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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from SpeedNoodles in Empress of the Seas has been sold   
    48 hour rule applies as usual
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to WAAAYTOOO in Empress of the Seas has been sold   
    I just booked an Empress cruise yesterday (Nov 2020) with the intent of L&S it to Odyssey in Dec. 21.  Guess I'll find out soon how that works out !!
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to SpeedNoodles in Empress of the Seas has been sold   
    I refuse to believe it until @Matt can confirm it.  #totaldenial
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to SpeedNoodles in Empress of the Seas has been sold   
    I'm feeling smug and vindicated. 
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to CruisinForABruisin in Empress of the Seas has been sold   
    https://www.tradewindsnews.com/cruise-and-ferry/royal-caribbean-sells-empress-of-the-seas-to-undisclosed-buyer/2-1-860002
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Baked Alaska in For a clue into US cruise timing, watch the college football season.   
    Yes, Vandy alum and Bama fan...Roll Tide
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Ogilthorpe in Travel Agent vs. Next Cruise?   
    I just have one word...
    Both!
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Greg787 in Status of Empress of the Seas   
    One of the YouTube channels I watch (that gets it wrong a lot), so I won't mention the name spent 8 minutes on it, most of which was speculation click bait. I REALLY hope Empress is spared. Love that ship.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Mrs. Thomas in Unfair treatment by the CDC   
    It brings up what eats at me, which is...the reason behind the double standard affecting the cruise industry so disproportionately...is it pandering? Is it sensitivity to louder critics, the press, their Washington overlords? Combine it with the CDC director's reported admission that there is a financial incentive for hospitals to report cases...the unreasonable repatriation measures from the U.S., IMO. I could go on and on...
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to Matt in Unfair treatment by the CDC   
    Good argument made, and I agree with all of your points. Ultimately if the virus were handled better, this wouldn't be an issue for the agency.
    The issue I find with the CDC isn't that they are being unfair to the cruise lines, just that the cruise industry is treated with great scrutiny (which is fine) but so many other aspects of travel are not.  That double standard is what irks me, not that the CDC is going after cruises.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Jmccaffrey in Status of Empress of the Seas   
    One of the YouTube channels I watch (that gets it wrong a lot), so I won't mention the name spent 8 minutes on it, most of which was speculation click bait. I REALLY hope Empress is spared. Love that ship.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Status of Empress of the Seas   
    One of the YouTube channels I watch (that gets it wrong a lot), so I won't mention the name spent 8 minutes on it, most of which was speculation click bait. I REALLY hope Empress is spared. Love that ship.
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to SpeedNoodles in Status of Empress of the Seas   
    Unacceptable.  I'm booked on her in January in an Owner's Suite.  Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to USFFrank in Status of Majesty of the Seas   
    (Like I know anything, but) IMHO Royal needs their 2 smallest ships, Majesty & Empress. Not only are they what's left of the old time cruise experience ships, because of their size they can go to places the others can't. And right now (OK not right now) they do.
     I'm looking down the line right now, but for example, if (in the unlikely event) they got rid of Majesty and/or Empress and shortly after that we we're allowed to cruise to Cuba again, what's Royal to do? Build new Sovereign size ships so they could go there?
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from CJS2766 in Chops Grille: Worth It??   
    I have been to Chops on these ships with rankings next to each:
    Enchantment -- #2
    Brilliance -- #3
    Allure --#5
    Symphony -- #4
    Empress -- #1
    The common thread I see is that smaller ships seem to have been better in my experience. This isn't to say that it wasn't worth it on the Oasis class ships, it definitely was, but I had dining packages on those sailings. One way to get a really good value is to book lunch. The cost is about half.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Jjohnb in Monarch has been beached   
    Kind of sickening...I love watching the beaching videos on YouTube, but not this...they are usually rust buckets, not beautifully maintained ships with personality whose end was premature.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from coneyraven in Monarch has been beached   
    Kind of sickening...I love watching the beaching videos on YouTube, but not this...they are usually rust buckets, not beautifully maintained ships with personality whose end was premature.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from heffy2 in Monarch has been beached   
    Kind of sickening...I love watching the beaching videos on YouTube, but not this...they are usually rust buckets, not beautifully maintained ships with personality whose end was premature.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Monarch has been beached   
    Kind of sickening...I love watching the beaching videos on YouTube, but not this...they are usually rust buckets, not beautifully maintained ships with personality whose end was premature.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from CruzOnBye in 50 questions!   
    Wow bands or Seapass card?
    Eastern or Western Caribbean itineraries?
    How do you avoid the vendors just outside the port trying to get your business?
    Most efficient embarkation port?
    How many eggs are purchased for a typical 7 night sailing on an Oasis class ship?
    How many different specialty dining concepts does Royal Caribbean operate on all of its ships?
    When was the first adult water slide installed on a Royal Caribbean ship?
    Do you know the words to the Wash Your Hands song?
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Bob_KY in 50 questions!   
    Wow bands or Seapass card?
    Eastern or Western Caribbean itineraries?
    How do you avoid the vendors just outside the port trying to get your business?
    Most efficient embarkation port?
    How many eggs are purchased for a typical 7 night sailing on an Oasis class ship?
    How many different specialty dining concepts does Royal Caribbean operate on all of its ships?
    When was the first adult water slide installed on a Royal Caribbean ship?
    Do you know the words to the Wash Your Hands song?
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to Scrumps in CDC No Sail Order extended to Sept 30?   
    I still believe that Oct 1st is going to be make or break for the industry. I know they have cash available until next year, but they are not going to wait until they run out. If the CDC refuses to hear their plans and just extends to 2021, and they lose all the holiday income too, at least 1 of the 3 will reorg, or worse. I just can't see status quo continuing through the end of the year.
    What I do not understand is the mixed messages coming from the gov. They want kids in school and parents back to work, but have shutdown an industry that employees hundreds of thousands and brings in billions into the tourist industry. 
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    DunkelBierJay reacted to princevaliantus in CDC No Sail Order extended to Sept 30?   
    Yup....I agree whole-heartedly !! If they extend the No Sail Order to the end of the year or into 2021, I will be dumping the stock quicker than you can say John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt !!  ?????
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from Poolside in Key West Could Ban Big Cruise Ships :-(   
    Seems like if cruising ever resumes (I am beginning to wonder)...that the ports that welcome cruise ships will have a boom and the ones who don't will soon be jealous and then reverse their decisions. There is no way I would drive all the way to Key West for Sloppy Joes and a tour of Hemingway's house to see the six toed cats.
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    DunkelBierJay got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Key West Could Ban Big Cruise Ships :-(   
    Seems like if cruising ever resumes (I am beginning to wonder)...that the ports that welcome cruise ships will have a boom and the ones who don't will soon be jealous and then reverse their decisions. There is no way I would drive all the way to Key West for Sloppy Joes and a tour of Hemingway's house to see the six toed cats.
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