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Joebucks

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  1. It's very hard for something to double forever. However, I don't expect a retreat. I definitely expect growth. I think we will see more "Cococay" like experiences as people who are concerned about safety, lack of choices for the family, and looking for more of a "resort" experience may open up to such a thing. Plus, if cruising does grow, it's necessary to not completely clog up every port.
  2. We have learned that we once again overreacted. All of those who were roasted for calling it "just the flu" weren't that far off.
  3. Is Carnival the one choosing to pay overtime, or is the shipyard's responsibility? Either way, I still don't believe the ship is sold out. No matter how exciting a cruise may be, when was the last time a Carnival ship was completely sold out a year in advance, for the entire winter? You can put together whatever scenarios you want, but it's still just not plausible. Sales reps telling you it is sold out is still not hearing it from the source. I could be wrong. If I was Carnival, with all of the uncertainty going on around everything right now, I'd definitely seek to limit risk and losses. I'd rather open bookings later vs having to handle more refunds.
  4. I think far too many people get caught up in marketing headlines or preconceived notions, and don't look into stuff like this. I always say the most important things are the final price, and the experience you want. Far too many people on here are easily distracted with all of the other noise. To each their own, but it's good to compare options. Your method obviously helped prove why this is important. For us, currently, I don't think we have broken $2,000 total for a week of cruising. Not including hotels at ports. I don't think it is bare bones, because we still literally do everything we want to. If I want a fancy meal, excursion, or drink, I do it. I stay far away from the notion of "I'm on vacation, so I need to have everything, in unlimited form".
  5. You should work for their marketing department. Great presentation on all of the benefits, just with the old omitted price trick. Somewhere along the line, marketing got sophisticated enough to convince people that paying 2-4x more for stuff and bundling in extras, is a massive savings. It's definitely a great cruise line. I may even sail them sooner than later. The mass market model won because not everyone wants to spend and arm and a leg on stuff that has no value to them. Which is exactly what one-size fits all approaches are, no matter how much you debate them. You are correct that some people will come in and spend more than some other lines may include for a similar or better price, with a different experience. It isn't for everyone though, as you often valiantly fight for
  6. Ratios are overrated and deceptive. There are lots of factors that skew those numbers. If you have a poorly conceived main venue like a theater, pool, or club, ratios mean nothing. With that said, I wouldn't be mad if ships did get a little less crowded. Other than that, I could care less about the rest.
  7. Wishful thinking topic as always. The muster drill presentation is beyond worthless. No one there has a clue what is being said or what is going on. A simple video beforehand AND a check-in of your muster area, could actually be even more informative.
  8. Lunch is my favorite meal of the day on Carnival. Buffalo chicken, burger, tacos, and one of my new favorites, the smoked chicken.
  9. To your restaurant analogy, would you rather be able to pay 75% of your rent, or none of it?
  10. You poke holes all day in most of the COVID-19 protections out there. At the end of the day, defining retail entrances/exits, limiting the amount of people in an establishment, cloth masks, etc don't stop a virus. You can "limit," but you don't stop it. It's the same deal with limiting ship capacity. You can't stop a virus. But hey, here's our optics of how we limited it.
  11. What a joke some of these points are. Get rid of the interior rooms? What's the alternative? Bigger balcony rooms only? That price increase will surely help cruising.... The most important thing they need to do is manage the public perception and reduce the panic. Easier said than done. The fear out there is way worse than the actual "problem".
  12. If there's two things I know about (mass market) cruising, it's that buffets and casinos aren't going away. Casinos make too much money. Buffets are efficient and cost-effective ways of serving thousands of people. If anything, the biggest change you'll see is who's allowed to touch what, and what the protocols are.
  13. It's always so noble to say something "helps". Let's say there's 100 people with coronavirus boarding a ship. 30 with it are detected, and 70 get on without any detection. If that make you feel better about preventing coronavirus on the ship, then so be it. At the end of the day, what is the ACTUAL difference?
  14. I'll be on the Horizon in October. I'll let you know!
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