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  1. The only time we’ve flown since Covid was the week after Christmas (round trip direct to Florida on United). Both flights were completely full. It was the most unnerving part of the trip. Yes there is good air filtration but when someone right next to you coughs or sneezes it still makes you cringe. Fortunately none of the seven in our party got sick, and our condo stay on Clearwater beach was great. Enjoyed the Florida weather, great take out dinners, beautiful beach. I’m not sure I would feel any better on a cruise ship though. Dan
  2. Ahhhh! enough with the Bernie photos! The funny wore off already. Not that my contribution is any better.... Dan
  3. I'm a guy, but for examples sake... I still enjoy researching and planning to the last detail and started out more like Ellie, but have gravitated to a blend of Sarah and Claire. Love those sea days! We particularly look for cruises that have two full sea days at the end of the cruise so that we're not packing up the day after our ports of call are all done! Dan
  4. Very happy to see the sail date extended to September 30 2022. We received multiple emails today about it for our various credits Dan
  5. Just spent last week in a BEAUTIFUL 2800 square foot condo on Clearwater Beach. Gorgeous weather as well. As much as we enjoyed it, it doesn't hold a candle to cruising. We're finding out that we miss it more, not less, since this covid mess. Dan
  6. I know I'm missing cruising too much when I looked at this photo and thought I saw a cruise ship in the upper right of the picture. Dan
  7. This is a very good point, but from the viewpoint of those who have had Covid but were asymptomatic and never knew they had it. I could be wrong about the numbers, but I seem to remember a statistic that says around 40% of Covid cases are those who are asymptomatic and don’t even know it. They might be in for a rude surprise when they get their Covid test three or so days before the cruise and find out they are positive. You can easily test positive for Covid 2 to 3 months after having had it even though you are not contagious, and probably safer to be on board than those who have n
  8. Thank you for this! I would guess that this would carry over to US sailings as well. WOW, 180 days! That's a lot of folks who are not able to cruise for quite some time after contracting COVID. For us, this makes it very hard to plan or book a cruise IMO. Sure, RCI can provide you with cruise credit if you need to cancel, but I'm not sure what policies airlines will have by the time cruising starts up again in the US. For those of us living up north, flying is much preferred for many of us. Looking forward to when things are back to "normal" whenever that is.
  9. Yeah I set myself up for responses like this when I used the term “not fair”. Trust me, I’m not one of those entitled whiners. I should have left that sentence out. It doesn’t change the reality of the situation for those who catch Covid 1-3 months before sailing. We’ll see how this all shakes out Dan
  10. I cannot argue that and I believe you, although it is shocking in the current environment. I honestly pray that Texas does not run out of ICU and hospital doctors and nurses due to this practice. My buddy who is also an ICU doctor is having to work 13 days straight due the high demand and need. This is the same gentleman that was asked to return to work after testing positive for COVID and quarantining for the minimum 10 days because he met the CDC criteria. Dan
  11. I would not talk in such absolutes. It is easy to show previous infection by providing the documentation of positive COVID test results. So now we will except negative tests as proof but not a positive test? I highly doubt that the Texas medical board currently does not allow doctors or nurses to return to work until after two consecutive negative results. That was back in June. Much has been learned since. We have many doctor and nurse friends and they are allowed to go back to practice, after infection, as soon as they meet the CDC guidelines.(copied below) One of
  12. So those that are less risk of getting or giving COVID to others are not allowed to sail? I’m not up to speed on the latest rules from Royal Caribbean, but if someone gets Covid after final payment (and may very well test positive all the way up to the sail date ) will royal give them a full refund including deposit?. It’s completely not fair to those who get Covid and have recovered to not allow them to sail. Dan
  13. What are they going to do about those who already had Covid but are far past the infectious stage but can still test positive for Covid up to three months after already having it? Dan
  14. By the time we got to the salt flats we were starting to run out of time after all of the other activities we did that day so unfortunately we did not see the turtles. However we saw a ton of them in Curaçao the next day. It was awesome Dan
  15. When it comes to COVID, I believe that anyone can find an article that definitively proves their side of an argument. Dan
  16. We looked into golf carts but ended up renting small SUV's from Hertz at the Divi Flamingo resort, which is only about a 5 minute walk from the port. The SUV's were air conditioned and faster than a golf cart. We were able to drive the entire island in one day. Started out heading west to snorkle at multiple locations (karpata, 1000 steps, etc...) then heading north to the reserve, then all the way southeast to the salt flats and old slave huts. Had the most amazing food at kite city, a well known food truck there. The beach out front of kite city was fantastic, and the snorkeling was gre
  17. To each his/her own, but I prefer not to be drained at the start of my vacation. Driving 1400 miles one way, either over multiple days or in one long 21+ hour drive doesn't appeal to me nearly as much as a 1 hour drive to the airport followed by a 2.5 hour flight. Dan
  18. I go to Walmart to check out the latest fashion trends. Who knew that pajamas were so popular to be worn in the middle of the day? Dan
  19. The way COVID has exploded in the last few weeks it's hard to determine just where one picks it up. The plane is one possibility but so are all the other potential exposures you had from the time you left your house until you returned. Dan
  20. We've primarily cruised Royal, but did sail on the Equinox once. As a whole, the food on that particular cruise was better than any of the Royal cruises we've done, but not by a large margin. Entertainment wasn't as good as Royal, but not bad. Service has been excellent on both lines. Loved the indoor solarium on the Equinox and the padded lounge chair. I also loved all the ocean views and the outdoor space on the top deck. Having said that, it's the only cruise that I felt somewhat bored by day 6. If I want to just veg on a beautiful ship, with great food, and views of the s
  21. Hopefully Johnny Rockets goes away on Royal Caribbean ships. Just my opinion but it’s never been an impressive venue. Never really fit. Subpar burger joint. Dan
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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