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Eddie Wilson

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  1. Well RCL may not have moved me off the Hump yet.  I called, the agent tried to switch me back but had trouble as price was higher by about $500.  He contacted his resolution manager, who stated they were not 100% finished with the transfer from Brilliance to Jewel.

    So I guess I need to give them a few more days.........

     

    Thanks for your input on Hump rooms, we booked this one at the Next Cruise Desk, and that agent pushed that Hump pretty well, sold us on it.

     

    Eddie


  2. Asking experienced cruisers for your guidance.  We just don't know enough about the midship hump.   

     

    In the reshuffling of ships, we were moved from category 1B room (Brilliance) in the middle of the Hump on Deck 9, to another 1B room (Jewel) front of the ship.  Is this difference worth bringing to their attention?

     

    Thanks in advance, 

     

    Eddie

     

      


  3. 7 hours ago, Merion_Mom said:

     

    Contraband!   

     

    9 hours ago, twangster said:

    Every few days they have been going to the dock in Souda and moving equipment between ships.  If you happen to see them at the dock it would be great to see pictures of what they are transferring between ships 🙂 

     

    Well they will have to transfer contraband every few days because I am sure they are consistently enforcing the carryon rules, no Liqor, 2 bottles of wine per room, no soda, no water, plus the added time to stop for the photographers....how will you hide that picture of Gloria.

     

    Eddie


  4. 9 hours ago, Sea Dog said:

    I'm curious how corporate feels about these vlog's? I would assume that the employee's would need some sort of approval from management to produce this type of content. Most corporations like to control the message so I find it interesting that these are being made.

     

    I have seen most if not all of their YouTube posts, and think they are both great ambassadors for Royal Caribbean. 

    I would bet Royal will want YouTube posts from onboard ships a couple of weeks before passengers, to show the cleanliness and prepare some for the new protocols.

     

    Eddie


  5. On 9/4/2020 at 5:11 PM, firefly333 said:

     

    I wouldnt sign up to pay someone else's charges. 

     

    Years ago had kids with us on one cruise, a 12 and 14 year old in an adjoining room, older kids split a room, all sea passes linked to my credit card.

    In looking at charges near the end, I said the famous last words “this can’t be right?”

     

    It showed my 12 year old purchasing ice cream I think at 3 AM almost every day.  On my way to challenge it, my son says....yes dad, they serve Ben and Jerry’s at this store that is open all night. I said , but I am a light sleeper, you aren’t buying it in the middle of the night.  

    He replys, well I have been getting up about 3 in the morning to get ice cream!

    That kid would sleep 12 straight hours at home, but on the ship he gets up at 3 AM?

    Plus, he was quiet, didn’t wake us even once. 

    It wasn't a large amount, but was surprising.

     

    Eddie


  6. 5 minutes ago, firefly333 said:

    Yes I have that freckled red head complexion. I didnt think of long sleeves. I played too much tennis

     

    I searched for UV protected clothing on internet, and have purchased several items, not only for beach days, but shore excursions also.

    The material they make those out of does not overheat you either.  

     

    I have ave watched a ton of tennis over the years, here in Cincy we have a top tier event every year except this one.  DW and I volunteered out there for about 8 years

     

    Eddie


  7. 7 hours ago, firefly333 said:

    I'm pretty much a non beach person (4 skin cancers removed and past due for check up). Not supposed to be in the sun, but I love to cruise.

     

    That's why I like rcl solarium, shaded. Rcl has nice ones.

     

    My wife has a saying ......that I love the sun but the sun doesn’t like me, my skin especially. My next check up is in 10 days.

     

    Anyway, DW loves the beach days, so I lather on tons of sunscreen, wear the UV protection long sleeve shirts, wide brimmed UV hat.  I can make it about 2 hours.

    And I love those hours

     

    DW May stay longer, May not. 

     

    Eddie


  8. 10 hours ago, molly361 said:

    I wonder if the schedule will still be released in the same general time frame this year

     

    Doing a little lateral thinking here, NOT PREDICTING THE FUTURE (still working on that, but I have not quite mastered it).....BUT, I would figure they would want to release schedules for as far into the future as possible, and do such release shortly after actual GREAT NEWS regarding vaccines.

     

    When that time arrives, the excitement /optimism level all over the world will rise. People will figure they don’t want to miss the boat, but many will want to allow the vaccine some lead time before traveling on a cruise.  So I would anticipate patrons desirous to book 2022 and even 2023 cruises.  So proper timing they can scratch that itch, and at the same time, with each booking the cash flow from deposits helps with liquidity.

     

    OK, I can’t resist, here is the predicting the future part....cruises resume March 2021, one year after the original no sail order.

     

    Eddie

     

     

     


  9. DW and I took the kids on a 5 night cruise years ago. DW plays bingo, to which the kids said...no way!

    On the last day, noting the BIG final day prize, DW finally talks them into attending Bingo.

     

    They share a card. College Daughter plays first round, a terrible card. My college age son says, I’ll take the next round and show you how to do it. 

    After first 3 numbers are called, he stands up saying he only needs one more number.  

     

    The cruise staff sort of calls him on it, saying he obviously doesn’t understand bingo.  They check the card, because of the free space, yes he only needs one more number.  On the fifth number he hits bingo.  Like $150 or so payoff.

     

    Then on the “final” card of the cruise, the coverall for the big prize, he is again the first to need only one number. The crowd was hilarious, saying, no fair, the lucky kid already has won once already, on 5 stinking numbers no less.  The next number he hits the coverall, pays off $2100.  His tuition was due the next week so that is what it mostly was used for.

     

    Eddie


  10. If the results of phase 3 vaccine testing (for any of the 3 or 4 presently or about to begin) are as positive as phase 1 and 2 testing, then by October there may be more light at the end of the tunnel. 

     

    Even if there is light at the end of the tunnel, (thinking out loud, they say phase 3 results are go for flight, then a widespread viable vaccine in Dec or January) don’t you think the cruise lines will need a few months for people to receive the vaccine?  So that would mean commence in March or April.  For sentimental reasons, let’s say March 14, 2021.......or whatever the one year anniversary date of the no sail date.

     

    The Cruise lines are going to need at least a month or  two to line up staff.

     

    So I see October as an important month, just not sailing, barring some other breakthrough.

     

    PS....I am not a scientist, but have read of 3 or 4 large companies either in or ready for phase 3 testing.  I understand the testing is widespread, up to 30,000 people.  Results should be published Sept at earliest.

     

    March 14, 2021........?

     

    Eddie


  11. Explorer OTS  was scheduled to TA over to France mid-March to begin its refurbish. (some timing).  With that they had workers on board doing preliminary work since mid February.  They were working on elevators for one, as several were closed.

     

    After the final 2 cruises, both private parties of a week each, I believe one a Star Trek theme, they were to board 300 or so workers to get started on the work during the TA.  

     

    Since the docks in France closed, I heard they did not even board the 300, or boarded and quickly disembarked these workers.

     

    Eddie


  12. BobMac, 

    Fellow Cincinnatian here.  Thanks for the idea of flying to Vegas first.

     

    Parents did 2 of the full circle trips from Cincy.  One year to the north, to Seattle then down to Vegas, headed back to Cincy via central states.

    Next year the headed west via central US. Turned south at Vegas, came home via southern route thru Ariz, NMex, Texas........

     

    Each trip required too much driving, too much for my back anyway.  So thanks for the idea of flying to Vegas first.

     

    Eddie


  13. Well this is a touchy one, so in no manner do I mean to imply that sometimes cases are brought up that are “stretches” or blatant attempts for a money settlement, BUT, I think this one is not. 

    There are many old sayings....one I always remember is ...”choose your partners wisely”

     

    I imagine RCL somewhat partnered via commission with tour operators.  RCL then relies, and most likely contractually requires, its partner, with feet on the ground, eyes and ears on the island, and hopefully for safety reasons in contact with some scientists or professionals there to continually monitor the volcano, to practice safely.  No matter what the waiver says, RCL by partnering, sort of provides an implied consent that the darn thing is safe for its guests.  I know some of you will not agree with that, but it happens in many cases.

     

    Given the changes in conditions noted in the article, both six months prior and two months prior, the tour operator perhaps should have considered extending the perimeter, keeping its paid guests at a much further and safer distance.  From the picture and the article, that couple was pretty darn close.  Obviously many died and this young couple nearly did, they were all too close.

     

    My guess is this case will never see a courtroom.  RCL I think would not want to let a jury mull it over.  I believe technically, RCL then has the option to sue the tour operator for any losses they have, for all the same reasons above.  I imagine RCL, as part of their agreement insisted on safety protocols and a good amount of insurance riders in case of injuries.  RCL may be limited to the operators insurance coverage, which may not cover all its losses......which is why we....choose our partners wisely.

     

    i am not trying to argue with anyone on the board, everyone’s comments are valid and I respect your opinions.  I am not trying to change your mind, just saying this case is touchy. 

     

    Eddie


  14. 1 hour ago, Computer Nerd said:

    And when they send the returned check back to the dead person again? Then what??
    Yep, I've personally seen this happen.

     

    That is a great point computer nerd, and is one of many potential questions.

     

    There is a plan B.  The stimulus payment is actually a prepaid rebate of 2020 taxes.  So next winter, when completing your tax returns, there will be a rebate/stimulus reconciliation. 

     

    If a 2019 married filing jointly couple, and one of them passed prior to receiving the  $2,400 stimulus, and they DID NOT return the excess, the extra $1,200 is SUPPOSED (according to plans, but you never know) to calculated and repaid with the 2020 income tax return.

    They would rather everyone follow plan A, that being to return the excess payment up front.

     

    Nerd you make a great point with the resent stimulus payment, it is a perfect example of their left hand has no idea what the right hand is doing.

     

    Next of course is....what is plan C for those who don’t return the check and DON’T file 2020 returns?  I have no idea.  

     

    What about plan D to inform taxpayers exactly how much they received as a stimulus check in mid 2020?  Many people will not remember, won’t save the info letter IRS sent with the payments (letter 1444) and will need that amount for completing the reconciliation..So, we may have an added cost of sending reminders (like forms 1099) of exactly how much you received.  This even gets tougher if there is a second round of stimulus payments.

     

    Eddie


  15. 1 hour ago, cured said:

    Maybe they can get the billion or so dollars back that they sent to dead people.

     

    Actually, IRS should receive these dollars back.  Their choice was speed or accuracy.  In the interest of a speedy distribution of the Stimulus check, they knew they could not cross check all individuals. So into the system they built a return policy.   

     

    Per IRS..................

    A payment made to someone who died before they received the payment should be returned to the IRS. Return the entire payment unless it was made to joint filers and one spouse is still living. In that case, return half the payment, but not more than $1,200.

    If someone can't deposit a check because it was issued to both spouses and one spouse has died, the individual should return the check. Once the IRS receives and processes the returned payment, an Economic Impact Payment will be reissued to the surviving spouse.

    The IRS encourages people to share this information with family and friends.

     

     

    So they realized this was going to happen and again, in an effort to speed up the cash distributions, they chose this method.  Unfortunately the reports I read reported half the story.  Those report outlets were also the ones complaining in late March that a mid-April distribution of the economic stimulus payment was too slow...........?  Can't win either  way.

     

    As for the original poster, I think I saw in the past few days that the "travel credit" was shot down, but a second stimulus check is being considered.   

     

    Eddie   

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