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SunsetPoint

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About SunsetPoint

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    Titusville, Florida
  • Interests
    Travel (timesharing, cruising), cooking, brewing, watching football
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Whichever one is next!

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  1. Please, let's not have every discussion on this site become a Covid discussion.
  2. Don't judge everyone in Texas by a few wackos. I have a number of friends in Texas who are sane.
  3. We do as well. Doesn't hurt to spend a few minutes on math now and then with a possible nice payback. Of course, you need to figure out what each perk is worth to you. If you don't drink alcohol and wouldn't have purchased an alcoholic drink plan anyhow, having that as a "perk" doesn't offer much value to you. We always get the premium drink plan, so we factor that into whether a "sale" that offers perks will save us money or not. We both work in IT and enjoy getting AWAY from the internet while cruising (we have T-Mobile, so we can do a quick email check in just about every port we visit without incurring data charges). That means having internet as an included perk doesn't provide much value to us. Celebrity is smart to offer different combinations of pricing and perks throughout the year, and we're smart to always be re-evaluating right up until that final payment.
  4. Yes, there is. We're fortunate to also be timeshare owners and we really enjoy both of our home resorts. We have also exchanged into many other nice resorts over the years. Should cruising not come back anytime soon, we'll still have the timesharing. We'll be doing some more road trips as well. Timesharing is sort of the anti-cruise since we generally end up in a huge condo or cabin with a full sized living room and kitchen, so unlike cruising we have lots of private space to stretch out in, but we tend to cook some of our own meals rather than eating out all the time. Cruising offers a smaller private area for most passengers, but the only effort we put into meals on a cruise is making a decision as to what to eat. I think that's why we enjoy both... it's a nice contrast and both are very enjoyable.
  5. What I DON'T miss: Driving to Miami or Fort Lauderdale (and paying horrendous hotel prices there!) when heading out on a Caribbean cruise The sardine style muster drills The mystery canapes Chair hogs The smokers near the pool bar Having a plate full of food in my hand and not being able to find a seat in the buffet dining area How "unauthentic" and commercialized many of the port locations have become over the years, filled with shops owned by the cruise lines Cruise directors and Activity Directors who think they're funny/entertaining, but are not That said, there are so many things to love about cruising (if not, why would we spend all that money to do it?!?). What I love about cruising: Being on the sea... the salt air, the sea birds as we approach land, just watching the mesmerizing waters Going to sleep to the (usually) gentle rocking of the ship Usually waking up somewhere different to where I was when I went to sleep... the anticipation of opening the curtains in the morning to see what new view awaits me Being somewhere I haven't been before and revisiting places and memories I've really enjoyed in the past Meeting interesting people from all over the country/world on the ship, on excursions and in the port cities Cruise directors and Activity Directors who really ARE funny/entertaining, awesome and hard-working ship's officers and staff Having every delicious meal, snack and beverage from morning 'til night prepared for me (and most importantly, someone else cleaning up and doing the dishes!) Participating in silly activities I don't normally do, or don't do that often (paper airplane contests, trivia, etc.) People watching Having nowhere to be, unless I want to be there (well, except for the dreaded muster drill) Being able to choose among the many different "atmospheres" available on the ship, as defined by decor. music, dress and activities
  6. SunsetPoint

    Tracy Arm Fjord

    Another vote for taking the small boat excursion up to the glacier in Tracy Arm Fjord if you have the opportunity. It's expensive, but we were immensely glad to have done it. We weren't going to do it again on our second cruise due to the cost, but we had friends with us on that cruise and wanted to experience it with them, so we sprung for it again and loved it again!
  7. Oh, my gosh.... you don't know how many times we say the same thing! We may switch over to Royal when we retire for that very reason, even though we much prefer Celebrity. Not crazy about switching to those huge Royal ships with soooo many people and the downgraded dining experience, but we're not sure we're going to want to deal with the hotel prices and the crazy traffic down in the Miami/Port Everglades area as we get older. Fingers crossed that X someday brings a ship to Port Canaveral!
  8. Key West and Aruba, which I've visited as cruise ports and directly, and Skagway, Alaska, which I've only traveled to by cruise ship.
  9. What do they serve at the happy hour that you wouldn't already get with your drinks package?
  10. Like I said though, all bets are off with the situation being so unusual these days. Who knows... they may put the itineraries out earlier this year to try to pull in some more funds via deposits on 2022 Alaskan cruises/cruisetours. Or, they may hold off because things are so uncertain and they want to see how the beginning of the 2021 season goes. It's really anybody's guess right now. 🙄
  11. > Anyone have any idea when these normally go up? With all the craziness in the cruise industry right now, I would not count on anything happening in a "normal" manner. However, I can tell you that we booked our 2021 Alaskan cruisetour on November 20, 2019, which was either the day the 2021 itineraries came online or within a day or two.
  12. Because it's one of the three primary narrated tours in the park. https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/visiting-denali.htm
  13. My husband and I are tall. He's 6'4" and I'm 5'11" with a 35 inch inseam. Just how uncomfortable are we going to be on those Denali buses? I've read a lot of reviews that refer to them as "cramped school buses," and the photos I've seen pretty much bear out the school bus styling. Are there any tall people here on this forum who've taken the 8 hour Tundra Wilderness Tour who can speak to the legroom or lack thereof? Seems to me that with the number of people who pass through Denali each year (2020 being the odd exception, of course), there would be a healthy market for a second upgraded mass transportation option with more room for taller folks to stretch out. We'd be willing to pay more for that. I've also noticed that there are tours using other types of vehicles that go along the Denali Highway, which I guess is outside the park. However, the borders of "the park" are a man-made designation and so I'm wondering if it makes all that much difference in seeing beautiful scenery and wildlife as to whether we're on a road in the park or on the Denali Highway in a vehicle that might be more comfortable for us. Has anyone on here taken any of these "outside of the park" tours?
  14. You folks may not be helping the company by taking surveys that were not sent to you. Surveys are often sent to a specific group that meet specific criteria. Having people outside that group respond messes with the data.
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