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  1. That's a no thanks from me! Why would you pay thousands of dollars for a vacation that you can't fully enjoy because of something uncomfortable over your face? It's madness to me why anyone would. To be perfectly honest, I'm much more worried about touching things than breathing anything - if they require masks, then gloves should surely also be mandatory? I can see why it may be mandatory to start with (mostly for PR reasons as the company could be slaughtered if there is an outbreak early on) and fair enough, I'll just wait until this is over. I've had 11 years of great cruises, I can easily sit out for a year or two, it will just make the next one even more special.
  2. To keep all of the CD fans occupied during this off-season, here is the podcast that Mike Szwajkowski and Mitch Merucci are doing: https://www.youtube.com/user/CruiseDirectorMitch/videos Clo O'Connor was a guest in one of the episodes. Former RCCL & Celebrity CD Richard Spacey (who was known in the day as the best CD) was in the most recent episode with some stories to tell.
  3. I think that they replaced Harwich with Amsterdam for the long cruises. Ultimately I think home-porting near the centre of Amsterdam is probably a bigger attraction for the average tourist than a port which is 80 miles out of London.
  4. If that's the case (and it sounds plausible as to why she is currently consigned to short Caribbean cruises), I'm surprised that they didn't swap Indy and one of her sisters to cover the Southampton sailings (e.g. Freedom or Liberty in Southampton and Indy in either Galveston or San Juan). The fact that the whole season and all of those cruises were withdrawn is what felt calculated to me, it just felt like they were grabbing an opportunity to maximise sailings to CocoCay.
  5. Not doing it either. I really dislike the idea of wearing a mask. Whilst I can see the argument for wearing them on a crowded train for example, I really don't think that I would want to cruise wearing one all of the time. It wouldn't feel like a vacation at all. Had 11 years of great cruises so I guess that a year or two off will do no harm.
  6. Thank you, doing great. 🙂 Glad that you had a good time in Asia.
  7. He will be transferring to Jewel from Serenade so I'm guessing only 2 months for him.
  8. I guess that she is joining in May after drydock for the UK season.
  9. Looking at the rotations, am I right in thinking that Captain Tore Grimstad is on Oasis for the July 4th sailing? Anyone sailed with him?
  10. Keeping my eye on Oasis for early July, no idea who it will be yet. Seems as if Dennis will be on vacation then (not sure if he's the permanent CD there or not).
  11. Explorer and Independence both still unknown, one could go to Southampton and the other to either FLL or Galveston.
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