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  1. Understand from tosteve1 in North Carolina why this New York magazine writer lost her credibility quickly as she played out her anti cruising personal opinions. From the Business Section of the Miami Herald in the heart of the cruising industry Sunday/yesterday, they had this headline: “How should cruise companies protect passengers and crew from COVID-19? We asked doctors” with these highlights: “The world’s four largest cruise companies plan to hit the high seas later this summer. For Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, that means August 1. But none of the companies has announced how it will protect passengers and crew from COVID-19 before a vaccine becomes available, at least a year from now. To date, the infectious disease has been confirmed in more than 3,000 passengers and crew and at least 82 deaths across 63 cruise ships, according to a Miami Herald investigation.” From two of the cruise lines, here is what their reporting detailed: "Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise company with nine brands and 104 ships, is still working on its procedures, said spokesperson Roger Frizzell. 'It is still early in the process and our brands have not yet finalized our future protocol for when the ships will return to cruising following our pause,' he said via email. Royal Caribbean Ltd. Chairman Richard Fain told the Miami Herald last week that a panel of experts is working on new procedures for its four brands, which own 54 ships." Here is some added background for this to-be-determined process and policies: "While the CDC will likely play a pivotal role, it’s not technically the final arbiter on onboard healthcare outside U.S. waters. Each ship’s 'flag' state — the country where it is registered — is in charge of setting and enforcing protocols. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise companies and the American College of Emergency Physicians held higher standards. They recommended each ship have at least one Intensive Care bed in its medical center, carry medicines commonly used in emergencies, and specified that ships doctors should have specific education and experience in emergency medicine, internal medicine or family practice, among other qualifications. The Miami Herald asked five doctors — including three who treated COVID-19 patients on cruise ships — about onboard changes they would recommend in a pre-vaccine age. All said it would be impossible to eliminate the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak, but enhanced protocols could limit the chances. So what should be done? The CDC is expected to weigh in before cruising starts up again but hasn’t publicly done so yet. Most cruise lines have declined to give details of their plans, saying they are still under review." This highly-detailed and comprehensive reporting also mentioned suggested options that might need to considered, including: 1) Flexible cancellation policies. 2) Packing extra medicine; 3) COVID-19 testing; 4) Temperature checks; 5) Capacity limits; 6) Staying close to land (within 500 nautical miles of land to be within 24 hours of helicopter range; 7) Thermal scanners; 9 ) On ship COVID-19 testing, masks for everyone; 10) No more buffets; 11) More medical staff, equipment: Cruise ships typically carry just one ventilator; and 12) Evacuation agreements with ports. Full story at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article242945396.html With today being June 1, it has been two and a half months since the cruising shut-down. BUT, the list of questions and needs is long before CDC and other key medical/government experts can give the "green light" for cruising to resume. Reactions? Comments? Added questions? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 49,473 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337
  2. Agree, being taller has its advantages. I am 6' 2" and enjoy that vision from a higher angle. Below are a couple "oldies, but goodies" from two key comedy minds of the past. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  3. The food from Daveywavey70 is looking super great!! Keep it coming!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  4. Bright, nice, sunny and comfortable weather today in Central Ohio. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  5. Appreciate the candid, honesty above by our UK friend. Yes, a better camera angle can help lessen that look at the top of our heads. Hand-held with your cell phone does not always work in an ideal manner. "Bold and bald" is a good summary!! For Spins, wishing for "May it happen soon" is good. BUT, however, my reading of the latest from CDC and other news reports is that the process is going to take more time. SLOW will be the reality in many ways. Sad in many, many ways. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  6. In recent days, I have posted a few items from Mae West. She had a unique style and approach to life. Not boring and/or bland??!! From People magazine yesterday, they had this headline: “Hollywood Legend Mae West Profiled in New PBS Documentary: 'She Was a Sexual Gangster' ” with this subhead: "A new PBS documentary, Mae West: Dirty Blonde, is shining a spotlight on the revolutionary Hollywood icon." Here are a few of the story highlights: “Rebel, seductress, writer, producer and sexual icon. In a look at the trailer for the documentary on her life, Mae West: Dirty Blonde, the actress can hardly be summarized in just a few words. Mary Jane West, best known by her stage name Mae West, left an indelible mark on Hollywood, notably for her unapologetic embrace of her sex appeal and femininity. 'Mae West crafted this image, she was a sexual gangster,' a voiceover says in the trailer. Fashion icon André Leon Talley says, 'Mae West was a pioneer for all those women who dare to be sexy: Cher, Madonna, Rihanna, Beyoncé.' West, who died in 1980 at the age of 87, achieved critical acclaim in every artistic medium that existed during her lifetime after beginning a career at the age of 14 as a vaudeville dancer. The actress pushed the envelope of social change and become one of Hollywood's most controversial stars. 'She goes from being sent to jail for what she wants to say in 1926, to being the toast of Broadway in 1928 to being the highest-paid actress in America by the 1930s,' the voiceover says.” It's been a number of years since she was famous and I am not sure if she was known in the UK and/or in other parts of the world at that time. Reactions and comments? Full story at: https://people.com/movies/mae-west-documentary-trailer-pbs/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  7. Cute dogs!! They look fun and very interesting. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  8. Yes, that mention of "spaniel clippers" did confuse me somewhat. BUT, hoping that I am not being too respectful, when I saw the mention about taking a "BOLD DECISION", I was surprised. I was not sure if there was a typo involved and that that hair trimming might have been the result of making a . . . "BALD DECISION". That photo angle made the hair look much thinner. Right or wrong? All the fault of the camera? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 230,160 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  9. Appreciate these great, additional insights, comments and follow-up from the super-experienced Hank. Great summary that the BIG, BIG ships are going to be less likely to be doling that famed sail-in that we so enjoyed in June 2011. Glad we experienced those amazing views at that time, both for the sail-in and the sail-out. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Telegraph today, they had this headline: “Venice after lockdown: How social distancing will change the soul of the city” with these highlights: “Think of Venice and what comes to mind? Art, bridges, cultural monuments, crowds... dolphins? Nature has reclaimed much in recent weeks. In the “BC” (before corona) world of overtourism, Venice was king. Drowning in fake glass and fake masks and overwhelmed by 20 million tourists a year, its very status as a World Heritage Site was threatened. In October 2019 representatives from the City of Venice, the Italian government, Unesco and the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) met to discuss the crisis faced by the city and surrounding lagoon. The World Heritage Committee warned that unless significant progress was made to protect it, Venice risked being inscribed on its World Heritage in Danger list.” Here are some more details from this reporter: "Ahead of borders reopening to EU residents on June 3, Venice is shaking off its lockdown cloak. Beaches at Lido de Jesolo are re-opening and some restaurants are open for socially distanced dining. Last weekend, passengers in masks queued for the vaporetti (water buses). On June 2 the Peggy Guggenheim Collection re-opens to the public. On June 1 the gondolieri will return to work, operating at 20 per cent capacity. Italy’s safe-distance guidelines of one metre will put enough space between passenger and gondolier but a mask must be worn while helping passengers on and off boats." Full story at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/veneto/venice/articles/venice-after-lockdown-overtourism-how-social-distancing-will-change-soul-of-city/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 239,450 www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  10. Appreciate these great comments and follow-ups from mskaufman and iancal. We have grandsons ages seven and nine. Sounds like a great future travel option to consider in a few years as they are older and better able to appreciate the great history and culture there in Portugal. Excellent point by iancal for using Porto s the gateway to explore the Douro Valley. Have that on our future to-do list!! From MSN.com and this story connection, they had this headline: “Portugal Is Reopening for Travelers (and They Won’t Have to Quarantine)” with these highlights: “As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19 and the summer tourism season gets underway, popular tourism destinations have begun opening their doors. In June, places like the Caribbean, Iceland, and the Florida Keys begin welcoming more travelers. And Portugal—the land of pastéis de nata, Fernando Pessoa, and fado music—is already mostly open for business. Starting June 1, the country enters its final phase of reopening, which means new air travel options and more activities available for visitors. Although its land borders with Spain are shut until June 15, flights to the country of 10.3 million have been reduced but not eliminated. Routes are currently available between Portugal and the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Venezuela, South Africa, and Brazil.” Here are some additional details provided in the article: "There’s already plenty for travelers to do once they’ve landed in Portugal. Shops, zoos, and cultural facilities like museums and monuments are open, and public transit is running. Food service is available at restaurants and bars, which are serving a reduced number of patrons and closing a bit earlier (11 p.m.). Social distancing and masks are required for use on public transportation and at many attractions, so be sure to pack accordingly." Full story at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/news/portugal-is-reopening-for-travelers-and-they-won-e2-80-99t-have-to-quarantine/ar-BB14GLFt THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 49,473 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337
  11. Yes, Wall Street and financial markets can be challenging!! Not easy to guess correctly and have all of the insights needed to zig and zag at the smartest points in time. . From the Forbes business publication this morning, they had this headline: “Royal Caribbean Cruises Stock Lost 70% In 3 Months: Can It Recover?” with these highlights: “Considering how Covid-19 spread on cruise liner Diamond Princess, and the measures taken by governments all over the world, the entire cruise line industry is on its knees with no demand and high cash outflow. Royal Caribbean Cruises’ stock has sunk nearly 70% this year. However, there may be a huge investment opportunity if the stock can recover. This can only happen if (a) the company survives the existing cash outflow via financing, cost restructuring, and capital expenditure cuts until the demand recovers, and (b) the existing demand gap is filled and a pre-pandemic growth trajectory is re-attained. The good news is that from a liquidity and survival stand point, Royal Caribbean is safe! We think that even in a pessimistic scenario, the company may be able to generate $900 million in free cash flow if it can cut down its capital expenditure by 70% and does not spend any amount on share repurchases. The bad news - while survival probability is very high, the long term lingering effects of the current demand shock may make a pre-pandemic growth trajectory unattainable for the foreseeable future.” The author offers three different scenario options for RCCL. Interesting background, financial details and insights. His concluding bottom-line?: "Royal Caribbean is burning $250 million in cash every month excluding customer refunds as it has suspended all sailing operations. What happens if this continues and there is no uptick in demand? Unlikely, but plausible. You’ll be surprised how well Royal Caribbean is prepared to face this disaster." Full story at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2020/05/28/royal-caribbean-cruises-stock-lost-70-in-3-months-can-it-recover/#27cf2efd7a88 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 87,342 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  12. With all due respect to the smart and savvy J.P., my sense of the chart was that coffee was already at the very top, highest part of the chart. So my guess is that coffee has not gone up (since you cannot go higher than number one) and has not gone down in demand/need. Coffee is super needed now, even more!! It is the other "basics" that have had their "ups and downs". Just my guessing, interpretation and speculation from someone who has never consumed any coffee in my life. BUT, I love getting my caffeine from my morning Diet Mountain Dew!! And, a Diet Pepsi later in the day. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 239,422 www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  13. From what a friend sent to me earlier this week, here are three for this morning. Always need more!!?? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  14. From the magazine titled "New York", their writer had this headline earlier this month: “I Have No Desire to Board a Floating Death Trap.” This writer is clearly not a "puff" journalist for the cruise industry. But a few of her negative points and comments are worth considering as a part of the overall environment that the cruise industry and customers must consider as they figure out their "PATH FORWARD". Here are some of her other comments and highlights: “The death drive, Freud theorized, operates alongside and in conflict with the pleasure principle. We are vexing creatures, and sometimes we do other things, like join the military or go on cruises even though they are like floating greenhouses for viruses. If you feel like indulging your death drive, you’re in luck: Carnival Cruise Line has announced tentative plans to reopen some routes on August 1, and many of you appear thrilled by the news.” How is that for a fun, positive viewpoint?? But, here is more. She cites the sad deaths connected with Holland America’s MS Zaandam when four people died, and points out her: "Fun fact: Cruise ships have morgues!" Here is more, if you are look for reasons to avoid sailing and international travel, from this NYC writer: "Sometimes murder happens. A man killed his wife onboard the Emerald Princess in 2017. Another man pushed his girlfriend off a cruise ship balcony and killed her in 2018. Children have drowned in cruise ship pools; occasionally, so do adults. People go missing on cruise ships. Even if nothing violent happens to you, you are still on a cruise ship, surrounded by loads of strangers in questionable polo shirts. I have heard there are conga lines and Baked Alaska and, troublingly, weddings." Doubt that the writer, Sarah Jones, will be featured in a Carnival "Fun Ship" TV commercial??!! Of course, New York City, has had a few cases of murder and death during its past and recent history. Go on a cruise or stay home?? Full story at: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/05/cruise-bookings-spike-after-carnival-announces-reopening.html 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 66,345 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696
  15. Agree with the follow-up by our Virginia "neighbor" who has a "NEED" to travel and explore. Being welcomed there is also important. BUT, as my wife keeps reminding me, those desires for "safety" and near-zero health risks are very vital, TOO!! We are very fortunate as our needs as not as high compared to how others are feeling. We had earlier this year our four weeks in New Zealand and the South Pacific. Plus, late last summer we super enjoyed doing a long, first-time adventure for exploring western Canada and Alaska by rail, air, car, ship, etc., etc. Glad you like my type of humor. You are encouraging me to post even more!! From a popular website connected below, they had this headline five days ago: “17 destinations that may not welcome ships when cruising resumes” with these highlights: “Cruise fans eager to get back to cruising have gotten some encouraging news in recent days. But, even if some lines are able to resume operations in the next few months, they’ll have to contend with one significant issue: The growing number of ports balking at a quick return of cruise ships. Just today, one of the world’s major destinations for cruise vessels, Australia, extended a recent ban on cruise ships by three more months, to mid-September. Another cruise destination — albeit a relatively minor one, the Seychelles — already has said cruise ships won’t be allowed back until 2022. All the destinations have cited worries about a flare-up of coronavirus cases if cruise vessels return. The tourism minister of the Cayman Islands said recently the destination would remain closed to cruise ships through at least September, and perhaps far longer.” The profile was written by Gene Sloan, a journalistic veteran covering cruising for more than 25 years, including for many years overseeing USA TODAY’s cruise reporting. Here is more about the potentially affected countries: "Canada already has banned cruise ship arrivals through July 1, and officials increasingly are hinting the ban will be extended — at least in some regions. Officials in Maine seems iffy about any tourists coming back to the state in the coming months, not just cruisers. Argentina has implemented one of the world’s strictest travel bans since the coronavirus outbreak began, restricting all international commercial flights until at least Sept. 1. Argentina is having a tough time with the coronavirus, with new case counts trending sharply higher in recent weeks. The big hub for cruises in Argentina is the port of Buenos Aires, which is a gateway for South America cruises. In a typical year, it will draw ships operated by a broad range of lines including Princess, MSC Cruises, Holland America, Silversea and Regent. Argentina’s southern port of Ushuaia also is an important cruise hub. It draws small, expedition-style ships in the winter that sail to Antarctica." Full story at: https://thepointsguy.com/guide/cruise-ship-ports-reopening/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 87,342 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
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