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  1. Hi From my perspective, I see this as as the eye opener that it should be. Considering the large element of chance in the whole series of events that end up in the transmission of the virus, and with the smaller number of passengers, this sailing could just as easily gone off without incident, and there would have been congratulatory hand shakes (😃), noting how the "excellent" protocols put in place were the obvious answer. All the while ignoring the reality that if you take hundreds of people from communities where the virus is uncontrolled, the likelihood of this typ
  2. Hi Amazonracer A number of months ago, I had thought that a vacation (not a cruise) to the Caribbean next spring would be possible (I wasn't willing to book anything at the time), but now for myself, I think the Nov./Dec. 2021 time frame might be more realistic. Again, not a cruise, a land vacation at a resort would be more likely my first choice. I believe there will be a major shakeup in the cruise industry and it would be best to stand clear and see who is still operating.
  3. Hi Yes. No question, our surge is our surge. The reality is that even with the "surge" in this country, if you compare new cases with most EU countries (taking population into consideration) we are at only a fraction of the cases they are getting now. Pretty much the only reasons Canadians are travelling abroad is because they have to. The town I live in (granted, doesn't have a large population) still hasn't had a confirmed case, and we have a fairly large nursing home/retirement residence in town as well. I'd say I feel pretty safe here, it's only when I go somewhere else that risk rise
  4. Hi While I might like going places and doing things, the short answer to the OP's questions is "No". Considering the larger picture, it doesn't even rate. I am happy, I am relatively safe, things are opening slowly here (with some back steps in the larger centers), but otherwise, if there was a better way, I think we would be doing it. It is hard for many, but it was hard for many even before the pandemic. We are in the middle of a pandemic, there is no normal, a cruise in my view is still laughable at this time. stay safe everyone
  5. Hi I find the results interesting. Seeing that there are over 30000 responses, I was curious (since this seems like a lot of clients for a TA) is this a large national company, or what. More to the point, would these responses be all from your region, or more diverse? If only your region, it would be good to also here from others in different areas of the country as well as what might be seen/felt in other countries. Obviously these attitudes change quickly over time, just as personal situations will continually change, without even considering the changes within the cruise industr
  6. Hi there I see it and I understand, but it is not much different than the multiple threads that were always happening in the past on any other given subject. I guess it's the thrill of starting a new thread, or the fear that someone's concerns might be buried on some other longer thread that make people feel that starting a new thread is the way to go. I think more often it's just a case that people can't be bothered reading what others have had to say in the past. I believe the moderators here have done a great job, allowing a lot of flexibility and when seen fit, combining threads
  7. Hi Carolyn Hate to point this out, but if it weren't for those posts, all umpteenth of them, there wouldn't have been a lot to dwell on for the last number of months. After all, this site is called Cruise Critic, and without cruises, this site didn't shut down mainly because that was/is the main concern for most and remains the only thing that is relevant (at least in North America) for those that have cruises booked at this time.
  8. ... but then she might not want to take him on the cruise.
  9. Hi I am sorry to say that I believe you are out of luck. I would say that generally, even with poor connections your wife will be able to use the social media sites. The issue has always been for the person that absolutely needs the speed and reliability that can only be had on land.
  10. Hi So, because your friend's restrictions do not prevent travel out of your country, the only concern would be for the countries that you enter. The best way to properly inform yourself, would be to contact the consulate or embassy of each country that you would possibly visit. Whatever a cruise line or someone on this forum would tell you really is of little importance if they give you the wrong information. Very often on this site you will see advice such as, "don't tell anyone and you likely won't get caught". Just as an example of information that may work, but also might
  11. Hi True, but they do need to quarantine. How long, where, etc., responses to these issues are going to be determined by each country involved. Infected crew members can't just be sent home, any more than the passengers. That is one of the major problems with large crowds and asymptomatic individuals carrying the virus.
  12. Hi That's the whole point. Nobody, including you, even knows if cruises will start before Feb. If you look back a few months on this site, you will see many posters who were very confident that their Aug. (as well as Jul., Sep., Oct.) cruises would sail. Are you as confident as they were? People were making lots of money buying and selling the company shares during those months as well. The bottom line... if they don't start, they can go broke. When they do start again, whoever is still standing will possibly have a viable business model. There will be a reassess
  13. Hi Are you thinking that because a given company's share price is going up today it can't go broke tomorrow? As long as you understand that a company (any company) needs to make a profit to stay in business. All these companies are not only not making a profit but are losing money every day, and have been for quite a while now. Given the fact that people are still asking questions on sites like this "will my Dec. cruise be cancelled?", indicates nobody really know when they might start operating again. The question has always been how long can they survive
  14. Hi Clo A lot of people are doing exactly that. Many have even said, on this site, that if they lose their money, that it is no big deal.
  15. I believe this number might be high.
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