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    ellcee reacted to HeWhoWaits in Cruise Bahama   
    Guess that depends on your perspective. As a Florida resident, you probably don't think of that period as hot or humid.
    As someone who previously lived just south of Lake Michigan - it qualifies.
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    ellcee reacted to CruiseGus in Required Covid vaccine not legal?   
    but none of that applies to a private business
    As  private business I could require you to do hand springs to enter my establishment as long I did not discriminate on race; age; sex(or lack there of); or religion
     
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    ellcee reacted to Lovetocruise2002 in When is your next cruise?   
    I've been updating this list since March 2019.
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    ellcee reacted to SpeedNoodles in MEI Travel   
    They pay Royal Caribbean direct with your credit card information.  They do not hold the funds.  Like @Fairlynew stated, the response is quick.  @michelle always responds quickly. I'd be lost without her!
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    ellcee reacted to Reigert2008 in Odyssey of the Seas Interior Cabin Door Port or Starboard?   
    As a fellow “control freak”, I would recommend working with a travel agent.  I’ve done many vacations on my own (including cruises), but with the nuances involved with cruising, I always find it more helpful to have the travel agent to work things out when I get a crazy idea.  I’d think going on a new ship would be a perfect time to use a travel agent since details could be sketchy while being finalized.  And that doesn’t take into account anything beyond our control, like a  once in a hundred year pandemic.  Good luck!
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    ellcee reacted to LogicallyLazy in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    And also my lunch break at work. Passes too fast before slowing down again. 
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    ellcee reacted to LogicallyLazy in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    T - 10 days to boarding. The anticipation is building everyday. Does the days seem longer all of a sudden?
    Initial packing has started, pulling suitcases out of musty stores after being neglected for so long. Feels surreal that I’m actually packing for a trip of any sort. 
     
    Luggage tags printed and at the ready. 
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    ellcee reacted to LogicallyLazy in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    So, with these cruises to nowhere, all passengers will need to undergo a rtPCR Covid test and have a negative results before being allowed to board. This is carried out in partnership with Eurofins and TrustOne. We received our email just a little more than 2 weeks before the cruise to book an appointment to the the swab test.
    The swab test needs to be done between 3 days and 24hrs before the cruise, which means that we were given 2 dates to choose from, namely 26 or 27 Feb.




     
    Overall, the booking procedure was straight forward and really easy to set up.
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    ellcee reacted to emmef in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    WOW, that is crazy!!  especially considering that someone who had covid and recovered is now immune for about three months to that strain they had.
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    ellcee reacted to LogicallyLazy in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    That's probably a rule imposed by the Singapore Government. If I've learnt anything, is that the government here takes an overly cautious way of handling covid, which is not to say a bad thing, but can feel very restrictive. However, being an Asian nation, there is still a very strong culture of following authority.
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    ellcee reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    Thanks so much for providing those documents.  This one really stands out :

    You cannot have had COVID in the past 6 months !  That's incredibly restrictive.  Overkill, IMO.
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    ellcee reacted to LogicallyLazy in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    Oh yeah, it wasn't mentioned by Eli but yes there will be a swab test conducted. I will update in a few posts the procedure for getting it done
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    ellcee reacted to LogicallyLazy in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    First contact with Genie
    With the date of the cruise approaching, and by that I mean 1 month before sailing, I was antsy to get my first email from my genie. So, I waited with bated breath, always hoping that the next new mail I got would be the one from the genie. I swear I felt like a high school teen awaiting a text from my crush. Yeah, if you haven't figured it out by now, I was a little bit too excited for this cruise. Lol
    Then the day came. 5 Feb. That was the day I finally got my email and the name of my would be Genie. None other than Elizabeth (Eli) Wong. Now, I don't really know much or follow specific genies and who are well known, but I know I've heard the name go around before, so I guess that's a good sign.
     

    And let the planning begin!!!
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    ellcee reacted to LogicallyLazy in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    Who's going?
    Mum, Dad, Sis and myself. Decided to treat the family after a rough year. Plus my dad's retiring and thought it a good way to celebrate.
     
    Pre-cruise stay
    I live 20 minutes from the terminal so...my house?
     
    Itinerary
    3 night ocean getaway. It's a cruise to nowhere so basically no port of calls. Sea day, all day, everyday
     
    Cabin
    Owner's Loft Suite 8720
     
    Booking and Pre-cruise prep
    Originally, I was booked in a sky loft suite and as the days passed, I learned a fair deal more about Star class. Thinking that it's something I may want to experience, I thought what better way than to simply try for a RoyalUp to a grand loft. At the time of the bid, all the grand loft suites were still available, so I thought my chances were pretty high of getting an upgrade. But in the course of 1 week, I noticed the rooms disappearing and knew that the chances were getting slimmer and slimmer.
    When there was one grand loft suite left, I decided to simply call in and upgrade to the grand loft instead. The amount increase was only a few hundred more of what I bid anyway. Waited for the next morning and to my horror, noticed that all the grand lofts were fully booked.

    Saddened but ultimately taking solace that Sky was was still a very good way to cruise. I shelved the idea, until 2 days later when I went in and saw that the owner's loft had become available. Called in immediately to upgrade and the rest is history.
     
    Check in on App
    I was waiting at the 90 day mark to check in on the app and managed to get the earliest time slot of 2pm. When I upgraded to the Owner's loft, I noticed that My check in time got reset. Luckily, I was still able to get a 2pm check in time. It's definitely something to take not moving forward as I think any changes to your booking (i.e. you get a new invoice with update information) be sure to re select your check in time.
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    ellcee reacted to LogicallyLazy in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    Getting home and dropping my bag onto the floor, tearing my mask off and slumping into a seat after an exhausting day at work, I thought to myself "I really need a vacation"
     
    That's really the catalyst of what got me booking a cruise in the first place. For all intents and purposes, this would basically be my first cruise. I know I went on one when I was a really young kid, but all I remember from it was the inside of the cabin. 😅 Having not left Singapore in over a year and a half, I was getting stir crazy on this little island. I needed to get away from all of it, and low and behold, Royal announced the resumption of cruises to nowhere in Singapore. It was a no brainer.
    Of course, I'm not one to jump head first into something without thinking it through; I'm paranoid like that. I did some research on cruising and stumbled upon a little website called Royalcaribbeanblog.com. I watched countless videos, browsed the message boards and I knew I just had to do it.
    That was that, the start of my journey onto what I'm guessing is going to be a new addiction. So, come follow me on my journey as I experience cruising for the first time and get the full star class experience at the same time.
    I would also like to thank everyone who has answered my questions and help me get the ins and out worked out for this sailing. Special shout out to @Lovetocruise2002 @WAAAYTOOO @twangster and of course @Matt for all the insight you have provided.
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    ellcee reacted to LogicallyLazy in Across the Seas & Through the Stars - Actually a cruise live blog - Quantum 1 March   
    Gonna try giving this a shot even though I've never done a live blog before. Please take it easy on me 😝
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    ellcee got a reaction from gabeb848 in New Ship Name Artwork on Odyssey of the Seas   
    I like it.
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    ellcee reacted to Sharla in NCL cancels through May 31   
    Agreed. If they aren't going to sail I'd rather not deal with FCC 🙂
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    ellcee reacted to JLMoran in Z-plasty? WTH is a Z-plasty? (Yet *another* nahtacruz blog)   
    So the surgery went without a hitch. Got there at 6:15, was being carted into the OR right on time at 7:30. A few minutes later, I was in blackout from whatever cocktail they put in my IV before wheeling me in there.
    I woke up at 8:30, zero pain in the foot. Doc said the local injections he was giving me should be good for 8, maybe even 10 hours. He also said, and this is the part I wasn’t so thrilled to hear, that the skin was pretty tight after he sutured everything up. Even with the Z-plasty approach he used. His estimate is a 50-75% chance this is going to work.
    He said he was debating going the full skin graft right then and there while I was on the table, but decided to take a wait-and-see approach. There was nothing bad about the underlying tissue, and all the surrounding tissue looked good, so I guess he wants to see if I’ve got just enough Wolverine-type healing factor to pull it off.
    It’s just wrapped in an ace bandage, with packing underneath where he worked. No weight restrictions, but I do need to keep it elevated as much as possible over the next couple of days at least.
    He said on Wednesday I can remove all the bandaging and take a normal shower. No need to wrap the site in plastic or anything, but at the same time I shouldn’t scrub it or anything else “aggressive”. And then I’ll just need some gauze pads to cover it, and I can wear a regular sock.
    Fingers crossed this is as “mild” a recovery as he’s thinking it’ll be!
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    ellcee reacted to JLMoran in Z-plasty? WTH is a Z-plasty? (Yet *another* nahtacruz blog)   
    So... no surgery today, pushed out a week. Something came up that absolutely mandated I cancel last-second. I know how alarming that probably sounds, so I’ll just say that everyone is fine at this time and there is no more emergency.
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    ellcee reacted to JLMoran in Z-plasty? WTH is a Z-plasty? (Yet *another* nahtacruz blog)   
    The kind that’s trying not to make people lose their lunch. Or get me banned. 😂🤣
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    ellcee reacted to TXcruzer in Royal Caribbean to require crew to be vaccinated   
    Yes, it works the same in Canada as everywhere else, being vaccinated prevents severe disease, hospitalization, intubation, and death as @SpeedNoodlesstated. 
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    ellcee reacted to SpeedNoodles in Royal Caribbean to require crew to be vaccinated   
    Also:  CDC: Vaccinated people won’t need to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 virus
    https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/trending/cdc-vaccinated-people-wont-need-quarantine-if-exposed-covid-19-virus/AKLZWXA43BDJ3O3IAUR5W5MBGI/
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    ellcee reacted to SpeedNoodles in Royal Caribbean to require crew to be vaccinated   
    The point is that it prevents severe disease, hospitalization, intubation, and death.
    That's reason enough for me.
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