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  1. I want to go tomorrow and we have one planned this summer for Europe and Iceland. Not much I’d rather do then go on a cruise, but doubtful it will happen. The UK is talking about six months in quarantine. It pains me to say, but I don’t think anything will start up again until at least late Summer and that is pushing it. I think anywhere outside the Caribbean will be cancelled for this year. 2021 might be more optimistic. I just don’t see it how they start up until there is a proven treatment or vaccine. The World is on edge. Nerves will be high. Every time there is an announcement from the captain, will there be fear of a problem? If one person has symptoms, will ports refuse to allow the ship to dock? Will everyone be quarantined? Start all over again with this craziness? It’s a nightmare and I don’t know if anyone has an answer. This has to be what is keeping Mr. Ashford up at night. I feel terrible for him. Met him a few years back and he is a good man. i don’t worry about catching the virus. I get it’s serious, but I’ll take my chances with Sweden’s approach. I think the World has gone nuts, but that is a different conversation. My worry would be ending up like most of the other ships over the last couple weeks. Not sure I want to risk it. Not being able to get home. Stuck at sea. Stuck in quarantine. Etc. That is what the cruise lines need to overcome and I’m not sure they can do it in the near future. And, I hate it. Wish I had an answer. Watched a few sail out of FLL yesterday to nowhere, empty of passengers, and I wanted to cry.
  2. That is my biggest fear. Don’t know how cruise execs get past this. Government officials are so quick to react, it’s scary. No thought of consequences, just act to protect their image. It’s going to be a PR nightmare for cruise lines until we have a vaccine or a viable treatment. So frustrating, because every time you go on a cruise, it’s Russian Roulette that if someone coughs, they’ll want to quarantine. This will be really tough for cruise lines to overcome.
  3. I agree. I think capacity will be limited. I would guess at least a 30% reduction to start, which would lead to less crew as well. I’m betting a majority will be in and out of Florida and East Coast, sort of going back to how it was after 9/11. I can’t imagine there will be any possibility of cruises in the Med, let alone anywhere in Europe until 2021. And that is a big maybe. And if in 2021, probably no more than one or maybe two ships per line. I think Europe is two years away from any recovery for cruises. Obviously, Italy is a mess. The biggest hurdle to getting back will be what happens if someone exhibits symptoms of CV while on some random sailing? That is what has to keep cruise line execs up at night. Does it all start over and ban ships from entering ports? Quarantine everyone again? Shut down society. Government officials will be trigger happy. That will be the hardest thing for the public to get over when making the decision to get back to cruising. Who wants to end up quarantined or having a cruise to nowhere? I don’t know the answer. All I know, is that the economy needs this to end, sooner rather than later, and some common sense will have to prevail to get people back to work. And that includes getting the travel industry moving again. I work in a big resort and just watched 1000 people get furloughed. One week, we were fine, the next, this. Lots of decisions being made in our society, without a plan for those decisions. It pains me for all the crew on all these ships, sitting in limbo. Cruising is my favorite way to travel and probably my favorite thing to do. Just sucks!
  4. Just a few minutes ago, CNN reported that Australia and NZ are closing to almost all foreigners. What now?
  5. I’m sure all of us are wondering, how does this end for the cruise lines? How does it end for everyone? In particular, how do the cruise lines start back up? Things are closing every day, and the longer it’s closed down, the harder it is to open back up. Tell me you opinions. If you have any inside knowledge in the cruise industry, medical field, government, etc., even better. I really have no clue, not optimistic, and really upset, that it will be probably a lot longer than anyone thinks. How does it happen? Who’s the first to blink? Seems to me, anytime someone sneezes the government will want to panic and close everything down again. At some point, in the near future, things need to start opening, as the economy can’t sustain it. i could see it starting with limiting people above certain ages from traveling. Short cruises. No more than a week, mostly Caribbean & Mexico. Possibly limiting capacity, not that it will be an issue. Temp checks. Perhaps required medical approval from doctors and eventually proof of vaccine for CV. Your thoughts?
  6. It's an absurd hold when you have a quad with kids. They still require $60 per person, even for young kids. I was recently on a 10 day on the Koningsdam and they wanted a $2400 authorization, even when I had already prepaid excursions, specialty dining, drink packages, and $1000 in cabin credit. I refused and deposited cash along the way if needed. About $200. Sorry, but my kids are not going to spend $1200 on soft drinks. Some common sense needs to prevail for people who have prepaid most of their ship board expenses, and especially those with kids. Princess and Celebrity do not require this steep of a hold.
  7. A couple sites have published the 2021 World. Whether it is accurate or not remains to be seen. What I've seen on a site is into the Amazon, Devil's Island, across to Aruba, through the Canal to Puerto Vallarta. Then straight across the Pacific to Hawaii, Guam, Palau, etc. Japan, Beijing, Shanghai, Honk Kong, Vietnam, Singapore. Then the normal Indian Ocean ports, Mumbai, Dubai, Oman, through the Suez. Istanbul, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Athens, Naples, Cadiz, then across to FLL.
  8. I was told on a recent sailing that the cold soups have been eliminated.
  9. Got off the Koningsdam on Wednesday. No goodnight chocolates the entire cruise. Told we were not in a premium enough category. In a VB balcony.
  10. Great to sail along with you. Thank you for all the info and pics. Just got off the Koningsdam for a great 10 days. Awesome ship and cruise. Seeing the $10 extra entree charge, I've noticed a few other differences in the menus & daily activities paper. On the K, we had three appetizers every night on the menu. Noticing mostly two per night on the Euro. Seems like another cutback. No more cold soups on the K either and I've seen none on your Euro menus either. Guess they have been taken off of the menus. The extra $10 for an additional entree was not on the K. The daily paper is different on the K and has been even more simplified. Gone is the the info from the past about the captain, officers, general ship info, etc. Very little port info was given as well. It's basically an advertisement for shopping. Have a great rest of your cruise.
  11. Couple questions regarding the balcony. Did you like it better than a normal one or is it too confining? When you close the inner glass doors and open the outer balcony window, does the AC stay on or is it only off when all the windows/doors are open? Is the privacy screen like a curtain? Looks like it is on the railing window? Seems a little strange in the evening. Does it feel like you are sleeping with the balcony "in the cabin" and get the "tunnel" feeling as you describe? I'm 50/50 on this new concept. Thank you!
  12. Thank you! As cool as this new stateroom concept is, I would miss having the ability to open up the balconies when having a cabin next door with friends or family. Sometimes we have three or four in a row. We tend to sit out there a lot, especially in the Caribbean, and it's nice to have cocktail hour with everyone while watching a sail away. While I have obviously not experienced these rooms, they seem a little closed in.
  13. My apologies if this has been answered. Do the Infinite balconies have doors (partitions) that open in between the balconies "outside", as on most every other cruise ships? Doesn't look like it. If we have two cabins or a group of cabins, we like to have all the doors in between the balconies opened, so we can walk between the cabins, without having to go outside to the hallway. I realize this one is different because outside can be inside and vice versa. If not, then we obviously have to go with connecting cabins. In the connecting cabins, where is the connecting door? Right next to the balcony, somewhere else in the room, or like it is on the S class ships (the vestibule)? Thank you!
  14. You mentioned no self-service lemonade dispensers in the Lido. Are there any self-service drink dispensers besides water and coffee in the Lido, as on the other HAL ships? The other ships usually have a variety of juices, (lemonade, cranberry, etc), coffee, & of course, water. If not can you still get them and are they only served to you? Appreciate the review.
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