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  1. We will be on the Dawn in May in Venice and the Greek Isles. I will be sure to try the sole. Thanks so much for the suggestion.
  2. I really enjoyed your review. We will be taking a NCL Dawn cruise with the same itinerary in May. I'll be back with questions. Thanks so much for all your effort here.
  3. We were on the Bliss last February and really enjoyed it, despite some reservations about it being a mega ship. I book based on itinerary so Bliss net our needs. The entertainment, food, service were all excellent!
  4. I'm leaning towards using a TA for this cruise. Thanks for the feedback and for the suggestion to do a search. It took a few tries, but with the correct parameters, I was able to find this: Link to posts on the topic
  5. Hi, I am starting to plan a cruise for May 2020 and am wondering if I should use a travel agent or book directly through the cruise line. This is cruise #16 for us so we are no rookies. However, the cruise I am planning is a Mediterranean cruise (Eastern.) We have done a Western Med cruise, but it was all booked through a travel agent because it was a gift from my husband's company (yes, nice!) Please share your opinions. I appreciate all feedback.
  6. AnnieB925

    Jost Van Dyke

    We were on NCL Bliss last week on Jost Van Dyke. We met a mother/daughter who were at Jost on Celebrity Edge (docked next us us in Tortola) and witnessed them getting back on their small tender boat for the return to the ship. It was one step with assistance from crew. You will have a very easy time. JVD is our all-time favorites excusion. Don't miss it!
  7. So far those who retired before 65 (Medicare eligible): 1. military insurance (thank you for your service to our country. You deserve it!) 2. live in a country other than the US Some who answered choose to work part-time, but I don't think that qualifies as retirement, per se.
  8. I never take my wedding ring set off, ever! Have been on several cruises and have never had a problem.
  9. In my opinion you can do too much research, but I understand that it is sometimes beneficial depending on how you roll! Since this is your first cruise and first trip to Europe I would suggest an excursion booked directly though Royal Caribbean to either the Vatican or the Colosseum. I have found the "Roll Call" board for my upcoming cruise to be very slow compared to when I first started visiting this site. I chalk it up to so many avenues for cruise information now. We also took a Mediterranean cruise on RCI (loved it!) that included Rome. However, it was after having been to Rome twice on our own. There is so much to see and do, but pick one and get a taste. After your cruise you may want to do further exploration by air/land. I'm also in the Northeast (Boston area)!
  10. I too am curious about those of you who retired before the age of 65 and what you did for health care.
  11. Yes, Mary, working does help pay for health insurance. That is for sure. Hoping others will chime in about how they got health insurance if they retired before 65.
  12. Health insurance was the main reason I kept working too! I retired in June at 64 and my insurance covered me until I turned 65 in September. I, too, am curious about this pesky detail!
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