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    Belgium, Europe
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    Maritime world, aviation, history
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    Celebrity Cruises

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  1. There are HUNDREDS of Swiss cheeses. It is probably an Emmental cheese.
  2. Not sure if this has been posted already, but anyhow... below are some renderings of the MS. Rotterdam interiours. As you can see, the main design is the same as her sisters, but with a different colour palette. What do you think? also note the Club Orange (??) restaurant rendering and the bar that seems to he occupying the space of the wine-tasting venue on her sisters.
  3. Another thing to consider is the fact that most Mariners, both Engine as Deck, have a relatively short career at sea. Of my Class of 20 Cadets at Maritime Academy Antwerp, none are still “at Sea” after 24 years, most became Master of a vessel in their late 20’s early 30’s and after a couple of years focus on their family. Most find a shoreside employment, or become a pilot. A notable exception is the Cruise Industry though, as this tends to be more of a long-term career option with ( often much) slower progress through the ranks. Personally, Now that I have an infant son, I would not
  4. Get your bloody facts right please. Air Travel, does NOT pose a risk of contracting Covid19 if all required mitigation procedures onboard are followed. FACT. HEPA filters combined with the specific ventilation and mask wearing make contamination nearly impossible, asmproved by many demonstrations over the last months. Those “simulations “ on where you see a mass spread when coughing are completely ignoring the ventilation systems and mask wearing.
  5. With all respect, it is nearly impossible to catch Covid19 onboard an aircraft if you follow mask wearing rules and disinfect your hands. there have ONLY BEEN 4 reported CASES Worldwide of infection onboard an aircraft.
  6. Ships are renamed all the time. Now a black cat or a woman on a ship, THAT is another, more serious issue!.
  7. Where are my bloody Royalties 🤪
  8. Yes, but these containers are in short supply already .
  9. One of the major hurdles is the transportation of the vaccines. As I am currently involved in the Worldwide distribution of medical equipment and medication to counter Covid19, and at the same time keeping the Worldwide economy alive via Airfreight, I am in a position to see the logistical challenges ahead. At this moment, even without a need to transport millions of vaccine doses, Air Cargo is at its limit, with long delays in shipments ( causing backlogs and resulting economic damage in companies) due to the fact that well over 50% of the cargo space onboard aircraft
  10. The battle is indeed a Worldwide effort, and that is the only thing I wanted to emphasise. Some politicians seem to think that it is a “one man (reality) show”, which is insulting to the thousands of researchers Worldwide who have not rested since January 2020. Operation Warp Speed is obviously a good thing, but not more than what any other country is doing right now, something that a lot of Americans don’t seem to understand, and which certainly won’t be mentioned on Fox Propaganda, sorry, “news”. Unfortunately, here in Belgium, we are suffering a major second wave, partly becaus
  11. primary Pfizer Covid19 vaccine research has been done in New Haven, Brussels and Singapore. Production of the vaccine is scheduled to be in Puurs, Belgium and 3 other locations.
  12. Then you should say MY 5 starred cruise lines, and not THE 5 star cruise lines. Even I as a non-native speaker know that.
  13. A little sidenote: the J&J vaccine development is done by Janssen Farmaceutical, a Belgian company. Most research and development by Pfizer, Sanofi, J&J (Janssen )is actually done in Belgium, as we are a World leader in vaccine research and development. ( oh, and this independent of your “Operation Warp Speed”, which is just Political although the head of that operation is...Belgian!)
  14. With respect but neither X nor Princess are “5 star” cruise lines. They are both premium mainstream, just like HAL. The Class system onboard X vessels actually degrades the experience.
  15. HEPA filters are indeed a very safe and good way to prevent spread through airconditioning. That is why when all passengers and crew wear their masks properly, it is nearly impossible to contract Covid19 when flying. FACT. Another fact: it is nearly impossible to get Covid19 by touching a surface, and especially not a fruit or vegetable or other package in a grocery store. That is why it is no longer needed to wear gloves. They are actually counterproductive.
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