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Canuker

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    Cunard
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    Hawaii - bar none

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  1. I agree with klfrodo. A.The first question is what risk(s) do I want to be insured against. "Risk" involves both likelyhood of something happening and the potential costs associated with it. B. Second question: which of those risks am I already insured against? C. And then: how much of the remaining risk am I prepared to shoulder myself? So, A-B-C = the insurance you need. It's important to tailor insurance to individual needs, otherwise there's a good chance of being unecassarily over-insured for some risks and being under-insured - or not insured at all - for others. Insurance is a little like a lottery. When you buy a lottery ticket, you're really buying a dream. When you buy insurance, you're paying someone else to take over a nightmare. Either way, it helps us sleep well at night.
  2. Shares of the big 3 publicly traded cruise ship companies are having another rough day. Prices fell materially yesterday (Feb 24) and continue downward today. Example: Carnival ("CCL") were at $35.68 today. This is their lowest price since 2014 and is less than half their peak in January 2018. This adds up to 1. A current dividend yield of 5.6% pa and 2. OBCs on their major brands to owners of at least 100 shares (example: $100 per cabin for each 7-day cruise - yielding another 2.8%, per cruise) and 3. Significant potential upside recovery room for their share price.
  3. From what I can see, that port was Ocho Rios? Meh, you're port tomorrow: Georgetown: safer & friendlier. Lots to do and see. Lovely beaches. Keep an eye out for extremely rich bankers. 8am to 4pm - maybe longer! But you may have to tender ashore. If so, I'd be in line good and early to make up for your lost shore time. PS should you be due refund of pre-paid port charges?
  4. Hmm. Except for the Commodore Club, everywhere seemed very empty of passengers. Was she full? I sensed that you probably won't go back to Cunard, at least not the QE? Have you tried P&O?
  5. Threats & Opportunities. So, the three-day saga is all done and dusted now, as of February 24. The transpacific is now showing as sold out. 6 cruises completely sold out in 3 days. The passengers got what they wanted - fabulous value for money. And Cunard got what they wanted: a vote of confidence from the global cruising public, despite the challenges the industry is currently facing. And a good moment to buy some shares in the traded companies, perhaps? Carnival, for example, closed below US$38 today (its lowest price since October 2014), giving it a dividend yield of 4.8%. Add to that a $100 OBC, claimed say once a year on any of its brands, for holding 100 shares and there's another 2.6%, for a total annual yield of 7.4%. More if you cruise more often/longer with a Carnival brand. Tempting.
  6. You can take a crate if you wish (within its handling weight limit). In fact, some people take advantage of cruises because of the liberal baggage rules. Example: Europeans who have been wintering in the southern USA head home on Springtime transatlantic repositioning cruises, back to Europe. Why? Well, apart from being a lot nicer than a flight, they can take as much baggage with them as they can reasonably fit in their cabin. And at an extra baggage fee of zero. Nice work if you can get it. Rolling duffel? Take as many as you like on board.
  7. Missed the boat. Now Feb 23 here, 3 days after the frenzy unleashed. Things seem to have calmed down somewhat. I can't now find spots for any of the "replacement" sailings, except the transpacific, which is still offering I, OV & B at the prices mentioned in post #96 (no suites). I've also checked 2 big online NAm TAs and only one has picked up on these sailings, yet still lists the defunct East Asia trips as well. The other presents as if none of this had happened at all. Perhaps there's a lesson here, that just because you're big and popular, doesn't mean you are on the ball or offering all the best prices and selection. And Cunard themselves, with their policy of you-can-only-book-through-your-own-country's-version-of-our-website has also left many in NAm high and dry. We missed the boat. Bon voyage, OZ, you incredibly lucky blokes.
  8. Long days, short nights in June. In Juneau on June 15 2020, sunrise is at 3:51 am and sunset is 10:05 pm, for in theory, less than 6 hours of darkness. In practice, because the sun only "skims" below the horizon, the amount of real darkness is much less - about 3 hours. June weather (climate) Juneau: High 17C/64F, low 8C/46F. Rainfall (full month) 60mm /2.4". September: High 13C/56F, low 7C/44F. Rain 191 mm/7.6" (their rainiest month) Having said that, Alaska weather is notoriously variable, both by location and by time. It also depends on what you are used to. Brits might be OK with September; Floridians not so much. Last year I witnessed a lady from Miami so scared in NOLA, where it was 4C/38F and raining, that she was crying. Good or bad? Matter of opinion. Light not an issue in an inside cabin, though. Better a balcony in September (stay dry, while outside). But, I agree, scenery would be more snowy in June.
  9. As far as I can see today (Feb 21, the first day these alternative cruises have been on offer), the circumnavigation is completely sold out. In fact, I checked in the early hours here in ENAm and it was shown as sold out - in every category. No NAm TAs, nor Cunard NAm was even mentioning it - or any of these new alternatives. It looks like the OZ/NZ market swallowed this up virtually 100%, in less than 24 hours through their local vendors. The transpacific is still available as I type, but all suites are already gone. Balconies are going for US$70 pppn. What a frenzy.
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