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  1. This would clearly help, in fact a quick test would probably be one of the best ways to control the virus and stomp it out someday. However, not sure I want to spend all that money and get turned back at the gate because I had unknowingly contract Covid a day or two before. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-australian-researchers-invent-20-minute-coronavirus-blood-test-2/
  2. We don't want Americans in Canada either (nothing personal), we are looking at your infection rates with concern, ours have dropped substantially and are still dropping.
  3. No offence I've been to Epcot, the people who go there and actually think it is like going to Europe are probably the ones who are too ignorant or stubborn to wear a mask. 😃
  4. Same here, I fly (flew?) a lot for business and invariably I would get sick a few days after flying at least a couple of times a year. Problem for the cruise industry is the airline industry's problems are tacked on. For the cruise industry to recover, people will need to feel comfortable flying again as well.
  5. Actually I trust the kitchens of cruise ships much more than my local restaurant. They know that they have to practice good hygiene in the ship's galleys or they could have a wide spread infection impacting hundreds or thousands of passengers. I trust the employees much more than my fellow passengers.
  6. Yeah, I want to get in a fight with a stranger in a public washroom, (pretty sure I could have taken him...😄 )but who wants to get into a tussle with a stranger with you know what on his hands. We will always have slobs, nothing will change that. PS when I said no buffets I meant no more self serve, I get the logistics.
  7. Back when Celebrity had the big brunch on the last sea day, a woman was at the chocolate fondu, took a bite out of here fruit skewer and double dipped it back into the fondu....I saw it with my own eyes...gross. No wonder I border on germophobia....
  8. I always hated buffets on the ships, especially the time I was washing my hands in the washroom right outside the Oceanview cafe and a guy walked right out of the stall past the sinks. Witnessed him spooning food on his plate, infected everything he touched with his dirty hands. When cruising starts up again the buffets need to be removed permanently. https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/japanese-experiment-showcases-how-quickly-viruses-can-spread-at-buffets
  9. Regardless how the cruise lines restructure financially everything is dependant on customers returning and as you state countries actually allowing cruise ships to dock. You won't get the former without the latter. I have been reading a lot of articles on the cruise industry since Covid and there seems to be a substantial percentage of the population that loathe the industry for various reasons (pollution, crew member wages, avoiding taxation, etc). The more I read the more I believe that the industry that appears post Covid will be substantially different and be significantly smaller than it currently is. I have never personally liked the fact that ships were getting bigger and bigger. Other changes, for example Celebrity's newest ship class greatly expanding the sq footage for suite customers at the expense of everyone else is another negative industry trend. Covid has really exposed the fundamental problems with the industry. There is a serious reckoning coming and I have come to the conclusion that to place any of your money at risk for even a nominal deposit does not make any sense at this time.
  10. Agree with you, the small Caribbean countries will not allow cruise ships to dock if there is anyone on a cruise ship with even a runny nose. I don't blame them. BTW an unnecessary resurgence from opening up too early will cause substantial grief in much more than just the cruise line industry.
  11. Good points. The fact they state that they have 12 months of liquidity is a positive, from NCL “This strengthens the company’s financial position and ensures it is well positioned to withstand well over 12 months of voyage suspensions in a potential downside scenario.” If they have liquidity for 12 months that is a good thing. However as you state, consumer confidence in booking future cruises and providing deposits is going to be a problem until they start sailing again. Maybe they need to go to a no deposit or very low deposit business model for a while. Also, this kind of news isn't just going to impact NCL it will impact the outlook on the entire industry. It surprises me that the US government isn't assisting cruise lines even just for the number of head office positions that they have in the US. NCL's headquarters are in Miami.
  12. Common shareholders would suffer a substantial devaluation in their investment under a restructure, there are less risky investments out there. One of the biggest issues here will be consumer confidence in the company, who is going to book a cruise with NCL now? I guess those who don't follow the news will still do so. This is sort of like what happened to the domestic car manufacturers (GM and Chrysler) they did go bankrupt in the US and sales dropped precipitously but obviously recovered. The difference is they received substantial support from the US and Canadian governments. NCL will be hard pressed to survive without some direct government support.
  13. You must get your non fake news from Twitter. Geez, get a grip, this is reality.
  14. Part of the problem cruise passengers will face is they will likely be sailing on ships that should have been refurbished but due to the economic calamity caused by the virus the cruise lines simply don't have the capital to spend in the near term. Airlines will defer purchases of new planes as well, some of the damage to business travel with people realizing they can do a lot remotely will be permanent. This will impact airfares as us business travellers, tend to book late and pay more, really subsidize vacation travellers who book months in advance. So getting to the cruise ship will cost more at least in the medium term. Every way you slice it the tourism industry is in for a rough ride.
  15. Good points. Guess we are in the traveler camp, we did a land tour of Vietnam last fall (feels like a decade ago now...) which was favourite vacation to date. We really like cruising too, but find that now that we cruise without our kids (not on school holidays), the cruises we go on lately cater to a much older demographic, especially the entertainment. Although we will endure it for the right itinerary. Bottom line, there is much uncertainty in the tourism industry right now so I don't think anyone can predict how quickly we will get our of this.
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