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  1. Seems correct use to me. Pregnant means pregnant. Recently pregnant means pregnant within the last few months. I suppose this language was chosen (recently pregnant) because the pregnancy could have several outcomes...delivery, miscarriage, abortion, etc.
  2. My thought process: Do I think Crystal will survive? Am I willing to bet a five figure deposit on their survival? Do I think the 2022 WC will sail? Am I willing to gamble an even larger sum of money (final payment) on that? Do I think that if the 2022 WC sails, it will be an enjoyable trip with easy access to ports? Am I willing to gamble that I will not be stuck on the ship and not permitted to disembark? How about new virus variants? For me...I had booked the 2022 WC and was enamored with the itinerary. But as to my first point: I think Crystal will survive, but I was unwilling to gamble my deposit on that outcome. It took a long time, but I have received my deposit back less the $500. No cruises booked. I look forward to a trip within the U.S. this fall. I will let others test the waters on cruises before I do so.
  3. For the record, I never advocated eliminating ambassador hosts. And perhaps my observations are outdated. On the 2015 World cruise, I know that eight hosts each had their own room. This on a very popular sold out cruise. And I know that my observations over many nights never registered more than a dozen women who danced with the hosts....and these were most often the same women each night. On my last Crystal cruise in 2019 I didn't make enough observations to be pertinent.
  4. My point is in the number of guests per ambassador host or art instructor or --insert specialist here--- utilize the services of the specialist positions. My experience: I'm not a religious person. I have don't really know how many guests use the services of the Protestant minister. I have observed a crowd of Jewish gatherings on Friday nights held by the Rabbi. There must be on average over fifty passengers attending. I also do not use the art instructor, but I know from experience such classes generally have around 15 to 20 people. My Apple Ipad class had about 20 people. My beginner bridge class had about 20 people. The intermediate and advanced bridge classes have around 40 or fifty enthusiastic participants. That's one room of husband and wife serving 15 or (usually more) passengers. Dancers? Sure, there are dancers, but the question is how many passengers utilize the services of the hosts. I have observed the dance floor most nights on my voyages. I have a habit of walking around to most of the bars. I can't recall seeing more than a dozen (often less) passengers using the services of the hosts. I'm not saying there aren't sometimes more than a dozen...just that I haven't seen it. So, on world cruises that would be eight rooms servicing a dozen passengers. Seems Crystal could find something more appealing to a multitude of passengers.
  5. Vince....I must say that you do not recall correctly. My point is not that their duties are brief...many times they dance all night long. My point is that their dancing skills are utilized by only a small per centage of passengers. A small percentage....not merely a "couple" as you posted. Given this, Crystal might consider utilizing those rooms for personnel that might appeal to a broader range of passengers... and these others could also double as escorts as the hosts do now.
  6. Um....did anyone assert that the hosts only dance with a "couple" of women for a "few minutes" each night?
  7. So to recap...gift shop employees, entertainers, speakers and their spouses, instructors, casino employees, ship officers, front desk employees, surely some others have all been tour escorts. And happily so, as they get to tour for free. I've heard casino and gift shop employees say theirs was the greatest job because they get to go on tours. Seems that ambassador hosts make up a minority of escorts.
  8. In regard to the OP "bye bye Ambassador Hosts"... I never saw the value in having as many as eight ambassador hosts when little more than a dozen passengers utilized their skills.
  9. My state has a mask ordinance. I feel *relatively* safe going out shopping for groceries. Feel very safe going outside without a mask for my daily three to five mile walk. I will not eat in at a restaurant. Have friends who are pretty sure that's how they were infected with Covid. Studies have shown the virus travels through the AC and heating systems. Cruising? No freaking way. MAYBE the companies can make the ship safe, but port calls would negate that. Since my primary reason for cruising is visiting ports, I'll pass until we have a vaccine and ports are open for visitors.
  10. The CDC still has its Level 3 travel notice warning on travel for cruise ships in place. The lifting of the no sail order has lifted cruise stocks on a day when the market is down around 2%.
  11. https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/CDC-Conditional-Sail-Order_10_30_2020-p.pdf?source=news_body_link CDC says it will let its no-sail order expire if cruise companies can prove to the agency that COVID protocols are working with specific testing requirements and trial runs.
  12. I think zero chance your cruise sails. I also think the world cruise will be cancelled. If I were booked on either cruise, I have to say I would not go. Just too much risk. The cruise lines have to consider protocols onboard plus the ever changing protocols at different ports. Sad times......
  13. Why have you "fully" paid for a cruise two years from now?
  14. I remember Regis from the 2015 World Cruise. Very accessible...talked with him in the workout room; he gave me advice on movie selections in the library; happily conversed in the bars and he played on a trivia team. RIP Regis.
  15. No. The most deaths from the flu in the last 40 years was in the winter of 2017-18, when as many as 80,000 died. Some years' deaths fall under 20,000. https://www.statnews.com/2018/09/26/cdc-us-flu-deaths-winter/
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