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  1. I was in the hospital, admitted due to sepsis, during one of the surges. I was COVID negative. I was put in a "Non-Covid overflow area" after spending the day in the ER area because there were no beds even in overflow. The numbers were bad and they were downplaying them in our area. Our schools opened on time with no mask requirements and our county suffered. One of my nurses said she worked in another county that sent her to mine because they were so short-handed. My overflow area had very few nurses and I knew by the clock they were working more hours than their normal shifts and working abo
  2. I'm pretty sure the doctor would have you sign a form saying you are giving them permission to attest to your health. The form states you don't have a heart condition, kidney condition, diabetes etc. It requests the doctor's registration number. Lots of people over seventy cruise, but I'm sure many of them have at one time or another have been treated for one of these medical conditions. If so, the doctor is not going to lie on the form. It's going to be very difficult for a lot of those over 7 cruisers to get this form signed. We cruised with both of my parent when they were over seventy. BO
  3. RC is foreign registered. While U.S. citizens can/may sue, this makes it more difficult and much more complicated. It has been discussed previously in cases of injuries and deaths on the ships and not just RC.
  4. Most cruise ships have two pods. However, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas have three pods. Several ships have a combination of azimuthing pods and pods that do not turn (sometimes called “fixipods”) that are used to provide forward and backwards propulsion. So if safety is your concern, Allure is now traveling with two pods, like most cruise ships instead of a third one which made it possible for them to travel at greater speeds that most other ships.
  5. Your cruise contract states they can change the itinerary. It doesn't say "weather related" and it can change it for any reason. The U.S. laws you've listed have nothing to do with their ability to change the itinerary.
  6. I have a disability that is not visible. I can't take the stairs because of a heart condition. I look perfectly healthy, but I can't navigate the stairs any better than someone in a chair. I've been run over by people in chairs and scooters. I'm FORCED to wait too and more often than not, people recognize your needs because of the chair, but would never think to put me in front of others and I would never think of asking others to allow me to cut in line to get into the elevator in front of others. After a show, I sit and wait until the elevator bays clear out because I know there will be a cr
  7. We never book non-refundable because things can happen and it's....non-refundable. Just us. We just pretend not to see the price difference.
  8. You can easily find bottled water, along with sodas and beer at any port in Mexico and they are very inexpensive ($1-2). We had an excursion on a small boat for snorkeling in Roatan that included the food and drink. We had decided to wait, not eat on the boat and eat when we returned to the ship. The food was in catering trays and we couldn't resist. The food was delicious and we had no problems afterwards. We've had food in the bars in Cozumel with no problems.
  9. We did four to a cabin for a last minute cruise deal and we had a great time. We kept the cabin neat and all our things put away and we were only in the rooms at bedtime, which turned into a sort of pajama party with us talking and laughing late into the night from our bunks. Everyone was very good about shower time and getting ready. We had an "assembly" line. While the others were having wine on the balcony, the first one showered and moved to the dresser and the next person went to the shower. When you finished getting ready, you chilled on the balcony while the others got ready. We're all
  10. We used Bob's limo (private car service). They were sitting waiting at the port, got us out quickly and were fabulous. There were five of us and the cost ended up being less than RC and SO much better. Love it and would highly recommend them. We've used them twice.
  11. In hotels and on cruise ships, they are referred to as house phones. It wasn't an oxymoron. It's the correct terminology.
  12. We just call THEIR cell phone. You can't call the cabins unless you are in your cabin or use one of the house phones around the ship.
  13. We toss our own corkscrew in our carry-on if the bottle has a cork. The one the cabin stewards bring is so flimsy. I have broken it EVERY single time. Now we just carry one with the screw on cap.
  14. I'm Diamond, as well as the other members of my family. We only get to cruise about once per year..twice if we are lucky. We enjoy the priority boarding but with the improvements in debarkation, it's not a deal breaker. Everyone seem to be able to get on the ship without waiting in the chairs for forever, like it was in years past. With the exception of our Med cruises, we've never been in a hurry to be off the ship at ports. We book with outside vendors and we've never had a problem with getting to our excursions on time. We do like the treats we receive as a thank you in our cabin. We usuall
  15. Ship: Allure Itinerary: Med cruise starting from Rome on one of the Freedom class ships with RCL. Might have been Freedom.
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