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    Celebrity, RCCL
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  1. We have a bit of the opposite here, my co-workers are tired and want a break - even if it means just staying home and mowing the lawn or looking at the tomatoes grow. :) Things like seniority, schedules and vacation time are cast in stone with our Collective Agreement, but due to the emergency measures vacations were suspended for 4 months and now there aren't enough weeks for everyone to re-schedule over 2000 peoples missed weeks before the end of the year. Almost everyone takes 1 or 2 weeks in march or april to escape winter up here. The city and the firefighters will have to come to an agreement about what to do about this situation... allow more FF's to vacation simultaneously? (coverage issues creating expensive overtime) allow FF's to move those weeks to 2021 or maybe cash out unused weeks? (both unprecedented and iffy by local labour laws as some weeks must be taken) I have to admit it's an interesting and unusual situation.
  2. Nope, PEI is closed to non essential travel... also the border between Quebec and New Brunswick is also closed to tourism.
  3. Update: As of July 1st we will be allowed to take our scheduled vacation time at work. Buuuut since Canada's borders are closed and some provincial borders within Canada are also closed there isn't going to be any travelling happening. Looks like my vacations this year will be local.
  4. I work for large Fire Dept and we don't really have "travel restrictions" in place for the simple reason all leave and vacation time has been cancelled under the Emergency Measures act. All stations are full staffed until the state of emergency is lifted. Many measures were put in place to protect us and the public we serve. Vacation time cancelled, our rotation was modified, all 68 stations are isolated from each other (so no sending personnel from one station to another) to limit breakouts to single stations, full station disinfection protocol at the start of every shift, required to stay home and get tested if you or someone in your house have ANY flu or cold like symptoms (with no loss of pay) and when this started in March all vacationners (like me) returning to Canada had to undergo a 14 days Quarantine (with no loss of pay). Up to now it seems to have worked well as we've only had around 30 cases (out of 2400 firefighters and 300 chiefs, dispatchers, management and clerical workers)
  5. I'm a frequent NCL cruiser and personally I think the Bliss is where NCL finally got everything "right" on a Breakaway/B+ class ship. Regardless of anything else on the ship, the fact they removed Spice H2O on the Encore is a total deal breaker for me. That being said, I guess the Encore is probably perfect for a certain segment of cruisers and I'm glad for them, but I won't be cruising that ship.
  6. I sail both NCL and RCCL regularly out of Miami and nothing compares to RCCL in speed of boarding, specially with their new terminal and in app full check in, photo and passport-scan check. Last november I sailed a fully sold out Symphony OTS and boarding at 11:30 peak time took me 18 minutes from curb to being on board. I've never had an NCL miami boarding take less than 40 mins when I arrive around 2pm after the rush to way over an hour between 11am-1pm.
  7. The Jan 11th out of Port Canaveral? Cool! I booked it at the last minute for peanuts, my shore excursions (diving) in every port cost me more than the actual cruise! 😉 lol!
  8. I docked there Jan 18th on the Breakaway and it was fine. I believe it was hit by a ship the week after and it's been tender only since then. 😞
  9. I'll stop by Harvest Cay again in 2 weeks on the Escape. If the dock hasn't been fixed, I'll probably stay onboard. I've already been to Harvest cay 3 times in the last year and it's no Great Stirrup Cay and for me it's a "meh..." beach stop at best.
  10. You obviously didn't read what I wrote and are only interested in stirring things up... there always has to be one of you... fine, have a nice day.
  11. As you may expect, they are usually too polite to just come out and suggest stuff, but those "would it help if I did this?" suggestions got positive responses: putting all my trash in the bathroom can and recycling in the desk can (they have to separate recyclables), rinsing the shower after use so no soap sticks to walls and glass (huge time saver!), using towels more than once and leaving the ones to change in one neat pile, use the toilet brush when one makes a mess and what helps most is to not have stuff everywhere they have to move and work around when cleaning the room and bathroom. I know this last one isn't for everyone but I'm a neat-freak lol! In the evening if the room is ok, I'll often leave a Post-It note to my attendant with something like "Room is fine as is, thanks, good night!" so they can just leave the Daily and move on. And to keep this "on topic" on NCL I don't ask for towel animals (though I really REALLY like towel animals!) as I know they will make them if you ask and it does take time. :)
  12. I also cruise 5-6 times a year on all the lines. The NCL attendant was not complaining, he and I just had a pleasant chat about towel animals and he did not hide the fact that time saving measures were implemented so they could cover more staterooms. I had a similar conversation with my attendant on a Carnival cruise last February. You still get animals on Carnival (it's kind of their trademark) but they've reduced room turndown to once daily (you choose morning or afternoon). I always have this kind of chat with my stateroom attendants because I like to find out what I can do to make their job easier...
  13. Except that they do not get a tiny break, according to the attendant I chatted with they have to cover more staterooms with the time saved... 😞
  14. To me towel animals are a cruise tradition. I'm a grown adult and love towel animals. I usually ask the steward to leave behind the animals so I end up with a zoo by the end of the cruise. They still make animals by default on recent cruises on Carnival, RCCL and Celebrity. I had a chat about animals with my steward on a very recent NCL cruise and he told me the "company line" is to save water but it has a lot more to do with the fact NLC has reduced personnel and each steward has to cover more staterooms so not having to make animals (unless requested) saves them time.
  15. I've had (many!) Ceasars on the Breakaway. Getaway, Escape and Bliss so I'm pretty sure you can get one on the Encore. Not all bars onboard those ships had clamato, but most did.
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