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  1. 2 hours ago, FlaMariner said:

    +1 (me too)


    Key West talks about welcoming all kinds & being all about diversity but looks like my kind is not welcome....It's a nice clean way to discriminate against us lower income folk.....and they can hide behind the environment excuse and the horrors of a t shirt shop.  Sad.

    Its an awfully big stretch to relate a moratorium on cruise ships to discrimination. Sorry, but your post is full of misguided emotion. 

  2. 23 minutes ago, George C said:

    NCL had broadway shows in the 1980’s saw Barnum 3 times on SS Norway and Seaward also had plays, but I agree in general, back then the flagship of each line got the most talent like SS Norway and Sovereign, no real flagships anymore. I have cruised at least once every year since 1977. 

    i remember that. I have memories of seeing Grease on the Seaward. 

  3. 5 hours ago, Monkeygirl2 said:

    Last week my husband woke up with stomach pains and within hours was admitted to hospital and had his appendix removed. Lucky for us we were sat at home and not on a cruise from S. Africa to Venice as planned. We’ve all seen people being evacuated from ship via the tender or helicopter and you are just grateful that you have good holiday insurance with you. It set me thinking about what would have happened to me and whether I would have been allowed to pack and disembark with my husband or not. If I had to stay onboard is the cruise line expected to support me with knowing which hospital he had been taken to and his progress or would it be down to me calling the Travel insurance people and hoping they work everything out for us. Does anyone have any experience of being evacuated?


    I have no experience being evacuated myself, but I have 27 years with the USCG, so I have been on the rescue side more times than I can count.  There's a 99% chance you would not be allowed to join him on an air medevac.  They are constrained by weight, especially the HH65 frames, so do not make a habit out of taking family.  However, I have seen exceptions when extended family is on board the ships and can take care of all the luggage.  


    Surface assets, however, do not have these constraints, so family is much more often allowed to join in those circumstances.


    To be clear though, I'm talking about rescues performed by USCG.  Permissions vary widely around the World.  But one more thing....if USCG performs the medevac, there is no cost. 🙂

  4. 15 hours ago, gkbiiii said:

    What the locals are saying, if you don't have money, don't bother to come!


    I'm not sure where you live or if your hometown has any reliance on tourism, but if you do, you will understand that tourists who spend money are always preferred.  I can't think of any tourist town that prefers low or no spenders.  When a giant Carnival ship pulls in to KW, the city gets it's $12 per person in port charges, but then most of the passengers only buy beer and t-shirts...if anything at all.  


    I will say though....I'm as big a fan of cruising as anyone here, so I certainly do understand the disappointment.


  5. 45 minutes ago, jtwind said:


    This thread is taking place in the NEW CRUISERS area of this forum.


    I think they've been very lax on the whole concept of new cruisers and asking a cruise question ever since COVID.  I very much look forward to this board getting back to normal....whenever that will be. 🙁

  6. 1 hour ago, Ashland said:

    The Aqua Theater shows recently have always been great !



    Agreed.  I've only been cruising since the 80s, but I'd say the current entertainment on RCI Oasis Class is the best I've seen.  


    Ref Rodney Dangerfield, I don't think he struck big until his movie roles in the 80s.  I'd say he was still an up-and-comer in the 70s.  Likewise, most comedians I see on cruises have appeared on late night.  Who knows if they'll be big in the next decade?

  7. 3 hours ago, Hlitner said:

    also learned that the pier over at the Naval Base was leased from the Navy by a private entity that had a contract with the City of Key West.  If what this waiter says is true,  the city is now on the hook for over $20 Million that was guaranteed to the contractor (who had a contract with the Navy).   This is the first time we heard this story so we cannot make a claim to the validity. 


    That’s an interesting take. The only contract I’m familiar with is with Ed Swift, another selfish local business owner who runs Old Town Trolly and the Conch Trains....one of the few other businesses that benefits from cruise ships. This is a local hypocrite who, despite ongoing noise complaints about his Conch Train bells, filed an injunction against MTV Real World several years ago when they were filming next to his house. He’s yet another reason locals are fed up. 

  8. 37 minutes ago, George C said:

    While I do love the perks you get from sailing a line many times I do not understand why someone would only cruise a single line, there are a few a really like but after doing one line for 6 or 7 cruises I am ready to change. Also if you sail on suites you really do not need additional perks.


    I'm not one who believes in brand loyalty.  In fact, my favorite cruise line has changed several times over the past 2 decades.  I'm not one who cruises solely for destination or solely for the ships.  My priority changes with every cruise.  Heck, sometimes, I just want to be on a cruise.  Other times, it's for a specific itinerary.  Different lines are good at individual things, so my flavor changes with each cruise.  


    I love RCI for the best entertainment at sea.  I love Celebrity for the dining and modern designs of their ships.  I love HAL for their itineraries.  Based on recommendations, I'm looking hard at Viking Ocean for an itinerary in 2022 and by all indications, I'll love them too.  NCL and Carnival.....no comment.  

  9. 54 minutes ago, SelectSys said:


    Because those same individuals will also go to the front of the line for themselves, their families and cronies.


    I'm not a professional athlete, but I do work in a profession that gets priority.  In fact, I've already received notification that I can receive my shot VERY soon.


    That said, I gave blood a couple months ago and found I have the antibodies.  As I suspected, I had COVID back in January.  Otherwise, I'm still a pretty strong and healthy dude.  Unless I'm ordered to, I have no intention of going to the front of the line to get my shot.  In fact, I plan to wait until Spring so that I know those with high risk conditions are taken care of first.  

  10. 5 hours ago, BobbiSox said:

    Thanks to everyone who has replied. I know I can come here to get the real scoop!


    Key West is my home town.  You can thank this measure on greedy Duval St business owners.  About a decade ago, one of the city council members, who was also a local bar owner (Rick's/Dirty Harry's complex), pushed hard for a widening of the 7 mile long main ship channel that leads from the open ocean to Key West Harbor.  He wanted Oasis Class ships to be able to visit, which meant more income for his businesses.  However, widening a portion of the channel would have meant the destruction of miles of sea grass beds, which are turtle feeding grounds.  As you can imagine, this greed put a very sour taste in to the mouths of residents who understand that our #1 asset in the Keys is the marine environment.  It was put to a vote and failed, but the greed still persisted.


    Fast forward to today, and locals saw an opportunity to say enough is enough.  Like someone else said COVID put the final nail in the coffin.  


    In the past, locals just avoided the northern ends of Duval and Whitehead Streets during heavy cruise ship days.  This is an insurance policy against the greed that pushes for even more traffic.  

  11. I totally understand the benefits of using a TA. However, what I don’t understand is the vitriol displayed toward those who choose not to use one. So what?  I think one or two folks on this thread must be, or must be related to TAs. Otherwise, why put so much effort into this?  I think we might be getting a little too consumed over other peoples choices lately. 

    Anyways, my TA saves me 10%. Well, maybe only 8 or 9 percent because not all of the base price is commissioned. I book my cruises myself, usually because I use the loyalty line to make sure I get my perks (like balcony discount). I then turn the booking over to my TA. 

  12. 8 hours ago, lenquixote66 said:

    Anyone else doing this ?


    No, not doing any of that.  But I drove through Astoria, OR today and saw the Oceania Regatta sitting at the dock.  Just seeing a cruise ship in person again brought back that yearning feeling for a cruise.  Oh well. 😢

  13. On 11/24/2020 at 9:02 AM, NIkkiGR said:

    Thank you. I did look at the deck plan & have read that of the two balcony decks, our guarantee cabin is on the most desired deck &. I am not very happy with being so far aft as we had booked midship but will be checking when booking is available again


    Try calling HAL to see if they'll switch you to another room within the same category.  I've done this numerous times after being assigned my GTY and it has never failed.  

  14. 12 hours ago, AtlantaCruiser72 said:

    Design taste is very subjective with no right or wrong answers. Many times renderings do not do justice to the finished product and sometimes they actually surpass it.

    Keep an open mind until actual photos/videos of the finished vessels are available. You may just change your mind. Then again you may not, and that’s okay too 😊


    Gotta say, if decor and interior design alone kept me from cruising, I never would have cruised Oosterdam and Zuiderdam.  I found the design mostly hideous.  Still had a good time though.  🙂


    But alas, I like where HAL is going.  The fresh new look is really nice, IMO. 

  15. On 11/11/2020 at 9:12 AM, Markanddonna said:

     I, of course, have put it on hold but keep thinking about how much the wonderful advice here on Cruise Critic just won't be true/accurate anymore once we are all back out there.


    Speaking of Cruise Critic advice and opinions, it's really interesting to go back and read early threads on this subject.  I find this one particularly interesting...



  16. 9 minutes ago, gerryuk said:

    Ok  what's the deal with Canada? Do ships that cruise from say, Seattle have to stop in Canada, cant they just sail by and go direct to Alaska?


    PVSA. Simply put....foreign flagged ships have to hit a foreign port. 

  17. 1 hour ago, marco said:

    Weekly Bermuda cruises start April-ish and Alaska May-ish.  Have any lines made definitive decisions regarding sailings to ether of these two destinations?


    The answer is no.  No decision has been made yet.  Ref Alaska, Canada's ports are closed until March.  Not a deal breaker yet but at this point, we do not know if they'll extend.

  18. On 11/20/2020 at 3:14 PM, Cruzaholic41 said:

    Man, what I would give to be sitting at that table right now!  

    Solstice, right?  Makes it even better. 😍

    Yes ma’am. Solstice. What gave it away:.....the comfy balcony furniture or the portion of “X” on the glass?  😊

  19. 7 hours ago, firefly333 said:

    Doesnt keep any money local but it does keep my money safe. I forget canada law name, RICO?  If the cruiseline went belly up my money is protected, unlike under American law. 



    That's funny.  Canada's protection law has the same acronym as the US's organized crime law.  😆


    On 6/23/2020 at 6:30 PM, Britt1975 said:

    My husband and I are looking at booking our first cruise together next year.  While I have been on a cruise before, I was a teenager so I had little to no input in planning.  My husband isn't sure he's going to like it, so he's unwilling to do any more than a 4 day.  I have lots of experience planning our land based vacations, I really want this to go smoothly.  Would you bother with a TA for such a short cruise?  Would a TA just consider us a waste of their time?   


    Thank you! 


    Not sure if you're still around 5 months later or if you ever booked, but I'm in the no TA crowd.  However, unlike some (well, one in particular), I'm not going to lower myself to belittling those who book differently.  There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a TA and in your case, it might be a good idea in order to find the right line that suits you and your husband needs.  🙂

  20. 2 hours ago, rkacruiser said:

    No Ipad have I.  No smart phone have I.  Therefore, if I want to cruise again, I will have to move further into the 21st Century, "tech-wise"?  Particularly if I want to order what I want for B-L-D.  Otherwise, I ask my Steward to "bring me whatever"?  


    My guess is, at least during initial stages, they'll just use disposable paper menus.  

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