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  1. Apologies! it was in an article that i had shared, now going back to it - it was edited and cruise references gone. UGH.
  2. Here is my email offer (from this morning) from Air Canada = big NOPE! not going to happen ... they are trying though ...
  3. We had January 4th, 2021 - Connie out of Tampa ... and bailed (too many variables; Florida embarkation, what ports will be open to Cruise Ships, etc.; FP due this Fall). I wish FP policies could change (ie., closer to sail date) - as deciding 3 months out (which never was an issue) is an issue now. As we now know, the environment can spin on a dime and change so rapidly. In my wee opinion, it will be next to impossible for Florida to plank the curve by October 2020 (when FP is due) - it’s usually a 3-4 months process (from trends) once the virus peaks and we definitely didn’t want to lock up any further $ in 2020 and be awarded more FCC 😞
  4. For sure, I’ve seen flights out of Canada to the EU (back in business); yet GoC is still advising against non-essential travel which in our case (could be different for others), our medical insurance outside of CA would be kaputzied. In addition, the mandatory 14-day Quarantine is still into effect until end of August 2020 and most likely will be extended. Violators of the Quarantine Act are subject to up to $750,000 - $1 million fine and up to 3 years in prison if lives are put at risk. Since we would have to return to work (ie., we are not happily retired as of yet); this most definitely keeps us from heading to YYZ. We would love to travel, but with GoC advisories still in play - safely staying at home ... fingers crossed for 2021 🐳🌻
  5. Thanks for posting! I just checked my account and 5 points up (first 3 activities granted, didn’t participate in the 4th). 2,163 points from Zenith - WHOO HOO 🐳
  6. We had an ABC Caribbean cruise for January 2021. Not interested in cruising out of Florida (Tampa) at this time and I doubt the environment will improve enough between now and then to change our feelings. So? I moved our reservation from the Caribbean to Asia Spring 2021 (more likely to happen; although still speculation with a fuzzy crystal ball that squeaks).
  7. An interesting article - cruising resumes in some locations, plans for more to follow (EU / Asia) https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/international-cruise-lines-resuming-cruises-while-americans-wait
  8. If you have already made final payment, you might as well sit back and wait for the cancellation notice (if its cancelled).
  9. IF only death matters to you (never mind the people debilitated by this virus); it’s still not promising: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality PS - when cruising resumes has nothing to do with “death rate” - virus has to be looked at as a whole; not with blinders on. Current EU Travel restrictions are based on “X” positive cases per 100,000 and how each country is handling the pandemic (their response).
  10. @Travelexpert35 - off topic - but just saw your location under the icon - one of my favourite places in the world! I took Marine Bio courses at the Huntsman Laboratory 🐳 (many many moons ago!)
  11. We enjoy the Crown as well - it is a compelling series. “Based on a True Story” movies have creativity as well. My MIL praised “A Perfect Storm” and we watched it with her, expecting an amazing true story. When no one survives at the end of the movie, I was “HUH?” LOL! Yes, a storm happened and the boat perished at sea - so the beginning and the end were more/less accurate - but ALL the stuff in the middle was “creative"
  12. If you don’t mind additional FCC, then you can take the chance. But with # of Florida cases surging - it will be atleast 3 or 4 months before the curve flattens “IF” they do something to plank the curve. Also, never mind Florida and its surge. What Caribbean ports of call will even accept ships in October? Could be a lot of sea days! One example of the current Caribbean environment: Sint Maarten is open for tourism but you have to show a Negative COVID19 test result within the past 72 hours. That won’t work for Cruisers. Image below is NOT for Cruisers - but gives you an idea of the current environment
  13. Absolutely! Start up in regions who are opening back up to tourism, even with nationality restrictions. Get some cruises out there and bring in some revenue, while testing new protocols.
  14. My best guess (with no crystal or magic 8-ball) is that the Asia season will kick off with nationality restrictions. Seaborn is doing Japan / Taiwan right now with restrictions. Smaller ship but a barometer of how it’s going in that region. Japan is slowing opening up for tourism: https://www.traveloffpath.com/japan-prepares-reopening-border-for-tourism/ and again no crystal ball, but thinking out loud that it might continue to open up for cruises with limited nationalities in their transition plan (see below, quote from article). "According to the Japanese government, they are planning to first reopen borders to: Vietnam Thailand Australia New Zealand Taiwan South Korea China Myanmar Singapore Brunei First, Japan intends to reopen to business travelers, investors and other essential visitors from the above countries, then allowing in students, and finally general tourists."
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