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  1. My first cruise didn't ruin the others, but it led to them. I had never been interested in going on a cruise--I had the usual image people have of 24-hour buffets and trashy tourist ports and so on. My parents had done it a few times, though, and they decided to take me on one--Holland America out of Fort Lauderdale. I don't sail with HAL now, although I guess I have nothing against them. We joked the whole time that I was the youngest person on board (it wasn't quite true...). Anyway, I prefer what NCL and RCI provide, but HAL did a few things that I particularly remember and some
  2. I'm booked in a boardwalk balcony for August 2021 (if we're sailing). I'd booked it before Covid, though. I book different cabins depending on the cruise, the duration, the money, lots of things. August is my birthday, so that was a factor. I booked an aft balcony for NYE just because I could get one at an OK-ish price. I'd usually consider a balcony for a long cruise, but I booked a good inside for a 14-day next year with the intention of bidding on an upgrade if/when they offer it. Worst-case scenario, I have a good inside. I'm OK with that, but if I can get a balcony, even a bad
  3. I got my shots already. My next cruise, if it sails, is August 2021, but I'd booked it before Covid happened, so it wasn't like I figured "I have my shots, now I'll book." I've got August 2021, December-January, February-March (Star Trek), August 2022, and November 2022 booked. I'm hoping we can go maskless and fancy free by December or at least next March! Also, I need a bunch of money to pay for all this now...hmm. Hee hee.
  4. This was something I put up for someone else a while ago--I just took quick photos with my phone, they're not properly scanned. Otherwise, check out the past photos on the cruise website, where they've posted some shots from all of the major events. That doesn't give you everything, of course, like no one took any pictures of Dr. Noor's talk, but it should give you a general feel for it. In terms of what's happening in 2022, well...a lot of old stuff will be brought back, I imagine. The old script readings they do are very popular. We'll see a game show or two, the science talks, t
  5. I had my Star Trek cruise in March, which was one of the last sailings, I guess. July (not solo) was off. My non-cruise trip in August was off. My amazing 16-day cruise in a spa cabin in November? Off. New Year's, off...although that hasn't actually gone through yet. Next year's Star Trek got moved to 2022, so the next thing on the schedule is August of next freaking year (unless my family reschedules for next July).
  6. I'm in Texas. Our cases surged after the governor largely dismissed it and tried to reopen early, so...yeah. The numbers have dipped a little over the last week, but it's not enough to really matter yet. We're under a mask order (warning, followed by a $250 fine). Of course, my perspective is from the city, not from the state. I know a lot of the border areas have been slammed badly. There was a back-to-school event today in the city, and I know most/all districts are opening online initially, under the circumstances.
  7. I've signed up for the trial, although I haven't gotten the vaccine/placebo yet because apparently, the shipment from the manufacturer hasn't arrived at the clinic. So yes, I'll get the vaccine, given that I'll get it when it's not even finished trials.
  8. I've volunteered for the phase III trial in my area, which should be...fun? It all sounds pretty promising.
  9. If Covid-19 had been the only thing going on, I'd have been making out well financially. Alas, the cat needed surgery, to the tune of 5 figures, so...that's gone. On the other hand, I could have had a year without Covid-19 AND a sick cat, which would have been far worse. I guess I'd be bailing on my November cruise either way, but I feel less bad about it knowing that it might not happen, anyway, or be as nice.
  10. I'd seen they were doing this credit but hadn't even thought that this might be why. How funny. I'd probably already hit my credit (I forget when it goes through).
  11. I can't say whether it'd be a good idea to book right now or not. It'd sort of depend on whether I thought I was getting a good cruise at a good price and all, not just the virus. While my July cruise is off (and I'm bailing on a non-cruise in August for financial, not viral reasons), I'm still scheduled for November (and then December/NYE, Star Trek, August 2021, and October 2021). I booked it many ages ago, well before Covid-19 was a gleam in its mother's eye. My view on it is that I'm not touching it until I have to. I really want to go on that cruise, hardcore. I do
  12. I'm just going to wait and see. I have a cruise in July, so we'll see where we're at then. I didn't book it, so it's not really my problem apart from canceling my flight there. I've booked a Cancun resort in August for my birthday--again, we'll see. I'm particularly anxious to go on this Panama Canal cruise in November, though. But right now, if one or more of these things is axed, I guess whether I go somewhere else or where I go depends on how things are broadly--is it just the cruise that's off but it'd be OK to go to, say, Vegas or something? Then there's that. Or is the cruise off because
  13. Every update to this story ticks me off more, and I've beyond had it with these people. I assume they're just going to keep going and try and get anything they can, even if it's just Royal settling for a small amount to make them go away. It's probably at least as much on their lawyer's head as on the family's. I have yet to see any way in which Royal would be responsible in the slightest (barring any failing in their response after the event or something, but I don't see anyone suggesting that), whatever version of the story is floated.
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