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  1. Sitting at a dock or anchored off the coast for months isn't doing the ships any good. Transporting the employees to their homes in these ships are exercising the vessels and gives them good PR at the same time.
  2. I would be surprised if the ports don't open til 2022 but his opinion is just as valid as mine. I lean toward late fall of 2020 myself. The port cities are going to put a lot of pressure on the authorities to open things up as they're losing a lot of money. In addition to losing tourist dollars some of the ports are shedding employees. There are so many unknowns...predictions of a second wave, some evidence this will be an annual event, vaccine availability, etc. My next cruise isn't until March of 2022 on the Panorama so I have time.
  3. I don't know if that's going to happen but who knows? Most people in their 70's have underlying health issues and if they eliminated those I would think the longer cruises (think Hawaii) would probably go away. We did a Hawaiian cruise back in 2014 and I was 65 back then. Yet, we were youngsters compared to most of the other passengers.
  4. Thanks all for your help and recommendations! Never had a cabin under the casino.
  5. I'm looking at Outside cabins on the Legend that are under the casino. Do I have to worry about the noise? Thanks!
  6. I personally feel the Alaska season won't happen and other trips won't happen until October at the earliest. Would I bet on it? Nope...too many unknowns
  7. Kind of makes me wonder how I survived all of these years.
  8. Would it surprise anyone if they cancelled the entire Alaska season?
  9. I just looked it up and a point equals one day spent onboard and you get double points if you book a suite.
  10. Not clear what you meant when you stated "Some of the questions I see here from people going to be platinum tells me they aren't experienced enough yet." I don't think Plats are expected to assume Bridge duties if the Captain has medical issues (or Diamonds for that matter). Believe it or not some Plats and Diamonds don't spend their lives living on Cruise Critic or study current Carnival programs. They just enjoy cruising on Carnival.
  11. WOW! This board is something else. I had never heard of peritonial dialysis before. I'm going to tell my Sister-in-Law about this as she goes through dialysis three times a week and it drains her. She is also "End Stage" and I have no idea what would make you a candidate for this method of dialysis. If she is a candidate it would be life-changing for her so thank you all for that.
  12. I went business casual quite a few cruises ago (slacks and a dress shirt...no tie and no coat) and have never looked back.
  13. This is my take on this saga. When Carnival first started this "once, twice or both" thing for cabin servicing I think they did it because so many people enjoy sleeping in; something they can't do at home. The last thing they want is a cabin steward bugging them to leave the cabin in the morning. Unfortunately, the card the stewards had was poorly designed (it didn't include the "both" option) giving the stewards some leeway on how to present the options. They finally fixed the card and all three options are now clearly there. In my experience, I've always asked for "both"; a good cleaning in the morning and just provide fresh towels in the evening. I don't care if they do the towel animals or not and I don't need ice. On a cruise we took a year ago the steward met with us the day we boarded. The first thing he he told me was how many cabins he had to clean, hoping I guess, I would choose once a day. I told him I didn't work for Carnival HR but wanted a standard cleaning in the morning and towels in the evening. He obliged but the whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth. Will Carnival eventually offer just one cleaning per day? I don't think so because it is a cruising tradition (vs a hotel stay). But who really knows?
  14. It really is! Passports are the golden standard for identification especially for unexpected air travel overseas (you miss the ship in a foreign port). We already have the Enhanced Driver's license (from Florida), Military Retired ID cards and, of course, our passports.
  15. Prayers for your Mom. I would think it would be pretty simple to fly home from Nassau but you would need your passports to make it simple. I did a quick search for flights to Atlanta and it looks like it would cost approximately $223.00 per person.
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