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  1. My experience was better. As usual, it is warm and sunny. The pool is just outside my living room. While I am not a sun worshiper and prefer to be in the shade on my lanai, there is plenty of seating available. I also got to watch the pool boy (husband) bend over while cleaning the pool.
  2. OK, people, you are confused. It is not that the virus has weakened and become less lethal. What is being said is that after the high rates of infection, the virus is slowly disappearing from Italy (not as many unexposed hosts). Also, for swabs taken, the viral load (number of viruses) is less than was seen at the start. It does not mean that the viral particles that are present are less capable of causing a disease, just that there are less of them. So, Italy may be over the hump of the initial epidemic, it does not mean that people can not still become ill. To use someone else's analogy, the hurricane is now only a category two instead of a five. Good news as far as the overall potential amount of damage . Bad news if the Cat two winds take a tree down and it lands on your roof.
  3. LOL - Let's also not forget the news story from a number of years ago about a woman banned for life from Royal Caribbean. She was stopped at the gangway with a full table service for eight (?) in her luggage.
  4. OMG - the overuse of that fragrance is not very sinus friendly to some of us. On our last cruise, there must have been a source at the junction of the elevator lobby and out hallway. Every-time we walked off the elevator to go to our cabin, we were hit with a blast of the scent and our noses were dripping water before we hit our cabin. We had to ask for several days to get a box of tissues for our cabin. We did finally received a box and we asked our cabin steward not to use the stuff in any air freshener for our cabin.
  5. ????? Are you sure you mean Costa Rica as the country is politically stable and, in many ways, puts the USA to shame in its infrastructure and providing for Ticos.
  6. My husband and I are seriously considering the same seven day cruise (or the one leaving on December 4). As Tampa port is an hour away from our home, we don't have to worry about transportation or lodgings. If MSC uses the same rigorous embarkation screening and on board procedures as they used on out Armonia cruise that departed on March 9, 2020 , we will feel safe cruising on the ship.
  7. The letter looks like political pandering. It is poorly written. If blaming China for Covid 19 doesn't stick, we can next try pointing to the cruise lines and - hey - start with Carnival Corp as they are the largest target.
  8. We had three cabins in a row on the Star. We were told that the dividers could be open for a limited time while in port, but would be closed before departure and while at sea.
  9. April 2021 will be spring break time and is still high season in the Keys. Check the cancellation policies for any reservations at any resorts, Airbnb or VRBO. You may find payment due before your trip (30-60 days in some cases) and the last date for cancellation also will be out an amount of time before the reservation.
  10. Just an FYI: When "mineral water" is listed as being included, that doesn't necessarily mean a fancy water with carbon dioxide (sparkling). The term is used in Europe to just mean bottled water. You will have a choice of flat (think Dasani or other brand name water taken from a municipal source) or sparkling. Of course, there are some bottled waters that are though to be "premium" and may have a surcharge just like requesting a top shelf brand of alcohol. For those of us who are water drinkers and not alcohol drinkers, having the "mineral" water included is a big plus.
  11. I still don't agree with you (and obviously several others don't either and have tried to explain to you booking and payment procedures on Viking). And from what you posted, you checked the conditions of the payment when you decided to take a new promotion offer that had different final payment schedule than your original offer, decided to take the offer under the new terms of booking payment, managed to obtain a two month delay in those new terms, and now are upset because the terms under which you booked for the new promotion is different from what you booked under in 2019. Nope, still no Bait and Switch.
  12. No idea if your package includes the Easy Package. The Easy package does include the items you listed. Keep in mind what is included in your cruise fare differs based on the cruise experience (i.e.; Bella and the others) that you select.
  13. You need to remember that the Empress of the Seas which is sailing now in no way resembles the Empress (then called Nordic Empress) as it was designed . Over the years, the plentiful public spaces were reduced to cram in more passenger cabins and specialty restaurants. If course, certain public areas such as the pool deck, theater and main dining room could not be expanded to accommodate all the additional passengers. This has resulted in the lovely jewel of a ship that had the nickname of "The Royal Caribbean Yacht" being turned into another Sardine Can of the Seas.
  14. You are reading it wrong. On MSC on European cruises, you would normally pay for the items listed. This offering has them included.
  15. Yes, I was on the Armonia on March 9. We were clearly told that a reported case on a previous cruise turned out to be a false positive and that reported cases on some other MSC ships turned out to be the flu. As I stated, ports that were denying entry to other ships (Ochos Rios, Jamaica and Grand Cayman) cleared the Armonia without any issues. Also, if you read my post carefully, I did not say 800 passengers were missing, I said the ship could have held another 800 passengers if the ship was booked at full capacity. I don't know if the ship had been booked at full capacity. It was merely speculation on my part that maybe some of the package groups from other countries had been cancelled because of the country of origin (such as Italy or parts of Asia) and could account for not being full for this sailing . Again, I did not say 800 passengers were missing, just that the ship had a maximum capacity that would allow 800 more passengers to be booked. In my forty years of cruising experience, have very rarely been on a ship that was at maximum capacity and this cruise was no different.
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