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Final weeks Before Cruising--I've Now Become Numb


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2 hours ago, Matt said:

I'm obviously bias in my opinion on this, but I've really become dissatisfied with Facebook groups for sailings. They either end up in one of two situations: completely dead or toxic sources of misinformation. 

It's a shame because Facebook groups used to be a great source of pre-cruise excitement, tips, and a way to meet others. But they all seem to end up creating more problems than they solve.

I've been on a few FB groups where the complainers feel free to carry on.....thankfully the upbeat, look for the silver lining crowd tends to come out in droves for every negative Nellie (no offense to anyone named Nellie!) there are positive Patty's (lol)  

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I’m sorry some have had less than stellar experiences in the Facebook groups. I haven’t had that experience with our June 5th sailing on the Mariner. We’ve all been friendly, planning a get together after sail away, sharing yay’s over royal ups and introducing our kids to each other. No one bothered to set up a group for our sailing here, so I did it myself and it’s hardly visited. 
 

I do feel that I am running a gauntlet with covid and general illness right now. In the last month my daughter has had covid and then the flu, people coming off Mariner cruises right now have either tested positive during the sailing or just after and posting about it - not great, but not horrifying either. I was really hoping that by choosing this time is year, I could fully relax in a large group unmasked and be my usual social butterfly. So we’re just crossing fingers and hoping for the best. 

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Spending time in Girdwood for my daughter’s wedding in July, then on to Seward to cruise Royal Caribbean. Any ideas on where to get a Covid PCR test 2 days prior to embarkation?

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Am pretty sure you're at the point where you should start watching the full tour of the boat you're going on videos, that's where I am at! I so badly want to pack our bags but I live in Arizona and I need to close that I would be packing, except for my formal dress. Also, probably going to borrow a roll on carry-on bag from one of my friends, so I have to make arrangements for that. So I can't pack myself anything right now. And I'm just stalking the websites and pages hoping I'll get my Royal up bid! 🤔

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We returned 5/16 on Quantum with covid. Hit me the last night and wife on drive home. The crew switched to kn95 masks midway through the trip for some reason. And they are fogging the the ship in the early morning hours with a disinfectant. Know that covid will likely be a factor and possibly prevalent. 

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Generally, I have found the Facebook groups to be a mixed bag.  Yes, there are complainers. Yes, these groups need moderators.  

However, these groups also have the advantage of live posts.  The most recent Ovation sailing group has some very nice, honest, and informed members.  

UPDATE for the OVation based upon the most recent Ovation group is that with the exception of a crew member needing to be helo'ed out to the mainland for some undisclosed medical emergency, the passengers seem upbeat, happy, and overall satisfied.  

In case anyone was wondering, there are few reports that certain Alaskan cruise specific gift items such as the Polar Bear blanket are currently out of stock or delayed in shipping.  Some passengers got theirs and some got a letter relaying the shortage issues.  Also, Northstar andSolarium Bistro are OPEN and RUNNING! 😃

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4 hours ago, Jrich said:

We just went on a cruise two weeks ago and we didn't see any staffing issues. We had a great time! We are counting down 335 days for our next cruise.  

We were on Anthem in April and really didn’t see any service issues either.  Always someone asking if we needed a drink, restaurants were all open and staffed, room cleaned, etc.

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  • 2 weeks later...

We were on the Enchantment in April for 21 nights, and just came home from an Alaskan cruise on the Quantum 3 days ago. We noticed staff shortages on both ships, more so on the Enchantment than the Quantum, but yes, on the Quantum as well. The most disappointing night was when we returned from our evening excursion in Victoria, B.C. I guess we hadn't read the Cruise Compass all the way through, and didn't realize that only 1 bar per deck was open while in port there. That meant all the people returning to the ship had to wait in line for sodas, etc. and that after 9 p.m., the only venues open for food were Sorrento's and Cafe Promenade. I know, I know, staff shortages and Canadian regulations required the closings, but I still feel that perhaps allowing the Windjammer to stay open until 10 p.m. for that one evening would have helped with the crush of hungry people waiting in line for food, anyway. 

The good news is that we were in Alaska and Victoria, and we saw magnificent scenery at every port, including Buchart Gardens in B.C. 

I'm sure that we will all be very glad once extra crew is hired and trained. 

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I never go numb pre-cruise.  My countdown from the highest number to the day of sailing is always exciting, equally.  Like I keep saying, a bad day at sea on a Royal ship is much better that a good day on land or a Brand X cruise ship.  That's not to say that Royal is perfect, it isn't.  But, it is probably the best, non-luxury cruise line out there and I believe the best crews on water.  

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