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SakeDad

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    Henderson NV/Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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    travel, photography, cooking, gardening, theatre, my dogs, shopping, snorkeling
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    Disney, HAL, RCCL, Crystal, Regent, Oceania, Cunard
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  1. Here's a new report from CNN on this. https://cnn.it/2vwthf1
  2. I hope that actually happens. But I can tell you many crew members who share tips will end up losing out. It's an extremely complicated system that works when all is normal but this will not be an easy situation for them to figure out fairly. Such as, waiters get tips and give some extra to their bussers, bartenders get tips and may share with their barbacks...it's not everyone on every line and sometimes a personal choice...but it gets complicated.
  3. Sadly our US government has said they will NOT be sending any evacuations to help the US citizens onboard and are letting Japan set the rules. So the poor passengers and crew are left to sit there as more and more cases are being reported yet MOST of them haven't even been tested! I think Princess is handling it as best they can as they are also at Japan's mercy but there are some really poor decisions being made that I fear will end up with results no one wants in the end.
  4. I have REPEATEDLY asked folks to remember the crew members who are not only quarantined but have to WORK for no tips and possibly get infected by the very passengers they are taking care of!!! This needs to be paid close attention to! As a former crew member (and paying passenger) I can only imagine what they are going through.Imagine you were at the end of your 9 month contract and finally going home to see your family, your children, your friends and have a well deserved rest before your next contract (or you never want to be on a ship again and just want to be home!) only to be told you will be onboard for who knows how long, under quarantine, serving passengers as your fellow crew members get sick and are taken off with no new crew members arriving until it's all over!!!!! Princess is taking great care of the passengers and giving 100%+ compensation...I would hope they take just as good care of their crew or nothing they do for the passengers will matter in the end to me and millions of others. WE ARE WATCHING!! https://www.forbes.com/sites/rachelsandler/2020/02/10/crew-members-plea-for-rescue-as-coronavirus-outbreak-on-cruise-ship-grows-to-135-cases/#59dcbe4c4266
  5. The same 3 movies....over and over and over and over and over and over
  6. However some cruisers are being told epidemics are NOT covered reasons to cancel so if you don't have "for any reason" you may be in for a very rude awakening.
  7. So there is an IMPORTANT NOTE here....of the 273 tested that had symptoms only 31 (THIRTY ONE!!!) have been returned and of those 31 10 have been positive! So it's NOT 10 of 273, it's 10 of 31 with all the rest to still have results come back.....BIG DIFFERENCE!
  8. How about the CREW that takes care of you and entertains you and pampers you and feeds you....I would think THEY need more thoughts than anyone....AND they are losing money if there are no passengers to tip!
  9. This was in today's USAToday. RCCL Canceling some cruises due to the virus. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/01/26/coronavirus-outbreak-royal-caribbean-msc-cruises-canceled-china/4581361002/
  10. Having done multiple dry-docks and a new build you would be AMAZED what can come together, literally over-night, on these ships! I have seen whole showrooms look trashed one day, and show ready the next! Three weeks in new build time is an eternity!!!
  11. Many European ports require visas for foreign travelers (passengers and crew alike) so just changing to another country is not as realistic as you think. Even if they got to some of these ports you may not be allowed off without the proper documents.
  12. Considering the cruiseline is flagged in the Bahamas that is the laws they would adhere to. And if someone has outside travel insurance it would be the insurance company that would give compensation, if deserved, not the cruise line. The cruise lines are not the same as land based UK holiday tour companies, and when a passenger signs their contract they acknowledge the cruise line has the right to change ports, itineraries, etc due to weather, safety and more.
  13. And I'll bet the same people saying there was no food are the same classless families that LOAD UP plates full of food to take out of the buffets or to the pools despite being told it's not allowed.
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