70K has always done two things really well.
1. Deliver an incredible experience onboard.
2. Make people FUCKING RAGE about the lack of communication in the lead-up.
Last year it seemed that things were better in terms of communication. But let's remember that last year was not the norm.
The cruise is going to happen, and it's going to be awesome. I might not be on it, but I have no doubt that everyone onbroad will have a great time.
But yeah, it's really weird that there's no initial lineup.
In my mind it could be one of a few things, but most likely to me is this: last year they were blindsided by their own success. After the cruise sold out instantly, lead passengers could not sell their tickets to their friends if they ended up not being able to go, and several people were out the entire cost of their cruise because of this - they had to return their tickets to 70K with no refund, instead of being able to pay a transfer fee like in previous years. This seems like a ridiculous system that might be tough for 70K to get around, given Royal Caribbean's probable legal constraints and UMC maybe not caring enough about it. The 70K folks might be trying to get a better system for us, that respects their clientele, but are running into the difficulty in getting teams of lawyers to work together in timely fashion.
2020 Wishlist: Boat, friends, bands, karaoke, hot, Sorrentos, Windjammer, coffee, Satan, love, alcohol.