BUFFETS, HOT TUBS, ALL GONE?

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/05/19/coronavirus-how-cruise-ship-design-may-change-prevent-outbreaks/3065160001/

Interesting read...hate to say it, but eliminating these items may eliminate the urge to cruise...That's why I opined that newbies may find it easier to accept than folks who have cruised many times.

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Changes will be temporary, hopefully. Hot tubs are never hot enough, anyway. Happy I will be really disappointed if they do away with the buffets. Maybe modify them to separate kiosks like they do for the omelet station. Our next cruise is in November. It might not be settled down by then/

Yes sir. Gonna be a lot of changes. There is a fair amount of speculation about the upcoming new cruise era but still a wait and see. This virus will dictate the new look in cruising and there has to be a lot more learned about it before any form of travel takes place safely. Stay tuned.

Anxious and excited waiting to see what they come up with.

Some of these things might happen, but as the article mentioned many would be difficult on ships currently sailing. This article sounds like it was written by someone that has never been on a cruise ship. I agree that new cruisers will find it easier to navigate the changes, but may not become as addicted to cruising as "seasoned" cruisers. Totally agree that only time will tell.Surprised

If the hot tubs go, that may be the end of it for me...other than that, I cruise to get away from work entirely(physically and Electronically) and not be required to do anything (Aside from The Muster Drill) Whenever else I vacation, I have to cook, and clean, and do laundry.

As long as they still feed me, allow alcohol consumption, and keep the Hot Tubs, I'll continue on.

Ours isn't until the end of Nov..Already had one cancelled, I'd sure like to make this one......going to be a bunch of experienced folks in here cruising b4 that. I can't imagine a better crew of folks to write reviews...probably the most important reviews they're ever likely to write. I plan to take em seriously. Writing an OBJECTIVE review takes some skill..Sometimes people can diss an entire cruiseline...every ship, every crew, in perpetuity. Those kinds of reviews hold no interest or accuracy for me.. Whats going to be happening in the world of cruising is going to affect hundreds of thousands of people...let me change that...dare I say millions of people...for years to come.

Been on 24 cruises, and I will miss the buffets, BUT wont miss the hot tubs or swimming 'ools. I have had the pleasure to have a lifeguard as one of my driving students who works as a guard in a public 'ool. She told me she would not swim in a public 'ool. I asked her why and she shown me the the pool water filters, NASTY. She said people are too lazy to get out and pee, just pee in the 'ool. Lots of P in the 'ool. I watched that on the cruise ship pool and hot tubs and sure enough no one got out to pee.(some drunks poured their drinks in the pool) I asked if the filters were cleaned and the guard said he did not know, but they drain the pool every night. So swimming in a cruise ship 'ool is like swimming in a toilet bowl. Never been in a hot tub or pool, never will.

Honestly, I rarely use the hot tubs, so I won't miss those. As for the buffets, I doubt I will miss those. There's always long lines and congestion.

Whether folks like hot tubs, or the pool, or even the buffet is a matter of choice..I do think that at the very least, there's going to be LOOOONG lines now for everything. Not to mention the risk of getting "it" will never be zero... And no matter how "experienced" one is at crowd avoidance or partaking of those amenities one likes, its going to be a vastly different world onboard. I hope I get to read some good reviews, especially from folks I trust. Spending thousands per cruise to be "hassled"...well...that makes no sense...learned long ago that the occasional bad experience on board is part of the package..deal with it, fix it, and move on..but THIS is a whole different animal..(((sigh)))

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