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JSB_Z51

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  1. We are going out of Bayonne for Thanksgiving week. Same inteineary an trip that was cancelled in April 2020. First time we don't have to fly, we will be on vacation about 45 minutes after we leave the house lol. Glad we won't have the stress of flying etc. Question for maybe @BrianB Thoughts on the Flow rider the first couple of days of this cruise since its in Novemeber. Is it even open and if so, sounds like I should bring a wet suit....I can't get enough of that thing......even better if I am the only nut to brave it November Thanks @BrianB, that answers my question, off to Amaz9n to shop for a wetsuit
  2. We are going out of Bayonne for Thanksgiving week. Same inteineary an trip that was cancelled in April 2020. First time we don't have to fly, we will be on vacation about 45 minutes after we leave the house lol. Glad we won't have the stress of flying etc. Question for maybe @BrianB Thoughts on the Flow rider the first couple of days of this cruise since its in Novemeber. Is it even open and if so, sounds like I should bring a wet suit....I can't get enough of that thing......even better if I am the only nut to brave it November
  3. Priced what was a great deal to me for Anthem out of NJ where we live. Grand Suite, family of 4, all in price around 6900 for Thanksgiving week 2023. Given all the craziness we have witnessed the past 2 years, I reached out to my TA to price the itinerary as a refundable fare. She came back with a price of over $10k!!!!. Same suite,, same room etc.. So an over $3K premium for the "privelage" of getting my $1k deposit back if we cancel. That's insane to me. Side note we were booked on the same itinerary April 2020, we were part of the first cancellations in that Mid March 2020. So seems like it is just not meant to be for us As much as we have enjoyed many cruises, I suspect it is time for us close this chapter and move on to some other types of vacations. Maybe I am just being dramatic lol. But between the outrageous pricing IMO, the vaccine mandates, questionable ability to get a refund, risk of quarantine or failing a pre-boarding Covid test, I think it's time for me to give up. Maybe we will try a few years from now when I am over the sticker shot and things are a bit more normal and predictable. From my seat seems a bit outrageous but to each is own. Rant over lol.
  4. To all who recommended cruiseplum......THANKS!!!!! Way closer to want I am looking for to target what cruise to go on. Thanks again.
  5. I don't expect them to, there are likely 3rd party sites. I do expect a better user experience, their site is awful. Thanks for that tip, will give it a try.
  6. I know I am not alone in saying the RCL website isn't the best user experience. Trying to check out some 2023 itineraries. We typically book a Grand Suite. It's way too many clicks to get to my all in price for my family of 4. Then you have to press the back button on your browser 3 to 4 times to get back to your search results to price another itinerary. So my question is for you experts out there, is there a better tool or 3rd party website that shows a grid of all in prices that compares multiple dates and itineraries. Finance/Accounting/Microsoft Excel Nerd here. Numbers speak to me better via a grid or spreadsheet lol. Second question. Any sites you recommend to keep on eye on pricing that alert you of price drops? Thanks in advance and happy sailing.
  7. So looks like Bayonne itineraries are out. NAR but is it me or are summer 2023 prices way more expensive? I have typically paid about $8K for a Grand Suite for a family of 4. Everything I am seeing after a quick search is 12K or more. Maybe I need to search a little better, but intital search left me a little shocked.
  8. My must buy is a couple of bottles of Cointreu for my Margarita's at home. For $20 a liter bottles compared to $45+ in NJ it's my must buy.
  9. To each their own. For my family CK > MDR. We ate CK for every Breakfast, Lunch on Sea days and Dinner except for our 3 specialty restaurant dinner reservations. That said service was fantastic since we were there so much which contributed to our positive reviews and experience.
  10. Not to be controversial, does anyone think the vaccine mandate will quietly go away ever or will it be a requirement indefinitely?
  11. We would be great friends . I just really like to eat. Slightly ashamed but not really
  12. I think a better "double dipping" strategy is a specialty restaurant reservation at 5pm and another one at 930pm.
  13. My favorite kind of post since I live to eat. Wish these boards so more action like this!
  14. Woah.....I read that subject way differently!! lol
  15. To add my 2 cents to your well written view, IMO all of this comes down to money and when that happens following actual science, common sense and true risk assessment goes out the window, hence demonizing the cruise industry and losing many peoples faith in the CDC's latest proclamation
  16. I hate to come off as a crazy conspiracy theorist but what is that saying by politicians? Never let a good crisis goto waste. That said IMHO I think the bias toward the cruise ship industry is the negative view and overstated negative impact cruise ships have on the environment. So its a great industry for certain politicians to target and hate. All of us here know the cruise ships tend to be cleaner and better sanitized than any land based resort and that was pre-covid, can only imagine protocols have improved beyond pre covid days. Most of the ignorant and negative commentary comes from people who have likely never cruised. But what do I know. Rant over.
  17. Where does he goto the bathroom? Hopefully hot on the fake grass on the mini golf course!! Enjoy your trip. In case this wasn't posted already, ( the ignorance in the comments are outrageous but not surprising to those of us that love to cruise) https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/12/22/royal-caribbean-covid-outbreak-odyssey/
  18. Was hoping to see Bayonne NJ itineraries. So still waiting here.
  19. That feeling when you get a notification from this thread and hope its the Go Go Go message that it was released but then it isn't lol
  20. Have any of you done bloodwork to determine if your booster was necessary or just going by recommended CDC timelines?
  21. Appreciate that. Seems reasonable to me agaist the backdrop that the policies I have quoted in the past were about 150 to 175 a person. So 3 trips a year "pays" for itself.
  22. Always enjoy your posts.(birds of a feather lol) Is that cost per person or family/household?
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