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    FLGooner reacted to Sushitex in Face masks at sea.   
    On the other hand, this far more recent study (November 20, 2020)  shows how effective cloth face masks are: 
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/masking-science-sars-cov2.html
     
     
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    FLGooner reacted to teddy in Face masks at sea.   
    I wear one every day at work, and it's a physical job.  
    At this point, I've become used to wearing a mask.  If I have to wear a mask on vacation, so be it.
     
    To be honest, the only thing that really bothers me about wearing a mask is when we get customers in the store who have made wearing a mask the hill they're gonna make their patriotic last stand on......they come up to us and tell us how we're sheep for wearing a mask.   My usual response is "My mask is for your protection not mine.  I'm in close contact with 100s of clueless people each day I'm here....how close do you want to get to me??"
     
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    FLGooner reacted to cruisellama in Pullmantur Cruises trying to start back up by buying two Millennium Class ships from Celebrity   
    Wow, that '22 rate is 2X what we had on Edge in Nov '20.   Was supposed to sail Edge again this month but we were cancelled as everyone else.  In your camp, for those prices its time to look at the most inclusive like Azamara or Silverseas if there isn't an adjustment.    There will be a rate adjustment when we get out of these crazy times.  Penned up demand is stoking those rates - but its a bubble
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    FLGooner got a reaction from CrimsonCruiser in Ethnic breakfast items in Windjammer?   
    Baked Beans is a must for a British breakfast. I believe it's mandatory under an Act of Parliament passed in 1622, but I could be making that bit up :)
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    FLGooner got a reaction from acesandeights in Pullmantur Cruises trying to start back up by buying two Millennium Class ships from Celebrity   
    Afraid I agree with Twangster and Eric on this. We like to cruise Celebrity if we can get a Celebrity Suite that includes the Retreat. We moved our March 2021 Summit cruise to March 2022 which has now been cancelled, so maybe Summit is going.
    Checking Celebrity Suites for 7 nights on Apex/Edge for March 2022 is between $14k-$16k for us both depending on itinerary. Celebrity needs to look at that price point as I'm now looking at Silverseas for that money.
    We'll still cruise RC when we travel with our group of friends but fear Celebrity have lost us for the couple of cruises a year we like to take as just a couple.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from Goodburger in Ethnic breakfast items in Windjammer?   
    Baked Beans is a must for a British breakfast. I believe it's mandatory under an Act of Parliament passed in 1622, but I could be making that bit up :)
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    FLGooner got a reaction from carlosalonsor in Juneau Whale Watching   
    Totally agree and now my wife is scouring every port we visit for helicopter tours!!!!
    BTW we did the whale watching trip out of Icy Strait Point and had a great trip with lots of humpback whales, sea lions, sea otters, etc.

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    FLGooner got a reaction from Jaymac Radio in Celebrity Cruise Line Offers Incredible New Sailings out of Port Tampa Bay   
    Thrilled that Celebrity is coming to Tampa, already booked.
    Love that we can leave the house and be at the bar in under 30 minutes!!!
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    FLGooner got a reaction from JLMoran in Celebrity Cruise Line Offers Incredible New Sailings out of Port Tampa Bay   
    Thrilled that Celebrity is coming to Tampa, already booked.
    Love that we can leave the house and be at the bar in under 30 minutes!!!
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    FLGooner got a reaction from KimS in Boarding Time?   
    If you have a Grand Suite then the Key really is not worth the extra. We just got off Radiance and all the suite guests got complimentary lunch on embarkation in Chops, nice perk and as others have said you can also avoid the crowds in the Suite Lounge.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from spiralqueen in Boarding Time?   
    If you have a Grand Suite then the Key really is not worth the extra. We just got off Radiance and all the suite guests got complimentary lunch on embarkation in Chops, nice perk and as others have said you can also avoid the crowds in the Suite Lounge.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from Sweety in Empress thoughts   
    We've sailed Empress to Cuba twice now and loved it. As others have said, none of the features of the big ships but we enjoy her charm and the staff are great. Long conversations with numerous staff who all told us they preferred the family feel of the smaller ship and the chance to spend time with customers. I'd highly recommend the Cuba overnight trip, great city with wonderful people.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from Lovetocruise2002 in Dinner Reservations   
    I've booked My Time on Cruise Planner for up to 6 reservations (12 people), only ever had a problem once and a quick phone call resolved the issue.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Tipping in specialty restaurants   
    Gratuities are included, but we always like to tip our servers in cash, that way I know they are getting it.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from meadowdrive in Cuba & currency exchange   
    Monorailmedic has this 100% correct, we regularly cruise from Tampa to Cuba, Take Euros and then very simple, quick and efficient exchange operation inside the Cruise Terminal in Havana. Great tip is exchange your CUCs back into USD at the end of your visit as there is not the 10% penalty when you exchange that way.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from Orchids in Do you take your passports off the ship with you?   
    US Drivers License counts as Photo ID when getting off in locations where Compass says you need picture ID. However last 5 times we've done this they've never checked it. If I'm going on a private trip we take Passports, otherwise they stay in the safe. 
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    FLGooner reacted to mworkman in Do you take your passports off the ship with you?   
    Sure 😬
     

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    FLGooner got a reaction from jticarruthers in "New" MDR Menus   
    Totally agree, used to enjoy the old "spice-themed" menus but the MDR on our recent Oasis cruise was really poor, so we ended up using the specialty restaurants more than normal. Fairly sure that's the intention.
    Been loyal RCL customers for years but we are now seriously looking at other lines.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from Deedeelynn in "New" MDR Menus   
    Totally agree, used to enjoy the old "spice-themed" menus but the MDR on our recent Oasis cruise was really poor, so we ended up using the specialty restaurants more than normal. Fairly sure that's the intention.
    Been loyal RCL customers for years but we are now seriously looking at other lines.
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    FLGooner reacted to KLA in Royal Caribbean Website Testing - March 12-16   
    "Hey, uh, I know I just got back from vacation.. but can I work remotely from Florida rather than my home office for a week doing testing on my own for another company?" :|
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    FLGooner got a reaction from LetsTryThisPlace in Things I used to know but have forgotten about cruise ship dining.   
    Always lots of food trays lining the corridors after people have had room service delivered and eaten. It's possible that on occasions one of these trays may have mysteriously appeared in our room and allegedly then used to bring food from the WJ to our room for consumption on our balcony. Just saying..............
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    FLGooner got a reaction from LetsTryThisPlace in Marnier of the Seas Upgrade/Refurbishment ?!   
    Mariner was the first RCL ship we ever cruised on so think a reunion with her is in order, looks good.
     
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    FLGooner got a reaction from WAAAYTOOO in Travel Agents   
    Just had a frustrating call with AAA travel regarding our March cruise on Oasis, obviously I've cruised many more times than her and thanks to these boards and the interweb thingy appear to be considerably more knowledgeable. Evidently according to AAA you can't book My Time Dining!! At this point I gave up and told them not to bother and I'd do reservations myself.
    I've always booked onboard and handled all reservations myself in the past, including re-booking when prices dropped, but was persuaded that the free bottle of wine and $100 OBC was worth transferring our booking to to an agent. As others have said, there's good and bad in every profession so would welcome any input on any good TAs.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from bcarney in Looking for Info on Brilliance of the Seas out of Tampa   
    We live in the Tampa area and have sailed Brilliance on a few occasions. My wife's office directly overlooks the port so she enjoys seeing one of her favorite ships on a regular occasion. Great ship and certainly still looks good.
    You're correct on timing from Airport to Port, 30-40 minutes at worse - probably 20 minutes outside of rush hour. I find Tampa to be a lot easier and less chaotic for getting on/off than Port Canaveral or Lauderdale.
    Let me know if you need more info.
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    FLGooner got a reaction from RobWhatley in Texting With Family Onboard   
    Traveled with the in-laws who are just as bad as teenagers!!!
    Agree with the above, use the phones in the rooms and have pre-agreed meeting places - Solarium bar at 10am :)
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