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    Travel, gardening, reality tv junkie
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    Bonaire, St. Kitts

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  1. What about the people that naturally run a low grade fever? And that’s part of their everyday lives due to an underlying benign condition?
  2. What was the was the explanation given? And if 1 cruise line has made that decision you know the rest will follow. We’re 20 days out until April 11. Do you envision Us all getting back to normal in 20 days?
  3. Yes his vlog was posted before my comment. How else would I know what they had instructed RC employees?! They are sending crew home. In waves. That’s approximately 1500 employees that need travel arrangements arranged by Royal Carribean. I’m sure with countries announcing they are closing borders & most enforcing a 14 quarantine when you enter your own country all travel & cruising will cease to exist for some time. Just my opinion. But this is going to get worse before it gets better.
  4. Crews are officially being sent home. Starting this week. Contracts cancelled. Google Christopher Wong vlogs. He’s a RC employee. He’s on one of the “of the seas” ships. He’s been vlogging every day. All crew was told everyone is being sent home to their own countries.
  5. I’m on the June 8th Alaska Cruise. Doing a B2B. Today I received all the excursion offers via an email from NCL. I don’t think anyone has any clue about anything. And that includes NCL executives. Tomorrow I was supposed to start a B2B on the Dawn. Last week I was also sent an email regarding bidding for a better room. Since they cancelled cruises for 30 days on 3/14/20 I’ve received emails for upgrades on that cruise twice. RC is sending all their employees home starting next week. Contracts over. They have been told They will be home for at least 12-15 weeks. We have a RC cruise scheduled for end of October. I’m hoping there’s a tiny possibility that that one actually happens. Eventually we will all cruise again! In the meanwhile, everyone please be safe & stay healthy. Surreal times.
  6. Yes. Google Christopher Wong vlogs. He’s currently on a RC cruise & has been vloging daily regarding what crew has been doing since Trump made his call. Watch his vlogs. So interesting.
  7. We were scheduled to do B2B on the Dawn starting 3/23. We received the email stating all cruises cancelled on 3/14. We have had 2 offers since cruise cancelled to upgrade. Last October & November, we did NCL Joy LA to NYC. They cancelled Costa Rica & substituted Acapulco... a Level 4 warning. I don’t think NCL cares. Employees currently on ships who thought they would just be without passengers for 30 days & then resume as normal have now been told they are being sent home for 12-15 weeks. Contracts ended. I don’t think any of us will be cruising in the near future. But when we’re back on the high seas I hope it’s all of us happy & healthy & loving it more than ever before. Be safe.
  8. I find food quality differs tremendously from ship to ship. I’ve been on NCL ships where the food was wonderful, from Buffets, MDRs, and specialty restaurants. I’ve also been on ships where the food has been mediocre. We were on the Escape on the 9/1/19 sailing & 9/8/19 sailing. Moderno was really good the first sailing. All meats were really rare but tasty. The second sailing, meats were more well done but service was terrible and it took so long to eat. I’d decline Moderno if I was paying out of pocket. Doing B2B Cruises, we tried all the specialty restaurants. Some of them more than once. If I was paying out of pocket, I’d suggest Cagney’s, Le Bistro & Bayamo. Those were the best, we found, on the Escape. Have a great cruise!
  9. Hahahaha...that last line made me laugh! Fantastic! That cruise was by FAR the strangest cruise I had ever been on. I neglected to mention 6 people also died on that cruise. I'm hoping others who were on the cruise see this post & respond as well. Fortunately, 4 cruises since that one & I realize that was just an unfortunate sailing. And i I got slaughtered in the casino! We are CAS cruisers. Thank you for the laugh. I hope we meet someday on the high seas.
  10. Glad you had the lovely cruise! Welcome back to cruising. I love the Dawn. I'm a BIG Richard Matic fan who has been/is the CD on the Dawn. He was on the Jade in November 2018 when I went on the Dawn & his leadership was so impressive & all his staff clearly loved him. When I was on the Dawn in February it was Richard as CD & Luz as Asst Luz. Both were lovely & everywhere. They made the cruise more fun. A lot of people complained about the service in O'Sheehans. It was extremely slow & seemed that the staff was irritated because they were either short staffed or there were problems in the kitchen. Orders were placed & 30 minutes would go by without a drink or food. People complained & just got up & left. After two experiences like that we avoided O'Sheehans for the rest of the cruise which is unfortunate because we are gamblers & tend to skip dinner if we are on a winning streak leaving us unfed until breakfast.
  11. We were on the Breakaway in December 2019. All of a sudden the cruise director kept emphazing A LOT to wash your hands. Next day all bathroom doors were left opened & all condiments disappeared. 3rd day paper menus that were thrown out after you touched them. 4th day all restaurant staff were wearing rubber gloves. We found out they quarantined a whole floor of passengers for 3 days. Staff had it too. They disengaged your card. You were quarantined with your whole cabin whether you are sick or not. Understand the precautions taken, but it seems silly that they don't make a public announcement so that people use more caution. Every day you're provided more clues that norovirus has hit your ship. Now we know how to recognize the clues. There was also a flasher on that cruise that we reported to security & staff numerous times. Nothing was ever done. On day 9 of an 11 day cruise one woman suggested we demand an audience with the captain or threaten to go to the press once we disembarked. We all decided deck 16 was the safest place to avoid him because as much as we were aware of him he started to avoid us knowing we were all on 16. Day 10, on deck 16, a smoking area, a man tells me a story of how a man attacked him by the pool by grabbing his private parts & he was having a cigerette to kind of de stress from the whole ordeal. When he was attacked his 1st reaction was the throw the man up against the wall & grab him by the throat. Several men ran to his defense. The victims defense. Security was called and the man was immediately taken away & the man was shocked no questions were asked of him. I laughed & said did the man look like this (describing the flasher) and he said yes! I said security was well aware of him for the past 10 days. At least 20 people a day complained about him. He has been flashing people by the pool for the past 10 days & we were terrified he would enter a bathroom with a child present. One lady is about to start a mutiny. Thank god they finally got him. Although you could argue if they had taken it serious you're unfortunate incident would have been avoided & the security of passengers would have been enforced. I know people might suggest that security & staff would have to witness the flashing themselves before doing anything. The truth is if security or staff watched him for more than 15 minutes they could have witnessed it themselves. Many times, over 10 days, when he repeatedly proceeded to flash passengers. He did, as the days progressed, tend to change shirt s & bathing suits several times during the day. As he got smarter we got smarter too & would report to each other his various outfit changes & what color he was now wearing so we could warn other passengers.
  12. Late night movies showing in the Atrium also repeat on your movie channel. Although it is nice to sit & relax in the Atrium with a beverage in their comfy chairs. Just bring a jacket or sweatshirt! It gets chilly! Enjoy your cruise! Breakaway is a nice ship.
  13. Not true. They do show movies on the 16th floor. We went a week before Christmas & they showed The Grinch, Elf, every Christmasy movie you can imagine for 11 days. It's amazing watching a movie up there. Most of the parties do occur up on the 16th floor but they end relatively earlier &/or are moved to the Bliss lounge.
  14. That's a hard question to answer. They use a whole formula to determine your compensation. It's based on how much money you spent, how many days & hours each day, etc. It's hard to understand by what standards they are using.
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