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Sailing On Allure Of The Seas - 1/8/2022


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We have boarded Allure on Saturday afternoon. We got to the port around 4:30 PM. The parking lot was half empty. Terminal was empty, just a couple of agents waiting for last minute passengers. We were on board in less then 5 minutes. We are sailing with 2500 passengers.  Life couldn’t be better. As we were heading to the open sea, the captain welcomed everyone on board and reminded everybody for the new mask protocol. All crew are double masked (KN95 + a 3-ply mask) All crew is required to remind passengers to wear their mask at all time indoors. I haven’t seen anybody indoors not complying so far. Even if you are sitting on the Promenade, just hanging out, everybody is masked up. The captain also prepped us for 30 knots wind. We got to Nassau at 5:30 AM but due to high winds we couldn’t enter the channel. Nobody could on Sunday. Continued  our voyage, heading south. The captain just announced, that we will be back to Nassau On Saturday, and we will stay there till 6:00PM as the weather conditions have been improving. He is giving us a couple of extra hours.  We won’t be able visit St. Thomas & St. Kitts. We will be arriving in St Marteen tomorrow at 7:00AM and we will visit CocoCay on Friday. Lot’s of onboard activities, shows and entertainment. Windjammer is open for dinner, and they will have Caribbean night tomorrow. The crew is constantly wiping the hallway walls and all other public services. There are crew members serving guest at the Concierge Club. No more self service. The air in the casino is fresh and crisp.  No more smoking….and no! No more people are sitting in the casino  with a drink in front of them unmasked. That does not “fly” anymore. The crew is amazing, working extremely hard. Many of them working double shifts. For those who canceled this cruise enjoy the picture below 😉

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Do you know why they cancelled St kitts and St Thomas? Since they announced this so early in the cruise I’m assuming it wasn’t because of positive COVID cases? 
 

I was supposed to be on this current cruise on the Allure but had to cancel because we caught COVID a week before, so we rescheduled on the Allure with the same itinerary Jan 22, so I’m watching updates closely 🤞 

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Unfortunately it is because Covid. Sunday morning (2nd day) the captain said we won’t be able to go to St. Thomas and St Kitts, because our Covid positivity rate is 1.4% of total population of the ship (2500 passenger and approx. 2000 crew). Therefore he worked out a new itinerary (at sea| at sea| St Marteen | at sea | at sea | CocoCay | Nassau | Ft Lauderdale ).  I have talked to a taxi driver from St Kitts (who I know) over the phone, I wanted to find out if St Kitts allow any ship in at all. He said yes, cruise ships are able to dock and passengers let off to explore. Which is encouraging news. We will be staying on Allure till end of January. We’ll see. We haven’t received an update on Covid positivity rate since then.

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From my point of view the problem is the 2 day test prior to the cruise. If you take the test at home, than fly across the country with crowed planes and crowed airports there is a chance to catch it. I can't tell how reliable Antigen tests vs. PCR test. So there are a few holes in the process, so no surprises from me. 

Markus

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Day 7. Update: “Not So Perfect Day At CocoCay”

I woke up in the middle of the night for violent shaking of the ship and acknowledged that we are sailing in rough seas, again, so I thought. After an hour or two, since I couldn’t sleep due the the rough conditions, I decided to get up and investigate. I thought I saw some lights of another ship coming through the gap of our balcony curtain. I wanted to figure out how is that possible if we are sailing out at sea.   As I’ve stepped outside to our balcony in the cold and windy darkness, for my biggest surprise, we were docked at CocoCay (probably for hours) and the Vision Of The Seas was docking right next to us. It’s date night for Allure & Vision. Under the spell of night they transferred all the sick crew from Allure. While still dark Vision pulled away from the dock and headed out to sea. The huge waves are crushing to the shore and washing over the pier.
I figured there is no way the captain going to let anybody off. At 7:30AM the captain has announced that due to the current rough conditions we can not get off. He said we will probably leave soon, but he will let us know shortly. We are hitting the buoys every 10-15 seconds and the ship is shaking violently. We can hardly wait to pull away from the pier. I hope our bow thrusters are in good condition 🙂

I wish the crew a quick and full recovery. They are the best!

 

 

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On 1/12/2022 at 1:22 PM, smokeybandit said:

The crew gets tested every 3 days.  That's where the majority of cases are coming from.

The question is, who's giving it to the crew when they're in some sort of a bubble.  I've been told that they can only get off the ship on a discounted bubble excursion. (Compliance to the "bubble" part may be questionable but that's another story)

My hunch is that they're getting it from passengers who may have been exposed to COVID after getting the required test.

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