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  1. I planned to retire sometime between 2020 - 2022. I'm so glad I decided to keep working and not retire in 2020 because it gives me something to occupy my days. If I were stuck at home 24 hrs. a day with nothing to do or nowhere to go I would probably be stark raving mad by now. This past week I finally reached a level of acceptance that things aren't going back to the way they were for another year or two. Bad news for those of us who had plans for retirement that included cruising and other types of travel. I expect my January 2021 cruise will be canceled any day now, but am holding out hope for my December 2021 river cruise pending a vaccine being widely available.
  2. Two people I know - one a relative and one a friend - have to weigh themselves daily due to congestive heart failure. Water weight gains can be deadly and they are on strict diets to minimize fluid retention.
  3. The best sommelier I had on a Uniworld cruise was on a Budapest to Passau itinerary. She was a Hungarian lady in her early 20s, and she knew her wines. I think her family may have been in the wine business. Eastern Europe has a lot to offer and there are hidden treasures.
  4. 2024...nothing like planning ahead. 😉 I've never been on a wine cruise, but just for the heck of it I did a little research. Seems as thought most wine cruises concentrate on France and Portugal. Wine cruises for the Rhine and Danube are more limited, which is why I assume you're looking at Ama and Avalon. I wouldn't hesitate to sail on either one, but Ama is generally thought to be a bit more upscale. Even though they weren't wine cruises, I learned a lot about regional wines on my 3 Uniworld cruises, and I was pleased with the wine pairings at dinner. For instance, in Hungary I was surprised to learn that there are white Tokay wines. Good luck with your planning.
  5. You may also want to call Princess' Special Needs Dept. to get exact information.
  6. I observe my city's mask directives, but I also eat indoors at a restaurant once or twice a week. The 2 aren't mutually exclusive.
  7. There is still a demand for cruising, and there will be a bigger demand for cruising once Covid subsides. Where there's a demand, someone will come in to fill the void (and make money).
  8. I've been to Aruba 2 or 3 times and I just don't get it. People rave about it. It's flat, dry, full of cacti, and there's garbage all over the place.
  9. @CaroleLee, I don't have anything booked on AMA or Uniworld at the moment. Just exploring options.
  10. I would let Viking cancel the cruise.
  11. @rkacruiser, not sure whether there are coffee makers in the room or not. I did the same thing in college, but now I would probably just get in my car and drive to the nearest McDonald's. I can see how hotel breakfast buffets could survive if they were set up like HAL has its Lido, where the guests aren't touching the serving utensils. Just give me my coffee! ☕😄
  12. The public library in Amsterdam behind the Doubletree Hotel near Centraal Station; Rhine River.
  13. I canceled a weekend trip to Chattanooga because the hotels that normally include breakfast have either done away with it or are "serving" a bagged breakfast consisting of a bottle of water and packaged carbohydrates. No coffee and no hot breakfast items. What do most people want in the morning, water or coffee? I suspect the same is true in FL. Hotel breakfasts are either non-existent or scaled backed significantly, even though restaurants are open. Go figure. I don't understand why a hotel employee can't dispense a cup of coffee while wearing a mask and gloves. Travel has become very unpleasant. If you go to a hotel, no one will come in to empty the trash, make the bed, or clean the bathroom until you leave.
  14. Fran, is it in a Bulgarian city on the Black Sea (end of the Danube)?
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