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  1. Samiam1, there may well be suits filed. . .but many will not prevail. And negligence by the cruise lines? I don’t see much outright negligence but situational issues because ships are floating petri dishes. Japan was responsible for the Diamond Princess quarantine, not Princess. As the situation has evolved, cruise lines’ protocols improved. CCL took a hit for Contra Costa, with more deaths than from COVID-19 so far. With all cruising now paused, deaths of cruise passengers should taper off. I agree—this might be a long haul recovery. The virus is in the driver’s seat. In 1917-18, the flu had three waves lasting 15 months. A vaccine and the development of herd immunity will make a huge difference. I am biased. I love cruising so much i want my personal good will to make it survive. But that’s just the self-isolation talking. I wish I were on a cruise ship!
  2. A constituent asked about cruise refund wait times on our regular town hall call with Rep Speier (D-CA) earlier this week. She was remarkably knowledgeable about the cruise industry and stated that, given they were flagged in other countries, she did not see the industry as a priority for governmental financial support (e.g.Bailout) Of course, lobbyists are working as we speak. And I haven’t yet seen if their fate is detailed one way or the other in the relief bill slated to be voted in the House today. Having said that, I believe our capacity for amnesia and penchant for fun along with a pent-up demand for escape will re-build the industry. I believe the deep-pocketed capital invested in ships and operations will be patient. And I am buying 300 more shares of CCL this morning!
  3. Bay area resident here. Thanks for all the information. Looks like the roll call for the GP voyage that is docking in Oakland is no longer on the Roll Calls? Passengers were using it to talk to one another. Following facts and medical experts and reading histories/patterns of previous pandemics (Smithsonian Mag did a stunning article about the Spanish flu in 2017). Yes, pandemics can change history. Hard-wired human optimism is pushing up against the dispassionate and exponential math. The latitude we have as individuals—regardless of our ages or personal health issues— to choose whether we are going to sail anywhere in the next few weeks/months will continue to have its limits as ports close to ships and infections spread. 600K are on cruiseships at any given time. I can’t imagine the stress on cruise line leaders, passengers who sailed with infected people, those who have been diagnosed, their families and health authorities. I want Princess and her sister cruise lines to survive economically—but changes will be coming. Tourism, in general, will suffer and take years to recover. We have a South Seas cruise scheduled in mid-April and are prepared to have it cancelled. Though we are not cancelling yet due to the economics of the when/why/who cancels timing. All we can do is invoke our humanity, be as kind and civilized as possible and wash our hands. And repeat.
  4. Carnival Corp is a house of brands, not a branded house. Each cruise line under the umbrella operates autonomously in myriad ways.
  5. Thanks, all for the info on the wine packages. Headed out on our first Oceania cruise in April. Think I will spend some time with the wine list in advance since I won’t be putting wine in my suitcase to Papeete! 8 years in California have not made us wine snobs but we do know what we like! catsandgoats, think you got a gentle schooling. I can’t imagine sneaking wine on board to save a few bucks or put one by the cruise line. Ugh. . .aN elegant cruise is not a high school prom.
  6. Yup, i always ask for extra anchovies. I have caesar salad every night. I have gotten as few as 2 and as many at 8.
  7. Our initial thinking is a medicare advantage plan from Kaiser in Washington State (returning there for major issues, if necessary—will run us around 200-250 per month). . Since we both take cancer meds, this is a must. And then supplemented by an annual travel policy as well as a membership in Med-Jet. Need to research which annual travel policy fits our needs. All on the to-do list.
  8. Thanks for reminding me to get my win/loss statements. I suspect I am a tad down on the ships. But up in Las Vegas. But with two free cruises and others discounted, I think I am ahead!
  9. Send me an email. Margotknight11@yahoo.com and I will send you the info on the tour we did
  10. We did an Airbnb Experience meat lovers tour that was amazing. We did a Famila Sagrada tour with Airbnb as well. Good prices and both were amazing experiences.
  11. Love this thread. Agree that I would never fly to Europe for a 7 day cruise. We always add a week or two before or after. The past few years, this has meant longer stays in the port cities of Marseille, Venice and Copenhagen and train/interior stays in Paris, Vienna, and Como. Just not worth the airfare or jet lag unless you stay for at least two weeks, imho. Same thing for cruises from South Pacific and Australia. Plus you just have a deeper travel experience. There is certainly a style and a line of cruises for every taste and pocketbook. Key is knowing your experiential goals. And key to knowing what you like is to learn (sometimes the hard way) what you don’t like! Sea days vs. ports, stateroom location and type, food, inclusive vs a la carte pricing. And general ambiance—which you have to experience to grok. all the luck in making your choice.
  12. Just rebooked! Because this was a free gambling cruise, I got a lovely offer on the 9-day Carnival Legend from Barcelona to Venice. Free aft balcony for port charges and taxes, $200 OBC PP AND $1000 in casino credit. Great air rates via Carnival at $1500 for both of us! Happy cruising, all.
  13. No reason to venture outside save for specialty restaurants, casino and shows. 😍😍
  14. The Yacht Club (ship within a ship) on Meraviglia and Bellissima were cruise perfection. We loved the service, the food and the Cirque shows. With liquor ship-wide included, it was a good value for the week as well. I have heard mixed reviews of MSC but our experiences were pretty perfect.
  15. 21 Princess cruises. Trying Oceania Regatta this spring (Papeete to SF) so this thread interests me. BUT, as far as the Mediterranean goes, our MSC cruise in Yacht Club was so good two years ago, we booked the identical itinerary this past fall. Spectacular experience.
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