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Everything posted by sprockie

  1. Measures to screen are not enough. People lie.
  2. Me too. I Lysol wipes everything in our cabins. We wash and sanitize our hands often. Still didn't stop us from getting sick on each and every cruise we've been on for the last several years! More sanitizing of public areas is required and the cabin stewards need less cabins to clean to be able to accomplish this.
  3. This is exactly how we feel. We'll be avoiding cruising until a vaccine has been given worldwide. Luckily we squeezed in a great tropical Caribbean just before Xmas with our kids, so I am glad for that. We've never come home from a cruise without being sick with some virus, so with CV some changes will definitely be made by the cruise lines to keep viruses controlled.
  4. It's not just the coronavirus I am concerned about for future cruises. We are a healthy family of 4 that cruise every winter. I don't remember a year we didn't come home sick with something. Luckily we cruised just before Xmas this past year, but I still have the dry irritating cough that I picked up onboard. I think major changes have to happen on all ships to decrease the spread of all viruses. We LOVE cruising, but we're not booking anything for a few years at least.
  5. Personally I'd like to see room stewards' cabin # 's be cut in half in order to spend more time in each cabin to thoroughly clean each cabin and public areas. Of course this will increase prices, but it would be one way to increase consumer confidence.
  6. Exactly. Our family of 4 are always sick by the time we get off the ship or shortly after. We sailed before Xmas and I still have a cough. This despite our stepped up handwashing and hand sanitizer. Makes you wonder what travels through the air system
  7. It was paper straws only on the NS in December and using uncooked spaghetti to skewer olives, pineapple etc.
  8. For most of the cruise you are very near land. In fact you can see land for 3/4 of the trip.
  9. Oh yes. Couldn't agree more. You won't need earplugs. The RSRR was the highlight of our pre-xmas cruise. I was 18 again. It was magnificent. My husband and I and our 18 year old daughter had so much fun. I sat right in front of the speakers and it didn't phase me a bit. I feel the need to post this again.
  10. That's correct. They are in ear monitors. A band member from the RSRR told me.
  11. I think HAL really needs to roll out some kind of rock entertainment fleet-wide whatever form that may take.
  12. Exactly, me too. I will no longer book any cruise ship that doesn't have the rock room. I know I'd be very disappointed without it now that I know how great it is. Orlando Ashford...are you listening?
  13. Isn't that band fantastic? I wish I was on there again!!!
  14. Very true. We just keep doing this itinerary every year.
  15. I would choose the tropical over the western in a heartbeat. Just got off that itinerary on December. It was perfect. No need for shore exc. at any port. Very beachy - our favourite.
  16. We have been hal customers for the last 20 years. We just returned from the NS just before Christmas and I vowed I would never book another Cruise on any ship that doesn't have a rolling stone rock room. We enjoyed it so much and it added so much to our cruise experience that I can't imagine how disappointed I would be to sail on a ship without that entertainment venue. I know that space is an issue on the older ships but I sure would like to see some rock bands on the main stage at the very least.
  17. Agreed wholeheartedly. We found it to be a wonderful addition to our vacation to be able to take in the various bands and musicians all night every night. I am personally so glad to see the phasing out of the sedate lounge music and the main stage singing and dancing shows with big band/show tunes.
  18. Orlando and I are on the same page.... Bring on the RSRR and other modern rock venues throughout the fleet!!!! I enjoyed the RSRR immensely on our cruise a few weeks ago. I don't think I'll book another cruise on a ship that doesn't have the Rock Room.
  19. We too were on this cruise. We had no idea we were booked on with the MercyMe group until we arrived at the Terminal and saw the sea of matching shirts. They had a lot of scheduled events throughout the day so they were occupied elsewhere much of the time - which made more room and more available services throughout the ship. And yes, the missed ports was a total bummer that cruise. Mother nature showed no Mercy!
  20. Something to keep in mind also that I forgot about is that we go through customs in Key West on the tropical itinerary. Customs is called down by deck number and it looked like we wouldn't be off the ship till about 10:30 if all went well. Just something to keep in mind when booking shore excursions.
  21. Well I went to the Q&A with the RSRR band, and I asked the question where they get their playlists from and they said they are given a list of about 300 songs and they choose between them which they will rehearse and perform. These are 5 musicians who came from different areas and came together to create this band on the NS. Songs I recall throughout the cruise were: Summer of 69 Some Kind of Wonderful Walk This Way Jessie's Girl Everybody Wants to Rule the World Sweet Home Alabama Bad Moon Rising Take Another Piece of My Heart Ziggy Stardust Magic Carpet Ride Boys of Summer White Room Dead or Alive Go Your Own Way Take It Easy Hotel California Brown Eyed Girl Dream On Sharp Dressed Man Free Falling Americal Girl Pride Don't Stop Believing Crazy Train Listen to the Music Every Little Thing She Does is Magic Living on a Prayer Born to be Wild Black Magic Woman Honkey Tonk Women Comfortably Numb You Really Got Me Sunshine of Your Love Hurt So Good Come Together I Want You to Want Me Light My Fire Hurt So Good
  22. I noticed on the NS that less money has been invested in the show lounge as compared to other older ships - maybe because they offer different types of entertainment throughout the ship. In my ideal world, the Rock Room would be a venue like the show lounge, but with tables and chairs and a dancefloor. I imagine the drinks would be flowing and people would be parked there all night spending money on drinks (which we all know is the goal). They could book acts to go on one after another for several sets per night - eg. blues, contemporary piano, rock bands etc. I think as long as the musicians and entertainers were appealing to the boomers/younger crowd - you'd get people staying all night and dropping $$$$.
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