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  1. I want to open this comment by saying that I do not believe what I am going to say would ever happen but it makes for one more interesting item of discussion. Technically the Metlakatla Indian Reserve is the only Indian reservation in Alaska. It exists on Annette Island roughly 20 miles from Ketchikan, so clearly on the normal route that cruise ships have historically used. The other Alaskan tribes have sovereign rights but no defined reservations. As an example the corporation that runs Icy Strait Point is Indian owned but not a legal tribal reserve. Therefore one could argue that the Metlakatla could exert their sovereignty and thus become the “foreign port” necessary for closed loop cruises. Do I see that happening, NO, but it makes for fun commentary . Indian law can be so murky that that one could spend years winding its way through the courts
  2. I have done each of these at one time or another. Most recently did the Grand for 10 days out of SF in Feb, just before Covid outbreak. For us the tipping point was a drive 45 min to the City. In your case, where you will be flying in, I would do the Grand out of LA as I found Loreto and LaPaz much more interesting than Manzanillo. The overnight in Cabo is no big deal either way. I generally describe Cabo as a southern suburb of LA.
  3. I just miss travel in general, of which cruising is one option. Actually miss the planning component of travel as we generally go very independent.
  4. Wanting to be different I will answer Both.
  5. Having done both versions I cannot say one has much over the other except for point of embarkation and whether or not you prefer longer cruises. We have done the 7 day a couple of times arriving in LA either by car or by air depending on how much time we wanted to commit and other activities we wanted to pursue. We live in N Cal not far from SF. Last time from LA we drove and upon disembarking on Sat AM went straight to Pasadena for a Cal-UCLA game. I’m an alum of both so cannot lose either way. Thats why driving worked then. This past Feb we did the 10 day out of SF because we were part of a group of 16 and we all lived within 50 miles of the port. Manzanillo is the only extra port and is ok, but nothing to be excited about. Sailing out under the Golden Gate Bridge is a neat experience if you have never done it. If you are planning some extra time either pre or post cruise I would recommend SF over LA but have to admit I am biased in that regards and am sure others may advise you differently. You do run along the California current for extra time on the 10 day but at least in February that was very mild. Your experience might vary.
  6. Notwithstanding the rest of you argument, I suggest you recheck your math. Your number is off by a factor of 10. 14/1000 would calculate out to 4,900,000.
  7. Without getting into the argument of benefit to each individual with respect to the vaccine, there is another reason why the individual cruise lines as well as the ports may still require proof of vaccination. The company’s will wish to avoid in any way possible the fiascos they found themselves in earlier this year where even a single case of COVID 19 played havoc with their itineraries and added layers of extra costs required when they were made responsible for transporting passengers back to points of origin. I suspect, again an opinion, in no way to be construed as a fact, that some ports will want assurances from arriving ships that they have taken all steps possible to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID 19 into the local population. These MAY include providing proof of immunization, providing proof of negative Covid tests and possibly limiting the freedom of passengers to tour on their own among others. Whether I agree with any of those steps and whether I believe them to be beneficial will be of little or no consequence. If the Cruise line and the ports set the rules and vigorously enforce them then my, or your, only option will be to comply or not sail. My personal experience in February was to have been on the sailing of the Grand Princess that ultimately was shown to have a few cases of Covid with at least one death. The subsequent sailing had many more cases and was forced to stay at sea until it was finally allowed to port and slowly disembark its passengers at a normally unused dock in Oakland. We received phone and email messages requesting us to quarantine at home for 14 days from Public Health 9 days after our return. Needless to say we had been involved in all of our usual activities before they contacted us.
  8. I would guess that a cruise from Florida with some combination of a private island stop, Mexico, likely Cozumel, and one of the Caribbean islands looking more aggressively for the tourist dollar as your ports of call. It will be somewhat later for the Mexican Riviera as California ports will be slower to open than those in S Florida.
  9. Actually just celebrated our 50th Anniversary last month. We spent a week on the then MS Boheme of Commodore Cruise Lines as part of our honeymoon. That was not as common a thing in those days, 1970. Amazingly the ship is still afloat and operated by the church of Scientology of all people. Had a very bumpy first 3 days as we rode along a hurricane and actually had a few passengers who disembarked in St Thomas and did not return. Cruise stopped in Freeport, a very brief nighttime visit to the Casino, St Thomas, San Juan, where we overnighted and Cap Haitian. Was turned off to cruising by that early experience and the bumpy ride but gave it another try 28 years later in Alaska. Needless to say, different style ship and seas. We are Princess Elite now with cruises all over the world both on the Ocean and the rivers.
  10. Clearly all things cruising are in a state of flux. You will need to be prepared for lots of changes in how cruises operate. Being allowed to tour only on organized ship excursions seems to be one of the changes that may be in place for a while. It reduces the likelihood of my booking a cruise for a while, but how soon independent land touring will be available is also open to question. I do not see a lot of overseas travel on my agenda in the near future
  11. Actually there are multiple factors into the reasons those particular states had such high death rates. A major one is that they suffered the brunt of their caseload early in the spread of the disease. They had an inordinate amount of spread in nursing homes where mortality was often quite high prior to the understanding of methods to prevent that, they suffered from an early lack of PPE and as a physician I can point out that they were working in the blind on how best to respond to individual cases. As time progressed, medicine improved its methods of response and mortality rates began to fall across the board in both the US and Europe as well. Even simple things, like how to position a patient were added to the armamentarium as well as drugs, convalescent serum and better understanding of how and when to ventilate patients. I feel for my eastern colleagues who had to learn much of that on the fly. You are correct that the eastern states still have the highest overall death rates but one should look today at case rates and you would see that even though NY and NJ once were far ahead, the top four now are Louisiana, Florida, Arizona and Mississippi. NY and NJ then follow but much of the traditional south continues to rise. At 6 months into this situation we ought to have had a better handle on it, but instead we are leading what is increasingly a group of 3rd world countries in both cases and deaths.
  12. Have sailed both ships on multiple occasions. We love the amenities and layout of the Royal Princess. However some things, such as the buffet, may have to change a lot post COVID-19. It also has some size issues with its course in Alaskan waters. That being said, we would prefer the Coral for the better viewing areas and full promenade. We last sailed on it to Antarctica and it was fabulous having so many spots to see scenery from.
  13. Funny, I thought most of them moved to condominiums in Florida.
  14. I had one for October that I was still considering, but the cruise line cancelled it. Actually Canada cancelled us as well
  15. Have missed tender ports because of rough seas but have also missed docks for the same reason. Nothing is a guarantee
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