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    Shalimar FL
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    Reading, Socializing, Teaching, Kumihomo cord work
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    Transatlantics; Malta!

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  1. This is what’s nice about using a professional TA. I hand over issues such as this and they handle it and keep me informed. Doing all the calls and waiting on line and whatever, especially with all the cancellations going on. The TA also can explain up front any issues on what the reservation specifics entail. OP - it appears you used a US TA, are they available to run some of this to ground for you? Den Den
  2. OK, lets get serious here. Right now we are all pretty much Stay at Home, and the recommendations have been that if you are in a group, make it 10 or less, sooooooo: Only allow 10 people per cruise.....no, that won’t work; Only allow 10 people per deck, thats 140 or so per cruise...no that won’t work; how about 10 per common area, that’s about 600 people! Better than none, right? And the ship dan run 6 shows a day to allow the 10 to watch it in the theater; run 6 breakfasts/lunches/dinners for 10 each; 6 tours at each port.....Wow that may be kind of neat wouldn’t it!?! A 3,000 person ship with 600 of us on it.....the only problem will be the 30 or so crew that would be allowed on....oops. Den
  3. I read through this thread and apparently, more than a few posters used ‘Call Centers’ or ‘Booking Agents’ not actual Travel Agents/Travel Advisors. I’m afraid that is the main difference if your ‘TA’ (using that term loosely to include the first two I mentioned) contacted and assisted you. My TA is a local businesswoman with an office and a support team. Not a website, not a 800-number and not a at-home single individual. My TA contacted me, not the other way around because I had a river cruise in late March and she walked me through waiting for the Line to cancel the cruise to allow me to get a 125% FCC or full refund. She assisted in cancelling the airline and the pre-cruise tour and the pre/post hotels. I also had a late April Med cruise and she did the same. She then assisted me in getting a reservation with a Line that allowed cancellations up to 2days prior of any cruise made before 30 April which I did. And she is watching my Oct 2020 Apex cruise and has already come up with options that we don’t need to use.....yet. I’ve booked on my own and that worked OK when there wasn’t any issues; I booked via the Cruise Line and that worked and they were pretty helpful, but I have a feeling with so many changes/calls under this circumstance it’s hard to get hold of them for good reason; I’ve use a website and an 800-number service which I put under the definition of booking on my own since once they have my booking, they are Of No Help What So Ever. So you want help? Or you want professional assistance? Use a true TA professional Travel Advisor, not a call center/booking agent. You may get a few more bucks using those high volume companies, but........you also get what you pay for. Den
  4. And I when i saw a couple with two seats between them, I thought they were just saving seats for friends....and I’d give them the ‘evil eye’!.....and here they were practicing Social Distancing before any of us knew what it was!! I can barely wait for all the complainers when my friends and I go to El Bacio to play cards for an extended time and we each take a separate table and toss the cards at each table.....and don’t order anything!!! Den
  5. I know some of these are repeats, but i thought all together they were pretty good: My quarantine diary Day 1 – I Can Do This!! Got enough food and wine to last a month! Day 2 – Opening my 8th bottle of Wine. I fear wine supplies might not last! Day 3 – Strawberries: Some have 210 seeds; some have 235 seeds. Who Knew?? Day 4 – 8:00pm. Removed my Day Pajamas and put on my Night Pajamas. Day 5 – Today, I tried to make Hand Sanitizer. It came out as Jello Shots!! Day 6 – I get to take the Garbage out. I’m So excited, I can’t decide what to wear. Day 7 – Laughing way too much at my own jokes!! Day 8 – Went to a new restaurant called “The Kitchen”. You have to gather all the ingredients & make your own meal. I have No clue how this place is still in business. Day 9 – I put liquor bottles in every room. Tonight, I’m getting all dressed up and going Bar hopping. Day 10 – Struck up a conversation with a Spider today. Seems nice. He’s a Web Designer. Day 11 – Isolation is hard. I swear my fridge just said, “What the hell do you want now?” Day 12 – I realized why dogs get so excited about something moving outside, going for walks or car rides. I think I just barked at a squirrel. Day 13 – If you keep a glass of wine in each hand, you can’t accidentally touch your face. Day 14 – Watched the birds fight over a worm. The Cardinals lead the Blue Jays 3–1. Day 15 – Anybody else feel like they’ve cooked dinner about 395 times this month? Den
  6. A quarantined man says to his wife: “I want to start seeing other people”. Den
  7. A elderly man calls his neighbor and says” Please come over and help me. i have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t even figure out how to get it started.” The neighbor asks, “ What is it supposed to be when it is finished?” The old man says, “According to the picture on the box, it is a rooster!”The neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle. He lets her in and shows her where he has the puzzle spread out on the table. She studies the pieces for a minute, then looks at the box, turns to him and says. “ First of all, no matter what we do, we are not going to be able to assemble theses pieces into anything resembling a rooster. “She takes his hand and says, “ Secondly, i want you to relax, have a nice cup of tea, and then…” she says with a deep sigh, “ Let’s put the corn flakes back in the box." Den
  8. I’ve not been into the ‘the end of the world is coming!’ But I don’t see anyway this will be over in August. We won’t be stuck at home, but over? On another thread, I wrote that all this talk about reaching a ‘peak’ sounds good, but a peak means it just crests and may stay at a plateau and has a downslope which may well take as long or longer to slowly decrease. And the peak will differ for many areas. Also, being a viral disease, there’s excellent chance of it coming back in the Fall/Winter and this is said by a guy holding onto his TA on the Apex in Oct. So I’d just wait it out But mostly over by Aug and a distant memory??? Only for those of us who are not out of work and who will face many months to recover financially. And a Distant Memory especially for those who have and Will lose loved ones or who go through recovery? yeah, right. Den
  9. Yup, depends on my Spouse! But she had me book a cruise for 2021 (Norway ports) and a Great Lakes one. She wants to try different places a bit, and realizes for us, cruising i the way to do it. So yup, Cruising will return and so will customers. even with the big negatives and impacts on all of us.
  10. I agree with ECCruiser - a lower deposit I got of $250 a last year was nice, but wasn’t the ‘decider’ for me. I either book a refundable which then the price isn’t an issue, or if non-refundable I book that type on a Line that I’ll use again. I had to change a ‘nonrefundable’ and my TA called and got them to move all over to another itinerary with no hit. Which I think is pretty common. With all that said, no a $25 deposit isn’t part of my decision-making......when COVID is under control; itinerary; Line; full cost; timing. that’s the issues right now. And yeah, I’m over 70 but dont’t sweat any restrictions since if I think a Dr wouldn’t approve me going and not sign some certificate, I shouldn’t be cruising, now should I. Den
  11. And please realize what the term ‘peak’ means. It reaches its highest rate of infection and then decreases at about the rate it increased meaning an extended time to slow And only if we continue our social distancing and protections. And not listening to those that keep saying there is this ‘cure’ and ignoring actual medical experts because It’s a quick fix. den
  12. I’m afraid I don’t look at OV and compare it to Balcony, I just go with Balcony. We started with OV’s and on our 3rd cruise we had an OV and was offered an upgrade for ~$200 or so (More than a few years ago!), and went with It, and you know what happened after that.....only Balconies! Love them and only go with OV when cruising on an older ship that has few Veranda SRs and are very high priced. So with all that said that doesn’t really respond well to the OP, I compare Veranda SRs to Veranda SRs and don’t really look at OVs, or for that matter, Suites. My old joke about going with Balconies.....I’m cruising with my wife, and in the morning, make all kinds of plans for the day. I get up and being a guy who doesn’t have a lot to do to ‘get ready’’, I ‘m ready, shall we say a bit sooner than my wife......so instead of standing there trying to ‘help’ her get ready, which she appreciates sooooo much, I step out on the balcony and watch the world crise by, watching the flying fish, the ship cutting through the water until my wife is ready!! Both of us vey happy! Den
  13. Two of my daughters are lawyers and I just cant keep from sending them these jokes!! And we think they are made up - they aren’t!! Den
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