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The Fun Researcher

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    Michigan
  • Interests
    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. Yeah I set myself up for responses like this when I used the term “not fair”. Trust me, I’m not one of those entitled whiners. I should have left that sentence out. It doesn’t change the reality of the situation for those who catch Covid 1-3 months before sailing. We’ll see how this all shakes out Dan
  2. I cannot argue that and I believe you, although it is shocking in the current environment. I honestly pray that Texas does not run out of ICU and hospital doctors and nurses due to this practice. My buddy who is also an ICU doctor is having to work 13 days straight due the high demand and need. This is the same gentleman that was asked to return to work after testing positive for COVID and quarantining for the minimum 10 days because he met the CDC criteria. Dan
  3. I would not talk in such absolutes. It is easy to show previous infection by providing the documentation of positive COVID test results. So now we will except negative tests as proof but not a positive test? I highly doubt that the Texas medical board currently does not allow doctors or nurses to return to work until after two consecutive negative results. That was back in June. Much has been learned since. We have many doctor and nurse friends and they are allowed to go back to practice, after infection, as soon as they meet the CDC guidelines.(copied below) One of
  4. So those that are less risk of getting or giving COVID to others are not allowed to sail? I’m not up to speed on the latest rules from Royal Caribbean, but if someone gets Covid after final payment (and may very well test positive all the way up to the sail date ) will royal give them a full refund including deposit?. It’s completely not fair to those who get Covid and have recovered to not allow them to sail. Dan
  5. What are they going to do about those who already had Covid but are far past the infectious stage but can still test positive for Covid up to three months after already having it? Dan
  6. By the time we got to the salt flats we were starting to run out of time after all of the other activities we did that day so unfortunately we did not see the turtles. However we saw a ton of them in Curaçao the next day. It was awesome Dan
  7. When it comes to COVID, I believe that anyone can find an article that definitively proves their side of an argument. Dan
  8. We looked into golf carts but ended up renting small SUV's from Hertz at the Divi Flamingo resort, which is only about a 5 minute walk from the port. The SUV's were air conditioned and faster than a golf cart. We were able to drive the entire island in one day. Started out heading west to snorkle at multiple locations (karpata, 1000 steps, etc...) then heading north to the reserve, then all the way southeast to the salt flats and old slave huts. Had the most amazing food at kite city, a well known food truck there. The beach out front of kite city was fantastic, and the snorkeling was gre
  9. To each his/her own, but I prefer not to be drained at the start of my vacation. Driving 1400 miles one way, either over multiple days or in one long 21+ hour drive doesn't appeal to me nearly as much as a 1 hour drive to the airport followed by a 2.5 hour flight. Dan
  10. I go to Walmart to check out the latest fashion trends. Who knew that pajamas were so popular to be worn in the middle of the day? Dan
  11. The way COVID has exploded in the last few weeks it's hard to determine just where one picks it up. The plane is one possibility but so are all the other potential exposures you had from the time you left your house until you returned. Dan
  12. We've primarily cruised Royal, but did sail on the Equinox once. As a whole, the food on that particular cruise was better than any of the Royal cruises we've done, but not by a large margin. Entertainment wasn't as good as Royal, but not bad. Service has been excellent on both lines. Loved the indoor solarium on the Equinox and the padded lounge chair. I also loved all the ocean views and the outdoor space on the top deck. Having said that, it's the only cruise that I felt somewhat bored by day 6. If I want to just veg on a beautiful ship, with great food, and views of the s
  13. Hopefully Johnny Rockets goes away on Royal Caribbean ships. Just my opinion but it’s never been an impressive venue. Never really fit. Subpar burger joint. Dan
  14. Honestly, all of your itineraries and ships that you picked are great, except maybe the empress. It is a small older ship. I think you can find what you were looking for an either of the freedom itineraries or the Odyssey itinerary. Eastern and southern are by far our favorite, with southern being the most favorite. Dan
  15. True southern ABC itineraries from Florida, Galveston or Bayonne. Preferably on Voyager or Freedom class but anything Voyager and larger is good. This would require 8 night minimum from Florida and probably 10 night from Bayonne. The 9 night southern Caribbean that we did out of Miami on the newly AMPED Navigator in March 2019 was by far the best itinerary we have done and the ship was amazing after being AMPED. Dan
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