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6 hours ago, CHRIS WONG said:

Strange vibes onboard Odyssey Of The Seas this current sailing. Only 542 guests. Ship feels very quiet...

I'm willing to bet that there are still at least 200 who will push in front of you at the Windjammer buffet and/or rush onto the elevator without letting others off first.

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I have to say, it’s really nice having 1+ crew per person as far as service goes. I really don’t mind the lack of crowds at all. I would think that this is going to have a major impact on RC bottom line and my concern would be the overall elimination of the cruise industry as we know it. I suppose it’s better to have 500 people sailing then 0. 

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Interesting study in the dynamics of safety protocols being strict enough to encourage more people to sail vs so strict that it discourages people.

I have a couple of medium (20+ people) groups that are probably going to cancel based on the requirement that kids 12+ have to be vaccinated for example.

My sailing on Freedom was fun, the mask mandate on board got old fast .. combine that with 100% vaccination and having to chase around jumping through hoops for pre-cruise testing and I am really struggling with whether its worth it for a quick weekend getaway.  

Certainly not all Royal's decision and not their issue alone.

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Couple the additional vaccination/testing restrictions, school starting and a short cruise I expect the numbers to be low at the moment. We have an upcoming cruise later this month and I expect that it will also have a smaller number aboard. Not a problem for us but it is certainly more interesting to people watch when there is a larger number of people aboard as your chances of seeing that "odd" character goes up.

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4 hours ago, tonyfsu21 said:

I have to say, it’s really nice having 1+ crew per person as far as service goes. I really don’t mind the lack of crowds at all. I would think that this is going to have a major impact on RC bottom line and my concern would be the overall elimination of the cruise industry as we know it. I suppose it’s better to have 500 people sailing then 0. 

I'm doing my part. Indy in September, odyssey in October,  explorer in November,  liberty in December...

What? That's only one per month!

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4 hours ago, jticarruthers said:

Interesting study in the dynamics of safety protocols being strict enough to encourage more people to sail vs so strict that it discourages people.

I have a couple of medium (20+ people) groups that are probably going to cancel based on the requirement that kids 12+ have to be vaccinated for example.

My sailing on Freedom was fun, the mask mandate on board got old fast .. combine that with 100% vaccination and having to chase around jumping through hoops for pre-cruise testing and I am really struggling with whether its worth it for a quick weekend getaway.  

Certainly not all Royal's decision and not their issue alone.

I tend to agree with you, we love cruising, just started cruising about 15 years ago and waiting on cruise 21, we have one in the bank after being canceled twice, just not sure if we will cruise with mask  mandates and etc, no fault of any cruise line, unfortunately this isn’t going away anytime soon and may have to become a land lover again.

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9 hours ago, CJS2766 said:

This is somewhat of a concern I have for my October cruise on the Symphony. I’m not for big crowds, but there is something to be said for a ship full of happy cruisers with music playing and so on…

Personally, I’d like it at least half full! This virus blows!!!

While I agree with you, it's sort of a dream to have a personal bartender at my beck and call, or a fleet of them. I'll stop my dream here before it gets creepy.

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10 hours ago, jticarruthers said:

Interesting study in the dynamics of safety protocols being strict enough to encourage more people to sail vs so strict that it discourages people.

I have a couple of medium (20+ people) groups that are probably going to cancel based on the requirement that kids 12+ have to be vaccinated for example.

My sailing on Freedom was fun, the mask mandate on board got old fast .. combine that with 100% vaccination and having to chase around jumping through hoops for pre-cruise testing and I am really struggling with whether its worth it for a quick weekend getaway.  

Certainly not all Royal's decision and not their issue alone.

And in many facebook groups it is pretty much 50% saying they wont go on another cruise until vaccination rates are up and case numbers are down.

 

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8 minutes ago, bretts173 said:

And in many facebook groups it is pretty much 50% saying they wont go on another cruise until vaccination rates are up and case numbers are down.

 

Estimate nearly another 50% that won't sail until all the silly rules are gone.... and you might have an explanation for a nearly empty ship.

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Facebook is the biggest source of wrong and right information🤣

I believe when they said 3000pax they actually mean crew as well. I have seen people combine numbers like crazy. Capacity on cruises are a hot button issue, it comes up constantly and people play the telephone game with the numbers. Oasis first sailing is supposedly 3000 people as well, I saw people take that and apply it to Odyssey sailings. I see so much funny math it is a shame.

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2 hours ago, Ogilthorpe said:

Estimate nearly another 50% that won't sail until all the silly rules are gone.... and you might have an explanation for a nearly empty ship.

Yep, that's all the hardcore cruisers but every year a new market tries out cruising, some sign up for life and some say not for me I can try different things. It's this new market that is going to be missing.

 

 

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