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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from PPPJJ-GCVAB in Masks during the whole cruise? Vaccines Required? Limited Ports/Excursions? What would be too much?   
    If the answer to any of the first three questions is yes, then the answer to the 4th for me is yes.
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to twangster in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    Somewhere around a decade ago on a Carnival ship from San Juan they offered embarkations in Barbados as well as San Juan on that itinerary.  I remember seeing victims guests do their muster as we returned feeling little pain from the Jolly Roger in Barbados.
    P&O has used Barbados as a home port as well.
    Barbados has a long history in this role.  Warehouses are in close proximity to one side of the cruise ship harbor so resupply isn't a challenge.
    I can see the appeal for Royal to move a ship the size of Grandeur with no other clear place to move her.  Barbados could prove to be a smart call as a home port for this ship.    
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from SebagoSue in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    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.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from jticarruthers in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    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.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from twangster in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    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.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from SandyW in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    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?
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to haf in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    Well, they will at least try something before going under. But, sure it is not easy to start in the caribbean and then be told it is a no-no. Cruise lines suffer and we suffer also.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from RBRSKI in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    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?
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from RBRSKI in Will USA Lose It's Cruise MoJo To New Foreign Homeports?   
    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?
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Galveston Steve in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    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?
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Baked Alaska in Well that's interesting.......air canada and cancelations because of Covid   
    I am so glad I had put my coffee down when I read this sentence.
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to twangster in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    I have to imagine the pier would be difficult for forklifts to load luggage and stock the ship in Cozumel.  It's not really setup for cargo functions, more of a pedestrian walkway.  
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to Allen2 in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    If Royal can start cruises from Barbados, why not Cozumel?  Details might be tough, but could be worked out.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from cruisellama in Cozumel -- Embarkation Port?   
    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?
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from twangster in Well that's interesting.......air canada and cancelations because of Covid   
    I am so glad I had put my coffee down when I read this sentence.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in Well that's interesting.......air canada and cancelations because of Covid   
    I am so glad I had put my coffee down when I read this sentence.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Well that's interesting.......air canada and cancelations because of Covid   
    I am so glad I had put my coffee down when I read this sentence.
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to SPS in Masks or Sheilds   
    2021 and beyond cruise wear

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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from 4ensic in Fun Post - What's Your Cruise Day Like Drinkwise   
    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
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to Atlantix2000 in Goodbye Grandeur   
    There's a newer thread with plenty of discussion on these sailings including people booking them:
     
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to emmef in Goodbye Grandeur   
    I booked my own on the website last week for Dec 2021. They are out there...
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Matt in Goodbye Grandeur   
    My MEI TA quoted a January Barbados sailing, and I am seriously considering it. Apparently they have access.
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to monctonguy in Why can't they just do test cruises?   
    7700 ppl die each day in the US in "normal" conditions....we don't shut down for that......500/day die in car accidents..we dont shut down driving...
     
    CDC should still be pro-actively trying to help and encourage things to open back up and get to normal and realizing that its going to take time to implement and make all the changes required etc.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from RickinSTL in What is something you'll never do again on a cruise?   
    I won't eat at Wonderland again. It was fun, but...the food was...🤔
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from RWDW1204 in Is Honesty Important In Advertising? Or are scams just a normal way of doing things now.   
    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...that way, I don't have that perpetual hangover from all the drinking a package gets you. That's just one example.
    Always caveat emptor
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