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  1. me too I was wondering yesterday when I first read this if they were aware of the scope of what she did and her positive influence.
  2. That seems impossible. Death is so surreal. Best wishes to her family and friends.
  3. @janetmojo my DIY trip and cruise to Alaska last summer gave me the most 'Zen' feeling I've had perhaps in my entire life. I stayed in a different lodge than yours on Lowell Point, so some of this might not apply to the cabin you booked. - The cabin I was in had no climate control other than heat. Lesson for me: I will never book a room in Alaska without full climate control. I did not anticipate this would be a problem in ALASKA. However, it was really hot on Lowell Point. Below - the Lacrosse Scientific room thermometer showing exactly how warm it was... The thermometer frequently showed 10-20 degrees warmer than any official Seward weather readings It felt at least this warm... My choices were: 1) Open the windows and have the room fill with lingering smoke from the one of the nearby fires that was supposedly almost out. 2) Keep the windows closed and have the room get really hot and stuffy. A box fan made it less stuffy but also made a lot of noise. When the fire broke out several months earlier, I did call to see if it could be changed, but the room paid in full was already non-refundable. I should have changed anyway... Lesson for me: Don't book rooms in fire-prone areas with a similar cancellation policy. All of Alaska seemed to be a fire prone area in 2019. The local University prof quoted in the Anchorage Daily News said it's going to get worse, not better... I was very glad I had a rental car while staying on Lowell Point. Being able to leave the room and drive into Seward was something I wanted to do several times / day. Needing a shuttle would have come at a big flexibility cost. re: Driving to Lowell Point The 25mph speed limit seemed right for the road connecting Lowell Point and Seward In other words, I did not feel inclined to drive fast on this road. I was grateful it did not get too dark till late. Oh, see that "Caution Falling Rocks" sign above? That was no joke. On the Sunday after I checked out, I was driving back into Seward from Lowell Point to drop off the rental car, (right hand side in above road), and there were HUGE rocks on the left side of the road. It must have just happened. So I notified the friendly Seward Police , and let every car driving the other way to watch out for BIG rocks around the curve. Why did I have the Seward Police phone number already in my phone? That's a different story... However, on the good, One of the many wonderful things about Seward is you can access beautiful sites like this without staying directly on the water. Sites like this are visible all over. It's not like staying at a lakeside lodge where if you aren't at lodges directly on the lake you don't have a view or access to the lake amenities. Grand views are easily available all over the town. Check out Google Earth to see this. My favorite activities on the DIY pre-cruise part were - the Phillips 26 Glaciers cruise was awesome https://phillipscruises.com/ - an unplanned day meandering through downtown Seward when there was a combination of small craft advisory + smoke that would have meant not seeing much and having a rough ride on the Major Marine tour
  4. @sofietucker, if you want to have an admin correct the errors in your reply, you can email help@cruisecritic with the changes. It would be a shame for someone to read just your first reply and make a booking decision based on that.
  5. @scott4020 yea, there are definitely cheaper options. I was open for any option that met my requirements of ultra-light, hard shell, and reliability. The eBags $385 price for the 28" Cosmolite is actually pretty good based on camelcamelcamel.com I paid at least current Amazon prices > $4xx 8 years ago. I have recouped at least $250 of that thanks to - to 49 lbs being < 51 lbs on 3 occasions at the Southwest ticket counter on the return trip home. $75 fee avoided. "Overweight items from 51 to 100 pounds and oversized items in excess of 62 inches but not more than 80 inches will be accepted for an overweight and oversize baggage fee of $75 per item." - to the large size meaning I only need to take 1 suitcase, saving the second baggage $40 fee several times Best place in the US to buy luggage is Orlando, Florida. Orlando has a bazillion luggage stores. If you are buying Samsonite, best place I've seen in Orlando is here on Black Friday
  6. Thanks for posting the latest and highlighting the differences!
  7. I don't know. Could you please post the answers back here when you find out, if others don't?
  8. I'm trying to remember where I was (which country) when I saw a cool display with the Samsonite Cosmolite. From searching Photos app, it was in the Hong Kong airport in March. It really is astonishing how light + strong it is at same time. Some eye candy pics from Singapore's Marina Square Mall in 2018: I was totally smitten by this carbon fiber-ish gold silver combo... For a moment I wished there was something wrong with my 8 yr old versions... Long term wear update: My Samsonite Cosmolites - Have never been punctured or sliced like my old soft-sided luggage was - Have never needed repair of any kind - Protected all fragiles, jewelry, and liquids from being crushed without worrying about finding separate internal hardshells protecting them - Kept my clothes dry during torrential downpours at airports - Never put me over the weight or size limit (total inches) I debated 1 wheel vs 2. I thought 2 would be more durable. But double-wheel'd versions seemed to add a pound. I went with just 1 and have had no problems. Before I visited the New York City luggage store in-person, I read detailed reviews in FlierTalk.com discussion forums. I thought I'd end out with Rimowa which had a lot of loyal fans. (After being there for hours... the sales person joked he'd have to hire 5 more people if other customers were as thorough). When I picked up the Samsonite and all other brands, it was obvious the weight advantage was a big deal to the overall experience. Inside functionality was similar. Final Advantage (for me) of Samsonite luggage in general: Samsonite is more "everyday luggage" brand vs a status symbol brand. I feel that, when traveling, it's a good idea to avoid overt status symbols. Especially as a solo female traveler on work trips.
  9. @ashank1m, so helpful! If you make any updates / improvements, could you please re-post?
  10. I switched to these ultra-light hardshells 8 years ago. Spent 2 hours in a New York City luggage store - both the main level and the basement, trying out a million brands. LOVED the ultra-lights from Samsonite over all others. These feel like they weigh nothing, when everything else same size weighs "something". These is the large size and I've never gone over the airline limit. after a work trip to Dubai: https://www.ebags.com/product/samsonite/cosmolite-30-28-spinner/338845?productid=10546212
  11. Np. I attached it there to save people time waiting on the phone or trying to find the form.
  12. Did you try downloading it from the base note attachment?
  13. No. I can set and keep my vacation weeks. That comment was related to why I'm challenged to find minutes for all my new cruise-vacation-booking-related deadlines (getting insurance, finding a travel agent, transferring to a travel agent after I make initial booking, etc.) Just me. with maybe... a "potential" pre-existing condition Because it's murky, I'd rather make it completely not murky by just finding a policy that covers medical pre-existing conditions regardless of when I book it. Also because... even though I'm in the < 55 category and was given a clean bill of health from heart doctor, family doctor, etc. I've experienced passing of multiple members of immediate family. So my mindset is "I'll probably be afflicted soon (or drop dead soon) from something I don't know about...." Hence, I'd like to make this pre-existing condition deadline 1 less thing to worry about if possible, whether or I do or don't have a pre-existing condition. I realize I might be asking for something that doesn't exist. re: >> If I book GeoBlue Trekker annual plan, I know could get medical coverage including pre-existing conditions. But what are my options for trip interruption / cancellation?
  14. No. I can set and keep my vacation weeks. That comment was related to why I'm challenged to find minutes for all my new cruise-vacation-booking-related deadlines (getting insurance, finding a travel agent, transferring to a travel agent after I make initial booking, etc.) Just me. with maybe... a "potential" pre-existing condition Because it's murky, I'd rather make it completely not murky by just finding a policy that covers medical pre-existing conditions regardless of when I book it. Also because... even though I'm in the < 55 category and was given a clean bill of health from heart doctor, family doctor, etc. I've experienced passing of multiple members of immediate family. So my mindset is "I'll probably be afflicted soon (or drop dead soon) from something I don't know about...." Hence, my interesting in making this pre-existing condition deadline 1 less thing to worry about if possible, whether or I do or don't have a pre-existing condition. I realize I might be asking for something that doesn't exist.
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