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  1. Possibly disembarking some of the crew and sending them home - real home. Chris Wong - Vlogs on YouTube about his life working for Royal Caribbean - was just sent home last week after floating around without passengers on Oasis of the Seas (and getting to live somewhat like a guest when finished with the daily deep cleaning work they were doing, dining at the specialty restaurants and enjoying the pools and so forth) for several days in the Bahamas before coming in to Miami and being put on a flight home to the UK.
  2. Be real careful with that "waiter." Visiting them for, umm, adult recreation in their staterooms can lead to their termination, irresistible though they may be.
  3. Agree. People believe and remember what they hear. Latest just adds to distrust and uncertainty. I predict we will see a contraction of the industry as follows. The biggest, newest ships will continue to sail, but they need will really step up their quality control game. Some aspects of cruising will change forever and I don't think onboard attitudes will ever be quite as carefree as they once were. I expect tighter security and closer monitoring of employee and guest conduct. They will also need to improve their environmental records and employee work condition standards. Many of the mega-ships currently on order from the shipyards but not yet started will probably be cancelled as demand drops significantly and each line likely has enough large ship capacity to manage whatever is left for the foreseeable future. Gradual decommissioning of several of the smaller, older ships. Carnival Fantasy class , Royal Caribbean Empress, Sovereign, and maybe Vision classes, Norwegian Spirit and Sky classes, might be nearing the ends of their runs, especially as port agreements expire. I question whether Carnival will go forward at this time with the planned rebuild of Victory into the Radiance. If they manage all of this well, and rebuild a stellar safety record over the next several years, they may recover.
  4. The wise people always say a cruise is what you make of it. Proof of concept right here. Thank you!
  5. For what it's worth, your cruise has a unique place in history, one of the last before the official break in the industry. I hope you have good memories of the rather unusual experience. Thanks for posting.
  6. To answer the question in the title of the thread, yes, for many, our cruising days are over. The current situation has heightened awareness of a slew of risks that were not apparent previously. The piecemeal reactions that have occurred over the past several days are nothing compared to what's coming. Separate from the outrage current and near future passengers are expressing, and the immediate risks of the current pandemic, public perception of the industry will likely cause a sharp decline in the industry, if not its demise. First off, lots of people are afraid of water and would never cruise in the first place. Then you get people who try a cruise once and don't like the small staterooms, crowded conditions, add-on charges, or other aspects of the experience. Then you get people who still remember the Carnival Triumph "poop cruise" and the many nororvirus outbreaks, and long ago decided this whole enterprise was not for them. Now you have several incidents of shipwide quarantines followed by a coordinated agreement between the government and the cruise lines themselves, all very well publicized, planting the idea that cruise ships are a dangerous environment with a high risk of disease transmission. People will not forget this. Period. That's all. We will see demand fall off, followed by the cancellation of several megaship pre-orders, decommissioning of some of the smaller and older ships (so long, Carnival Fantasy Class), and a contraction of the industry. It may recover gradually if it can rebuild a stellar safety record over the next few years, and through the next novel viral outbreak, and the one after that, and so on.
  7. The ship's webcam shows her docked now in Port Everglades. The Princess website posted at 10 pm Pacific time, which would be 1 am Florida time, that they would begin disembarkation and allow those who wanted to use the ship as a hotel to get back on. This illness is going to decimate the travel industry; while you hate to be a doomsayer, at least some of the damage may be permanent. Some segment of the market will fear epidemics and quarantines forever, even if this situation is brought under control and even if years go by without a similar situation.
  8. As others have noted, it's not every sailing and every line with discounts; however if you look at an online cruise broker and do not filter out any results, then sort by price, there are some very low fares in the short run. Carnival has some rock bottom pricing on some of their short cruises on their older ships, even with the March spring break season upon us. Norwegian and MSC do as well. They are not going to discount very far out yet, in hopes that the crisis will pass and they can maintain current fare structures, but in the near term they want to at least fill up the ships to cover costs and get gratuities in for their crew.
  9. Enjoying so far, thanks for bringing us along. Looking forward to your impressions of the Breeze and your first cruise!
  10. Sounds like the Breeze will be a very very nice option for you. While I haven't sailed it, it's one of the biggest and newest in the Carnival fleet and gets a lot of excellent reviews. Nearly twenty years ago I rented a car in St. Thomas at an agency a short walk from the pier. We were sailing on Celebrity, and I was happy to be helped by a guy at the excursion desk when I asked about it. I know their job is to sell their excursions, but he was super encouraging and told us where to find the rental car agency and said it was a fantastic idea and we absolutely should do it. It was challenging but fun driving around the island. It's very hilly and frankly, pretty hard to find your way around on the tiny roads. Not to mention having to drive on the left, which I got used to quickly but not sure everyone would. There were various sites you could visit, places to stop and have a drink or a bite and many, up high on the various hills, provided stunning views of the harbor. My mom, who was my passenger (and no longer travels), got a bit carsick winding around on the drive all day in between stops, but it quickly became one of our very favorite cruise memories, as St. Thomas had long been on her bucket list. Ultimately, depending on what you like and how adventurous you are, you can surely find something fun to do.
  11. Unfortunate situation but it seems obvious she is not going because she simply does not want to go. She might have felt uncomfortably beholden, or perhaps didn't like the idea of being along with you and all your family, or maybe she doesn't feel the same about the friendship as you do. One last option if you wanted to do something crazy, since you are a part of a church. You could do a last minute quickie fundraiser, for the church, highest bidder gets to come along on the cruise. Of course you'd have to stipulate who could bid. Females, no snorers, Age range, etc?
  12. Okay, for me, this detail changes everything. Six hour drive to Charleston on Sunshine, which is the same class as Sunrise. In other words, very similar ships. NOT worth a 13 hour drive and the strain on the parents for a slightly newer ship of the same design, when you have a much more convenient option nearby - that's why Carnival sails from so many ports, after all. To make it convenient for passengers to reach them. That extra time is exhausting for everyone and gets you almost the same product in the end. I haven't sailed from Charleston, but typically Carnival ports have plenty of terminal parking which is also VERY convenient - drop the seniors, kids and bags off at the curb, run the car over to the lot, walk over and meet up. You are spot on with skipping Fantasy if Dad didn't like Elation. Essentially the same ship. Nassau had a pirate museum which we thought was pretty cute. We have also visited Fort Charlotte which is a groovy big old ruin of a real fort from colonial times. In short we cruise for the experience aboard ship and always find something worth doing in any port.
  13. Hi, Aubreysmom. There are so many variables to consider, but as noted by ray, pricing is the same online as on the phone; further I find with Carnival that travel agencies offer the same terms as the regular booking site for the line. This is nice because it's easy to comparison shop right there on the website. Of course if one cruise is a rock bottom bargain compared to the others, or if the departure port is more convenient, that may be your answer. Sunrise is the most recently, fully refurbished of the 3 ships, and if everything else were equal, and since you already have 2 on Sunshine coming up, I would choose Sunrise for the variety. It's likely also in the best overall condition (I sailed it when it was the Triumph but not since it was renamed). However, you are looking at a heckuva drive to Ft. Lauderdale as compared to Charleston. Don't know whether that's worth it?? As for the ports, they all have ways to fill up a day, whether just walking around the port or taking an excursion. Depends what you like and what they like. If they have always wanted to see the Mayan ruins, you can get excursions to famous (also crowded) Chichen Itza from Progreso, or you can arrange tours to less famous, much less crowded (but further from port) Uxmal, where you can actually climb some of the structures. What else is important to you and the group you are traveling with?
  14. Send your child to the first night meet and greet. They tend to bond with a group that sticks the rest of the voyage.
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