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  1. DH and I were on the March 7 Grandeur cruise out of Baltimore. When we left our house there were no CV cases in Virginia [where I live]. When were returned it was a different world. . . . but, there were a number of measures onboard I think will be the norm. I did not notice anyone shaking hands or hugging and hand sanitizer was everywhere. You had to use it. [before you enter the theatre, at all meals, at the casino entrance, just everywhere] I noticed the crew being very firm about that. We had our temperature taken and answered questions about travel history before we ever went through security at the terminal. However, I felt it was very superficial. It was a VERY cold day and temp check and questions made for a slow wait outside. When they went to check our temps our foreheads were too cold to read a temp. After a minute or so it got warm enough to register. If a person had a temp I am not sure it would have been caught under these circumstances. So the questions and temp check were not all that effective. If it were a hot day I am sure it might be the opposite--so that procedure needs to be adjusted. On the cruise there was constant cleaning. There had been a deep clean before we boarded. Outside of cleaning the first couple of days were not much different. Then some noro cases showed up. The cleaning went into overdrive. They began serving at the buffet for breakfast and lunch and the WJ was closed at dinner. There was not enough crew to serve dinner. Everyone, including the Captain, served meals [breakfast/lunch] in the WJ. They switched to a faster and stronger disinfectant. It left a sticky residue after use on the tables and handrails. It took longer to dry so tables were often wet when you sat down. This is a lounge table that was cleaned with the stronger disinfectant. You can see the residue. [we were glad they were taking precautions] There were no sales outside of the stores. i.e. t-shirt sales, $10 specials, watches. [not even at the permanent counters outside the stores] The photo areas were roped off. You had to ask the clerk to find your picture. He held it up to show you the pics. You decided if you wanted it and then you held up the sea pass card and he entered the folio number into the machine. [no touch] Most of the shop clerks wore gloves. The shops were open but there were few in the shops, except the liquors store. 🙂 The photo area was very empty because we only had 2 ports that let us stop. That was OK, we still had a good cruise. We were all ok with this. We were not socially distancing. We saw the news and were glad we were on a ship that had no CV. None of these things really impact our enjoyment of the cruise. After a day or two it seemed normal. I think masks and other things put in place will be the same. I am not sure what all of the changes will be. I doubt the self disembark will be a big issue. They will figure out the distancing [or cruising will not work] They will be glad for us to carry our own luggage. JMHO
  2. Today I got all of the taxes, fees, etc refunded from the second cruise of our B2B on GR that RCL cancelled. [March 19] We were out to sea when all cruising ended and lucky enough to get back to shore without any CV or isolation after our cruise. We have 2 FCC. We have thought of taking at least 1 of them--but, it did not seem to be worth a try since so many were still waiting for refunds.
  3. I agree the higher priced cabins will have priority. However, there will be a need for special needs cabins [many are inside or OV] and OV family cabins.
  4. DH and I were on the March 7 Grandeur cruise out of Baltimore. When we left our house there were no CV cases in Virginia [where I live]. When were retuned it was a different world. . . . but, there were a number of measures onboard I think will be the norm. I did not notice anyone shaking hands or hugging and hand sanitizer was everywhere. You had to use it. [before you enter the theatre, at all meals, at the casino entrance, just everywhere] We had our temperature taken and answered questions about travel history before we ever went through security at the terminal. However, I felt it was very superficial. It was a VERY cold day and temp check and questions made for a slow wait outside. When they went to check our temps our foreheads were too cold to read a temp. After a minute or so it got warm enough to register. If a person had a temp I am not sure it would have been caught under these circumstances. So the questions and temp check were not all that effective. On the cruise there was constant cleaning. There had been a deep clean before we boarded. Outside of cleaning the first couple of days were not much different. Then some noro cases showed up. The cleaning went into overdrive. They began serving at the buffet for breakfast and lunch and the WJ was closed at dinner. Everyone, including the Captain, served meals in the WJ. They switched to a faster and stronger disinfectant. It left a sticky residue after use on the tables and handrails. There were no sales outside of the stores. i.e. t-stores, $10 specials, watches. [not even at the permanent counters outside the stores] The photo areas was roped off. You had to ask the clerk to find your picture. He held it up to show you the pics. You decided if you wanted it and then you held up the sea pass card and he entered the folio number into the machine. [no touch] Most of the shop clerks wore gloves. We were all ok with this. We were not socially distancing. We saw the news and were glad we were on a ship that had no CV.
  5. I suggest you spend time reading about Alaska on the AK port of call board. There are VERY helpful people there that can give you lots of good information. Alaska is a very different kind of cruise. There are many questions you need to ask yourself and they will inform your itinerary. I wish I had spent more time researching before I planned my trip. I would have done more DIY for the land portion of our trip. For example--How long do you have for your vacation? If only 1 week then a roundtrip is all you have time for. But, that will give you the least flavor of Alaska. If you can manage even 9-10 days take a 1-way trip and you will see much more. The longer the trip the more experiences. [I know that is always true--but, even more so in AK] The disadvantage is the longer and more expensive flight either to or from anchorage. [or Fairbanks] etc. JMHO edit: The ship and your cabin are the least important things in my opinion. . . . because in AK you spend so much of your time on the shore and in excursions.
  6. I am glad to hear this. I have no health issues, but who knows if Drs. would sign a letter? I have a Baltic cruise booked that leaves 3 days after my 70th birthday. LOL
  7. To answer the other part of your question. Would I pay $420 more to upgrade? Normally I would be all over that. Yes, that is a good deal for 4 passengers. However, I would not do it for a July 9 cruise. That just puts you $420 further "in" on the cruise. I have 2 FCC to use. July 9 is before the end of the 100 day federal stoppage. ] JMHO
  8. This is a quote from a review of aft JS cabin 7560. [suesnake2002] With the coast guard inspection rooms were ready at 2.. . . . Muster drill was held outside. At two we went to our room. We noticed our luggage on the metal racks, so we just grabbed them and took them to our room. This way we could unpack and get this cruise going. I had a mid ship js on rhapsody once. I felt this room was a little smaller. But unlike rhapsody, we had a huge walk in closet. We did show our room to friends we made on the ship. And they referred to our closet as another cabin. Lol
  9. Yes, the 2 outside Aft JS on deck 7 do have a walk in closet. The aft JS cabin next to mine had one. I visited that cabin. I think it was 7150. IIRC we were in 7152.
  10. There is a pretty large difference in the 2 types of cabins. However, not all of the JS are the same. Here are a couple of pictures of a side JS. [Grandeur only has JS on Deck 8 side and the aft and aft JS on deck 7] We have found the JS on the two sides of the ship are lighter and wider. The JS on the aft are darker and longer and narrower. . . . but, have a much larger balcony. A few of the JS have walk in closets to die for and they all have bathtubs. The Aft JS felt smaller and was a longer walk from the elevator. DH did not like that. [These are just a few of my thoughts] Notice that we had a sofa, 2 chairs and 2 ottomans. Look at the picture below. This extra space is as you come from the door and beside the bathroom. There are 3 extra drawers/shelves here and a table top.
  11. I do not believe at this point that letting anyone go signals major changes. Cruise lines are losing money like mad. They are doing what they need to do to survive. I read they let a bunch of IT people go. I would think with all the FCC and refunds they are processing RCL would need more of them. . . not less. But, they are trying to saving money where they can. There may well be C and A changes when cruising returns. But, I feel they will try to keep changes to a minimum in order to win back veteran cruisers. It will be a difficult process to win back cruisers. Also, the over 70 doctor note issue will figure into this. Many of the D, D+ and P are in this category. There may be many less C and A that can cruise.
  12. I must have not been very clear in what I said. I should have written more to be clear. I was replying to the poster that said they will have to cancel cruises into July, but don't want to announce it yet. [I quoted them] By not announcing the extra month of cancellations they will get to keep that money for an extra month and they will not have to deal with processing a larger number of refunds/FCC all at one time. . . . I agree they are slow walking these refunds [across all of their lines] to keep as much capital as long as possible.
  13. We have two cruises booked for 2021. [we had waited to book a fall B2B while on our last cruise, but decided against it--glad we did] We have a Celebrity cruise that includes 3 days in New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I am not sure that cruise will happen in February and even if it does I do not expect Mardi Gras to be anything like it has been. Maybe even cancelled for the year. Our other cruise is a Royal cruise in July to the Baltic. If that one does not happened RCL will be out of business. But, the rub with that one is that I turn 70 days before the embarkation. So, I will need a note. . . no health issues at all. But, not sure any Drs will sign a note for people to cruise. Cruising has gotten a real black eye.
  14. Yes, they are able to keep the funds rather than giving a refund now for July and they save the trouble of all the processing.
  15. I got the FCC for my March 19 cruise [Grandeur] just a few days ago. That was cancelled after Baltimore closed the port on March 13 [IIRC]. Most passengers on our roll call had similar timing [I did not ask for a refund--but, am thinking about it.] Today I got an email telling me the planner purchases for that cruise were refunded to the Credit Card and they gave the last 4 digits of the appropriate card. . . . so they are working at it slowly. [very slowly]
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