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  1. ... and how many people have to sail on a cruise to make it pay? Cruise Lines are not going to just sail without profit. So does a ship have to be at 50% to make money or is it more like 75% plus?
  2. I feel you were reading my mind! Lol! That was my exact answer...
  3. I should have said must be checked out by Sep 1... I have a September use year. The Cast Member put me on hold to talk to a supervisor first. So it's coming from at least one level up of management. Of course it could change by the end of the year, as anything. I was trying to lend my support to those thinking Disney may not be reopening in June.
  4. 15 hours ago, datolim said: We believe Parks' profitability will be impaired for a longer period of time given the lingering effects of the outbreak and now assume an opening date of Jan. 1 as our base case," Hodulik wrote. "That said, the economic recession plus the need for social distancing, new health precautions, the lack of travel and crowd aversion are likely to make this business less profitable until there is a widely available vaccine." https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/when-will-disney-world-and-disneyland-reopen-one-analyst-predicts-it-may-not-be-until-2021/ar-BB130zc5?ocid=spartanntp I own points in Disney Vacation Club and have multiple weeks booked from now until November. When I called Member Services to ask what would happen to the points I used to book my existing mid-summer reservation (since my deadline to bank/rollover un-used points is next week.) They told me the points would expire in September. I would have to use those points by September or I would end up losing them! Disney is automatically cancelling reservations 7 days before vacation start date. Even if the resorts do not reopen for the rest of the year which means I could potentially have no opportunity to re-book using those points - so I would LOSE them. But I guaran-darn-tee ya they will still charge me my annual dues and property taxes! YIKES! This is crazy town... Yeah... I cancelled my reservation.
  5. Thanks for the heads up! Booked the TA and the week after on Harmony! Great deals. $387 pp double on Neighborhood Guaranty for Nov 14, 2021.
  6. I was on this cruise. It was very easy debarkation in Barcelona. Walked off no wait to get off ship. Relatively short wait at passport desk. Picked up my two bags and walked outside. I was actually surprised at how smooth it was. I think they started staggering the number of people they were letting on the elevators and escalators which caused the line to back up behind us. Stayed in Barcelona until March 17. Had a great time! Went around sightseeing. Toured Montserrat. Enjoyed dinner, breakfast and lunch in different cafes. Went to La Sagrada Familia. Purchased wine and a few groceries in the local supermarket on La Rambla. Buses, subway, taxis, pedicabs were all running. People were out walking and riding bikes. The official lock-down of businesses on La Rambla got serious at 10 PM on Sunday, March 15. I know because Civil La Guardia were out giving people warnings. Fines and arrests were due to start on Monday, March 16. Hotels on La Rambla were evacuated and Guests were moved on March 16, I believe? (Hotel closures was reported on our Allure FaceBook page by guests who were transferred.) I was staying in the Pedralbes section of Barcelona so didn't have to move. When I left, apparently I was the last guest... Ride to airport was quick. No traffic at 4 AM. Airport was practically empty at that time. When check in time came, there were lines but it was organized and people were social distancing.
  7. Bring a square of vinyl drawer liner to place in the wire corner shelf where all your items fall over or through the slats. You can trip to fit when you get there. Or if you know the exact dimensions... cut to size before you travel.
  8. You should get an email from Royal UP! If you don't, you must wait to be within the 30 days. They are trying to make it seem exclusive and by invitation only, I think. Lol!
  9. I think it is possible that taking extra reserved seats can be considered hurting someone. There are one or two handicapped cutouts near the front of the theater stage plus a seat for a companion marked with a handicapped logo. We had a Star Class family take over those seats. They were not handicapped and there were so many of them that I wondered if they were all truly Star Class or just part of the family. They were not entirely happy that we wanted to put our daughter in the handicapped cutout right next to them, nor would they give up the companion seat. Our only other option was to put her in the aisle next to us, or sit in the way back where she could not see.
  10. I don't remember using the words "doddering old fool" anywhere? My mother used to have random blackouts in her 50's and could not remember what had happened when she fell off her bike, or down the stairs at work and she was a senior executive. My husband's father was in no way doddering but would have bouts of dementia periodically and not remember what year it was. So you used your own compass to judge, right? That is what I am saying. You use your life's experience as part of the yardstick. And as far as everyone's sense of right and wrong... you are speaking of the norm. Not everyone is part of the norm.
  11. One thing I keep coming back to is this... we are all judging the step-grandfather's actions using our own sense of right and wrong and comparing them to our own family dynamics. We do not know these people. We do not know this man. We do not know if he is sane, senile, suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's? Something is off from the beginning when he talks about thinking there is "glass and who leaves a window open" on a ship with children? These are not rational comments. Anyone who has walked by an open window on a ship knows there is a breeze in front of it.The windows have a railing/barrier to prevent you from falling into the glass and is too far from the floor to be a danger to children on their own. We project our common moral standards onto him as if it were our child, our family. I cannot imagine this terrible tragedy was intentional since the alternative is too horrible to contemplate. This death will ruin the lives of this family. I am so sad for them and mourn this child who I did not know.
  12. I'll throw my hat into the ring on this topic... Lol! At Guest Services most people don't know but there is a print-out (you can ask for a copy) for how your daily gratuities are divyed (sp?) amongst the crew. Very enlightening! It helped me make adjustments to my EXCELLENT room steward one week by giving extra. But leaving my previous week's So-So room steward his normal grats. I am also one of those people who puts Hershey Kisses into silk draw string bags and passes them around. Oh, but I also stuff cash in the bags with the candy to make it more special! These I give to everyone from the crew member who makes my cappuccino to the server who hands me my pizza in Sorrento... or the person with a rag cleaning tables - wiping down hand railings - bringing room service, etc... It's my way of saying thank you.
  13. Was on Oasis of the Seas and disembarked on December 22 from Miami. I was wondering if the weather would hold for the holiday cruise travelers.. Yikes! Sounds like no!
  14. I was onboard for 3 weeks and was there for both Bobby and Michele. Definitely enjoyed Bobby more. He was much more dynamic and memorable. Especially at the 70's party! HIL-ARIOUS! Michele had a hard to understand accent at times (Russian sounding...)
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