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  1. I said I wasn't going to book another cruise and I held firm on that... I booked two.
    23 points
  2. .......put down another deposit. Good grief. Our May Symphony was canceled, so rebooked for October with FCC, which will likely be canceled. Can’t Lift and Shift because we already have Odyssey booked for next October. This itinerary is rarely offered: St Thomas, St Maarten (our favorite), CocoCay. Next date: May 29, 2021. Start “browsing” availability. Hardly anything left. Panic! Go from JS this past May to oversized balcony October down to regular balcony next May. Call friends who we are booked with. Scan cabins. Find 2 together and bingo zippy, we are booked. I SWORE I would n
    16 points
  3. Ah...the line that unites us all!
    14 points
  4. Dipping their nautical toes into the water: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23286-1-200-passengers-are-back-on-a-cruise-ship.html?fbclid=IwAR2uQk9ljA-NCqUVcy6OyLZ_b4m1n5hDkI8EVwETKPYQK9lpFCZqXCT0vXI
    8 points
  5. I've done the same thing @Jill. I do feel better now that refunds are flowing a heck of a lot faster.
    7 points
  6. Well it looks like I’m in good company! See I knew I wouldn’t get yelled at here! We’re nothing but a bunch of enablers.
    7 points
  7. @Jill I to belong to this club! I was feeling a certain sort of angry as my refunds were non existent. I was like that's it, no more! (3 cancellations by RCCL) Okay breathe, relax outside, using my RCCL cups, oh I miss sailing so much! Wait I am not liking the latest Fain video, he speaks but amazingly says nothing....am I ever going to be refunded my April 2020 Cruise Planner Purchases?? Still waiting for a few thousand....oh wait, an FCC.... Hello Sharla, MEI please book me on the Symphony CLS #Teamdeck17 May 29, 2021! Wait, another FCC, maybe if even if the slightest chance, ring rin
    5 points
  8. SpeedNoodles

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    I don't believe anyone suggested otherwise.
    5 points
  9. Emily at MEI was able to move our February trip to the identical cruise & room in March. The move saved us $710 ( my total is now a cool $1100 in savings) AND today she was able to get us $200 in OBC. What a miracle worker .
    5 points
  10. Not to derail the Covid part of this topic...but did anyone else notice you can do the rescheduled Star Trek and 80's charter cruises as a B2B? I just told my husband I'll go on the first leg with him if he'll stick around for the 2nd leg with me.
    5 points
  11. Jill

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    **masks in elevators and hallways
    4 points
  12. This is where mask wearing becomes critical. I would expect that all crew, during their travels and after boarding, are required to wear masks at all times when not in their cabins. I'd also expect the crew / staff mess to be run at reduced max capacity, serving mostly grab-and-go meals to bring back to their cabins, at least for the first couple of weeks they're on board. Since it's shown that spread from an infected to uninfected person is less than 1% chance if both are wearing masks, this nearly eliminates the risk of ship-wide spread among the staff. Meanwhile, they get tested daily
    4 points
  13. rjac

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    There has been discussion on this board about the cruise ship being the itinerary versus the actual itinerary ports. I'm all for one of the newer ships being the itinerary with a reduced price drink package and reduced price unlimited dining package. Fun, fun, fun 'til the CDC takes the cruising awaaay!
    4 points
  14. I'm in the same boat. Keep booking cruises and watch them go south (not literally). Ahhh well, at some point this will all be a memory. My thinking is at some point everybody is going to want to cruise and fly.....you'll find everything booked up. Might as well try to get ahead of that......
    4 points
  15. Totally get it. We have 3 cruises booked next year and one booked 2022 (well, 2 as we are double booked). I have two logical reasons for it: Price protection. If we wait for things to start up again, then the cost may be $$$ and staterooms sold out. By booking now, we get a better price (not going to say good as prices in general are high), can watch for price drops and of course stateroom selection comes into play. Something to look forward to - It sucks as most of us have booked and then had our vacations cancelled. It's a horrible feeling when you look forward to someth
    4 points
  16. I won't lie, I have booked far more cruises during the shutdown than I likely would have if the shutdown had never happened. I think there will be a huge amount of demand for vacations when cruises do restart. I'm at the point where I would go on any cruise just to be on a ship.
    3 points
  17. We don't even think about the cat when booking a trip. Luckily the MIL is retired and close by, she checks on him. (Sorry no human kids and couldn't resist )
    3 points
  18. Baked Alaska

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    Just for clarification, I don't believe this is the same cruise that @SpeedNoodles was referencing. Unfortunate, nonetheless.
    3 points
  19. Jill

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    I wonder if the same test was used in the home country as was used in Germany. We all know the testing can be suspect. That’s an issue.
    3 points
  20. Jill

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    The new hygienic concept is working. But only because ship is on half capacity. Chairs at the pool are two meters apart and buffet restaurant is open but no self service. Silver is sealed for single use. You can’t even grab a coffee by yourself. Everything takes a lot more time. But at least back on a cruise ship. Mein Schiff 2 sealing from Hamburg in the North Sea with no stop. It’s TUI Cruises which belongs to 50% to Royal. So hopefully Miami is watching.
    2 points
  21. I cancelled one this week, the FCC from May rolled to September but wont be available to cover the Oct cruise until next week. I asked for an extension until they issued the FCC, they said no, so i cancelled. Now they owe me back $1000 in cruise planner purchases instead of waiting a week. Somehow i think it will be available to rebook next week when the FCC is available so i guess i will be booking again soon but i'm not putting more money in the tank for now.
    2 points
  22. Matt

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    If we were allowed in Germany, I wouldn't mind!
    2 points
  23. It took over 75 days to get my refund for my last non-cruise so the sting is still very real to me. It would take a lot of time and forgetting the last experience for me to give RCI any money. I swore I would never give them money until they start cruising again and at the moment I’m standing by that. Count me on the I’m on the #nomoneyRCI train. We’ll see how long that lasts when the 2022 cruises get posted in the fall.
    2 points
  24. Not going to lie.........I did add an extra cruise creating another S2S for 2021. The OBC and cost were too good to pass up. RCG knows how to lure us in.
    2 points
  25. 2 points
  26. Oh, l like that! There goes the budget again! I'd probably go cement and a custom design unless a shell was close enough and that good of a price... Guess you've convinced me to at least pick up the phone and get the ball rolling, even if it's for next spring.
    2 points
  27. Thanks for the positive news!
    2 points
  28. twangster

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    Fingers and toes crossed
    2 points
  29. Our backyard is completely flat and open as well. There is (or was now lol) just grass. We had the perfect set up. D11 has always wanted a pool but funds kept going towards cruising which she loves just as much as I do. However, with no cruising this year and maybe even next, we decided to YOLO and do it. Truthfully, if you are really wanting to, you should get on it now. Many places are already booking into next spring... Also, the cool down vs. heat up idea, our "hot tub" is actually a spillover spa that will be connected to the pool. We can heat it or it can have the same temp a
    2 points
  30. I think you are wise to book now. I agree with you. Once the decision is made to begin cruising again I think prices will rise (not sure about skyrocket). IMO if Royal isn’t cruising in Europe (or anywhere else, for that matter) by May 2021, we will have bigger issues than rising prices.
    2 points
  31. jticarruthers

    Muster 2.0

    There's an easy fix for that though .... Passenger attempts to buy drink ... ding ... i'm sorry sir the computer says you haven't completed the EMuster so your charge privileges have been deactivated, please follow these instructions to reactivate your account.
    2 points
  32. Well if we end up on Symphony May 29, we will have to celebrate with a glass of champagne or maybe a bottle! One for me and one for you! I just sent my reservation to Sharla this morning to move to her.
    1 point
  33. Reminds me of bought TOEFL scores.
    1 point
  34. rjac

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    Legs and arms, too
    1 point
  35. Jill

    Mein Shiff 2 at Sea!

    And eyes crossed!
    1 point
  36. We’ve got October 2021 Med on Odyssey. I feel fairly confident we will have learned to live with this virus. Heck at the rate US cases are going, I think herd immunity is getting closer each day! Honestly as long as mortality rate continues to decline (currently less than .05%) the virus will be more of a nuisance. Still troublesome for those with co-morbidities but manageable for the vast majority.
    1 point
  37. Jill

    Muster 2.0

    Maybe they can re-assign the drink package/dining package peddlers to eMuster reminder duties. Those people are literally everywhere!
    1 point
  38. *Reads thread title:*
    1 point
  39. SandyW

    Muster 2.0

    What has interrupted bar service at 3:30 in the afternoon on the first day of sailing for over 30 years? Mustering. Now there is going to be a new format. https://presscenter.rclcorporate.com/press-release/106/royal-caribbean-group-reinvents-cruise-industryrsquos-safety-drill/ This should hopefully allow those who like having a constant cocktail or adult beverage in their hand on the first day some relief. But beware, you still need to remain coherent during the process as you either gather the rules on the app from your phone or in the stateroom TV and then you will st
    1 point
  40. FManke

    Muster 2.0

    And who said nothing good will come out of Covid-19.
    1 point
  41. I feel like this is a good time to reflect in our tourist habits and really think about what we want to do and experience at places we visit. Must see lists are part of the cause of over tourism in a lot of places around the world. If everyone visits the same tourist attractions in places then it's less enjoyable and meaningful for everyone. I love art but hated visiting the Hermitage in St. Petersburg because it was rammed with people just ticking off a list. What do you and your family enjoy? History? Architecture? Food? Beaches? Then do some research and find out what is on offer tha
    1 point
  42. JLMoran

    Galapagos Discounts

    Those sailings leave out of South America, right? They might well be able to sail from there since there's no US port usage, and it's not like any US travelers leaving the country are obligated to say they're going on a cruise ship. That said, if the embarkation port city isn't accepting US travelers, like so many European and other cities / countries, then it's a moot point. Might want to check on that first.
    1 point
  43. A sad day indeed. The first half of the video is from the bridge of the Monarch, the second half is from shore.
    1 point
  44. Ummmm....if CDC didn't have an impact on current or future cruises, then why aren't we cruising????? Why aren't the U.S. ports open??? Cruise lines ONLY have say of when they start cruising WHEN & IF the CDC gives the okay to lift the NO SAIL ORDER and U.S. ports are re-opened. Marketing has diddly-squat to do with the current situation or re-opening of any U.S. ports.
    1 point
  45. Just my opinion, but I think more than anything, this shows that its not worth sinking money, time, energy into a 2021 BIG GROUP cruise that may not end up being a BIG GROUP. I think, believe, have faith that cruising will resume by 2021, but they wont be full or close to full. These huge group cruise things are expensive to organize, and its just not cost effective if you cant max it out.
    1 point
  46. SpeedNoodles

    Website Update ?

    #1 - I can never understand them through the heavy accents. and #2) I spent 10 years with a headset on my head for 10-14 hours a night answering phone calls. The LAST thing I ever want to do is call someone on the phone. Anyone. Ever.
    1 point
  47. WAAAYTOOO

    Emuster ?

    Hmmmm. I never even knew there was an option for someone else do our check-in. I hate the app so I guess I’ll just keep doing it the way we’ve always done it from the website.
    1 point
  48. Ogilthorpe

    Emuster ?

    Does this suggest that we can all watch the muster drill video in our rooms?? .... I'm all for it!
    1 point
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