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    Caribbean
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  1. sadly, our US holds that dubious honor!!! Almost 2 million cases today!!
  2. Better handled would be any where that started precautions prior to 3 months after knowing of the virus.. and "being hit hard and at what cost" would obviously mean loss of life, period!
  3. Sweden (almost 19K cases) is better than NJ (223K cases) for sure.. I just think that the places that haven't been hit that hard yet, may still get hit hard. Unless of course, their Governments handled it better than ours in the US (which I'm sure most did)!! Of course NJ is the most densely populated state (per capita), so there's that!!
  4. awe, I hope that you will come back and sail RC, it is a wonderful cruise line. We have also sailed on Princess (5X) and loved it as well, I think Royal may be our cruise line, when we feel like it's safe to do that again. Meanwhile, we were supposed to sail out of Puerto Rico in 2 weeks and I have just gone on to request a refund, vs the future cruise credit. We probably will sail again in the future, but maybe not next year. Stay safe If you could live our reality here in NJ (and neighboring NY) you wouldn't be so quick to want things re-opened. I have 3 friends that have been down and out for 2+ weeks with this vicious virus and know of lots of people (both young and old) that have died from it. Sure, we are bored silly, Today begins my 7th week of working from home, along with my husband and daughter. But, the upside is, we are all well and we will eventually get back to a new "normal". Our beaches are closed, parks are closed, all "non-essential" businesses are closed. The economy is struggling and unemployment is at an all time high. No one wants this, but what is the alternative? If we rush back, with no social distancing and new guidelines, surely the second wave will be back and it will be worse than the first. Our governor has set up a plan, but it will be mid to end of May before we see anything even start to change. Hopefully more and different testing and research will evolve in the next days and weeks. Every day we wake up and hope that today will be the "miracle cure" day. Today we worry about lowering the risk to an acceptable level.
  5. I feel your pain. We were supposed to cruse out of Puerto Rico 5/10/20 and I am beyond disappointed, but not surprised. I don't see us going again until MAYBE next year, but God only knows how this is going to turn out. When this all started, we thought that in a few months, we'd have a handle on it. No one knew just how vicious this virus was at that point. Now we are wondering if we'll even get to go to the beach this summer!!
  6. Maybe with your circumstances (having a son that cannot travel because of his particular health issues and this respiratory disease), they would make special dispensation for you. I would definitely give it a try. I have emailed Frontier tried the same for my cost. I don't feel like we should incur any additional costs for this, since it's out of our control. Good luck to you and your family!
  7. I wish!! We paid over 500 for 3 flights to Puerto Rico. That included bags and seats.
  8. Boy, you are so right. This past month has seemed like an eternity and sadly, there's a long way to go. I am starting my 5th week of "working from home" today. Our cruise was cancelled of course. We are having a little bit of trouble with Frontier Airlines, which I'm surprised about. They let us cancel without a cancel fee, but are charging us a "rebooking fee" of $25 p/p. I think that stinks, since we have no choice. I would rather take the refund, but they aren't giving us that option.. Anyway, I guess that's not a big deal, considering everything that's going on in the world. You are right. I wish that our "President" (I use that term lightly) and the powers that be would have taken this whole thing more seriously when it first started. Maybe we would have a better grasp on it by now. Things here in NJ are at a peak I think and hopefully will be heading down soon (like NY). My brother and his family are in PA (I'm originally from Scranton). He works as a butcher for "Gerrity's" market and has been working 6 to 7 10 hour days because of the "panic shoppers". I worry about him, just like we all worry about our families. I hope that our beaches (5 mins from home) are open this summer, but I worry that Florida is ruining that for us now. Our Governor will see how the crowds seem to be gathering there since re-opening and will fear a re-surge here if that happens. I will miss our cruise vacations and honestly don't know how soon we will feel comfortable cruising again. I think it will be at least next year. In the meantime, we are staying home and trying to stay safe and well. I wish the same for you and your family.
  9. I didn't mean you specifically. I know I'M cranky..haha.. I want to run away sometimes.. We are in NJ, which is hopefully on a plateau now and starting to go downward. In the middle of my 4th week at home (working) with my husband and daughter. The weather here is pretty good, maybe 4 out of 7 days (typical for NJ),so we go out for walks every day after "work". Keep hanging in there, stay well and stay home...
  10. Everyone is cranky after being stuck at home this long. I have an observation to make about Florida.. IMO the Governor should have closed down that state BEFORE spring breakers came, celebrated as kids do on the beach, and more than likely spread the virus to their home states. We watched the scenes on the beaches in Miami and other spots in Florida and couldn't believe it was going on. Maybe that would have kept the numbers lower in your state!!
  11. Things here in NJ are scary to say the least. Our 5/10 cruise was cancelled, which was no surprise here. We are close to NYC and trailing a day or two behind them in numbers and "flattening of the curve". I have been working from home for going on 3 full weeks now, along with my husband. Our daughter, who works in NYC, has been working from home for 5 weeks now. We are home and trying to stay here as much as possible. We work and then go for walks when the weather permits, at the end of each day. Trying to order groceries online for pickup or delivery is becoming harder and harder. I had to go to the store, donning a mask on Tuesday, but got enough to last us a few weeks. A few friends of ours have had or currently have this awful virus. Thankfully, they are on the road to recovery now, but it's been a long road for them. Every ache or pain convinces us that we must have "it" too, so we are grateful to remain well so far. I know that life as we know it will never be the same again. I look forward to the beach and spending time with family and hugging my kids again soon. Stay home and stay well everyone!!
  12. Mainly because he likes to leave from a warmer climate right from the get-go! Also, the waters of the North Atlantic can be a little rougher, but the captains usually know how to navigate that. I have many friends that have sailed out of Bayonne and they love it. My very first cruise was to Bermuda many years ago and I don't remember an issues either.
  13. yes, it is pretty.. have sailed under those bridges many times, going on Seastreak to Yankee games (when they used to do that). My husband likes to start vacation in a warmer climate, although I am working on him to reconsider. It would be a lot easier to drive to the port than to fly and have to stay at hotels! My very first cruise many years ago, was to Bermuda from NYC. I remember that it was awesome.
  14. We have done November once, maybe we will check it out for later this year..
  15. Just got the email last night that our 5/10/20 Southern Caribbean cruise out of San Juan has been cancelled. Can't say that I'm surprised, but we still are so sad! Things are pretty surreal and scary here in NJ. Our state with the most people per square foot, has been hit hard. We are second to NY at this time in cases. We have been working from home this week, while our daughter that works in NYC just started her 3rd week working from home. Now, we try to reschedule this cruise to a better date. We have only ever cruised in the spring, with the exception of June once and November once. Trying to avoid hurricane season is always in the back of our minds. Any suggestions on good times, good ports? We have done Eastern and Western and Southern Caribbean out of Florida, Galveston and Puerto Rico. I have done Bermuda out of NYC, but my husband doesn't want to sail from NY or Bayonne. Also, wondering how long this pandemic will be around. Stay home and stay safe everyone!!
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