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Allure of the Seas - Nov 14, 2021 (7 Night Eastern Caribbean)


AlohaLivin
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This cruise has been through some changes - first we lost a day off the front and then our course was altered a bit also (we now will be in the following ports - Betamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. We are just thrilled that we will be back on the ship. We will be doing a side to side, our cruise the week before will be on the Symphony. Hopefully this cruise will bring new friends and a great time for everyone! 😊

”Lynn” and Eric

  1. CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST. THOMAS 
  2. PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN
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@WAAAYTOOO that is wonderful! 💫 We will finally get to meet face to face (messsge boards are just so limited as ways to know other humans). We are on Symphony before this one (with the lost day at the beginning that will now in a hotel in Fort Lauderdale rather than on the ship). But it is what it is. We will just be so happy to be sailing again (oh my mouth I’m crazy when I say this, but two weeks away from our furkids when they’ve had us working at home for two years is it going to be tough – but I’m going!!!). 

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@WAAAYTOOO,,  I was not sure what you meant by this: “  If they allow us to cruise, we will go, but it's doubtful‘. I wasn’t sure whether you were referring to something regarding the vaccine, the likelihood of sailing due to other restrictions or something else. I so hope that we’re all on board. My mother died just before the onslaught of the pandemic and as  a healthcare provider I had to suddenly hustle and figure out how to have a practice outside of my office and then sell everything and shut it down. In the sense of while we’ve been holed up both of us working at home we also had to try to take care of my mother‘s estate and move both my practice and my home. So we’re early exhausted by the entire thing and so looking forward to this for this first vacation  in two years! We really need it!

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7 hours ago, AlohaLivin said:

 I was not sure what you meant by this: “  If they allow us to cruise, we will go, but it's doubtful‘.

Sorry to be confusing !  It's all about me (no wisecracks !).  I have NO doubt that the cruise will go forward...but most likely, without us.  We are unvaxxed and intend to remain that way so it is unlikely that we will be allowed to cruise in the near future (maybe ever).

Really sorry to hear of your mother's passing.  That is always a tough recovery....and with the added stress of the plandemic I know you are ready for a good vacation !!  We are too and we miss cruising but it's getting easier and easier to deal with that disappointment.  Always look for the up side !!  I am saving LOTS of money.

I DO hope to meet you in November.  I'm not giving up yet !

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@WAAAYTOOO I see now, thank you for clarifying 🙂  Difficult to keep up with all the boards or anything else with our recent move, my move office etc., so I knew that there was probably some information that I missed along the way. I am a healthcare provider, my daughter and sister also, so we got our initial dose in January 2020 and Friday had a booster. Clearly no vaccine keeps us 100% from the illness it is meant to protect us from, but the 3rd dose booster gives us a bit more confidence in sailing in November (health wise) as it would have been more than 9 months since we had out 2nd dose by the time we sail. We do hope to see you in Nov! 👩🏼🤝👨🏻👩🏼🤝👨🏻

 

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1 hour ago, AlohaLivin said:

@WAAAYTOOO listen, you are going to have to figure out a way to be onboard - I found a new (for me) casino table game (3 card poker) and I will be needing some help and supervision 😂😂😂

I am still holding out hope.  We got SUCH great deals on both this cruise and the Thanksgiving cruise, following.  I would hate to lose them.  …but we will not be cruising until they lift the vax requirements and allow us into the casino.

In other news, I totally suck at 3 card poker.  I have tried and tried to play that game but I just can’t win at it !  I have a friend who loves that game and seems to consistently win.  Ugh. I am an Ultimate Texas Hold’Em player. I really miss it.  Hopefully soon….

Thanks for the encouragement. It really means a lot to me.

😉😍

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13 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I am still holding out hope.  We got SUCH great deals on both this cruise and the Thanksgiving cruise, following.  I would hate to lose them.  …but we will not be cruising until they lift the vax requirements and allow us into the casino.

In other news, I totally suck at 3 card poker.  I have tried and tried to play that game but I just can’t win at it !  I have a friend who loves that game and seems to consistently win.  Ugh. I am an Ultimate Texas Hold’Em player. I really miss it.  Hopefully soon….

Thanks for the encouragement. It really means a lot to me.

😉😍

We are a family of healthcare providers, so we were in line fairly early and had a booster last week… but honestly I would REALLY love to have you there! Just want to be clear on that  👯

you are going to have to brush up on the 3 card poker though, I need you! I once was good at the online version of texas hold’em, does that count? When I took a Disney cruise in graduate school with my late husband on the rare break, I played blackjack and I lost money so fast I like the way you never looked back. My $$$ disappeared down that slot 🙅🏼‍♀️ I did like craps, but I seem to always find the tables with old aggressive men wearing overly large cluster diamond rings 😂😂🤣 Save me!

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2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I enjoy craps too, but only when the table is full of my friends.  I agree with you about the aggressive craps players.  Fingers crossed that we can all play together.  That would be awesome.

So glad I am not the only one who finds the craps table problematic in that way! On that cruise it was my first time throwing the dice and this old guy (I was 28 at the time) said in a snarky way “you throw like a girl.” Well no sh*t you 🤬😂 Do a lot of things like a girl (and wanted to say that probably no “girls” get near you so you likely wouldn’t know 🙄😂🤣). We will just make our own table!

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We're on this date as well with my parents (long-time cruisers) and another couple (firs-timers). My Wife and I are also long-time cruisers and we're looking forward to seeing the new cruise experience through our friend's eyes!  Trying not to spill too much info so that they can learn, enjoy, explore, and experience.  Can't wait to be onboard!  Hopefully, we'll see folks in the Diamond Lounge.  Safe travels to everyone.

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9 hours ago, WRSmith2PhD said:

We're on this date as well with my parents (long-time cruisers) and another couple (firs-timers). My Wife and I are also long-time cruisers and we're looking forward to seeing the new cruise experience through our friend's eyes!  Trying not to spill too much info so that they can learn, enjoy, explore, and experience.  Can't wait to be onboard!  Hopefully, we'll see folks in the Diamond Lounge.  Safe travels to everyone.

 Glad to have you all 😊 We are excited and feel optimistic about a cruise for the first time in what now feels like forever! 🛳

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We have made a big move of residences recently and still trying to get  it our straight and I’m really wondering if we’re going to be able to pull together all our usual cruise stuff and then if we’re going to be able to remember how to pack it!  😓🥴

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I understand that some cruisers have received a notice from Royal that our itinerary is changing because of difficulties with the Nassau and Saint Thomas ports. We have not heard from them yet, but the down low is that we will have a sea day on the 15th, then go to San Juan on the 16th, and then back to back ports of St. Maarten and St. Kitts. The last 2 days are at sea (as originally scheduled). 
 

I had created a walking tour for San Juan a couple of years ago. I Had a lot of request for it so ended up putting it online, if anyone would like the link for my Google maps tour I’ll be glad to post it.

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55 minutes ago, AlohaLivin said:

I understand that some cruisers have received a notice from Royal that our itinerary is changing because of difficulties with the Nassau and Saint Thomas ports. We have not heard from them yet, but the down low is that we will have a sea day on the 15th, then go to San Juan on the 16th, and then back to back ports of St. Maarten and St. Kitts. The last 2 days are at sea (as originally scheduled). 
 

I had created a walking tour for San Juan a couple of years ago. I Had a lot of request for it so ended up putting it online, if anyone would like the link for my Google maps tour I’ll be glad to post it.

WOOHOO !  That would mean that they aren't going to any of the ports that are vax-restricted.

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4 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

WOOHOO !  That would mean that they aren't going to any of the ports that are vax-restricted.

 

Oh! I didn’t know. Does that mean you will be with us???! 🤞🏼 😊
 

Here is a little more detail on the change:

 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

5:00 PM - sail away

 

Mon - Cruising

 

Tue - San Juan, Puerto Rico

3:30 PM-10:00 PM

 

Wed - Philipsburg, St. Maarten

10:00 AM-6:00 PM

 

Thu - Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

Fri - Cruising

 

Sat -Cruising

 

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8 minutes ago, AlohaLivin said:

Oh! I didn’t know. Does that mean you will be with us? 🤞🏼

Probably not.  I SHOULD be b/c the itin (assuming the itin really is being changed) does not include any of the vax restricted ports but I'm sure they won't change the vax requirements.  I am submitting a complaint to the FL DoH (Section 381.00316, Florida Statutes, designates the Florida Department of Health (DOH) as the enforcement authority.)  but I'm sure it won't make any difference.

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11 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Probably not.  I SHOULD be b/c the itin (assuming the itin really is being changed) does not include any of the vax restricted ports but I'm sure they won't change the vax requirements.  I am submitting a complaint to the FL DoH (Section 381.00316, Florida Statutes, designates the Florida Department of Health (DOH) as the enforcement authority.)  but I'm sure it won't make any difference.

If the cruise line allows it (and don’t know for sure but assuming they do if they have vaccinated and non-vaccinated areas) and if all ports allow it, then I cannot see why you can’t sail.

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4 minutes ago, AlohaLivin said:

If the cruise line allows it (and don’t know for sure but assuming they do if they have vaccinated and non-vaccinated areas) and if all ports allow it, then I cannot see why you can’t sail.

The cruise line is currently requiring all pax eligible for vax to be vaxxed even though it violates FL law.  The cruise lines have been getting away with it so I'm sure it won't change in the near term.  That won't stop me from filing complaints.  I now have 3 of them.

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1 hour ago, AlohaLivin said:

I do need you there to meet up the casino to be my partner in crime! 😎

That sounds like a great plan….but even if they let us sail (highly improbable) they won’t let us in the casino so -0- chance that we will be committing any casino crimes.

😉😉

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