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  1. I think the announcement part is the real rumor/speculation, not the ships being in Miami at the moment. Although using the backdrop of those two would be good (Navigator seems to be the "model ship" for the Amp program, and Symphony is the newest oasis class)
  2. There's an unsubstantiated rumor that Navigator and Symphony both pulled into Miami this morning as part of something that RCCL intends to announce this week. I'll believe it when I see it.
  3. A fairly recent change for Florida results is that they are including positive antibody results as "new cases". Not sure if that matters too much overall, but it does mean that some folks likely had and recovered from the virus (perhaps without really knowing it).
  4. Is Port Canaveral going to be the only port where everything starts up again? Or Miami/Ft. Lauderdale also? The private island only (or mostly) cruises seem like the safest bets. 2x coco cay, Labadee or combo of both ala Independence. Harmony and Mariner seem like the most likely to still go out of all of them, with the ships based in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale right behind them. Disney definitely seems to be focusing on Port Canaveral.
  5. This is exactly what I mean by any arbitrary date won't matter. It has to start at some point, then you can basically leave it up to people's choice, because very few are willing to be guinea pigs. And that's what the first month back is effectively going to be. (For both passengers and crew) If it works out after a few months or two, people will be more willing to come back. If it doesn't, not so much.
  6. They have to restart at some point, no date is going to be great for everyone. I think with the general trend of bigger things (like the first small parts of Disney/Universal) reopening in Florida right now, August seems about right. Too bad that's right when hurricane season starts to ramp up.
  7. Watch what happens with the Orlando theme parks closely for Florida based sailings, as this probably is the best real indicator on how this goes. Right now Universal opened up their CityWalk shopping district last Thursday limited style, and Disney Springs opened today (also limited). The Aug 1st date aligns with what Carnival is doing, and probably others.
  8. Maybe this https://www.rclinvestor.com/press-releases/release/?id=1462 MIAMI, March 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (NYSE: RCL) today announced that due to the spread and recent developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the company has increased its revolving credit capacity by $550 million bolstering the company's liquidity. The company is pursuing additional actions to improve its liquidity by reducing capital expenditures, operating expenses and taking other actions to improve liquidity by at least a further $1.7 billion in 2020. The company is also planning reductions to the 2021 capital expenditures and operating expenses. The company had previously communicated that its 2020 guidance did not include the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the recent government actions and the heightened impact and uncertainty of changes in the magnitude, duration and geographic reach of COVID-19, the company is withdrawing its first quarter and full-year 2020 guidance. "These are extraordinary times and we are taking these steps to manage the company prudently and conservatively," said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO. "I am proud of the work our teams are doing to address this unprecedented situation." (more on the link)
  9. Here's the captain of the Diamond Princess making the announcement of 66 new cases, he sounds beat.
  10. https://www.facebook.com/david.abel.75
  11. 1PM? Nope, especially if you run into any traffic issues getting there. Closest Theme Park to the port time/distance wise is Sea World, followed by Universal, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, then Animal Kingdom. But none of them would be worth it with those times.
  12. Peak travel seasons are expensive because everyone is off and the demand is there to drive prices up. Kids sale free is just part of that, just check a price in July against the week before thanksgiving week or the week after (Or early January) to then (or any other time kids are out of school). We're doing a bucket list 18 night Transpacific Cruise (Aus/NZ/Tahiti/Bora Bora/Hawaii) on Ovation in April with our 5 year old, we're taking out of her Pre-Kindergarten to do it, price for 3 before KSF was 7,175.03, after was $5,742.03 (For balcony semi obstructed on deck 7). That's what put it into our doable range (even with flights from Florida to Australia and return from Hawaii) so it does work. We'd probably do it up to 1/2nd grade for a 1 week. This effectively 3 week trip is probably not doable once in grade school,. though. We really taken advantage of it, she'll be hitting Emerald status (on her own) after this trip. It's important to know you only get the raw fare off though, not port fees, taxes, and other junk fees.
  13. It came very close, but didn't hit the Oasis. The Main Dining Room looks trashed on the Glory though.
  14. Just to follow up since I hadn't really seen anyone mention how it worked (at least for us on the Thanksgiving Allure cruise) We got the card via cruise planner on sale ($32 I believe). We did not find it in our cabin when we got in, so we didn't know what was up, so we went to cafe promenade to go see what they had drink wise before we hit up guest services, but we then realized they actually had our cards AT cafe promenade, and we gave them our name and they had a sheet that they crossed off and gave us the card right there. They did specifically mention one punch per "shot" then. You could use the card on Allure at the Cafe Promenade (best place to use it since they had the most available), Central Park Cafe, and the main dining room (and possibly specialty, but we didn't go in any on this trip). What was inconsistent was some staff wanted to scan your sea pass, and others did not (but they all punched or marked, the card).
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