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The main thing RCCL is know for, why people go on RCCL ships are.  The shows, activity on board bumper cars, rock wall.  
 

Will you still go with RCCL if most of these things are canceled on very limited,  even at 50% of people on the ship. 

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Yes. We go primarily for the ports and itinerary and don’t care about water activities, amusement park type rides, rock climbing, FloRider, etc. We do attend some of the evening shows, but it’s not a deal breaker for us. Less capacity and some activities closed would appeal to us.

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When cruising resumes, if it does, you will be restricted to cruise line shore excursions only. You will have to stay with the group and not interact with any other people. No getting off the ship and roaming around the port or eating at restaurants. You will be put in a travel bubble while you are off the ship.

Glad i took the refund for my cancelled cruise and not FCC.

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1 hour ago, jakeT said:

The main thing RCCL is know for, why people go on RCCL ships are.  The shows, activity on board bumper cars, rock wall.  
 

Will you still go with RCCL if most of these things are canceled on very limited,  even at 50% of people on the ship. 

 

I cruise for itinerary not onboard activities.

 

My husband I were on Allure of the Seas last Fall because his niece had booked and wanted us to go along.  We both hated it--the "kids" (in their 30s with 3 kids) loved it.  I'm not fond of floating amusement parks with wall-to-wall bodies with nowhere to get out of the din except your own balcony and where you have to get a search warrant to even find the ocean.  I came home and immediately booked my next 3 B2Bs on Empress of the Seas for this Fall.  My cruise planner told me that I wouldn't like Empress after the Allure, but my exact words were, "Oh, YES, I will!". A nice quiet muster deck to read and watch the ocean, islands and creatures go by is all I want in addition to the ports.  So for me, a smaller ship without all the bells and whistles is my kind of cruising, so if they don't scrap Empress, I'll rebook as soon as I can and be more than happy with what [little] she has to offer.

 

ETA:. I'm not even sure I would like Allure at 1/3 capacity.

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2 hours ago, NuisanceLuke said:

My husband I were on Allure of the Seas last Fall because his niece had booked and wanted us to go along.  We both hated it--the "kids" (in their 30s with 3 kids) loved it.  I'm not fond of floating amusement parks with wall-to-wall bodies with nowhere to get out of the din except your own balcony and where you have to get a search warrant to even find the ocean. 

 

ETA:. I'm not even sure I would like Allure at 1/3 capacity.

We were on Allure in 2016.   While we very much enjoyed the time with our family, it was not my favorite ship.  We had Boardwalk balconies, which were relatively close to the aft of the ship and quite close to the Aquatheater. We had a "reasonable" view of the ocean and ship's wake.  
I didn't really like that it took so much effort to find a place to see the ocean while on a cruise. To me, that's the whole reason you cruise- to enjoy the sea. I know we all have different opinions.  I found Allure to be like a shopping mall at sea. 

At this point in time, if I were booking my own cruise and the only passengers I had to be concerned with were myself and my husband, I would book a smaller ship with more access points to see the sea.   I would even find a smaller ship if the passenger were myself, my husband and my parents.  (We are in our 50's. My parents in late 70's/early 80s).  
As family is so spread out now, if Allure or one of her sisters were the ship of choice and that was my chance to spend time with my brother, SIL and my nieces- sign me up. I will be there gladly.  Cruising is our family's favorite vacation because everyone can do their own thing, but we always meet up for breakfast and/or dinner.   It's a great vacation to just get on the ship and not have anything to worry about until you get home. There is enough to do on these megaships that you could stay onboard the whole cruise and not feel like you missed anything by not going ashore.  Yet, there is plenty to do in ports as well.   

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Why does everybody "assume" what it will be to cruise again.  How do you know you will only be allowed to go on cruise line excursions?  How do you know you will not be able to go on bumper cars, or iFly, or flow rider, or whatever it is people like to do.  Why would you think a vaccine is the end all to Covid?  Does the flu shot work for everyone?  I cannot wait to sit on my A1 balcony and watch the shows and if that is where I have to stay, then sign me up.  I will continue to sail with Royal.

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3 minutes ago, lovescats5 said:

Why does everybody "assume" what it will be to cruise again.  How do you know you will only be allowed to go on cruise line excursions?  How do you know you will not be able to go on bumper cars, or iFly, or flow rider, or whatever it is people like to do.  Why would you think a vaccine is the end all to Covid?  Does the flu shot work for everyone?  I cannot wait to sit on my A1 balcony and watch the shows and if that is where I have to stay, then sign me up.  I will continue to sail with Royal.

I think the "cruise line only excursions" is because lines that are sailing now require exactly that.  

The OP said about the other activities, "cancelled or severely limited" and that may exactly be the case when they start sailing.  I simply do not see people jammed up in lines or groups waiting for a place. 

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We go on cruises to be on a ship at sea, so activities, rock wall, bumper cars, etc. don't make any difference to us.  Likewise, we are not very interested in the ports any more, at least in the Caribbean, so whether there are limits on excursions doesn't change our desire to be at sea.

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4 hours ago, NuisanceLuke said:

 

I cruise for itinerary not onboard activities.

 

My husband I were on Allure of the Seas last Fall because his niece had booked and wanted us to go along.  We both hated it--the "kids" (in their 30s with 3 kids) loved it.  I'm not fond of floating amusement parks with wall-to-wall bodies with nowhere to get out of the din except your own balcony and where you have to get a search warrant to even find the ocean.  I came home and immediately booked my next 3 B2Bs on Empress of the Seas for this Fall.  My cruise planner told me that I wouldn't like Empress after the Allure, but my exact words were, "Oh, YES, I will!". A nice quiet muster deck to read and watch the ocean, islands and creatures go by is all I want in addition to the ports.  So for me, a smaller ship without all the bells and whistles is my kind of cruising, so if they don't scrap Empress, I'll rebook as soon as I can and be more than happy with what [little] she has to offer.

 

ETA:. I'm not even sure I would like Allure at 1/3 capacity.

We are just the opposite, wife and I are both in late 60's. After a dozen or so cruises on Monarch through Independence we are hooked on Oasis class. One Caribbean and 3 transatlantic crossings. We just had our Nov TA on Allure cancelled and did the L&S to Harmony TA 2021.Only smaller ship we will book in the future will be Ovation sailing Alaska. To each their own.. happy cruising. PS Richard Fein says cruising will resume at 70% capacity when sailing starts.  

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We first select cruise by itinerary then ship.  Sure there are many activities we enjoy on various ships.  An average sea day consists of some exercising,  maybe some shuffleboard, lounging at pool / sun deck, conversing with others, reading, napping and of course food at various venues.  Evenings we go to the casino, maybe see a movie or a comedian.  

We enjoy the mid size ships serenade and jewel but we also like Anthem.  Not a fan of much bigger than anthem but if there is an itinerary that is only on oasis class ship then I'll book it.

I'm on the ship to relax and enjoy the sights.  I dont want to feel rushed and be stuck to strict schedules either.   Seems people are a little more rushed on the large ships with too much they want to fit in.

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12 hours ago, jakeT said:

The main thing RCCL is know for, why people go on RCCL ships are.  The shows, activity on board bumper cars, rock wall.  
 

Will you still go with RCCL if most of these things are canceled on very limited,  even at 50% of people on the ship. 

This is not even close to why people cruise with RCCL.  There are hundreds of different reasons.

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12 hours ago, HaveWeMetYet said:

When cruising resumes, if it does, you will be restricted to cruise line shore excursions only. You will have to stay with the group and not interact with any other people. No getting off the ship and roaming around the port or eating at restaurants. You will be put in a travel bubble while you are off the ship.

Glad i took the refund for my cancelled cruise and not FCC.

Ah yes,  and the crystal ball comes out yet again.  There is no way to know exactly what excursions will be like.

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For me, the cruise fare paid includes all of these activities to be available along with the entertainment. If they are going to scale back, eliminate, or limit it, there has to be a level of repayment for lack of services. You can't charge one price for ALL of this, then cut half of it away and assume the price is the same. In that case, they can just not make refunds or FCC for canceled sailings. They can just call it a cutback of services due to the new regulations. We're sorry you didn't enjoy your non-cruise cruise, but we provided to you what we legally could and you didn't seem to enjoy looking at the ship in the middle of the ocean on your computer.

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We pick by itinerary and then hope the ship that sails it isn't one with bumper cars.......

 

As for the "RCL only excursions", I'm not sure the local population of many Caribbean Islands, (and probably other destinations) much less their tourist boards, would be OK with permitting this in the long run. 

 

If it went 100% this route I'd likely stop cruising. 

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I miss cruising and will be happy to sail even with restrictions.  

We recently took a weekend road trip and stayed at a hotel.

The hotel was limiting the number of people who could be in the

outdoor pool at the same time.  The indoor pool was closed.

We had to sign up for the outdoor pool and if too many people were there

we had to wait our turn.  Still got to swim and had a wonderful time in the poo'

and for the weekend.  i would rather travel with restrictions than not travel

at all.  Our next cruise is Alaska in June 2021.  We had planned to take

some non cruise ship excursions and explore some on our own but if we

have to take all RCL excursions, then we will still have a good time.

Its Alaska.

 

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We enjoy the evening shows, but most of the other activities don't really interest us. I'm not much of a casino person, nor do we engage in most of the various games and activities that are offered- unless something really appeals to us. We book a cruise (or any trip for that matter) based on the itinerary and if it's some place we haven't been to yet and want to see. We greatly enjoy doing excursions. As far as time on the ship - besides enjoying the varied food options offered (I mean, who doesn't like that?!) - we love having our own balcony and spending time there, as well as walking the decks. I don't need additional entertainment - as such -  to consider a cruise to be fulfilling. The best part of any cruise, for us, is what is to be seen from any outside deck - even just being out on the water with the lovely sunrises and sunsets. 

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On 8/9/2020 at 10:58 AM, jakeT said:

The main thing RCCL is know for, why people go on RCCL ships are.  The shows, activity on board bumper cars, rock wall.  
 

Will you still go with RCCL if most of these things are canceled on very limited,  even at 50% of people on the ship. 

Absolutely, once I get that vaccine in me!!

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