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About klc317

  • Birthday 03/17/1977

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  1. Part of my job is to go into nearby casinos and work on their currency sorting equipment in the vaults and count rooms. At the ones around here they are open but about half the slot machines are off to encourage social distancing and the tables are also only at a half capacity. Everyone gets a temp check and has to wear a mask (I don't think many keep them on long)
  2. I like to check in on the Marine Traffic website and see where all the cruise ships are during this time while no cruises are going on. I wonder what the criteria is for where they go and where they sit? I know they have to come back into port to re supply and re fuel and they do have to move after a certain time of just sitting adrift or at anchor to operate some functions on the ship. One thing Ive noticed is that Empress and Majesty have been sitting around in the English Channel for a couple weeks. I thought they might have sent them to return crew members home from that area but its been quite awhile that they've been sitting there which seems unusual for those two.
  3. I like it for breakfast. And if we have a late departure from a port and miss our MDR time we went to WJ to get something for dinner. We discovered the MDR option for breakfast a couple cruises ago and like that too. It’ll definitely be a change but as some have mentioned the craziness at certain times in WJ with people eating in line and then touching the spoons and I’ve seen on a handful of occasions a person licking their fingers and then handling the utensils. That kinda turns your stomach but some folks just don’t understand common sense or courtesy and I get it. but, considering the circumstances we are all in now it’s a new world. They will come up with a workable plan to handle it.
  4. That’s cool! we were a little apprehensive last October of trying empress for the first time but we had a great time and the crew was top notch.
  5. I like using FLL, you can actually see the tops of the cruise ships in the distance from the airline terminal. Its very convenient and close. You'll notice that when you board the ship you'll see all the planes taking off very low above you. We almost always use FLL even for cruises out of Miami. In our case its almost always much cheaper for us than actually flying to Miami and its a short trip on a shuttle bus, uber, driving, whatever you use to get to Port of Miami. Us for instance when we have a cruise out of Miami we fly in the day before, rent a car for the day, and drive down the A1A along the coast in between fort lauderdale and Miami. Theres lots of cool things to see and beaches you can check out. Very interesting area with lots of money, expensive cars, fancy hotels/resorts, beautiful homes, etc. Then we will find a place to stay the night, drop off the rental at the airport in Miami the next morning, and take the free rental car company shuttle bus to the port to board the ship. Renting a car just for that period of time is very affordable and also gives you a place to store and lock your luggage for the day while you are exploring. If you like seeing some huge fancy yachts and boats Haulover Inlet is a nice place to hang out for a bit and its along the way. Its constantly busy with a ton of boat traffic coming in and out and its often very wavy and its fun watching the boats maneuver through the tides and waves. Its right next to a big park and theres even a dog beach right next to it. Always fun to see the dogs playing fetch and swimming out to retrieve their tennis balls and things.
  6. We couldn't get a complete refund on our airfare for our cancelled Apr. 4th cruise. They airline was not very accommodating until both our flights were cancelled anyway as well. Now we have up to 6 months credit to rebook something and use clear until the end of 2021. Not sure what and when we will be able to travel again but I'm sure we will have a better idea in 6 months. Just going to let things ride for awhile.
  7. I don't know...they are physically there when you look at the webcams.... https://www.portmiamiwebcam.com
  8. I kinda wonder if that means with passengers or not. Ive been watching the marine traffic and notice them all just hanging around adrift then come back into ports like Miami, Tamps, Ft Lauderdale, and Orlando for a day or so. I assume its to refuel or take on supplies. This whole thing is terrible for the industry but seeing where and when the ships end up daily is interesting to watch. I did read that they have to move every so often to run certain systems on the ship so they seem to not sit still long.
  9. You can also look up the Pztv port cameras, like Port of Miami for instance and go the the marine traffic box at the bottom of the screen, zoom out and in as needed. When you hover over the ships it shows their name, speed, etc.
  10. Theres level IV in reality and then theres level IV according to the media. Its more like Level XXXIV double secret maximus deluxe. But yes, in all honesty, for the crew members going home I sure feel for them. Hope they stay safe and healthy and I wish them the best of luck. I just recently discovered Chris' videos/VLOGs and really enjoy them. He does a great job of giving us insight into their lives.
  11. We’ve gone quite often during hurricane season. Never had an issue. Although in the Caribbean you can expect to see more cloudy days and rain off and on during that time of year. Not enough to be a show stopper. The prices are often much more reasonable.
  12. I found this interesting. Crew member on Oasis doing a daily vlog over the next 30 while the ship has no guests. On day 3 now. https://youtu.be/EKglMRaUNds
  13. We were affected as well by the unfortunate events occurring with the Corona virus. Was booked on Rhapsody on April 4th. We were holding out on cancelling just to see what new unfolded but wasn't looking good so now its official. But, is what it is and I appreciate the sacrifice that RC decided to take. I really feel bad for the financial hit all the cruise industry is taking on this. I was curious as to where they are going to dock/anchor all these ships. I would imagine Carnival will be following soon with a 30 day or similar suspension. Thats going to be a huge number of ships to do something with in the meantime. Wonder how that works?
  14. This is also our dilemma. We are riding it out until a couple days prior to our April 4th sailing. We really want to go but as with many we simply cannot miss work for 2 weeks after for a possible quarantine situation onboard the ship if one single person gets sick. It’s a hard decision to make but we will continue to wait and see how things are going
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