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Petroplex

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    Odessa, TX
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    Baseball and Bourbon
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    RCCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean
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  1. So to the original point of when cruising will be allowed to resume, I offer the projections available at https://covid19.healthdata.org/united-states-of-america. While that link will take you to U.S. data, you can easily toggle it for any individual U.S. state or for most European countries. There are, of course, a number of limits to using this data: It doesn't even begin to address cruises from Australia, China, or anyplace else which isn't the U.S. or Europe. I cannot speak intelligently to how long the caseload needs to be down before it is safe to ease restrictions. Critically, the data does not speak to many of the places we would cruise to. For those of us in the U.S., that means we cannot reliably predict what is going on in the Caribbean and Mexico, and we cannot predict how those governments will react. With those rather large caveats, it looks to me like many places will be experiencing significantly better public health by the start of the Summer. I hope that correlates with it being safe to cruise by then.
  2. So I should have included that detail. I gave them full payment months ago, so they already have my money. If this isn't happening, I would rather have it back sooner rather than later.
  3. Any idea where the Enchantment and the Liberty fit on that list?
  4. Morning, folks. I have a technical question about how the future cruise credit (FCC) works. I booked with a travel agent, and my cruise leaves in slightly more than 90 days (mid-July). We are in a suite and have non-refundable deposits of $1000 ($250 * 4). I have reached the conclusion that this cruise is unlikely to sail as scheduled, and if that is true I would rather have my money sooner than later. Here is what I think the process is: I have to get my travel agent to answer the phone, and she has to be the one to cancel the cruise. If I cancel at least 90 days out, I get cash for everything but the $1000. I get a $1000 FCC which I can use through 31 December 2021. Do I understand all of that process correctly? Thanks!
  5. I have a technical question about what the term "final payment" means. Does it refer to when yoy have actually fully paid for the cruise, or does it refer to the deadline by which that payment is due? We sail in July, in theory, and I paid off that cruise months ago. However, the actual final payment deadline isn't for a couple of weeks yet. As we consider options for this Summer I wanted to make sure I understood the rules, and I have found calling Royal to result in... imprecise answers. Thanks, folks!
  6. I have a technical question about what the term "final payment" means. Does it refer to when yoy have actually fully paid for the cruise, or does it refer to the deadline by which that payment is due? We sail in July, in theory, and I paid off that cruise months ago. However, the actual final payment deadline isn't for a couple of weeks yet. As we consider options for this Summer I wanted to make sure I understood the rules, and I have found calling Royal to result in... imprecise answers. Thanks, folks!
  7. I echo this. I love spending time in Galveston as part of the vacation, and I look for opportunities to do so.
  8. The price includes an appetizer, entree, side, and dessert. The tip is not included, but it is automatically added to the stated price. We have always gone for lunch. The menu is significantly more limited, but it is also cheaper. It is also a *great* deal to avoid the crowds at the buffet for embarkation lunch.
  9. They were indeed supposed to be March 2. They were also supposed to be in December and November of last year. I now believe the Summer 2021 short Caribbean cruises will be released in roughly 2023.
  10. Which of these areas allows cigar smoking, and which only allow cigarette smoking?
  11. Howdy. We are sailing on the Enchantment this Summer in an Owner's Suite. That means we have plenty of space, but my 12 and 14 year olds don't feel like sharing the pull out couch. Two questions, then: If we bring an air mattress, will the security people object to bringing the motor with which we inflate it? I know they object to things like blow dryers, power strips, etc. If we don't bring an air mattress, will they be able to provide a rollaway bed? Thanks very much!
  12. Miller's Seawall Grill is right next door, and it is excellent. The on-property restaurant at the Galvez is also very good, if pricey. If you go in that direction, the bar bites menu is a lot of fun.
  13. So, yeah, staying in Galveston costs more than staying on the mainland. I am willing to do that, however, because I very much enjoy a day or two in Galveston as part of the vacation. I do not know of any Galveston hotels which run shuttles to the Houston airports. While Uber works just fine in Galveston if, say, you want to go to dinner, I had a buddy have to wait a couple of hours to get an Uber to the cruise pier. Being a classy guy, I texted him pictures of how much I was enjoying my embarkation drinks while he figured out a ride. So for the part of your question which is getting to Galveston I have two options. Z Limo and Super Shuttle both offer large group options from the Houston airport at reasonable prices. As for what happens once you get to the island, the Hotel Galvez is gorgeous and offers a shuttle to the pier. Sign up for the shuttle while you check in. The Tremont House and the Harbor House are both within walking distance of the cruise pier. Both have a number of excellent nearby restaurant and entertainment options. Enjoy your cruise!
  14. I am increasingly getting the feeling that Galveston may not be getting a second ship for 4-5 day runs to Mexico. I'll love the Allure, of course, but would love to have the second option. It seems like most of those options have now been assigned to other places. There was a chart several pages suggesting that maybe the Adventure comes back after it leaves; perhaps. So.... most of the options are assigned elsewhere, but Royal is building that fancy new pier (admittedly for Fall 2021, not Summer). My guess is that wouldn't have happened if something wasn't filling the perfectly useful existing berthing space. I wonder if it is Royal that will be using it.
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