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    Guy Gadwa reacted to PPPJJ-GCVAB in Attention Early Bird's !! This Morning Only !!   
    Found it!!  
    https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/news/video/cruise-lines-extraordinary-measures-set-sail-73163038
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to RWDW1204 in Attention Early Bird's !! This Morning Only !!   
    A passenger's personal views.
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5572/&ved=2ahUKEwiBmaK6gf3rAhXIo1kKHWQpBAEQx7wDMB96BAgYEAU&usg=AOvVaw3hrScvFcW7B_NUNRnCf-eh
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to twangster in Did Covid-19 Kill The Early Check-in?   
    I keep thinking about my Sydney cruise.  Only Star Class had a special meeting point.  Suites/Pinnacle/Key all waited for their appointment time.  The only difference was that the process all started around 11am instead of 2:30pm.
    Given the late start at 2:30pm I don't think there is time to grant special status to anyone, especially in the early days of a restart.  I'm fine with that, you won't hear me griping about my status and early appointment times.  The last thing they need are whiners during these crazy times.  Give me a time and get me on board 😉 
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to twangster in Did Covid-19 Kill The Early Check-in?   
    That's a slippery slope.  How many slots do Full Suites vs. Junior Suites get?  Pinnacles?  The Key?  D+ then D and so on down the chain? 
    It's one thing to say if you are checked in and waiting in the terminal, then here is the boarding order.   It's another to reserve slots for arrival because at what point do you they give up on a "class" that hasn't checked in online to get their arrival time?
    I suspect they will adopt something like the Sydney, Australia format.  
    In Sydney only Star Class really gets priority arrival/check-in at the terminal.   I didn't get a special early arrival time for my C&A status, I think I received what was available when I checked in.  I dropped my bags then went off to walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge and get pictures (to kill time).   Once back I was still too early for my arrival time.  It didn't matter what my C&A status was, I had to wait.  Walking from the ship luggage drop to the bridge, across the bridge and back isn't exactly a "quick" walk. I went to the museum up there too and I was still too early to check in when I got back.  I asked about C&A status ... nope, what time I had was the only thing that mattered.  This was before any pandemic.  
    I think initially some Suites/Pinnacle/Key/D+ will be upset when they assume privilege.  Blah, blah, blah.  We'll hear about it without doubt.  But oh well, I'm okay losing this privilege if it means getting back on a ship.  Others will be more vocal but we all have to give in these difficult times.  Trying to appease special status may not work like it did before.  Eventually it will be back. Until then everyone needs a super large dose of "Calm down and cruise on".
     
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to monctonguy in Did Covid-19 Kill The Early Check-in?   
    I will mis the early check-in!...I always always at the port by 10ish and on the ship before 11....one of my fav times for the excitement and also to explore the ship and get some good photo's.....but I would take a cruise with a late check in at this point over no cruise so
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to twangster in Three RC ships in same port make that four   
    Looks like its official... family reunion.

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    Guy Gadwa reacted to ctwilliams in What it is like to cruise now: MeinSchiff Blaue Reise   
    I came across this video today of someone that is onboard one of the ships that has started sailing (MeinSchiff Blaue Reise). He talks about how boarding was different and the procedures they have on the ship. I thought it was interesting and possibly what it would look like when we can start back.
     
     
     
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to teddy in Travel Insurance on Lifted/Shifted Cruise   
    FYI for those who have insured trips and are thinking of Lifting/Shifting.

    I searched back a few pages to see if this was talked about.  I found a thread on travel insurance refunds for cancelled cruises, but nothing about shifted cruises.
    Anyway, I woke up last night thinking about how we shifted our November 2020 cruise to November 2021 and were able to get a voucher for our flights, but totally forgot about our trip insurance policy.
    Allianz will allow you to change your policy to a rebooked trip (within some parameters).  For us, it was as easy as changing the dates on our policy.  I received a confirmation email in less than five minutes.

    I have only researched Allianz as they are the company we use, but I would think other companies would do the same.

    From their FAQs sections: 
    - If I rebook my trip to a later date, can I apply my travel protection plan from my original trip to the rebooked trip?
    Yes, we are happy to allow you to move your plan coverage dates to cover a new or rescheduled trip anytime within 770 days from date of initial insurance purchase.  Coverage dates must be updated prior to traveling and prior to any loss for which you seek coverage.  There are two options to take advantage of this opportunity:
    If you know the date of your rescheduled trip, please visit our Manage a Policy page to update the travel dates associated with your plan. If you do not yet know your new travel dates, let us know by calling us at the number listed on your plan, and we can hold your plan for you to use later.  Once you know your new travel dates, please contact us to update your plan's travel dates to cover your new trip. https://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/covid-19-faq.htm
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    Guy Gadwa got a reaction from SteveinSC in I miss cruises so much I did something sad. 😟   
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    Guy Gadwa got a reaction from Cile in I miss cruises so much I did something sad. 😟   
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to SteveinSC in CDC ban extended to October 1.   
    Welp...hope my liver makes it. 
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to twangster in CDC ban extended to October 1.   
    Yes and I see that and have seen that for a while now.  
    When you listen to the experts and remove the political noise the experts are warning that may not be the case.  
    Ten years from now we’ll all be back to old ways talking about what a son of a gun this pandemic was.  
    Five years from now we should all be back to old ways talking about what a son of a gun this pandemic was.  
    Two years from now we might all be back to old ways talking about what a son of a gun this pandemic was.  
    One year from now we will still be dealing with this thing talking about what a son of a gun this pandemic is.  
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Outdated Survey?   
    Good to see you on the blog.  It's been a while !!
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to DDaley in The NEW swimsuit fashion when cruising returns??   
    I honestly bought a bright yellow mask specifically to match my best bathing suit! Covid vacay here I come 

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    Guy Gadwa reacted to twangster in The NEW swimsuit fashion when cruising returns??   
    Reveals too much leg for my body type.
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to USCG Teacher in The NEW swimsuit fashion when cruising returns??   
    I for one think you could pull this off, @twangster.

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    Guy Gadwa reacted to twangster in The NEW swimsuit fashion when cruising returns??   
    I'm more of a one piece kind of guy.  
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to princevaliantus in The NEW swimsuit fashion when cruising returns??   
    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to Jolly Ogre in MEI Travel   
    I have Danette LaBlanc and she is very very good.
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to CowboyMedic in MEI Travel   
    I gotta brag on @Danette LeBlanc for all her help. I went to her today with a price drop that I noticed and she immediately went to work and spent quite a while on the phone with RC. She saved us quite a bit and I'm so thankful to be working with her.
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to Ampurp85 in Even when cruising resumes....   
    Those people who have stigmatized cruising are living in either stupidity or ignorance*. I guess the idea of being with the same people in a moving unit brings the idea of recycling germs. But it almost no different from any other type of vacation....in fact it is better. It is much easier to pinpoint any sort of outbreak on a ship. Hundreds of thousands of people can visit an amusement park like Disney or Universal each day.  The same can be said for museums, hot spots in foreign countries and airplanes. How often are these places cleaned thoroughly? Look at the current rate of infection in the US or any country. The only issue is with the ships inability to handle such a huge thing like an influx of people with a illness.  If employers chose to force quarantines or places restrictions on cruise vacations, they would have to place those same restrictions on a lot more options.
    *I am in no way calling you fine folks stupid. Ignorance is literally a lack of knowledge, while stupidity is people who know the cruise industry had nothing to do with COVID-19 but even with all the information still choose to blame it.
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to MinnesotaCruiser in Even when cruising resumes....   
    My parents are appalled that we are booked for two more cruises.  They say ships are dirty.  Honestly, after going on one I think going to the grocery store is 100 times worse- there’s just no way to track it since everyone is not in the same place for a week plus.  Not once did I go into the bathroom and there wasn’t some attendant cleaning it and it seemed like the second I touched something on the ship someone was right behind me wiping it down.  Our stateroom bathroom was cleaned twice daily.  One of the cleanest places I have ever been!  Much judgement towards my husband and I are from people who have never been.  
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to Floski in Even when cruising resumes....   
    The term "floating petri dish" can kiss my big butt.
     
    I'm so tired of people judging cruising and the cruise industry.  I'm pretty dang sure that 90% of these
    so-called health experts have never even been on a cruise, and if they did, it was probably the tugboat line.
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to FoxboroCruiser in Even when cruising resumes....   
    There will always be people that live in extremes.  It will take time before some people think sporting event, theatre performances, and even movies are safe and acceptable.  The issue today is the threat of TOO many people being sick at once and there not being enough resources to manage it. When that time has clearly past, most reasonable people will slowly resume their normal lives. The extremists will judge and argue that people should not be doing what they do and the fools may start doing it all too soon 😉 
    We can’t always make everyone happy and as much as some say we’re in this together it doesn’t really feel like that’s 100% true... on my neighborhood Facebook group there people arguing about what’s acceptable while walking in the neighborhood or kids riding their bikes. They feel that since other people’s actions could impact their health that it gives them the right to tell others what’s acceptable and what’s not. Most people don’t react well to others telling them what to do or not to do.  It’s divisiveness and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
    My wife and I will be patient and probably wait longer to use the impending FCC than some others but when we do cruise next year we will enjoy ourselves and won’t be thinking too much about who may or may not like it. I just believe that  life’s too short to waste time judging or being judged. 
     
     
     
     
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    Guy Gadwa reacted to fonemanbob in Anyone not canceling their cruise?   
    Had to cancel our August cruise due to moving.  Booked 2 more to ease the pain.  Be safe and : WASHEE   WASHEE
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