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  1. The Panel Report says that cruise ships should double up the testing of passengers - you need a negative swab before you leave home and a secondary rapid test before you board. The panel's thought is that there will be fewer passengers that need to be turned away if they get tested before they leave home. This makes sense, but would also need to include tests for those that arrive in the embarkation port prior to the actual embarkation day, and not just a direct transfer from your home to the ship. They are also suggesting no ports other than private islands/controlled spaces. And, of course, they are saying that your entire cruise will be masked up except when you're eating or drinking. So you can't go anywhere you want to go and your time onboard will be highly controlled, masked and distanced, other than when on your own balcony. We've been doing this at home since March. It's not clear to me what the attraction of getting on a ship will be for the time being, under these suggested protocols. Rob
  2. Healthy Sail Panel Report just released on behalf of RCCL/NCL joint task force. It is very detailed, 66-page report. Anyone interested in going to sea again should read it. https://www.royalcaribbeangroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Healthy-Sail-Panel_Full-Recommendations_9.21.20_FINAL.pdf Rob
  3. When Regency Cruises went bankrupt the vessel was laid up in Tampa, Florida. New owners expected to convert the vessel into a casino ship sailing from New York. The ship was renamed the Sea. Work began on gutting the ship when New York City political officials decided to change the rules for gambling ships – making the operation from the Big Apple almost impossible. All work stopped immediately on the Sea and little was done to protect the outside elements from entering the ship. Laid up for years and ridden with mold and water damage, the ship could only be sold for scrap. On the tow to Indian Breakers, the ship pulled off shore of the African Coast to avoid a storm. While riding out the storm, the ship was ransacked by locals taking anything they could. It is believed that the opening of hull doors to remove the stolen articles compromised the seaworthiness of the hull. After resuming the voyage - on July 6th the vessel began to list to one side in rough seas. The tug captain was seeking the closest port to have the listing ship repaired but the Sea was denied entry into Algon Bay because of her threat of sinking. On July 12, 2001, the Sea began to list further and then eventually rolled on her side and sank ending her 44 year career.
  4. Cunard and HAL also canceled their 2021 world cruises. Surprisingly, in addition to Crystal Serenity, Silver Whisper still shows its 150 day world cruise departing Ft. Lauderdale on 1/7/21.
  5. FWIW, both Zaandam and Volendam appear on the active ship brokers' sales lists. https://www.yachtworld.co.uk/boats/2000/cruise-ship--1432-passengers-stock-no-s2547-3699676/ https://www.yachtworld.co.uk/boats/1999/cruise-ship--1-432-1-718-passengers-stock-no-s2203-3683905/ As does, what appears to be Pacific Aria. https://www.yachtworld.co.uk/boats/1993/cruise-ship-1258-1605-passengers--stock-no-s2043-3012360/
  6. For those that are not yet made financially whole by either their banks, credit card providers or the cruise line, and who want to pursue a legal alternative, there may be a Small Claims Court option. The procedure(s) and recovery amounts vary by state; one does not have to be a permanent resident in the US to file a Small Claims suit. The filing fee is generally $25-$50 and one party generally needs to appear before the court, depending on the jurisdiction's requirements. And sometimes there is no guarantee that funds would be returned by the defendant, even if there is a judgement in the plaintiff's favor. It's important to review the Conditions of Contract of the bank, credit card provider or cruise line. Many have very explicit contract clauses that require mandatory arbitration to resolve disputes before the option to file a lawsuit will be considered. There are several online articles about Small Claims suits online. Although focused for personal injury cases (just skip the final few paragraphs of the article concerning personal injury matters), this link is an easy-to-follow generic summary for those that may be interested in pursuing this option concerning Bad Debt or Breach of Contract. Rob https://www.enjuris.com/personal-injury-law/small-claims-court.html
  7. FWIW, another "C-named" cruise line (Costa) has canceled its entire 2020-21 South American cruise season. According to this article excerpted from Seatrade Cruise News, Costa is not obligated to offer ANY refunds, just future cruise credits. However, if requested, they will refund fares on the canceled voyages within 12 months, less the amount of agent commissions. Different countries, different rule sets... Rob "Costa Cruises canceled its three-ship 2020/21 South America season. For the 2021/22 season, Costa will deploy just two ships there. The cancellation for this year and early next applies to all cruises aboard Costa Fascinosa, Costa Luminosa and Costa Pacifica with South America embarkations scheduled from November to April. Booked passengers may transfer the amount paid, or a portion of it, for cruises that were scheduled up to Dec. 31, 2021, to any other sailing departing until June 30, 2022, under the terms of Law No. 14,046 of Aug. 24, 2020. Costa said it is not required by law to give refunds but will process refund requests within the period defined by Law 14,046 of 2020, that is, up to 12 months from the closing date of the state of public emergency recognized by Legislative Decree No. 6 of 2020. The amount to be refunded will be money paid for the canceled cruise, minus the travel agent commission."
  8. I scanned a couple of pages from the deck plans. All of the semi-suites on Belvedere Deck had the dual bathrooms. Most of the cabins on Restaurant, Atlantic and Oceanic decks also had the dual bathrooms. We always sailed in this type of room, so I guess I never realized there were many cabins with only a single bathroom. I love the classic deck plans where every fixture, every piece of furniture, every closet, etc. was carefully illustrated. None of this detail shows up on any contemporary ships' schematic deck plans anymore. Rob
  9. Our paths may have crossed on those Oceanic cruises. We sailed the first cruise in January, right after the Xmas/New Years' cruise, r/t NYC to the Caribbean, every year from 1974-1979. The itineraries varied, but the cruises were 10-12 days/each. The repeater/past passenger rate on those January cruises was likely 80%+/-. It was like a big, family-get-together-social-club year after year. We'd make reservations for next year's January cruise immediately upon disembarking. Midnight buffets in the Escoffier Grille and 2am pizza in the Montmartre Club. Hardly ever made it for breakfast. Loved the dual bathroom arrangements, even in the "cheap" cabins: one room with the toilet & a sink; the other room with the shower/tub & a sink. A very practical arrangement that I believe Disney copied for their ships. The Oceanic was the first ship ever with the sliding "Magrodome" glass roof over the swimming pools. Virtually every cruise ship thereafter copied this feature. The roof was closed for the first couple of days to/from NYC until the ship was in warmer Caribbean waters. There was one particular captain that used to race the ship at nearly top speed, 26+ knots as soon as we sailed from the last Caribbean port. He wanted to make sure that our return to NYC was not delayed by any inclement winter weather along the US East Coast. There rarely was inclement weather, and that resulted in one, nice warm day at 26+ knots, then 1-2 days steaming very s....l....o...w...l...y off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia in 30-40 degree temps on the final approach back to NYC. Good memories. The Oceanic set the standard for a whole generation of cruise ships. Rob
  10. I never sailed the France, but I remember visiting the ship several times in NYC in the late 1960's to "bon voyage" my parent's friends off to Europe. I can still remember the ship's band playing "I Love Paris" in the first class smoking room prior to the "all visitors ashore" announcements. However, we were on the maiden voyage of the Norway in June 1979, r/t Miami. The ship's conversion from the France wasn't quite completed. The closed-circuit TV's weren't operational. The tap water and shower water was the color of ice-tea; the toilet water was even worse. The A/C was temperamental, at best. Not all public rooms were open. Fire alarms went off for no apparent reason. Dining room and bar service was still a training-exercise-in-progress". Shipyard workers were still onboard. All of our closet hangers were French Line originals; when they were finally replaced with NCL hangers on about Day 5 of the cruise, our cabin steward told us to take the French Line hangers as souvenirs, since they were just going into the trash anyway. (We still have about a dozen or so and continue to use them!) Down in the depths of the ship, the former first class indoor pool was still a work-in-progress. There were stacks and stacks and stacks of Lalique glass. Most too heavy to haul away, but I did collect two small pieces; the shipyard workers were just planning to throw all of it away upon return to Miami. During the entire cruise, workers were replacing the French directional and informational signs throughout the ship with the new NCL-standard signs. I just followed around some of these workers and relieved them of any interesting French signs before they dumped them in their trash bins. I found a cache of French Line flatware in a box in a stairway. And several cartons of French Line bar soap. When we returned home, I wrote to NCL about the unfinished state of the ship. We were offered a 50% credit toward a future cruise or a 40% refund. We took the refund. I never sailed on the ship again, but I did have an opportunity to visit the Norway again in Miami after the two-deck vertical expansion was constructed. Rob
  11. In a related discussion, here is an article that describes the acquisition of the assets of Cruise & Maritime Voyages that was declared bankrupt earlier this summer. CMV did not own any of its five ships, which are being auctioned off separately by its creditors. The sold assets include CMV's customer database and booking systems. No sale price was given in the article. Rob https://news.sky.com/story/ex-cmv-chief-sets-sail-with-takeover-of-stricken-cruise-assets-12058014
  12. In addition to Crystal Serenity's 2021 WC, there are three other ships that are still scheduled to sail in January 2021 on world cruises: Silver Whisper, Costa Deliziosa and MSC Magnifica. We are currently holding a deposit on three segments of Serenity's WC 21. Final payment has been deferred until 11/12/20. We assume a final decision will be revealed prior to that date. We have not booked any air flights to/from the ship with the likely expectation that this world cruise will ultimately be canceled. Rob
  13. I have this oldie-but-goodie from the Rotterdam V’s 1993 world cruise. Rob
  14. Former MSC cruise ship sank in Goa, India Presumably the former MSC MELODY will end up in a scrap yard after sinking alongside her berth in the Western India Shipyard in Goa. According to various Indian media strong rain was responsible for the flooding of the QING, which was laid up since nearly three years. The cruise ship was sold in autumn 2013 to the Indian conglomerate Sahra India Pariwar and transferred under the name of QING to India. She was going to be converted into a gambling ship but the government of Goa refrained from issuing licenses.
  15. As soon as her trans-Atlantic duties had completed in June 1976, the ship joined her former fleetmates, the Michelangelo and Raffaello, and was withdrawn from service and laid up at La Spezia. In 1977 there was a reprieve and she was transferred to “Italia Crociere Internationali” (ICI), Genoa. Costa Cruises operated as ICI’s general agents. The Leonardo da Vinci commenced cruises from Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau on three and four day cruises staying overnight berthed in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, the Leonardo da Vinci would actually consume more fuel while berthed in port than most other ships would consume while under full speed at sea. Her cruising career to the Bahamas was short lived and she returned to La Spezia, Italy on September 23, 1978 where ICI had her laid up again. The Leonardo da Vinci remained laid up at La Spezia for two years, but then suddenly a fire erupted aboard the ship on July 4, 1980. She burned for four days and then capsized. The actual cause of the fire has never been ascertained. ICI was paid the ship's insured value, which was in excess of its final scrap value.
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