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  1. We bought the refreshment package (soda, coffee) at $20, today it is $26.
  2. We'll be keeping track - we will not drink enough to justify $52/day, so we got the soda/coffee package and we'll see how much we add to it by purchasing alcohol. I suspect the total will still be appreciably less than $52/day.
  3. Thank you. Is there a link to a schedule? That would be awesome.
  4. My first thought was...as long as they have lobster and the souffle dessert......
  5. This is not a problem specific to the Bahamas, and while the hurricane has made it worse, it's an issue all over the Caribbean. This editorial cartoon is from the Caymans. And the world is one big, interconnected ball. "In a recent paper, Wang’s team combined satellite data with field samples and nutrient analyses to provide evidence for possible causes of the bloom (Science 2019, DOI: 10.1126/science.aaw7912). Nutrients released by deforestation and increasing fertilizer use are entering the ocean via the Amazon River plume, where the river’s water mixes with the ocean. Meanwhile, upwelling, a natural process wherein nutrient-rich water from deep in the ocean rises to the surface, occurs off the coast of West Africa. The high concentration of nutrients in the ocean is causing the seaweed population to explode." https://cen.acs.org/environment/sustainability/Sargassum-strangling-tourism-Caribbean-scientists/97/i34
  6. How are the planes coming in - has the airport been repaired? We were there last year on the one-year anniversary of Irma, and there were a dozen planes that came in, but most were quite small. There was only one passenger jet.
  7. That's an interesting question, I hope someone knows. Where is this shop?
  8. Hurricane Andrew - before cell phones were common - we were 6 weeks without power, another two for landline, and cable didn't get hooked up for 4 months. Recovery from a major storm takes time.
  9. If you do not want to donate to PADF through RCI, there are many other choices - start here: Global Giving has established the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund to provide emergency supplies and long-term assistance to help in rebuilding. World Central Kitchen, set up by the chef José Andrés, provides food to people after natural disasters. Mr. Andrés and a relief team have arrived in Nassau, the capital, and have begun to identify places where they can set up kitchens on the affected islands. HeadKnowles is a Bahamian organization that organized relief operations during Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Joaquin in 2015. They have set up a site through Go Fund Me. Yacht Aid Global has set up “Operation Topaz” to bring emergency supplies like food, tarps, hygiene kits and medicine to Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands. The organization works with yachts in the region to coordinate support. Team Rubicon, an organization of military veterans that provides disaster relief, is in the Bahamas. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/03/reader-center/hurricane-dorian-how-to-help.html
  10. I have never looked at the prices onboard, but there are always staff outside Windjammer trying to sell the specialty restaurants. How do those prices compare to what you can buy pre-cruise?
  11. Decent, easily storable, cleanable metal straws are getting cheaper. That way there is no issue.
  12. I saw on another discussion that Harmony supports it also. Is that incorrect?
  13. 'Tis the season. This will be affect Eastern Caribbean, for sure. https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?start#contents
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