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  1. They accepting crew vaccinated with AZ. I highly doubt they wouldn't accept guests too...
  2. Its just the adult thing (and people are too quick to sue of anything went wrong). If 18 wasn't classed as an adult it would be fine, but then I suppose that wouldn't be the cut off to start with...
  3. Hello, crew member here 👋 The only non essential crew I know who have had an LOE are those who are now on Quantum or those who have needed to update documents, and once those documents are updated that LOE goes. Royal have told us in their newsletters that that would be the case so not unexpected for now. They also have said those that go back first will be those with the least travel restrictions and those from countries with low covid numbers. So I'm not going anywhere soon even with my vaccination 🤣🤣
  4. As someone who worked in the teen centre right up to the shut down, unfortunately no, they won't be allowed in the teen centre once they turn 18 as they are now classed as adult. (CC 'experts' can come at me, but I've been the one that's actually informed teens that they can no longer attend as they are suddenly 1 day older.) While the age thing is somewhat true it also isn't. For example, if a child turns 5 during the cruise they can then take part in activities such as the rock wall and laser tag, they day they turn 5.
  5. Absolutely this. A lot of crew over on the crew groups I'm on are very happy and supportive about this, that Barbados will be getting some $$ at the same time that royal gets to top of their dollar too. There's a lot of crew that will be forever thankful to Barbados for their support, love and effort in getting them home.
  6. Not really on topic, but actually the UK have done quite a lot for landlords and renters 😊 with things in place such as furlough and universal credit there aren't massive numbers who can't afford rent. Then they have given funding to local councils to help, put mortgage holidays in place... https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-and-renting-guidance-for-landlords-tenants-and-local-authorities/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-landlords-and-tenants
  7. This is exactly what I was thinking. But people always gotta have something to complain about...
  8. Months ago, (a month or so into the cruising halt) they said the first to go back were those who had been at home the longest. Most recently they made it clear it would be those who have extensive knowledge/experience of that ship/class of ship, and whose required documents are still in date, who come from a country where they easily travel to the ship from and who can follow the new health protocols.
  9. The question was who gets paid 365 days a year , even if they're not onbaord. Captains get paid all year, even when they're home. The majority of crew only get paid when working.
  10. Many have a fixed salary when onboard. Those who get it when not onbaord I think (but could be completely wrong) are the the steering committee, those with no one else above them (with the exception of the captain who is above everyone), eg (but not 100%). Captain, staff captain, HD, chief safety, and maybe doctors. People like the cruise director, chefs, GSM still have someone above them they report to. Even then, carnival recently got rid of many of those positions that were still being paid while at home, so who knows how long/if they are still getting 100% of what they usually would. I know royal have cut quarantine pay for crew onboard...
  11. Just curious, why would it take a month to train crew? When you first join and you're brand new, all that training (fire safety, crowd management, evacuation, drills wet and dry, usph, environmental, plus on the job training, etc.) takes less than a week (and not all day every day) and that's with guests onboard.... Would they really need 3 weeks of Corona virus training?
  12. The majority of those 'terminated' were officers 4 stripe and above, they were still getting 50% of their wage even though they weren't on contract.
  13. Disney has a lot of first time cruisers, a lot of which have probably been put off cruising for now. A lot of guests do a land and sea package, and most land packages aren't happening right right now. Disney also had an insane premium to just have a mouse onboard, and I think a lot of (even their dedicated) cruisers have realised that if they implement the same restrictions as in the parks, they're just getting a standard cruise: no meet and greets, no shows, no dance parties, no movie theater, no fireworks, reduced dining, questions around the kids club. I still think other cruise lines will cancel too though!
  14. I don't necessarily feel they're stringing me along, (it's not like they decided to take a 1 month break and forgot to get back at it) it wouldn't be the end of the world for me if I didn't go back and I'm lucky that I have support at home, but I do feel sorry for a lot of crew out there. We get regular emails and occasionally there can be some wording that might insinuate something is about the happen, and there's a few desperate crew out there who hear what they want to hear and believe they'll be back onboard within the month.
  15. Maybe I should also add, I'm friends with 3 (as in real life friends, not a guest/crew fb friend) guys in F&B who were offered a contract to go back over the last few months, and only one actually made it onboard, because flights/travel/open boarders/boarding the ship just didn't align and work out. However, I have also heard of a GSO who's been offered a contract, and I would have thought those guys would have come well below F&B and housekeeping.
  16. Don't want to kill the vibe, but bartenders have been going back throughout the shut down, someone's gotta man the OB. I come under entertainment, I've had emails telling me to make sure my documents are uploaded and ready to go, they make no indication they'll be needed soon, just they know who has everything in date as the longer it goes on, the less will have those and it makes their job easier when they get the go ahead.....oh and to keep us waiting for them by making us think something is 'about' to happen so they have experience crew to go back.
  17. There are crew going back quite regularly. They're just not going back to serve guests...
  18. Nope, apart from 'winning' at numbers. And our local hospital trusts and local news have never reported any deaths as 'from' covid. They've always said 'with' covid or after testing positive. But some people still have to find something to be dramatic about, especially in lockdown haha!
  19. I thought it was the new Covid class ship... 🤣
  20. The ships will be wearing their finest too...
  21. Exactly this. Right now and for the foreseeable, crew boarding RC ships have to go through a month long quarantine. If they're still doing that once guests are back onbaord, crew could potentially be in isolation for a month, only to be infected by the first passenger they interact with....
  22. I'm guessing they'll do it how they were doing it pre-covid. Close all the venues and stop all activities. I assume all crew will still need to go the their assembly stations, to direct guests, check them in, answer questions which would mean bars and and everywhere else would need to be closed for this to happen. Crew still attend guest drill, including crew who's emergency duty was to patrol crew staircases, even though they have no guest interaction at that time. Then once drill is 'done' (however they say its done) everything starts back up again.
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