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  3. Welcome, Kleanthis!  See you around!

  4. Hey Kleanthis, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! ?
  5. Hey vic, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! ?
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    Welcome, vic!  See you around!

  7. Komodo Island offers the perfect combination of great weather, an exotic location, and affordability. It is because of this reason that it features among most divers' lists of the best diving destinations in the world. Therefore, if you are a diving addict and haven't yet experienced the magnificence of what the Komodo islands have to offer, you are missing out. However, before you get on a plane, it is always good to be aware of things that you can do to make your experience as awesome as possible. This is because the things that make this area awesome for diving, can sometimes present a few challenges. Here are some of the things that you can do to guarantee a stress-free and inexpensive diving in Komodo island experience. Book your flights and accommodation months in advance The fact that Komodo island offers a great diving experience means that a lot of people naturally flock to the area during the dry months. This normally causes a spike in demand for tickets, and if you are unlucky, you can end up frustrated. To avoid a last-minute rush for travel and accommodation, it is always advisable that you book everything before the dry season kicks in. Getting your tickets 2 or 3 months before your tour date will go a long way towards helping you to make things less stressful. In some cases, early booking can even get you attractive discounts. Go during the dry months Komodo island experiences two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season. While the dry season tends to be the most hectic, it offers the best experience for people who love outdoor adventures. Therefore, it is usually worth the price hikes, crowding, and competition for amenities that tend to accompany this period. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that most shops, establishments, boat companies, and service providers take a break during this period due to the low demand. Therefore, things like having a convenient means of moving around or access to a place that can sell you diving gear, may not be as readily available as it usually is during the dry months. The dry months are generally a safer bet for the best experience because you get to avoid rain, while also get the best in terms of easy access to amenities. Go with a liveaboard tour If you are planning on exploring the island for several weeks or days, then booking a liveaboard tour will make the most sense for you. Since you will be living on a boat, you won't have to worry about paying for accommodation or having to carry your gear to and from your hotel. This will make the trip more enjoyable. Furthermore, with a liveaboard, you will get more time to explore the beauty of life under water. You can get the chance to visit extremely remote places. And you will also meet different people from all walks of life who share your interest in diving. Get an affordable sim card While immersing yourself in the diving experience will be a priority for you when visiting the island, you may still need to connect with family. For those who work remotely, it may be necessary to check in occasionally in order to find out the progress of your business. You may also need to blog about your experience or to simply check on some information online. Whichever the case, having access to the internet is bound to come in handy at one point or the other. While the internet speeds offered by local telecom companies are not the best, you can get decent speeds by subscribing to an internet package offered in the area. Therefore, once you land, make it a priority to get a sim card. There are some at the airport, but it is generally recommended that you avoid buying a line at the airport shops since they tend to be overpriced. View full article
  8. Komodo Island offers the perfect combination of great weather, an exotic location, and affordability. It is because of this reason that it features among most divers' lists of the best diving destinations in the world. Therefore, if you are a diving addict and haven't yet experienced the magnificence of what the Komodo islands have to offer, you are missing out. However, before you get on a plane, it is always good to be aware of things that you can do to make your experience as awesome as possible. This is because the things that make this area awesome for diving, can sometimes present a few challenges. Here are some of the things that you can do to guarantee a stress-free and inexpensive diving in Komodo island experience. Book your flights and accommodation months in advance The fact that Komodo island offers a great diving experience means that a lot of people naturally flock to the area during the dry months. This normally causes a spike in demand for tickets, and if you are unlucky, you can end up frustrated. To avoid a last-minute rush for travel and accommodation, it is always advisable that you book everything before the dry season kicks in. Getting your tickets 2 or 3 months before your tour date will go a long way towards helping you to make things less stressful. In some cases, early booking can even get you attractive discounts. Go during the dry months Komodo island experiences two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season. While the dry season tends to be the most hectic, it offers the best experience for people who love outdoor adventures. Therefore, it is usually worth the price hikes, crowding, and competition for amenities that tend to accompany this period. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that most shops, establishments, boat companies, and service providers take a break during this period due to the low demand. Therefore, things like having a convenient means of moving around or access to a place that can sell you diving gear, may not be as readily available as it usually is during the dry months. The dry months are generally a safer bet for the best experience because you get to avoid rain, while also get the best in terms of easy access to amenities. Go with a liveaboard tour If you are planning on exploring the island for several weeks or days, then booking a liveaboard tour will make the most sense for you. Since you will be living on a boat, you won't have to worry about paying for accommodation or having to carry your gear to and from your hotel. This will make the trip more enjoyable. Furthermore, with a liveaboard, you will get more time to explore the beauty of life under water. You can get the chance to visit extremely remote places. And you will also meet different people from all walks of life who share your interest in diving. Get an affordable sim card While immersing yourself in the diving experience will be a priority for you when visiting the island, you may still need to connect with family. For those who work remotely, it may be necessary to check in occasionally in order to find out the progress of your business. You may also need to blog about your experience or to simply check on some information online. Whichever the case, having access to the internet is bound to come in handy at one point or the other. While the internet speeds offered by local telecom companies are not the best, you can get decent speeds by subscribing to an internet package offered in the area. Therefore, once you land, make it a priority to get a sim card. There are some at the airport, but it is generally recommended that you avoid buying a line at the airport shops since they tend to be overpriced.
  9. We disembarked our virtual cruise on Sunday, November 15. Rather than post a day-to-day account here, to save time, please read the blog. I am glad I wrote this report because it made me feel like I was there. Even though my husband and I weren't really there, we feel like we have become familiar with the ship, thanks to all the great onboard photos from Princess used with permission. If you didn't get a chance to read my report, check it out here on my Travel Journal Blog. It's divided into days, so need to be overwhelmed if you read a day at a time.
  10. Welcome, FloydSlork!  See you around!

  11. Hey FloydSlork, Welcome to CruiseCrazies! I encourage you to take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the many features and friendly faces you'll be seeing around. Some basics on getting started: View & customize your profile here: View Member Introduce yourself in our "New Member Introductions" forum Submit your first cruise post in our "Lets Talk Cruise" forum Share recent onboard experiences: Post a Cruise Review Customize your cover photo, profile and settings here The complete guide to "Getting Started" is available here. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! See you around! ?
  12. I hope you find that. There was a book by Walter Lord "A Night to Remember" which was about the Titanic and was made into a movie by the same name more or less to refute a movie called "Titanic" with Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwick in which the portrayal of the sinking was no where near the actual events. It even showed the strike on the port side ripping a 300 foot gash into the hull which was just not sure. In any case I went the library every Saturday for weeks to get the book but no luck then one day it was there. Eureka! Again i've always had a thing for the Titanic. I don't know why.
  13. Ready to think about cruising again? Cruise lines are working hard to get you safely back on board, and Carnival has a deal too good to pass up! Message me to book your cruise today! Or contact me at: https://7seajourneys.com/contact/
  14. I’ve seen the same Titanic exhibit when it came to Hartford and the Maritime Museum in Halifax. We were supposed to do this cruise with Celebrity in 2020 with Belfast and Dublin, as well as Glasgow. I’ve had my fill of Titanic and was looking forward to tours themed toward Game of Thrones and Outlander. Hoping to catch the Outlander tour in 2022 unless I book the land tour am hoping for.🙂
  15. I am excited! Since I was in grammar school I have always had a thing for the Titanic and this cruise stop in Belfast where it was made and where there is a Titanic museum too. We saw the Titanic exhibit when it was here in Chicago and saw the Titanic section in the maritime museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  16. We’re booked on the same ship to Iceland on 7/3/22, with Scotland instead of Ireland. Enjoy!
  17. Tens of thousands of cruise enthusiasts have offered to volunteer for “test voyages” that the cruise lines have been ordered to run before they’ll be allowed to resume operations out of United States ports. And while cruise lines are so far keeping mum about what the actual test cruises will entail, requirements by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggest they’re not intended to be fun days at sea. Still, responses so far show many sea-starved cruise fans are desperate to escape dry land. Kelli Holder Guffey, one of the fans posting on Royal Caribbean’s volunteer Facebook page, Volunteers of the Seas, said she’d be “happy to be a test cruiser and docking there for a few days. Anything anything on a ship will make me happy.” More than 100,000 people have clicked a sign-up link posted by Royal Caribbean International last week seeking volunteers for “simulated trial sailings” that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says are necessary to perfect their COVID-19 prevention measures. Volunteers likely won’t be lounging all day on the Lido decks if chosen. A 40-page framework outlining what cruise lines must do to get back in operation requires the simulations to include run-throughs of check-ins, evacuation procedures, on-board activities, including at dining and entertainment venues, evacuation procedures, transfer of symptomatic passengers and crew members from cabin rooms to isolation rooms, quarantining of all remaining passengers and non-essential crew members, plus lab tests of all passengers before getting on and after getting off the ships. Industry experts expect destinations for initial passenger sailings could be restricted to cruise lines' own private islands, where embarkations and debarkations, along with passengers' onshore activities, will be easier to observe and control. Plus, sailing to private islands will avoid transmission of the virus between passengers and residents of port cities. Most of the major cruise lines own private islands. Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas is called Perfect Day at CoCo Kay. Spokesmen for Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line said Monday that nothing has been scheduled yet, and no decisions have been made about where, if anywhere, the simulated cruises will go — or whether volunteers will be expected to pay for them. “Royal Caribbean has some of the most loyal guests in the cruise industry and we have been overjoyed with their interest to take part in our simulated trial sailings,” spokesman Jonathon Fishman said by email. “We have a lot of details to work out to make sure everyone’s experience onboard is as safe and as enjoyable as we can make it.” The cruise line has also been gathering information from its Facebook page facebook.com/groups/rcbackatsea where fans are signaling their willingness to volunteer to help the cruise line fine tune protocols it must have in place to prevent spread of the coronavirus. The test voyages are part of a series of measures that the CDC said on Oct. 30 must take place before cruise lines can resume operating what the CDC calls “restricted passenger voyages.” All cruise lines operating from U.S. ports have been shut down since March, when most business and leisure activities were halted to help prevent the virus’ spread. Several cruise ships reported outbreaks among passengers and crew members, while long voyages were cut short and forced to debark passengers far away from their scheduled return ports. Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Guilliksen said prospects of test cruises are being evaluated along with other CDC guidelines for getting passengers sailing again. Carnival is not yet soliciting volunteers. “As we complete our analysis and a plan to comply with the CDC’s directive, we will update guests about deployment and scheduling plans for our fleet and homeports. We appreciate the ongoing support of our guests, travel advisor partners, and local officials in homeports and destinations,” Gulliksen said. The CDC plans a “phased approach” to resuming passenger operations, according to the Oct. 30 guidelines. Roger Frizzell, spokesman for Carnival’s parent company, Carnival Corp., said all Carnival-owned lines, including Holland America and Princess Cruises, will conduct their own simulated test voyages. Norwegian Cruise Line did not respond to requests for comment about this report. In addition to simulated voyages to test cruise lines' abilities to prevent the virus on ships, the phases will include establishing laboratory testing for crew members and a process to obtain a “conditional sailing certificate.” Volunteers must be informed in writing that they are participating “in a simulation of unproven and untested health and safety protocols for purposes of simulating a cruise ship voyage and that sailing during a pandemic is an inherently risky activity,” according to the CDC’s resumption framework. All volunteers must be at least 18 and provide written certification from a healthcare provider that they have no pre-existing medical condition that would put them at high risk for COVID-19. Cruise lines must monitor and test volunteers prior to the simulated voyage. Simulated voyages should include private island shore excursions if any are planned when operations resume, the CDC said. Masks and social distancing will be required at all public gathering spots aboard the ships, the CDC said. A Nov. 16 post on the consumer-oriented website cruisecritic.com suggested fun might be in short supply. While volunteers might enjoy “fun activities” like testing restaurant and getting drinks at the bar, “they might also end up having to go through several versions of getting on or off the ship or having to stay in their cabins while a quarantined exercise is being performed,” the post said. In addition, the CDC might require additional testing. If anyone becomes ill on the simulated voyage, the cruise line might require additional testing during the voyage, and might require that the voyage be cut short. By RON HURTIBISE, SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com
  18. Tens of thousands of cruise enthusiasts have offered to volunteer for “test voyages” that the cruise lines have been ordered to run before they’ll be allowed to resume operations out of United States ports. And while cruise lines are so far keeping mum about what the actual test cruises will entail, requirements by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggest they’re not intended to be fun days at sea. Still, responses so far show many sea-starved cruise fans are desperate to escape dry land. Kelli Holder Guffey, one of the fans posting on Royal Caribbean’s volunteer Facebook page, Volunteers of the Seas, said she’d be “happy to be a test cruiser and docking there for a few days. Anything anything on a ship will make me happy.” More than 100,000 people have clicked a sign-up link posted by Royal Caribbean International last week seeking volunteers for “simulated trial sailings” that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says are necessary to perfect their COVID-19 prevention measures. Volunteers likely won’t be lounging all day on the Lido decks if chosen. A 40-page framework outlining what cruise lines must do to get back in operation requires the simulations to include run-throughs of check-ins, evacuation procedures, on-board activities, including at dining and entertainment venues, evacuation procedures, transfer of symptomatic passengers and crew members from cabin rooms to isolation rooms, quarantining of all remaining passengers and non-essential crew members, plus lab tests of all passengers before getting on and after getting off the ships. Industry experts expect destinations for initial passenger sailings could be restricted to cruise lines' own private islands, where embarkations and debarkations, along with passengers' onshore activities, will be easier to observe and control. Plus, sailing to private islands will avoid transmission of the virus between passengers and residents of port cities. Most of the major cruise lines own private islands. Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas is called Perfect Day at CoCo Kay. Spokesmen for Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Line said Monday that nothing has been scheduled yet, and no decisions have been made about where, if anywhere, the simulated cruises will go — or whether volunteers will be expected to pay for them. “Royal Caribbean has some of the most loyal guests in the cruise industry and we have been overjoyed with their interest to take part in our simulated trial sailings,” spokesman Jonathon Fishman said by email. “We have a lot of details to work out to make sure everyone’s experience onboard is as safe and as enjoyable as we can make it.” The cruise line has also been gathering information from its Facebook page facebook.com/groups/rcbackatsea where fans are signaling their willingness to volunteer to help the cruise line fine tune protocols it must have in place to prevent spread of the coronavirus. The test voyages are part of a series of measures that the CDC said on Oct. 30 must take place before cruise lines can resume operating what the CDC calls “restricted passenger voyages.” All cruise lines operating from U.S. ports have been shut down since March, when most business and leisure activities were halted to help prevent the virus’ spread. Several cruise ships reported outbreaks among passengers and crew members, while long voyages were cut short and forced to debark passengers far away from their scheduled return ports. Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Guilliksen said prospects of test cruises are being evaluated along with other CDC guidelines for getting passengers sailing again. Carnival is not yet soliciting volunteers. “As we complete our analysis and a plan to comply with the CDC’s directive, we will update guests about deployment and scheduling plans for our fleet and homeports. We appreciate the ongoing support of our guests, travel advisor partners, and local officials in homeports and destinations,” Gulliksen said. The CDC plans a “phased approach” to resuming passenger operations, according to the Oct. 30 guidelines. Roger Frizzell, spokesman for Carnival’s parent company, Carnival Corp., said all Carnival-owned lines, including Holland America and Princess Cruises, will conduct their own simulated test voyages. Norwegian Cruise Line did not respond to requests for comment about this report. In addition to simulated voyages to test cruise lines' abilities to prevent the virus on ships, the phases will include establishing laboratory testing for crew members and a process to obtain a “conditional sailing certificate.” Volunteers must be informed in writing that they are participating “in a simulation of unproven and untested health and safety protocols for purposes of simulating a cruise ship voyage and that sailing during a pandemic is an inherently risky activity,” according to the CDC’s resumption framework. All volunteers must be at least 18 and provide written certification from a healthcare provider that they have no pre-existing medical condition that would put them at high risk for COVID-19. Cruise lines must monitor and test volunteers prior to the simulated voyage. Simulated voyages should include private island shore excursions if any are planned when operations resume, the CDC said. Masks and social distancing will be required at all public gathering spots aboard the ships, the CDC said. A Nov. 16 post on the consumer-oriented website cruisecritic.com suggested fun might be in short supply. While volunteers might enjoy “fun activities” like testing restaurant and getting drinks at the bar, “they might also end up having to go through several versions of getting on or off the ship or having to stay in their cabins while a quarantined exercise is being performed,” the post said. In addition, the CDC might require additional testing. If anyone becomes ill on the simulated voyage, the cruise line might require additional testing during the voyage, and might require that the voyage be cut short. By RON HURTIBISE, SOUTH FLORIDA SUN SENTINEL Re-posted on CruiseCrazies.com - Cruise News, Articles, Forums, Packing List, Ship Tracker, and more For more cruise news and articles go to https://www.cruisecrazies.com View full article
  19. Hi guys. its been quite a while since I posted anything and I hope you are all well. I would like to inform you of a great deal I became aware of our a group rate from my TA. Its in June 2022 on the NCL Star 10 days out from Iceland with 3 -4 stops in Iceland, Belfast, NI, the Republic of Ireland and England then ending in Southampton. Its around 8 stops in all and for $2600 ish pp for a balcony you also get: 1. Gratuities. 2. $100.00 OBC. 3. 250 minutes wifi 4. Premium beverage package. 5. Dining at three specialty restaurants. 6. $50.00 off per cabin for each port excursion. Its a great deal so if interested please contact me at: lkopp5041@wowway.com and I can send you a link for the specifics and my TA's contact info. I hope I did not violate any rules here. All the best, Larry
  20. Save NOW, Cruise Later! Choose 2 FREE Offers + FREE GRATUITIES! HURRY, Ends November 17th!
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