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  1. 1 hour ago, SandyW said:

    Yes, but only if they did not require me to be tracked and traced everywhere I went on the ship.  If they did not require any mask mandates.  If they did not require a virus test (which is proven to be false - positive).  If they did not require a vaccine.

    Kind of like pre-mid-March 2020 when we were allowed to roam free on the ship with just our sea pass card, no mask, no testing, no vaccine.

    The good ole' days.



  2. As a glass half-full kind of guy, I think @Matt may have accidentally provided RCG an invaluable service: a database of individuals who should ABSOLUTELY 100% NOT be involved on a test cruise due to an inability to process information and/or follow directions.  I'd think Dr. Johnson, Dr. Gottlieb and the rest of the Healthy Sail Panel would appreciate dodging this entire magazine worth of bullets.

  3. 9 hours ago, EmersonNZ said:

    A few weeks ago 15 Russian sailors were supposed to have quarantined for 14 days before flying to NZ. Luckily they still had to go through the standard NZ quarantine and on their day 3 testing 20 tested positive.

    Either I'm missing something (which, let's be honest, would not be terribly shocking), there's a typo here, or this 133% infection rate is going to seriously mess with someone's data...


  4. Within an hour to Cape Liberty, so that's a no-brainer for me.  As things stand right now, if I were cruising out of FL I would almost certainly take the Auto Train down.  Shave a day of drive time (and arrive well rested) and have my car there for an emergency return trip.  After the cruise I'd probably just drive back home over two days, saves money and there's less of a real hard deadline as to when I get there.  It's not like my house will leave me at the pier!

  5. 4 hours ago, IRMO12HD said:

    I don't know how long this will last, but here are the prices I saw on Cruise Planner today (9/21/2020) at 1:20 pm PST for Anthem OTS Norwegian Fjords 16-24 July 2021:


    DBP (it says including gratuity!): $46/day; total for each DBP was $368, so it looks like gratuity was included in the price.

    Good looking out, friend!  🙂 Was $46 on my August Oasis cruise, just nabbed it.

  6. 8 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

    It's $199 now for the Harmony GC sailing over Thanksgiving 2021.  I got it for $79.

    We're now at $189 adult and $169 for children for Oasis next August.  Luckily, I also got in at $79/$59.  I've seen huge jumps in almost all of my CocoCay options.  Waterpark up to $102, Waterpark Cabanas went from $599 to $999, all the other cabanas jumped between $300 and $500.  Looks like about the only thing that didn't spike are the good ol' beach beds, still holding down the fort at $199...

  7. 8 minutes ago, dazekiel said:

    I've looked at all the deck plans. None that I have found show what side of the ship the doors are on for the single row cabins are. For example 11205 through 11223. If we book 11213, we want to know if we should get 11210 or 11610 so that the doors are across the hall from each other. 

    Thank you

    I hadn't ever thought of this until you asked the question!  After a little digging, I found a deck plan of Quantum that shows the interior door location (indicated by the diagonal line) at https://www.seascanner.com/deckplan-quantum-of-the-seas.  In the example you gave, You'd want 11213 to pair with 11210.

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  8. 1 hour ago, SpeedNoodles said:

    Here is a screenshot of the price of a regular 7 night NB Alaskan sailing, plus 3 options of adding a cruisetour to the same sailing. (The top one is showing a price for June 18, but the June 4th sailing, which all of the rest show, is only $20 more).  These are all Radiance sailings on June 4, 2020 - so you can expect approx $600-900 added to the cost of an inside cabin for 2 passengers.

    Great googly moogly, the Cruisetour prices are just listed in the "Find a Cruise" searches?!?  I'm not sure how I missed that, but I appreciate how polite you were in responding to my ignorance!  🙂 


  9. Can any of you wonderful cruise experts give me a general ballpark figure for how much adding a Cruisetour to an Alaskan Cruise would run?  Specifically, I'd be looking at the 10 Night Family Tundra Express (9 A/B) for a family of two adults and two children, probably in July.  Obviously I know there are way too many variables for any sort of precise costs, I'm just looking for a ballpark figure, and I appreciate the fact that the ballpark will be Dodger Stadium sized.  This lack of going anywhere all summer has me thinking about what my travel plans might look like for 2023 (not a typo), and am wondering if this is even remotely in the realm of financial possibility!

  10. 2 hours ago, Leroyr55 said:

    Crazy prices going on. I made some purchases when the sail was on for our hopefully May cruise on SOS. I just looked at the beach club price it went up to $150.00 per person. I purchased it for $43.00 per person. I really wonder sometimes who’s fingers are on the keyboard at Royal. 

    Maybe they reduced maximum capacity for mitigation purposes and that sent the algorithm all in a tizzy?  Just a guess.  Also possible that a particularly distractive squirrel ran by an intern's window...

  11. 43 minutes ago, Auto said:

    The eternal optimist in me is still in full-tilt planning for my Ovation to Alaska cruise next June. What is the earliest recommended time to plan for a flight out of SEA post cruise?  Right now I can get a pretty good price on a flight at 11:00, but I feel like that might be pushing it.

    Seeing as the industry will probably have to completely rethink the entire debarkation process once cruising resumes, I'd think that it will be impossible to estimate how long it will take to get off the ship, clear customs and make your way to the airport until a few cruises have been completed.  Even then, I'd imagine it will likely be a work in progress, with constant "tweaks" to the system.

  12. 7 hours ago, PPPJJ-GCVAB said:

    Also if we had sailed in 2020 all 5 grandkids were 12 and under...rebooking to 2021 only 4 are considered kids and if I move to 2022 only 3 will be "kids"!!  Ughhhh this is getting complicated! 

    My memory is failing me in my old(ish) age, but I know someone on the boards was in a similar situation where their kid was 12 on the original booking and 13 on the L&S date, and they still price protected it at the child rate.  I just can't remember who it was to confirm for you. ☹️

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