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  1. Once we realized sharing tables was normal, it made it so much easier finding seats!!!!!
  2. Can't we all just agree, that there is no reason to keep the casino a smokers hangout, and just clean it up, and ban it in all inside places and/or balconies
  3. When you get on a ship, in the USA, you will find the majority of the ship areas, will be for vaccinated guests, and you will not have a mask on. So.....any pictures you take, will not be required to have a mask on because you will be socially distanced from others, most likely have a vaccine, and the photographer will also have a vaccine. You will find on the ship, your mask will be off 75% or more of the time.
  4. you went from "Americans primary cruising" to "english speaking guests". I have been on several Asian cruises, and a typical RCCL cruise is in China. All the game shows except quest happened. All the entertainment happened, although some shows were actually better since they were just music, and Asian entertainment. Food was the same, but had an Asian supplement on the menu. Specialty restaurants the same. These cruises are American vacations, without leaving Asia (China/Japan). Of course there were changes to some items to follow either local laws, or local traditions. I once went on a cruise from San Juan, and the primary language ended up being Spanish, with English as a secondary announcement. I don't know why people think an Asian cruise is so much different.
  5. I thought the idea is to bid a low number, and hope you get a room for below market value. If a person really wants a better room and they want to pay full price, they just can call and change it, paying the difference. No need to bid the max.
  6. I don't know.....I sailed of Amsterdam, and there were lots of Europeans on that ship......and since all the countries are pretty small, it makes sense it would be all the neighbors also. I also sailed out of Dubai, and I was definitely a minority on that ship also.
  7. Costs? If you are talking maybe an extra $200 per person for a flight but the cruise is cheaper, hotels are cheaper, food/restaurants are cheaper, than cost is definitely not an issue. Med sailings were filled with Europeans and not very many from USA. Percentage is different, but still, not a true statement. The biggest reason, is fear, not cost. It is the fear of the unknown, going to a country, where English is not widely spoken, and the thought that the ship is some way different.
  8. Pretty sure, New Years only happens at Midnight. However, my kids never had an issue staying awake late. The ship is a family ship, so if you see kids, they paid for the festivities also, and more than welcome to have fun (hyped up on soda).
  9. Actually, Australia/New Zealand canceled all cruises and travel to their country, and RCCL is just following their laws.
  10. I am 99.9999% sure that anyone that answers this question is making a guess. I' 99.9999% sure, you will need to wait until they announce what you need for your sailing date.
  11. In 30 years, I never ironed my clothes on a ship, or on any trip, both ship, and land. I'm extremely proud of this.
  12. Ok, you booked with award points from your credit card, but you don't like your credit card TA, so you want to move your booking, but still expect you CC to happily let you use your points outside their organization? That doesn't work that way.
  13. The ships have less staff. So, early dining is seated, and depending on the tables being used, they start seating MDT within the same area as fixed dining. So, in the dining room one table is reserved for fixed, and another is reserved for mtd. Thus, they have the same reduced staff, handling all tables in a staggered way to cut down on congestion in the kitchen and on the dining floor. When capacity increases (not a particular number, but rather how many people come out of hiding), they will most likely change the model of service
  14. It's funny how Americans immediately jump in with saying that you should dress any way you want, and ignore suggestions. Many parts of the world still understand that a formal night or dress you best night, really means that and not a night to wear a t-shirt and jeans. To answer the poster, I don't recall ever seeing a formal night on a night in port where boarding is so late. Than again, I don't remember being on the ship early enough to go to dining room on those nights to care. I believe any cruise over 5 nights has 2 nights.
  15. There is no magical number for capacity. Some people are getting on the ships, without caring about anything as normal. Some are waiting for some magic item, such as covid going away (maybe in 5 years), masking going away (Elections in 2024), or a number of other reasons. Capacity is also driven by international guests that have pretty much dropped to none for many of the same reasons. I'm pretty sure, if they sell the ship at 90% that will be your number for that week. I think too many people are speculating at numbers and I don't think a number exists.
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