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  1. When we went that far south, we visited Curacao and Aruba. Curacao was a shopping and town visiting day for us, lots of little corners to explore for shops, some cool forts, the swing bridge was also fun. Aruba has lots of shopping nearby, people are super friendly. Taxis were available and safe. We took a taxi to a beach on the west side (5-10 minutes from the port), we went to Eagle Beach on the advice of the cabbie: great water and quieter than Palm Beach (resorts/casinos nearby).
  2. 14 days, I thought cruising was limited to 7-nights or less until we know better how the virus behaves with vaccinated people. Maybe you're doing a B2B. Or that rule changed already? Just curious. And for your question, I would bring some pop on and see what happens. You've read the worse case already (confiscate/return).
  3. My last cruise was April 2019, on the Carnival Sunshine. An older ship but had a nice retrofit and one of the best itineraries. If specifically RCI, then March 2017 on the Allure otS. Fantastic ship, lots to do on it, itinerary was alright. We were planning on going spring 2020 (a milestone anniversary year) but we sort of waffled on booking and seeing what happened we were some glad to have drug our feet! Hoping to get back to a spot where we feel comfortable to go back to vacations sometime soon!
  4. The crocodile bites were good! Escargot, frog legs. The Ringer from Guy's is also a fav! Basically, if I don't have to cook it, I'm game!
  5. Uh-huh... I guess there are some kids with terrible manners, but that is a reflection of parenting and I'm sure they also contribute to the extra work staff have to do. I lost count how many times I've seen adults throw up on ships. Many in the buffet lounge..... They just walk away. Never seen a kid throw up. Lack of onboard spending: my wallet begs to differ. They don't gamble, so I guess that is the only difference. Entertainment: there is lots of entertaining for everyone, kids don't add much. I know I have it easy, my kids are well behaved and I don't see it your way (kids=more work and should cost more). They don't run around like morons, sit patiently and respectfully at the dinner table, and we spend time on the ship with them for entertainment (not just chuck them up at adventure ocean).
  6. I like how guests 1&2 are priced ridiculously high to make the KSF option close to moot. Especially when you see the price for kids and adults is the same for guests 3 and 4. Should just be an adult price and a kids price since they will vastly be different in how much food they eat, activities they can do...
  7. 1. Did this cruise in 2013. Was fun, nice ship, Aruba and Curacao were very nice! 2. I wouldn't count on it. The Port Canaveral chairman stated no passenger cruises out of there until at least Jan 2021.
  8. Our first two cruises we were young and liked knowing a cruise ex booking would not leave us stranded. So like other, learned later on how inlated prices were. What made this apparent was the advancement of interest and accessibility. So now we book ourselves and arrange for transport and keep track of time: I always take my way to the ship 2 hours before departure because you never know. Seen far too many fools running and some left behind. Rip off might be overpriced merch but the kids wanted momentoes, so whatever! I save a lot on booze to bring back to Canada (duty free), it pays for other items. I'll always remember the first cruise walking about, 6 am debarkation, the bills wedged in doors. Our neighbors had a book worth! I was nosey (I prefer curious) and flipped to the last page: $3,400 (no specialty restaurants or drink packages then).
  9. The article is light on details. Reporter should have found out if they have dual citizenship, that's the only way they should be able to cross to their cottage (or so we're told for border crossing for non-essential reasons). Rules are clear and easy: isolate for 2 weeks so you don't unknowingly spread the virus. It doesn't mean stop to get food, haircut, check out the tourist trap. Get a neighbor to buy food and stay put. Don't do it, risk an outbreak and fines.
  10. I feel confident they should be sailing Oct 2021, very confident for 2022. Oct 2020: not a chance for US departures.
  11. You can't guarantee you can screen someone out before they get on and I'm sure there will be waivers in the set sail pass saying the line is not responsible if you get the virus. Also with short cruises and the incubation period, who's to say they did not get it the day before cruising somewhere? One could easily get on then, and spread the virus unknowingly, and debark without any symptoms. Unless there is an outbreak on board forcing the ship to stay at sea, not their problem.
  12. I think this is by design for now, until the virus cases teeter off or a vaccine is found. Why?: Chances are much higher in a long cruise for the ship to turn into a giant Petrie dish quarantined offshore. With short cruises, there should be no trouble leaving and getting back to port before someone exhibits symptoms (they are still contagious but with no symptoms they are not the cruise lines problem ). This is how I would do it. Cruises would still fill up because people are itching to get back out.
  13. @Organized Chaos. I didn't know cruise lines opened their books to the web detailing everything. I'll look around later. Fact of the matter still is ships will likely not sail full and so far 1\2 year of bookings (don't know the proportion of FCCs to refunds) that need to rebook in the next year and a half to 2 years and still no idea when things may start up. Maybe there is a surge of cash paying people. I know I am not going to book even though I love the vacation. Way too much uncertaintyn in when sailing will happen (keeps getting pushed), which ports may open (same, pushed), air travel, if the company will still be in business, Florida is fairly messed up now, where I usually depart from.
  14. Tips: sure. Makes sense, everyone has their ways. This part is smoke and mirrors. Yes, demand is up. But this is likely from all the people who have FCCs and need to use them. Cruise companies are not seeing any money from these folks, the ones who are stuck with higher fares are the new bookings. Combine these folks rebooking and less than full ships, it is going to be a tough year financially for all of them. It will be interesting to see what the balance point is for folks booking without FCC.
  15. Same for us. I was thinking earlier if my dentist is charging 15 for "covid" (I won't get into the fact the government is providing PPE to them for free..... ), how much of a surcharge are ships going to have if they are sailing 1\2 full and you're there for many days?
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