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  1. Per the FAQ page you linked to, "Members will receive double Cruise Points on bookings made through June 30, 2021 for sailings departing January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022."
  2. Possible update -- Cruise Planner for my reservation on Navigator for 29 November - 3 December 2021 (**WAS FLL-Nassau - Coco Cay - FLL) now shows as "Cancelled" but with a new itinerary -- LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA - ENSENADA, MEXICO) in the title box.
  3. I believe they had a specific time to go through it; mission complete!
  4. Correction; it will pass through Emssperrwerk at 3:30 p.m. Pacific (6:30 Eastern). That's what happens when I don't check my phone's World Clock . . .
  5. Another "I wonder:" How does Odyssey (and its tugs) maintain its position in the Ems River while waiting for the next part of the conveyance through the Emssperwerk? Do they use anchors, or just continual position adjustment by the tugs? Since the speed numbers of the tugs vary between 0.0 and 0.2 knots, I assume the latter.
  6. I think I found the explanation; according to a German news article, it won't go through the "Emssperwerk" (the bridge at Gandersum) until 00:30 Local (i.e., 12:30 a.m. on the 28th). I'm sure it has to do with tides and river height. That should be 4:30 pm Pacific and 7:30 pm Eastern. Samstag, 27. Februar 2021 03:30 Uhr Schiff in Warteposition (Papenburg) 04:00 Uhr Passieren der Dockschleuse (Papenburg) 08:45 Uhr Passieren der Friesenbrücke (Weener) 12:00 Uhr Passieren der Jann-Berghaus-Brücke (Leer) Sonntag, 28. Februar 2021 00:30 Uhr Passage Emssperrwerk (Gandersum)
  7. I notice that it's been "paused" for the last 10 minutes between Gandersum and Oldersum, and that an EMS boat is headed downriver (towards Eemshaven). Hopefully just a preparatory move toward the next section of the trip.
  8. I have some like Twangster's -- they're easy to pack. BTW, at Coco Cay (before Perfect Day), one of my (really old) flippers broke, and the lady at the Snorkel Shop felt so bad for me that she loaned me a pair. They were actually quite comfortable.
  9. I used to dive with inserts in my mask -- until -- I discovered contact lenses! If there's any way you can get them prescribed and wear them while snorkeling or scuba-ing, do try it! The salt water was much more comfortable if I got water in my mask, and I had no problem keeping them in my eyes (well, until I decided to dive in the water without my mask, and one washed out of my eye )
  10. @R.J., what an amazing story! The videos were great, and I'm still wearing a smile! Your planning and execution were awesome -- and I can so relate to the "where did I hide the presents" story
  11. Crab cakes! A great addition would be Maryland Blue Crab . . .
  12. I volunteered because I'm in a position to (retired, able to quarantine if necessary, willing to accept the risks involved, in good health) and because I want to support RCL in returning to cruising. My eyes are wide open; I know this will be a test, not a 'cruise' as such, and that many of the things I love about cruising will not be occurring. That's okay. I believe at this point, the industry needs support; more than that, I think it needs belief and trust.
  13. We booked a tour with "Simply Dave Tours" -- you can find him on Trip Advisor. It ended up being about 3-1/2 hours; we went to the Fort (don't remember its name), Queens Staircase (got to walk down it with a guide , and were picked up at the bottom)very interesting!!), drove by the Governor's Mansion and other sights, stopped at a tea place, got about 1/2 hour at Atlantis, and then headed for a beach for lunch. All in all, it was really fun, and worth the $35/person. In the afternoon, we went to Jetline Simulations so my husband could fly a Boeing 737 (simulator!). I'm not sure if they're
  14. Just got a $14/day price drop on DBP on Jewel of the Seas The Arctic Crossing (August 31 - September 12, 2021). Current new price: USD $43/day + 18% gratuity = $608 per person DBP + 1 Voom Device is USD $51/day + 14.54% gratuity
  15. On the RCB Group Cruise page on FB, someone had posted an "ad" from Royal Caribbean that the reductions were being offered on Anthem OTS sailings in 2021 (it included prices in British Pounds. I tend to check my Cruise Planner every couple of days to see if there are price reductions, which is how I spotted this one. Hopefully you'll see some for Oasis as well.
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