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  1. 1. That photo showed 6 people. There are 1,039 other crew members on board. 2. We don't know if those 6 on deck have tested negative. 3. Passengers with Inside Cabins are allowed out on deck for limited periods of time each day. I assume that the same would apply to crew members who are quarantined in their tiny quarters. 4. This could be a photo of quarantined crew members who are "enjoying" their fresh air allotment. Or it could be a photo of crew members who have been released from quarantined status. Or it could be a photo of crew members who were never subject to a quarantine protocol because no crew members were ever quarantined. Bottom line is that this photo in no way demonstrates what the situation with the crew is, one way or the other.
  2. Do we know this to be true? Obviously there are crew members who are out and about preparing and delivering food and maintaining the essential operations of the ship. (I assume, (or at least hope) that these people have tested negative.) But do we know for sure that "non-essential" crew members are not in quarantine? Not saying you are wrong. But I haven't heard or seen anything that addresses this so I can't cite to a source. Seems to me that the folks who work in the gift shop who could have come in contact with an infected person either on this cruise or the one before it have just as much reason and need to be quarantined as anyone else, and since no one is visiting the gift shops, why not initiate preventive measures. Of course, confining them to their quarters would be pretty much like putting someone in a prison cell. But I'm not sure what the alternative is. If I were in charge, I would test the crew members first, and get the sick ones off the ship and then allow the healthy ones to run the ship. But until they tested negative, they'd be quarantined same as the guests. While it is true that from a public relations standpoint, the "passengers come first." But in reality, if you want to nip this in the bud, it is the crew that has to be proven healthy as they are the "constants" that will come in contact with wave after wave of guests from now into the foreseeable future.
  3. The lifeboats are never lowered unless the crew is doing safety drills which isn’t common enough to worry about. Having the lifeboats directly below you is not an issue at all. Won’t ruin your view and won’t cause noise.
  4. There are differences between the 6 and the 6S. So it is possible for you both to be right.
  5. Is it just the app that is not working, or is it your Medallion as well? Can your open your cabin door and tap in to charge things to your account?
  6. Of course it would be. I am talking about an actual emergency that comes out of the blue. It's not like the captain can notify the casino staff that there is going to be an emergency in 30 minutes and to please close the casino in advance of the pending problem.
  7. We have too. And all I could think the whole time we were there is: What if there were a real emergency that required people to go to that muster station? Would the people playing table games walk away from their chips/money and head to their own muster station? Would they refuse to budge, leaving no room for the people who are supposed to actually be there? Would people grab whatever chips they could (theirs or otherwise) and bolt for the exits? All in all, it seems like a horrible idea to have to gather there in the event of a bona fide, legitimate emergency.
  8. Ahhh. But there’s the rub. The OP seems confident that they have always and will always wait 35-40 minutes. But if the presentation sometimes begins 20 minutes after the advertised time, how can that be?
  9. If you arrive 35-40 minutes before it begins then you wait 35-40 minutes for it to start. If you arrive 20-25 minutes before it begins then you wait 20-25 minutes for it to start. If you arrive 5-10 minutes before it begins then you wait 5-10 minutes for it to start. See a pattern developing? Seems to me that there is a solution staring you in the face. While I agree that the art gallery is a silly place to muster, but if you know in advance that this is where you must go and you know that there are no seats, even for early arrivers, then there is no advantage to arriving early. If you feel that you must arrive early, try making a game of it and play “how many olives can we spot in the paintings“
  10. If I'm ever on a ship that vibrates, rolls, pitches and yaws enough to redistribute the thick, viscous soap from top to bottom of a pump dispenser, then the choice of soap provided to me will be the least of my concerns. I'd be checking the quality of my life vest and pulling out the barf bags! 😁
  11. It does seem expensive to me, but I have never questioned how they arrived at the price point. It is a pretty easy metric for Princess to run to see how much each guest spends on drinks and what Princess's break-even point is. (And remember that their goal is not to break even.) What bothers me is how they are using the package as the most frequent carrot in their sales, and if you aren't interested in a"free" beverage package, then it is difficult to tease out any sort of discount. The cruises with "free" beverage packages tend to be priced at or close to msrp so if you don't derive any benefit from the beverage package, you are left with nothing. Granted, throwing in the beverage package is not "nothing", but only if you use it. But rest assured that the people who go to the "Friends of Bill W" meetings aren't really getting any benefit from that sort of sale.
  12. To be fair, "That's the way they are making them now" isn't the same as "That's why they're making like that now." Especially given that your conversation was taking place on the Sun Deck. He was of course correct. You'd never hit the water from "up here." But none of that really addresses the Promenade.
  13. Cite? I’ve heard dozens of reasons for the disappearance of promenades but never this one. Lifeboat placement. Revenue generation. But passengers falling overboard? Never heard this before. Presumably you have some industry literature to support this theory.
  14. Were diving into the realm of the ridiculous, but with sourdough, you knead the new batch such that the old completely integrates with the new. In a soap dispenser, the old will be at the bottom and given the laws of physics and the relative viscosity of soap, unless someone agitates the container vigorously, turning it end over end to mix the solution, the old soap on the bottom is always going to remain on the bottom until it gets used, which will happen. So unless you plan to "knead" your soap dispenser, the sourdough analogy is far from perfect. And in the end, what we are talking about is getting cooties from someone who has touched the soap dispenser, which, by definition, means that these people are washing their hands routinely. Your bigger concern should be coming into contact with places both within and outside of your cabin that have been touched by the many people who do NOT wash their hands after going to the bathroom. THAT is where your skeeve factor should be directed.
  15. Dispensers pull from the bottom. So the "original soap" does not linger indefinitely. New soap gets poured in the top and then makes its way toward the bottom as the soap on the bottom gets used. It's cyclical. The sourdough analogy isn't a perfect one.
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