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  1. It's depressing for sure. The Miami mayor decided to keep outdoor dining in place at restaurants under pressure from the owners.
  2. Silver Airways has roundtrip flights right now for $120. I would book that.
  3. I wouldn't expect to see any cruises going out of South Florida in the next 90-120 days as South Florida is shutting back down. Miami-Dade County closed all dining rooms today. I fully expect to see Palm Beach, Broward, the the keys to follow. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article244024192.html Speaking with cruise executives from both Norwegian and Carnival personally, they aren't planning on 2020.
  4. Doubtful anything will be running Christmas night.
  5. It's too busy to do much. It stays at almost 100% occupancy.
  6. I've stayed at both, I LOVE The National. If I'm not mistaken, The National just went through a massive renovation.
  7. No one will be cruising for a while. In particular in August. So to hell with those people who die from Covid as long as we get to 10% No one knows where they got the virus. For all anyone knows one person in the group had the virus and spread it to everyone else. Also, it is against the law to have groups of more than ten here in South Florida.
  8. My former employee is an executive with Carnival and she told me Saturday that the company isn't thinking they will be sailing again in 2020. No ports will let them dock, no employees, etc. YMMV.
  9. For value, I'm a big fan of the Catalina Beach resort. It is across the street but a great hotel. On the beach I like Surfcomber, South Seas, Marseilles, and The Richmond for reasonably priced oceanfront. Spendy luxury, Delano (closed for reno), National (ditto), Raleigh (ditto), Shore Club, Setai, Ritz Carlton (I think they've reopened), SLS to name a few.
  10. Ditto what John said. It just makes much more sense to stay downtown.
  11. Florida population-22.5 million Conn population-3.5 million Do the math, you have many more cases per population. Thank God none of us want to visit Connecticut. We test everyone. Testing is everywhere and it is free. FWIW, no sailings are going to happen in August. One of my former employees is a Carnival executive and they can't get their ships sailing by then.
  12. ""Yearwood said that since the first charter flight went from Barbados on March 24, there had been another 27, taking in excess of 9 450 crew to many parts of the globe."" Your comment just proves my point. In over two months, they've only gotten 9,450 crew members off ships. I'm not trying to argue here, all I'm pointing out is that there are still tens of thousands of crew stuck on these cruise ships. Do you think they will really want to get back on one to work when ports open up?
  13. Here is an article that is a week old. https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/05/18/100000-cruise-ship-crew-members-remain-trapped-at-sea/ It would be all over our local news, Miami, if any of these people flew out. The Miami news is also the local news for parts of the northern Bahamas and Fort Lauderdale to Key West. You can choose to ignore this all you want or think it isn't true but it is. These ships are still full of crew members. They aren't far off our South Florida shores so you can see the cabin lights. I cannot see how at all these ships will start sailing again at all.
  14. I would suggest you start reading our local South Florida news. It is very bleak for these workers stuck on these cruise ships. 54,000 employees stuck in US waters alone. 100,000 around the world.
  15. I agree with this. The industry is pretty decimated. There are tens of thousands of employees stuck on cruise ships not being paid and desperately wanting to get off the ships and never get on one again. They've had crew members commit suicide by jumping off the ships. They are hanging signs and banners and calling the local news stations trying to get the press to pressure the industry into getting them home. There are dozens of ships floating off the Florida coast and Bahamas. I don't know how they are going to staff any of these ships or ports that are going to let them enter.
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