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  1. I've never been on a cruise where excursions were so limited! Not happy!!
  2. https://www.caymancompass.com/2020/03/13/breaking-schools-close-cruise-ships-banned-to-prevent-coronavirus-spread/
  3. I went solo to Cemetery Beach and was very comfortable. Like you, I hadn't planned on it. But I went snorkeling at Eden Rock when I first got off the ship, and a woman who worked there recommended Cemetery Beach. When I told her my concerns, she assured me I'd be safe. I felt fine being there by myself. The number of other people there varied from 10 - 20 during my stay. It was beautiful and I hope to go back! YMMV, but worst case, you could always walk back out to the main road and catch a bus back to town. I went to Smith Cove with my son and his gf in April. We were all disappointed, and I definitely wouldn't go back. Also, I would have been less comfortable there as a solo. In Cozumel, I went to El Cid, which is super close to the dock Royal uses, and still walking distance from the Carnival dock. (I went twice, so walked it from both docks.) The snorkeling there is pretty good, especially if you take something to feed the fish. Sometimes a waiter or restaurant patron will toss something in the water. El Cid itself is OK - you'll always see cruise line employees there. I like it since it's walking distance. When I went from Royal, I went back to the ship for lunch because I felt like a really good salad. I probably wouldn't walk back for lunch if on Carnival though. Enjoy your cruise!!
  4. I'm happy that they've at least offered to refund any amounts paid since I'm going to cancel or possibly rebook on something else (on hold with RCI at the moment).
  5. Just got an email with our itinerary change. Nassau being substituted for Roatan and Costa Maya time shortened by a few hours.
  6. I hardly saw it used on Navigator either. It has a glass front and is in the middle of the Royal Promenade which seemed like a terrible location to me. I sure wouldn't want to sit there getting my hair done!
  7. I'm on the same itinerary in November. We have a sea day after Roatan. Is it still too far to make it "home" at the reduced speeds?
  8. Keep in mind that they haven't announced Allure itinerary changes for sailings after October. It's possible (likely?) that the itinerary and/or port times advertised will change.
  9. Last time I cruised, the port change insurance was offered. So if I book, I'd choose that, but would probably still rather reschedule/cancel.
  10. As far as I know, they weren't offering this itinerary before November. If anyone knows differently, I'd appreciate details!
  11. Royal hasn't announced any Allure itinerary changes (due to the azipod issue) for sailings after the end of October. I'm scheduled for a Western Caribbean itinerary on Nov. 17th. I've tried calling them twice, most recently a few minutes ago, but haven't been able to get any answers. If Allure isn't going to be fixed until the 2020 dry dock, doesn't it seem logical that they'd know by now what the real November itineraries would be, or would it be in flux this late? It bothers me that they're selling cruises based on an itinerary and times that seem unlikely to happen. Right now we're scheduled for Cococay, Sea Day, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Roatan, Sea Day. Are these doable with the current azipod issue? Yes, I know they can change the itinerary according to the cruise contract. I'm guessing they could stop at San Juan five times and call it a cruise. But the cruise contract also says I can cancel, and I might choose to reschedule for a time when I can at least hope to get to the current ports for a full day. While I'm excited about going on the Allure again, I'm really a port person!
  12. For my last cruise, all that was available was a deck 3 cabin and I've always been on seven or higher. I booked it anyway. But I called a couple weeks before the cruise and a deck seven had opened up. I realize that wasn't your question, but if you'd prefer a higher deck, it's worth trying!
  13. I also take a couple of these tea lights because I sometimes visit the bathroom in the middle of the night and don't want to turn the light on. For me, one's enough to give the light I like, but I take the second as an extra. They're small and super light weight. I tried dollar store ones first, but the ones I got were very hard to switch on and way too dim. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EDKGFGU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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