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The Fun Researcher

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    Michigan
  • Interests
    Running and exercise, Home Theater and Home Building/Improvement
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCCL, but looking to expand
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Southern Caribbean

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  1. Honestly, all of your itineraries and ships that you picked are great, except maybe the empress. It is a small older ship. I think you can find what you were looking for an either of the freedom itineraries or the Odyssey itinerary. Eastern and southern are by far our favorite, with southern being the most favorite. Dan
  2. True southern ABC itineraries from Florida, Galveston or Bayonne. Preferably on Voyager or Freedom class but anything Voyager and larger is good. This would require 8 night minimum from Florida and probably 10 night from Bayonne. The 9 night southern Caribbean that we did out of Miami on the newly AMPED Navigator in March 2019 was by far the best itinerary we have done and the ship was amazing after being AMPED. Dan
  3. Same thing we say about Branson. I call it the redneck Disney World. Our week was fun but it just wasn’t our style. My parents and one of my sisters however have been back to Branson multiple times. Dan
  4. It was actually our most recent cruise on the newly Amped Navigator, 9 night Southern Caribbean Cruise. Not only was the ship amazing (and our new favorite) after being Amped, the ABC islands are also our new favorite. Our weather was fantastic as well, and the 9 nights made for a lot of time to enjoy the cruise and chill... Labadee, Bonaire, Curacao, and Abuba... two sea days at the end... our best itinerary so far, by far. Here's my review...
  5. Speaking of Aruba, (Which is one of my top picks), does anyone know what flight prices were Pre-Covid from Aruba to Curacao for a day trip? Dan
  6. In order of preference (I think 🙂 ) Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire (Hard to Choose) St. Maarten St. John USVI St. Thomas
  7. Agreed, loved the hot weather earlier this week. I’ll take hot over cold any day, I just don’t like it with a mask on. 😂 Dan
  8. After wearing a mask in 88 degree heat here in Michigan today it just verified how much I would not enjoy it in hot conditions. It’s much different in the comfort of air conditioning versus heat (and potential humidity) Dan
  9. Unfortunately, my answer is no. Wearing a mask changes the whole environment of a cruise too much for me. Dan
  10. https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/aruba-kickstart-holidays-july-britons-101946189.html There is hope? See linked article about Aruba. Dan
  11. We’ve only sailed Royal and Celebrity, but would be willing to try Princess. Dan
  12. Short answer is no. Having said that, we love cruising. It's our primary vacation option, and something we consider a true luxury. The cruise lines have fixed assets that are worth real money. The ships, terminals, private ports, etc... I don't see cruising going away, but I can see fixed assets being sold to cover costs. Will a new cruise line appear from an investor(s) that can buy up some of these assets at rock bottom prices? Maybe. That's how I see this going. Some shifting, some change. Cruise industry going away? No. Dan
  13. I was patient, and just today our last remaining refundable item (taxes and port fees) posted to our credit card. Details: We cancelled two cruises (four cabins) Cruise 1: 3 cabins departing March 22nd Cruise 2: 1 cabin departing July 9 We cancelled Cruise 1 on March 10th and 13th. We cancelled Cruise 2 on March 30th We missed out on the ability to refund everything. All that we were due were taxes, port fees and pre-purchase items (dining, beverage packages, excursions, onboard activities, etc...) Most of the refundable items were credited to our credit card April 1st, and one April 5th. The last remaining item were the taxes and port fees for a four person room on our March 22nd sailing. That just posted today, dated April 26th. So, finally all is as it should be. I had doubts but it worked. Dan
  14. When I was watching that video, I wondered if those were tenders up on the top of the ship. Definitely not the style of the current cruise ship, but really nice and self contained though. Great story. Thanks for sharing. I can understand the bleary-eyed-ness ( yeah, just made up that word ). We don’t just vacation for the fun at the moment, but easily just as much for the memories. We have one of those digital picture frames in our kitchen and I load on new pictures from each vacation as we go. Pretty much every day I flip it on and it’s awesome to have it randomly scroll through past photos. Love the memories Dan
  15. You might enjoy this video below, as it actually references your particular cruise during 9/11 with some interesting still photos. The S.S. Norway/France looks like she was a real beauty. Love the long lines. Yeah, my screen name refers to the fact that I'm a Research Scientist who loves to have fun. I also love researching all things vacation related, whether it's cruising, Disney World, National Parks... Happy future sailing, whenever that comes back. Kindly, Dan
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