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  1. Bartenders can rotate. Repeated cruises on Liberty, my favorite Bloody Mary bar would change. I'd chat with the Bartenders, ask for a bit more of this or that, and leave a tip. By day 2 I didn't have to ask. I like them by the pool before noon, so poolside bars or Jade bar in Windjammer were more convenient than Promenade locations.
  2. As has been said, RCI will provide, even if you forget to ask special needs. Cabin attendant will bring you some distilled H2O. On Oasis class ships there is an outlet at the head of the bed, so no extension required. Other classes an extension is required to run from desk area. If you travel with your CPAP, carry it in its provided case. I once put it in with my other luggage to have one less bag and TSA made me open it so they could inspect. No inspection only if it is carried separately in its designated case. And don't give it to a porter. I'd carry it on.
  3. Just got second dose of moderna yesterday. So far I can only report a bit of arm soreness from both shots. Hardest part was actually getting the appointment scheduled.
  4. Very true, I could see that happening. Wondering how fully staffed ships will be if they have a reduced passenger restart. Space in crew quarters and unused passenger cabins could allow some distancing with crew living arrangements. Seldom used conference facilities definitely a candidate for medical use. A separate triage / treatment area for suspected infectious diseases makes a lot of sense.
  5. Doesn't say directly, but doubting that they will eliminate emergency fire training for general crew. But looks like they will have a dedicated fire crew that will take the lead, and likely conduct such training. That's how I'd do it. Not a bad thing. Much of the job cut lingo is 'cruise-speak' to me. If I didn't know the internal staffing changes I wonder how much impact it would have (if any) to my on board experience. Speculation on my part, but I'd think eliminated positions' roles will likely be assumed by other employees. Not sure if there is a total reduction in staffing numbers, or if they are just eliminating some levels of hierarchy. Probably eliminating enough to offset the added housekeeping, medical and Fire crew. Only so many crew births/capacity I'd imagine. If the lines start up with reduced passenger counts, it may be a no brainer to reduce crew numbers in areas other than safety and housekeeping as well, at least until they sail full again.
  6. Seen a lot of these, but my favorite was on our Jewel TA a few years back. A young lady violinist from Europe was onboard with her music teacher, traveling to study in America, I believe. She gave an afternoon show that was simply amazing. Bob was on that sailing and I know he'd remember all the details if he was still in the neighborhood. That act was a one time good deal. Other than that, my favorite was on Princess on a cruise to Hawaii in 2010. Steve Moris, former Beach Boys band member, did a comedy/Music act one evening. Laughed a lot and he could sure play the Guitar. He did an encore the next afternoon that was very interactive with the crowd. Just him telling stories and messing around with the guitar. True talent and so authentic. Not like you were watching the same act he'd done a thousand times.
  7. WHO also said no human to human transmission. Unfortunately it seems the WHO is often more of a political agent than a health organization. No credibility with me.
  8. The San Juan departure with only one sea day was not our favorite. Port stops were nice, but that one sea day was extremely congested on the pool deck. Everyone hitting the pool and loungers for that one chance they had. Nothing at all like a day staying on board in port when you can have the ship to yourself.
  9. Saw a group at least that big on our Feb Cruise. I'd think they could slide together 2-tops as needed. Not as inflexible as MDR seating if not too busy.
  10. Which is why a balcony, even a connecting one, may not be the best choice. 😁
  11. When our 3 boys were about those same ages our go-to booking was a balcony for us and an inside directly across the hall for them. They liked the inside room and we were able to spend a bit more on them for soda packages and arcade funds and such. Momma (and I) would have gone nuts with the 'messy' boys. Gave them a bathroom, and their own space . And we got our own space as well. We never felt we didn't have sufficient oversight/control if they were across the hall. and a bit less fussing over picking up their stuff.
  12. Only real drink time limit I've heard of is the soda from the Freestyle machines.
  13. The A1-A4 in the lounge does match what we saw on Liberty earlier this month. Nice not being out on deck...
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