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About wstephensi

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  1. It has been almost a year without cruising. I expect considerable mass retraining is in order for new and old crew on both old and new SOP's as well as the ships to be used at the re-start. Under normal operations ships of all kinds are in near continuous operation. Crew members are trained OJT as crew members that leave service are replaced. Prior to restart the whole service side of the cruise industry must be trained and retrained. I can see this taking a month or more on land and then time at sea and then CDC fake cruises and then re-start. Don't forget quarantine for two
  2. We sail JS often, but GS is my favorite suite layout on most ships in the fleet. For two people I think the space in a GS is perfect.
  3. Hoping to get two cruises in at double points to get me to D+. I need 47 seven points. One 7 night and 5 night cruise in a JS and BINGO. That's the plan if CDC, Corona and RCL will all cooperate.
  4. I don't care, but my wife brings a carry on full of shampoo, conditioners, shaving cream, tooth paste, hair dryer, curling iron, etc. All full industrial size items. I have given up trying to get her to pack less and use the items on the ship. I now just use what she brings. It is the same stuff I use at home.
  5. Done two connecting Balconies several times with kids. Very nice and less expensive than your suggested options. Also you could look for a JS with connecting Balcony. Done that twice. Very nice.
  6. Snorkeling in Ketchikan, AK. The excursion and staff were great, but the wife and I did not enjoy wearing a wetsuit. Nor did we look good in it. The daughters, on the other hand, enjoyed the excursion and looked great in a wetsuit.
  7. Going the take a couple of cruises in 2021 and get to the Diamond Plus level in a year instead of about ten years. Booked a 7 day JS on Allure with stops in Labadee and CoCo Cay For our anniversary next year.
  8. I would review the policies on Royal's Cruise with Confidence program. You have several options, Lift and Shift at anytime, 125% FCC if Royal cancels or 100% fare refund if Royal cancels, 100% FCC if you cancel before they do or partial refund under the original terms of your booking if you cancel before they do. I have a Dec 2020 cruise and expect it to cancel. This was paid for with a 125% FCC from a previous COVID canceled cruise from August. I will take the 125% FCC when and if Royal cancels the cruise and use it in 2021. My FCC was issued about 45 days after my August cruise
  9. Grand Cayman, Great snorkeling not far from dock and right downtown. Snorkel to the edge of the shelf and stare into the abyss. Jamaica, Horse ride and swim with the horses.
  10. If it helps I checked mine for Dec of 2020 and 2021 and they both say the same as yours. Probable IT problem at this point. I hope our cruises in Dec are a go.
  11. My most favorite room to date has been a GS on Mariner. Several with adjoining balcony rooms.
  12. Two adjoining balcony rooms are nice and usually less expensive. Most ships have a few suites with adjoining balcony rooms as well. We have done a JS with adjoining balcony room on our last two cruises and two adjoining balcony rooms on the cruise before that. DD have there own room and bath and my wife and I have our suite.
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