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  1. We are currently in “dream” mode about a possible family cruise. A couple of days ago, we made a list of possible ships & itineraries for the first or second week of June 2021. NCL Breakaway from Miami was one of the ships, with stops in Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands and Great Stirrup Cay. (Previous screenshot attached) Breakaway no longer shows up on the NCL site for that departure port and that month? Any idea what’s going on?
  2. Thanks for this explanation. All of our “kids” are not kids, so the KSF doesn’t apply to my direct family’s charges. However, my brother, who really does have “kids,” was asking me questions I couldn’t answer.
  3. I'm the original poster. Not sure if it's user website error or the summer 2021 dates that I just happen to be looking at, but I can't seem to find an option to price out specific cabins. All of my options are guaranteed type of cabins and Carnival will select my cabins at a later date. Sorry, no. That worked when I was in my early 20s and traveled with a bunch of single ladies, but not anymore. My husband and I are very particular about wanting a deck with cabins above and below, with a preference of mid-ship, and away from the noisy elevators. We aren't ready to put any money down, ye
  4. Thank you for all of the replies! They have been very helpful. It does sound like Allure could be very manageable, provided we do some advance planning. At the very least, there should be one senior with a walker, and a different senior who already needs help with menu choices, so a summarized menu on the ship would help.
  5. I made the mistake to look at a Mardi Gras YouTube video. And while I realize that I was viewing computer renderings, and not the final product, I am really, really interested in the new ship. Of course, it’s PRICEY for Summer 2021. I have to admit that I’m waiting to see if Carnival gets desperate for bookings, and offers significant discounts to previous Carnival cruisers. If you are already booked on one of the Mardi Gras sailings out of Port Canaveral, what made you “pull the trigger” so to speak? And what kind of cabin did you pick? I’m a bit overwhelmed by all of the cho
  6. Yes, I know about the no sail order, and the current unknown about the future of cruising. But we had a large multigenerational July 2020 cruise canceled, and we have started dreaming about Summer 2021 family cruising. My brother, a father of three under 12 children, is loving the idea of Allure of the Seas. I have concern that those over age 80 will have a tough time with such a large ship, and might become so overwhelmed that they retreat to their cabins. None of us have sailed on a ship as large as AOS. I think only one family member has actually sailed RCCL and it was on Grandeur. Mo
  7. This is the response I would give (minus the casino). I like not worrying about a bar tab at the end of the cruise. Having the drink package definitely makes it easy to try all sorts of alcoholic drinks, but, for me, it also meant lots of items from the coffee bar, including milk shakes and bottled teas & flavored waters. Our favorite beverage when returning from a port day was a cold Frappuccino of some kind. It’s not about getting drunk for me.
  8. I read through this thread last night, and woke up thinking about the many different theories shared. I do hope that cruising returns, and that my family will be on a ship at some point in summer 2021, but I hesitate to book anything right now. For us, the hesitation is the “not knowing” which ships will be where and what itineraries might be an option. We live within easy driving distance of the ports of New Orleans and Mobile, but we are willing to drive to the ports of Galveston or Tampa if it’s worth it. We rule out Mobile EVERY single time, because we are not interested i
  9. What is the game of Quest? Our canceled June cruise would have been our first time on RCCL.
  10. What else did you do on your virtual cruise? We would love some recommendations. We had 42 family members from ages 4 - 83 traveling together, so we are trying to come up with some virtual cruise ideas.
  11. Did you really type out “I don’t know what variety of circumstances you’re referring to”? Just a few reasons I thought of, quickly. - Death of a family member due to Covid-19 (or anything else) - A traveler with a new health diagnosis which now puts them at high risk - Loss of job - No vacation time available, after taking your days to stay at home during the pandemic - No available travel funds due to additional medical expenses, assisting laid off family members with expenses, and/or tanked stock market We had 42 family members who lined up their vacati
  12. It's May 14th, and our June 13th cruise still has not been canceled. We all know it is going to be canceled. So what's the delay RCCL? And what will RCCL do in the future to convince this never sailed on RCCL family to give you a try? At this point, I'm not impressed with everything I'm reading about RCCL's slow refund process.
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