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  1. Oh my gosh I am so sorry to hear of your loss! That is devastating. Yes you do need that refund! I can offer no ideas. Perhaps someone can give you the email of the top person for the British market. My deepest sympathy.
  2. The earliest possible date for cruising would be sometime in July provided that the CDC declares the pandemic to be over.
  3. Information about the new order referred to above: https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/04/09/coronavirus-cdc-extends-no-sail-order-cruise-ships/5128291002/ Cruise ships won't be hitting the high seas again anytime soon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a "no sail order" Thursday that it imposed last month to help quell the spread of the coronavirus. While the March 14 order was intended as a voluntary measure to stay in place for 30 days, the new one could last longer. The CDC order states that cruise ships can't board passengers and return to their sailing schedules until one of three events takes place: • Expiration of the Department of Health and Human Services' declaration that COVID-19 constitutes a public health emergency. •The CDC director's own decision to modify or rescind its no-sail decision. •Passage of 100 days from the time the new order is published in the Federal Register. Until then, the about 100 cruise ships in the Atlantic, Pacific or Gulf of Mexico must remain idle, either in port or wallowing at anchor, the CDC said. Those ships currently have nearly 80,000 crew aboard....
  4. I started answering again but hit another snafu. The survey would not move me on from rank countries you would like to visit page. I ranked and it did not retain the answers. The survey gave me that page again. I have a fever and just don't care enough to keep trying. I was on a Mac desktop using Safari.
  5. Same here. I closed my browser when they started asking about annual income and net worth with no choice of preferring not to answer.
  6. I wouldn't think for the fall either. In the news I have been hearing a lot of discussion about the potential for this to have several waves.
  7. CNN reports: 2 hr 20 min ago 2 cruise ships are quarantined off Chile's coast From CNN's Helena de Moura and Marlon Sorto in Atlanta Two cruise ships with about 1,300 people on board are now quarantined off the coast of Chile as one passenger tested positive for coronavirus, Chile's Health Minister Jaime Manalich said during a press conference in Santiago on Saturday. Manalich said an 83-year-old English man tested positive and is being treated at the Coyhaique hospital “in good condition." He was on board the Silver Explorer, a luxury expedition cruise ship. The Silver Explorer is now docked in the city of Castro, the minister said. The vessel is carrying 111 passengers and 120 crew members, according to Chilean officials. And a second ship, the Azamara Pursuit, has not reported any cases but remains under quarantine; there are two suspected cases on that ship. “We have a cruise ship with the name of Azamara which originated in the Argentinean city of Ushuaia that began its journey on March 8 carrying 675 passengers and 389 crewmembers,” the minister said. https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-outbreak-03-14-20-intl-hnk/index.html This page has constantly new info added so you may need to scroll down to find this short article
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    Sad news from Japan. Two Japanese passengers on the Princess ship have passed away from the virus. My thoughts are with the family and. All the passengers. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/20/national/coronavirus-deaths-diamond-princess/
  9. Can anyone update me? I was reading the news and they all mention the number of people related to the ship who have the virus. What I didn't find any data for is - has there been any death from the ship? If not, I think the Japanese hospitals must be giving very good care to those infected.
  10. I think the smoking rate in China must be a factor in the death rate. In a Wikipedia article, it stated that 75% of Chinese men are smokers. This leaves them must more vulnerable to sicknesses that are focused on the lungs, such as the pneumonia that commonly follows the corona virus. Remember, the bulk of people with the virus just get cold like symptoms. Without testing the entire population there is no way to accurately determine a death rate just yet.
  11. I had a terrific experience with this group out of Akaroa. They are doing some significant conservation work. https://www.pohatu.co.nz/
  12. First port after Australia? On my Australia to New Zealand cruise in 2016 - I believe the immigration officers boarded in Australia and we did the immigration on the ship. Sorry I can't be more specific because it has been awhile.
  13. To clarify: No more blanket ban on those passport holders? If that is the case, I am very pleased.
  14. My husband gave me a pair just before my New Zealand cruise a couple of years ago. They are Vanguard Sporting Optics Spirit 8x36. I have used them in Alaska as well. Is putting an Amazon link ok? https://www.amazon.com/Vanguard-Spirit-ED-Binocular-Black/dp/B003ZUQ0K6/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=
  15. Right, but doesn't that then negate the whole purpose of the health criteria above, if everyone could be lying? Only one group is being preemptively prevented from having the opportunity to fill out the forms. One group is discriminated against. My family is multiracial and has been racially profiled in the past. This policy makes my spidey senses tingle. We don't have the option to just go along.
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