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  1. My re-collections from what my TA had shared, plus in various readings, is that most cruise lines do not pay the agent until after the cruise is actually started and/or completed. Right or wrong? If the cruise lines paid the TA when the full payment is made, there is still a three or four month period when a booked customer might be able to cancel, etc. As I understand many TA's got hit hard in the Spring and Summer. They did all of the work to set-up the cruises in the March to September period. Then, they had to do a bunch of work for their clients getting things scrubbed, pushing for payments back, etc. BUT, they got nothing, in most cases, for all of that time, effort, worry, etc. Reactions? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Completed last summer Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  2. WOW!! What a huge medical saga for Lois!!! Glad you are home and feeling more stable/better. Keep up the good progress. Clearly Florida State has had its serious challenges recently. It is not the "good old days" during their "GLORY YEARS" with Bobby Bowden. The good or bad news this year is that FSU will not be needing to be playing the re-bounding Miami 'Canes this year. BUT, for Spins and "The U", their next BIG game is Oct. 10 against number-one ranked Clemson at their home in South Carolina. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  3. Congratulations to Spins, BOTH for being on ESPN's Gameday, plus for the massive victory by "The U" over archival Florida State. As i mentioned earlier, it was a fun, exciting day for college football yesterday. For us, with my wife's brother living in Kansas right near Manhattan, that second victory in a row by K-State over Oklahoma was super sweet. Never been a big fan of Oklahoma!! Like to see them lose!! Have good friends who are Texas grads and we like to cheer the Longhorns as they had a dramatic, come-from-behind rally to beat Texas Tech in overtime. Plus, also enjoyed defending champs LSU getting beat by Mississippi State. That was another "wild and wonderful" game. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 67,458 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696
  4. My strong guess is that there is a person or two from Silversea who keeps an eye on these CC Boards. BUT, very seldom, if ever, does someone from SS and/or the other cruise lines officially respond on these posting sites. Why not? Such "discussions" can get tangled and challenged!! While some boards and threads can have very balanced and reasonable sharing, there are times when such "communications" can take fairly negative tones and twists. In these days, social media is not always calm, clear, rational and focused. Very good legal details and follow-ups from alexandria on many important issues. Great postings and helpful background. This thread is now over 40,000 views. Appreciate all of the interest, solid comments, excellent questions and great sharing. Keep it coming!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 240,500 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  5. Things are busy and "happening" at the Cooler this weekend. Many exciting college football games yesterday, including some major upsets and surprises. Besides Spins and Lois, any other college football fans here? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  6. Yesterday I posted on the "SS Future" thread the below news story that used "PONZI" in its headline and writing details. In that case, it was more about TA's and certain web travel firms. BUT, that question certainly could also be raised about how the cruise lines are now operating. From the Palm Beach Post and the USA Today news network this past week, they had this headline: “Coronavirus has exposed a secret underbelly of the travel business: Ponzi-style schemes to pay bookings” with these highlights: “Leigh Anne Belcher and her daughter got a call to stop by the front desk about a billing question. Their travel agency, swamped with coronavirus cancellations, had abruptly closed its doors and disconnected its phone lines – and refused to pay the hotel for the room even though Belcher had paid the agency in full for the trip. On the spot, Belcher had to come up with thousands of dollars to pay the upscale hotel, which threatened to call authorities and advised the front-gate attendants to make sure no one escaped without paying. When she and her daughter tried to head home to Lexington, Kentucky, they had to shell out more money; their flight had been canceled, and the airline wouldn’t allow them to change it since it, too, was booked by Florida’s BookIt.com. The coronavirus has exposed a secret underbelly of the travel business. Many travel agencies operate Ponzi-style schemes in which one traveler's deposit pays for a previous traveler's tickets and accommodations, and so on. Everything ran smoothly as long as bookings continued to roll in.” When we worked with our TA for cruise payments, we gave her our credit card number and she made the payment direct to the cruise lines, etc. No payments into any TA firm's accounts. How do others handle their payments?? Buyer beware!! Clearly how a TA or web travel firm handles these types of details can make a huge, BIG difference if you need to get into a battles to re-gain your payments. Full story at: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/news/investigations/2020/09/24/coronavirus-travel-refund-battles-expose-deposit-shell-game/5866489002/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 18,862 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  7. As folks consider future bookings and especially for payments, below is a good "learning experience" for how such finances are being handled. Are you making your cruise and travel parents directly to the provider, such as the cruise line? Or, is your money being taken by some type of travel "agency" and/or web firm?? Why is that little "detail" so very important to consider carefully? From the Palm Beach Post and the USA Today news network, they had this headline: “Coronavirus has exposed a secret underbelly of the travel business: Ponzi-style schemes to pay bookings” with these highlights: “Leigh Anne Belcher and her daughter got a call to stop by the front desk about a billing question. Their travel agency, swamped with coronavirus cancellations, had abruptly closed its doors and disconnected its phone lines – and refused to pay the hotel for the room even though Belcher had paid the agency in full for the trip. On the spot, Belcher had to come up with thousands of dollars to pay the upscale hotel, which threatened to call authorities and advised the front-gate attendants to make sure no one escaped without paying. When she and her daughter tried to head home to Lexington, Kentucky, they had to shell out more money; their flight had been canceled, and the airline wouldn’t allow them to change it since it, too, was booked by Florida’s BookIt.com. The coronavirus has exposed a secret underbelly of the travel business. Many travel agencies operate Ponzi-style schemes in which one traveler's deposit pays for a previous traveler's tickets and accommodations, and so on. Everything ran smoothly as long as bookings continued to roll in.” When we worked with our TA for cruise payments, we gave her our credit card number and she made the payment direct to the cruise lines, etc. No payments into any TA firm's accounts. How do others handle their payments?? Buyer beware!! Clearly how a TA or web travel firm handles these types of details can make a huge, BIG difference if you need to get into a battles to re-gain your payments. Full story at: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/news/investigations/2020/09/24/coronavirus-travel-refund-battles-expose-deposit-shell-game/5866489002/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 252,151 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
  8. Personally, I am not a stock market "gambler"!! Have not and will not be buying any cruise ship stocks. BUT, it is interesting to watch and monitor. Just having one analyst with Barclay Bank does not make that single opinion the ultimate fact and reality. What does it actually mean as to exactly when a cruise re-opening will be happening??? Nobody knows for certain, but many on Wall Street are speculating, guessing and betting money that these dates are getting closer. Maybe? If and if?? From the Wall Street Journal charts for the three major cruise lines, you can see the big, BIG jump-ups in values on Friday. WOW!! Up from nearly 8% for Royal Caribbean to near 14% for NCLH. Carnival was up nearly 10% yesterday. BUT, how long will this upswing last? Much depends during the coming weeks as to what the CDC does or does not do as to allowing any type of re-opening for the cruise lines. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Completed last summer Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  9. From the Wall Street Journal and its sister publication of Barron's yesterday, the financial stock pickers are seeing an improved "potential" with the three major cruise line stocks. What does it really mean as to exactly when a cruise re-opening will be happening??? Nobody knows for certain, but many on Wall Street are speculating and betting money that these dates are getting closer. Maybe? If and if?? Barron's had this headline: “Cruise Stocks Are Jumping on Barclays Upgrade, and Signs of Pent-Up Demand” with these highlights: “Cruise stocks were up strongly in midday trading Friday, helped by a Barclays upgrade of the three largest U.S. players. 'We believe we are nearing an inflection point' for the cruise industry, Barclays analyst Felicia Hendrix said in a note Friday upgrading the stocks to Overweight. 'While we may be early, we believe the risk/reward is the most attractive in our coverage universe. Investors who have previously written off cruise stocks should begin to revisit their models.' ” Personally, I am not a stock market "gambler"!! Will not be buying any cruise ship stocks. BUT, it is interesting to watch and monitor. Just having one analyst with Barclay Bank does not make that single opinion the ultimate fact and reality. Full story at: https://www.barrons.com/articles/ge-pulls-plug-on-a-shrinking-business-building-coal-power-plants-51600706184 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal. Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 30,108 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580 From the below Wall Street Journal charts for the three major cruise lines during this past week, you can see the big, BIG jump-ups in values on Friday. WOW!! Up from nearly 8% to near 14% for NCLH. BUT, how long will this upswing last? Much depends during the coming weeks as to what the CDC does or does not do as to a re-opening for the cruise lines.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these visuals larger/better!)
  10. YES, great looking fish and dining delights from J.P. Keep it coming! Today, the college football season ramps up more with many interesting games. For Spins on national TV, ABC, tonight at 7:30 pm, will be Florida State visiting Miami. Should be a good battle. Spins is happy that Miami is undefeated now at 2-0. Will many Miami players get to wear the "Turnover Chain" during tonight's game? Spins can explain what is the "Turnover Chain"! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From AccuWeather for next week in Central Ohio, here is their forecast that includes colder weather, rain, thunderstorms, etc. Fall is coming, good or bad??!! Summer is fading away?: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see this visual larger/better!) More below from a couple of American comedy "Queens"?:
  11. Agree with Lois ad Ready as to that pesky "Pandemic Fatigue?"! Great above comments and follow-up by the smart and savvy Randy in Texas. Nice added "Escape from Brazil" details from nowornever.. Glad it worked out reasonably well under the challenged circumstances. From the below Wall Street-related web reporting this morning, they had this headline: “Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean Cruise on Barclays Upgrade” with this sub-head: "A Barclays analyst says the worst for the cruise sector 'is in the past' and upgraded Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean to overweight." Here are some the story highlights: “Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean were higher Friday after a Barclays analyst upgraded the cruise-ship operators to overweight from equal weight and raised her price targets. Analyst Felicia Hendrix raised her target prices. '[We] are nearing an inflection point in cruise,' Hendrix said in a note to clients. 'While we may be early, we believe the risk/reward is the most attractive in our coverage universe. Investors who have previously written off cruise stocks should begin to revisit their models.' The cruise industry has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic, with a no-sail order from the Centers for Disease Control. That order is scheduled to end on Sept. 30. 'While chances are high ... that the CDC extends the date again (likely into the fourth quarter),' Hendrix said, '...the comments from the agency will be positive and could signal a near-term return to cruise, which could be a catalyst for the shares.' While a removal or lapse of the no-sail order would be the most positive outcome, the analyst said, a fourth-quarter start date, 'combined with positive language bodes well for sentiment, as it removes uncertainty and, importantly, concerns about liquidity.' Hendrix said much has changed since she downgraded the cruise sector in June. Cruises have started up in Germany and Italy with no incidents, and bookings data from each of the cruise companies have indicated pent-up demand. Hendrix also said Carnival said it would dispose of 18 ships, 'which combined with near-term industrywide ship-delivery delays allows the industry to recover over the next several years against a slower supply-growth backdrop.' ” Interesting comments and insights. Not all positive, nor an immediate fix/answer. But, it is a sign that things are getting a little closer, maybe, for a slow and gradual re-opening in the months ahead. Or, by Spring 2021? Full story at: https://www.thestreet.com/investing/carnival-norwegian-royal-caribbean-cruise-on-barclays-upgrade THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 18,862 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  12. Appreciate these above great comments and follow-up from TTS in the UK We are all smart folks who can sort out and see the differences between opinions/personal wishes . . . VERSUS . . . realistic facts and science. This is especially true as we view situations in the context of our own health and medical conditions. From CNBC business news earlier this week, they had this headline: “From curfews to calling in the army, here’s what Europe is doing to tackle its coronavirus surge” with these key points and highlights: “Europe is facing the much-feared 'second wave' of coronavirus cases, after a lull in new infections in summer. There is a reluctance to return to full lockdowns, so other measures are being implemented first. To date, there have been almost 2.9 million confirmed cases of the virus in Europe and over 186,000 people have died, data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention shows.” This bring up the "Realism 101" factor that to resume cruising, you also need to have ports to visit. Europe has always been a popular and busy place for cruising. BUT, as this story and other reporting indicates, the limits are there for many parts of Europe. And many questions as to when and how most parts of Europe, including Barcelona as the largest cruise port, will be operating "normally". Here was more from this story: "There can be no doubt now that Europe is now facing the much-feared 'second wave' of coronavirus cases, after severe restrictions on public life were lifted and the summer lull in new infections came to an end. As cases rise rapidly in the region, various European nations are taking action in an effort to stop the surge in infections and prevent a significant rise in fatalities. Spain has recorded 682,267 infections — the highest number in Europe, and 30,904 deaths, according to the latest Johns Hopkins University data. On Tuesday, more than 10,000 new infections were recorded, up from the previous day’s tally, according to Spanish health ministry data." Full story at: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/22/what-europe-is-doing-to-tackle-its-coronavirus-surge-.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal. Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 30,108 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580
  13. Cute doggie pix's and many funnies. Never boring at the Cooler!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  14. Appreciate the good follow-up from the savvy Observer. At that time, I did not need and/or ask for the specific Federal statute number when discussing the subject with my Congressman. This afternoon after seeing your note, I put a call into his office for that added detail. My guess, based on past experiences is that it is more than just one specific statute number of only two or three sentences. Generally, there is a statute section (or two or three), plus added legal specifics that were adopted in later agency rules and regulations as published in the Federal Register. Maybe, even added rules/regs by the Federal Reserve as they have certain authority over financial transactions and institutions. Complicated! Not always quick and simple. BUT, I am 100% confident that the credit card companies and banks have clear standards to which they must be accountable. Not true for cruise lines and other businesses. Will share more as I get added info/details. Good luck to all working to get that money back in your accounts. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Completed last summer Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  15. Part of the "game" is to always to point fingers at others and . . . blame someone else. Right or wrong?? Back in late April when we were waiting and waiting for our refund credit back from Silversea, the cruise line tried to blame it on the banks and say that our money was already in their hands. BUT, in checking more, including with my experienced Congressman who is on the U.S. House Financial Service Committee and has been in the banking business himself, he was clear. Federal law mandates that the credit card companies are required to post any and all refunds within 24 hours of them receiving that money back from the merchant. Or else the bank is in big trouble with the government officials and violating Federal law!! For those in the U.S., do not believe the "shell game" if they try to claim it is the bank's fault. That's U.S. law. Cannot speak to the legal standards for the UK, Australia, etc. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 18,795 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
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