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Nicolas LaBarre

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  1. I wanted to preface what I'm writing by stating that I really do enjoy Royal Caribbean cruises and I'm currently a Platinum Crown and Anchor member. Also, I have had my 2020 vacation plans disrupted by COVID-19. After Royal Caribbean cancelled sailings until mid September I have noticed some people on the internet saying that the CDC is not being fair toward the cruise companies. Some are stating that it's a double standard for theme parks to be allowed to open while cruise ships remain docked. I feel like this thinking is flawed. Just because something isn't fair doesn't mean that it isn't right. COVID-19 is surging right now in my home state of Florida as well as in Texas. Just coming out of our "stay at home" order has resulted in a surge of cases along with hospitalizations. This is majorly effecting health care workers and first responders. Starting cruises right now is dangerous because if a cruise ship gets an infection it can spread rapidly and treatment is questionable at sea. Consider how difficult a time the cruise companies are having repatriating crew. How much more difficult would it be repatriating or treating a foreign COVID-19 patient. Also, mask requirements would be difficult to enforce because of the stubborn nature of so many people. I think we need to get used to the idea that some things will change going forward with cruising. Ship fleet size will probably continue to shrink. The prices for sailings will probably increase. However, starting cruising to soon can permanently finish off Royal Caribbean. Finally, please everyone be careful COVID-19 isn't a joke. Just because some people are asymptomatic others can get very sick and obviously many have died. You can't really understand the seriousness of this whole pandemic until someone you know gets sick or even passes. When this all ends I'll catch you in the Windjammer!
  2. Galapagos on Celebrity Flora or Silver Origin.
  3. Can you book with Travelocity and still receive this benefit?
  4. I completely agree with you. It seems they are trying to recoup their entire investment this year!
  5. Completely agree. My parents are shareholders as well and are just hoping for the best. From a shareholder point of view you have to question cancelling the Independence 2020 UK season as well. With Empress and Majesty itineraries effected how many ships need to make Cococay runs?
  6. Will be on this cruise with my wife. So excited!
  7. So sorry @twangster and others. I don't purchase additional travel insurance but I use my Chase Sapphire Reserve travel card that has a lot of similar benefits. I hope they treat me better than it seems Allianz treated you. :(
  8. By chance if you still have your cruise compasses can you upload them to Matt? ?
  9. Is this a fun activity? Is it worth paying for? My wife and I don't have any experience with wine but are open to an adventure. What do you think? Have you done this activity?
  10. We chose to book Whales, Wildlife, and Brown Bear Search when it was on sale last weekend!
  11. I use EBATES (Travelocity) and book cruises when cash back is 10-14%. I usually save about $150 per cruise that way.
  12. My wife does want to do an excursion with sled dogs but we don't know if we should do that in Juneau or Skagway. Here's our itinerary: 11 NIGHT ALASKA GLACIERS CRUISE Vancouver , British Columbia | Sail Away 5 PM Sea Day Sea Day Icy Strait Point , Alaska Arrive 9 AM | Depart 8 PM Sitka , Alaska Arrive 7 AM | Depart 6 PM Cruising Hubbard Glacier , Alaska Juneau , Alaska Arrive 7 AM | Depart 9 PM Skagway , Alaska Arrive 7 AM | Depart 8:30 PM Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier , Alaska Sea Day Sea Day Seattle , Washington : Disembarkation ?
  13. My wife and I are going on the 11 night Ovation of the Seas sailing on May 13, 2019. We only have 4 port days! I want to get the most out of Alaska but excursions over $400 per person are out of the picture. Don't worry we will definitely be back to Alaska (just after Hawaii and Europe according to my wife LOL). We aren't super adrenaline junkies but can handle some adventure. We just rode the Dragon's Breath zipline in November so we aren't leaning towards the zipline. I'm stuck right now on the Whale and Marine Mammal Cruise for $189 and the Whales, Wildlife and Brown Bear Search for $255. What do you think? Do you have any experience with either excursion? At first I was tempted to just walk the nature trail in port, visit the cannery museum, get souvenirs and walk into Hoonah. I'm coming down with FOMO though because this is a big trip to only have 4 days on land and I want to do it justice.
  14. Wow so awesome! Don't be shy post everything haha. I will be on Ovation on May 13th and there's hardly any information about her online!
  15. Sailing on Ovation (May 13) and already putting a packing list together!!! Any idea how many formal nights there will be on an 11 night cruise with 6 sea days?
  16. @twangster which Ovation sailing are you on? I'm on the May 13th ?
  17. Ignore the email. I got the same email for my November 10 Adventure sailing and I was on board by 10:15.
  18. Very interested in this as well for my May 13th sailing.
  19. Has anyone used the Royal iQ app since it's last update? Is the app stable? How will it compare to when I used the new app on Advenuture. Asking because I have Ovation lined up in May.
  20. Just paid off our Alaska cruise at final payment and the Cruise Planner website is down. (insert sad face)
  21. I'm 95 days out on my Ovation sailing and still waiting.
  22. That's what I hear. I have a feeling I will be spending a lot of time in 270 and the Solarium.
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