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  1. Who doesn't love a balcony cabin? It seems a lot of people do because balcony cabins are one of the most popular types of cabins offered to cruisers. What could be better than reading a book, eating breakfast or enjoying a favorite beverage on your very own balcony overlooking the ocean? Budget minded cruisers can't always afford the extra cost associated with a cabin that includes a dedicated balcony exclusively for that guest. Enter the obstructed balcony. Cabins with obstructed views are nothing new to the cruise industry. For decades cruise ships have had oceanview and balc
    18 points
  2. Royal is doing what it needs to do to survive. It's obvious the CDC has no intention of letting them sail soon in America. Numerous ports have agreed to allow Royal ships to visit on the premise that everyone will be tested and everyone will be vaccinated. Virgin Cruises is doing the same. There is no way any Caribbean nation can tell it's people they are opening their ports to thousands while those countries haven't been vaccinated unless everyone arriving is vaccinated and tested. That is the only way to better ensure the safety of the Caribbean nations being visited before those re
    18 points
  3. Let’s all stick to the topic of this thread, which I am assuming is the interest level of sailing out of the Bahamas this summer. Let’s not turn this into a thread where we are criticizing or judging other countries for their vaccine rollout or question why their government did what they did. The way I see it, the bottom line is that we are all frustrated on some level regardless of what country we are from. We all want to get back to cruising. But no amount of criticism, or playing the would have, should have, could have game is going to change any of the decisions that our
    18 points
  4. Good to see politicians trying to move the needle, but thus far it is clear the CDC does not really care about what any politician says (except perhaps the President, as evidenced last fall with that alleged tug of war with extending the no sail order). The fact technical instructions haven't been delivered and it is now March (from when they were supposed to be given in October) is absolutely ridiculous. Talk about not being an honest broker. The fear that the Conditional Sail Order is the No Sail Order with a different name is accurate, and it is absolutely absurd this has gone on
    18 points
  5. SPS

    Cruise Ships in the CDC Dock

    It's a good thing there are community guidelines on this blog to prevent me from typing up how I feel about this statement.
    16 points
  6. The more I look at it, the more ridiculous the CDC ban is. Consider allowing each of the big three cruise lines to sail with two ships right now at 50% capacity. Use 3,000 per ship as a high number (not all ships are Oasis class). That is 18,000 guests per week. Double it to account for secondary brands also sailing with two ships. That's 36,000 guests per week. The US population is ~328M. Those 36k guests equal 0.01% of the US population. The CDC is banning a restart that involves 0.01% of the population. If allowed to sail and using CDC protocols those 36,000
    15 points
  7. Oh , but you know what will happen , yes the CDC will announce the simple protocols in few days and it will be something like that : 1. Only people that got two vaccine shots will be allowed to board beside people that got it from Pfizer , AZ, Moderna or any Chinese/Russian vaccine , your are OK if you got two shots of the JJ vaccine. 2. People who want to cruise will need to bring a letter from their doctor proving they never catch a cold in their life . 3. The ship Captain name should start with Z and and with X , captains who changed their name on the last 10 years can no
    14 points
  8. Hey all! Doc said the surgery went great, no problems at all. I’ve got one heck of a sore throat from being intubated for anesthesia for 2+ hours, and I’m only just now getting off my usual post-surgery nausea (or maybe not so much; sat up to help with doing the breathing exercise that helps clear the anesthesia and felt another wave hit me ). But foot is decently comfortable with meds; and doc said he wants to see me tomorrow to change the dressing and do an initial evaluation.
    13 points
  9. You missed a couple... 7. All internal walls including cabin walls need to removed so the inside of the ship is one large space. In addition all exterior windows need to be removed and all decks above removed so essentially everywhere on the ship is outdoors at all times. Maska are required while any passenger or crew is indoors including but not limited to indoor spaces that are now outdoor spaces. 8. Test cruises will be comprised of inmates from maximum security prisons who have been granted pardons. In the event there are not enough pardoned inmates available cruise lines m
    13 points
  10. I'm keeping this cruise-related, don't worry. CDC has confirmed (via a study of ~4,000 US essential workers who were monitored as they continued to work) that after two doses, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both are 90% effective at preventing infection. And if you don't get infected, you can't spread the virus (not even asymptomatically). https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/03/29/vaccine-effective-essential-workers-study/ The article goes on to talk about the study design and logistical challenges it faced (e.g., having to negotiate with UPS and FedEx to get thousands of
    13 points
  11. I heard some staffers don't turn on the sinks. They just do toilets. They're a Straight Flush
    13 points
  12. RBRSKI

    Toilet Flushing

    Or one could say that's a "Royal Flush"
    13 points
  13. Which cruise is more appealing for you guys this summer? Adventure sailing out of Nassau, or Vision sailing out of Bemuda? Here's the latest update I have for you guys with regard to me going back to work.
    13 points
  14. Because @Lovetocruise2002 is stuck in Canada and isn't going. Otherwise she would have started one a month ago before Royal announced it.
    13 points
  15. They’d have to say something to mistrust it
    12 points
  16. I think we all should exercise a lot of caution with respect to sharing personal health choices and information with any private business. If a sports venue or movie theater starts building a database with my health information that may seem innocent enough for this particular virus but where is this going? Will information be used to target sales and promotions? What about discounts? Will my health information be shared or sold to other businesses so a different unrelated business can target sales to me? It's one thing for a government to request vaccine data when someone arriv
    12 points
  17. AlmondFarmer

    Toilet Flushing

    Reversal of role, from inputs to outputs.
    12 points
  18. This is from CLIA, and I think everyone here supports cruising restarting. There is a difference between political discussion (left vs right) and what this is about.
    12 points
  19. twangster

    Shot, Test, Mask?

    First dose appointment tomorrow. State age limit officially drops as of tomorrow but one of pharmacies offering shots has lowered the age limit on their website today as they said they would since all appointments offered begin tomorrow. Feeling more confident now I'll be ready to meet any vaccine requirement to cruise and maybe even be ready for any test cruises that could be coming. I'm ready to travel again.
    12 points
  20. Come on down to Florida ... barbecuing since July .... 2020 !!
    11 points
  21. That Depends.
    11 points
  22. I'm glad you mentioned this, because this is the source of the problem with the CDC. The CDC is still looking at cruises through the prism of March 2020. That is like saying airplanes and airports are unsafe from terrorists because you only look at airline security pre-9/11. No cruise ship is going to operate in 2021 like it did in March 2020. I'm not sure how many more times cruise lines can state their extensive and unparalleled new health protocols before the CDC stops using March 2020 as the baseline.
    11 points
  23. Just another opportunity to drive a bigger wedge into the double standard of travel by cruise ship versus literally any other form of travel
    11 points
  24. This thread is going down the tubes.
    11 points
  25. twangster

    Toilet Flushing

    I guess the former head waiter can now be the head flusher.
    11 points
  26. As I do my poor imitation of @monctonguy, "I said this was going to happen but noooooooooo, nobody listens."
    11 points
  27. I thought about that briefly but then realized I don't care.
    11 points
  28. Matt

    Shot, Test, Mask?

    Still not old enough to qualify
    11 points
  29. Locking this thread. We're here to talk Adventure of the Seas, not debate if vaccines are good or not. This forum is not for debating if a vaccine works, or your views of the vaccine. Clearly Royal Caribbean will require a vaccine for Adventure, so it is what it is.
    11 points
  30. I believe Jill to be right. They are having a tantrum they can't control the whole world. Today the Congress added a bill to the Senate one trying to bring this to an end. It doesn't bod well to have multiple states suing then bills from both house and senate looking to clip their wings. Bahama numbers very low. Their peak came in October with five times as many active cases as they have now (2500 vs 450). Most days have no deaths. About 40 new cases a day nation wide... CDC are behaving like spoiled children who's toys are being taken away...
    10 points
  31. 10 points
  32. To illustrate the impact of one ship leaving Florida and sailing from the Bahamas, Michael Bayley recently estimated just under 2,000 guests per weekend will be sailing from Nassau. That sounds about right for a ship at 50% capacity. CLIA has calculated the average cruise ship guest spends $385 in the home port before boarding a cruise. 1,800 x $385 = $693,000 per weekend not being spent in Florida bars, restaurants, hotels, taxis, etc. That's one ship at reduced capacity. Multiple it by two for full capacity and multiple it by many more for all ships across all lines saili
    10 points
  33. We've seen people run into this when they pay the travel agency or club directly (meaning their card is charged by the travel agency, not Royal Caribbean), and then the travel agency or club finds that when things go south they don't have the funds to reimburse their members so they jack them around for a while. This happened to a friend of mine last year who had booked a trip to Ireland through a travel club. If your charge card doesn't say Royal Caribbean, I'd be going after the club.
    10 points
  34. If you're fully vaccinated, what's the difference if your plane/ship/train crosses the U.S. border? Suddenly it becomes less safe?
    10 points
  35. https://cruising.org/en/clia-action-center TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Help Restart the Cruise Industry! Yesterday, CLIA called on the Biden Administration and the CDC to lift the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) and allow cruising
    10 points
  36. MIAMI/LONDON, March 25, 2021 – This summer, Royal Caribbean International guests can soak up the Mediterranean sun and explore the captivating coastlines of Greece and Cyprus on all-new 7-night cruises departing from Limassol, Cyprus. Starting July 10, Jewel of the Seas will call Cyprus home for the first time and sail to the picturesque shores and ancient ruins in Cyprus, Greece and the Greek Isles through October. Travelers can visit a combination of culture-rich cities and idyllic islands, including Limassol, Athens, Greece and the Greek islands of Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini.
    10 points
  37. I agree with @twangster and @BarbieBell. Royal has to get back to cruising somehow and this appears the only way to do it. There's no point in waiting further. As far as people that don't want to sail because of the vaccine, well that is their choice. The requirements to go on these cruises is well understood and publicized. Anyone that chooses to go, also chooses to abide by them. Anyone that can't abide by them, is free to stay home. People that complain about these kinds of things are just making trouble. Kinda reminds me of this woman: Woman refuses to wear mask in Texas, ag
    10 points
  38. twangster

    June restart...

    Royal has stated the last antigen test on board will be timed so this can be used for the purpose of flying home.
    10 points
  39. If one uses the Ultimate beverage package correctly, ones mask usage will be limited.
    10 points
  40. I took a side to side cruise moving between ships. One was a 3 night weekend cruise. I had my scuba diving gear with me. Debarking I had my big XL size suitcase since I had packed for 2 cruises with dive gear. Everyone else in line had little roller bags. They were looking at me like "Dude, it's a 3 night cruise".
    9 points
  41. Got me a booking! Through a TA.
    9 points
  42. I know that at times interactions with the RC service team can come with an element of frustration so I thought I would share an example of where the RC rep showed initiative and flexibility to resolve my query... I booked one of the UK only sailings on the day they became available; however upon browsing the RC web site the very next day (as I am in the habit of doing whilst I await the green light for operations!) I noticed that the sailing was available at the same price but this time with OBC as an added extra. I called RC and explained the situation, asking whether I needed to c
    9 points
  43. Maybe California will contemplate convening a study to explore the idea of considering a tentative involvement in a limited commitment to a flexible proposal surrounding the concept of engaging in preliminary discussions with the CDC. I will provide an update on this in 6 months.
    9 points
  44. Half the year left
    9 points
  45. I was looking for Del Rio quotes specifically. Not because I think it will make a difference, but because of the "theatre" (not something I can go to these days). Here are a few of my favourites from the article: “This impasse has got to stop,” Del Rio said. “The cruise industry must participate in the great national reopening. Every other hospitality travel and tourism sector has been allowed to operate and we have not.” “We were disappointed,” Del Rio said. “We thought it was a step backward, quite frankly.” Del Rio called the combination of safety p
    9 points
  46. Oh, sure. Right profession, wrong country. LOL
    9 points
  47. I agree with Twangster, Royal has met and exceeded requirements set forth by the CDC according to CEO Richard Fain and yet the CDC refuses to work with them to reopen cruising from US ports. The company has found a work around that will get them back to sailing, and of course everything is not going to be perfect nor please everyone, but it’s a far cry better than nothing! As vaccinations increase there will be plenty of willing cruisers for what may be a temporary situation. Personally why would anyone object to being onboard where everyone including crew has been vaccinated? Sounds safe an
    9 points
  48. I thought you were going all Bronx on us for a moment there. As for your friends, that's simply the way they're dealing with it that helps them cope. Some people are serious germaphobes and it's a way of coping that allows them to feel as if they have better control of a situation that gives them great anxiety. I am very close to one myself, and his routines have nothing to do with "this country". Just continue to be kind.
    9 points
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