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  1. I did it folks. Just like I said I would. I went to a bar, drank a beer and ate a grilled mahi sandwich. In retrospect reading CDC guidance I realize my life is now over. I didn't wear a mask for the entire meal. I ate bite after bite, drinking swig after swig of glorious food and beverage indoors at a bar. Even though I'm fully vaccinated and even though I left a nice tip my life is over per CDC guidance. Apparently I vaccinated for no reason. In case I am whisked off tomorrow and placed on a ventilator you'll know why I haven't stopped by the message boards.
    20 points
  2. Okay number 2. Having to re-enter my details over and over again when searching for a cruise. CAS #, age, state of residence, etc. I should be able to enter that once per session or login and it already knows my state, my age, my CAS#, etc.
    19 points
  3. 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...
    19 points
  4. FCC reinstatement and the fact that there is no central place to look up FCCs based on C&A numbers or your name.
    18 points
  5. One unvaccinated person infected on a ship will blow up in the media and end up costing cruise lines hundreds of millions should the CDC step back in and declare them closed again. Just the bad press from a claim of an infection from a cruise will cost all cruise lines a hit to stock prices and a drop in bookings. That's a direct hit to their bottom line. The absolute last thing any cruise line can afford is a case or claim of a case aboard a ship. I respect everyone's individual choice for or against getting a vaccine. I also respect a business having the ability to establish p
    16 points
  6. 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
  7. In the spirit of keeping this to defining the "most" frustrating thing... Inconsistency. Different ships, different crew members, different agents implementing the same thing differently. From the suite experience on newer ships with Royal Suite Class, to one ship allowing Johnny Rockets with the UDP while another won't, to a loyalty ambassador who implements their own version of the program rules and everything in between. Pick a policy, process or procedure and apply it equally across the fleet.
    15 points
  8. There are all types of people who cruise with all different levels of disposable funds to spend on their vacations. Some people have arrived at the point where a suite is a must have to cruise. Many people, the majority, don't cruise several times each year. For many it remains a special annual event or every two year event, something worth spending a bit more on. Some people are retired and have some money for cruising but need to be more aware of how they spend their retirement to make it go the distance. There is no wrong way to cruise. At the moment I am willing
    14 points
  9. Just back from post-op visit #2. Everything is continuing to heal wonderfully, and I’m down down to minimal bandaging (mainly to protect the graft site on the back of my calf. Still a bit swollen in spots, but I’m seeing the finish line. Best part was this exchange: Doc: “Go ahead. Say it.” Me: “Say what?” Doc: “Why the hell didn’t you just do this the first time around?!?” And what other bit of great news. I can finally shower again! Everyone downwind of me is quite relieved, despite my best efforts over the last couple weeks.
    13 points
  10. And if we are talking about FCCs, If i pay for my family, I wish they would give a total FCC and not individual FCCs per family member.
    13 points
  11. 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
  12. twangster

    Why suddenly quiet?

    Double book people in the same cabin? That would only happen if Royal IT made a mistake. On the flip side maybe I could get lucky and booked into the same cabin with a hot, single woman. And I mean hot, not one with hot flashes.
    12 points
  13. For my summer 2021 sailings (knowing almost for sure that they will get cancelled), I have been leaving my CP items in there on purpose because I want the 125% cruise planner OBC for my Norway sailing next July 2022. I know I will spend a lot on excursions for that sailings, so I will take all the extra I can get. I see it as a short term investment. And don't listen to me, I am not a good influence.
    12 points
  14. I'll take "Things You Don't Hear Every Day" for $1000, current Jeopardy host.
    12 points
  15. 12 points
  16. They’d have to say something to mistrust it
    12 points
  17. I've come to realize I'd make a bad TA. Everytime a client asked for a cruise booking I'd be like... "That's a nice cruise. I better book that one too!". Then I'd be on cruises all the time and never available to service my clients.
    11 points
  18. 90 or so responses and I can't remember ever seeing as much negativity as I just have? We got what we want! Now there is an avalanche of overthought, baseless, "what ifs" and could be's and.... Were supposed to be pumped. We knew all along that masks and vaccinations would be part of the deal and now the moaning surfaces? I thought this group was supposed to be steadfast cruisers. A week ago you didn't mind the masks and vacs but today you do? Stay on the beach if you wish but I'll be on an upper deck waving bye bye...
    11 points
  19. I would prefer a catapult system attached to the chairs. "Five-minute Warning" at 55 minutes, If you and your belongings aren't removed or renewed at the 60 minute mark, you/your belongings get launched!
    11 points
  20. I completely agree, and I was talking about this with @MelKaps last night. The issue, as I see it, is cruise ships are incredibly under the gun not to have even ONE case onboard. Media is waiting with baited breath for a case so they can jump on the "ANOTHER COVID OUTBREAK AT SEA" train, followed up with the "WHAT WERE THEY THINKING" trash. There will absolutely be a certain level of health theater onboard, because they have to do every little thing they can to mitigate the chance of a case onboard. Dollywood just rolled back their restrictions, but no one cares when there's a c
    11 points
  21. Man, if only there had been a recent period of severely decreased travel during which time runway work would have been ideal! If only...
    11 points
  22. Come on down to Florida ... barbecuing since July .... 2020 !!
    11 points
  23. 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".
    11 points
  24. That Depends.
    11 points
  25. Hey all! Clearly the Roll Call sub-forum is something that had a lot of pent-up demand! In the interests of making it easy to search for a particular roll call and add new ones into the forum with a consistent format, please be sure to follow these guidelines: First, always search for your sailing to see if a Roll Call was already created Easiest way to search is use the first word in the ship's name, the word AND, and the date enclosed in quotes (e.g., Vision AND "Aug 14, 2021"); this should properly limit the search and not give a lot of false matches on just the ship or da
    10 points
  26. Raise your glass or shot of Tequila in honor of your favorite travel agent, it's National Travel Advisor Day! Not sure how any of you have survived throughout this but thanks for everything you do!
    10 points
  27. Friendly reminder if you are thinking about booking a cruise and would like the peace of mind of having Cruise With Confidence as a future option, you must book by May 31, 2021 so book before the end of this month. What you need to know • As long as you cancel at least 48 hours before your sail date, you’ll receive a Future Cruise Credit. • The Cruise with Confidence program covers bookings that are booked on or before May 31st, 2021, that set sail on or before April 30th, 2022. • Future Cruise Credits are valid to book by April 30th, 2022 and sail by September 30th,
    10 points
  28. Bring on the vaccine tourists! Come on Canada, get your beavers down here!
    10 points
  29. The CDC staff making up these requirements while they sat maskless in a bar must have been laughing their asses off.
    10 points
  30. I wish it was easier to do "mock bookings" online to plan out cruise costs. First, you can't get to the breakdown of the "final cost" of the cruise (including the total cost of the prepaid gratuities, fees, taxes, etc and any discounts applied) without putting in personal info. I just put in fake info just to get past this page but it's annoying nonetheless. And the annoyance continues when you try to re-price after booking since you have to go through that process all over again when there is a sale. Also, you can't get the cost of things like beverage, dining, or spa packages unt
    10 points
  31. The always tried and true IT issues. They must be hiring those IT "professionals" that graduate from those online classes you hear advertised on the radio. "You don't know what a computer is to IT pro in 6mos!" I'm glad they don't run Med schools.
    10 points
  32. Meanwhile American Cruise Line is operating 6 of 13 ships now: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24811-american-cruise-lines-has-six-ships-back-in-service.html And has plans for full fleet sailing this spring: https://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/American-Cruise-Lines-US-ocean-cruises?ct=cruise It's trick to license the ships under 200 passengers so they escape the CDC orders. One ship has been sailing since March 13 and the sky hasn't fallen. Proof again that ships can sail with protocols. ACL has taken baby steps for us with their small s
    10 points
  33. Some will argue the CDC is "just doing their job" adding countries to the don't travel to list. I look at it this way. Even though the advisory does offer that if you're going to travel to the Bahamas get vaccinated before you go is contrary to their general guidance that if you are vaccinated, you can travel...... with certain additional recommendations that are also contradicted elsewhere .... when you return from travel get tested, or don't get tested if you don't have symptoms. I mean, the CDC can't keep up with their own set of advisories that contradict each other. Exhibit one in m
    10 points
  34. Matt

    WOW bands

    10 points
  35. 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
  36. Just checking in. Day 2 after my brush with death by visiting a bar. So far no symptoms but we all know that means nothing. The CDC has me convinced I may have contracted the common bar variant. No symptoms, no infection, no spread but a sudden urge to run free without a mask. Fearing an outbreak of the bar variant that would result in large numbers maskless with no risk to anyone except the CDC budget the CDC has created a bar task force to determine how to subtly kill the bar industry. CDC technical instructions expected in 200 days for phase 1 & 2 bar guidance.
    9 points
  37. Don't know that this level of detail is made public. I started to make final payment a few months ago once I saw light in the tunnel. So far I haven't regretted that choice. Therefore I can state with confidence it is not 0%.
    9 points
  38. Everyone is out of sorts with a year plus of no cruising. Like kids who need a nap, we all just need a cruise before we will be back to ourselves.
    9 points
  39. We arrived to the station about 1:15. Checking the cars was a breeze and we were assigned car numbers 123 and 133. Once inside there was no line to checkin and we were given our train car number as well as asked which dinner delivery time we would prefer. The choices were 5pm and 6:30, we opted for the 6:30. In pre-pandemic times sleeper car passengers got full dining in the dining car. Until May 21, 2021 those passengers in sleeper cars get their choice from the menu delivered to their room. The station is Lorton is spacious, but I could see it getting easily filled up
    9 points
  40. My contractors who are staying on state road 84 in Fort Lauderdale are telling me that the hotels are filled to capacity with Royal Caribbean and Carnival crew. Possible assembly prior to restart?
    9 points
  41. Line cutters...in the WJ, at a bar, waiting for doors to open at a show, at the ice cream machine, getting on /off the elevators. I know it's not RC specific, but it seems quite a few people lose their manners on vacation.
    9 points
  42. Yes! I also believe a certain segment of our population is approaching going off the deep end. A fully vaccinated acquaintance recently posted that she and her husband finally ate at a restaurant “don’t worry! We ate outside!” These are the same people that have now been conditioned to avoid Level 4 countries and if you do visit a restaurant and eat inside or travel to a Level 4 country you’re labeled reckless and putting others in danger. It’s past ridiculous in my opinion. Life is full of choices but I fear our freedom of choice is being smothered to put it mildly.
    9 points
  43. Here's another one ....... Greece is a CDC designated Level 4 - don't travel there country. Greece just opened to international travelers including Americans today. If you can show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test you can travel to Greece and don't have to quarantine. Are Greek public health officials idiots? Nope, the Greek government has correctly ascertained that the cost of restricting tourism in Greece, fearing SARS2 transmission from travel associated mobility, is higher than the cost of dealing with the low risk that vaccinated or even unvaccinated tourists with proof of be
    9 points
  44. Got me a booking! Through a TA.
    9 points
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. Half the year left
    9 points
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