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geoherb

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    Raleigh, N.C.
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    Cruises
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, Holland America, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. I've heard eggs benedict with smoked salmon called eggs Nova Scotia.
  2. geoherb

    Ketchikan

    My favorite excursion in Ketchikan is snorkeling. It was not offered on my cruise this summer. I hope it will be next year if I go again. We've also kayaked there, taken the public bus to Totem Bight, walked to Saxman, hiked the Married Man's Trail, ridden the funicular, visited the hatchery, toured the Totem Heritage Center, and enjoyed watching the salmon and seals from Creek Street.
  3. When our ship was docked in Cobh for the day, we took a tour through eCoach (Butlers) that went to Blarney Castle and Kinsale. Our ship was several hours late. The tour company accommodated us by adjusting the times, even emailing us the day before to let us know they were aware of the schedule change. Our guide was great. I thoroughly enjoyed Blarney Castle. We ran into friends while waiting in line to kiss the Blarney Stone, so the time seemed to pass quickly. We had plenty of time to tour the gardens afterward. Kinsale was picturesque. We enjoyed eating a late lunch there (fish and chips) and having ice cream (honeycomb flavor). The coach went through Cork on the way between the two places. We did stop at Charles Fort right before getting to Kinsale. I would have enjoyed more time there than just a photo opportunity.
  4. I've been tracking prices of several Princess cruises for December. I noticed tonight that the single supplement is now lower on a lot of them. It was previously 100 percent. Now there are several cruises with single supplements from 38 to 48 percent. (Some cruises for the weeks I'm considering, unfortunately, still have 100 percent single supplements.)
  5. On my Majestic cruise in August, one of the cruise director's staff talked about having been in quarantine during the previous cruise. She was in a balcony cabin and could talk to her neighbors--also in quarantine. I noticed the fire doors closed on the Dolphin Deck at the front of the ship on the port side. My cabin was on the starboard side near the middle of the ship.
  6. Great fun, isn't it. I discovered trivia by accident on a Holland America cruise a couple of decades ago. We were playing Scrabble in one of the lounges when it started. I had plenty of time to write down the trivia answers while waiting for my turn. We traded my little scrap of paper with a nearby team for scoring (something not done currently due to Covid), and we ended up winning. I was hooked.
  7. I've seen two people cut off for reaching the max on my cruises. One was visibly drunk. It was 4 in the afternoon. The other one must have had a high tolerance, because I would never had guessed he had enbibed so much already. It was 8 in the evening.
  8. There was a big mixup with my refundable OBC in 2019. Make sure you keep your last portfolio printout. I ended up getting it as a goodwill credit instead of a check. But that was OK since I booked another cruise that year.
  9. The Princess Plus fare varies. For the cruises that I'm tracking prices of in December, the Princess Plus varies from $40 to $60 per day. For my cruise in August, it was more than $100 if I had gone with it. The Princess rep said it was because I was getting a Drop & Go fare. It would have been actually less expensive to buy everything separately--Premium Beverage Package ($70.79), internet ($5), and crew incentive ($14.50). But I knew I would not be drinking $70 worth a day and did not get it. My total bar tab was around $16--two drinks. I did have my Elite minibar items (trading all the mini bottles for beers) and went to the winemaker's dinner and the Captain's Circle party.
  10. My latest TA is very good about forwarding the upsell notices to me. Unfortunately, as a solo traveler, the cost is still more than I'm willing to pay. Insides are fine with me--although I didn't mind getting upgraded to an ocean view on the Island Princess a couple of years ago for b2b cruises to Alaska. Whenever DH is able to cruise again with me, I'm sure he'll want to get a balcony.
  11. Princess has complimentary masks available. You can order them through the TV app. But I carried several of my own so I could wash them and let them dry while still having clean ones to wear. Sorry to hear about missing Ketchikan. You're lucky to be getting so much compensation for bad weather. We had a similar deal when our transatlantic cruise in 2018 had to deviate from the scheduled ports. But in 2019, when our next transatlantic cruise deviated from the scheduled ports, missing two, we did not receive anything.
  12. All of my solo cruises have been on Princess. I had a great time. I've sailed on Princess, NCL, Royal, Carnival, Celebrity, and HAL with my husband. Those have been great as well. We prefer Princess is our first choice, followed by HAL then Celebrity.
  13. I have had great times on my solo cruises. The best part is not having to coordinate a schedule with someone else. To combat loneliness, I try to participate in activities. I eat at shared tables in the dining room when possible. On my cruise last month, I went to dinner a couple of nights with new friends. I don't mind going to a show alone.
  14. We made do with the snack. We had the 2 p.m. tour and ate lunch of sandwiches from across the street before the tour. The snack consisted of reindeer sausage (similar to a Slim Jim), cheese, chips, crackers, cookie, and a bottle of water. The casual restaurant at the lodge was open for dinner when we got back.
  15. They are playing along live--but with a background track. Two violins don't equal the sound of the violin sections of a symphony orchestra. It's the same with the singing. The lead singers are singing live--but they're singing to a background track. The dancers are lip-synching along to the background track. They may be singing along, but their voices are not amplified.
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