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  1. 20 points
    WAAAYTOOO

    Corny Jokes

    Why must you knock before opening the refrigerator door ? Because you wouldn’t want to catch the salad, dressing. ba-dump-bump
  2. 18 points
    RickinSTL

    Corny Jokes

    Did you know diarrhea is hereditary? It runs through your genes lol
  3. 13 points
    We were supposed to be on the Oasis of the Seas from 04/05/20 to 04/12/20 but it was canceled due to the pandemic. I was devastated. We had a beautiful Crown Loft Suite reserved (the nicest room we've ever booked) and I really wanted to see the revamp that was done in 2019. The last time we were on the Oasis was in 2012. Fortunately, we have two more cruises booked. One, for Christmas 2020 and the other, for Spring Break 2021. Since we were able to get a full refund for our April 2020 cruise (sadly), I figured, what the heck? I emailed my TA yesterday and upgraded our Junior Suite to a beautiful Owner's Suite on the Freedom of the Seas for our Christmas cruise. YAY! I will now start my Keto diet again, ramp up the exercises, and start getting bathing suit ready for December. It will happen....it HAS to happen. LOL! Here's to cruising SOON...very soon!
  4. 13 points
    DDaley

    Corny Jokes

    What do you call an arrogant criminal walking down stairs? A condescending con descending!
  5. 13 points
    Matt

    Don't do any of these things

    Hi everyone, I know we get heated debating which dessert is the best one to order, or if a balcony room is worth it, but let's keep these basic rules in mind when chatting here. No profanity No personal insults No political discussion No debating religion A good joke about Canada, is always welcome.
  6. 12 points
    Ampurp85

    Corny Jokes

    What did the Fisherman say to the Magician? Pick a cod, any cod. Why couldn't the sesame seed leave the casino? He was on a roll.
  7. 12 points
    Sailor_to_Cruiser

    Cruise Please

  8. 11 points
    I apologize if people who aren't on Facebook can't see this - I haven't found the YouTube link yet (if there even is one). I'm not crying, you're crying.
  9. 11 points
    rjac

    Corny Jokes

    After all these years, my wife still thinks I'm sexy. Every time I walk by her she says, "What an ass!" My wife tells me I have two major faults. I don't listen.......and something else.
  10. 11 points
    Chadster

    Corny Jokes

    A pirate walked into a seaside tavern and asked for a drink. The bartender, turned away from the bar when the buccaneer walked in, pours the drink, but nearly drops it when he notices the sailor has a giant ship's wheel stuck to the front of his pants. "Uh, capn'," the bartender says, "I hope you don't mind me askin', but what's with that-thar wheel?" "Arrr...this thing?" The pirate asks. "|t drives me nuts."
  11. 11 points
    KristiZ

    Corny Jokes

    What do you call a fish with no eyes? FSSSHHHH.
  12. 10 points
    Airplanes, trains and buses don't have medical teams on them who are required to report illness on board. Neither do grocery stores, churches, schools or sports stadiums. It's difficult to track the movements of someone who flew domestically but stood in a line to get a coffee with someone who just got off a plane from China. Three minutes in that line in close proximity they now touch the credit card machine right after that passenger from China and now they have it without even knowing. Next they board a plane for a short flight within their country and by the time the plane lands 6 more are infected. On a cruise ship every visit to the medical center is logged and documented. Upon arriving from being away a ship is asked about any health issues and they are required to report it. A local ferry boat might see one infected person board and 20 minute later there are dozens of infected COVID-19 passengers but no one knows it so it goes unreported. Some of those now go to church or school or a grocery store but no one knows so it goes unreported. The fact is that community spread was occurring as passengers boarded cruise ships around the world but nobody knew it at the time. Guests unknowingly brought it on board a cruise ship but they caught COVID-19 on land and introduced it to the ship - the ship didn't make the virus out of thin air. At that same moment community spread was occurring at hundreds of social gatherings from school to church to bars to neighborhood card games but there is no way to capture that and document it like there is on a cruise ship. The media can't report that which is undocumented yet we all now know was occurring. It's unproven theory even though it's accepted within the scientific community. Hard counts in documented reports from ship medical logs are facts that are easily picked up by the media. "Seventeen guests with flu like symptoms" is a hard fact that a journalist can write an entire story around. Banning churches and school would be a hard sell for any free society to accept so they quietly get included in stay at home policies. Calling out and banning a luxury vacation industry is an easier sell that makes it look like governments are doing something despite the fact that it doesn't really do anything at this point and those same stay at home policies already cover the cruise industry.
  13. 10 points
    hail73

    Corny Jokes

    What do you call a bear with no teeth? A gummy bear
  14. 9 points
    FManke

    369 days.....

    That is the number of days I have kept our 30th anniversary cruise to Greece this Oct from my lovely wife. I just told her yesterday, which was our half anniversary. And yes, she freaked out a little. Keeping the secret that long was a little agonizing because, as most of you know, sharing the excitement of an upcoming cruise, is one of the best things about cruising. Let's hope as is well come Oct and yes, if things clear up and RC is cruising then, we'll be on Rhapsody! Happy future cruising!
  15. 9 points
    Seadog

    Corny Jokes

    What do you call two guys hanging over a window. Curt n Rod.
  16. 9 points
    nhilding10

    Corny Jokes

    Knock, Knock Who's there? On a street of 25 houses, you're the only one without a doorbell!
  17. 9 points
    WAAAYTOOO

    Corny Jokes

    Why couldn’t the fish sign onto the Internet ? Because he forgot his BASSword
  18. 8 points
    rjac

    Good Adivce

    April Distance = May Existance
  19. 8 points
    Bean79

    Corny Jokes

  20. 8 points
    Jason12

    Deluxe beverage package 90 $ ?

    I thought this was bad enough for 15 night Sydney cruise 😂
  21. 8 points
    Royal has often posted high package prices on distant cruises. Its been discussed here many time long before the virus. In the end the market dictates the price. If package prices are too high people won't buy them, then they lower prices until the desired sales volume is reached.
  22. 8 points
    teddy

    Even when cruising resumes....

    I’ve never really cared what other people think anyway. 🙂 As far as cruising, people who ask me about it get an explanation of why we enjoy it so much. I’ve actually been able to educate some people who knew nothing about cruising but had all kinds of opinions. We will have no concerns going on our next cruises (first is in November). I’m considered “essential” since I’m a butcher/meat cutter for a large regional grocery chain. Our reality is that I’m risking exposure to all kinds of things daily. I’m probably safer on a ship. 🙂
  23. 8 points
    melmar02

    Corny Jokes

    Why are skeletons afraid of dogs? Because they eat bones!
  24. 8 points
    Dan Curtis

    Corny Jokes

    How much does a pirate pay for corn? A Buccaneer.
  25. 8 points
    Branderson610

    Corny Jokes

    Why did the girl bring toilet paper to the party? Because she is a party pooper! 🙂
  26. 8 points
    RickinSTL

    Corny Jokes

    I know 25 letters of the alphabet and I don't know Why..
  27. 8 points
    RCIfan1912

    Corny Jokes

    I don't have any jokes but we need a thread like this. 😃
  28. 8 points
    Dan Curtis

    Looking forward to....?

    Turning off the cell phone for 7 days, enjoy food, drinks , sunshine and making new cruise friends.
  29. 8 points
    Cile

    Looking forward to....?

    To seat on balcony at night before bed and listening ocean. And same in the morning. I miss it so much.
  30. 8 points
    sk8erguy1978

    Cheers...keep it going....

    This was inventory on March 20th. Tomorrow at lunch I'll be making a supply run. Who needs toilet paper.
  31. 8 points
    They've secured lines of credit in the billions. Based on past results those won't take long to pay off once things get back to normal. Life will get back to normal. Maybe not in 2020 but by 2025 this will all be a distant memory. RCCL will be fine. Carnival will be fine. Beyond that is anyone's guess.
  32. 7 points
  33. 7 points
    SteveinSC

    Super Mario?

    I think I read that he has a home in Miami. Wonder how he is holding up, spending so much time on land. Another observation: With how DANGEROUS ive been reading cruise ships inherently are, its amazing he survived living on a ship for so long. Maybe someone should look into that conspiracy.....🙄
  34. 7 points
    The $1B per month claim for Carnival to keep operating is interesting. While Carnival has a larger fleet now you begin to see the magic of operating mega ships and how CCL and RCL differ financially. Last year CCL corporate had $20.8B gross sales with $2.99B of net income. That makes expenses roughly $17.8B or $1.4B per month. Granted that is extremely simplified. Last year gross sales for Royal were $10.9B of which $1.88B became net income. That makes expenses roughly $9B or $750M per month. Granted that is extremely simplified. Royal's gross sales were 52% of Carnival's yet Royal's net income was 63% of Carnival's. How can that be? In part it's because of mega ships, but in simple terms Royal is more efficient and generates more revenue per guest with a much smaller fleet. Carnival PLC has just over 106 ships versus RCCL with half that. The cost to idle a mega ship will be close to the cost to idle a smaller ship. Minimal fuel to putter around, cost of minimum bridge crews and marine department will be marginally higher for a mega ship compared to a small ship. While the hotel department crew counts are much higher on mega ships much of those crew are going or have gone home. Normal monthly expenses include fuel consumed at normal cruise speed and supplies to feed roughly a hundred thousand guests among other things. With ships slowly idling around and with the dramatically lower cost for oil right now their fuel costs are significantly lower. Fuel is one of the larger operating expense during normal times when ships are running at cruise speeds. Now? Not so much, comparatively speaking. While revenue is dramatically lower right now so are operating expenses. With crew contracts ending and crew going home what's left are the marine department crews and bridge officers. Consequently employee costs are down and there are fewer crew mouths to feed by the tens of thousands across the fleet. It's very interesting that CCL is claiming their floor to operate right now is $1B per month. That suggests they have shed $400M in monthly expenses. RCCL has lower expenses because they fewer ships to float right now, roughly half as many ships across all brands. On the surface using CCL numbers Royal would shed $200M per month in expenses for a fleet half the size. Fain and other executives are also cutting their salaries through September. The magic question is what Royal's minimal cost to keep the fleet floating around and cover land based employees that are retained during this period? Until this year's SEC filings occur that's anyone's guess but let's call it $500M per month as a SWAG. With the secured credit to date that should last at least through the end of the year.
  35. 7 points
    Day four now has us in Jamaica. ***Let me just note one thing. As the title of this blog infers, it is in fact not live (SpOiLeR!!!). So as I write this, I am (was) watching love at sea (started piecing this recap together on Saturday night). So, for your own quarantine pleasure, please just picture a 28 year old guy on his couch at 11:30pm on a Saturday watching a hallmark movie. Ok, now back to our regular scheduled programming. So for Jamaica, we originally had nothing booked. Leading up to the cruise I was looking at a bunch of different excursions both through Royal and external. Truth be told, I would have loved to have done the all of major excursions: Dunns River Falls, The Blue Hole, etc. But at the end of the day, the price was not worth it based on the the travel time and knowing how big of attractions they are based (there were three other ships in port - including Ocho Rios) We figured to skip getting off the ship. Now for those people that know me and Rebecca, that is a big no no. I know for a lot of people, the ship is the destination. And it is for us, but we truly believe that if we are going to wake up one day in a new country, we want to say we at least saw something other than the port. So eventually we found a pretty cheap beach excursion through Royal on day one so we booked it. That morning, the alarm goes off. Almost made it to sunrise yoga (jk lol). And when I say sunrise yoga, I mean the Solarium Cafe for breakfast (by myself). After my solo food excursion, I went back to the room, armed with a latte, frosted mini wheats and a mixed fruit cup (cue the "Awwww, what a good fiance") 😇. Once back at the room, we got ready and headed out to disembark on our beach excursion. Once we get off the ship we head to our meeting area. Long story short (and kind of what we expected), it was organized chaos. But given we knew that most beaches near the port needed to be part of the group we sucked it up. The beach club over all was not bad, it just was not great. We still had fun and enjoyed the the whole environment. You could just tell that it was cash cow tourist trap. Oh well. So we probably left the beach around 130 to head back to the port. Once back in port we shopped around (the Falmouth port is actually the best ship ship port we have been to - I know I am not saying anything astronomically enlightening). After walking around we decide to head back to the ship. But literally as we are about to walk through the cruise ship entrance, I see a sign that caught my attention. Margaritaville - Free Pool and & Wifi 🤔. I point it out to Rebecca, who like me, was a little ashamed to mention it. But we both were not ready to head back so we made a u-turn and headed to say hi to Jimmy. The entire complex was actually pretty nice. It was like a Margaritaville built within a pool resort. There was a massive pool with water a water fall, swim up bar and a massive hot-tub in the shape of a margarita glass. It was essentially a slightly (key word, slightly) classier version of a spring break pool party... which for us was just hilarious. I am not proud to say this, but if Jamaica is ever on our itinerary again, we are skipping the excursions... and I think you know where you will be able to fine me. So we ended up spending a few hours just lounging around and then decided to head back to the boat (and good thing we did). As we were going through port security a huge thunderstorm rolled through essentially closing the gangway. We actually were right about to walk onto the pier and into the ship but decided to hold back to not get drenched. After about 20 minutes we were allowed to board. **The pic are the doors leading out to the gangway where we got stopped right before the storm. Kinda pointless pic but trying to give the people a visual. When we got on board we headed to Izumi to see if they had any open reservations for Hibachi that night, and luckily for us, they had two spots! So with dinner reservations secured, we went back up to the Solarium and did some more soaking in the hot tubs and hitting up the slides which were particular nice to get a great view of the island and sunset as we sailed away. As creatures of habit, we then headed back to the room to get cleaned up. After changing we decided to head to the schooner bar to take in some music and good conversation before heading to dinner. For the dinner itself, it was delicious and fun time as expected (below is proof of my unprecedented athleticism on display... catching a diced pieced of chicken on the fly). Our table mates for hibachi were all great (two other couples). After dinner, we had some time to kill before the ice show we had booked so I am sure we just ventured around the ship. The ice show, which was the first time ever seeing on any ship, was terrific. After the aqua show, this was our next favorite. You might be wondering why we have never seen it before? Well to be honest, if it wasn't for reading other peoples reviews, we probably would have skipped it again. I know, I know. We are idiots. Literally, even reading the most negative and terrible reviews on cruise critic (I am sorry, it is a guilty pleasure), people would somehow muster enough props saying the show passed their extravagant expectations and needs. So this time we were determined to give it a try. And hand up, it was less Rebecca and more me wanting to skip. Rebecca is very much go with the flow. So this is all on me. Anyway the show was overly entertaining and quite funny, especially with those adorable little ducks. For those that do not know, the ice show is all based on different Hans Christian Andersen stories. I am by no means a playwright reviewer nor am I going to try to be. So I will it at Royal did great job putting together a wonder show. Would highly recommend, and yes... I will never skip the ice show again. After the show it was back to our normal nightly routine of meandering to all the different venues (jazz on 4 was especially 👌tonight). I might add, if anyone was wondering on my nightly roulette spins... 22 black and me are now back on speaking terms. And his friends, 0 & 00... great guys. May invite them to the wedding. After quitting while I was ahead (and getting the evil eye from Rebecca), we headed back up to the Globe and Atlas to chat with Rudy a little more before turning in for the night. Tomorrow is a sea day. Will Rebecca have breakfast with me? Will my Vitality Spa haircut make me look like Ryan Reynolds? I guess you will just have to click back in 1-2 days when I finally get around to writing about it!
  36. 7 points
    coneyraven

    Corny Jokes

    My friend says to me, "What rhymes with orange?"And I told him, "No it doesn't!"
  37. 7 points
    SteveinSC

    Virtual Sail Away Party

    Just thought Id share a bit of fun we had, Saturday. Since out sailing was canceled, and social distancing has taken over, we made our own fun this weekend. When we should have been sailing out of Tampa Bay, and under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, we were having our own Sail Away Party on our patio with everyone that should have been on Rhapsody with us......via Zoom chat. Everyone put on their "Cruise wear", we all grilled cheeseburgers, steak, shrimp, and veggies, drank, listened to Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney, and other cruise music, and chatted for 3 hours! It was surprisingly fun. Sure, it wasnt where we should have been, but hey, gotta roll with the punches!!!
  38. 7 points
    Ray

    RC must put HEPA FILTERS on its ships

    This is great news 🙂 if its from cabin to cabin via AC only then im just going stay in the bar 24/7 from now on.... 😷🥂😷
  39. 7 points
    Odyssey Nov. 2020 deluxe beverage package is 61 $USD which is actually a good price for a 4 night cruise. It's long been noted that cruise planner package pricing 12 - 24 months out is high. Simple response is don't buy it that far out. In the aftermath of the $18 drink package mistake any occurance of a high price 18 months away was incorrectly blamed on attempting to correct for the $18 mistake. It's no surprise to me that once again people are seeing high package prices 12 - 18 months away and now incorrectly claiming that COVID is to blame. If COVID was the reason then all cruises for the rest of 2020 would have high package prices - they don't. Wait until your cruise is 6 months away and start looking again.
  40. 7 points
    And we are back with Day 3, which has put us in Labadee. Out of all the ports on our itinerary, I would say this was the one we were looking to the most. While we were excited for Cozumel (we had an ATV excursion planned), Haiti for some reason had us the most excited to visit (and it doesn't hurt the food and drinks are included). So like I previously mentioned, needed to get up rather earlier (not for any fitness classes) to grab breakfast and make our way off the ship for our early morning jet ski ride. We originally had this excursion booked a little later in the day, but last minute we decided to add a trip to amiga island (have to love that mindset of money really doesnt matter (as much) on vacation). So to make this second excursion work with our schedule, we needed to bump up our jet ski time. *We really wanted to do this adult sandbar party excursion thing where you take a boat out into the water where I guess it is around waist high and are able to hang out and have a good old time. I saw it for the longest time in the cruise planner, but it seemingly disappeared a few months before the cruise. After contacting Royal I guess they removed it as the tour operator decided to not offer that excursion. Guess we need to find another cruise to Haiti in the near futrure... So after getting up we partook in a new tradition established on this cruise... Rebecca staying in bed while I go and have break by myself 😣. I know, so sad, right? But I sucked it up, stopped by park cafe and got a quick bite to eat and even brought a little something back for Rebecca because you know, chivalry is indeed not dead. Once we got off the ship it was pretty simple to find where we needed to go, sign-in, and meet our group (it is literally right off the ship when you get to the end of the pier). When we got close to our time, we headed into a room where our guide and instructor went through all the safety rules and other logistics. From there we got our life vests and headed out onto our jet ski's. In total there were about 12 people in our tour. We were assigned a number based on the experience (or lack thereof). 1 was if you had the most, 12 if you were a newbie. Rebecca, the speed demon, started at number 3 and half way through she was knocked up to number #1. Myself? I just will keep the number to myself (I definitely was not knocked down a number 🤥). Overall, the excursion was a little over an hour and we had a blast. It was interesting how they had it structured in that it was like follow the leader. Our guide would go first then we would all follow. So it wasn't like a free for all in one particular area. We were a little skeptical at first. But it ended up being perfect. We still got our need for speed and were able to jet ski around some pretty big swells. And you really couldn't beat zooming past the the Haitian coastline. Those mountains are pretty spectacular. After we finished our excursion we decided to checkout out the rest of the island. Overall Labadee lived up to our expectations and would have absolutely no problem coming back. For the rest of morning we just hung out at beach, ventured out to the floating bar for a beverage and then swam back in for lunch. After we ate, we needed to make our way back over to the dock to catch our ride to Amiga Island. The boat ride over to the island was about 20 minutes. Again was definitely very cool to get a different vantage point of the island, and to get a close up of the ship... Once we got to the island, Rebecca and I took walk around and then a dip in the water. The excursion in my opinion was defiantly worth it. There were probably only 15 of us on the island so it was a nice quiet getaway. For the rest of the time we were there we pretty much just relaxed and caught a few Zzzzz's. If you wanted, they had a little hut that was used as cash bar but the complimentary rum punch and view was more than enough for us. After the ride back, it was unfortunately time for us to have to get back on board. *The ride back though was pretty eventful in that there were some pretty big swells. No one ever thought we were in danger, but it wasn't your average smooth ride back. It was almost like a two for one excursion. One being the island the second being the rollercoaster (I mean boat rife back). As far as plans for the night, we only had dinner booked at Chops for around 8. No shows booked. That being said we did our traditional late afternoon solarium and jacuzzi session followed by a few runs on the slide. For sail away we did head to back of the ship to I think deck 5 for a little less crowded view (and maybe had a hot dog from the boardwalk). From there we ventured back to the room to get ready for dinner. After that, we did some walking around, probably spending more money on the hot-shot basketball and and football toss on the boardwalk. Rebecca (along with every 8-year-old kid) was also on the prowl to catch that piano guy in the elevators. At one point we spotted him, but to Rebecca's misfortune, he zipped right past our floor. We then headed up to Chops for dinner and as expected there were 0 complaints. I think we both got the crab cake appetizer, maybe salads...cant remember, filets with their various delectable sauces. And then for sides, if my memory serves me correctly, we did the creamed spinach, mashed potatoes and the mac n cheese, because you know...#health. For dessert, I know we got it, but gun to my head I couldn't tell you what. Maybe Rebecca got something chocolate and I got something apple? After dinner was over and considering we had no real plans we decided to head to the Globe and Atlas to see my man crush. Again, our server Rudy made for great conversation. We always seem to luck out and get a great server in all the pubs when we've been on our cruises and Rudy may be our favorite. Would literally run over from wherever he was to greet us with a hello and would constantly be checking in on us. But like with most people, we just like talking to him about life, his family, about us, etc. Eventually Rudy needed to tend to some of the guests (how dare he). It was fine, I could let Adam start to serenade me. As the night went on, we ended up meting and joining forces with a group of 2 couples who were traveling together. So after chatting up a storm, having a drink or two we all headed to Blaze. From there me and Rebecca broke off and once again I needed to go and see if 22 Black wanted to be friends. While we did say hello once early on in the night, he then started to ghost me. From the casino we may or may not have stopped for pizza (ok i did, not Rebecca) and then headed back to the room to call it a night in preparation for Jamaica in the morning.
  41. 7 points
    melmar02

    Corny Jokes

    What do you call a pig that does karate? A pork chop!
  42. 7 points
    Very unfortunate. If only China had been more open about this virus early, the impact to the cruise industry might have been greatly diminished. Glad I made it down under and to New Zealand on a cruise when I did, right as this was beginning to explode.
  43. 7 points
    Ampurp85

    Corny Jokes

    Why did the baker get a second job? She needed to raise more dough. What did the grape do when it got stepped on? It let out a little wine Why did the pony go to the doctor? He was a little horse. Also my favorite of all time Why do white girls travel in odd numbers? Because they CAN"T even....
  44. 7 points
    Chadster

    Corny Jokes

    A grasshopper hops into a bar and orders a beer. The bartender's a bit taken aback. "A beer? Ya sure, pal? Y'know...we've got a drink named after you!" "Oh, yeah?" the insect asks. "You've got a drink called 'Irving'?"
  45. 7 points
    CruzOnBye

    Corny Jokes

    What’s the best way to get in touch with a fish? drop it a line!
  46. 7 points
    Chadster

    Corny Jokes

    Did you hear about the diminutive psychic who broke out of jail? She's a short medium at large.
  47. 7 points
    I plan to strive valiantly to improve those numbers! It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it! 😁🤣
  48. 7 points
    twangster

    Celebrity Edge - a positive story!

    Something tells me the ladies above can parallel park like it's nobody's business.
  49. 6 points
    FManke

    Corny Jokes

    Customer: "Waiter, this coffee tastes like dirt!" Waiter: "Well sir, it was fresh ground this morning." And no, this wasn't the regular coffee served by RCCL. 🤣
  50. 6 points
    loki007

    Smoking

    I wish they'd just ban it all together. Nothing I cant stand more than smelling smoke on the pool deck.
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