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  1. FWIW I'm with you on this. "Normal people" can have reasons for concern too. Everyone should evaluate the situation in view of their own circumstances. While I wouldn't be worried about cruising now I can see how some people would be.
  2. It is difficult to rationalize irrational fear and anxiety. Some of it is driven by things like this virus which are not well understood and unexpected. Some of it is also driven by a loss of control. Getting on a ship, you give up control over when you can get off and what might happen while you are onboard and can't get off. There is a lot to process and everyone handles it differently for their own situation. I would not push anyone who appeared to be resisting because of what I perceive to be an irrational fear. The fear is real to them and they need to manage it in their own way.
  3. This is the best response I've seen posted here. This is an emotional response. Rationalizing it just makes things worse because that doesn't address the emotional response. Empathy and compassion work better IMHO. (Learned the hard way.)
  4. The math tells me that max guests exceed max capacity, no surprise there, it's true of all venues. The question is how should they manage capacity control for SL/CK. Dare I suggest equitably, however you define that. Star > Sky > P? Fare paid? First come? Take a number? Cruise planner? Lottery? Even/odd rotation? Saving seats? Fifties under the counter to the maitre d'? Recorded announcements a la Windjammer (eat and then get lost)? Whatever they do, someone will be unhappy that they can't get in or get a window seat. I don't care, I'd eat in the galley. Food arrives quicker. 😉
  5. You can ask but it's worth trying a few different waiters until you find one you like the most.
  6. Knock on the door if it isn't propped open.
  7. Maybe I'm misunderstanding but that seems opposite of what I suggested and not clearly supported by the CVSSA (or the Alien Tort Statute). A civil suit could certainly be brought in the Bahamas, but the Bahamian court wouldn't have jurisdiction over a non-Bahamian defendant so it would go nowhere (can't force the defendant to appear, can't enforce the judgment). For a crime committed by a U.S. national in Bahamian jurisdiction there may be a treaty with the U.S. that allows the Bahamian court to adjudicate it. Not sure if such a treaty exists for civil suits. Bottom line is whether or not the U.S. courts have subject matter jurisdiction over crimes committed outside of the U.S. It is very limited.
  8. Crime vs. tort (civil). I think the original question was what could the passenger do if assaulted or injured to recover damages (civil). I understood the CVSSA as regulating the cruise line, not things that happen between passengers like fistfights or other torts by passengers against each other (to the extent that the cruise line isn't liable). CVSSA has a crime reporting requirement but that's not the same thing. It may be possible for two U.S. citizens to meet in court after an assault or other tort overseas as a civil action, but criminal law may not apply in the usual way.
  9. Does this only apply to the cruise line? I think.
  10. The jurisdiction of U.S. federal courts over extraterritorial torts under the Alien Tort Statute have generally been limited to violations of international law (in particular, human rights laws), and requires that one of the parties be a U.S. alien. Otherwise admiralty jurisdiction is most likely invoked.
  11. Those Canadians are well fed and good ship captains too. 😉
  12. On Oasis they replaced the balcony furniture and soft surface furniture during dry dock.
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