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  1. So true. I just posted this on the facebook page: the biggest lack of clarity is in terms of what will be considered "cruising safely." Will the CDC view one case of Covid-19, a statistical "outbreak", or failure to adhere to meet the standards as the end all be all. Clearly, not following rules will result in one line being shut down but will it shut down the industry? Will one "outbreak" on one ship out of 10 mean anything for a particular cruise line? Is one Covid case too much for the CDC? None of this has been made clear and this is problematic. Trying to kick a field goal with movi
  2. I would hope that those similar type tests happen in the US independent of results from Singapore. Royal could be doing crew only test sailings mid November potentially.
  3. It's fair that the forum rules don't support political discussions and I can easily adhere to those rules but to think that this whole shut down is not at least as much political as it is health based would not pass the smell test. The emerging stories, Royal hiring a Government Relations expert, the different port authorities making their comments heard, CLIA weighing in, even some other line's CEO's speaking out, it's all too much. The writing is on the wall with what's actually happening and we can safely say that without weighing in on the actual politics of it. I know it doesn't c
  4. We also have to consider that no itinerary will sail as it is set and that when cruises resume they will cancel the scheduled ones and open up a new altered itinerary for booking much like they did in Europe. If anything sails in 2020 it could come down to those lucky enough to book them quickly. On a related note it would be a nightmare trying to decide who got to sail on an existing itinerary and who got force cancelled. I know some would volunteer not to go (for refund or FCC) but probably not enough. Full disclosure I have a Dec 6 Oasis 7 nighter with a stop in Labadee so I
  5. With respect to everyone having differing opinions on when and how cruising should resume, does anyone think the cruise industry generally figures they get one and only one shot at a return or do you think the industries believes they can make adjustments on the fly? It also seems hard to get a consensus on what people would consider "successful" in terms of the result of the first few cruises. Is the industry being held hostage to unobtainable results? Would love to hear your feedback.
  6. Strange question, but what do they do with all of the stuff from onboard a ship about to be scraped? I would have to imagine some stuff is more or less garbage but I'm sure some of the furniture and what not could be put to good use. I know when stadiums get torn down they auction off seats and signage and things like that. I have to imagine there would be a market for certain memorabilia but it seems like that doesn't happen? I could use the anchor as a lawn ornament ; )
  7. Do any fellow Canadian cruisers have concerns that the cruise companies will resume sailings long before the PM will open the borders back up for leisure travel? Whether it is on the Canadian side of the border or the American side for that matter do you think border restrictions will be a larger hurdle itself compared to the cruising companies actually sailing again? Remember not to make this an overly political debate if you weigh in. https://nationalpost.com/news/the-new-normal-prepare-for-smaller-covid-19-outbreaks-for-months-to-come-trudeau-says
  8. I know it's a different line (same parent company) but would it be blasphemous to have the Magic Carpet on a Royal Ship? I'm not necessarily sold on it as I have never been on Edge but I think the idea is very intriguing how it changes its purpose based on where it is. I'd like to see the Viking Corwn Lounge returned to the people and not just suite guests like on Oasis. I too love most everything about the ships and would not be too picky and what comes out.
  9. We depart out of Galveston, All 4 Florida locations, and Baltimore within the next 18 months. Seeing as we don't have a "home" port this will be the norm. Oddly enough in all of my previous travels I've paid very little attention to which hotels I'm booking. Usually willing to spend $150-$250ish Looking for recommendations on chains that will be well represented through out most of Royal's departure cities and which ones have good reward programs/if their programs are worth the brand loyalty. Thanks!
  10. Is the cancellation due to any type of "activity" in the area or was it just not selling well enough. Either way I really had my heart set on this so it is unfortunate news.
  11. ok so I got my answer! I'll leave this here for anyone else. Also thanks @JohnK6404 those photos help!
  12. Looking to book a Cabana while at Labadee as per @Matt's advice from the blog. Not having been there before the options are not crystal clear to me nor are the differences and pros/cons of each. At Nellies beach I see three types. I see Waterfront Cabana, Cabana at Nellie's beach, and Overwater Cabana at Nellie's. The waterfront option seems self explanatory but the difference between the other two is not clear and there is a massive price difference (560 vs 360 Can). The videos posted by Royal look identical. It looks like there are family bungalows at Columbus beach and some maps have
  13. Thats what I thought but I became confused when it wasn't released with the rest of the 7+ Caribbean. Maybe because its 6/8 night sailings it will be released later with short due to the 6 nighters?
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