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On ‎1‎/‎17‎/‎2020 at 7:58 PM, Zippeedee said:

I live less than ten miles from Logan airport. I just get an Uber to the airport when I’m away longer than a few days. airport parking here, even long term, is outrageously expensive.

 

Hi, I am continuing to research my trip and all that goes with it. I think I am going to get a car service and will leave

my car here at home (I have a garage).  As for Uber, to be honest, I have never used them and not sure I want to

so I may use a local car company.

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On 1/14/2020 at 7:54 AM, Lois R said:

Hi folks:classic_biggrin:....well, my first "cruise post retirement"  is on Thursday:classic_biggrin:.....it is only 7 nights to the Caribbean but I am

so looking forward to it.  The big one is in April---going on a b2b----and will be away for 28 days:classic_smile:

 

I have a question and I tried the search feature but I can't seem to get anything to come up so  I will ask on here-

when you are away for a longer period of time,  do you do anything special with stuff at home?  I know I will have

to put my mail on hold and I will pay multiple bills early.  Have any of you had issues with water dissolving?

(I know it sounds weird) but it seems the toilet water decreases even while I am away for 2 weeks.....just wondering

if this has happened to anyone else?

I have stayed in Ft Myers a couple of times with my friend at her parent's winter home; we go in June and noticed when we got there that the toilets were wrapped/sealed tightly across the bowl with clear plastic wrap! The seat was also closed and more plastic wrap. We asked her mom and she said yes, to be sure we wrap the toilets again before we leave because it keeps the water from evaporating. So there you go - boxes of plastic wrap might help you! LOL Enjoy your travels.

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Wouldn’t it be easier to just turn the water off at the valve and flush it?  That’s what we do when we winterize the house at the lake at the end of the summer season. 
 

But I suspect being away only 28 days wouldn’t have that much evaporation taking place anyway. 

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16 minutes ago, Clay Clayton said:

Wouldn’t it be easier to just turn the water off at the valve and flush it?  That’s what we do when we winterize the house at the lake at the end of the summer season. 
 

But I suspect being away only 28 days wouldn’t have that much evaporation taking place anyway. 

Hi, I had not thought about turning the water off...actually I am on very good basis with the Property Manager

(I live in a condo complex). They have a key to my place (in case of emergencies) and I am going to speak with him

about keeping an eye out on my place while I am away and ask him to come in an flush both toilets once a week

and should be good with that request.  I am also friends with head of security and I know they will watch for

anything as well.

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We booked a B2B from Singapore to Rome for Iain's retirement.    Actually he had 50 days of vacation he had to burn off so officially he was still employed until we got back from his retirement cruise and he just went back for one day to turn in his computer and badge.

 

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On 2/21/2020 at 4:36 PM, Jim_Iain said:

We booked a B2B from Singapore to Rome for Iain's retirement.    Actually he had 50 days of vacation he had to burn off so officially he was still employed until we got back from his retirement cruise and he just went back for one day to turn in his computer and badge.

 

Retired on duty is fun!

 

Tim burned one shift exchange and a vacation day for his retirement trip and cruise. We boarded on what was supposed to be his last shift. We sent a picture of him on deck holding a mai tai with Honolulu in the background to his Battalion Chief with the caption "Last Shift." 

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Cancelled our special (28-day) retirement cruise today. Only 20 minutes on hold, so not too bad. May try to go (to So.Pacific) in the fall, although the next FOUR of the Hawaii/Tahiti/Marquessas itineraries are on R-class ships not our favorite Vista class... 

 

OTOH, it may be that a 28-day (or longer) cruise is ill-advised as long as my mom is alive... her health could go sour in short order (unrelated to COVID19) and I need to be available to do my part, spelling my sister.

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2 minutes ago, crystalspin said:

Cancelled our special (28-day) retirement cruise today. Only 20 minutes on hold, so not too bad. May try to go (to So.Pacific) in the fall, although the next FOUR of the Hawaii/Tahiti/Marquessas itineraries are on R-class ships not our favorite Vista class... 

 

OTOH, it may be that a 28-day (or longer) cruise is ill-advised as long as my mom is alive... her health could go sour in short order (unrelated to COVID19) and I need to be available to do my part, spelling my sister.

I will be cancelling my special cruises later this week too:classic_sad:...…..fortunately I will be getting FCC's on both

of them so will look forward to a delayed celebration.

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Sorry to read this but totally understand. We were booked to sail on Harmony on March 22nd this year but canceled, as we were afraid of being quarantined and not able to get back to the UK.

Our “dream" cruise on Ovation is still 6 months away so fingers crossed, it will have all sorted itself out by then, otherwise we will need to make some serious decisions nearer the time.

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Thanks...I just cancelled my crossing.    I will be calling AMA to cancel my river cruise tomorrow....one

thing at a time.

 

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I am pretty sure my Panama Canal Cruise will be cancelled, or I will cancel it. I’m retiring in less than three weeks and going nowhere. My boss is lobbying for me to move my last day ahead a few months but even with the economic uncertainty right now, I think I’m just ready to move on. I can’t even try to plan another cruise yet. Just mentally tired right now I guess.

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1 hour ago, Zippeedee said:

I am pretty sure my Panama Canal Cruise will be cancelled, or I will cancel it. I’m retiring in less than three weeks and going nowhere. My boss is lobbying for me to move my last day ahead a few months but even with the economic uncertainty right now, I think I’m just ready to move on. I can’t even try to plan another cruise yet. Just mentally tired right now I guess.

If you are ready to retire now (and are able), then definitely do it:classic_biggrin:.....cruise or not.  I retired on Dec 31st...…..

I don't miss my office ONE BIT.

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Hubby's retirement party was all travel-themed. It was very well-known that we'd lived below our means for 30+ years in order to be able to travel extensively in retirement. The decor was all globes, maps, vintage suitcases, model ships and planes... the office staff really went all out!

 

Every time another cancelation is announced, our smart-@$$ daughter says, "Gee, happy retirement, Dad!"

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I am pretty sure our Ovation Transpacific in Sept / Oct this year will also be cancelled.

 

I just saw in our news today that all three Cunard round the world cruises have been stopped and all passengers to be flown home.

The ships will return to the UK empty.

 

Difficult times for all.

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Retired exactly one year ago. Cruising friend and I went to her timeshare in Orlando near Sea World for five days then we took Adventure of the seas on a 12 night repositioning cruise in Southern Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale back to Bayone. Had a wonderful time. It was my last cruise because had some medical issues . Had 4 more booked to date had to cancel them all due to illness or pandemic. Have a Transpacific this Sept on Radiance Vancouver to Tokyo. Don't think it will sail. 😥

 

Denise

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1 hour ago, DKNYC said:

. Have a Transpacific this Sept on Radiance Vancouver to Tokyo. Don't think it will sail. 😥

 

We were supposed to sail from Vancouver to Tokyo this September, as well, then two more cruises around south and east Asia, ending in Singapore, a few days on land, then an 18 day cruise from Singapore to Sydney. I fully expect the whole trip to be canceled. 

 

This virus cares not for our plans, our desires, our economies... 

 

I've been doing a bit too much reading about past pandemics, and it's not at all encouraging. 

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When my wife retired, we took a 15-day cruise out of San Diego to Hawaii and back aboard the Carnival Spirit. It was, by far, the best cruise that we've taken so far. We spent 2 days in SD prior to the cruise and loved this wonderful city. So many things to see and do, plus the best people we've ever met!

 

This was the last cruise that Carnival sailed from here. I sure hope that they will return someday.

The cruise was 4 days at sea, 7 days touring the Hawaiian islands and then 4 days at sea again. It was fantastic! I even surprised my wife with renewing our wedding vows on a beach on Oahu. She was totally surprised! Complete with a Hawaiian marriage license.

 

The cruise did have a couple of incidents that we weren't expecting. On the 3rd day at sea, a young man decided to jump overboard in broad daylight. The ship turned around and was able to locate, and rescue, the guy. He survived and was taken ashore in Hilo. Then after leaving the islands and heading home, we had to turn around and head to Honolulu to drop off an ill passenger. Other than these two incidents, the cruise was absolutely fantastic! We met some really great people and played lots of LRC games during the 15 days.

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