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  1. I think DJT just answered my original question - dedicated cruisers will cancel when they believe they can’t get back home - Unclear what will happen if you try to fly back through London when originating in Europe - what a mess!
  2. Does Travel Insurance Cover Coronavirus? Currently, if you are looking for trip cancellation coverage because you are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19), you will now need to purchase a plan that includes Cancel For Any Reason since the travel warnings are now foreseen. This benefit is time-sensitive and has other eligibility requirements, so not all travelers will qualify. Please be sure to read the plan details carefully before purchasing. Remember that travel insurance only helps to cover unexpected events. The coronavirus became a named event on January 22, 2020. Similar t
  3. Thanks Travelcat but if you look at what I said you will see we agree - I said, "... anyone but the most dedicated cruisers would redirect energies" - my post is wondering what it would take for the dedicated cruiser to stop sailing - and trying to envision how bad that would be and hoping it will never happen.
  4. We will have to wait and see, there is a set of cruisers like those above who will equate the risk of going on a cruise right now to past experiences and risks they take daily and assess what they will or should do. If this virus is something very unique and different than what people have experienced before - and there are plenty of indicators it is - then those correlations will be shocked in a way that will fundamentally change those assessments creating a dramatic impact on this industry until a resolution is found Right now it seems that anyone but the most "dedi
  5. I can not imagine anyone getting on a cruise ship anywhere right now for three reasons: 1) watching what happened in Japan 2) seeing cases spread to the middle east and europe 3) the cdc warning yesterday that it will hit the US, saying it is not a question of if but when
  6. One of our favorite places on Explorer is this pool - the water is far from warm unless the sun is shining directly on - I was in this pool almost daily and there was a good 20 degree change in the pool temp from the weather - one downside is no alcohol is allowed on the area - so no children and no drinks makes it quiet and peaceful - there are loungers about the pool that provide both shaded areas and opportunities for full sunning - It is easy to access from the men’s and woman’s spa areas but as stated above on Explorer you can walk around the ship from the coffee connection to the pool ar
  7. WE had blackjack tournaments on sea days in the afternoon on the holiday cruise - about 8-10 people - lots of fun
  8. I have absolutely no idea if there is any cause and effect here but colder common areas make it harder for bacteria to grow - I will take a sweater over bacteria any day
  9. Sorry I did not play poker - but overall I thought the odds in the casino are very fair - 2X odds everywhere on the craps table - some really big paydays on our cruise - over $10k slot payout - I made a new friend at the crap table after dinner one night and over 5 nights we both had not only a great time but were rewarded well for our efforts - I think Michael the casino manager on Explorer is a complete professional and manages his team and the games incredibly well - the blackjack tournament was a lot of fun - and over three days of Blackjack the ladies bested us gentlemen in two of the th
  10. I really do love this forum - we can complain about anything - maybe I can supplement retirement as a guest lecturer on board - I can work on a few themes - "How to control your coughing in 7 easy steps" - maybe a second part with a practical on "Sprinting off the bus for the mobility impaired" and then of course the follow up - "Tolerance - what is it good for? (absolutely nothing... say it again!)"
  11. Highly recommend the F1 w/larger balcony / the balcony difference is impactful with no add’l cost - just came off F1 cabin 875 and would highly recommend
  12. 12 nights of pure fun BTW you don't need to go into the spa to get to the aft pool on 5 - you can walk from the coffee connection to the aft pool on the outside of the ship - and Mr Snorkel Mask had his mother firmly attached to his side the entire time to prevent anyone from saying anything
  13. The show with the crew was at 6 PM but there was also a 9:30 show that evening
  14. 7 PM reservations gave us a good amount of time in the casino before dinner - but we always ate as a twosome - if you have a larger group and like to linger 7 PM is fine - we made 9:30 shows with a 8 PM reservation every time
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