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About grandmarnnurse

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    Buffalo, NY
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    Cruising, reading, spending time with family
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL and Carnival
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean

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  1. I think she told you that because it is surprising just how many people are adamant that they have gotten the flu from the shot. It is impossible. I know there are many that think they can, but they are wrong. And no matter how many times we health professionals tell them this, they will believe what they want to believe. Bravo to you for being so health conscious and to protect yourself. Because even though a flu shot is not 100% effective in preventing you from catching the flu, it lessens the severity of influenza, and possibly saving your life. Thousands do die every year from influenza. And that is why that I will gladly be in line for that first COVID-19 vaccine. Because even some protection, is better than none, and with hope against hope, it will protect us entirely.
  2. Just before they stopped cruising, Carnival DID have staff man the self serve ice cream machine. I see that practice continuing, rather than eliminating the machine.
  3. I am a long time cruiser, and I most certainly do not go formal. But I respect how one should look on “elegant” night, and for us retirees that gave up wearing a suit to work daily (my hubby), we never want to see one again. My hubby and I dress neatly and appropriately, but definitely not formal. Since I rarely even see him in khakis even anymore, THAT looks elegant enough for me, along with some smart Hawaiian print shirts that we save specifically for cruising. I have several dresses to choose from for elegant night, but definitely not classified as elegant. As an RN, I spent my career in scrubs, so putting on a dress occasionally is no bother to me. As for heels? Lol! This old gal hasn’t worn a pair of heels for many years. Not sure my balance is what it use to be, not to mention, after bilateral TKRs, I can’t even get stockings on, so a nice pair of sandals or flats is about all my feet will have on, because I don’t think my every day sneakers will look too smart with my dress! 😎
  4. Firefly is correct. I had a B2B booked for April 5&11 that got cancelled in March. I was not expecting my refunds until late June, so I was pleasantly surprised to see them land on my credit card just last week. But the date they were processed was 4/8. So check your card account every day, and remember, they may show up in an earlier date for when processed. I only went back and checked after seeing I had a $1400 credit in my balance. Let me add, that these refunds were after transferring nearly $4,000 in FCC to another cruise, which I did immediately after cancelling April cruises back in March.
  5. We bring our own, as well, but on our last cruise in February when we sailed with our daughter and her family, we bought our grandchildren candy in there. It was a treat they looked forward to every night, so it does have a customer base.
  6. I wish I could get it for my January cruise, but since it’s a Journey cruise, they do not offer it. 😢
  7. You may see some formally dressed, but cruises have gotten much more casual in recent years, thank goodness. My hubby and I are retired, and have no desire to lug all that formal wear anymore. We sailed two NCL cruises and fell in love with their more casual Freestyle Cruising concept, but missed Carnival. When I heard they now had YTD, and relaxed the dress code, we returned. My hubby will wear khakis and a nice polo or Hawaiian print shirt on “Elegant” night, and I will wear a dress. Other nights, he wears cargo shorts and polo, and I either a dress or Capri set.
  8. Yes, it is. My refunds landed just last week, but we’re dated as processed 4/8. They will come. And I did recieve back every penny I had coming, even some I totally forgot about (I had purchased some cruise cash in the Fun Shops that I completely forgot about)
  9. Hopefully, it will at least give us some protection. I know that even if I get influenza after receiving the immunization in the Fall, it will be less severe than if I had never received the immunization. It does offer some protection. I caught influenza on debarkation day on a cruise in 2018 after receiving the shot in the Fall, but I’d bet I would have been sicker if I had never gotten it. I now get the extra strength one for seniors, and have good luck with that. Praying the vaccine for COVID offers good protection.
  10. A couple of years ago I had a magnetic sign Made up to place on my door, but the past few cruises, it would only stick on the wall next to my door. We are never so overly intoxicated that we can’t find our cabin—LOL—but we found it very helpful, as we (senior citizens) have been known to walk right past our cabin. 😂😂
  11. Medicare is insurance that I paid into my whole career for my retirement. Perhaps you’re thinking of Medicaid? That’s the insurance for the poor. And income levels need to be very low to receive Medicaid. My problem was with Obamacare. I shelled out big bucks for a crappy policy so that it paid for someone with low income to get a Cadillac policy. I’m sorry if that’s offensive to you, but I’m still bitter about it. I earned my Medicare. There is a difference. And I’m sure you figured out my feelings about Medicare for all. I do not support socialized medicine, and that’s what it would be. Somebody has to pay for it.
  12. They may just do that to get this under control, but if insured, it would be covered. And nobody should have an excuse not to have health insurance, because the low income get a Cadillac policy on the backs of hard working Americans that pay through the nose. I know, as it happened to me. I’m very bitter about the whole Obamacare. So I’m definitely against socialized medicine.
  13. Personally, that’s how I feel, but someone on here on another thread (I think) got defensive saying there are people that will save for a cruise vacation that won’t pay for health insurance, when we were discussing that health insurance is indeed available to everyone, as low income can get it with either a low or no cost. But there are people that choose to pay for vacations and not health insurance. So, there are people out there that won’t pay for a vaccine either. Some people have screwed up priorities. I love cruising and can honestly say I’m an addict, but having health insurance takes precedence.
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