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About ricka47

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    Cool Cruiser

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  • Location
    Amelia Island, Florida
  • Interests
    Ham Radio, Drums, Bass, Flight Simulation
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    O, HAL, X, DCL, RCI

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  1. It will move us closer to Diamond + but not quite there. I do wonder about the number of D and D+ members RCI will have when all of the dust (and virus) settles.
  2. My wife and I both had the Wuhan virus back in March and we have the antibodies now. But, there's no guarantee that we will have them for even another day. So, we'd get the vaccine. yes.
  3. Correct - they would be happy to see the cruise industry disappear. Covid is just the vehicle they are using to attempt to further their agenda.
  4. We're on the same cruise! I was also looking at excursions today. See ya next year!
  5. In fairness, that doesn't appear to be a dinner presentation but something from the buffet? I've seen some pretty unappetizing piles of food being carried back to tables at many buffets and the chefs are not to blame.
  6. I booked a cruise yesterday with air and we're getting the hotel. Yes, it's expensive but it does include transfers from the airport to the hotel and then from the hotel to the port in the morning as well as any deviation fees. We've been doing mostly easy Caribbean cruises where we just drive to the port. So, for this one, we'll let them take care of us and then get more adventuresome next time by doing all of this on our own.
  7. I booked two cruises yesterday and it's nice to be able to look forward to those. We were on the last Riviera cruise in March that was shortened from 10 days to 5. Then, when we returned, my wife tested positive and I did a few days later. She had a much worse case and is still dealing with some issues as am I but to a lesser degree. So, after that, it was fun to go through the booking and now the planning process. Let's just hope that it's more than just planning!
  8. We just booked this one yesterday (10/19) and it was $199 out of ATL. Prices change faster than the stock market!
  9. Just booked Allure for May 23, 2021. Hump balcony (2C) for 2 @ $1924 which I didn't think was too bad.
  10. Thanks - we're doing better although I think that my wife is one of the "longhaulers" (yes, that is a real term that is being used) as she still has some symptoms. We both have some of the fatigue and brain fog that appears to persist. This is a nasty virus to be sure. We probably will just fly out of MCO or ATL as the choices of flights are so much better - Rick
  11. Sounds like a good idea - thanks!
  12. Yeah, the hotel costs are so high at $695 pre and $995 post!
  13. One time, years ago, when we lived in Indiana, we booked our air with Royal Caribbean, our flight was very late getting into MIA. Yet, they held the ship for us and we were the very last ones on the ship. Since then, we've moved to Florida and mostly drive to the ports. Now, we are looking at a cruise next year from Istanbul to Monte Carlo and are considering using OLife for the air which will be new for us. I read in another post that Oceania does not bear any responsibility for issues on flights that they have arranged and that it is up to the passenger to deal with that on their own. Is that correct? I don't want to be standing in the Istanbul airport knowing that the ship is on its way to the next port. One option appears to be to fly in a day early which is always good advice. But the costs with this option from O seem to be very much higher than they need to be. Yet, perhaps it is best to spend the money for the peace of mind? This will be an interesting cruise for us as it is on the Riviera and we were on the last sailing of the ship before the lock down in March. Our cruise was shortened from 10 nights to 5 and, when we returned home, we found that we both had contracted Covid-19 either on the ship or somewhere in Miami. Yet, we are still here to talk about it and to use that 150% FCC!
  14. We're semi-normal here in NE Florida. My wife and I were on the last Riviera cruise before the lock down. Our cruise was shortened from 10 to 5 nights. When we returned from Miami, we discovered that we had both contracted Covid-19. My wife is convinced we got it on the ship. I doubt it as the ship was cleaner than an operating room and only about 40% full. But, who knows? Now we're looking to use our 150% FCC some time next year!
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