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  1. Thank you. Everything I've found leans in one direction or another depending on the source. Love the Conservancy link and will head there.
  2. I wasn't sure where this would get the most attention so since we are X cruisers and y'all are so smart, I thought I'd start here. Trying to find an accurate, neutral resource with stats about cruise pollution. On our cruises we've been told, for instance, that wastewater is processed and released completely cleaned into the ocean. Some websites will say they dump raw sewage into the ocean. I follow Daily Overview on Instagram and their recent post about the Baltic Sea was really disturbing, We're generally very supportive of the environment and our kids are pressuring us about cruising - I need to find the accurate stats. We won't get into a debate here, just would love some real information. Thanks in advance.
  3. Babb, wish your fellow Celebrity cruisers were nearby to help! I have been baking (very unusual for me) so would love to share my scones - better you eat them than us! The Quarantine 15 is encroaching here and the diet starts tomorrow! In New England we are doing well, considering. Our bucolic town has one case. Not counting me, I suppose - I have had no sense of taste or smell for over 2 weeks now. The head clog and earache seem to have dissipated. I had a virtual visit with the doctor which was a waste of time - they won't test me, which I understand, but they also had no words of wisdom, really. Who does? If this is "it" I'm grateful it's mild. We were off the Silhouette on 3/15 but IF I have "it" it came from the throbbing mass of humanity at the airport and on the flights home. I am enjoying working from home and so fortunate to do so, and my husband has to go out as he is media but they are doing an exceptional job of distancing and restricting. He assumes he's a carrier because of me, so is being even more stringent. Mentally work is good for him but the 24/7 C19 coverage is getting to him for sure. I make him take a long walk when he gets home and don't let him turn on the news when he's off work. I have been watching the Tale of Two Holland America ships and the Coral Princess and my heart breaks for everyone involved. What terrible ordeals. These ppl leaving on trips of a lifetime and then the world turns upside down. I think of them all every day and hope they can put this nightmare past them and heal physically and mentally. See you back on Celebrity....whenever that may be.
  4. I've been using a glove at the buffet for years. It's about time everyone caught on.
  5. So Channel 7 reported 29 staying on Zaan w symptoms, 14 being taken to local hospitals. I find the contrast between the ships so sad - Rotterdam with pax on balconies waving - Zaandam barren. I understand fewer pax but still, symbolic. So so sad. LOVE the greeters and airhorns around the Port.
  6. The three men not social distancing on the webcam are upsetting me.
  7. THIS. I have been saying this for weeks now. I'm a Celebrity cruiser here following and praying for these ships and their pax and crew. We were off the Silhouette on 3/15 and I have mild symptoms which I 100% feel I got from the FLL airport and two ensuing flights. The return air travel portion of our trip was disgusting. It kills me that so many assume the cruise ships are to blame when for the most part ignoring the role of the airlines and airports (much of it not avoidable). (See my rant on Celebrity boards on Defending the Cruise Industry).
  8. Good Morning - Silhouette just cruise from Tampa Bay Anchorage and is in port at PLL. Anyone know why? It's been just over two weeks since she returned from our sailing on March 15. Looking at Marine Traffic it seems several ships are headed to PLL or Miami at this time. Perhaps the cruise lines gave these ships two weeks to "air out" and clean, and quarantine crew members, and now with healthy teams onboard they can get into port? Just a guess...
  9. (Hate to say it but) I feel the decision and process for welcoming these passengers to the US should be at the federal level. I was so excited to wake up and see both ships in the Caribbean. Thank you to the night owls and early birds here for the info and images. I hate that this has become “sensationalist” enough for The Today Show. Don’t flame me - we’re media people - but this is such a complex story and the base reaction may set the cruise industry back even further.
  10. Miami - You won't believe this but my mother, who my husband happens to be on the phone with at the moment, is FROM BADEN-BADEN! I have been there many a time - what a magnificent part of the world the Schwarzvald is! Schwarzvalde Kirschtorte! The extended family was from Mannhein and Alsace. Small world! She had a very "interesting" and thankfully not tortuous Holocaust experience and came to NYC, were I grew up, in the late 30s. Our sons and I have our German citizenship - Bremen son has his German passport which facilitated his travel from Zanzibar less than two weeks ago 9where he was researching his thesis0 back into Germany via Condor. We felt so much better once he was back in Germany. We are also in business with a partner in Cologne. We went to Bremen and the Rhine area last June and my German came back to me so easily! It's too bad we won't meet on a Celebrity cruise since you're not doing the Caribbean and that's all we do at this point, but perhaps our paths will cross in Sunny Isles! Wow!
  11. @miaminice It's so good to read this information about Germany. May I ask where you are in Germany? Our son is in Bremen in his final term for his Masters degree. One can only get so much information out of him so this was much appreciated. PS We visit Sunny Isles several times a year (and always pre-cruise) as we have family there. Small world!
  12. My heart breaks for everyone affected by this situation. The fact that the Zaandam has so many cabins without verandahs for fresh air - those pax must be experiencing the worst mental, not to mention physical, distress. I wish there was something we could do for them.
  13. Yes! Discovered this on our last night on Silhouette two weeks ago. Best cocktail ever.
  14. I was reading the Vaandam thread (awful) and someone there even alluded to this subject, saying something to the effect of "Great, due to the optics that are so attractive to media with this situation again cruise lines are the devil. What about airports, subways, theme parks?" Just had to have this conversation with neighbors on my walk. As for cruising in March, we left on March 6 and when we disembarked March 15 the world was a different place.
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