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    Celebrity, Cunard, DCL, Oceania
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  1. This is a tough spot, and I think what MSC did was fold to people who wanted answers (all lines being beaten up on social for taking too long), but this is why patience is needed - no one wants to reverse course like that. Ooof. Onto your situation. Turnpike rest stop fuel stations have larger reserves and solid refueling agreements. In past evacuations and such, they've been solid in terms of being open and having fuel. They also have a large number of pumps, so delays, while they do happen, aren't as terrible as some other places. I can't tell you what to do in terms of making the drive or not, but I can tell you that I'd be inclined to simply hit every (or every other) station along the way. If I recall, every other turnpike station would mean every ~90 miles (correct me if I am wrong), which could be mildly annoying, but would leave me (if I were you) at ease knowing I have fuel.
  2. Once of the challenges for short (3/4 night) sailings from Port Canaveral is figuring out where you could go. You couldn't make Cozumel (Cancun port calls are extremely rare these days, small facility), so it's generally Key West (which may already be at capacity - not sure), other ports in the Bahamas (weather dependent), or previously, Havana (not an option now). You've got better odds than a three night, for sure, but we'll see. Also note that even if Key West has space, they'd need to make a technical call somewhere else b/c of the PVSA.
  3. They've no incentive to put anyone in danger - there is no money in that. Unfortunately all of the lines are in a wait and see mode, because some of the more reliable forecast models aren't in agreement about the storm's path. Take a look at the RCI announcement and you'll note there is a lot they've yet to figure out, including the Port Canaveral sailing on Friday. Sure, lines could cancel things now - and then not only are they out revenue, but they might well have thousands of people angry that they cancelled for "no reason". It's frustrating, I get it - but unfortunately weather forecasting isn't a perfect science and many are left waiting. Maybe we'll get news with the major updates (5pm, 11pm, etc - every 7 hours), but it could be tomorrow's 3pm that makes the difference.
  4. A nice reminder of how much forecasts can change in a short time. Look at this loop and imagine being in Haiti or the Dominican Republic. These changes were over just two days. Cruising is definitely my passion, but I'm a big weather nerd as well.
  5. Still too early to call for any sailings this weekend, but hopefully the wind distribution stays tight. Right now TS force winds extend 45 miles out from the center, which is great news for many reasons. Late tomorrow we'll know way more, as it's always tricky when there are potentially mountains ahead (in this case, on the Island of Hispanola).
  6. That's not them blowing you off - it's just too early to decide anything yet. They could make a decision now and need to change it tomorrow - which wouldn't be too helpful, I'm sure. These things are frustrating, but as a FL resident I'm sure you've seen before that more than two days out is just too hard to call.
  7. One venue that doesn't seem to get much attention is the grab and go at Le Grand Bistro. For certain windows of time you can get pastries and crepes there. There is an additional fee, but it's nominal. On our December sailing this was open right at embarkation. I didn't notice one way or the other in January, but it is noted in Celebrity today as being open at noon. You can find "Le Grand Bistro Terrace & To Go" listed under Coffe & Snacks.
  8. I too found this quite bizarre and guess it comes down to their cost-per-bottle. The mixed drinks I guess they're wiling to go higher on with the packages b/c often much of the cost there is in mixers and labor, both which allow higher margins than spirits. Good luck trying to get them to go around this for some cash. I honestly didn't press too hard, but while I always tip extra and got great service independent of this, I wasn't able to get anyone to budge. I'd have been happy if I just had to pay an extra $1-2 per pour to get Ardbeg, but if it's not covered then you pay the full-price, no subsidy.
  9. This question made me realize that the Super Premium page was missing. Ooops! I just updated it. The super premium spirits are not included in any package, which is quite annoying, as some (such as Ardbeg, one of my favorites) is priced well below the threshold for mixed drinks covered on the package ($13? I forget) - yet it doesn't qualify. Check out the new page (11) with that list.
  10. I actually just linked to this yesterday but we're already on another page :-) https://www.cruisehabit.com/content/msc-seaside-bar-menu
  11. Yes, they did have Lagunitas IPA on tap in the sports bar when we sailed in July.
  12. Since the images seem to be gone from the original post I'll go ahead and link to this page with the full generic bar menu from MSC Seaside. I took these pics in July when we sailed the Easter Caribbean. https://www.cruisehabit.com/content/msc-seaside-bar-menu
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