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  1. I tend to agree with you about San Juan, but I am getting concerned that currently in the Summer of 2021 the only ship scheduled (on Cruisetimetables.com) weekly from San Juan is the Carnival Fascination. The Freedom is back there in November 2021, and I didn't look to see where the NCL Epic is next Summer, but there is some concern there. I haven't been everywhere, but San Juan is the ultimate home port for me, and I would consider it a major blow to cruising should it cease to exist as a viable option.
  2. Apparently the family's new talking point is that the grandfather could not lean out the window because of the distance between the rail and the window. Maybe that's true, but it still does not change the fact he leaned far over that railing before picking the girl up and holding her far enough out that when she dropped, she dropped to the ground rather than between the rail and window on the ship. No reasonable person could fault the cruise line.
  3. You can probably find an operator in the port who can give you a good day at 7 mile beach for less $ than going through the cruise line. Heck, it's about a $4 cab ride apeice to get there and 4 more to get back. The question is what kind of accommodations do you want? You can negotiate all of that on the spot. Cayman is safe and aside from some traffic, easy to get around.
  4. I'm somewhat surprised CBS broke this video. It seems the media would like nothing more than to take down one of these giant cruise lines with all those ships burning all that fuel and dumping trash in the ocean (their perspective... not mine).
  5. The easy answer is to say, don't worry about it. The cruise lines are in business to get you to spend your hard earned money on a fun and rewarding trip to places you probably wouldn't ordinarily go to. They are all pretty good at that. While there is no doubt that I also look at the weather ahead of time, RCCL has staff meteorologists whose only job is to ensure your safety and comfort on your trip. The Voyager class, Navigator included, are wonderful ships. You've done the hard part. You've saved your money and paid for the trip. Now, go have fun. Next time, book a 7 day. You will like that even more.
  6. If we do Canada New England it will be with a larger family group, and we have some family who have never been to ME, and are looking very forward to it.
  7. Some choose a cruise because of the ship. Some choose it for the itinerary. We have sailed the Adventure of the Seas three times mostly because my wife and I like to sail from San Juan... the Adventure was home ported there for 15 years. Most of the big new ships do Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries out of FL, and we mostly prefer deeper Caribbean trips. So, we have never been on one of the newbies, but we love the Adventure and now that it has moved are looking at a New England/Canada trip on her. Without having been on an Oasis ship, we don't have a good way to compare, but we see the Voyager class as the sweet spot, not too big and not too small. It's a beautiful ship, well kept, and cheaper as Matt mentioned. Certainly we will get to one of the new ships one day.
  8. Gotta disagree. I would be very happy for my friends and have no additional concerns whatsoever. The friends will know they got it and you didn't, and if they are a good friend may buy a pre cruise or post cruise dinner for you. And they will remember what happened for a long time and see you in a better light because you were the bigger person.
  9. Agree 100%. I love cruising and always want friends or family to cruise with us. On a previous RCCL cruise, when I was the point man, there were only 2 aft balconies left and we needed 3. All 3 paid the same price, but my wife and I gave up the aft balcony and took one on the same floor right beside the 2 aft balconies (without discussing it with the other two couples). Seeing the looks on their faces and enjoying the conversation about their great balconies... especially when both parties realized what we had done for them, made any sense of missing out fade to a feeling of having really done a good thing. That was 2016, and they still talk about it. It was a small gesture that made an impact on the 6 people involved.
  10. That is a solid first post. Thanks for the info. I'll be in touch with Paradise Rentals.
  11. As always, I know I can come here for answers, and I appreciate that. We are interested in renting a car for the day in St. Thomas. I have confirmed that our ship docks at Havensight. Is there a car rental nearby that anyone knows of? I have searched Travelocity and Booking. Both only bring up airport rentals which is a good bit out of our way and would cost a good deal of time to pickup and drop off. Thanks.
  12. As with everything in the mainstream media, in my opinion, it has more to do with whomever supports their agenda than anything else.
  13. I want the family to get the closure they need, but I hope RCCL's attorneys match the effort of their's and that none of them see a penny from this.
  14. I guess I don't understand your point. RCCL is pushing back and doing so in a professional manner. They are defending their position, and while it should not have been done is a public manner, the original info was leaked in an attempt to pressure RCCL into buckling. What is not "squeaky clean" about the cruise line's response?
  15. I'm warm natured. I would plan on shorts, tshirts, and flip flops. My wife is cold natured. She would plan on jeans and something with sleeves... possibly layers she can remove. Someone else mentioned if you are out after sunset, for an hour or so, it can get cool pretty quickly.
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