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  1. I took a look at the standard BookSafe policy on the NCL website. It includes $20k medical, $25k medical evacuation, and $5k for repatriation of remains if you die while traveling. I usually buy much more medical than that. Foreign hospital bills for Americans are expensive (since we're not a citizen of those countries their national health insurance plans don't cover us). Daily rates for Americans in a Vancouver BC ICU unit is over $14k CAN according to the linked source. It will vary from place to place, of course. A heart attack is a very expensive thing no matter where you are.
  2. People should be free to choose, and we'll all hope they don't get sick. The difference on a cruise is that passengers with symptomatic COVID-19 might get the entire ship quarantined for two weeks. Even though I am fully vaccinated and would not get a serious case of COVID-19, the anti-vax or vax hesitant person CAN cause me hardship. So I'm with you; I'll only cruise with a "all eligible passengers must be vaccinated" rule or until we've had a few months of sailings without a single quarantine taking place on any cruise ship.
  3. I'm in the "least favorite" camp with the Epic. The bathroom situation is one issue that I think is more of a problem with a family with shy teens or unrelated people, but for a couple it was tolerable. Still, seeing your partner sit on the toilet is not typically on your vacation short list of great things to do. They did do a good job of ventilation of the little transporter tube that has the toilet, so while you can see the outline of the person, and hear the grunts, at least you can't smell it too. My other problem with the ship is that it is almost entirely inward focused. It'
  4. I applied for his job, but they didn't give it to me. I think I am worth every penny, but I'm not sure about him.
  5. The most disastrous thing for a cruise line would be for one of the "start up" cruises to be quarantined due to covid-19 cases on board. I think, at this time, RCL is going to accept children with vaccinated adults, banking that no child will have a symptomatic case of Covid-19 while on board. NCL is hoping that the vaccine is as effective as has been reported, and that no cases will arise on their start up cruises. That will pave the way for more cruises with less restrictions in the future.
  6. Just booked a 7 night N. Europe cruise on the Magic from Dover for Aug. 2022. They are releasing itineraries to Castaway Club members now.
  7. Just look at excess deaths for the time period. It takes months to compile the data so we don't have it for recent months, but already there are deaths above the expected death rate for months in the early part of the year. They exceed the official Covid numbers. In a year or two we'll also have the "years lost" from early deaths. Many of these objections are debate club arguments that don't bear on reality. It's fun, but not useful. Cruise lines will figure out a way for people to identify as having taken the vaccine, because even if people who CAN'T take the vaccine
  8. It's false advertising! I'm going to insist they charge me the promised $1,025 per night instead of per voyage! This shows these mistakes do happen, and are often not intentional.
  9. Click the link at the bottom of every email. Or, in Gmail and some other email readers, there's an unsubscribe link at the top too.
  10. They had several multiple choice questions about the type of benefits you would prefer if you paid an annual or monthy fee for the extra perks membership. The choices were things like points that accrue that you can use elsewhere like the airlines do, cash back, OBC you can use on board, or reduced cruise fare cost.
  11. They should at least refund you the gratuity that you paid for that third night.
  12. I received a survey from NCL for their loyalty program, which I rate as very poor and not a factor in choosing to sail with them over any other cruise line. What was "interesting" is the number of questions about a "paid add on" to the loyalty program with an annual or monthly fee to increase the benefits of the program. It's not hard to read into this program as another revenue choice for the line. With the poor performance of the Latitudes program I wonder how many cruisers would pay extra for what amounts to a real loyalty program.
  13. How can they ply you with cheap booze so your inhibitions are reduced, so you will then spend too much money gambling? They could ban smoking, but they want the customers to "have fun" (be drunk and carefree).
  14. That makes sense. Thanks. On the vaping issue, I am on the opposite side of the fence, but that's off-topic, so we should not discuss that aspect here.
  15. Sorry. Gave you too many words. Shorter version: Cruising will not resume until the CDC says it can. Florida isn't leading anything in regards to being able to cruise.
  16. NCL did hire former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD to consult with them. He should be able to help them navigate the CDC bureaucracy. I'm looking to see if the CDC extends the no-sail order, or amends it, at the end of July. I'm worried they might put a maximum age on cruisers, with no one 70 or over allowed on board (or whatever arbitrary age they set based on high risk). They could try to implement age, weight, blood pressure and respiratory standards; no overweight people, no one 70 or older, no one with high blood pressure (over 130/80 in the
  17. Depends on the mask type. The ones that loop behind the ear are easy to put on, but the N95 masks with multiple head straps can be harder to get on correctly. So it makes sense if you have two or three stops to just wear the mask while driving. I wear a mask when I go somewhere now, but it's the easy surgical style mask. Not a big deal at all. Not sure why people object to it; I'm more concerned that I HAVE TO wear shoes in all stores now. What right do they have to tell me I must wear shoes? It's offensive and violation of my god-given right to go barefoot.
  18. No, that's not how this works. The Federal government has no police powers for health issues, and they cannot order a state to shut down or open up. The states can decide that on their own, due to the police powers for health issues reserved to them through the 10th Amendment. BUT, the Feds can intervene in a specific jurisdiction granted by law - like at ports of entry. The state cannot interfere with the Feds at the port, and if the Feds say you are not disembarking or taking on people at our ports, no one but the Feds can change that. The party the governor belongs to has no bea
  19. The port is dependent on the Federal government to say they can host cruise ships again.
  20. Companies have to file a quarterly statement (8k, I think) with the SEC. The 8ks must have language in them that states the company is or is not "a going concern" over the next 12 months. If they are not, the company explains why, and what they are doing to avoid it, etc. If they know this negative information, and do not disclose it, they can go to jail. The CEO, CFO, etc. But that doesn't mean they have filed bankruptcy or anything like that. If there's a chance of something happening, they disclose it. So NCL filed their 8k this morning, and had a statement that th
  21. Buy low, sell high. It's a buyer's market.
  22. It's either required, or at least standard, to see those comments in the SEC filings. They are almost boilerplate as they all seem so similar when I have seen them.
  23. Generally, no, not if you purchased the cruise directly from the cruise line. There are some additional caveats about booking through a recognized travel agent, where you are protected somewhat from financial failure. Read this blog post at trip insurance store. Here's the pertinent Q&A for the short hand version of it::
  24. I think the cruise lines are consolidating furloughed employees onto a few ships to take them where they can catch a plane home. That's why there might not be enough crew cabins.
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