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  1. I went to Cambodia in 2000, traveling as a solo female traveler. My memories are: 1. Boating into Cambodia from Vietnam along the Mekong, it was a great river trip though super non-OSHA-compliant. There were no safety precautions of any sort on the boat, and we'd sit on the roof while it was moving. 2. The most fetid squat toilet in all of Asia at the end of the boat ride. Even us women opted to just find some scrub area and squat. 3. Bribing the border guard to get 'expedited' into the country (e.g., to not have to wait 8 hours at the border crossing while they waited to see if they could shake some money out of you). 4. Trucks loaded with a zillion people clinging to it. Did I mention there was not a lot of OSHA compliance? 5. Selling gasoline from the roadside out of Pepsi 2-liter bottles. Surely that wasn't safe... 6. My fat American ass broke a very cheap plastic toilet seat in a sit-down toilet in some tourist site in Phnom Penh. 7. Any exhibit on Khmer Rouge history was very depressing, 8. Angkor Wat was amazing, though already way over-populated and touristy, it must be crazy now. Well, now when not in a global pandemic. 9. I ended up 'trapped' in my hotel one day, though, because of pretty rowdy political protests in Siem Reap. 10. I took a tuktuk for an hour-plus long trip to the countryside in Cambodia. This taught me how dusty travel in tuktuks is and boy did I wish I had a mask! 11. But on the way back we crashed a wedding. That was my most surreal experience, we were stopping at a roadside shop and got dragged into the festivities. I had no idea what was going on but everyone was happy and friendly to the out-of-place American. 12. There was a place that did an hour-long foot massage for under a dollar, in Siem Reap. I went there for an hour every day.
  2. I have off week after next. I'm debating between vacationing in my living room, or maybe in the guest bedroom as a change of scenery. Perhaps the garage now that it's cleaned out.
  3. Charleston is a nice city, if you already have airfare booked you could just vacation there in the city and surrounding areas. At least it'd be a vacation.
  4. Here's the latest breakdown I've found per brand: Carnival Cruise Line - 27 Princess - 18 Holland America - 14 Costa - 14 AIDA - 14 P&O UK - 6 Seabourn - 5 P&O Australia - 3 Cunard - 3
  5. Okay, another thought! What are the penalties for violating the PVSA and not doing a foreign port stop? I know if an individual passenger gets off early or on late in a way that they're only hitting US ports, the cruise line is fined something like $700 or $800. They then pass the fine on to the passenger? Is that the only penalty? Could the cruise lines theoretically add a $700 or $800 'PVSA Violation Fee' to the ticket cost and just defy the act, without consequences other than the monetary one?
  6. What constitutes a port stop? Do people have to actually get off the ship? Can they just tie up to the dock, idle the ship for an hour, and then leave? Because maybe they could convince Canada to let them tie up to the dock if nobody got off. Edit to add: Or if docking work, could they not even get close to a dock and stay at tender distance? Even if the tenders were never used?
  7. The way I've seen some people pack, they could use the extra inside cabin for storing shoes and clothing.
  8. D'oh. Yeah, I somehow got confused on months, it's August and not July. I blame it on the shelter-in-place, I've lost all track of time. August 2020 should be good to go. I mean, hopefully the CDC won't be extending with amusement parks and stuff opening up!
  9. Carnival has about 8 or 9 ships that they intend to sail in July 2020 from three different ports, I think. States are starting to open up. Down in Florida, Universal Studio is opening on June 5th and Disney probably next month as well. Whereas before I've been skeptical about announced dates for sailing, this time I am more inclined to believe they really are intending to sail and not just booking cruises for the money to keep afloat. But what weight does the CDC 'No Sail' order have? It supposedly expires July 24th, so these cruises are planned before it ends. Does the CDC have the authority to shut down cruises if the state government says the port can operate? I could see US Customs having that amount of authority, but can the CDC really shut things down? Or is Carnival banking on it being lifted as states open up more and more? Or maybe I missed it and it was already lifted or there are exceptions that Carnival is leveraging? Here is a link to the CDC's page on cruises, which summarizes the No Sail order and links to the full documents: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html
  10. I live in Georgia and our cases and deaths are going down but slowly and erratically. But since I live in Georgia, I also monitor the Currently Hospitalized numbers that one of our government agencies release. Those have been dramatically dropping, they were up at 1500 three weeks ago and now they're below 900. Incidentally, Universal Studios is opening in Florida on June 5th. I'm sure Disney will open sometime next month, too. They'll be doing reduced capacity at first, I'm sure, but if it goes well then things should look good for cruises, I'd think.
  11. Richard Branson probably picked the worst time in the last 50 years to start a cruise line -- not that he could have known, but bad luck for him!
  12. Oh, I know! They can make it so you need reservations for deck loungers, just like you need reservations for shows. This way they can cut down on the number of loungers and put space between them. You sign up for a 3-hour block and then there's a standby line (socially distanced!) like at the theater. They could even make money on this by allowing each person one or two 'free' slots to reserve, and then charging a fee to sign up for extra slots. Oh boy!
  13. They can ask everyone to hold their breath while on the elevator, that'll work!
  14. Does this mean that if you book a cruise during hurricane season, and a hurricane is hitting the port when you should be embarking, NCL can just cancel the cruise and keep your money?
  15. Wasn't the point of the note to state that the person didn't have any underlying conditions that left them vulnerable to the disease, like heart disease or lung disease or diabetes? I thought that even controlled diabetes left someone vulnerable, and therefore wouldn't be allowed.
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