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    Hawaii!!!!!! <3

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  1. Those of you who got moved from the Brilliance to the Independence instead of getting a cancellation are very fortunate. I was simply cancelled. I even called and tried to change my reservation to the Independence for the same itinerary one week earlier and they said no. The cancellation is going through regardless. The Independence is not doing the same itinerary the week we were scheduled to sail, so I have to do a separate booking and it is costing me over $1000 more for the exact same itinerary in the same type of balcony cabin for the three of us.
  2. I miss it horribly. I know I'm lucky in that I got in that Transatlantic in March, and a 5-day on the Independence before it, but I've been home for six months now and the thing that bothers me most is that I've waited all these years to be retired and be able to go wherever I want, whenever I want. And now I can't. Cruising makes a great vacation option for the solo traveler. It's a much more social setting than a resort hotel. I have a group I was to have cruised with this fall (we met on a TA years ago) and we're all extremely disappointed that this stoppage is preventing us from seeing each other again. The last time we got together was October last year. Since many of the group are international, there is no way to visit each other, even if we wanted to. We've pushed our get together back a full year, when we hope to meet up in Rome to spend two cruises on the Odyssey. Another year is a long time to wait...
  3. That makes a lot of sense. It has to be much cheaper to fly the Asian crew to a port in the Med.
  4. I was one of her first passengers ... I sailed on the February 6, 1988 sailing (sailing #4). She was so beautiful. So sad that it's over for her.
  5. Looks amazing so I had to do some research: "Puppy was based on a small wooden sculpture of a terrier which Jeff Koons created in 1991. Although this original manifestation was a diminutive 52 cm tall, Koons chose the terrier because he believed it would be disarming and non-threatening regardless of the scale." https://www.guggenheim.org/news/bilbao-jeff-koons-puppy#:~:text=Since 1997%2C Jeff Koons' monumental,before the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.&text=The museum recently undertook this,hues of red and pink.
  6. Add me to the list of people who love the sea days. The more the merrier. I don't really care about what day of the week it is … it's Day 5 or Day 6 … not Tuesday or Wednesday. You can join in activities around the ship, or do nothing at all. I believe I read almost a book a day on the March TA on the Allure. It was wonderful and relaxed.
  7. We switched from a 7-day Rhapsody Greek Isles this year to a 9-day Odyssey Greek Isles next year. I didn't even try to get price protected because I am getting an extra two days. I'm just content that there was no change fee.
  8. I'm actually looking at that one. Lots of available cabins too.
  9. You missed your chance … the Allure did the March TA with 4000. Constant movement of people upgrading throughout the first part of the cruise.
  10. Pardon my cynicism, but it sounds like she was trying to find a project to assign to you … and it worked.
  11. Can't argue that point. It's a fantastic class for sea days … inside or out. Did you notice how the Boardwalk always seemed warmer than Central Park?
  12. They are likely to park several ships for 11-12 months … and the Oasis class will be a likely target since they have so many cabins to fill. If they start sailing with part of the fleet, I tend to believe it will be Freedom or Voyager class.
  13. I agree. I'm just sitting back and waiting for them to get around to admitting it and cancel my sailings.
  14. I'm starting to adjust my expectations. I was on the Allure TA in March and am booked for the November TA to bring her back. I also have an October Greek Isles booked on the Rhapsody. I'm 95% sure that the Rhapsody will never head to Europe this year, so I am certain that cruise will get cancelled. As for the Allure TA, I am starting to adjust my thinking to the concept that it will not be an option for me, even if it sails. For one, I am 70 and while I'm certain that my doctor would sign a permission slip for a "field trip", my children suffered enough anxiety in the final days I was on the cruise and during the 2-day process for me getting home. I think they'd be pretty upset if I announced I was doing another cruise before a vaccine is developed.
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