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    Eugene, Oregon
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    Cruising
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL, Celebrity, Princess
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. Yeah, I didn't know about "Shore power" and the logistics of cruise timing and stuff. I, like so many, would just love to see a way for it to work somehow. I know it's a lot of wishful thinking. Tom
  2. I was wondering today if Royal might consider rerouting ships like Ovation that were doing Alaska during the Summer and Fall and just do a California Coastal with a stop in Ensenada instead. I think it could still leave from Seattle and do a round trip in 7 days by just having a couple of sea days on the way back. I don't know all of the status of Mexico, but other cruise lines have itineraries going there during the Alaska season. I think this would work, technically, so long as it's a round trip. If they couldn't do it from Seattle, maybe they could from San Francisco. I still think S
  3. Absolutely yes. Would also be willing to have vaccine required once they are generally available.
  4. I know there have been tons of threads about people's willingness to get vaccinated or wear PPE, etc. I fully agree that vaccination is the key to opening up cruising again and would gladly be vaccinated as a prerequisite. Of course, it's easy for me to say, I plan to be vaccinated anyway. I also don't mind wearing a mask for some parts of the cruise (elevator, shows, trivia/bingo/etc.) It would obviously be difficult to wear one while eating. Perhaps combining some protocols with vaccinations would encourage the CDC to open up more ... and some other countries to maybe allow Americans in
  5. If the CDC order doesn't end until November 1st, why are they selling cruises for earlier than that? Are they hoping for a sooner timeframe?
  6. Haven't they said from the start that 10 Power Up Points = 1 sea day? Tom
  7. Yes, I always skip the ones that require this sort of thing. I'd much prefer spending two days at sea 🙂 Tom
  8. Pardon me if this has already been discussed. I didn't read, very carefully, through all 63 pages. I've gotten a few offers for PowerUp points if I post pictures or advertisements, publicly, on my Facebook or Instagram page. This means I have to post something that goes to the general public outside of my friends group. Does anyone else have a problem doing these kinds of public posts from your personal account? I've heard stories of people being hacked and their friend list compromised, etc. from being too public on this sites and posts. Just curious if I should be worried
  9. Might be true that it's about $$$, but it still simplifies their business. If gratuities are included, you can't remove them. If drinks are paid for, you pay whether you drink a lot or not. Their booking is easier since there will be fewer choices. They will also get loyalty customers to pay for drink plans when they may not otherwise. In our case, we almost never buy a drink package since we get enough at the parties, but this would make us pay some price regardless. Either way, automatic bundling will make them more $$$ so you are right. Tom
  10. I expect that when cruising starts up again there will be some, like us, who are so anxious to cruise that we won't focus as much on the price. Also, Celebrity is including more things like gratuities and drinks in the price so you really have to compare. You may be paying for something you don't want, but I think the goal is to move more towards all inclusive which simplifies it for Celebrity and helps easy the burden on their loyalty programs. So, yeah, prices will likely be high for some time to come.
  11. I agree. I think it would be fair for them to just allow people to change cruises if one gets canceled, or refund the money or offer 100% credit. It's costing them too much money for having to keep moving the cruises and it's not really their fault that we can't cruise yet. I'd like them to still be in business. If it were normal times, as you suggest, and they canceled for some other reason, and infrequently, that would be a different story. Tom
  12. This might be a good move for them overall. Lots of resorts already do this sort of thing. Yes there are some of us with loyalty perks, but I think the cruise lines are getting killed from to many Elites and Diamonds on cruises so this might be a way they could transition. I don't know anyone who cruises just to accumulate the loyalty points. I know people who use the perks, but if the prices are not jacked too much then there wouldn't be a big differnce.
  13. I think it makes sense for the cruise lines to be as cautious as possible. We're only talking about "vacation" after all. It's not like life or death that anyone of us goes on a cruise. I do worry about people that work in the industry and, especially, on the ships. They do depend on cruises for their livelihood. But, if the worst thing was I had to eat at the MDR for dinner that wouldn't be a no-go thing for me. I've never had problems finding food from multiple venues on any cruise I've been on. All that said, I can't wait to go again. Even though I wouldn't die from not g
  14. I'd guess if they felt it was safe and they could make a profit at it they would send cruises out as soon as they could. There likely is some fear of reputation if something goes wrong again and they want to be extremely careful. RCCL has always been very profit oriented (along with their care for the customers) so I'd guess they'll be back out as soon as they can figure out how to make it all work.
  15. It's a ton of fun. When we did it a couple of years ago it was only $6/person, but now the price is higher, but I'd still pay it. It only lasts an hour, but it's a super good time and a great puzzle game. Good special effects as well.
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