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    Cruising, Photography, Tennis
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    Celebrity
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    Caribbean

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  1. Nope....don't listen to fringe media either. There are plenty of resources available that simply state the facts. Being a former journalist, I just want the facts. You cannot get honest facts from the media with some sort of twist to whichever way they want to slant it. If you don't believe me, I challenge you to watch a wide array of different media outlets for the next several days. Sometimes I wonder if they are all talking about the same thing. I'll stick to the resources that provide plain ole facts.
  2. There are many, many ways today to "be informed." The mainstream media isn't the way I chose to stay informed.
  3. Following the news is everyone's first mistake.....I promised myself I will not say anything negative at this point in time....but there have been SO many inaccurate reports in the media that I am truly not watching/reading any of them at this point.
  4. So happy to watch Zaandam and Rotterdam pull into Port Everglades this afternoon. Thankful that everything came together and that these two ships were permitted to port. Saying a prayer for Deb's Mom and Jim for a complete recover along with all the other passengers who have been taken to hospitals. Wishing safe travels home for all other guests on board. A special thanks to Cooper 10-8, Aquahound and those who had family members onboard and our HAL members in general for sharing valuable information with us for the past 12 days since this thread started. Thanks to all of you for your caring and concern for the passengers and crew onboard Zaandam and Rotterdam. These were not easy days for anyone involved but the support of the Cruise Critic community certainly helped. Hope to see all of you on a ship someday....and I'll leave you tonight with a line from an email signature sent to me this week: "Be Kinder Than You Need To Be!"
  5. And this is exactly why I always recommend contacting Celebrity or your travel agent. There is so much incorrect information out there on so many things today that you should always go to the real source (in this case, Celebrity) for clarification. Celebrity's website may not have always been the best but they have been very good on posting accurate information during this crisis.
  6. Folks ~ there is a lot of incorrect information coming from the media right now. I caught something yesterday on a cruise, emailed the reporter and she agreed to correct the misinformation. I highly recommend for complete clarification, you call Celebrity or your travel agent. From Celebrity's website - https://www.celebritycruises.com/cruise-with-confidence, you can cancel your current cruise up to 48 hours prior to sailing up until September 1, 2020 and receive a future cruise credit (FCC) for the amount of the cruise fare you paid. Celebrity has ceased cruise operations through May 11, 2020! The plan is for them to resume cruises (at this point in time) on May 11, 2020. Read about it here: https://www.celebritycruises.com/travel-alert/voluntary-suspension-of-cruising Also know that there is a difference between you cancelling your cruise (you get a 100% of the fare you paid as a future cruise credit) and Celebrity cancelling your cruise (you have the option of a 125% FCC or a 100% refund of your cruise fare). It can be confusing! It is very dangerous to take all the information floating around the internet as gospel. There are plenty of inaccuracies and incorrect information. Always refer to Celebrity and/or your travel agent for the most up-to-date details.
  7. If you want to weigh in with your thoughts on Zaandam and Rotterdam docking in Florida, I recommend sending an email to the governor GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com and the President https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/. This is not a political comment. This simply is suggesting that if you have a comment to make regarding Zaandam and Rotterdam, now is the time to do it.
  8. You still have to feed people, keep the facility clean, security, etc. It's more than just medical staff. I'm not saying it could or couldn't be done; it's just a bit more complicated than opening a closed hotel.
  9. Hi everyone ~ WOW....I get home from work and there are a bazillion more pages to this thread. I have to admit the first thing i did this morning was to check and make sure Z and R got through the canal. LOVED the photos and video of the transit. I've been watching their progress all day. It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out. In my "real" job we book a ton of meetings, events & conventions and the challenge with using a closed hotel for Zaandam and Rotterdam passengers is that there would be no one available to work in those facilities. I highly doubt that the South Florida area between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami have sufficient medical personnel to oversee the facility and you certainly aren't going to put healthy citizens in the building to work. In other words, it's more than just opening up an empty hotel. I'd like to thank all of you who have contributed to this thread with some great information and discussion. Our goal is to keep this thread and exchange of information going so we can all follow the Zaandam and Rotterdam in the coming days. To those who have family onboard, a special thanks for letting us know they are OK. Please let them know that everyone here on this Cruise Critic thread are wishing for their safe and healthy return to family and loved ones.
  10. OK Folks ~ one more reminder .... this thread is a discussion about Zaandam....not the place to debate what states/counties/cities, etc have or have not done in relation to COVID-19. On a thread that is 45 pages long, it's difficult to keep up with the Zaandam discussion when posters keep veering off topic. Also, PLEASE stop all disrespectful or rude comments to other posters, cruise lines, states, etc. They are going to be removed. We want to keep this thread open for people to discuss Zaandam/Rotterdam and the situation they are facing. Debating what specific states/counties/cities are or are not doing doesn't belong on this thread. Thanks for your cooperation!
  11. Folks ~ please remember we can keeping the discussion here on the Zaandam, not debating if people should have taken cruises, etc. And please, as requested before, make sure your replies are respectful and follow our guidelines.
  12. WonderMan ~ THANK YOU SO MUCH for starting this thread. It's truly the BEST of Cruise Critic....sharing such wonderful memories. I love seeing everyone's photos!!!!
  13. Camolgi, Italy on Edge Med cruise - September 2019. Love finding these places !!!!
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