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    Nursing, Photography & Cruising
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    NCL, Carnival & RCL
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    Caribbean cruising
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  1. MY PASSPORT REVIEW 😉 LOL Well, I'm now waiting on a passport to determine where/when we might go somewhere again. I took my renewals to the post office LAST MONDAY, with the lady there telling me "I would send this priority mail to make sure it gets there fast, usually 2-3 days, with delivery confirmation and insurance". Ok...give me that. $12 later I walked out with a receipt stating both of our passports and renewals (2 packages) were going to be happily on their way to the passport agency to be thrown in a pile of 179,000+ passports that arrive the same week as ours does. So, 3 days later I check the status of my newly??? arrived passport at the agency. Hmmm, it's been 3 days and it's still sitting in my home state at the reginal facility. Um, ok. I'll give it another day or two. So much for priority fast 2-3 day delivery. I can see that's not about to happen. So a total of 5 days in and I check the status and get ready for the big clap and happy dance and it pops up Arrived at USPS Regional Facility LOS ANGELES CA DISTRIBUTION CENTER. Wait what????!!!! It's only going 1 state away from me and it's been 5 long drawn out days and it has managed to land itself in CALIFORNIA??? I am totally confused at this point. The hubby tries to reassure me that they probably send all of them there for processing. Um no! I wrote Philadelphia PA on the envelopes, they don't just change up where they send it, the paperwork all said Philadelphia PA is where I needed to send it to so it needs to go to Philadelphia PA!!! I frantically call USPS and they tell me I need to wait another day or two and then they could file for a "lost" mailing. It's not lost! It's half way across the world in the wrong facility...well, at least it felt like that. Can't you call someone and track it down and send it where it needs to go??? Like this is my passport(s)! It's not just some random piece of mail. That's it, I want to use my "phone a friend" for help! Two days later I check again and it tells me In Transit to Next Facility what is this "next facility"??? China perhaps?? This is only the luck of someone like me who has no luck at all. Of course I headed back to the post office and spoke with the lady who told me to send it this way and how quickly it would get there. I knew she wouldn't be able to do anything about it, but I wanted to express my frustration at this point and try to get answers. She did some checking and came back to inform me "it was thrown in the wrong outgoing box". Outgoing from where I inquired? She said "here". So, I have never worked at the post office, but I have sent many packages and watched them weigh your package, take payment, put the sticker on and then walk over and put it in certain boxes. I would venture to say she's the person that put it in the wrong box! Unless it's just a generic box and someone else sorts them in the back...but that would be counter productive if you ask me. So, this is the part that I would give less than a positive experience with a vendor if this was a cruise/land review. Just saying... The following day I'm happy to report it's finally in....not PA but Nashville TN. Well, at least my passports are getting a vacation and traveling the US. I'm not, but they are. I hope they are getting stamped along the way for proof of travel. I could use some stamps in my book since I never do that. Not one but TWO days of sitting in Nashville, seeing the sites, singing a little country music, and it's finally leaving for it's next destination. It's like watching the Bachelor on tv. They stay a few days and the Chris Harrison comes in and announces "pack your bags...you're off to........" And everyone is excited...except for me. I'm pretty sure it's going to leave this destination and head straight over to South East Asia to make sure to bring me back some of that new "Covid" juice. Ugh! So now we are at day 9. I feel like I'm doing a daily review at this point. Only there's no beach and no sand. 😞 I get confirmation that ....drum roll please... they both have landed in HARRISBURG PA DISTRIBUTION CENTER. Hey, at least it's in the right state finally. I could have just drove and dropped them off many many many days ago. Just saying... That brings us to day 10: Today!!! I get the notification it has officially arrived at PHILADELPHIA PA DISTRIBUTION CENTER. Ya know, where it was supposed to be 7-8 days ago. Tonight they are happily on their way to where they are supposed to be: The item is currently in transit to the destination. I honestly don't believe it. I think it will sit there for a few days...but we'll see. Or maybe it will come back to Ohio and declare a "redo" to get it right the next time. Who knows. When looking on the US Gov site for the passports, it's now stating turn around is now 10-12 weeks. That would put me roughly around mid December to the end of December. So, I guess we'll see. I may have to do a Christmas vacation. I'll keep everyone posted.
  2. OH MY! Yea no, I think I'll stay away from there. 😲 I would love to go to Bonnaire. One place I haven't been to yet. Thanks for this list. Very helpful. Thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  3. Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it. I love the Dream class ships too with the Breeze being my favorite.
  4. On my website? I just checked it and it takes me to the Pride. Hmm I'm not sure what's going on. CARNIVAL SHIPS CLICK HERE Aww, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. You can find all of my reviews (including the land one's in Aruba and my recent 2 week stay in St Thomas) on my website. MITSUGIRLY'S WEBSITE WITH ALL REVIEWS AND LINKS
  5. Thanks so much. Glad you had a good time. 🙂 What do you mean by the Pride review wasn't 😞 ? I'm confused about the Epic?
  6. We just did a land vacation in St Thomas and went over to St John for the day. I don't know if the barge ferries (we took a car over) are slower than the people ferry but man it took FOREVER! Something like 40 minutes to get over (and back). It may be due to COVID and no ships in port but the day we were there, there were not food trucks or any place to buy drinks at all. Thank goodness we had brought our own. This beach is beautiful and if you like to snorkel...this place is a great place to do it!
  7. We loved the Dream. It was my first Carnival experience and it was a good one so I continued to cruise with Carnival. The Breeze and Fascination have been my most favorite ships so far. I don't know if it was the cruise, the ship, or just all the destinations we went to that just made the cruise fantastic. But then again, I love all the ships. LOL I hope you enjoy the reviews. 🙂
  8. Ohhh, I hadn't thought about DR. We had an awesome time there twice now. Hmmm, I'm going to have to check out all the requirements for these places for the COVID. I just found out that Aruba has a mandatory testing 72 hrs prior to arrival and it HAS to be the nasal swab. Not sure I want to put us all through that. 🤔 But of course things could change before we ever get our passports back again. They are officially sent priority mail with tracking confirmation. Keeping my fingers crossed it doesn't take months and months and months. Oh, I almost forgot...stay in one piece (LOL) well...I actually broke my middle last week...same foot/leg of course. Go me! 😆
  9. There's a link in my signature line or you can CLICK HERE
  10. I'm not really sure why I'm just now seeing this thread and getting a notification but anyone wanting to read my reviews, I do have a website that has all of them for each cruise line (which will give you the link to each in it) and I have various sections that show hotels we've stayed at in different places and you can also look at different ports as well. I recently took a 2 week vacation to St Thomas (due to no cruising and COVID) and you can find that review under the "land vacations" if anyone is interested. 🙂
  11. Thank you. I'm not sure what's in store for us next. I would really love to spend a week or two in Cozumel, but that would require our passports to be renewed (which I'm in the process of doing right now and probably sending them off today). If we don't get them back in time for our vacation "timeframe" that we usually travel (Nov-Dec), then we will have to pick another US place (probably return to St Thomas if they are still open). I would love to return to St Thomas and explore all of the places we didn't get to go to this time around. But I'm also really hoping to make it back to my true love....Aruba. Thanks for acknowledging the effort it takes to do these long reviews. I really appreciate it. I found it a little more challenging to do them on my website than over here but it worked out....just a little slower and trying to figure out how to go about it. Then the web builder was constantly crashing and having to start over and losing my work. It was a nightmare... I was so relieved when I made it to the end. LOL Kendra really adds life to the party...but she can also drag you down at times as well not wanting to be on the go all the time (like me) = I don't get to do everything I want. 😄 But I love it when she goes.
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