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  1. A lot is known about coronaviruses and there will be a vaccine. There are already candidates. The main problem after a safe vaccine is developed will be manufacture and distribution. Yes, I am done with cruising while COVID-19 is still around. Not a hard decision to make. The mega ship cruises have gotten worse with every sailing as the cruise lines cram in more cabins with every dry dock. My last few sailings on large ships were less than stellar. Allure of the Seas in January the food sucked and the ship was dirty. Reflection in December the buffet was awful and half the ship was sick. Harmony in January 2019 was just okay. Summit in June 2019 was okay. The only good sailing was Oceania last August. Unusually and luckily because of those recent experiences I had nothing booked for 2020 except a wait list on Oceania which I didn’t book when it cleared. Possibly I may never cruise again. Time will tell. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  2. I have not had that bug using the iOS version of the Cruise Critic app. I have been using the app for all my reading and posting since the app came back. All in all the iOS bugs have been minor. I see from the screenshot that the Android version has a different layout and I don’t see an ad. The layout is sort of upside down from the iOS version. I would post a screenshot but there is a big Facebook ad in the stream. [emoji33] Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  3. I won’t book a cruise until there is a vaccine. Hopefully Celebrity will still be in business. I guess I am not helping though. I would not chance them holding my money. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  4. Correct. And if walk up to the fence you will see uniformed men with automatic weapons guarding the enclave. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  5. Ft Lauderdale has historically welcomed cruise ships and they have been a major part of the local economy. Barcelona has large local anti cruise ship sentiment. Not only cruise ship passengers. Barcelona is said to be over touristed. Before these events some local activists wanted cruise ships away or severely limited. That included major local elected officials. So it could be speculated that cruise ships might not be welcomed back to Barcelona for a long time .....if ever. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jul/05/barcelona-mayor-promises-crackdown-cruise-ships Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  6. A case could be made for Australia to never allow large cruise ships again. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  7. Really the experience of visiting the ports from a cruise ship is pretty limited but I would never gotten that limited experience for many places without cruises. Outside the Caribbean I usually combine a cruise with a land vacation. In the Caribbean I am into snorkeling and beaches. I also like sailing the ocean. Over the years though the food onboard has gone downhill on the mainstream cruise lines as they stuff more cabins onto ships every dry dock. I don’t sail for the tiers and perks although I will accept them if offered. I got the perks by cruising a lot, I was not cruising for the perks. I recently sailed on Oceania the first time so had no perks but really most of what are perks on mainstream lines were included. Of course you are paying for them. I won’t be booking any future cruises until there is a vaccine. Then I will book but probably look to book on Oceania or Azamara or other lines like that if they survive. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  8. Actually US Air absorbed American and took on the AA name. They did merge the two programs. I was in both. US Air was a horrible airline and their management took over and what is called American has the same horrible management. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  9. You had to pay to join the Captains Club. I think membership cost me $29 or something like that. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  10. Well so much for no issue with infection. That was totally wrong. Whoever is responsible for the photo and crew party should suffer consequences. They totally ignored what was happening in the world. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. Back then the loyalty programs were pretty much getting invited to a top tier event. I believe if a line goes under if the ships are sold off piecemeal then the benefits will be lost. If a line goes under but the brand is acquired or merged then benefits will probably carry on or be merged. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. We shall see. Celebrity Apex has never had a passenger and has an outbreak among the crew. Oasis of the Seas at anchorage off of CoCo Cay has an outbreak among the crew. Looks pretty bad for the cruise industry. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  13. After their bankruptcy all their ships were sold. All the R ships are still sailing. Some have been sold multiple times. Today Azamara and Oceania have the bulk of them. Princess still has one and I think P&O may have one. No doubt the loyalty perks if they had them were lost as it was a liquidation. In the past there have been lines that took over other lines. In some of those cases the past sailings did transfer. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  14. I have been on over 60 cruises. I also do land vacations. I have only done two AI. One in Mexico and the other in the Dominican Republic. I have done a bunch of Mexican vacations. So most of the Mexican vacations were not AI. Cruises have some advantages and land vacations have some advantages. I like to vary my vacations. For something like Tulum or other Mayan ruins a land vacation has a huge advantage. Tulum from a cruise most of the day in port is getting there and back with only a little time at Tulum. Not very efficient. As for entertainment the Mexican resort entertainment was actually more interesting than Oasis class. Certainly not as professional though. But from the heart. Since I live in the DC area I have access to a lot better entertainment than on an Oasis class ship. I can take the Metro to the Kennedy Center or the Strathmore. I can also hop up to New York fairly easy. Two years ago I did London and stayed in Covent Garden. Saw a show every night. So I guess I am jaded, Oasis class meh. Much better to do land trips for entertainment than Oasis class. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  15. The cruise lines use the same ferries. It was a Royal Caribbean excursion. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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