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2 hours ago, jticarruthers said:

it probably looks like freedom did with sub 800 .. a ghost town with a lot of venues closing early.

Goin on Freedom 17 Sep for 10 nights.   Small crowds are somewhat ok, but wondering what type venues are closing early???

Thanks for your post, take care.

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1 hour ago, cruisinghawg said:

Do you think that has more to do with cruises from FL again?

I’m getting info second hand from my wife who’s been reading it on Facebook, so I’m kinda making educated guesses based on this. 
 

So…with that being said, I think the cruises starting in Florida are a big part of the reason.  Less hoops to jump through and easier travel to the embarkation ports.  Also, no concerns with requirements for reentry to the US.  
 

I remember something about people saying that not having to show proof of vaccination was a reason for changing cruises, but that’s kinda moot now. 
 

Something else I read here recently mentioned that this is traditionally a slower time of year anyway what with schools starting back up.  

I believe @dswallow is currently on Adventure and might have more definitive information  


 

 

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2 hours ago, teddy said:

I’m getting info second hand from my wife who’s been reading it on Facebook, so I’m kinda making educated guesses based on this. 
 

So…with that being said, I think the cruises starting in Florida are a big part of the reason.  Less hoops to jump through and easier travel to the embarkation ports.  Also, no concerns with requirements for reentry to the US.  
 

I remember something about people saying that not having to show proof of vaccination was a reason for changing cruises, but that’s kinda moot now. 
 

Something else I read here recently mentioned that this is traditionally a slower time of year anyway what with schools starting back up.  

I believe @dswallow is currently on Adventure and might have more definitive information  


 

 

I'm not on Adventure until Saturday, then am on the last two sailings out of Nassau on her.

But yeah, I'm sure that the prospect of US sailings restarting is what kept people booking the later sailings on Adventure, and undoubtedly is involved in any number of people who chose to cancel and rebook on a US sailing. And I'd add one step further is when the masking protocols essentially became similar/identical to the same protocols on US sailings, exactly what was the benefit of not moving the booking to a US sailing, and avoiding the flight?

Some US sailings, like a few on Odyssey sort of are affected in similar ways. Sailings from a different ship were moved to Odyssey, and bookings were never reopened for those sailings, so there wasn't even opportunity for growth in occupancy.

Considering nobody's has started a cruise line from scratch to sailing 26 ships in just a few months, it's understandable it's not going to be a snap-your-fingers and every ship sails at the maximum capacity they've decided to have initially. It's a unique opportunity right now to sail very, very inexpensively, with a high crew-to-passenger ratio, and pretty much still have every amenity available onboard that's there on full sailings. Take advantage, if you can!

 

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7 hours ago, Justwanttocruise said:

@CHRIS WONG Any ideas, percent or count wise, how full the Odyssey is in its next couple of sailings, are the numbers going up or down or staying steady?

I can only see the numbers cruise by cruise. Next cruise I'm seeing 1400 passengers right now.

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Just spent 2 cruises on Odyssey- was great. Our friends tried to book too but it was "sold out"; so we were very surprised by the low capacity. 

A plug for the Odyssey Casino... Although the casino results weren't what i wanted, the overall casino team, friendly dealers and the gaming experience were the best!  Chris, it was nice to see you again, meet the lovely Rafaella and Miha always makes it fun 🙂

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15 hours ago, At 5920 said:

Just spent 2 cruises on Odyssey- was great. Our friends tried to book too but it was "sold out"; so we were very surprised by the low capacity. 

A plug for the Odyssey Casino... Although the casino results weren't what i wanted, the overall casino team, friendly dealers and the gaming experience were the best!  Chris, it was nice to see you again, and Miha always makes it fun 🙂

THANK YOU!

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16 hours ago, Chawkjewel said:

Seems odd that the 8 night cruises seem to have less people than the 6 night cruises.  I would have thought it would be the other way around.  🤷‍♀️

 

14 hours ago, KLA said:

Wow - that’s crazy!! 1000 passengers?! 

Speculating that it will likely be similar for our Oct 3rd sailing - with the time of year I’m not entirely surprised. Looking forward to our cruise on Odyssey in a few weeks @CHRIS WONG

 

I think maybe flying out to join the ship on Sept 11th may have turned some people away. Understandable.

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On 9/11/2021 at 9:23 AM, Chawkjewel said:

Seems odd that the 8 night cruises seem to have less people than the 6 night cruises.  I would have thought it would be the other way around.  🤷‍♀️

I booked independence on October 3 for 6 nights because it was a great deal.  Odyssey was traded out for Indy,  and now I have a 6 night Odyssey cruise.  Hard to say how common that was

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