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  1. Thank you for the explanation and I hope all our worries for the future of Princess turn out to be unfounded!
  2. I agree. Didn't you have the option to get a full refund?
  3. Take a look at a map of south east Florida. All the population is in a thin area between the ocean and the Everglades. Within that strip there are four major cities (Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach) and lots of suburbs with excellent restaurants.
  4. Speaking about ships in Florida ports where corona virus is rampant, why would anyone risk it? In addition, open theme parks are losing money. Check out any of yesterday's articles about Disney's massive 3rd quarter loses. The Washington Post (https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/04/disney-earnings-highlights-mulan/) reported Equally concerning for Disney have been the few rays of theme-park light since the quarter ended. The company re-opened Disney World in Florida last month to begin rebuilding its revenue pipeline. But chief financial officer Christine McCarthy acknowledged the move has not panned out as hoped. “The upside we’re seeing is less than we originally expected given the surge of covid-19 in Florida," she told analysts. Disney chief executive Bob Chapek said that the park has experienced a “higher-than-expected level of cancellations” as people decide not to travel to Orlando because of the virus.
  5. Not surprising given the rampant spread of coronavirus in the US and especially in Florida.
  6. Thank you for your many updates and translations! We were due to celebrate my DH's 70th birthday on an October Princess cruise followed by 4 nights at the Hilton Moorea and are still grieving over the understandable cancellation of the cruise so I'm still following this board. We hope that one day - after an effective vaccine is available - we will plan another cruise to FP.
  7. The thread on this topic on the PG board contains more current information: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2757229-positive-covid-case-on-paul-gauguins-1st-cruise/
  8. The test results are for a specific point in time. One can test negative one day but positive the next (or a few days later).
  9. Within the past 2 weeks there have been a number of articles saying that initial indications are that many covid patients don't develop the antibodies and in the cases of those that do, the antibodies do not last long. https://fox17.com/news/local/largest-antibody-study-to-date-adds-to-evidence-herd-immunity-to-covid-19-is-unachievable https://abcnews.go.com/Health/covid-19-antibodies-fade-months-study/story?id=71406787 https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/18/coronavirus-antibodies-may-last-only-2-to-3-months-after-infection-study-suggests.html
  10. If you ever plan to visit - or just want to relive a visit - take a look at this recent New Yorker article: How Prosperity Transformed the Falkland Islands (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/07/06/how-prosperity-transformed-the-falklands?source=EDT_NYR_EDIT_NEWSLETTER_0_imagenewsletter_Daily_ZZ&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_source=nl&utm_brand=tny&utm_mailing=TNY_Daily_060520&utm_medium=email&bxid=5be9e0773f92a40469f1ad93&cndid=49342351&esrc=&mbid=&utm_term=TNY_Daily)
  11. We had booked the June 26th Caribbean Princess cruise for our entire family. DH and I used FCDs and we made 4 $100 deposits for our kids and spouses. Final payment was due in late April but we cancelled in mid-April a few days before Princess. Our FCDs were returned fairly quickly and the $400 was refunded to our credit card on June 26th. Coincidence or not; I don't know. Given that it was such a relatively small amount compared to all who had made final payment we had planned to wait 90 days before contacting Princess or our credit card company so we're pleased that the refund came in less than 90 days.
  12. The positive testing results are rising dramatically. From today's Sun-Sentinel: In the latest results, received by the state on Tuesday and reported Wednesday, 20% of the 27,602 people swabbed statewide tested positive. That’s higher than Tuesday, when 14.1% of 23,298 tests were positive. Four weeks ago, on May 27, 3.7% of the 10,351 tests reported that day were positive.
  13. The Fort Lauderdale airport is within sight of Port Everglades. If a driver takes 30 minutes to get there you have been taken for a ride! 😂
  14. Not surprising then. Princess should adjust the arrival times on those voyages and add at least 3 hours to the usual disembarkation schedule.
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