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  1. 😃 JW would do away with this Act if he could. Lots of cases filed here in Miami-Dade County where some of the cruise lines are headquartered.
  2. Is it true what the news reports are saying that the UK might be headed for another lockdown in a few weeks?
  3. Not to be morbid but I had no idea this law even existed... "If a ruling Monday by a Los Angeles federal judge is followed by others, it could offer the cruise line something of a safe harbor under the Death on the High Seas Act. The century-old federal law limits payouts for survivors to “pecuniary” damages such as how much the deceased contributed through wages or housework. One maritime lawyer said that in the case of retirees, who make up a large portion of Carnival’s customers, the recovery may amount to little more than burial costs. The ruling comes as Carnival and other major cruise lines including Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. are seeking a nod from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to return to sailing after the CDC’s “no sail” order expires at the end of the month. The industry, one of the most heavily battered by the virus, is putting in place new rules to entice vacationers back onto its boats, announcing through a trade group this week that it will require Covid-19 tests for guests and crew. Masks will be mandatory whenever social distancing isn’t possible. https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/09/23/583823.htm
  4. I see the cruise industry as shifting, consolidating, scaling down, but not entirely going away. The experience and form of cruising will no doubt be in flux and only those lines that can quickly reinvent themselves will survive. I read an interesting statistic the other day "71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water" as long as this remains there will be ocean travel. So don't despair, it will come back, maybe not as we knew it, but cruising is here to stay.
  5. Getting back to the possible extension of the no-sail order -- chances are it will be after the stock market closes - that's the time it was announced for the previous extension and it was on a Thursday. My money is on tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 24th at 4pm.
  6. Yup, I believe it is forthcoming. The last no-sail extension was announced on a Thursday, right after the stock market closed. Tomorrow is a Thursday and six days before the expiration on September 30th. My money is on tomorrow at 4pm for the announcement.
  7. Yes rightly so. The problem here was a lot of young kids and party goers along with tourists from other areas going to South Beach bars and night clubs getting out-of-control until the wee hours, that spoiled it for the rest of the County.
  8. Miami-Dade has a soft school opening starting October 14. Restaurants are now open indoors at 50 per cent capacity. Some sports venues have opened. Zoo Miami is open. Bowling alleys, arcades, entertainment venues, movie theaters are open. The only places that remain closed are bars, and night clubs. The mayor is getting a lot of pressure and protests from owners and he is now considered allowing some to open on a case by case basis.
  9. Interesting...one thing I don't get is they scrapped Monarch which is a year younger than Empress?? Doesn't make sense.
  10. Looks like Dream Cruises are already sailing in Asia using their new protocols -- they're trying to make it look like it's loads of fun -- IDK if that is the experience I would want....
  11. Majesty can and has docked in Havana -- but her fate might be the same as Empress. The Cuba relations thing won't be reversed overnight - it will take some time.
  12. They own the Fat Burger chain as well. Fat Burger, Johnny Rockets = they both make you FAT so the name is very "a propos".
  13. LOL...just had to look it up -- It's called the Bliss Cruise -- clothing optional shore excursions? Wowsie! It's not a given those ports will be open by then to receive "clothing optional" people. Bliss Cruise – Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas November 6-13, 2020 – Cape Canaveral - Antigua - St.Maarten + 4 Sea Days Cruise Overview This 7-night clothing-optional adventure is couples only and departs from the Port of Cape Canaveral. The closest international airport is Orlando, an hour away. Here are a few things that a Bliss cruise has to offer: • Adult couples 21 or older only which means…NO kids allowed! • Open decks and pool areas are clothing optional. • Clothing optional shore excursions. • Meet & Greets to help you break the ice and meet new people. • Seminars that educate and allow you to explore new areas of the lifestyle. • Multiple play areas to meet your level of comfort and interest. • Evening entertainment and late-night dance parties in various venues. • Themed nights to add a little extra fun to dressing up & heading out for the night.
  14. Barbados is very cruise friendly and will probably be on the list of the first ports to open. SeaDream (a small Norwegian cruise line with small ships) plans a 7 day cruise from Barbados to St Vincent and Grenada. "The line said starting Nov. 7 it will offer 22 sailings from Bridgetown that call in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. All three countries are open to Americans." https://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/SeaDream-to-resume-Caribbean-cruises-in-November https://seadream.com/voyages/12043A
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