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    Dallas
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    Cruising, car collecting
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    RC
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    East Carib

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  1. Let the consumers decide if they want to take the risk, because at this rate this sector of the travel industry will go bankrupt. They are not even letting them set a new standard everyone just assumes it will be like it was but it won't, reduced sailing capacity, short routes, no more then at the most 1 sea day in row, new protocols for eating, mustering, embarkation and disembarkation. It will have a new normal until there is a vaccine or this thing is killed off. Like I said in my first sentence this industry will not survive if they don't at least give the consumer a choice. Of course the new normal will come with its issues, very limited ports or maybe the end of close loop cruising until they can adjust to more sea days, more expensive travel insurance.
  2. Cruise lines do seem to be bearing a major brunt of this as compared to other travel industry markets. Because now you can go to Hotels, amusement parks and casinos, plus fly as long as you take precautions, but cruise lines are not allowed to operate. Seems the risk is the same as long as you take precautions, why is one travel industry being unfairly treated as compared to all the rest.
  3. How was the noise in the Deck 5 cabins on Vista and Horizons after say 9:00pm. Could you hear the noise from the band playing in the Havana Bar area. I hear they play Cuban music until 1:00 am and I don't think I want to hear bongos playing while i'm trying to get some sleep.
  4. I look forward to RC going to freeport, which I don't think they currently do. I will not be going to this resort but to another part of the island called Banana Bay. It is heaven on earth, every time we have gone there is maybe 10 people on the whole beach, plus the restaurant and bar. This place is awesome it has a 300 yard long sand bar that feels like you are in the middle of the ocean
  5. Yes I learned this lesson also. My cruise went down $1600 for my Liberty cruise and but the fees stayed the same. Now i'm inside final payment so now I'm watching if the price continues to plummet I will call for the upgrade.
  6. Just got off the phone with my TA, he works at one of the big sites that can not be mentioned. Anyway he said in 2 weeks he has personally lost 85 bookings. He said a majority where the Asian market, but also because of the scare the Asian travelers are not wanting to book even in the Caribbean. He confirmed that this is the worst it has been since 9/11 and it took about 6 months for that work itself out. It sounds like a stressful time for his industry, since his pay is based on commissions and even though people are still booking the prices are lower which of course makes his commission lower.
  7. Oh and by they way since my TA was out yesterday I was not able to make my final payment. So it was repriced again today and it dropped another $200. So now the cruise is only $2590. It makes me wonder how low these things will go, I have never seen this kind of dropping in the 20 years I have been cruising. The only time I remember something similar was right after 9/11.
  8. It was for a balcony the May 31 sailing. First week of school letting out since I have a student and teacher wife, so I have to sail during peak pricing season. But the price i'm paying now is about as cheap as I have ever paid for 3 in a balcony during summer season. I can't wait until the day my wife is retired and we can cruise for the rates you got for you cruise. We take 2 or 3 cruises a year and for those same prices we can take about 6-8 cruises a year once we can get out of peak seasons rates.
  9. Something is causing it. My end of May LOS sailing went down a week ago $600 for a oceanview balcony with an extra $100 obc. Then this week since it was final payment time I checked again and it went down another $1000 but I lost the $100 obc. Oh well orginally booked at $4200 now it is $2650 for 3 people. So I decided to check my Thanksgiving 2020 trip on LOS and we had a oceanview window room and the price of the balcony has dropped to the same price that I was paying for the window so I had it upgraded. I call that a pretty good score. So far i'm not seeing any changes in prices for my booking in 2021.
  10. Does anyone know if you book a dealer choice casino rate and later a better dealers choice casino rate is offered. Lets say with more OBC and DOU included are you allowed to switch to the new rate? By the way the current rate is also a nonrefundable deposit if that makes a difference. And all of this would happen before final payment.
  11. Thanks just making sure, I seen them advertised in the Compass and I reviewed one from December and it did not show on their compass so I just wanted to get confirmation of them still being sold. We have two sea days on the backend of our cruise so these are a no brainer if they are still $79 which is what they were before on Liberty.
  12. Has anyone seed these in past few months. I'm specifically looking for info on Liberty of the seas. Last I sailed her in 2017 she had them on day 4, I did not see them on the Allure last year, but I was not looking. Or have these gone the way of the FNDR promo, gone and forgotten?
  13. oh this is not good, my wife was wanting to do this excursion again. We loved having the freedom to do what we wanted to do in an open air jeep and not being part of a pack like the other jeep excursions. I guess I think we might try the trike excursion as that one looks like a lot of fun and different.
  14. I wish I would have taken a picture of the island and pier, it has some major constructing to go before the island looks anything like coco cay but the pier already had 4 of those concrete platforms extending out and the crane boat was working on putting out more. I guess you have to build the pier first that was it is easier to move in the construction machinery.
  15. Just returned from a cruise and I believe Belize will be an option for docking. When we were there we could see an island that was being built up with a large pier for cruise ships and the island being built is fairly close to were the ship currently anchor for tendering. When I asked about it the local on the tender said they are building this island for cruise ships to have a Beach island and waterpark sort of what they did in Harvest Cay. Then if you want you can still tender to Belize City for Mainland excursions from this new island. He said they are still about 2 years away from the island being complete but it got me thinking. I believe I saw somewhere that Royal was wanting to build more Coco Cay type islands with one down close to Belize or Roatan, I think this was in the article about the Freeport expansion. Anyway I bet this Belize island will be what Royal will use for the Allure when it comes since based on the construction it fits into that time table.
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