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Everything posted by Toofarfromthesea

  1. Well hey, N. Korea shot a government official who broke quarantine and shot their first confirmed case, so their strategy might be even more effective - if it weren't for that whole inhuman thing. Totally agree on the usefulness of demographic data on cases and deaths. It would also be useful if cases/deaths were reported by whether they are folks who were infected outside the country and came back, or if they were 'home-grown" infections.
  2. Depends on what you mean by problem. Getting caught? Breaking law/rules? Dealing with fall-out if caught? I'm a medical marijuana patient in CO and I vape THC oil. I have no doubt that: 1- I could easily get it on the ship as it is highly concentrated and doesn't smell, and 2 - I could easily vape it in my cabin and no one would know because vaping thc or herb doesn't leave any residual smell. In my apartment you could be in the other room while I Vaped and you wouldn't have a clue. But I am too old (64) and have too nice a life to put it at risk by doing 1 and 2. I suck it up, put up with the aches and pains, don't enjoy eating as much, and drink wine more than usual to help with sleep. Getting entangled with law enforcement is on my anti-bucket list.
  3. You're right. And buying a BMW, is not a cost savings over buying a Ford.
  4. I use a site that lets various TAs compete for my booking and I get multiple offers with perks at varying levels - but I need to get at least 8-10% to pull the trigger. There are plenty of TAs out there that are happy to book on MSC and offer perks. I've booked 3 MSC cruises with 3 different TAs, since I am a disloyal SOB, and got good perks in that range every time.
  5. Suspending cruising YOURSELF is completely within YOUR power. Maybe other people have other opinions.
  6. And they recommend NOT buying and using masks for routine use because they are needed only for infected people and medical personnel.
  7. That would be an interesting discussion, but I doubt it will get going buried in this thread. You should consider starting a new thread.
  8. I pay no attention to what the WHO says about this because they have been unduly influenced by China for a long time. I look to CDC and NIH for far more reliable data and conclusions. IMO, the only people who take that WHO 3.4% mortality rate figure seriously are people looking for a reason to panic, or trying to spread panic.
  9. Yacht Club is much more than a "room and drinks".
  10. Wouldn't want to be at a buffet with THIS guy. https://twitter.com/AGWilliamBarr/status/1234657661494317056
  11. What is not being done that would have been done had those responsibilities not been reassigned?
  12. Can you imagine the panic if every day the media reported on the number and distribution of new flu cases, alone with a daily death toll?
  13. There were no cuts. There were proposed cuts but they were never enacted.
  14. I said a while back that one of the things this will reveal is the relative competence of the various governments around the world. Every country will get infected people, but the difference between 60 cases and no deaths and 650 cases with 21 deaths (Italy), or 388 cases with 34 (if you believe the Iranian government) or 210 (if you believe the BBC) deaths is not by chance. In the long run I think parts of the middle East and Africa will end up being hardest hit, along with China.
  15. The whole tip on sales tax thing is the very definition of a tempest in a teapot. If you tip 20% and the sales tax rate is 8% the difference is 1.6%. Which is $1.60 on a $100 check. Personally, if I am spending $100 for dinner, $1.60 either way is barely worth noticing, let alone making it a big deal on a message board.
  16. I'm with you. Travel insurance should be looked as two different things. Medical and evac insurance cover virtually open ended risks that literally can run to tens of thousands or more. Very few people can afford to self-insure that. Cancellation/interruption insurance, OTOH, involves a risk that has a fixed knowable cost. Many of us are comfortable not buying insurance for these risks because the exposure is limited, we get some coverage from our credit card, and for any difference between what the credit card covers and what separate insurance would cover, the insurance is very expensive.
  17. Totally agree, and we got nothing except miles on our first cruise. But seems like you are learning the lesson we learned, that there is a lot more out there in perks and bargains than I had imagined when we booked our first cruise.
  18. One person's 'the sky is falling' crisis is another person's buying opportunity.
  19. By tunnel vision I mean not noticing when people needed service because they were focused on one thing without peripheral vision. By a lack of multi-tasking I mean making separate trips between the tables and the bar to take an order, a separate trip to pick up used glasses and plates, with 2 separate trips for each table. A separate trip for each individual task. When I was a teacher we talked about having a soft focus where we were aware of everything going on in the room. The TSL butlers seemed to have the opposite kind of focus, very focused on one thing with a lack of overall awareness. I didn't experience that on Divina. And FWIW, this was late April to early May, 2019, just to provide time context. And the Divina trip was in Sept, 2018.
  20. I did the Mera YCA on a 14 day Baltic, and Divina YC on a 7 day Med. The biggest difference is the location of the restaurant. On Mera the restaurant is forward, within the YC enclave. On Divina the restaurant is aft, so you have to walk the length of the ship to get to and from it. The first night a Butler will walk you to the restaurant as it involves going down several decks, across the length of the ship and back up again. As a general matter I found the food and the service on Divina noticeably better than on Mera. On Mera it seemed like the butlers were poorly trained. They suffered from both tunnel vision and a lack of multi-tasking, neither of which I experienced on Divina. Given a choice, in identical circumstances and conditions, personally I would choose Divina. We'll be doing the Seaside YC in Nov. in the Caribbean, and I am hoping for the better restaurant location of Mera, and the better food and service of Divina. We'll see.
  21. I'm scouring the cruise sites looking for last minute prices on Caribbean cruises next month. So no, not on a Caribbean cruise.
  22. OR, just a different thought, people should make their own decisions and face their own consequences.
  23. But it sure gives a great pretext.
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