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  1. Sad to say it -- but that does make sense.
  2. Florence, our last Smooth Jazz Cruise (Feb '19) was on Infinity -- and yes, even then she was looking a little 'down at the heels'. The original plan was to have her retrofitted in time for all of ECP's 2021 Jazz Cruise charters -- which all got pushed back to Jan/Feb 2022, earlier this month. I'm kind of surprised that X hasn't taken full advantage of this 'down-time' to get the other two M-class ships revolutionized, ahead of schedule.
  3. Hi Florence -- that's definitely what it says on the Smooth Jazz Cruise website. But, the person at the cruise charter company who helped us with our Jan '22 booking said that the exact ship has not been determined yet. Their company's agreement with X specifies an M-Class ship that has been 'revolutionized' (or whatever X is calling the fleet-wide retrofit). To the best of my knowledge, the only two M-Class ships that have completed that process, so far, are Summit and Millie. Doesn't really matter to me, though, I love all of the M-Class ships (have sailed all of them, except for Connie). Their design is simply ideal for a jazz charter -- a true range of small and large music venues -- all with great acoustics! 😎
  4. Just a note on the not-so-immediate future of the M-Class ships. We were just notified by our music charter company that our Smooth Jazz Cruise, booked for Jan '21 (on Infinity), has just been moved back a year -- along with other charters, by the same company. The only caveat is that we might have a different M-Class ship, for those cruises. So, it appears that the Millie Class is safe, for another couple of years, at least.
  5. Hattack -- good to hear from you, my friend -- hope that you are doing well. In the e-mail that we got from Michael Lazaroff yesterday, this was what he said about the newly announced 2022 Jazz & Smooth Jazz Cruises: "Same Great Lineup: Every musician who was scheduled to appear on the '21 sailings has been invited to sail in '22. No one has said No." LOL -- by January 2022, it's hard to say who will need a party at sea more -- the artists or the fans!
  6. Yep -- we got the news today that our 20.2 SJC/21BNAC/21'all stars' cruise was just pushed back to Jan. 21-28, 2022. Sounds like Lazaroff & Co. are on top of things, though -- so, we are still 'onboard'. Considering the fact that music charters in no way lend themselves to 'social distancing', I wasn't quite sure HOW they were going to pull this off, by early next year. I'm thinking that we need to pray hard for a working vaccine -- and this, at least, buys us a little time for that to happen! Will keep you guys posted on what I hear.
  7. I was thinking the very same thing. A BIG round of applause for all of the admins, mods, and techs who are working hard, to keep the Cruise Critic ship afloat, in these trying times -- you guys ROCK!🤗
  8. I would think that it would be more of a problem to use THAT particular card again, for future cruises. That's one reason why we have always considered going to the CC companies to settle a dispute with the cruise line to be the 'nuclear option'.
  9. A friend of mine just recommended a book on this very topic: The Great Influenza, by John Barry. Still waiting for it -- back-ordered on Amazon.
  10. OP -- Thank you for starting such a positive thread!🤗 Obviously, I'm grateful for all of the cruises that my DH and I have (along with assorted friends and family) been able to take -- over the past two decades. But I'm also grateful to have all of the photo album/scrapbooks, and photos stored in digital format, from those cruises -- to help get us through these tough times! 📷 And, no matter what happens, going forward, I will have the great privilege of saying that I was there for the 'Golden Age' of cruising! 😎
  11. Great news, and Hooray for Seth! He was, until recently, a weatherman on one of our local (Seattle) news channels. Great guy -- HAL is lucky to have him on their team!
  12. In the 18 years that we've been cruising, a balcony has always been a potential 'deal-breaker' for me. I've always said that I'd sail in a broom-closet (come to think of it, I think I have 😜) -- just as long as it had a balcony! That was part of my disappointment in the Edge/Apex design. They just lost me at 'infinite veranda'. Now, I know that lots of folks love the IV's, and that's great. However, to me, it's just a floor-to-ceiling 'greenhouse window' that partially opens (unless the Captain decides otherwise). Not to say that I wouldn't book one of those ships -- but I would have to have a suite, or a Sunset (REAL) Veranda cabin.
  13. Hattack -- our collection of pictures, music, and memories of past cruises will surely help us to get through the trying times ahead! Since my DH and I started cruising, I've done a combo scrap-book & photo album for pretty much every cruise. Let me tell you that those -- plus all of our 'digital' photos -- have been a great source of solace and encouragement, lately! It's also fun to go to the SJC web-page photo gallery of recent cruises -- and try to spot ourselves in the crowd! 😁
  14. Hattack, I think that, once this is finally over, there will be a Second Line in New Orleans -- the likes of which has never been seen! And yes -- I also was sad to hear of Bill Withers' passing. I remember hearing his music, when I was younger. But I developed a new appreciation for the depth of his talents recently, when he was inducted into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame. Oh -- and AMEN on the SJC tributes to fallen comrades, on next year's cruises!
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