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  1. There was a Cruise Critic article earlier this week that had executives hoping/thinking late December or early January for startup. I kind of doubt they're going to sail all ships at once. The chances of them doing only short itineraries seems most likely. The Healthy Sail Panel's recommendations were for trips no longer than 10 days but also to tightly controlled destinations. Those destinations are key, I think, as no one knows what countries are going to agree to accept cruise passengers, especially on a cruise that currently has five port stops in it. I think they'll shorten or cancel those longer itineraries until they have a proven track record of no outbreaks, at least in the initial startup phase. If they shorten the trip, you should be able to cancel at that point based on past practice. Really, though, no one knows for sure (even the cruise lines). So much of this is out of their control, but they're certainly lobbying for a return to sailing. I think if the U.S. starts seeing dramatically rising cases as people start staying inside more with colder weather, then all of this changes. This morning, the league that serves as a trade group for Broadway shows in NY and on tour announced that shows will not restart before May 30 of next year (originally was early January). I expect other industries will be making similar announcements over the coming weeks.
  2. Tough questions are fine and expected. Insisting the sky is green just to be contrarian is not leadership.
  3. Very funny. Where was the original comment she was responding to posted? On Cruise Critic? Or somewhere else?
  4. I think the reopening of Disney World has proven that a big majority of people will simply not vacation where they don't feel safe. If you haven't followed that news, attendance expectations were a lot lower than predicted, so they're having to lay off thousands of workers. Same with the other Orlando theme parks. People are scared & bewildered by the actions of the government at the state level. Pretending that nothing is wrong is not going to change the situation, so I'm not sure why a certain segment of the population still thinks that's the answer. The current head-in-the-sand approach is obviously going to have a huge impact on cruise companies' ability to restart operations. Leadership at the national level could have gone a long way, too, but that isn't going to happen anytime soon.
  5. Pretty sure the news of the last few days has put a big question mark on timing and efficacy of these various tests. If nothing else, this proves that relying on testing is not the panacea that a lot of people thought; it must still be combined with masking and distancing and other recommended habits to be most effective.
  6. The false talking points about that 6% statistic were debunked a month ago. https://www.factcheck.org/2020/09/cdc-did-not-admit-only-6-of-recorded-deaths-from-covid-19/
  7. Because normal people study the science and reach a fact-based conclusion rather than relying on stupid memes from Facebook for information.
  8. The "private" islands are still controlled by the host country. Also, some are really just beaches on larger islands. They're not free-for-all zones. The host country's main concern would be that most are staffed with locals who come and go each day, so there is a big possibility of passengers infecting workers who spread it in the local population. These countries are also dealing with their own issues with the pandemic, so the reverse could be true, too.
  9. The purpose of having short cruises is to get people on and off the ships quickly so if they test positive, there is plausible deniability that it happened during the cruise. There will not be B2Bs allowed for a while for that reason.
  10. Reservations were encouraged the last time I sailed Reflection. It has more suites than the other older ships. Reservations were only available at 8:30 or later. We tried showing up early and they asked us to come back or made us wait until closer to our reservation time. Maybe it was that particular sailing, but I've seen others post similar experiences. I only sailed on Reflection that one time.
  11. I would be careful with the "detailed" letters you're starting to fire off. A customer service person is more likely to respond favorably to a short, concise communication than trying to weed through rants to figure out what you want. Give them sufficient time to address your issue or you may find yourself being purposely ignored, keeping in mind with the bank especially that they're dealing with lots more of these requests than usual. Hard to tell from your posts as to when you started the credit card dispute, but if it was just within the last week or two, it's too soon for you to be sending a letter about it. You also need to keep the emotion out of it and not make unreasonable demands (like banning Air Canada from the US, which just isn't going to happen) or you'll be written off as a crank.
  12. As long as we're talking about CDC orders and still worrying about overwhelming hospitals, then we're not at the point that "taking a risk" is unselfish. In the future? I agree that "taking a risk" should mean something different. You have people in this thread and others saying they'd gladly get on a ship today despite what is going on.
  13. This is a fine point in general, but it does not take into account that "accepting risk" inherently means causing a burden on the rest of society during what is still very much an unpredictable and unprecedented crisis. Medical caretakers are already overwhelmed and exhausted with treating the population that isn't necessarily actively tempting fate. The desire to be entertained shouldn't trump everything else that is having to be dealt with during a pandemic. This is especially true if you're in or planning to go to an area that has a high caseload currently. Treatments are better now than they were in the beginning, but it is still very much an evolving situation.
  14. FB is actively removing misinformation, but it can take a while for them to suss it out. There are lots of bad actors out there purposely & constantly pushing out bad information for various reasons. You have a couple on CC doing the same thing, either to get a rise out of people or because they're willfully ignorant & parroting the false info they found online. https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/28/21345674/facebook-covid-19-misinformation-breitbart-news-video-removal-response
  15. Today for lunch we stopped by a local sub shop where people line up at one end to order and then wait at the other end to pick it up. A man walked in past the "everyone must wear a mask to enter" sign not wearing a mask. After the manager took his order, she told him he would need to wait outside since he didn't have a mask. He hemmed and hawed and threw out a bunch of excuses for why he didn't have a mask. She told him to go outside, and they would bring his order out to him (she was being very polite). Instead, he came and stood in the area where everyone else was waiting to pick up and started going on and on about how ridiculous they were being. People started clearing out of that area real quick. He was the only person without a mask. We went outside with the others, and he finally came out to continue his nonsense. More than a few offered him their opinions on his choice to put everyone else at risk but of course he was convinced that he was right and that was that. No way do I want to deal with that type of mindset when I'm trying to relax because you know it's going to happen. It doesn't matter if it's posted in advance. Some people just cannot be reasoned with and even more people will try to push the limits to see what they can get away with without being caught.
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