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Everything posted by DunkelBierJay

  1. PHE...use of the word "Health" in the acronym is difficult to accept because the bureaucrats don't take the number of concussions into consideration with the collective knocking of heads against walls....
  2. I would wait till around Feb 1 to see what the latest protocols would be.
  3. If you want a Chops steak in the MDR, you can order for an extra charge...I thought I remembered they offered a filet, not a NY Cut...it may have been specific to the ship.
  4. I've seen the Key range in price from $19.99 a day to $34.99 a day. It was worth it to me to try it at $19.99, but since you have to buy it for everyone in the cabin, unless both are heavy VOOM surf and stream users, personally, I am not really into it. I think if they make it more like the Faster to the Fun product Carnival offers, it might have more merit, but RC would have to limit how many they sell.
  5. My thought is that with all the breakthrough cases being reported that they are creating an answer before the issue gains more momentum. and personally, regarding the company's tracking of 141 cases out of 500k guests...it says to me that those who had the infection and did not report it (or didn't know they had it) were operating like things were before. I can't say for sure, but before March 2020, if I had a cold or something a few days after a cruise, was it because something spread or I was just run down. (I did get pretty sick a week or so after a November 2019 sailing on Symphony). All of this cat herding is so old, I can't even.....at least RC is managing the problem as well as they can at this point. I just hope they can start making money again soon.
  6. It's slightly confusing...there is a wine pairing with each course, but there is a note at the bottom talking about a wine flight for $19.99.
  7. I noticed this on my CP today, and have never seen it before. It is for Serenade in February, and it looks really fun. It is set for the final sea day. Has anyone experienced it on a ship where some of the restaurants shown are not on board, or is this brand new?
  8. It's all so exhausting...may shut off all interest in cruising and wait to see if any of this flip flopping ever ends.
  9. Oh wow....that usually happens on a Friday...Not having a good day...my eyes deceive me. Thanks for pointing that out.
  10. The way Explorer took to get to the east coast is how I predict other ships will take to get to the west cost. I don't know that information. Does anyone else?
  11. I am in a 12 step program for my addiction to certainty, and say the Serenity Prayer when I remember to if I am triggered.
  12. my take...it will be a mess for a month or two as things shake out and loosen up.
  13. It didn't take long for Fain's video to turn into scolding word salad for me. Another reason why I am waiting it all out.
  14. It's scenarios like these that led me to cancel everything several months ago, grit my teeth and wait it all out until cruising fully resumes. It relegated me to a couple of land vacations. It could be a LOT worse, and I am grateful for the opportunities I have and the memories of being on RC ships. Ultimately, it is helping me save some money for when the right situation comes along even if it pushes against my addiction to certainty. I will say that if Royal brokers an insurance transaction even if they aren't an agent, that they should go to bat on those refunds. They should insist n that with those carriers.
  15. let it all play out...segregating and division won't work for anyone
  16. move to TN (or FL)...we've been in restaurants and churches (maskless) in areas other than Nashville and Memphis since JULY with numbers that are similar to or better than states that are still locked down. Makes you wonder.
  17. is there a chance that a "CDC is Drunk with Power Fueled by Word Salad, so Vent Here" forum can be set up?
  18. Announcements will happen when they happen and cruising will start when it starts. It seems like with all the news last week, a lot of pressure came off the CDC. I wonder if that's a good thing (I think that's a bad thing because I am too much of a pessimist). I'd love to see more news about the lawsuits and of the CDC being dragged through the mud. I just want our certainty back so we can YOLO book it when we want and know we are going to sail...unless there's a charter that pushes me out.
  19. Isn't each billion dollar loss equivalent to the time it takes to capitalize a new ship now? I wonder how many ships would have been in the fleet without the pandemic verses with by the year 2025.
  20. I agree with the sentiment regarding inconsistency in some areas. The thing that puzzles me are the times I do mock bookings and it is cheaper to pick my own room than a guarantee. I wonder if those issues are IT related or some sort of marketing strategy I don't understand. I also wonder if their financial analysts are trying to get so dialed in with maximizing revenue during booking and on board, they do it at the expense of those who are less forgiving of the inconsistency.
  21. If there are any cabins to consider that are awesome...I wish I did it when I sailed on her...are the panoramic ocean view cabins on deck 12...there are also 14 of them that have balconies. They will sell out fast because there aren't many of them.
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