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  1. I'm in need of transportation from MCO to the Radisson Resort at the Port (I'm coming in the day before my cruise). I've looked at the shuttle options, and they all seem to stop running by 12:30 or 1:00. Alas, my flight's later than that. What other options would be best for just one person? I don't want to rent a car because I wouldn't even drive it once I got to where I was going. I could do a private car service, I guess, although that's expensive. Frankly, I'm also open to just changing my hotel to one that has MCO and cruise shuttle service (or similar)--I realize that by the time I get to RRATP, I wouldn't have much time to explore it, anyway. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. I guess he lives in Florida...nice yard to hang out in during the pandemic lockdown, though, not that Florida has had much of one. His video has brought me some joy today. 🙂
  3. Oh man, I probably should have watched that behind the scene thing, huh? My bad. I see it now. Yeah. There’s something called “Indulge Outdoor Lounge”, which is the area with the hammocks and associated with the food hall and firepit (seems crazy to me when ships are so fire averse?)...maybe that’s what they mean? It wouldn’t surprise me if that cost extra, yeah. Sort of like Vibe, maybe. An extra fee but not as expensive as the exclusivity of the Haven? Of course, cushy chairs are “free” on the Waterfront, too, so...hmm. They’re clearly still ironing it all out, of course.
  4. I can't find anything about a premium area... I've been going through everything listed on my reservation. They've got hammocks, for pity's sake...I mean, what's the fight over hammocks going to be like? Yikes. The infinity pools seem very RCI Solarium (adults only) to me. I doubt they'd actually restrict those deck areas by age, but the pools are clearly not for children to play in or for anyone to actually swim in. 🙂 I guess the buffet and MDR haven't made the list yet, although the Local should be free, shouldn't it? Everything just shows up as "Price $ USD" right now. There'll be tapas and Indian food, though, so that is awesome!
  5. It felt really weird trying to choose a cabin on an unfinished ship...I kept going to other decks to see where X is on the ship and finding a white area labeled "to come". 😄 Of course, it wasn't a big worry since I'm in a studio, anyway. It'll be interesting to see how she comes together. As much as I love the look of the infinity pools and the expanded "waterfront" deck, I'm kind of hoping she still has a "normal" lido deck with a basic pool and bars. Maybe I'm not coming at it with the right mindset, of course, and embracing the new style. So much of the ship is taken up by the Haven. It looks like a nicer area for them, but I wonder whether it won't get a bit crowded, with that many people using it. NCL is definitely taking an interesting approach, anyway, providing substantially for both the higher priced ship-within-a-ship exclusive set AND the cheap solos. Very much a "have it your way" style...
  6. Well, I pulled the trigger and booked her. As much as I was eyeballing fancy European trips, in the end, I just went with NYC-Bermuda. It should be interesting.
  7. I've been looking at booking Prima today (instead of working). I can't seem to make 2022 work (I already have cruises booked and none of Prima's itineraries or dates are totally working for me), but I'm sort of debating now between a 14-day Europe or B2B (NYC TA to Iceland and then Iceland around to London). Am I clinically insane? I guess so. Beautiful ship, though.
  8. My first cruise didn't ruin the others, but it led to them. I had never been interested in going on a cruise--I had the usual image people have of 24-hour buffets and trashy tourist ports and so on. My parents had done it a few times, though, and they decided to take me on one--Holland America out of Fort Lauderdale. I don't sail with HAL now, although I guess I have nothing against them. We joked the whole time that I was the youngest person on board (it wasn't quite true...). Anyway, I prefer what NCL and RCI provide, but HAL did a few things that I particularly remember and sometimes miss. Like the Mexican snack buffet by the pool, or the steel pan lessons (IIRC, the instructor was named Opal?) and her playing by the pool every day, which gave the whole thing a total Caribbean vibe that I've not gotten so much on subsequent voyages. I still remember the Canadian family and this poor guy in a Santa hat (it was winter) who was desperately trying to find someone to dance with him on deck. The matriarch of the family had brought the younger ones along, and I think they wanted a younger environment than what they were getting. Great food and service, anyway. It was a good cruise.
  9. I'm booked in a boardwalk balcony for August 2021 (if we're sailing). I'd booked it before Covid, though. I book different cabins depending on the cruise, the duration, the money, lots of things. August is my birthday, so that was a factor. I booked an aft balcony for NYE just because I could get one at an OK-ish price. I'd usually consider a balcony for a long cruise, but I booked a good inside for a 14-day next year with the intention of bidding on an upgrade if/when they offer it. Worst-case scenario, I have a good inside. I'm OK with that, but if I can get a balcony, even a bad one, that'll be better, I guess? We'll see. Oceanviews and balconies are as much about having an easier time to dry swimsuits or sink laundry than anything else, frankly. I'm usually on deck, not in my cabin.
  10. I got my shots already. My next cruise, if it sails, is August 2021, but I'd booked it before Covid happened, so it wasn't like I figured "I have my shots, now I'll book." I've got August 2021, December-January, February-March (Star Trek), August 2022, and November 2022 booked. I'm hoping we can go maskless and fancy free by December or at least next March! Also, I need a bunch of money to pay for all this now...hmm. Hee hee.
  11. This was something I put up for someone else a while ago--I just took quick photos with my phone, they're not properly scanned. Otherwise, check out the past photos on the cruise website, where they've posted some shots from all of the major events. That doesn't give you everything, of course, like no one took any pictures of Dr. Noor's talk, but it should give you a general feel for it. In terms of what's happening in 2022, well...a lot of old stuff will be brought back, I imagine. The old script readings they do are very popular. We'll see a game show or two, the science talks, the costumed theme nights, celebrity-hosted yoga, (unofficial) craft swap, door decorating, a make-up artist who can do make-up for you, karaoke, celebrity excursions, a gift shop of ST stuff... This year, we all got to vote on what one of the costumed theme nights was going to be, although we don't know the results yet.
  12. I had my Star Trek cruise in March, which was one of the last sailings, I guess. July (not solo) was off. My non-cruise trip in August was off. My amazing 16-day cruise in a spa cabin in November? Off. New Year's, off...although that hasn't actually gone through yet. Next year's Star Trek got moved to 2022, so the next thing on the schedule is August of next freaking year (unless my family reschedules for next July).
  13. I'm in Texas. Our cases surged after the governor largely dismissed it and tried to reopen early, so...yeah. The numbers have dipped a little over the last week, but it's not enough to really matter yet. We're under a mask order (warning, followed by a $250 fine). Of course, my perspective is from the city, not from the state. I know a lot of the border areas have been slammed badly. There was a back-to-school event today in the city, and I know most/all districts are opening online initially, under the circumstances.
  14. I've signed up for the trial, although I haven't gotten the vaccine/placebo yet because apparently, the shipment from the manufacturer hasn't arrived at the clinic. So yes, I'll get the vaccine, given that I'll get it when it's not even finished trials.
  15. I've volunteered for the phase III trial in my area, which should be...fun? It all sounds pretty promising.
  16. If Covid-19 had been the only thing going on, I'd have been making out well financially. Alas, the cat needed surgery, to the tune of 5 figures, so...that's gone. On the other hand, I could have had a year without Covid-19 AND a sick cat, which would have been far worse. I guess I'd be bailing on my November cruise either way, but I feel less bad about it knowing that it might not happen, anyway, or be as nice.
  17. I'd seen they were doing this credit but hadn't even thought that this might be why. How funny. I'd probably already hit my credit (I forget when it goes through).
  18. I can't say whether it'd be a good idea to book right now or not. It'd sort of depend on whether I thought I was getting a good cruise at a good price and all, not just the virus. While my July cruise is off (and I'm bailing on a non-cruise in August for financial, not viral reasons), I'm still scheduled for November (and then December/NYE, Star Trek, August 2021, and October 2021). I booked it many ages ago, well before Covid-19 was a gleam in its mother's eye. My view on it is that I'm not touching it until I have to. I really want to go on that cruise, hardcore. I don't know what I'll do if I can't...I'm thinking I'd trade it for October's next year, but I got such a good deal and prime cabin real estate that there's no way I could truly replicate it. (And I have all my PTO booked, and my cat sitter. What am I going to do with all that time? Sit in the chair I've been sitting in almost entirely non-stop since early March?)
  19. I'm just going to wait and see. I have a cruise in July, so we'll see where we're at then. I didn't book it, so it's not really my problem apart from canceling my flight there. I've booked a Cancun resort in August for my birthday--again, we'll see. I'm particularly anxious to go on this Panama Canal cruise in November, though. But right now, if one or more of these things is axed, I guess whether I go somewhere else or where I go depends on how things are broadly--is it just the cruise that's off but it'd be OK to go to, say, Vegas or something? Then there's that. Or is the cruise off because the whole country's collapsed? So...it just depends. I'm not losing sleep over any of it, apart from mostly that Panama Canal trip.
  20. Every update to this story ticks me off more, and I've beyond had it with these people. I assume they're just going to keep going and try and get anything they can, even if it's just Royal settling for a small amount to make them go away. It's probably at least as much on their lawyer's head as on the family's. I have yet to see any way in which Royal would be responsible in the slightest (barring any failing in their response after the event or something, but I don't see anyone suggesting that), whatever version of the story is floated.
  21. I use my CSR card. I know they're increasing the fee, but it's still OK for me. We'll see how it goes, as they say. This is my quote of the day. It demonstrates so well how one anecdote can lead to learning entirely different lessons. Maybe the lesson here isn't that credit is bad, it's that Ramsey's bad with credit. 🙂 I've seen ads/adverts for cashback cards via UK television, I think. It's coming! But yes, this can be deliriously complicated if you want it to be. The most serious and committed engage in credit "churning", but even I, who have less than no life, don't have time for that. 🙂
  22. 27 days, and every day is longer than the one before it. This is the Star Trek cruise, and I started planning and preparing on the last one, in January 2019. I've done very little else since then. I'm actually calming down a little and have been working on next year's. Then after this, I'll have another countdown to July, one to November, and one to December (a much shorter interval, obviously).
  23. The odds of a massive infestation going unnoticed seem...not high? Of course, stranger things have happened. I guess I won't be surprised if this turned out to be a scam or just a misunderstanding about what bit them, but maybe they're telling the truth? Interesting case.
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