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Everything posted by DunkelBierJay

  1. For those of us who are likely to abandon cruising if private companies require it, and are disgusted with inconsistencies among worthless American "authorities," I think it does have relation to cruising. Letters and emails to our political betters who we put in office might yield a form letter response as it falls on deaf ears (I get responses about 30% of the time), because no on can criticize the CDC.
  2. No one in DC will respond or listen. You may get a form letter back. There aren't enough of us to make an impact. Cruising is probably done.
  3. My snarky follow up to my previous response is that I hope the CDC keeps kicking the can down the road to where Cozumel becomes a huge cruise embarkation port that is preferred to FL, and the CDC gets the blame for destroying the US market permanently.
  4. This is the most succinct description of the problem that I have with the CDC too. And, I don't think that the cruise industry is big enough outside of FL and maybe AK for those who love cruising to have any affect on their elected reps with letter writing, calls, etc. The current administration will let them do whatever they want. My wish is for their role to be moved to the Coast Guard because they have hands on knowledge of dealing with the environment on a ship and seem to be less susceptible to PR pressure. Medical dictators need to be put in their place as medical advisors.
  5. I would cruise from Cozumel in a second because it doesn't increase my cost to get to the port very much. I think it hinges on what happens with the Florida cruise market...will those people be willing to pay for airfare to go to Coz vs very little cost with driving an hour or so to the terminals?
  6. With that population and the hotels, they would have to have a viable food and supply distribution system on the island rather than relying on shipping...just a guess.
  7. Another reason why I think the Cost Guard should do the enforcement and the CDC should only be advisory...I say this not having any idea what dominos this would push over or what cans of worms get opened. I have had the impression for a long time that the CDC does nothing to correct the petri dish narrative.
  8. I've been hearing some all inclusives are doing testing in Quintana Roo...another obstacle that may exist from Coz is...I don't think I have ever seen any bunkering going on at any of the piers in Coz except for a Mexican navy ship at the downtown pier where MSC and Disney dock.
  9. Intriguing idea posed by Tony, the La Lido Loca guy...apparently, the mayor of Cozumel made a proposal to MSC to make the island an embarkation port. If Royal were to find a way to agree to participate, I would be into it just to get out from under the clutches of the cdc. The questions are how would ships be provisioned from there and what hoops will exist to get back to the US. I would do a couple nights before and after a cruise is Coz if this option materializes. Thoughts?
  10. If the answer to any of the first three questions is yes, then the answer to the 4th for me is yes.
  11. My MEI TA quoted a January Barbados sailing, and I am seriously considering it. Apparently they have access.
  12. Empress of the Seas because she is gone and I can't sail on her any more.
  13. With Royal it's always 70% off of a price that constantly changes. So, the question is what is the basis for the discount. The hedge against it is to watch the pricing fastidiously on an almost daily basis so you know in your mind what the discounts really mean. I see it with drink packages every time I log on. I know what discounted price will get me thinking about buying it. Actually buying it is rare because I multiply the price by the number of cruise nights, and I pretty much decide that I wouldn't do it on land, why do I do it on vacation. So, I opt for a la carte almost all the time...t
  14. Watching with interest. I wonder if Royal uses a third party call center for these bookings. Are there travel agents in the UK who could take it and run with it for you in exchange for the booking? In the US, it doesn't cost extra...I am not sure about the UK. Regardless, I would want to take it to a supervisory level with the company directly so they know there has been a failure.
  15. I won't eat at Wonderland again. It was fun, but...the food was...
  16. I would ask my TA to keep an eye on that sailing in case there are cancellations. When our kids were not of age, we booked cabins directly across the hallway with an adult in each cabin and getting extra keys so we could access everyone's room. It's not ideal for privacy sake, but if they are booking inside cabins, that may be an option. Also, who knows if the mitigation procedures will be as stringent a couple months from now that so many are taking the needle soon.
  17. Empress was one of my favorites. A ship like that can't be replaced. Sad day.
  18. wasn't there a revolution a few years ago that dealt with that? Anyway...there will be masks mandated, v a ( ( inez mandated...the whole nine yards so the lawyers can be held at bay at every mention of a positive case, and to soften the blow of sensationalistic headlines. It's not about health or avoiding infection.
  19. When I am bored, I obsess over the numbers. I observed a couple of things where I live. Mask mandates were announced in mid-September for October 1. The documented cases had been rising a little leading up to that. About three weeks after the mandate, documented cases had increased four fold. I looked a little further, and with a goal of 4,000 tests a week, they documented 40,000 (that's forty-thousand) with a positivity rate of 10%. I am cynical enough to believe strongly something else is going on, and questioning it with multiple letters and emails to elected leaders (executive and legislat
  20. I am prepared to cancel or kick the can down the road if masks are going to be required on my next sailing. I have two medical issues that make it difficult to function with one on, so I just isolate myself like anyone who has been deemed persona non grata.
  21. Typical day at sea Coffee x 2 Bloody Mary Beer Water Beer or Lava Flow Type thing Nap Beer Gin and Tonic or Scotch before dinner Wine or beer with dinner Whatever I feel like with the show I go to
  22. It doesn't work from Firefox or Edge using a bookmark and linking from a google search gets the same result. Oh well.
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