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Everything posted by Joe01

  1. Surely Anthem can't go from Southampton to the Greek Isles & Israel and back within 2 weeks?
  2. Barbados season a one off then? Interesting that Canaveral is getting a 4th ship (though this one is likely seasonal). Not too surprised, Harmony is very popular from there so there is demand plus it's near Orlando which attracts many.
  3. Independence was always docked with port side looking over Southampton. Maybe that has changed with Anthem. She was starboard in NJ. The only interesting thing I remember about the view there was the IKEA.
  4. That was just the taster cruise season because the ship was finished early, not a regular deployment. I could be behind 2 of the FR class on short cruises but all 3 basically means I can't sail one again which does annoy me considerably.
  5. Sounds like an awesome trip! Northern Europe really is one of the best ones to do, land or cruise. The Jewel itinerary goes to both Glasgow & Edinburgh, great cities.
  6. Optimistic for 2022 sailings. Maybe Q3/Q4 of this year. Not sure what will happen with this year's Europe season, especially given the way our useless govt in the UK are acting. If int'l travel is allowed later in the summer, I'll keep my eye out for cheap deals on any ship. At the moment, I have my eye on Voyager in 2022 as I want to do some travelling in Scandinavia and the prices look pretty good.
  7. Very, very disappointed that all 3 Freedom Class are on 3/4 nighters from FL. Officially never getting to sail one ever again... Obvious that the company only cares about Americans, the rest of us get the left overs.
  8. Found this, has all of the upcoming short cruises in 22/23 from FL/TX (apologies if already posted): https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/press-release/1496/royal-caribbean-debuts-showstopping-short-caribbean-sailings/?fbclid=IwAR1buNR04e-bnPGcsfsZpI4Vg6tiof-L30fpbjIy8uNCxCMNX8hxF5xLbdg
  9. Obviously some rules are necessary but it's silly rules like this where I draw the line, I will not sign up to be on a floating dictatorship. If even the most ardent of cruisers don't want to go, how on earth will they be able to get the average member of the public onboard? Fairly pessimistic about Royal's future if these rules last long.
  10. The rule which I find most concerning is the one about 1m social distancing from those in your own bubble whilst around the ship. So I can share a room with someone yet can’t stand next to them whilst walking into the Promenade? What plank made up this rule?
  11. I'd get more freedom this summer by staying at home and not paying a dime. Hell, I actually did have more freedom in the UK pre lockdown than what RCI are proposing. Sorry but definite pass.
  12. What happens in the USA shouldn't affect what goes on in Europe next summer. We've had a spike recently but more because it's winter, the cold weather and flu season will die out soon. By April, the vast chunk of the vulnerable in the UK should have been vaccinated so hopefully that's a ticket for the Odyssey to start with the taster sailings from Southampton. I see sailings going on in Europe in the summer, maybe not all at once.
  13. Honestly not got a favourite but I'm probably team Oasis Class as well. I was meant to do the revamped Oasis last July and had I been on her, I think she'd have maybe became my new favourite - better than HM & SY with the upgrades. Plus, she still has the original Oasis decor which I prefer to the Quantum decor that is on Q Class & 2nd gen O class.
  14. Absolutely no way that they will allow anyone 18 or over into teen activities, I'd be very doubtful that you can sneak in. It seems bizarre to me that they are so rigid with age difference (an 18/19 year old has more in common with a 17 year old than a 23 year old) but I suppose they have to prevent potentially dodgy folks sneaking into teen clubs. Not really sure on what activities are available for 19 year olds but I do feel that the 18-29 age group are kinda forgotten about by cruise lines. Luckily you're going on Symphony (amazing ship) so there should be plenty of things to do on the ship anyway.
  15. Christmas itself - probably not. I do like to spend that day with family and having all of the Christmas traditions. Just not compatible with being on a ship. As for the Christmas holidays - absolutely! Outside of Christmas Day, I find the 2-3 weeks off as dull as dishwater and as it's freezing cold for several months in Scotland, I'd love to do a New Year's cruise. I reckon that would be great fun and a perfect opportunity for some much needed winter sun.
  16. We're lucky that we do have a vaccine but hypothetically, if we didn't, do you think that would mean the world would continue the way it has for the last 9 months for years? I'm 100% certain that the public wouldn't take it eventually, indeed compliance with many rules in the UK are low currently, especially compared to Spring.
  17. Can't compare a trip on public transport to a cruise of several days. A ticket to Glasgow from my local station costs £4.10 and the journey lasts 20 minutes at most. A 5 nighter on Adventure out of Barcelona costs £726. Similarly not comparable to wearing a face mask for 10 mins at a hotel lobby or while waiting briefly for a queue at a cafe or restaurant. I travel by public transport and visit cafes pretty much every day, wearing a mask to get there is nowhere near comparable to spending nearly a thousand pounds for a half baked cruise.
  18. Do Royal actually expect anyone (other than the most ardent cruisers - and let's be real, the majority who post on cruise forums fall into this category) to dish out thousands of pounds/dollars/whatever other currency to go on a cruise where they can't explore ports on their own, have to distance from other guests, have to wear face coverings everywhere on the ship and risk being imprisoned in a cabin if someone even tests positive for a virus? I know it sucks for the industry big time but let's be realistic.
  19. Nothing at all has changed - governments want to look like they are doing something and it is being used as a political game at this point by many. If anything - the moment masks were mandated in shops where I live, proper social distancing went in the bin.
  20. There are obviously morons who would call COVID a hoax or are anti-vaxxers anyway but there are some who have reason to be skeptical of the vaccine and as a result, that could create issues in months to come.
  21. Do people have to leave the ship to go on ship excursions or can they stay onboard? If it's the former and you have a day structured by the cruise line, they can take a hike.
  22. It's a commonwealth idiom - basically means that they are making a fool out of something. In the context of what I'd said in the earlier post, I feel that they are making a fool out of actual rules to prevent COVID by mandating outdoor mask usage.
  23. I don't know if you understand my post - people not wearing masks outside has had no difference on case rates. In fact, cases continued to go down after many of these outdoor protests. And people do wear masks in shops/trains because it's enforced. Again, made no difference and actually I think have made people less hygienic. The things that have reduced case numbers are measures in hospitals & care homes plus not allowing visits to other homes. Mandating masks in places like Spain have done no good. They're useless and I think they're being promoted for political reasons only.
  24. I admit to really disliking masks as it is and actually feel that they are of negligible benefit at best in day to day life, especially if people are rummaging through their pockets to get one for going into a shop or onto a train etc. I am fortunate not to live in a country where it is required to wear face coverings outside. I could understand wearing one indoors such as at the buffet or in the promenade but all outdoor areas is taking the michael in my opinion especially if physical distancing is involved. I don't understand why and it would be a detriment to my cruise enjoyment if I'm being honest. We've had a lot of outdoor gatherings in the UK such as protests and gatherings on beaches and they've made basically no difference to case numbers so it just seems dictatorial to make people wear them outside.
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