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  1. My budget includes a line item for daily premium coffee. My research on cities and ports always includes - where to get coffee - where to get drinks and snacks - where is a bank we can use - where is a drugstore
  2. I have a connection with a tour operator in Puerto Plata. Work was halted on Taino Bay a couple of months ago, and is intended to resume today. No word on changing the opening date. Our cruise is supposed to be the second or third arriving in November so this is unfortunate. Maybe they can do cruise arrivals even if the port facilities are not done yet. There is plenty to do with tours and shuttles to a beach. If I hear more I will let us know here.
  3. Yes it was short but only $20 and we didn't see any of the nature areas. Highly recommend you find one and reserve ahead for that. We actually had such a plan and the tour provider was a no-show. So I shopped the pier and found this tour as an alternative for cheap... and it saved the day!
  4. There are quite a few tour operators in the port. They will be tailoring tours to the ship schedule and you only need ask the plan to confirm returning on time. There were many with tours lasting 2 or 3 hours. We took one that was about 2 hours with a stop at the Blue Caracao factory, then dropped us at Mambo Beach for 2 hours, and picked us up. Total 4ish hours.
  5. After grazing the Outer Banks, it seems Bermuda could see tropical storm conditions as it weakens to a depression.
  6. Same. I also plan "wing it" time, and only do half or less of what I find. I have researched the area thoroughly and probably have a list of food, things to see, and such in my back pocket. I always look like I have been there a hundred times. We get back from an excursion to port and I can steer us to a great place for a snack and drink. Or right where the best shops are. And the Starbucks. Always the Starbucks. Shhhh don't admit we plan imaginary vacation. They will think we are weirder than we are. I mean, than they think we are.
  7. This is why Allure of the Seas is shortening its dry dock. Engine maintenance can only be delayed so long, especially Azipods. But the soft goods, redecorating, and refits can all be delayed. Allure was to have some serious changes - like changing an area to the Music Hall venue and adding a Robotic bar - both delayed. The idea of "do it now" while shut down is overidden by the cash flow problem - survival of the company is at stake, and measured in months. RCCL and NCL have drawn out all their credit and gotten more - to pay the bills and debt service. You don't spend $10M, $20M or more on a refit when you are at risk of entering Chapter 11 in less than a year.
  8. Two weeks before the season starts, we have Arthur! Biggest impact is the NC cost. Should be gone before the holiday weekend but could leave some high surf. IF there were cruises, it might have had little effect on SE Florida ports, Bahamas and any ship sailing south from NYC or to Bermuda. There were gale force warnings in Florida as it passed. Rough seas and winds and rain but certainly not a beast. Hard to believe it, but half the hurricane season will pass without any cruises. And few cruises even as it ends. Who would have ever imagined?
  9. Oh yes, the emergency info. Here's a sample of what I prepare for my cruises, and leave a copy behind with family and take shore. Note my reminder in there to tape a picture of your port agent info, and take a charger for your phone ashore. Emergency Info.pdf
  10. I believe FDR already mentioned in his interview they don't expect to sail ships full for now. I think we'll see an airline like process to get people to cancel or get bumped. The idea of no long cruises is a bummer. I am booked on Breakaway's reposition from NYC to New Orleans in November. But avoiding long cruises makes sense from what people posted above.
  11. Still looks about the same. 70% chance of a cyclone and words from NHC sound like they expect a named storm... possible Friday night or Saturday morning. It will move toward the NE into open Atlantic waters.
  12. RCL was to do a major dry dock on Allure of the Seas, but has shortened it to a necessities refurb only, delaying all the capital improvements they were going to make in the ship.
  13. Here's the story this morning (Thursday.) Lots of rain coming to SE Florida and the northern Bahamas.
  14. Tropical Weather Outlook posted, update expected 9pm tonight (Wednesday). Red highlight is mine. CNN reporting we could see the first named storm of the season. 000 ABNT20 KNHC 131355 CCA TWOAT Special Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 955 AM EDT Wed May 13 2020 Corrected to remove duplicate label For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Special Tropical Weather Outlook issued to discuss the potential for subtropical development this weekend northeast of the Bahamas. A broad area of low pressure is expected to develop late this week or early this weekend near or within a couple of hundred miles north of the Bahamas. Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development of this system, and a subtropical depression or storm is likely to form this weekend while it moves northeastward over the western Atlantic. The next Special Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 9 PM EDT Wednesday, or earlier, if necessary. * Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent. * Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent. $$ Forecaster Latto
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