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  1. Many many people, many many times, over many many years. 🍷🍷
  2. I'm beginning to see this, thank you for the final push. I'm happy to say I've just cancelled the cruise. Yes, honestly. Happy! There's no pleasure or excitement or anticipation when it's all so confusing and stressful, my final payment is 10 days away, but I book with a US travel agent so I'll get my deposit back too, meaning no loss at all. My Barcelona hotel and UK-BCN flights are also fully refundable until 24 hours before travel. It's always worth paying that little bit extra for flexible tickets. I suddenly wondered why I was putting myself through this stress. I'm back at work in the next few weeks. I'm TUI Airways Cabin Crew, so I'll be getting my fair share of Caribbean sunshine on my trips now that so many islands are opening up again and passengers are flocking to book! All's well that ends well. Harmony, I'll see you soon, but possibly after Symphony as I LOVE Hairspray! Happy cruising and good luck everyone! 😊
  3. I'm not definite on this, but I don't think EU/UK citizens can leave their own country unless they're fully vaccinated or officially exempt, and they definitely can't enter another EU country. So European cruises should therefore be 100% vaccinated, whether that includes kids or not, I'm not sure. By late summer, the Digital Vaccine Passport system will have been all set up and running for a few months and we'll be travelling within Europe/UK as we always have before. There will only be a tiny amount of unvaccinated people left by then. So in answer to your question, I don't predict many, if any, extra protocols will be in force on European cruises. Don't quote me though, everything can change by the hour at the moment!
  4. To add, with the UK and EU Digital Vaccine Passport systems about to be linked up, things are looking even better! Get your QR Codes ready! 😂
  5. Things are starting to look a lot more hopeful for my Harmony Mediterranean from Barcelona in October. Still keeping fingers crossed though. Once we land in Spain, we'd then be under Spanish travel rules at the time. Ports of call are all in France, Italy, and Spain. So let's hope the EU has sorted their Europe wide open zone for the fully vaccinated by then. Anyone else got the sensational prices and double points for Harmony in the Med this summer?
  6. Talking of the similarities between Celebrity Solstice Class and Quantum Class, I'm reminded of a trip report someone did on the what he called the "Celebrity Quantum" a few years ago. A good read if I remember. One of those really good trip reporters.
  7. Indeed - The only automatic self-leveling pool tables. They made a pretty big deal of them when Radiance Class launched.
  8. Me too! Definitely a Voyager/Freedom Class guy. The vast majority of my cruises have been on these classes, and because both are so similar it almost feels like coming home when stepping on board. I love that feeling. I don't have to learn my way around, I'm just 'home,' I know where everything is, know tricks and tips that others wouldn't, even get occasional "wow hi!" from crew members. Oasis Class is cool and yes, has the WOW, my next cruise is Harmony, but there's just something that always pulls be back to those 'old' (am I really calling Voyager and Freedom Classes "OLD"??) ships. All time fave - Navigator (8 times)
  9. Wow! Go you! Enjoy all those firsts 😊 I'm a flight attendant and it's so awesome when we see first time fliers boarding looking apprehensive, or maybe a little scared, or sometimes absolutely terrified! But to see their total opposite when we're saying goodbye and seeing them SO happy that they did it and really enjoyed the experience. Even the terrified ones! 😂 I found you a YouTube video of a Carnival TV Map. I think this is VERY old but it gives you an idea of what to expect. Don't worry, the Royal version is waaaaaay better! 😁
  10. If you need to be "sold on" a particular ship or class then that ones not for you. Find one you LOVE the look of, and can't possibly wait to cruise on! You'll be far more excited in the lead up rather than possibly dreading the fact you might not like the ship.
  11. Every ship is different, it varies greatly on where the ship is located in the world, the position of the satellites, whether the ship has the most modern equipment to receive those signals, weather conditions, etc. There are some channels which are 'piped' to your stateroom TV from inside the ship. Most larger ships have a TV studio onboard. You'll find documentaries about the building of Royal's ships, kids movies on repeat, other movies, replays of the 'Love & Marriage' competition from the night before or whatever the night before was, or even live footage of the belly flop contest! As you can tell, it varies greatly. The channel I love is the moving map, it shows the location of the ship, wind speeds, compass heading, arrival time, sunrise/sunset times, and very often a live view looking forward from the bridge. We keep that channel on in the background while getting ready etc, great background music too.. The most eclectic mix of genres you've ever experienced! 😂
  12. The Central Parks on Oasis Class ships actually play the sounds of Cicadas from mini speakers hidden amongst the plants during the evening hours. They also play the same sound in some areas of the pool decks during this time too. In daytime hours the Central Park speakers play bird song. The parks also attract the occasional real bird or two! I agree it's nice not to hear it in bed though. 😊
  13. What a story! I will say that I'm impressed by your knowledge of our protocols here though. But your deductions were not quite right. I am desperate to get back to Florida and cruise again. I usually do so twice every winter, usually B2B, and the Med from Barcelona or Rome every summer, and I have missed it all like crazy of course. In case you're wondering how; I'm an international flight attendant for a British Airline, so I get a few little perks when it comes to flights. (Which ARE actually operating btw.) Aircrew are exempt from quarantine laws but must take regular tests of course. And of course, I'm fully vaccinated, not only against Covid, but all vaccines required for all areas of the world that I visit with my job. You're right, I'm not interested in sailing in circles around the UK, I can't imagine anything more boring! So trying to plan my next wonderful cruises is proving difficult. I want them to be as close to normal as possible, but since I've heard that masks will be required if more than 5% of guests are un-vaccinated, it puts a huge obstacle in the way. I won't cruise if I have to wear a mask but I want to sail from Florida. I have good friends in Miami to visit when I'm next in town. (Those visits cancelled three times so far along with the cruises.) The reason I asked the question is that I really am interested in what percentage of guests could be unvaccinated due to the recent decision by DeSantis. I suppose what we all need to know is how to find out which sailings are in the no more than 5% group, and which are not. I've seen mention of particular ships being 100%, and others with no requirement (but lots of extra costs, processes, testing, and masks.) There are some fabulous prices out there for late summer and I'm desperate to book. This percentage thing is my only worry due to the chances of the unexpected occurring. Happy Cruising Everyone! We WILL get back to normal... 😎
  14. Perhaps I should have mentioned that I'm British, and don't need to deal with the issues America has with their 'news media' entertainment shows. TV channels claiming to be broadcasting news should do just that and nothing else. That type of 'news entertainment' doesn't go down at all well over here, in fact we don't have anything similar. We like the facts of the matter with clear explanation and deep analysis by experts in the particular field pertaining to the subject in hand.
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