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    Royal Caribbean, Carnival
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  1. I just found out that my wife decided to sell the 100 shares of Carnival and the 100 shares of Royal she has held for a while to get the discounts. I didn't ask but I assume we took a bath on both. Her logic was that with the hassles to redeem and the lower probability of a lot of cruising near term... c'est la vie and that money is gone now.
  2. The idea makes my head hurt. We've spent a bit of our spare time and $$'s to get to Diamond and had 28 days booked in 2020. All cancelled, have not been able to put my foot on a ship at D status... When we were younger we did the RV thing and began to cruise frequently when we live in FL full time in the RV. Now we live in a regular home again - we sold the big RV last year, and I've got a few more years to retire. If we cannot cruise we will buy an RV and go see stuff on land.
  3. I am also curious about the details of med-evac while at sea or from a port. We don't take trip insurance but for our longer cruises we've gotten medical emergency coverage and hope to never use it. I once had a contract employee I supervised fall ill in Russia (Moscow) and the quality of care was questionable so we got him med-evac'd to Helsinki where he got excellent (and free) care. There was an extended debate about who was to pay the $20K bill for the flight since all employees had corporate insurance and the trip was approved by others assuming it applied to contract employ
  4. me too... what is the expression? "in the same boat" We're doing Tampa/Amsterdam/Baltics nothing to do but wait and see.
  5. We bought the stock a long time ago to get the OBC and rode it up (now down), for us it's a long term hold. It could end up badly. For the OBC, we did hit a few instances where we could not combine it - then worse, when we tried to get the (larger) OBC in place of the (smaller) discount we had in another offer we were told the prior combined offer was no longer available and to get the shareholder OBC we would need to re-book (and pay net more). The policy was rationalized in 2019 and we got the (higher) OBC on our last sailing in December which was booked after the ne
  6. Thanks - yes that is one of the places I'd been before and supported my ideas about face masks and hand gels being ineffective. Thanks also for pointing me to the larger more active thread I'd missed (though they have strayed off on motorcycles and handshakes for now).
  7. We own 100 shares each of RCL and Carnival - both offer shareholder benefits in the form of OBC. Glad I never look at the price of either....
  8. Last year we were on a cruise that got cut short due to noro-virus. That experience got me quite interested in what I could do pro-actively to minimize the chance of getting a viral infection. I had mistakenly thought that hand sanitizer killed a virus, but now I believe it doesn't do much. As I learned more it seemed that the most effective and really only effective measure was proper hand washing. The protective mechanism is NOT killing the virus but getting your hands so slick with a soapy film that the virus can't stick and falls off when exposed to a complete rinsing. Wi
  9. On the Rhapsody they had roast beef in the Windjammer and in the Solarium on a few days, but they don't make a sandwich. I got rolls and made my own. I agree - Park Cafe roast beef sandwiches are great.
  10. That is what I suspected. I was dis-inclined to buy a pass in any case. For sure I cannot figure out why anyone would wear a robe in a sauna - can't be comfortable. A pity - I'll keep track of which ships get rid of this free service and book accordingly.
  11. I have returned to our cabin and found the chargers unplugged on occasion. Not always, but it happens. In general I try to remember to have things charging up over night.
  12. It happens (rarely). I guess we confused Oasis and Allure since we were on both last year.
  13. There were 4 of us and only 1 (my wife) got sick. Her symptoms were rapid onset and cleared fast too. For sure others got hit harder. Back to topic - I am 99% sure we (the 4 of us) were using the chat on Oasis... but we did get a refund on that cruise and used it to buy another cruise on the Allure - so maybe we are mis-remembering. In any case - the full function of the RCI app does free chat. Not all ships have the app running and of those that do have it, not all have chat.
  14. we were on the infamous noro-cruise of 2019...
  15. Just checked with my wife (who remembers things). We were on the Oasis last year and it had messaging AND it was free. We did find that the messages got delivered a bit randomly and unless you were checking your phone like a teenager you would miss some. But it was offered and kind of worked. (I'm a bad reference here since I don't check for texts normally and miss them a lot... and when I'm on a cruise the last thing on my mind is looking at my phone for any reason...)
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