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    Seabourn Silver Sea

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  1. Last summer, Seabourn made an offer for a third passenger sailing free---to encourage parents to bring a child. I'm sure that brought additional children on to some sailings. Perhaps the same will happen this summer.
  2. Sadly, Venice has been affected. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/italy-cancels-venice-carnival-in-bid-to-halt-spread-of-virus?fbclid=IwAR0uaG_YNA4ZQSFvnlGnT_nOYqq8NoVQNXMffv8xOJ2KcoKdvy9PWO665R4
  3. We have not stayed overnight in Malta, but visited there while on a Seabourn cruise a couple of years ago. While there, I was so taken with Mdina (not far from Valetta) that I would love to stay there in a hotel. Please google and read about Mdina to understand what it is and how special it is (the original capital of Malta). I found this website which lists what it calls the best hotels in Malta. I note that at least one of them is in Mdina. Personally, that would be our choice. You will need to take a car to the port, but it is not a long drive. I'm sure your hotel can arrange that. Here is the site that talks about the various hotels: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/malta/hotels/
  4. I was just reading about this Rols--and the fact that Italy is taking stringent measures to try to contain the virus. I found this article saying that no one is allowed to enter or leave the outbreak areas. Perhaps it's too soon to be concerned about the cruises going there in the spring? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51602007 from the above article: " Mr Conte said it would now be forbidden to enter or leave the outbreak areas, unless special permission was granted. All school and sports activities have been suspended in those areas, including several Serie A football matches due to take place on Sunday. Police, and if necessary the armed forces, will have the authority to ensure the regulations are enforced.
  5. I would have to do some googling and searching to find the article I read about the Westerdam passengers. It IS concerning that the testing is not exactly trustworthy. And yes, I've read that a person can be a carrier and asymptomatic.
  6. I have just tried to add information that might figure into someone's broader knowledge of this epidemic. I do try not to speculate.
  7. I don't know if Italy also relies on foreign labor, but they have also reported cases. And then we have the passengers from the Westerdam who have flown home to various areas of the world after a number onboard have come down with the virus. My point is that the virus IS spreading that there are a lot of unknowns. The fact that the State Department of the United States (such as it is) is warning people about cruise ships and the virus, there are things to be concerned about if you have booked a cruise already--or are considering it--which is our situation.
  8. I have also read that the virus has spread to Iran--which surprised me. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/21/coronavirus-latest-updates-outbreak.html Before I am accused of "chattering", I have a point to adding this information. The virus is spreading to other areas of the world. Will this be a cruising issue going forward? I do not know, but it is something to consider.
  9. And then, there is this article---which makes several issues very upfront. Political decisions to be made, health decisions to be made. Nothing is easy. I really feel for all the passengers and also for the cruise lines who are caught up in this: https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/coronavirus-diamond-princess-cruise-americans/2020/02/20/b6f54cae-5279-11ea-b119-4faabac6674f_story.html?fbclid=IwAR17BT9Us1xkXMahQP-u8L11ekQDyPEasiukg1xcdxfymvoYWQHNP_oDHX4&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook
  10. I find this map of port restrictions due to the Corona virus to be interesting. It is updated daily. https://wilhelmsen.com/ships-agency/campaigns/coronavirus/coronavirus-map/?fbclid=IwAR0Uhixj7YJ62-jP0cBaU9UKAfBZ8SP8tPooAx7C0zHlq0SmaCRYTkR5dIo
  11. I just read some very sad news---two of the Diamond Princess passengers have died of the virus.
  12. SLSD


    It varies. Many times you are given a specific number of minutes to use (gratis) while on board. If you have to buy internet access, it can be rather expensive and frustrating as the connection and speed are not always satisfactory.
  13. I haven't seen this number, but I don't think the virus will discriminate according to race. The whole epidemic (not calling it a pandemic yet) is very concerning. I think those in quarantine in the United States are feeling a bit like forgotten pariahs. I hope this will not devastate the cruise industry. I am just so very sad about this.
  14. And I change for tea, and again for dinner. I am just laughing at the term used to described the well dressed!
  15. The costume changing group---I never knew they had a name. Thank you for making me laugh today.
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