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  1. An Alaska cruise on Quantum requires concurrence from Royal Caribbean, CDC AND CANADA. The chances of that happening by May 10 are essentially ZERO.
  2. It is beyond comparing apples to oranges. Posting a chart of “Chances of Death in the US” in which one, and only one, category is marked (in smaller print) as relating to persons under 50 is a fine example of disingenuous information, precisely what the individual who posted the chart has been complaining about. Talk about hypocrisy. I’d hope the MSM would not post that chart, not because it would not fit the narrative, but because the chart is misleading and disingenuous.
  3. Yet in less than one minute on the internet I can indeed find offers of tours to the Citadelle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. https://www.viator.com/Haiti-attractions/Citadelle-Laferriere/d4324-a29161?sortType=featured These tours are NOT available from the RCI compound however.
  4. Is there any reason why standard land based pooling techniques would not work on a ship? https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/pooling-procedures.html https://bmcmedresmethodol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12874-020-01081-0
  5. It IS POSSIBLE to keep coronavirus off a ship. The International Space Station has remained coronavirus free by multiple weeks of total isolation of new crew and material. The issue is that paying cruise passengers are not willing to give up those weeks of their lives in isolation.
  6. NO cruise line has or will require passengers to do ship excursions. If you want to get off the ship they may require a ship tour, but they are not going to make you get off the ship if you don’t want to. This applies to all lines, even line such as Viking where ship excursions are already included in your fare. While Ship shore excursion bubbles do help protect port residents, a primary purpose is to try to prevent introduction of Covid to the ship, which would lead to re-shutting down of Cruises.
  7. Yep, I’ve seen pay elevators in a number of Med countries. These were not in buildings but allowed you to bypass hiking up a steep hill. Sometimes you have to pay going up, but it’s free going down.
  8. A parent understands that they are responsible for taking care of their children. Sheep dogs understand they are responsible for their flock. Yet there are people on this thread that can’t understand the concept of being responsible for anything but themselves. No wonder I like dogs better than I like a lot of people.
  9. When you wear a mask you are greatly reducing the chance that you will be passing virus to other people. That is being responsible for others. re·spon·si·bil·i·ty /rəˌspänsəˈbilədē/ noun the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. "a true leader takes responsibility for their team and helps them achieve goals"
  10. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2772459?guestAccessKey=e2fb8e04-ca1f-442d-9e53-ae8076f14cd2&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=102620
  11. I did read your post. In entirety. Both before I wrote my previous post, and again before I wrote this post. I’m glad you seem to in an area where the majority are working to minimize the spread. Saying “we avoid those who do not wear them” is little help if you are in an area overrun with non-social distancing non-mask wearers, unless your advice is stay home and let the Covidiots take over. Is that your advice?
  12. While a mask does provide some protection to the wearer, its primary purpose is to minimize the wearer’s exhaled virus being inflicted on others. So how do you propose being responsible for yourself in the all too frequent scenario described by Iamcruzin? Businesses frown on me walking out without paying🙄, so what other suggestions do you have?
  13. HINT: If you wait for a new page it not quite so obvious that you are running up your point count by posting the same item you posted a few hours ago...
  14. Remember: Royal Caribbean is staying temporarily solvent through Interest Free Loans They have sold lots of things (Cruises, excursions, drink packages, etc) which most rational people doubted were going to happen. Just because you were able to purchase something from them doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to happen.
  15. I thought most places in Georgia had indoor plumbing🙄 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tap_water “A simple indoor water tap”
  16. The only way that everything is included is if they get rid of the expensive half their wines, their top line single malts, their extra aged brandies etc (and that isn’t going to happen). I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no free lunch. As someone who no longer has a desire to drink myself under the table or spend my cruise absorbed in the internet I have no interest in paying for this in an All Inclusive price, and I suspect the prices may become non-competitive with my other choices. And I do have other choices...
  17. I have done a number of TransAtlantics (TAs) including both to and from Southampton. In addition to Crossing on Cunard, I have done TA Cruises on RCI ships similar to Adventure. Point 1) An October 2021 TransAtlantic is not a given; it may happen, it may not depending on how well Covid is under control. 2) Passengers on TAs are definitely mostly retirees with the majority of RCI TA passengers being more 60s versus 80s in age. UK - US repositionings will have a number of “snowbirds” who will be going to their Florida condo for the winter (and sailing back on a Spring repositioning); even an inside cabin is more comfortable than 1st Class on an airplane, your own private bathroom, no baggage charges, and downright inexpensive. 3) I have never been on a TA with no children aboard, but never with more than a few children. Kids will get much more individualized attention in the clubs, etc (disclaimer: I have not done a TA with kids of my own). No packs of roaming kids. After a few days for better or worse most passengers will know who those kids belong to; the better part is kids will be viewed as individuals rather than just part of “those damn kids”. IMO kids and adults interact much better as individuals than they do as part of large groups. 4) RCI is definitely a family oriented cruise line. The ship will provide quite a number of activities. I’ve never been bored. Hope that helps Thom
  18. No universal credit cards, but all the major oil companies had credit cards that were good only at their stations. Good marketing as it made people much more loyal to a particular brand. In addition to S&H.Green Stamps, they would have limited time specials such as a free glass if you bought 8 or more gallons (and a coordinated pitcher if you bought an oil change). The pitcher is long gone, but I still have a few glasses from Esso (way before it became Exxon). The cheapest gas I can remember was $0.229, but I sure remember the grousing when it passed $0.30. Then came the 1973 Yom Kippur War embargo and the 1979 Iran Embassy hostage stand off and no more gas under $1.
  19. Not all “private islands” are alike. Princess Cay is a private area on the island of Eleuthera, just as Labadee is a private area in Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. Neither of these are private islands in the technical sense, as neither covers an entire island. RCI’s Coco Cay controls the entire island, so is a private island. I’m pretty sure there are no permanent residents on Coco Cay, although there are RCI owned accommodations for workers who stay overnight.
  20. With the new CruiseCritic format, I can’t find an edit function; does it exist? With modern construction a few of the construction modular blocks would indeed “be in the house” at the beginning of construction, but only a very small percentage. The rest of the modular blocks are delivered “just in time”.
  21. While modern ships are indeed built in many prefabricated blocks of cabins etc, the term “blocks are in the house” originally referred to the keel blocks, the necessary first step in traditional construction. In this dry dock photo the center line is the keel blocks while the blocks on each side support the hull. The blocks have to be adjusted by shims to conform to the shape of the hull. In traditional construction step 1 is properly conforming the keel blocks; step 2 is to lay down the keel. The hull was then built out from the keel, and the rest of the ship followed.
  22. IMO NO gold star 😭 as you missed the concept of adding extra points (used previously for suite and/or solo bonuses) versus actual double points which this new 2021 bonus is apparently (we’ll see what happens when there are actual points added for sailing). The previous solo or suite bonus was 1 + 1 = 2; this 2021 double points is actually 1 x 2 = 2. Same answer in this case, but not the same answer when you start stacking bonuses (1 + 1 + 1 = 3; 1 x 2 x2 = 4). Of course we can now have both concepts in play as a solo in a suite with 2021 double points is (1 + 1 + 1) x 2 = 6 points per night.
  23. Many people refer to solos getting double points, when in actuality it is 1 more point per night. Many people refer to suites getting double points, when in actuality it is 1 more point per night. Those people then assume that solo in a suite is 4 points per night, when it is actually 3. “Double Points” has been repeatedly misused in the past, so people now assume that double points doesn’t actually mean double points.
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