you won't lose your place in line, after waiting so long. We enjoyed our cruise on the Eurodam. There were a few things that I thought they did better than Princess, and other things I prefer the Princess way. We would definitely sail HAL again if we found a great deal. But we still prefer Princess. It seems a better match for us, overall. Sitka was the main reason we did chose HAL for that cruise. Princess hardly goes there. I though it was a terrific port. It felt more like the "real" Alaska to us. Not a Diamon
  9. Hi Norris and Carol, I was just thinking about you the other day. I remembered reading in one of your cruise reviews that you had finally gotten tickets for this year's Wagner Bayreuth Festival. It bummed me out thinking that after all those years of waiting, the Festival was probably going to be cancelled. If it is I hope that all those who were able to get tickets this year will get first option for tickets to next year's Festival. Anyway, back to cruising. Barbara and I went on our third Alaska cruise last May. It was our first time on Holland America, and also our f
  10. Road Tripping is my first love, and our main form of vacation. Been doing it since the 1970's. My wife and I have driven across the US six times, drove the Trans-Canada all the way to Quebec, took the Alaska Highway from one end to the other. Been to all 50 states, and 46 of the 61 National Parks. It's something we really enjoy. There is soooo much beauty to see in the US and Canada. We started cruising in 1991 and were instantly hooked. It took us to places we couldn't easily drive to. I always treated it as a moving hotel room that took me to amazing destinations. But, if I had
  11. I totally agree with this. My wife and I went on our first HAL cruise last year. For the most part we really enjoyed it, except for the buffet. We did not like the setup there at all. First you had to wait in a long, slow moving line to get up to the servers. Then you had to look over the menu that was posted. You couldn't see what any of the food items were until the server put it on the plate. Many times something sounded good, but after you got it it wasn't appealing. Plus, there was no portion control. The server would just plop a large portion of everything you asked for on the plate. It
  12. Excellent news. I know how much you and Carol were looking forward to returning there. Enjoy!
  13. Another excellent review, Mr. Winks. Wonderful photos, too. Looking forward to the rest.
  14. Excellent "live-ish". Great photos. My wife and I have done the Mexican Riviera many times, but not on a Royal class ship yet.
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