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  1. It is strictly itinerary, ship, and price for us. We feel as much pull to HAL as we do to Princess, Celebrity, etc. We see very little difference between them other than the logo on the funnel and the design and decor of the ships. I realize many wax poetic about the food and the service and swear that every HAL cruise is the most wonderful cruise in all respects. We don't see any difference but perhaps it is because we do not take longer cruises. We have an alternative impression of the quiet elegance attribute. Our impression is that many of the mass market cruise lines, including HAL, are on a quick march to the lowest common denominator. We are in our late sixties. Is HAL marketing to us? Well if they are then they have certainly missed the boat. Does not matter. I suspect post covid will be an entirely new ball game for the cruise lines that survive or are allowed to survive by the corporate owners.
  2. We did two cruises from Australia. Not quite back to back-two weeks in between. First was 14 day Fijii on Princess. Second was RCI 21 day OZ/NZ. We enjoyed both. One difference was that the onboard currency on Princess was AUD. The onboard currency on RCI (and probably Celebrity) was USD. Plus the drinks were more expensive on RCI. Overall, each drink, wine etc, that we had cost us about 50 percent more on Royal Caribbean. Same for the tips. One plus was that we booked the RC cruise on short notice and we booked direct by calling RCI in Sydney. The fare that we paid by booking with their Sydney call center was 30 pecent less that the best price that our US on line TA or the RCI North America web site could provide. We got some good information, including info on our last minute RC cruise pricing from the OZ/NZ group on cruise critic below: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/564-australia-new-zealand-cruisers/
  3. The only surprise is that some people are actually surprised about this. Leadership and the numbers tell the story. And it continues to go the wrong way at an exponential pace. So very unfortunate.
  4. iancal

    Lawsuit

    I would think that the absolute last thing that Carnival Corp or HAL wants is to undergo the discovery process and for the details of that discovery to reach the general public.
  5. Read an article today about tourism where we live. According to the tourism council foreign visitors make up five percent of the total numbers. But...they account for 24 percent of the revenue.
  6. Cannot say I blame them. Makes a lot of sense to me. Besides, it is their respective countries so they get to decide. Think of the converse of this. I have no doubt that the US is also feeling the decline in tourism. We won't even consider a trip to the US at the moment. We are hoping to book an international flight in the fall and we will take care to ensure that the routing does not involve a change of planes in any US airport.
  7. Don't really care. The longer this goes on the more indifferent to cruising we are becoming.
  8. I believe HAL's plan, and others, could best be described as the drip, drip, drip plan..... Time for a new rubber washer.
  9. No cruises. Looking a Greece in the fall, but more likely in spring. Also Morocco but not too sure about their numbers. We can fly direct to both. Don't want any stops in the UK or in the US.
  10. Very nice customer service. NOT.
  11. Are you certain that is not just more fake news??
  12. You can only judge them by their past performance.
  13. That would be my uneducated guess as well. I really believe that the cruise lines have the same problem as we do. They cannot open early for fear of opening too early. There needs to be a solution not just a flattening of the curve. Masks and social distancing won't cut it with the cruise line management or with CDC despite the ramblings on this forum about it. Ditto for closed loop cruises. I do not think that that any cruise line wants to be in a similar situation like Florida, Texas, or Arizona find themselves in. Opening early, gangbusters, then the big oh my gosh it is still here....we screwed up big time. Maybe we should have listened to our public health professions after all. Cruise lines cannot afford any more bad publicity or litigation than they already have or are about to have. I believe that the cruise industry is much smarter than our political leaders (that would not be terribly difficult). This time they will hopefully make decisions for the long term health and survival of their business and the health and well being of their customers. I certainly want them to succeed and come back strong. At the end of the day who really knows. Could be that in December they announce a March startup or another delay. You need a good Ouiji board to figure this one out. We certainly would not be booking a November or December cruise any time soon. Come to think of, probably not until mid 2021 at the very earliest. We are members of the trust but verify society.
  14. Our bags are 10 years old. Some faded obscure travel agency freebe from a friend. They have been around the world criuses-beachs-African safaris. One broken zipper. They fold up into a pouch but we just squish them up and shove then in our carry on bag. Looking for a replace but they all seem to have more weight and logos. Going to look in a low end bargain store where we will be certain to find a replacement that lasts for the next ten year. We figure $5 or less will do the trick.
  15. Our experience is that while passenger space ratios are important, design, layout, and decor of a ship is just as important. We have been on a few ships that were very dark, others where hallways ended up with blank walls and staircases, others with not enough elevators or elevators that emptied out smack in front of what were often crowded areas such as an MDR thus creating a big smozzle of people. It is not just the actual space ratio that counts. It is very much dependent on how that space is used/designed.
  16. iancal

    Lawsuit

    I hardly think that one should assume that just because there is a clause in a contract that the clause will stand up to examination in a court of law. In my business life I have seen clauses in numerous commercial contracts which we were advised not to worry about because they would never stand up to a court challenge.
  17. It will be interesting to see if HAL and others stop accepting bookings on these cruises or whether they will wait until after the final payment windows to make a public announcement. Perhaps some musical group could do a remake of the Byrds hit Turn! Turn!Turn! They could rename it Churn! Churn! Churn!
  18. No surprise whatsoever. The surprise to me that they are only cancelled until the end of November. Here we go again...churn those bookings, FCC's, and continue create a false sense cruise anticipation for luckless customers. I would expect many cruise line subsidiaries to either not make it out of this or to come out with a much smaller fleet and possibly a much different marketing focus. All down to the financials, the accountants, the lawyers, and the restructuring experts. I believe that there is a long, long road ahead for cruise lines before even customer 1 embarks on a cruise.
  19. No picture but we have used a small, very lightweight nylon bag that folds up to nothing when we travel. We keep in in our suitcase for lotion, ipad, book, etc. It serves two purposes for us. When we use it on cruises because it easily differentiates our bag from others beside the pool or on the beach. We travel with carry on only. Some airlines are very strict with their 7KG or 8KG max rule for carry on. If we feel we might be over we pull out the bag and we put a few heavier items in it...ipad, book, whatever to reduce our bag weight by a kg.
  20. Stratheden....that is exactly why Australia, and others, have been successful. Think about he exact opposite to this and you will approximate the US experience as a country. Hospitals, ICU's in particular, are at or approaching capacity today in Texas, California, and several other states. As late as Tuesday some senior political leaders were stating publicly that covid is beaten and that it will soon disappear. That is the leadership at the moment. Where we live the health authority is moving on to test the population for antibodies since they have done widespread covid testing. Covid testing is still available and now have pharmacies will also be performing test swabs on a walk up basis as long as the person has no symptoms or knowing been in contact with a person infected with the virus.
  21. iancal

    Lawsuit

    I believe that the discovery procedure in this law suit, and in other lawsuits, may bring out the facts about what each cruise line knew, including HAL, and what the executive decision making criteria was.. Seems to me to be an important issue about which we know nothing at the moment. Not to mention first hand accounts of people who were actually on the ship (s) I don't understand how anyone could comment on the merits, or absence thereof, when he or she has zero knowledge or real insight into both the salient facts and the relevant case law. You might feel very differently if you were on was of these ships that are, and will be the target of these litigations. I do not think that this is straightforward for either party.
  22. iancal

    Lawsuit

    Why would you say the lawsuit should be dismissed? We have the complaint but the real details are yet to come. I do not know the law or the jurisdictional issues.
  23. stratheden.....LEADERSHIP is what not has been going on.
  24. I believe one of the key issues is the ability to listen to experts, comprehend, and place your constituents at the forefront of every word, every decision, every action that you take. It is not about you.....it is about the people one is supposed to lead and to represent. Seems to me this is lacking in spades in various levels, various areas and from the very top down.
  25. iancal

    Lawsuit

    It costs money to launch a lawsuit. Especially one against a cruise line. Probably contingency based. What is interesting is that they probably have the money to see this one through if they must. Costs, time, expertise spread over three law firms. No idea what the merits will be but I would expect others on that ship to join the class action. No doubt Carnival Corp and RCi have been preparing for this and lining up their respective outside council.
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