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  1. “...no gradual and monitored reopening”? Texas’ Governor has done exactly that and continues to. You can read for yourself, although it is not exactly a page turner. You also may not know that the individual counties in Texas have the authority to require measures which are not mandated statewide. https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx If by “...people seem to resist the notion of containment” you mean the wearing of masks and social distancing, I agree. Some more than others. There is definitely a feeling in many counties that one should decide for one’s self rather than tolerate such “REQUIREMENTS”. I am personally grateful that Texas continues to take the matter seriously while respecting the rights of local populations to decide for themselves using real data and yes, noting hospital capacity and especially ER capacity. Its unfortunate that that your perception is of “a bunch of yahoos”. One can certainly choose to only see that demographic in any state or country they choose - they most certainly exist - but it doesn’t make it true of the general population. I feel that as long as consistent common sense prevails Texas will be fine. I don’t presume to know anything about Connecticut, New York or New Jersey.
  2. No need to be snarky. I made four statements of fact. To your first question I must say no, I can’t. What I do know is that we do not have to speculate on the number of deaths caused by poverty. We do not have to speculate on the chronic health problems associated with poverty. We do not have to speculate on the numbers of deaths associated with consumption of drugs and alcohol, particularly by those living in poverty. Whatever your idea of “real controls strictly enforced” is, if that includes shutting down the economy and putting 60,000,000 people out of work and creating generational poverty I must object. If, however, those ideas include suggesting that all Americans at risk wear a face covering when in public, wash their hands often for at least 20 seconds, practice social distancing and stay at home if they are sick, I fully support those recommendations which, by the way, haven’t changed. And speaking of immaterial, your second question truly is.
  3. The reported hospitalizations in Texas was 2,326 on Monday. Since mid-May tests in Florida were mandated for long term care facilities and jails. This had the logical result of more positive results. As for deaths, Texas is reporting 2,117 out of a population of 29,000,000. Florida reports 3,064 deaths out of a population of 21,480,000.
  4. My daughter and I had tickets to Seattle for the Astros-Mariners series. I hope we play there next year. I really looked forward to checking that off my list.
  5. I read that Royal is abandoning the cruise industry in favor of space travel. For a variety of reasons they have invested deeply in SpaceX and needed all of our money to become a player in that industry. There will only be a small number of passengers to satisfy. Very controlled embarkation and disembarkation. Meals will be prepared prior to takeoff so no kitchen staff, wait staff or cleanup. Adult diapers will replace restroom facilities and all of the associated maintenance. No special accommodations necessary since passengers would have to be extremely fit. Environmentalists would no longer be an issue. No children to have to plan activities for. Except for departure, weather would not be an issue. Either that or they're just behind because of COVID-19 and being short staffed. But I'm sure I read it...on the Internet.
  6. There are a number of good beach clubs on West Bay Beach. Keep reading this sub and you’ll find lots of information. Taxis are unregulated on Roatan and, while likely safe, may present other challenges. You’ll probably want to consider options like hiring a guide for the day or just booking at one of the resorts that provides transportation to and from. Lots of information here about those options too. I hope your cruise goes out in September. We cancelled our’s aboard Liberty. Just too soon for us.
  7. OP, you said “surely” three times in two sentences. Surely that is indicative that surely nobody knows if any cruise line can surely safeguard every cruiser from what will almost surely be another outbreak aboard surely at least several ships. I win. now let’s get to the important part; speculation about drink packages.
  8. Assuming this really contemplates when cruising will begin from a U.S port, just as soon as RCL can comply with the extensive checklist of requirements and the CDC lifts the no sail order.
  9. I’m not reading all 9 pages but if no one has complained about overpriced drink packages or RCI’s lack of appreciation for their status or the lack of fancyness of the MDR or chair hogs or reservations to the showroom or those scooter people who crowd the elevators or the quality of food anywhere on the ship or the lack of ice cream machines or the elimination of public areas in favor of more cabins or the length and numbers of fancy status lines at embarkation or kids in the solarium or the unresponsive crew members at guest services or the ripoff cost of ship excursions or the size of the lobster tails on lobster night or the lack of lobster night on short cruises or the price of Johnny Rockets or the smell of the public restrooms or the never-ending attempt to sell dining packages or the price of dining packages or the nonstop photographers or the price of photo packages or the mattresses being too soft or the mattresses being too hard or the mattresses being too close to the wall or the towels or the line to get a beach towel or the charge for not returning a beach towel or the cleanliness of the carpet or the lack of Christmas decorations or the ugly MDR decor or anything else you can think of, it’s just a second rate thread. Step it up folks.
  10. I'm finally getting a haircut tomorrow, after which I won't even care about the money I'm owed for a while. It's all about the haircut.
  11. Yes well you can’t fix ignorance either.
  12. My understanding is that insurance will no longer cover anything related to Coronavirus or an outbreak of COVID-19. Even CFAR.
  13. This thread will evolve into a Smuggling Alcohol Methods thread in 3....2.....1....
  14. We have always been interior cabin folks. It allows us to stretch our travel budget and take 4 or 5 cruises a year. I have decided to only book balconies for the foreseeable future which will result in fewer trips, particularly when the price for balconies skyrockets due to demand. I gotta admit I’m a little surprised and the number of folks who say they never wiped down their cabin before. That’s been a prerequisite for me for decades and I do it nearly every day. It’s 20 minutes sacrificed for peace of mind.
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