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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Bring on the vaccine tourists! Come on Canada, get your beavers down here!
    10 points
  11. The CDC staff making up these requirements while they sat maskless in a bar must have been laughing their asses off.
    10 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Now, if only the $18 deluxe beverage package would make a comeback!
    9 points
  15. 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
  16. I have to admit, the thought of watching an unvaccinated getting busted in a cruise terminal with a fake card is oddly appealing to me. Too late to use Cruise With Confidence. You literally lose the entire cruise cost.
    8 points
  17. I'm vaccinated, I have a greater risk of dying traveling to the cruise than dying on it from covid. Benjamin Franklin once said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." I love me some Ben! 100 years from now Benjamin Franklin will still be quoted, the CDC, not so much.
    7 points
  18. twangster

    CDC Test Cruises

    You can be Passenger 57. The guy who refuses to wear a mask
    7 points
  19. I'd like to see 100% vaccination mandatory for adults At this point in the US you are choosing to get COVID if you choose not to take the vaccine and that's fine with me, just sit on the sidelines so we can all return to living. Have a 50 year old in the ICU today...if they ever wake up I bet they'll wish they got vaccinated.
    7 points
  20. Worth noting, too, is the Crown & Anchor Double Points offer booking window currently ends on June 30, 2021, for all sailings departing on or before September 30, 2022.
    7 points
  21. Sharla

    How do you fire a TA?

    It's a job. It's hard work. Don't get me wrong, there are fun things about it! But especially this year it's been incredibly difficult. Not all will survive. I still have days where I wonder if it's worth it and how long I can keep it up. Here's to better days ahead!
    7 points
  22. twangster

    Moderna 2nd shot...

    If Americans are willing to drink something like Bud Light and call it beer then a few temporary symptoms from a vaccine are nothing.
    7 points
  23. Port Canaveral begins vaccinating cruise ship crew. https://www.floridatoday.com/story/money/business/2021/04/30/port-canaveral-becomes-first-u-s-port-start-vaccinating-cruise-crews/4896178001/ Port Canaveral on Friday became the first U.S. port to coordinate COVID-19 vaccine distribution to cruise ship crew members, in advance of a possible return to cruising in July. The U.S. cruise industry has been shut down since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The vaccination of crew members will help accelerate a return to cruising. --- It is expected that a
    7 points
  24. Key part of the article... Based on industry feedback, the CDC landed on five clarifications to its additional guidance issued April 2 to allow a resumption of sailing: Ships can bypass the required simulated test voyages carrying volunteers and jump to sailings with paying passengers if 98% of crew and 95% of passengers are fully vaccinated. CDC will review and respond to applications from cruise lines for simulated voyages within 5 days, a review previously expected to take 60 days. CDC will update its testing and quarantine requirements for passengers and crew
    7 points
  25. I hope things are back to normal by November 1st. Any chance of the CSO being extended past Nov 1st? Or is that just crazy talk? We are talking about the CDC here...
    7 points
  26. As a fully vaccinated individual I understand your position but disagree they should be required everywhere. There are valid reasons not to vaccinate. No need to get into them here, they exist. We need a common sense approach that allows both vaccinated and unvaccinated to participate that allows for individuals to arrive at their own conclusion without placing undue protocols on those at lower risk. Unvaccinated should consider their risk level as they make choices but don't make all of society have to endure protocols for the choices of unvaccinated.
    6 points
  27. Do the math... October 30, 2020 Update On October 30, 2020, CDC issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order. This Order is effective upon signature and was published in the Federal Registerexternal icon on November 4, 2020. May 5, 2021 Update On May 5, 2021, CDC released the next two phases of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) for cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in U.S. waters. We've been waiting 188 days for the phase 1 and 2. 1 8 8 D A Y S Seems about right considering the CDC was completely asleep for the first 6 months
    6 points
  28. You're not banned, you're unable to go. I'm in the same scenario with my kids. My thoughts are initially, I'm not going to worry too much about any possibility until we see something more firm in terms of a plan. I also recognize these are extraordinary times, and I really believe protocols for cruises in July 2021 are not necessarily going to be the same as September, November 2021 or into 2022.
    6 points
  29. Nope, no updates yet. When I get anything, I'll post it on RoyalCaribbeanBlog
    6 points
  30. Not sure if there is a way to organize it but if you go the Roll Call forum and look to the top right corner, you can do a "sort by title" and it will sort it for you by ship name (alphabetically).
    6 points
  31. CrznTxn

    GTY Cabin Room Assignment

    Less desirable location is a relative term. As long as I am on the ship there is no undesirable location.
    6 points
  32. These quotes work well together.
    6 points
  33. I like it better than being a sub category. Good job Admin's
    6 points
  34. twangster

    How Far From Shore?

    I just make stuff up.
    6 points
  35. I'm sorry this is happening to you! If you have booked cruises, you can contact Royal Caribbean and ask for the cruises to be released back to you. If they say no, escalate it. You have the right to take them back. If you have FCCs (not applied) you can book new with another travel agency or direct. FCCs belong to you, not to the travel agency. Good luck!
    6 points
  36. Some have expressed that they think the test cruises are a good approach… I totally disagree. One thing I learned over a 40 year career as a government contractor is that you never let a government civil servant get into your domain/backyard if you can legally avoid it… they are there to find fault.
    5 points
  37. Good to see this... fingers crossed. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/04/28/cdc-cruises-could-restart-july/4883450001/
    5 points
  38. When my wife and I started cruising, we were young and were always trying to save money, so the first few cruises where in an inside stateroom. I know everyone says that they don't spend much time in the stateroom anyway, so it doesn't matter. But after a couple of times of being in a CAVE, we moved to a balcony and have for all of our cruises since. I love being able to come back to the cabin and relax on the balcony in the afternoon or any time at night.
    5 points
  39. Health Canada (our version of the FDA) just approved Pfizer for 12+ this morning. Bring it on. Now I don't have the leave my kids behind in the dust, but I totally would have
    5 points
  40. Most at this point are making final, but not all. I don't have a percentage.
    5 points
  41. Not to be outdone, the busiest cruise port in the world has entered the crew vaccine effort. There were four ships in port Saturday, two today.
    5 points
  42. twangster

    Corny Jokes

    I used to be addicted to the hokey pokey. Then I turned myself around.
    5 points
  43. twangster

    How do you fire a TA?

    It's your vacation investment. You deserve prompt service.
    5 points
  44. I couldn't care less if I were on a ship full of unvaccinated people (as it used to be). The risks are minimal, and those at greater risk should be vaccinated. I don't like the idea of this mass coercion into getting the whole world vaccinated (that's a another topic), we need to live with this like we do flu! Not making people scared of the 'unvaccinated'. There is now no reason in my mind why cruising cannot resume immediately.
    5 points
  45. I think we are all being cautious having been let down before.
    5 points
  46. I'm waiting for the... "July X we sail" announcement. Until that is made it's all just more of the same CDC sleight of hand.
    5 points
  47. If we are all forced to wear masks because some choose not to vaccinate or a cruise is forced to end early and every one must quarantine in their cabin because one unvaccinated became infected.
    5 points
  48. If you haven't already seen it from a recent Facebook post, I do accumulate some information about the sailing on pages of my own just so I have a ready reference of sorts, especially cruise planner price history and some cabin category price monitoring, links to various roll calls, and other useful information like embarkation/debarkation info at Nassau and other port details, as well as trying to track what we learn about staff and entertainers getting contracts for the ship. Adventure of the Seas, 6/12/2021 (2150.com) I also, for the fun of it, went through all my own Cruis
    5 points
  49. The 98% crew vaccination is the easy part. The 95% guest vaccination part needs more clarification. The premise is that they can skip test cruises if 95% of guests are vaccinated. On which sailing? Just one sailing? All sailings? Until when? It's not like guests board a ship and live there forever like its a nursing home. Three days later those guests get off and another 3,000 get on. What happens if the first sailing for a ship has a 96% guest vaccination rate but the 2nd sailing has only a 93% vaccination rate? Does that mean they have to stop and do test cruises b
    5 points
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