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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Yes well you can’t fix ignorance either.
  7. My understanding is that insurance will no longer cover anything related to Coronavirus or an outbreak of COVID-19. Even CFAR.
  8. This thread will evolve into a Smuggling Alcohol Methods thread in 3....2.....1....
  9. 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.
  10. I know you said near Hobby but then you said downtown was ok and that you wanted delicious and unique so here you go. If you really want Texas unique and don’t mind a bit of a drive, check out the Leona General Store in Leona, Texas. It’s a 2 hour drive. They don’t take reservations. Steak night is Friday or Saturday. There will be a line. It might be long. It might be hot or cold outside. They only have ribeye steaks. Their salad bar is small and boring. They only serve mashed potatoes, not baked. And it’s the most amazing steak you’ll ever put in your mouth. And an environment unique to Texas. It’s literally a general store with a whole bunch or large rooms and a kitchen added on for dining. The dress code is come decent. You’ll be looking outside at cattle that will be on the menu later in the year. Or week. Desert is amazing. I’ve eaten at all the steakhouses mentioned plus a few more. They’re all good. Some are even fancy. None are as uniquely Texas as Leona. https://leonageneral.com If you decide to go let me know. We live on Lake Conroe not quite half way. We just might join you. Safe travels.
  11. After a vaccine is developed and widely available, cruise lines will give every passenger a vaccination and a tee shirt as they go through checkin. Instead of those BAKER (whatever name) FAMILY CRUISE tee shirts the whole ship will be red, white and blue I GOT THE SHOT shirts.
  12. And everyone will have to pay for the funeral and photo package in advance but if you survive they will provide you a FFC- Future Funeral Credit, but you can apply for a refund that might take 90 days to process but if you allow them to keep your money they will throw in a song of your choice. There will be three song lists for you to choose from; Standard (a couple of compositions with just an organ. Sort of the buffet of music packages), Special (Jimmy Buffet stuff like Cheeseburger in Paradise), and Premium (pretty much only Sinatra’s My Way but performed by the best showroom singer onboard at the time). Revenue stream!
  13. What if they made you sign a document saying if you die on the ship you would be buried at sea? OMG let’s speculate!
  14. The only logical answer to all this speculation is a safe and effective vaccine. Until that becomes universally available, and a potential passenger can provide the cruise line with evidence they had the vaccine, IMO cruising is a dead stick. Someone also said that to be profitable the ships need to be at or near 100% occupancy. Think of a ship that has only 50% of the staterooms occupied but having the exact same revenue by charging double for everything. And maybe even more than that. Those that paid double will eat half as much. There will be half as many cabins to clean. They could even reduce the number of cabins. Drink prices could double to account for the 50% reduction in consumption. I don’t think that will supplant the necessity for a fully vaccinated crew and guests, but it will definitely make it more attractive for some, including us. Some ports won’t like it while others will. There is definitely a business model to be considered. But not until a vaccine is available to all. Heck I just want to watch Baseball.
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