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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. The Guggenheim in Bilbao. I wanted to visit ever since it was built. We finally made it last fall on the Crown's transatlantic cruise. We had a great Cruise Critic group on that trip. The book club organized on our roll call had a couple of meetings, including one to discuss Dan Brown's Origin, which starts at this museum.
  2. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-52121586?fbclid=IwAR0jG1n1xrj2h-Cy42NSNIC2n6pVn4dmGRPNQKsCmtScgz1c0ib1zhMhd_w https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/edinburgh-festivals-cancelled-fringe-international-18013085
  3. January, February, and March are the driest months. The summer and fall months are the wettest. I went this past December and had great weather. The cruise before mine had a lot of rain.
  4. We've sailed on 12 out of the 18 current Princess ships. We probably won't make it to the ones we're missing since they're scheduled for Australia and Asia (or at least they're still showing up on those itineraries). The Pacific Princess gets around. We came close to booking a cruise on it but got a great price on the Caribbean Princess instead that year.
  5. We have many more untested cases in the U.S. Our state health experts have put out an advisory for people to not get tested unless they have severe symptoms. They're telling people with mild symptoms to self-quarantine and monitor themselves and to wait to see if they get much worse.
  6. I'd also go with the 9-day itinerary. The only downside is that flights to Vancouver can be more expensive than those to Seattle. It's also worthwhile to stay a couple of days in Vancouver before or after your cruise or possible to do a side trip to Victoria for a couple of nights.
  7. I find it strange, also, that Princess has Alaskan cruises showing on its website that we know can't take place because of Canada's policy. I'd love to go again in June like I did last year, but I know they can't sail then.
  8. Our break even point is a 12-day cruise. DH gets a cappuccino almost every night. On our 16-day transatlantic cruise last fall, I bought the coffee package for my card. That way I could get the complimentary specialty teas during the day and then order his cappuccino for him after dinner.
  9. February is the driest month with an average of less than 2 inches for the month. The rainiest months are in the summer with the peak in July with an average of 30 inches. I went in December last year and had great weather. The cruise before mine had lousy weather. It was my third cruise to the canal, so it wasn't quite as important to aim for perfect weather. If I had to do that, I'd go in February or March.
  10. I keep looking. Last week, it went down then bounced back a bit before sinking again. I'm glad I have recouped my purchase price in OBC and dividends over the years. Looks like the dividend won't survive in the short term.
  11. I don't think the one-way cruises are worth the expense and hassle unless you're able to add some days in Alaska before or after your cruise (depending on which way you go). I did back-to-back cruises last summer, northbound then southbound, from Vancouver. I had a great time both ways. Our immediately previous cruise was a cruise tour--five nights in Alaska then a southbound cruise. That was also great. We also had a good time on our round-trip cruises from Seattle. If you do one of them, I'd recommend the one that includes going to Glacier Bay.
  12. I noticed the Sky Princess is headed to the Great Isaac Anchorage in the Bahamas according to its webcam this morning.
  13. I keep looking for a great deal. I'd love to sail this summer. Looks like Alaska is out until July. If the ships make it to Europe empty, perhaps I'll be able to take another transatlantic in the fall. The biggest thing holding me back now is DH. He doesn't want to be away from his elderly mother for too long. The most I might be able to talk him into is a one-week cruise.
  14. I wonder why the cruise lines haven't reacted quicker to this news. I checked and they still have cruises to Alaska on their websites. I did not try to go all the way through a booking, so perhaps that's when it would disappear as a possibility.
  15. I was lucky to find some deals to sail solo last year--much less than double the single rate. I'm hoping that there will be some this year--or else that the prices will fall enough for a last-minute deal to where I don't mind paying double a great rate.
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