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  1. Pricing always has and always will be determined by supply and demand. Just wait until the all clear is given for cruising to begin, and quarantines not happening. You'll wish you booked at these prices.
  2. If you think prices are high now, just wait until cruising is resumed, and it is proven that there will be no more quarantines. There's a still a ton of people hesitant to book a cruise. Once the all clear is given, you'll wish you booked at these prices.
  3. Don't forget to add in that everyone with the vaccine is scared of those without the vaccine
  4. No one really knows for sure. Not even the cruise lines or CDC. However, we have states and cruise lines getting serious about this. The cruise lines are pre-emptively getting their staff vaccinated to show they mean business. I would like to think that means we are getting closer by the day.
  5. I could be wrong, but doesn't this literally explain why masks are way less useful than we thought? The large droplets, which we intended to block, fall out of the air quickly, and don't seem like a huge concern. Aerosol particles stay in the air for hours and a mask will not help with those. I get the whole "it's better than nothing" argument. However, at this point, wouldn't it make more sense to talk more about air circulation/hepa filtration vs masking? I mean, we're still talking about touching the spoons at the buffet, and surface transmission was already written off.
  6. I used to think we were a nation of black and white laws. Then I've come to realize just how political decisions are. Many laws can be "interpreted" to say whatever you want. Here we are, arguing about eating meals and swimming in pools. Activities that are brand new to the world and exclusive to cruising. We are far beyond any discussion of law or even common sense.
  7. You almost have to go out of your way to find to find a 3 year old article that states wages haven't moved. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/business/economy/wage-growth-economy.html
  8. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/15/pfizer-ceo-says-third-covid-vaccine-dose-likely-needed-within-12-months.html https://www.cbsnews.com/news/moderna-covid-vaccine-booster-shots/
  9. Wages HAVE gone up. They've been going up for years. It may be hard to comprehend, but there's a "cap" on pay to the point where it doesn't make sense operating anymore. You can't run some facilities with half as a many heads, making twice as much. While this debate can go on for hours, 80% of Americans make more than $350 per week. That's under $9 an hour. You can literally walk into any big retail company these days and start at $15. "Surviving in pandemic conditions" is a victim statement. No one is trying to start a life, making $350 per week. S
  10. Beyond the opinion of internet lawyers, even particularly "clear" laws can often be "interpreted" a different way. It will be interesting to see where it ends.
  11. You would think that after decades of over-regulation causing businesses to flee and once great cities are now depressed, poor, and full of drugs that we would learn a single thing from it. Americans have no problem displaying any ounce of virtue signaling they can as long as their livelihood wasn't impacted. I, too, have experienced this alternate reality. I've spent over 3 weeks in various Florida cities since the pandemic started. It is back to normal life there. Meanwhile, we cannot even have a PATH to cruising. While other countries have done so without a peep from the media.
  12. A very slick look! The all-white is not very visually appealing. This is actually a smarter marketing move than it may initially appear. People love to take pictures with their cruise ship. The current design doesn't grab anyone's attention.
  13. You know who else is not necessarily immune from a mutation? The world. Even with vaccination. This expectation that covid is eradicated with the vaccine grossly misunderstands just what type of a worldwide effort that takes. Mutations are a reality of highly infectious disease. Step 1 is to accept that. Not to mention we don't know how long this shot lasts and already know it needs boosters. There is no proof that my immunity from previous infection is insufficient and/or puts anyone at risk. There is no proof that I'm a special incubator for mutations. There is no proof of what t
  14. What am I looking forward to? All of it. The fun atmosphere. The food. The entertainment. Being at sea. Ports of call. The sun.
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