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  1. Very well said! Here's a little something I had to remember earlier, and I hope it helps someone.
    8 points
  2. I know that for a lot of people outside of this community, it may seem silly to be so upset about canceled/changed cruises. However, we all understand that vacations like these are a way to escape reality and make once-in-a-lifetime moments. We all come together to enjoy these fantastic ships and destinations and we truly get to appreciate the good times. So given the hard times at the moment and what may come up, I wanted to take a moment to appreciate this community. We will get through this and cheers to our next cruise vacation (whenever it may be)! (Also thanks to @Matt obviously lol)
    6 points
  3. That is really cool! We need cruising to come as soon as possible when its safe of course.
    4 points
  4. Here Are Some Videos From My Last Sea On board Mariner OTS. This Is Part Two. I Hope You Will Enjoy The Video.
    4 points
  5. Or maybe Royal will do a good thing like DCL and push back final payment dates by 30 days.
    4 points
  6. How about the following in lights: "$500 in OBC" ?
    3 points
  7. I might just be willing to trade the proposed credit for 14 C&A points a week for the duration of the shutdown!!!
    3 points
  8. LOVE THIS EFFORT ON CARNIVALS PART...ROYAL CARRIBEAN...COME UP WITH SOMETHING LIKE THIS....WE ALL WILL RETURN WHEN THIS IS OVER....
    3 points
  9. All lies !!!!!!!!!!! According to a guy at work who spends FARRRRRRRRRRRRR to much time on the dark web this is all a conspiracy going back as far as mankind evolved, it's all to do with JFK, Disney, Tom Hanks, Royal Family ( The list is endless ) and we will all find out the truth soon enough!! Am i concerned about Covid - 19? not really what will be will be! am i concerned about guy at work ? OH YEAH ....... The world has gone absolutely crazy and where and how it started should be left to the experts to work out and deal with! we should not listen to rumours or random s
    3 points
  10. Well said and I am for some reason all of sudden Mr Optimistic. I say this is over or calms down much early than people think. I'm not sure our Oasis cruise in early May will go on but I am thinking positively. We will get through this together!
    3 points
  11. Well, you should be making Pinnacle soon !
    2 points
  12. “Speedy” was Dan’s call sign when he was a USMC pilot. Lol
    2 points
  13. We loved the Radiance Southbound. The ports of call were fantastic, Juneau, Icy Strait, Skagway, and Ketchikan. We spent four days in Anchorage before taking the train to Seward, so there is another plus. There is so much to see and do in the Anchorage area, that four days was not even close to enough time spent there. My son will be bringing a friend for plenty of fly-fishing in Seattle before embarkation and then also while on the cruise. Because of the cost comparison for what we like to do, pre-cruise activities and port excursions (read: fishing), and the added cost that we are pick
    2 points
  14. I believe that is the Breeze in Port Canaveral.
    2 points
  15. No refunds. But I did not get a run around from them, zero nonsense. They let us re-book another flight that was less than the one we lost. And the remainder of the money can be used at any time, no questions asked. I just really appreciated that compared to some of the run around things I have heard from some other companies.
    2 points
  16. I loved the way that Delta handled our whole mess last week. Both my parents (who cancelled their Panama Canal cruise) and I booked through them and could not be happier.
    2 points
  17. I'm more optimistic: Based on China's cases, the virus started about mid January and on about Feb. 4th the upward curve started to head downward. So maybe from about a month from when it started in USA, it will start declining. My prediction is May 1st for Royal Caribbean to start sailing. But April 11th would be wonderful!
    2 points
  18. NS8VN

    Hawaii

    People get it confused all the time, it's not the Jones Act (Merchant Marine Act of 1920), it is the PVSA (Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886) that prohibits foreign flagged ships from doing closed-loop voyages that do not visit a foreign port. While the Jones Act might get some waiver to increase commerce, it is unlikely the PVSA would fall under that as there is nothing to really gain by loosening it. We can blame the Cleveland administration all we want, but RCCL is completely capable of flagging a ship in the US to do Hawaiian cruises. They choose not to pay the associated taxes
    2 points
  19. It seems that Royal wants to try as long as possible before cancelling more cruises and extending the dates of closure. I'd just keep holding tight for further clarification from them. I too have a cruise in May and waiting for them to cancel it for me so I can get a refund.
    1 point
  20. The only time a cancellation fee is invoked is if you cancel outright or change the ship or sail date. If you are upgrading from one category to another on the same sailing there would be no fee for doing so. The only possible exception would be if you downgraded from a full suite to a non-suite they MIGHT assess you a $100 PP fee but that is not your situation so I would not expect any fee at all for making the changes you have described. It's hard to quantify the "extra" that the balcony gives you over an interior. #1, there is more room, overall, so that's enough for me, right there
    1 point
  21. JohnK6404

    Start date quesses

    We're hoping our 5/31/20 sailing doesn't get cancelled, but we too plan on booking one in late SEPT or OCT with a refundable deposit just in case! We just have to think about how the potential FCC (if we wait for Royal to cancel to get the 125%) and final payment due date for the newly booked cruise will work! I believe it's currently 30 days from cancellation until we have access to the FCC. Hmmmm.... it may be a tight timeline for us if Royal waits until the last minute to cancel! The other thing that stinks is that we will likely loose out on the better CP sales and dining ti
    1 point
  22. Ovation has had a successful Alaska cruise season and had planned to return in May Seattle round trip on any ship is an awesome Alaskan experience but the one-way North or South provide a better opportunity to see even more of Alaska. Quantum in Alaska should be very much like Ovation in Alaska and a great way to experience Alaska on a bigger and newer ship with lots of technology and things to do on those cool sea days. As cold weather ships they are perfectly suited for Alaska.
    1 point
  23. Thanks! Will help with planning. Since my wife works in a school and the two kids are in college we'll be looking at something in December since American Airlines current offer is free change but fly by 12/31. We're in Philly and airfare now to San Juan is a little less than what we were paying to go to Vancouver and back from Anchorage. Will have to get @michelle to look for Southern Caribbean perhaps!
    1 point
  24. spiralqueen

    Start date quesses

    I have no idea when it will resume, but I fall around the Labor Day camp. While we currently have a May 2020 cruise booked, I’m 80% sure that will be cancelled so we booked 2 diff refundable options to lock in prices before FCCs drive up prices more. We have Aug 30th and Nov 29th booked. Nov was my idea and August my parents. Holding both to see who (if anyone) is right.
    1 point
  25. No, the J3s have them too on Anthem.
    1 point
  26. Same here - we were sailing 5/15. I'm less concerned about the cruise since the credit is good til 12/31/2021 and we could just do next May. Where I may get burnt is on airfare. I have $3K in airfare invested with American Airlines on 4 tickets (wife and I and 2 kids). Right now they are giving free changes but you must start trip by 12/31/2020 and I think it will be 4 tickets so I don't get a $3K lump to use how I want. SO, what does one do with (4) $750 airfares and $6k in FCC? As for FCC - do I get a lump? Or is it by cruiser like the airfare? Funny thing is, 28 years ago m
    1 point
  27. I LOVE the itineraries! (Sitka! Icy Straight!). I'm not a fan so much of Quantum class in Alaska myself, but I'd do it for the itineraries. 2021 has Norwegian Fjords written all over it for us, though.
    1 point
  28. Chadster

    Start date quesses

    I'm just hoping that if they do extend their resumption of cruises, they'll push out FCCs or refunds quickly. I'm really trying hard not to cancel my original June sailing and go full-on with my July sailing (Canada/New England), but I worry if I wait too much longer, I won't get the FCC quickly enough, and I'll put a bit of extra financial strain on myself. I'm not very good at this whole patience thing.
    1 point
  29. michelle

    Alaska Cruises

    As of now NOTHING official from RCI about anything past April 10 or Alaska- so hang tight! Hoping for some good news !
    1 point
  30. 1 point
  31. btw, if it's not obvious -- I'm an avid scientist at heart, if not by profession. My current career is in web application design and programming, but my Bachelors is in biology with a concentration in molecular biology and genetics. I also put in two years at Hoffman La-Roche doing cancer research before deciding that I didn't have the temperament for a career that's defined by years of failure with only rare successes. But I still keep up with science and developments along with whatever is going on in the computer science world.
    1 point
  32. Day 4 – Nassau The first two days of the cruise didn’t go by fast but now that we were stopping in ports the days started to fly by! Usually when we do this route, we do Cococay first, so it was unusual for us to do Nassau first and not get in there until 1PM. Four of us planned to do the Aquarium at Nassau tour through Royal Caribbean. My husband and I have done this tour a few times but since we were with a few who had never been we thought it would be fun for them. Yen met us on Deck 4 at 1:15 and escorted us off the ship and to the front of the line where wristbands wer
    1 point
  33. Gears

    Start date quesses

    I have noticed that I haven't seen an RCL promotional email land in about two weeks +/-.
    1 point
  34. There are valid reasons why the FDA approval process is lengthy. While cutting red tape sounds great in a press conference, if that cuts corners in the FDA approval process that may not be a good thing for a lot of valid reasons. If additional funding is provided so some phases of the approval process can be accelerated that's another matter.
    1 point
  35. WAAAYTOOO

    Start date quesses

    Personally, I do not believe a single word of anything coming out of China. I think the chances that they have -0- new cases is -0-. They've just quit testing.
    1 point
  36. Goldie 2001

    Start date quesses

    I get the safety issues ...but do you really think if able they will go months and months with ships docked? I cant see it.
    1 point
  37. If all else fails you can always hook your laptop up to your largest TV. Put on your cruising clothes and watch live blogs of cruises....I am sure we are all stocked up to make our own DBP. If that makes you sad, given this trying time, do what I do. Look at videos of cats, or any animal, riding out social distancing.
    1 point
  38. Yes, I have seen it before. Often two rooms are less than four in one room. We tend to book holiday sailings, so the 4-berth rooms are in demand.
    1 point
  39. Floski

    Positive vibes only

    I was 53 when I took my first cruise on the beautiful Freedom of the Seas. Our fifth will be on April 26 ( #stillgoing! ) on Harmony, but nothing can replace the phenomenal memories of that first cruise. Mind you, I was so naive that I thought we had to wait on the dock with our luggage, etc, so when we got to the terminal and the porters took our bags, I was too happy. I'm tellin' ya - when I first walked onto that ship into the Promenade, I know my mouth was agape for 10 minutes. It was so much more than I ever had imagined. The entire cruise was phenomenal,
    1 point
  40. FManke

    RCL Stock Price

    I have found over the years that buying property is the way to go. I purchase as much as I can, even the less expensive ones. But I don't really care for Boardwalk or Park Place. There is a big pay off once in awhile, but the chances that people actually land on them is not worth the expensive. I also like the railroads and utilities!
    1 point
  41. The Suez Canal would be interesting. Has anyone ever done that?
    1 point
  42. dodgestang

    RCL Stock Price

    Well all the casinos are closed....so stocks it is....too bad I have to wait till Monday for my $$ transfers to all be in place to move in. Will probably be back up at 30,000 by then with my luck
    1 point
  43. I have to change that up some, Departure Port Day 1 San Diego Day 2 Cruising Day 3 Cabo San Lucas, MX Day 4 Puerto Vallarta, MX Day 5-6 Cruising Day 7 Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala Day 8 Cruising Day 9 Puntarenas, Costa Rica Day 10 Cruising Day 11 Panama Canal Day 12 Colon, Panama Day 13-14 Cartagena, Columbia Day 15-16 Aruba Day 17 Curacao Day 18 Bonaire Day 19-20 Cruising Day 21 Turks & Caicos Day 22-23 Cruising Day 24 Fort Lauderdale
    1 point
  44. I never answered my own question but I would love a TA on a quantum class ship. Somewhere between 11 and 14 days would be perfect. I think I would like maybe a cruise that departs from Southampton but ends up in a Western Caribbean itinerary including CocoCay. I would definitely book a Jr suite or higher depending on who is traveling.
    1 point
  45. Matt

    Buuilding your Itinerary

    I'd love a Panama canal cruise that includes a Western Caribbean itinerary on one end, and a Mayan Riviera on the other.
    1 point
  46. As someone who has just returned from the transatlantic taking Allure over to be Amped ...( great job RCI by the way had a great time & all was well) . This is not bad news ..ship was in good shape no need for a stupid Robo Bar & the Abyss spoiling the Boardwalk. Diamond Club stays where it is . Maybe some new furniture needed around and about other than that just fix that engine.
    1 point
  47. +1. I'm not holding my breath on this. I think we will get the FCC sans the +25%.
    1 point
  48. twangster

    Hawaii

    Actually.... it's a all been codified into US law. While it may have been the Jones Act or The PVSA in origin, technically about 15 years ago those all sort of wrapped into various parts of US law (46. U.S.C. § 50101 and 46 U.S.C. § 55103 plus others). Origins of both impact the cruise industry. The Jones Act was originally conceived to apply to merchant shipping but as written parts of it apply to any vessel, cargo or cruise (or other) in US waters. Percentages of US steel in a ship, percentage of US workers on board, cabotage, etc. are items from Jones that apply to cruise ships whi
    1 point
  49. bhageerah

    Hawaii

    I would absolutely LOVE for there to be a Jones Act Waiver! There used to be a 2 day cruise to nowhere that left from Norfolk VA, that had to go by the wayside partially due to the Jones Act.
    1 point
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