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  1. Last year we did two segments of the ATW cruise. One of the segments included two stops in Vietnam. We did not have a Veteran's meeting but there were at least 4 of us who had served a tour in Vietnam on that segment. None of us knew each other before we met on the cruise. The interaction we had with each other and returning to Vietnam was something I will never forget. Concerning this most recent cruise on the Marina wherein CD Paul hosted the Veteran get togethers , we had at least 20 to 25 Men and Women Veterans from as many as 5 different countries with service spanning from the Korean War through the present. The cruise was, for us, a back to back to back so each segment had some of us who stayed on and new Vets who got on as each new segment began.
  2. The Military Veteran get together was put together and hosted by CD Paul Baya every time. Not much different from Needlepoint other then they did not hand out free needlepoint kits.
  3. There were other hosted get togethers listed in the Daily Currents such as “Single Travelers”, “Military Veterans” and, of course, “Needlepoint.”
  4. I have found the following link to be very accurate: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ It contains the same information (and more) that the The Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University site has but I find it easier to read.
  5. We were on the Marina for what turned out to be Miami to Miami around South America which lasted from January 22nd to March 21st. There were frequent LGBT get togethers hosted by the Assistant CD. These get togethers were listed in the Daily Currents.
  6. We were on the Marina also. We are home now too and "self isolating". The officers, crew and entertainment staff including CD Paul Baya were nothing short of amazing and outstanding. Cindy, I could not have said it better. Thank you
  7. On Marina. disembarking for passengers scheduled to begin at 10am then buses to airport. They have treated us well. No health issues.
  8. On the Marina now. Today is Thursday. We are at anchor today. Tomorrow, (‘Friday), we have a slot to transit the canal. Expected to be in Miami mid day Monday. All is well.
  9. On Marina now. Just received the following from the General Manager: “We would like to provide you with an update on our itinerary. We are sailing north to the Panama Canal with our ultimate destination being Miami. As Panama Canal transit slots are reserved far in advance, the Canal authorities are working to find Marina a slot. We expect to have the Canal transit date and final arrival date in Miami within the next 48 hours. U.S. ports are open to returning cruise ships and all guests will be able to disembark and fly home as confirmed by a National Interest Exemption issued by the Department of Homeland Security.” “This includes guests who are U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents and Foreign diplomats. Non-US citizens will be allowed to fly back to their home countries.”
  10. On the Marina now. Ours never showed up on guest summery. The certificates were delivered to our stateroom shortly after we boarded.
  11. this is the post: Delayed Embarkation Advisory Dear Valued Guests and Travel Advisors: We want to inform you that during the previous voyage, some of our guests exhibited symptoms of gastroenteritis. In addition to our standard practice of emphasizing proper hand washing hygiene and maintaining a clean environment throughout the ship, the vessel immediately implemented an enhanced sanitation protocol to safeguard the well-being of our guests and crew. As an added precaution, the vessel will undergo an enhanced sanitation protocol prior to your embarkation in Sydney, Australia. Due to this extensive process, we anticipate that embarkation for all boarding guests will commence as follows: Owner, Vista and Penthouse Suites 1:00PM Concierge Level 2:00PM All other categories (B-G) 3:00PM We thank you for your understanding and patience with this necessary extra precaution.we
  12. We are doing Miami to Lima. January 22nd to March 15th. B to b to b. We are presently on the Amazon River. I am sure this letter reflects a company wide policy applicable to all their ships at sea. Terrace Cafe now has plastic wrap and one wait staff person on each side of the dining area to wipe down the table and chairs after passengers finish eating. Salt and pepper shakers still on the table, silverware on the table when you arrive, place mats still being used. Have not been to other venues since this all started so can’t comment on that. Food and service still great.
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