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  1. I could not agree more with this. The warning has now landed loud and clear, enter at your own risk. Make a good decision for yourself, family and the communities you may impact. With the given information going forward do not expect the calvery to continue to come to the rescue if you get into trouble for too much longer. From this point on it's like walking straight into propeller, wondering why your head hurts and expecting compensation from the cruise lines and help from the goverment if things go sideways. I'm heartsick for the passengers that are ALREADY booked trying to re-coup/reschedule and for those that walked into this at ground zero that are still dealing with this.
  2. To be honest when we were initially thinking of cancelling it was all about "us". What if we get sick? What if we are quarentined and are delayed getting home? What would our risk and inconvience be? That evolved into the less selfish thoughts about the potential risk for our aging family's and community. You are so right. No one wants to be patient 0 in their area. Vacations can always be rebooked once the dust settles on this.
  3. Yes for sure. We care for aging parents and my uncle who is now in memory care. Our worst nightmare would be to either return home and unknowingly infect them or be placed in a delayed quarantine situation. We have put all travel on hold and stepped up protocol at home until this passes. Further, making this decision is now a no brainer for us - last night I received a blanket email from my uncles care facility stating that any visitors that have traveled by air OR internationally regardless of desitnation in the last 14 days would not be allowed to visit. We are in Palm Springs CA, no known cases as of yet but happy to see precautions being made for our large community of elderly and infirmed. CFAR (USAA/CF Travel insured) is my new best friend.
  4. I do totally agree with you on this. Testing has been SO very limited that there is no way to know how many cases have already been rolled into normal flu season stats until this came front and center in the last few weeks. I think when/if widespread testing actually occurs for anyone presenting with respiratory symptoms the number's will increase dramatically.
  5. BRAVO!! Captain Arma. For those of us following your journey, passengers and crew through this ordeal just wanted to say thank you for being so honorable. Well done captain!
  6. I am not suggesting anything about the competence of the US or other countries in dealing with this. Nor am I speculating where this particular strain originated or by what means. What I am suggesting is that since the disclosure was so long in coming from China that most likely the virus has been percolating long before we knew about it and travel restrictions were put in place. Most cases prior to the minimal testing until now have already been tallied into the numbers with the normal cold/flu/mortality rate per season. Clusters of massive community spread flu are common it's just not on national media every year. Just to clarify: "the animal has already left the barn" statement is old school family slang for it's too late. I thought most folks reading would understand this.
  7. I do tend to agree with you on this that it's been here and around the world for quite some time. How many cold/flu/respiratory/pneumonia cases have thankfully already come and gone (most with good outcomes just as any cold/flu season) in the last several months all over the world? China was not disclosing for lord who knows how long before the news broke and travel was curtailed. Couple that with the fact that to date so very few have actually been tested. Not at all discounting the severity of the situation but I do believe this animal had already left the barn and was roaming around well before we read the first news on this.
  8. Confirming this was just announced during the above referenced news conference. Website not updated yet.
  9. Hi OP here. So interesting all the opinions. We did ended up cancelling our March 8 trip to Mexico through LAX. No fear of getting there but can't risk getting caught up if there is any chance of a potential quarantine or lengthy time delay on the way home if things get worse or god forbid we get colds (cruise or land we usually come home with one no matter how careful we are!) LAX customs/immigration on the way back is no fun on a good day so for this one we are passing. Without work schedules, pets etc. we would most likely proceed. We have CFAR that will cover the cancellation. Disappointed but also know it's an easy reschedule when this blows over 🙂
  10. We are truly at a 50/50 over dinner as to whether to book the next adventure or stay put at home while the current Corona situation is sussed out and until we can see how the situation unfolds. I am not asking about a specific ship, itinerary or area just wondering if any of my fellow HAL travelers are feeling our same "pause" dilemma about cruising and traveling internationally at all right now. We have traveled every quarter by cruise and land for the last 20 years and are without any medical issues/medications yet this is the first time we ever have really taken a real true pause in planning even with insurance. Just curious for those not currently booked what your thoughts are?
  11. WOW! Seriously??? An insult to suite guests because your gratis tote has the wrong logo? What were you hoping for? A personalized Louis Vuitton evening bag? Super happy with mine as a suite guest and not insulted. I actually didn't check the logo as I will add it to the collection for hauling groceries where it's a bring your own bag thing here. Fairly certain nobody at the grocery stores will notice the logo on my shopping bags or heaven forbid promoting CO! Just hope it it survives the washer and dryer like the rest of the fleet! 🙂
  12. Having now twice experienced CO dining on the Koningsdam the latest last month in a Neptune very happy to report it was as excellent and enjoyable as we found it when it was first rolled out. Did not receive the upgraded tote the first time and didn't think to ask but did this time and it it quite usable. I don't feel its anymore of a fishbowl environment as Rudi's and Canellato on the K in fact probably less so. In any case we found the lighting in the evening to be very warm and inviting as well as the table settings.
  13. Me too. Once water chemistry starts going south bacteria can spread like wildfire requiring a full drain and new start up chemicals. Public pool/spa water color and clarity always tells you everything you need to know as a consumer. Anything with even a hint of green and murky is definitely not where you want to be. We are actually super surprised that particularly on the warmer itineraries that the pools/spas are not drained every few days not weeks in between considering how many people at the same time are in such tight warm water spaces. No amount of chemical testing or balance can remedy this in such small bodies of water. Having said that, the pool showers w soap are in abundance as are the hand washing stations. It's all available it just depends on how many people choose to take that extra step to keep themselves and their fellow passengers healthy. Although I do love most of my fellow Hal cruisers I have no desire to sit in a dirty bathtub with them 🙂.
  14. We were on the cruise prior to this one and due to the large amount of people utilizing the pools/spa's at the same time and the most important the color of the water we chose not to partake. Guessing they didn't drain them on turnaround day. Husband is in the pool construction business and actually said during our cruise the water quality was an accident waiting to happen. Just happy to see the photo that they have now drained the pools and disinfected as this could very well have been the source of the original outbreak.
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