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  1. I think you'll see a huge push in late spring/early summer to vaccinate high school/college students, or at least the ones 16 or older. Some states are better at others than distribution, but supply isn't going to be an issue much longer.
  2. I wouldn't count on it for 2021 or 2022, but no one knows for sure. Those cruising in Europe right now cannot explore ports on their own.
  3. I just booked the Sensation with that rate - even sailing solo, a $100 bar tab doesn't take much effort over five days - even one cocktail and a few sodas each day would typically be sufficient. What was odd was that the rate that included WiFi was slightly more expensive than RU2.
  4. Just booked February 19, 2022 on the Sensation. I'll follow it up 52 weeks later on the Mardi Gras.
  5. The only way Carnival cuts out travel agents from the booking process is to eliminate any commission. The only way I see that happening is if all five of Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Group, NCL Holdings, Disney, and MSC Cruises do it collectively.
  6. Carnival will keep one of New Orleans or Mobile going forward. Mobile is closer for those in GA, East and Middle TN, KY, IN, and parts of IL. New Orleans is closer to west TN, AR, MO, IA, and the rest of IL. Once you get far enough north the difference between the two isn't significant, but there is a huge difference between New Orleans and Galveston in terms of driving distance from the Mid-South and Midwest. Short Western Caribbean cruises aren't really possible from the East Coast north of Fort Lauderdale/Miami. Long-term, Interstate 69 being completed from Indianapolis to Memph
  7. I think it comes down to how long the ships are financially viable. Ecstasy would like be the first to go, as she was last sent to dry dock in October 2019, and would be due again by October 2022. I figured Carnival would use Celebration's arrival to retire Ecstasy, but so far Ecstasy is available for booking through April 2023. I would suspect they'll go through with the late 2022 dry dock and look to retire her in mid-2025, when she will be 34 years old. Don't be surprised if Carnival retires her before then, especially if the pause lasts into 2022. Sensation was last
  8. I also wonder if the LA area had enough demand to keep both the Thursday/Sunday and Friday/Monday departures. I'm sure the original goal was to consolidate those on Radiance, but there are likely people with more rigid preferences for one set of dates.
  9. Miracle is currently in Long Beach according to Marine Traffic. I'd have a hard time seeing what benefit there would be in basing Miracle in Long Beach full time, other than that Carnival Cruise Line already has the terminal. It seems like it would be unnecessary expense to rearrange all of Miracle's sailings. The ship just came out of drydock days before everything shut down, so it's not a great candidate for selling, even though it is the same class vessel as Costa Atlantica and Costa Mediterranea, both of which are headed to the Chinese joint venture. I s
  10. One or more may be approved for children under 16 by then, even if the supply isn't immediately available.
  11. Grand Celebration was 6,405 Dead Weight Tons (DWT). At $90/DWT that would be just over $540,000. I'm not sure if that includes things like galley equipment and plumbing fixtures, which would fetch a fair amount, and it likely wouldn't include things like furniture that could be sold secondhand.
  12. Cruise Industry News reports she has been sold for scrap: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24214-was-the-magellan-sold-for-scrap.html
  13. It looks like her older sister Holiday will also be repositioning to Alang: https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24214-was-the-magellan-sold-for-scrap.html
  14. The former Celebration has been beached in Alang. She sailed for Carnival from 1987-2008 before moving to Carnival owned Iberocruceros. Six years later she joined Costa before being sold to Bahamas Paradise the day before entering service with Costa; even in 2017, Costa signage could still be found on board in various places. Ironically this was my only non-Carnival cruise, as I sailed on her in 2017 under BPCL, while her winged funnel was being repainted from black and white to orange and white.
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