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  1. That depends on your definition of "solo friendly". For me, I decided Crystal was the most solo friendly because they have low solo supplements on virtually all voyages, and they treat solos well i.e. they treat solos exactly like any other passenger who is traveling with someone else. That's what I think of as "solo friendly" - no discrimination of solos, even in small things. I get tired of standing in line to enter or be seated somewhere and they address the pair behind me, as if we must be a group of 3. Stuff like that. And with solo supplements in the 25%-30% range, even a luxury line is barely more expensive than a mainstream line for me.
  2. I think of it more as "for those who want to choose if or when to rub elbows with fellow passengers"
  3. Because being separated from everything, looking off the ship and seeing no commercial life, really helps me relax and feel calm. I could probably get equally as calm and relaxed in a solitary cabin in the woods, too, but cruise ships come with better food and service 😉 When I get to a port, even seeing the equipment and cars near a large port causes me to subtly tense up a bit. Other than mid-day trivia, I don't do any activities, even ones I think would be interesting......my time is spent watching the ocean, reading a book, listening to an audiobook, or playing Scrabble and chatting with friends (if I'm on a cruise with friends). On a cruise ship, no one wants anything from me, and that's so very different from the rest of the world that is always wanting my attention, my time, my money. I think we all forget how constant those demands are, until they're not there any more. When I want to see cities/towns, I'll do a land vacation and take time to get the feel of those places - more than the 8-36 hours at port offered by cruises.
  4. But the reason it was not provided was not a fraudulent one. Fraud is more than just not delivering what was purchased - it's intentionally using deception to steal (that money, by not delivering the product). There was no deception involved.
  5. Hotels as well - I think hotels most of all, who were already having difficulty with the AirBnB type offerings.
  6. The difference is in the motivation, not the action. One is about a contagious disease, the other is about ideology.
  7. I would love a 14 day cruise with no port calls! I've almost been on a cruise leg like that: Hawaii to New Zealand with no stops, a total of 12 days at sea, if I recall. It was wonderful! (The cruise started in LA, and Oahu was the only stop on the trip to NZ.)
  8. It's hard - you kind of have to know why you like what you like, and look for signs that those same things (even in a different package) will be there.
  9. I'd rather not book a cruise than book a cruise I don't want.......there are lots of other ways to travel. I cruise for sea days not port stops, so if the ship isn't what I want, it's not worth it.
  10. You're right! The difference is astounding, far more than I'd imagined; it's shocking to see it in black and white like this (from the linked article): " The primary benchmark is the EU's average number of new infections per 100,000 people over the past two weeks. For the EU, that number is 16. For the US, it's 107."
  11. Right, and he also said don't wear masks -- and now he says the decision to say those wrong (from a health perspective) things were made because of the unfortunate political situation the US was in. Sad but true. Which was a good idea, unfortunately it didn't work out the way they planned and enforcement was poor. A good idea, though. Oh, I'm not in shape at all, though I am pretty healthy. My point was that taking your measure of choice (going to the gym daily) should not be the measure to determine how millions of people feel about something. It's illogical and, ultimately, short-circuits what you're trying to say.
  12. If only going to the gym in late afternoon was a measure of being health minded (eye roll). While I agree with your premise, your example is beyond weak as evidence.
  13. Yes, but what's your point? My post was not to correct you, but to expand with other examples.
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