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About zdad59

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    Cool Cruiser

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    On an island in my mind
  • Interests
    Cruising, golfing, repeat
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  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Florida, St. Marteen, San Juan

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  1. If a vaccine is available, we will definitely get it, required by cruise line or not. The key is being able to see the test data. We're fortunate...plenty of medical professionals and researchers in the immediate family. If testing methods and data are sound, we'll be in the front of the line. Also if it is available and the cruise line does not require it, we will not sail.
  2. #1 --- Puerto Rico. We just love the vibe in OSJ, and really want to explore out of the city for a few days. #2 --- Aruba. We were there in March and loved the island. Also several resorts on the strip that seemed like nice stays. #3 --- Roatan. The island as a whole may not be the most savory, but the beach on the West End is thebest beach we've ever been on. The right resort there would be a fun week. Honerable Mentions --- Curacao, St. Maarten, Grand Cayman
  3. I just saw this today. I may be old news, but its new for me. I was wondering experienced cruisers thoughts. We love sailing RCL, and Symphony is our favorite ship for several reasons. We are thinking of booking Symphony for the Feb 6, 2021 sailing. If I understand this update, we have a "cancel for any reason" hole card up to 48 hours before sailing. Do I read that correct? We're hoping February is far enough out that the world can get a handle on this COVD sh#t, and if its not we have a free out to extend until Feb 2022 if we need it. Oh wise ones....please opine. Thanks
  4. Simply a pina colada with Blue Curacao. Just yummy and sweet. My cruising gang is the parents of former University of Delaware Blue Hen football players. Blue Hes -----> Blue Drinks ------> Tradition
  5. The first drink of every cruise.....a Blue Hawaiian.
  6. Our favorite place to stay pre-cruise in FLL is the Renaissance Cruiseport. There is a very fine restaurant, The Boatyard, right across the parking lot. You can get a decent points or Marriott rate at the hotel. The restaurant is a tad pricey but worth every penny. Another hotel in that area is the Embassy Suites on 17th. Nice place too.
  7. We're wondering if booking a November 28 sailing makes any sense at this point. Or do we wait until they actually start sailing and see how it goes? Very torn. We want to sail again, but are hesitant simply because of the unknowns at this time.
  8. My stop loss triggered today at $34.25. So that yielded a nice short term profit. I will look to buy again in the 20s if it goes there. If we see July cruises getting cancelled, things might get sketchy. #tradenotinvestment
  9. I'll consider myself fortunate. I bought a few weeks ago at $26 and change. It popped to 42 in a few days where I put a stop limit order in for a 15% drop. That stop limit triggered a few days later and my stake sold at ~$34, on its way back down. So i banked a 30%ish gain. When it tanked into the mid 20's again, I bought again. It hit $40 again today, and I again put a stop limit on the shares. If it keeps going up, great. If it tanks, I have locked in another short term gain. My view is that RCL is a trade right now, not an investment. If you view it as an investment you may get hurt bad. If you have a super long time horizon, you should eventually be ok unless they decide to restructure, then all bets are off. If you play it as a short term trade, there is an opportunity to make a few bucks. I like RCL as a company....a lot. I think it's ell managed. Its our go to cruise line, but this is a once in a lifetime event and no one can say with any certainly whats going to happen. I have my opinions, but that and a dollar may get you a cup of coffee.
  10. The Mrs. and I usually book ocean view balconies. Tonight at dinner, we toyed with booking Symphony for September or December and we talked about doing something different room wise. If we book a Boardwalk Balcony room, one of the end couple on deck 10-12, would you get a clear view of the Aqua show from there? Also is there and view of the sea out the sides of the Aqua Theater? Now I realize these are not the Aqua Suites with the cool balconies, but looking at the deck plans, it seems one of the last two regular balcony rooms might have a decent view. TIA Z
  11. Except the UK? In the most recent WHO report (released today) the UK has more Corona virus cases than 85% of European countries. (UK is #7 of 48 countries). Why is the UK excluded ??
  12. We were on Summit Feb 15-22. Aqua class rooms 9084-9086-9088. That's just forward of the Burger Bar above on deck 10. The rooms were generally quiet. You could hear some walking around on occasion but nothing to disrupt anything, particularly sleep. I suspect peak noise from above time would be mid day and we were never in the room during the day anyway. We would book them again in a minute. I have a trip report out there if you want to read it.
  13. To be honest I don’t know. All I know is when we got back to the room after 10pm the fridge was always restocked and ready to go for the next day.
  14. We got this package for our Summit sailing a couple weeks ago. Price was $126 total for the both of us. Also got $50 each, ($100 total) in casino credit. I play cards so I was going to spend $100 there anyway, so the net cost to us was $26. We did have the Premium Package as a perk, but we did find the convenience of the "& more" package to be well worth the $26. We had no issue with our cabin steward restocking the fridge...or getting it restocked. We asked specifically for diet Coke to be stocked and Corona,, not Heineken. They accommodated that no problem. It was restocked every night. There were always 2-- 1 liter bottles of water in the fridge each day, which we used to take on excursions. In addition, there were Kind bars and small cans of Pringle's chips in the fridge. Again, we took those on excursions each day, We aren't wine drinkers, so we gave one bottle to our cabin steward and the others to a table of sweet little old ladies we met in Blu. We grabbed a beer or two, when we were just relaxing on the balcony, but we really didn't use the hard liquor, as we usually got that at a bar or at dinners/shows. So for a net 26 bucks, it was well worth it. I can see on longer cruises, where the net cost would go up because of more days, it may not be worth it, but for our 7 day adventure it was great.
  15. Me with the Captain at the Cruise Critic meet and greet. Yummy cappuccino and cookies from Cafe al Bacio Throwback photo of one of the boys at lobster night in Blu. He started with 3 tails ! The girls favorite officer....Mario. One last shot of mama and Summit.
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