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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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! 😁
  4. 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!
  5. Which, unfortunately, would not bode well for the post-Alaska Pacific Coastal (repo) cruises....(SIGH)☚ī¸
  6. Just officially booked on the 'Smooth Jazz All-Stars' Cruise' for next January. It's a long way off, but I have FAITH! On a sadder note: RIP Ellis Marsalis Jr......đŸ˜ĸ
  7. Thanks, Hattack! As things stand right now, just being able to leave the house -- to go see our local jazz quintet at our favorite Italian restaurant -- is the biggest 'treat' that I can dream of! 😏 But we WILL all get through this -- and there will be concerts and cruises aplenty, to look forward to!😎
  8. How are you guys doing? Is the planned SD disembarkation going to happen, tomorrow?
  9. OK -- so, what we're hearing from ECP is that, in the time slot vacated by (canceling) the Blue Note at Sea (Jan 23-30, 2021) -- there will be a 'make-up' Smooth Jazz cruise (re-named the SJC 'all-stars') cruise. Should be the same line-up as was planned for the canceled SJC 20.2, per Michael Lazaroff. Looks like ECP's first order of business will be taking care of the folks who have canceled cruises (both the SJC 20.2 and the BNAC '21). After that, I'm assuming that the cruise will be offered for booking by the general public (at some point in the future). We're definitely onboard for it -- and very impressed by the Herculean effort, on the part of Mr. Lazaroff and his ECP crew, to make this a reality! Hattack -- will try to keep you posted on this, as things develop -- would LOVE to see you onboard! In the meantime, how are you guys doing down there, in NOLA? Stay safe, my friend!
  10. Hi Guys -- I'm just going to sit-tight, for right now anyway. Fortunately, I'd been too busy planning for our jazz cruise (which got cancelled, at the 11th hour) to do any real prep for the K-dam cruise. Our TA's final payment date isn't until early June -- and, lots of things can change in two months' time!
  11. OK, so I have no answer -- but rather, a follow-on question: If the Alaska cruise season never actually materializes, what will happen to the 're-po' Pacific Coastal cruises, this fall? I'm particularly thinking about our late September Vancouver to SD sailing, on K-dam.
  12. I would call back and have someone specifically put that in writing. Good luck!🤞
  13. I really enjoy Samantha Brown's 'Places to Love'. I've been a fan of Sam's, ever since she (like Anthony Bourdain) had a show on the Travel Channel, years ago. Glad to see that PBS found a place for her, in their line-up! 😊
  14. Yes -- we just heard that the 2021 BNAC was being canceled, to make room for our re-scheduled 20.2 SJC. In the week or two since RCCL pulled the plug on that one, the folks at ECP have been working hard to find a workable replacement date. Sadly, they decided to cancel the BNAC (which we also were booked on) to make that happen. Right now, I just want a jazz cruise to look forward to -- so, we were a big "YES!" when they asked us if we were interested. Will keep everyone posted, as we learn more. 😏
  15. Thanks, Den. Although I just had to cancel a charter jazz cruise (Celebrity Infinity), I'm NOT rushing out to cancel either of the two cruises I had previously booked. Fingers crossed that we don't end up losing the entire Alaska 'season', due to this outbreak. And, -- for anyone wondering whether the cruise industry (as a whole) can survive this crisis, I have a reading assignment for you (if it's still in print): Krisoffer A. Garin's Devils on the Deep Blue Seas (the dreams, schemes, and showdowns that built America's cruise-ship empires). Now, I'm definitely not saying that the cruise industry is 'too big to fail' -- just that it's more resilient than many give it credit for.
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