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  1. When Mr. Lanterman was CEO of HAL, he came with the package when Carnival bought HAL - probably an agreement that he got a seat in the board. So many years later, there is not so much of an appetite to have non-independent directors on a board of a public corporation. So, you have Micky Arison as Chairman of a the Board and Arnold Donald as President and CEO as members of the board. That’s it. All the other directors are independent (i.e. non-employees).
  2. I don’t know the crew breakdown by nationality, but while Indonesians serve in the dining rooms and as room stewards (and some other passenger service areas), they also serve as the deck and engine crew (ratings). Plus some probably also serve in the crew galley - the ship needs to run still (deck and engine crew) and they all (remaining officers and crew) need to eat too - so, not all Indonesians would have disembarked.
  3. You are apparently a person of integrity. The fact that you “don’t like to” go the route of the credit card dispute shows good faith on your part, but you have nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about! In the circumstances we are in we all have to look out for our own financial situation because no one else is. You were perfectly in your rights to file the dispute. What would have been shady is to make final payment, then after deadline you cancel (assuming there was no pandemic - just because you had a change of heart) and then filed the dispute. That would be shady. But in this case, under the circumstances that transpired, absolutely not.
  4. Just my opinion... Transatlantic cruises are sold so ships don’t have to “deadhead” (sail empty) when moving between North America and Europe. If the ships have no reason to go over to Europe, I don’t think they’ll be sailing the fall transatlantics.
  5. Actually, Majestic, Diamond, Sapphire, and Golden are registered in the UK. All the other Princess ships are registered in Bermuda. And, IIRC, the P&O Ausralia fleet is registered in the UK as well.
  6. Rotterdam does not have Azipods. Amsterdam (last of the R-class ships) was the only one to get them (and first of all the ships subsequently built for HAL). Both Rotterdam’s and Amsterdam’s greater speed comes from a slightly larger installed power plant (diesel generators) and modified hull form and design from the S-class.
  7. Agreed. Way too much hysterical speculation by some on here. Enough already.
  8. Rotterdam is actually scheduled to be in Europe going forward (spring and summer), so it appears she is getting “on the right side” of the Canal for whatever ultimately happens. Also, Captain Albert Schoonderbeek is actually on Rotterdam as a Traveling Master for training, audits, etc. His stay on Rotterdam got extended because they aren’t allowing changes of personnel as of a few weeks ago. Rotterdam is under the command of Bas Van Dreumel.
  9. Bunkering fuel is not the issue here. If it were, doing an unrep (underway replenishment) is NOT an option in any event. That’s a perilous evolution under the best of circumstances. You certainly don’t do it on a passsenger ship full of passengers.
  10. Top: Maasdam in Bar Harbor, ME July 2014 Bottom: Veendam in San Juan, PR February 2020
  11. See Captain Albert’s blog posting here - he explains the need for the overnight sea trip: https://www.captainalbert.com/19-march-2020-puerto-vallarta-mexico-day-6-day-4-without-guests/#more-150101
  12. That’s probably at the pilot station (that’s the normal time she’s been getting there). 7 AM is alongside, tied up, gangway attached and cleared by officials.
  13. That’s a fire wire. There would be one near the stern as well. In the event of a fire on either the ship or the pier which would require the ship to be pulled off the dock by tugboats without the use of the ship’s engines. Having it rigged allows for a quick connect and go! Again, some ports require it. It’s as much about protecting the ship as it is the dock/pier/wharf.
  14. Highly unlikely there will be a change. How a drill (or muster in an actual emergency) is conducted is preordained when the ship is designed and built (and approved by the relevant authorities). It all has to do with signage, evacuation routes, etc. I’m over simplifying, but there’s a lot more to how this is done rather than “let’s muster them in lounges instead of the open decks this week.”
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