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The Fun Researcher

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    Running and exercise, Home Theater and Home Building/Improvement
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL, but looking to expand
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean

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  1. Agreed, loved the hot weather earlier this week. I’ll take hot over cold any day, I just don’t like it with a mask on. 😂 Dan
  2. After wearing a mask in 88 degree heat here in Michigan today it just verified how much I would not enjoy it in hot conditions. It’s much different in the comfort of air conditioning versus heat (and potential humidity) Dan
  3. Unfortunately, my answer is no. Wearing a mask changes the whole environment of a cruise too much for me. Dan
  4. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/aruba-kickstart-holidays-july-britons-101946189.html There is hope? See linked article about Aruba. Dan
  5. We’ve only sailed Royal and Celebrity, but would be willing to try Princess. Dan
  6. Short answer is no. Having said that, we love cruising. It's our primary vacation option, and something we consider a true luxury. The cruise lines have fixed assets that are worth real money. The ships, terminals, private ports, etc... I don't see cruising going away, but I can see fixed assets being sold to cover costs. Will a new cruise line appear from an investor(s) that can buy up some of these assets at rock bottom prices? Maybe. That's how I see this going. Some shifting, some change. Cruise industry going away? No. Dan
  7. I was patient, and just today our last remaining refundable item (taxes and port fees) posted to our credit card. Details: We cancelled two cruises (four cabins) Cruise 1: 3 cabins departing March 22nd Cruise 2: 1 cabin departing July 9 We cancelled Cruise 1 on March 10th and 13th. We cancelled Cruise 2 on March 30th We missed out on the ability to refund everything. All that we were due were taxes, port fees and pre-purchase items (dining, beverage packages, excursions, onboard activities, etc...) Most of the refundable items were credited to our credit card April 1st, and one April 5th. The last remaining item were the taxes and port fees for a four person room on our March 22nd sailing. That just posted today, dated April 26th. So, finally all is as it should be. I had doubts but it worked. Dan
  8. When I was watching that video, I wondered if those were tenders up on the top of the ship. Definitely not the style of the current cruise ship, but really nice and self contained though. Great story. Thanks for sharing. I can understand the bleary-eyed-ness ( yeah, just made up that word ). We don’t just vacation for the fun at the moment, but easily just as much for the memories. We have one of those digital picture frames in our kitchen and I load on new pictures from each vacation as we go. Pretty much every day I flip it on and it’s awesome to have it randomly scroll through past photos. Love the memories Dan
  9. You might enjoy this video below, as it actually references your particular cruise during 9/11 with some interesting still photos. The S.S. Norway/France looks like she was a real beauty. Love the long lines. Yeah, my screen name refers to the fact that I'm a Research Scientist who loves to have fun. I also love researching all things vacation related, whether it's cruising, Disney World, National Parks... Happy future sailing, whenever that comes back. Kindly, Dan
  10. What a crazy time. Were you able to enjoy that cruise with all that had just occurred? Re. S.S. Norway... Depends on how you define "largest". The Voyager of the Seas was out at that time and was only 17 feet shorter, but held almost 50% more passengers. Also, S.S. Norway was ~66,000 tons, while the Voyager was ~130,000 at the time
  11. Agreed, love the "Behind the scenes" stuff. The brunch was a hit with our group as well. Really enjoyed my filet and the cheese and appetizer table. Dan
  12. Pretty sure this is now named something like: “Sip, Tour, Brunch” Dan
  13. I'm not a fan of taking a one off situation and extrapolating it to the entire food industry. Dan
  14. There are many 8 or 9 night cruise options that go to the ABC’s from Florida. Just did it last year on the Navigator. Dan
  15. No offense to anyone, but can we try to keep this about when cruising will re-open? Dan
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