I'm starting this Live Blog with the most optimistic of intentions and utmost hope that we will be able to sail. I wonder if they actually place bets in Vegas as to when cruising will resume... The last Live Blog I wrote was from the middle of February 2020, a few short weeks before cruising was shut down due to the dreaded Covid. On that cruise we did our first Star Class on the Oasis.
Since that time, quite a few life altering events have happened. I was laid off work for 2 months. My husband has been working from home since March. He works from our closet and is using an old boat swim platform as a desk.
In May, we were inundated with rain (I believe 8 inches), and had 4 dams fail in our area. We were not directly impacted by this catastrophe, but people we know had houses, boats etc., swept away or their houses were under water. Every bridge below these dams was washed away. At that time, I was back to work so instead of having a 45 minute drive to work, I had an hour and a half. In the scheme of things, no big, as compared to all who had lakeside property.
When our state opened back up for business, hubbie and I went out to dinner, had a few glasses of wine to celebrate being able to be social again. On the way home, we decided to stop to a small beach and watch the sun set. Apparently, I was out of practice with the whole drinking thing and my 56 year old self decided to strip down to skivvies and go swimming. We were sharing the area with another husband and wife and the husband was washing their dog in the lake. In my excitement to go swimming, I was not watching where I was walking and twisted my ankle and went down hard. There I was, writhing around in the sand in excruciating pain, when the dog raced out of the water and started humping my head. In my mind, everything was in slow motion, but hubbie quickly half carried me to the truck and home we went. Two things of note, actually three. 1) I severely strained my ankle and limped for a couple weeks 2) There was sand everywhere-in the truck-dribbled throughout the house-in the bed. 3 ) The following day I asked hubster if I was hallucinating that the dog that took a liking to my head had only three legs and he assured me that it did indeed only have three legs. Life experience #102,049, humped on the head by a 3 legged dog. How many people can claim that?
I do not know how these things happen to me. It is a well known fact that I am not particularly graceful, however.
Toward the end of October we caught the dreaded Covid. I can tell you I would not wish this upon my worst enemy. We both made it through without having to be put in the hospital and for that I am profoundly grateful.
I am not one to wish my life away, but I will be glad when 2020 is in the rearview mirror.
Back to dreaming of cruising! We are booked on the Explorer of the Seas for the end of January. We are thinking that if it is cancelled, we will just move it to another time, but still fly to Florida and hangout there on vacation. Hopefully, all this Covid business will have fallen by the wayside by then.
My experience with checking in: I tried every few days since the 90 day mark to check in. I kept receiving an error that there was a glitch and to try later. Two days ago, (72 days to go) I was able to check in and can view my boarding passes. I am concerned that when I tried to book a cruise on the same ship, same date, nothing shows up on Royal's site.
What is everyone else's experience with check ins, etc.?