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  1. Good luck to all my fellow crew members who are currently on Quantum Of The Seas. Lets prove to the world that cruising can be done in a healthy and safe way! Hopefully it won't be too much longer before I get asked to rejoin a cruise ship, and head back to work. I'm amazed at how much love for the cruising there still is, and it's people like you that will keep this industry alive!
    37 points
  2. It's one thing for the CDC to ban ships sailing longer itineraries due to public health concerns. It's another matter altogether for the CDC to become involved with how cruise lines market cruises. Someone needs to challenge this in court. It's a government overreach and potentially violates freedom of speech. "If you talk about cruises longer than 7 days we are going to shut you down". #DefundTheCDC.
    17 points
  3. Once again, keep the political talk, conspiracy theories and Canadian bacon discussion out of these threads please.
    16 points
  4. twangster

    Odyssey float out..

    CATS! (or Cat) Photo credit: Unknown Looks like the cat is chasing after a ball of yarn based on the float out video.
    15 points
  5. I cant list all my drinks in a day.....it would clog up this thread...its a long long list.......... But it averages around 20-25 per day, more on the first few days, less on the last few days...a couple of those are water or poweraede though.....lol........
    15 points
  6. Much as I find it best to not discuss religion and politics in hostile territory, I have added "cruise industry" to this philosophy.
    13 points
  7. To always have one in my hand. LOL
    13 points
  8. My chocolate martini at the English Pub on Symphony of the Seas last February. This bartender was very good at making me drinks I never thought I'd like and having me fall in love with them (like a Blueberry Gin Fizz - I thought I hated Gin). Man, I miss him.
    13 points
  9. mattymay

    Odyssey float out..

    Photo credit: Unimedien
    12 points
  10. Bloody Mary for 1st breakfast Irish Coffee for 2nd breakfast VRB (vodka redbull) for the lull Long island iced tea for 1st lunch pina colada for 2nd lunch (water... lots of water) Coconut mojito lava flow for the down time Wine with first dinner beer with 2nd dinner ask bartender to surprise me before entertainment (water.... lots of water.... and more water) old fashioned gatorade sleep.... shower... repeat. CHEERS!
    12 points
  11. As a glass half-full kind of guy, I think @Matt may have accidentally provided RCG an invaluable service: a database of individuals who should ABSOLUTELY 100% NOT be involved on a test cruise due to an inability to process information and/or follow directions. I'd think Dr. Johnson, Dr. Gottlieb and the rest of the Healthy Sail Panel would appreciate dodging this entire magazine worth of bullets.
    12 points
  12. Visiting Blue Lagoon
    12 points
  13. Wake up-- I need my Diet Dr. Pepper.. They had it on Harmony in the Freestyle Machines.. If not ill drink a few glasses of coke Mid morning (1000ish) I gotta have a few Tito's Bloody Marys.. Around twoish.. I guess its Bud Light time until Dinner.. After dinner... Tito's Dirty Martinis or Tito's and Cranberry.. Depending on the night.. Maybe a few shots of Patron mixed in Last year I made the bright decision after a nap to start the Afternoon with Tito's and Red Bull.. Drank those up until dinnertime.. Around 11pm i lost my wings and crashed hard.. Couldn't find our
    11 points
  14. I enjoyed the blog also but it did not include my top saying: "I'm only _______ cruises from Pinnacle" My other favorite saying is: "Some day they will call me Super Steve!!"
    11 points
  15. It is exciting news! By the way, they definitely saw my post about this and then wrote it themselves https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/2020/11/19/royal-caribbean-will-finally-offer-cruises-bermuda-florida
    10 points
  16. You are aware that this is “fun post” right? One of our “rules” here is to stay on topic. If you are not contributing anything relevant to the topic at hand, perhaps move onto another thread. https://www.royalcaribbeanblog.com/boards/index.php?/topic/19393-dont-do-any-of-these-things/
    10 points
  17. I think it's definitely positive news. I think we've all learned at this point not to assume anything in terms of forecasting the future, but it's a step in the right direction for bringing COVID down from a public health emergency.
    10 points
  18. It's an election day miracle !
    10 points
  19. This thread just gets funnier and funnier. Best one in a long time. I too would like to volunteer. However, I think the best way to trial all of these protocols is to test them under the most severe conditions. I volunteer to captain which ever ship is chosen. The largest ship I have been at the helm is a 17.5 ft Norseboat. I have never tipped it (although I have come vey close). I honestly say I would be, by far, the worst captain in the fleet. Still, we need to have the worst conditions at sea to really stress the systems. I will be bringing along some help: Chief Medical
    10 points
  20. Hi Matt, Doesn't mention anything about qualifications. Here are some of mine, do you think these will qualify me? Bon Vivant, well versed in the English language as well as Pig Latin, able to walk and chew gum at the same time, highly experienced office worker qualified on most of the Xerox Multifunction / All-in-One Laser Printers, non smoker, non drinker before 12:00 noon, I am a professional amateur, always wading into areas that I hardly anything about and I can make sure nothing ever happens.
    10 points
  21. My girls dictate the schedule in my family. First stop is always the Boardwalk doghouse, second stop is the arcade and then it’s time to chill out on the balcony! So many great memories made on these ships!
    10 points
  22. July 27, 2019 leaving the beautiful Port of Miami on Symphony. I never would have imagined that sail away would be my last one for almost a year and a half now. The saddest part is that I don’t know even know when the dry dock ends. However, with all the losses 2020 has brought, it has brought us many hidden blessings as well. It is important to fix our eyes on the little things in life.
    10 points
  23. 9 points
  24. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And remembering those who can't be with us. Be it by deployment, health reasons or ones we've lost.
    9 points
  25. melmar02

    Your last cruise memory

    Our last cruise was Feb 7 when we took my MIL on her first cruise for her birthday. She had a couple hard years (FIL passed away, couldn't get her house sold, moving), and we really wanted this trip to be special for her. The crew really went above and beyond to make her birthday special, but my favorite memory is of her and the kids playing in the pool at Paradise Beach in Cozumel On second thought, it may be when the kids and I went to the bird aviary in Costa Maya, and came back to DH and my MIL waiting for us at Cantina Latina.
    9 points
  26. Update: Had the closing on our VA house this morning and headed south with a VERY full 26' U Haul truck ! I can't believe everything fit in there, but it did. I was even able to fit a number of my favorite Hibiscus (or high biscuits, as I call them) in there. YIIPPEE !!! Florence, SC is about 1/3 of the way so that's where we are spending the night, tonite. JAX will be the next stop tomorrow night and then on to Port St. Lucie on Thursday. We were able to secure an adequate rental home for the next year. As long as it's reasonably clean (and I am assured that it will be) I
    9 points
  27. JeffB

    Talk me off the ledge

    Try this ..... sort-of a combination of "this is not a personal attack against you" advice you got up thread and then lay out these facts on the table. Write them down and let your in-laws read them: What was described as a cruise line debacle in March 2020 by the press anxious to lay blame on the spread of the virus to something, accounted for < 0.05% of global COVID cases over the month of March. Italy, China and a few weeks later other countries in the EU followed by NYC were epic debacles where thousands of people not only got COVID but died in droves. 5 people died from COV
    9 points
  28. So glad I’m not the only one starting my day with a little Baileys in my coffee!!
    9 points
  29. @Leroyr55This is the most important piece of advice anyone can give you when selecting a new ship to try. My thinking is that any cruise/ship is a great one as long as you do your research and set your expectations accordingly.
    9 points
  30. Disembarkation morning breakfast on the back of Ovation in Sydney Harbour.
    9 points
  31. Hanging by the beach in Labadee. Can’t wait to get back and enjoy it again soon!
    9 points
  32. BBC article published 15 mins ago: "The UK has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. British regulator, the MHRA, says the jab, which offers up to 95% protection against Covid-19 illness, is safe for roll out next week. Immunisations could start within days for people in high priority groups. The UK has already ordered 40m doses - enough to vaccinate 20m people, with two shots each. Around 10m doses should be available soon, with the first doses
    8 points
  33. I was curious how the big lettering would work out. It was hard to tell with the limited pictures when the ship was inside. Now that it's outside it isn't growing on me.
    8 points
  34. Amen. Here's hoping flawless start to cruises on Quantum
    8 points
  35. Great to hear your positive attitude and hope you've managed through this shutdown in good health. I think we all look forward to cruising restarting!
    8 points
  36. twangster

    Odyssey float out..

    Wasting no time... North Star is installed.
    8 points
  37. Matt

    Revamped MDR Menus

    Nope
    8 points
  38. Every one has different vacation budgets, that's what is great about cruises, they can accommodate most of them. Even at $400 difference I'd want to pick my own room, at $141 (actually $170 I'm a midship guy) it's a no brainier for me. That's because I can afford it and don't like to gamble with guarantee category. If you can still afford the cruise comfortably and not have to cut out a "must do" to get the room, do it. However, if it comes at a sacrifice, think about how much time you spend in the room and if it's worth it to you.
    8 points
  39. 4ensic

    Art Auction on Anthem OTS?

    I'd prefer a pay channel of "Waiting for your tour group number to be called in the theatre".
    8 points
  40. HeWhoWaits

    Talk me off the ledge

    My gut would be to leave it alone until they bring it up again. Then you can start into the "if you're THAT concerned about the spread of the virus, why are we together this weekend?" approach. Call out the hypocrisy of over-the-top virus concerns vs. gathering as a group in confined spaces just because it's a family tradition. ***Point of fact - I tend to be a pot-stirrer when provoked, so YMMV.***
    8 points
  41. YEP!!! Life is too short. Can't live in fear. Just follow the protocols and you will be fine.
    8 points
  42. January 5th of this year had a great time on Oasis , my wife doing the zip line over the ocean . It was our first cruise with Royal and won't be our last ..hooked now
    8 points
  43. Our first cruise with Royal, Christmas 2019 on Anthem was full of so many great memories! So many pictures I could have picked but this was our first view of Anthem as we arrived at the terminal.
    8 points
  44. My thoughts: If you truly don’t care where your room is, let them assign you. If there is any little voice in the back of your head saying, “Yea....but”, pick your room yourself. Disclaimer: We do guaranteed rooms as long as it’s cheaper.
    7 points
  45. Bikinis are overrated. Parkas are the new thing. Boy do I sound old...
    7 points
  46. Matt

    Sorry Canadians

    A special message for @Lovetocruise2002, @Marc Van Niekerk, @monctonguy and the rest to watch inbetween your daily snow storms.
    7 points
  47. The first sunset on the first night of our first cruise July 2019..A lot of firsts.
    7 points
  48. 1 year, 11 days, and 5 hours ago at time of posting, I was lounging on Horseshoe Bay beach. Just enjoying the sun, relatively mild Bermuda weather, and the Dark and Stormy my wife was nice enough to get for me since I was nursing a foot injury. We boarded the ship to return home just a couple of hours later. Had no idea that would be our last cruise until 2022, still missing the Iceland & Greenland sailing that I was supposed to have taken this past August.
    7 points
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