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  1. They probably limit the offers until they see how much you gamble on the booked cruise. That's a guess, there is no one outside of the people that run the cruise casino offers that knows how the people who get offers and what offers they get are actually determined. Personally, I think they use some of the calculations used in proving the theory of relativity.
  2. I travel alone, so as long as it costs less than Voom, I always get it. If you have multiple people, you have to consider how much the other benefits are worth to you. I usually find better seats at shows than those reserved for The Key. I do enjoy the lunch and breakfast.
  3. I I wonder why people trust cruise companies to run the ship, but not about COVID. Either they know what they are doing, or they do not. So if you do not trust them on their COVID decisions, I totally agree you should not go on their ships, obviously they have no idea what they are doing.
  4. I think things will remain the same through the end of the year. Right now the possibility of a large outbreak and the resulting bad press is too much of a risk, and many of the ports will have to change their requirements before it will even be possible for the cruise lines to change. But as we all know, covid changes can change quickly and often. I have an august 10 cruise to Alaska scheduled, and I'm not expecting any changes.
  5. I know it's not RCCL, but there are a bunch of MSC cruises available.
  6. I agree it wouldn't be the same, but they claim to be filling the ships with the vaccine requirement in place. Why even risk the publicity generated by a single bad case? Cruising is different than other forms of travel in both the environment onboard as well as the scrutiny of the press. I think at this point I would cruise without the restrictions in place, but honestly they make me more comfortable whether they are actually needed or not. I do not think we will see anything change until the crew issues are resolved and they stop filling the ships, assuming they actually are right now.
  7. In considering how many people will not cruise if the vaccine is required, you also have to look at how many people will not cruise without the requirement. Not to get political, but realize that we are all tending to think that whichever way we feel is what the majority of people feel. I would assume that the cruise lines have enough resources to estimate which will benefit them the most. I think the same goes for the testing requirements. It is not a question of right or wrong or anyone's health(well, maybe the crew's), but what market research tells them will be most beneficial.
  8. This issue is not new. There were questions regarding the liability of Cruise Lines for using the facilities and questions regarding the excursions falling outside of the guidelines at the time. The cruise lines decided to take a chance. They may end up regretting it. I do not see a plotical issue, but a Court doing what it is supposed to interpreting and enforcing laws and contracts.
  9. You might call because they might not take pre-paid cards at all. A lot of hotels do not. In this case, sending the actual cash is much better.
  10. I've thought of it. The only time I looked at the numbers would have been for this month. Another cruise line keeps sending me offers for $0 cruise fare (admittedly for interior rooms), so I looked at it. I actually run a store, so I could not be away that long. The other problem is my lack of will power. The "free" cruises always cost me more than I intend to spend, at at 5-10 pound weight gain per week, I would have to have multiple sizes of clothes and my cardiologist would not be happy with me (nor would my body).
  11. You are absolutely correct, while personally I would selfishly like the booster required, I realize it is a much more complex question than the initial vaccine. It may be that the lower passenger volume lines will do it, but the larger passenger lines (like RCCL) may not. I am willing to bet there are meetings with medical, PR and marketing people going on about this daily right now. The cruise lines, and even a small business like mine, are caught between a rock and a hard place. Whatever is done, a significant group of people will be angry at it and think the person making the decision is crazy or stupid. I wish a lot of these people making these pronouncements owned a business and had to make these decisions in areas where there is no government mandate and no real agreement among the people in the surrounding area. People on both sides think a majority of people agree with them, which is of course impossible.
  12. Why do people keep making statements like this. no protocol is 100% effective, that does not mean it doesn't work. Come on Smokeybandit, even you know this is true. If you use that standard no medicine, medical treatment or vaccine works. There may be disagreement about how effective the vaccine is, but no one is saying it does not work. And please don't put that partially quoted statement by the CDC director where he misspoke and has explained it over and over. Now on masks, I will agree that there are some that say they are totally ineffective, although I disagree. But there is definitely support for that position, but none for a claim that the vaccine does not work at all. I don't want to convince you to think I am correct, but if we are going to discuss it at all, let's at least be realistic. They don't stop everyone from getting covid, but they do stop some.
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