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  1. Thanks! I can't believe my cruise on The Encore was 1 month before the world would change in a lot of ways. I feel fortunate to have gone on this cruise and feel awful for the ones who were looking forward to their cruises but were not able to go. 😔 I hope you have a great time on your Alaska cruise! The Encore is a great ship with lots to do. Thank you for also posting on the thread as I was sent a notification and reread my live review again. Brought back good memories. Enjoy your cruise next month!
  2. We have a cruise booked on a 14 Day Asia cruise on the Millennium for December 6th. I was curious to see what the going rate for the cruise is currently and noticed the taxes and fees is much less to book now than what I paid. We paid $244 in taxes from our booking and now the taxes if you purchase the cruise is only $74 in taxes. Is this a sign that they removed the port taxes because the cruise /ship itinerary will be cancelled? We are debating about doing a lift and shift or just getting a full refund. We got a great deal on this cruise and not sure what to do.
  3. I just saw this video where this lady lives on the cruise ship, which I think is fascinating. But during times like this, do you think the cruise line is forced to disembark residents of the cruise ship?
  4. What is the year, the ship (any cruise line) and itinerary? What is making this cruise memorable / favorite?
  5. Never knew there was a extra glassed in area on the Monarch (Sovereign). I wonder how much the ship scrapping yard paid for each ship.
  6. The sad emotional part in the video is that at the 1:27 mark the captain /officer says "She's strong, she's going up, she's ok". Kind of brought a tear to my eye knowing her fate. I feel like the Monarch and Soverign had many more years to give. This is very unfortunate indeed.
  7. Yes you are right..wrong port it was La Spezia! Lol! In Naples we did Pompeii via public transport.
  8. I've always been in a way, not a cheap but a frugal cruiser. I'm one to look for great deals but never splurge on anything above a balcony, even if it only cost $100-200 more per person. Im in the crowd that says, "well you're never in your room anyway, so why pay more to upgrade?" When it comes to doing specialty dining, I'm in the crowd that says "Whats the point, I can get this type of meal back home, why pay more? Ive already paid for food in the dining room. Or no Ben and Jerrys, we can get free ice cream up at the pool deck" When it comes to using the spa services and amenities, Im in the crowd that says "Wow these prices are overpriced and I can get a massage cheaper at home" When it comes to excursions, I'm in the crowd that says "sheesh I'm not paying these inflated prices for shore excursions! I'm not taking a private tour, I will just use the public transport and explore on my own" *Lesson learned, on our last attempt to do Cinque Terre on our own from Naples, it was a mess and almost missed the ship because of the inconsistent times of trains and crowded trains". 😳 You catch my drift. Well this pandemic has changed my frugal mind. When you realize these days when something like a vacation seems so out of reach, you appreciate things more. Life is short and we should pamper ourselves especially when on vacation (within your budget of course). Have you been a "frugal cruiser" like myself or have always been the type that says "I'm on vacation, spend the money"? Do you think your spending habits will change once you are able to travel again?
  9. Surprising a beloved and popular ship in the RCL fleet is up for sale. I guess anything below 100,000 GT is at risk of being sold.
  10. Seeing the midnight buffet in the dining room on the Navigator of the Seas. The whole set up was beautifully displayed. Ice sculptures and chocolate fountains and a ton of food! Miss those days with the special touches that used to be part of the cruise experience.
  11. I would definitely do a 7 night trip to Coco Cay and Labadee. 👍
  12. Thanks for correction on my first paragraph. Do you have thoughts on the topic/question?
  13. As Carnival announced it will be retiring most of their Fantasy class ships last week, speculation comes if RCL will follow suit and retire some of the older ships in its fleet as well. RCL has already sold and transferred some of the older class ships like the Sovereign and Vision class ships to its sister companies. It seems like Pullmatur may be seizing operations. The Monarch and Sovereign are currently disembarking valuable equipment and art off the ship. Sad if their run has come to an end and will be scrapped due to this pandemic. Monarch of the Seas being my first cruise, kind of hits a soft spot to see it end this way. The vision and radiance class have not been scheduled to be Amplified as like the larger ships in the fleet. Do you think the Empress, Majesty, the rest of the Vision and Radiance Class will still sail under the RCL flag? Or will RCL follow Carnivals suit and start selling their older ships? I think the Radiance class should survive since RCL still needs mid sized ships to fit in to the smaller ports. Thoughts?
  14. Here are some photos of the crew being transferred from ship to ship in Coco Cay. Navigator just dropped off Filipino crew members on the dock and waiting for Liberty to pick them up. The Vision is ported and will pick up the crew members from St Vincent and St Lucia. What a sight to see. Hope everyone can get home soon and safe.
  15. Due to the current situation and cruise lines struggling financially, do you think we will ever see Icon of the Seas?
  16. Right now the Anthem is transporting all the Indian crew members from the Caribbean based ships to India, arriving in Goa on June 3rd. The dry dock has been postponed and may happen during the summer instead. I'm doubtful they will have a European season this year unless a miraculous cure happens. The fall/winter season for the Anthem seems more likely but if a second wave hits, then who knows.
  17. Interesting So NCL basically wanted NRAC so they didn't have to pay higher salaries for jobs that would usually pay more? So I guess they can get away with paying minimum wage salary for say a non US citizen electrician for US minimum wage? And then this crew member pays taxes on it?
  18. Yes NCL hires US citizens on all their ships, however all of the staff on Pride of America must be US citizens or green card holders as it says on the NCL website . The ship is also registered in Honolulu, Hawaii making it a US flagged ship. The rest of the NCL fleet is registered in the Bahamas, making them a foreign flagged ship.
  19. Since Pride of America is a US flagged ship and hires US citizens, will NCL get any bailout money for the one ship?
  20. Of course that would be a upcharge to visit the island. Book up fast as spots are very limited. Otherwise stay on the boat. Lol!
  21. Once the cruise lines come back to service, a new social distancing Policy should be in place where your group must be 6ft away from another group in every venue. On the sun deck your group's loungers must be 6 ft away from the next group. Same goes for seating in the theater, must be 2 seats in between each group. At the buffet each group must have a safe distance while getting food. At the dining room, again there must be a safe distance between tables. I would totally be for this policy. It would be nice to be on a cruise and not feel like sardines in a can. 🤣👍
  22. Imagine the prices of cruises after this is over? The cruise lines will need to make their money back somehow.
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