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  1. The fact that the virus emerged in China and that thousands of people in China have been infected while a few dozen have in Italy does make a difference — but if it makes you feel good to decry racism, go ahead.
  2. If the “countries” you refer to are, perhaps, St. Martin, Sint Maarten, Jamaica, Barbados, and the like, yes - you do “see enough”. If you referr to Spain, France or Italy and the like - of course not. Many of the ports are an hour or more away from what cruise line advertisers tell you you can experience - which gives perhaps four or five hours to get a glimpse of places like Paris, or Rome or Florence.. If you are going to fly from Ontario to visit Europe, pick a place or two to stay in Europe. If you want to cruise, fly to a closer port and cruise. Trying to cram both together is, in my view, a costly futility.
  3. Calling something racist is an ethical or moral judgement - which requires consideration of motivation. If the motivation to exclude people from China is to pick on someone because of his/her ethnicity, the act IS racist. If the motivation is to prevent the spread of disease (regardless of whether the effort is successful) the act is NOT racist. You should understand the terms being discussed before making false accusations.
  4. Good point. I do not think there are any in the Mediterranean - where there are likely to be more and more ports refusing entry to mega-ships. I
  5. These are not budget cruises - like some of the $65 per person per day short itinerary opportunities on lines like Carnival and NCL - we are talking about $2,000 or more per couple as a realistic minimum. Not many people who like to dine in tee shirts and flip flops are likely to put that amount down without understanding terms - and if they did, at least they would have learned a lesson.
  6. “Normal” is not carved in stone. Until a decade or so ago the “normal” ship carried about 2,000 passengers. With economies of scale being grabbed by the lines it became “normal” for an increasing portion of the cruising public to sail on ships carrying 4,000 or more passengers. It is quite possible that, along with a growing distaste for being inundated by thousands of budget-minded cruisers, reluctance to incur risk of spreading infection may inspire more and more ports to refuse entry to such mega-ships. Such large ships (in a sense destinations in themselves) may be just seagoing all-inclusive resorts with perhaps occasional stops at private islands — with the result that typical “normal” cruise ships will carry up to 2,000 passengers.
  7. Well, in my case the last guy who sat naked on that sofa in my cabin sure as hell remains the last guy to sit naked on that sofa in my cabin - at least until I debark.
  8. I am inclined to think that there will be size limits imposed upon cruise ships, but they will reflect economic interests more than anything else. Cruise lines like mega ships because they are more efficient to operate, and can charge lower fares and attract a wider demographic. I think an increasing number of ports (the more attractive ones) will start to limit the size of ships permitted to visit because crowds of tens of thousands of bargain-minded cruisers will diminish the value of the experience -for the passengers while destroying the ambience which attracted cruisers in the first place. Such restrictions are already in place in ports like St. Barth’s, are under consideration at places like Venice and Cinque Terre, and will likely spread. Cruising has already started to have two attractions for large segments of the market: those interested in the ports and those interested in the ships. It may bifurcate - ever larger ships primarily offering shipboard experience - with private island stops to replace tradional ports which no longer accept them, and smaller ships actually designed for people who want to experience the ports.
  9. I doubt the “population density” question will override the economies of scale which mega-ships offer the cruise lines.
  10. In the US a white dinner jacket is certainly appropriate (used to be virtually mandatory) between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  11. I do not think that the United States Maritime Commission ( intended to encourage the building of merchant ships - just prior to World War II) was interned to field complaints or, n fact, still exists. I think what you want is to find some consumer protection agency - of which I am sure there are plenty in Europe. I think what you need to do is identify your complaint: false advertising,, fair labor practices, or whatever — and then try to determine where you complaint should be lodged. I doubt that you have a specific maritime issue in mind —perhaps a consumer complaint?
  12. Well, perhaps they cannot really afford to cruise. Yes, it is possible to sail without insurance — but then it is a gamble they have chosen to make: like any other wager, they put up a stake in hopes of winning. If they win, they have saved the cost of insurance - if they lose, they have lost what they paid in fare. If “...buying a cruise ticket is a hardship...” , it is self-inflicted and unnecessary -hardly rationale for imposing massive possible losses on the cruise lines.
  13. The itineraries listed are Eastern, not Southern, Caribbean - none hit any of the ABC islands. I would suggest getting there at least a day early — in spite of what other posters say, San Juan is an interesting port - one of the best in the Caribbean. The RC’s might have more bells and whistles, but I would opt for Celebrity Summit.
  14. Precisely - I prefer a less formal environment, but do sail Cunard when itinerary, etc. meets needs/wishes. (Great way to come home from yearly visits with family in England). When I do, I play by their rules - it is tiresome how people keep trying to lower the bar. It’s not hard for a man to understand (and comply with) the well publicized dress code - and when they say “tuxedo” or “dark suit” for the special evenings, that is what is called for - not just something dark.
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