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  • Birthday 03/13/1974

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    Film, TV, Music, Vinyl records, and Beer.

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  1. I know it's not the same situation in some respects, but Five Guys in the UK are allowing customers to use Freestyle machines and reuse their paper cups in them. They say on their website they are sanitizing the touchscreens, more often but I didn't witness this ( I wasn't watching for this though).
  2. Probably repainted as in new paint for maintenance, but not color, she always had the light blue hull, it's tough to tell the difference sometimes.
  3. From my sailing's Facebook page: John Wakefied - She’s currently at anchor in Poole Bay. This photo was taken from the coast at Southbourne.
  4. I just wanted to share some good vibrations. While I had two cruises cancelled this year (May, Oct), and I am still waiting on taxes and fees to be refunded, I have made the best of a bad situation. I gladly chose the 125% FCC and the 125% cruise planner credit. I have done all the bookings myself, mostly through email using RCI sales reps I have used in the past, because I’m in the UK and don’t really have a goto travel agent. So the good news is I have been able to go from an 8 night sailing to a 12 night sailing (with nothing but gratuities, taxes, and fees to pay) using the 125% FCC and have amassed $1400 OBC to spend. I have lost out on about $125 OBC credit but considering the 4 extra nights and the itinerary (Canary Islands, Portugal, and Spain) I am super excited! I didn’t even have to pay a deposit, as FCC was reinstated while I was on the phone finalising the booking. So yes, it has not been ideal, I am still looking at a much better cruise than I started out with in my opinion. The new booking is for July 2021, so hopefully 3rd time lucky.
  5. Well after my second cancellation I booked again for next summer! 3rd time lucky? So I’m back to 327 days and counting. I have never booked this far out before. Can anyone tell me when the Royal App starts to let you explore your sailing? Or has COVID 19 disrupted this as well? Back to waiting for my 90 day check-in, stalking the blog, and watching cruise planner every day. TIA
  6. Are there open sessions to use the Flowrider? and if so what is the average wait time in your experience?
  7. No confirmation what so ever unfortunately. I took a screenshot when I did it and the sent email asking for confirmation to the customer service email before the cutoff date.
  8. Yes, you lose any UK protections like ABTA/ATOL when booking through a US or out of country agent. I personally have done it in the past, but with the way things are going this year, I'm glad I am protected.
  9. Posted on RCI website: • Explorer of the Seas’ revitalization will take place August 2020 given the closure of shipyards along with the disruption to the supply chain caused by this pandemic. As a result, Explorer’s August 2020 sailings will be cancelled and the revitalization will be a technical dry dock where only routine maintenance work will take place.
  10. WOW, not a good decision by RCI. Maybe they will soon announce compensation for those sticking, allow no penalty refunds, Lift and Shifts, or lift and shift to Allure's new itineraries?
  11. I concur. You would have to get off ship early, uneventful trip from port to airport, and then deal with normal airport stuff. As a frequent visitor to Italy i can tell you there is a thing called "Italian Time", meaning they get things done when things get done, not a place I know for it's promptness or rushing, in my opinion of course.
  12. I am sure there are lots of "official" exceptions. The UK has lots of these. For example if you work in the EU one day a week, you are exempt from the 14 day travel quarantine. Drive a delivery truck, exempt. Essential healthcare, exempt. Military, exempt. I believe some of these new policies are just for show.
  13. Cruise planner purchases are refunded, and you have to repurchase them again at the prevailing rate.
  14. No, I'm not ash-hole, Definitely A Good place Reference, re-watching the whole series this week. That seems like a better explanation.
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