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  1. As someone who recently made the switch from cell phones and point and shoot cameras to DSLRs, I thought my experience might help. Keep in mind I probably know less than the posters above! If you just had the phone, I'd suggest an upgrade, but the SX720HS seems like a pretty capable camera based on its specs. While it is true that a good DSLR is going to be technically more capable, not all of that capability is going to be used all the time. For example, the large sensor and greater ISO range on a full frame DSLR will help at night, but if you aren't shooting much at night that doesn't matter. The most important difference is the amount of configuration possible. Some high-end P and S do have some options, but a DSLR really shines when you are thinking about settings and trying to optimize them. This takes some research, experimentation, and experience.If that kind of process is something that interests you, an upgrade may be a good idea. If you like taking pictures on automatic, a good phone or P and S camera can give good results. Just for reference, I'm attaching two pictures I took from the same balcony. On the left is a Canon 5D MKIII with a low quality 135mm lens, the right is a Galaxy Note 8. The galaxy would need a digital zoom to get in as close, which would lower picture quality. I've never used the SX720HS would probably get closer to the 5D in terms of what it outputs due to its optical zoom and a sensor that is better than what Samsung uses. I reduced both images to 40% of their original size because otherwise they are gigantic! No other editing. (Note: it looks like CC reduced them some more, but they are still correct relative to each other). In summary: I think you'll be happy with what you have, BUT if you want to try and learn more about photography and invest some time into taking some special shots, an upgrade would be worth considering. Hope that helps!
  2. Very good point. I also feel the pushing "revolution" so hard implies that the experience so many people are used to is going to be completely displaced by something else. It makes long-time cruisers concerned about the product. They may be able to employ a strategy that attracts new customers at the expense of repeat business on a single ship, but it seems very questionable to try that across the entire fleet! People know new isn't always better, and change isn't always good. Overemphasizing it makes them wonder what they are loosing. Its been a while so my terminology may be off, but I wonder if there is some "aspirational pricing" going on here. I'd be curious what someone with experience in marketing thinks about that. It seems that X is trying to make Edge look more premium by inflating the price. If they have a firesale after final payment it ruins that image. I know everyone talks about supply and demand, but cruise pricing isn't a perfect system where everyone can be charged their exact willingness to pay. A slightly less than full ship with everyone paying these very high prices might still look quite good financially.
  3. The best one I have was when they demanded to be reassigned because they were the only people at the table staying in suites. Apparently dining with the six balcony people at the table was beneath them.
  4. I don't know a ton about the supply chain for ship construction, but I'd guess there would be some costs associated with sourcing or replacing some older components. X has also touted efficiency improvements on the Edge which would be at least partially lost by going backwards. And of course, it would be horribly embarrassing given how Edge has been positioned at the core of X's future. An Edge+ type ship that eliminates or modifies some of the controversial efforts seems far more likely and is a common strategy. I agree there are tons of examples of strategic mistakes. Some were due to arrogance and hubris, others factors that were totally unpredictable. With regard to X, I think over-expansion in general is a bigger threat than reliance on Edge class. Your building billion dollar assets with multi-year lead times assuming the market is going to support them for the next two decades or more. I agree it ultimately comes down to ROI. I imagine the key indicator would be how does it compare to a theoretical new S-class ship, both in terms of increased revenues (both on fares and onboard sales) and reduced expenses. In addition, X seems to be using Edge as a brand building tool. If that works, it certainly adds some intangible value to the Edge. I haven't been on the Edge, and I'm not in a hurry to go. At the right price, sure, but cheaper options with better itineraries are still using very nice ships. But I'm happy that some enjoy it; I just won't be joining them in the immediate future.
  5. Its true that it shows issues impacting CC reviewers during the initial months of service. And to be fair, those issues may be very important to some people. To be honest, I'm not looking to go on the Edge anytime soon. But how many of these issues are due to irreparable flaws in the ship? Early reviews were very negative, the average has risen since. Eden and IVs are still divisive, but part of the problem may be how X pitched them and failed to set expectations of current cruisers. It is really hard to figure out the long-term picture across all the target markets given this. As long as X feels they can charge enough cash to get the return they want, they will build the ship. And they have a lot better information than we do.
  6. I need to agree with @Oville. Not having better data doesn't make bad data valid. Certainly the number of negative reviews raise questions, but its hard to draw any conclusions that would be useful in planning business decisions. Obviously X has a lot more data than any of us, and they feel that another Edge class ship makes sense. It could have more to do with adding capacity on a specific schedule than any grand endorsement of the Edge, and it is possible the ship will be heavily modified. Building another Edge is faster and cheaper than an all-new design, and probably easier than trying to build a new S-class based ship. The point is, X sees another Edge class as the best move ROI-wise. That doesn't mean everyone will like it, just that it will probably make money!
  7. I would have asked him if he was lost... seems like he inadvertently ended up in your business. It is one thing if this was a friendly tease by friends or family, but it amazes me someone you don't know would make such a statement! Normally you need to go on the internet to get treated like that! 😉
  8. Based on whats been reported, it sounds like those on upcoming cruises shouldn't worry. One benefit of having three pods is that loosing one does not substantially reduce the cruising speed; the schedule adjustments that have been posted seem modest. Allure has three azipods. Fixipods were on some older RCI ships. Though I suppose if the azimuthing broke, it could be operated as one! Plus, we don't know what is wrong, so it may be an issue that can be done without a dry dock. But I agree, it is likely they will wait if it requires several days and/or a dry dock. I imagine both RCI and most passengers would rather see 30 to 60 minute adjustments in port times than a cancellation.
  9. I know your effort here is to protect people, which I support 100%. However, I think your assumptions may be a bit broad. I did not see the original post, so there may have been other red flags, but these are my thoughts. First, many universities use survey websites and statistical packages that reside on the company's domain, not the university. In addition, depending on the scope of the project and how the university operates, students may choose or be required to use a third party service. So rather than dismissing a .com or .net address, I'd suggest checking that the domain corresponds to a reputable survey or statistical firm. Second, depending on the project scope, there are lots of unscientific studies. For a single class project it is often not practical or cost effective to collect proper data, and in many cases it doesn't matter. An MBA candidate taking a statistics course is being taught how to manipulate and interpret data; the actual findings don't go beyond the course. If the purpose of collection is a thesis or a research project with broader applications, your point becomes much more relevant. But that is less common. I think we can all agree that 1) awareness is important and everyone should be cautious, 2) people have the right to completely ignore surveys for any reason, and 3) CC has the right to limit solicitation on this website no matter its form or purpose. I would never encourage someone to take a chance on a potentially harmful link. But if someone really wants to try and I help, I think your points may be more appropriately termed "yellow flags" worthy of further investigation.
  10. What lens are you using for those? Beautiful close-ups!
  11. I haven't seen anything credible saying they are going to San Juan, just that they are sailing near San Juan, which may be due to North Atlantic Weather. A straight shot from San Juan to Spain keeps them south of whats being forecast later this week.
  12. That seems the most likely explanation; looks like low pressure moving across the North Atlantic, it may be as simple as they want to remain south of it. 18 knots makes it sound like she has at least two working pods, and quite possibly all three. True, but I have a feeling analysts would be waiting for something more concrete than an unusual routing or an unexpected stop before taking action. I can't speak to the cruise industry, but when I have worked with financial companies in other industries most seemed to avoid extensive analysis of raw operational data as they didn't have the expertise on staff to really understand it and/or they realized there were too many other variables at play to make an accurate determination. Prompt questions, sure, but I highly doubt you'd see downgrades or sales.
  13. Regardless of term you use, the Statue of Liberty is on the right or starboard side of the ship when departing Manhattan. My favorite option is a view near the stern, so you can see SoL and Manhattan together as you go down the river. Views from the NCL Escape after leaving Manhattan.
  14. Still playing with astro photos. This is Bode's Galaxy, about 12 million light years away. Not the greatest capture or editing job, but its the first galaxy picture I've taken that looks like a galaxy! About an 18 minute exposure.
  15. Are the pods designed to break away to avoiding damaging the hull, or is that not practical given the amount of force they operate under? . I think you are making two assumptions, first that the drydock was pushed lower but still retained its normal buoyancy, and second that the force remains the same as the dock/ship sink lower into the water. The drydock was already floating and supporting some of the weight of the ship, with the Oasis's hull picking up the rest. In order for that balance to be upset something would need to change. No one has suggested Oasis sprung a leak and rapidly gained weight, so it seems like the fault is with the dock. If the buoyancy of the dock decreased, everything would start to settle. This seems to be what happened, though we don't know why. So its not an instance of pushing something underwater, its that the thing underwater isn't pushing back hard enough! Keep in mind the deeper the combo sinks the forces will be reduced; the hull of the Oasis is now deeper in the water and thus has more buoyancy and is less reliant on the dock for support. Of course, with everything shifting and the ship possibly leaving its blocks it is possible specific parts of the ship and dock came into contact that weren't intended too, and forces at those points could exceed what they were designed for causing damage. Unfortunately with no real information from RCI or the shipyard, we can only speculate what if anything might have suffered this fate.
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