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  1. I think it will be a few years before sycamore imprints it’s personality on Azamara. I am simply glad to see a new entrant serving the North American market with midsize ship, moderately priced cruises. I am hoping Orlando’s hiring signals they will be expanding into HAL-like intensive, in depth itineraries. We hardly need another Caribbean/Mediterranean/Alaska leisure line
  2. And risking banishment from this board, he can take America's Test Kitchen too. I hardly see that it is worth spending money for that brand.
  3. they will now be on my radar. Up to this time (as far as US brands) I watched the CCL and NCL brands almost exclusively. I have sailed RCCL, it wasn't my style.
  4. @Terrydtx There are options for agents and one is through the RCCL interest free loan program. For single person shops they can apply for other SBA programs other than the PPP. Have them call their regional office of SBA, they are extremely helpful. I remember my rep calling me on a Sunday afternoon and finding the right product for my business (non-travel).
  5. Click the inactive tab. She was scheduled for the Boston to Montreal run but may not be taking news reservations until Canada opens
  6. Yeah, my sister lives in Houston and she finally got hers when visiting my mother in New Orleans this past weekend. North Texas was a mess for the first 2 and half weeks of January but now they seem to have gotten into a rhythm.
  7. Azamara has my attention now. They also bought the Pacific Princess. I never was a big fan of RCCL cruises but I am now signed up for Azamara deals.
  8. Yesterday I saw that Tom Thumb/Randall's groceries are now taking online appointments.
  9. It is scheduled for the North Atlantic for the Voyage of the Vikings. I think the start date is July 9. Go to the roll call for the 2021 VOV and the information is there
  10. That possibility has never crossed my mind, ever. I never understood the appeal of either the east or west coast - far too crowded for my liking.
  11. I just listened to a webinar with 2 Holland America Alaska based employees and they seem to think the cruises will sail. I am waiting until 2022 for my next trip to Alaska. If you write me at dallashome at g mail.com I will forward you the link to the recording of the webinar when I receive it.
  12. Thanks for posting the information. Mr. Donald continues to be rational. As I have said before I think he believes that the longer this goes on the stronger CCL becomes by gaining marketshare as small competitors fall to the pandemic. I agree with @Roz that full deployment by the end of this year might be a bit optimistic. I would rather be sailing with a mask then weeding my garden one more time
  13. I agree but I don't think the demand is as portrayed. I am getting reports from friends and relatives in smaller states that the vaccine is almost "walk up". Anecdotally, my younger sister, who has the same comorbidity as I have, went for her approved appointment at Walgreens today. Since she had gone to lunch with her husband and my niece, neither in the high risk group, they accompanied her. Being as they were the only people to show up to that location all three were given a vaccine
  14. The CDC website hasn’t changed. CDC cruise but the current order does expire Tuesday. I guess it is wait and see
  15. I agree but many are retiring now (according to my sources) and the newer reps are extremely pleasant but not seasoned
  16. I saw a rumor today that the CDC will be making a announcement in regards to the cruise industry this week. I think the no sail unless vaccinated will set aside any other rules. The cruise lines can and should buy vaccine and vaccinate the crew. Before you fuss understand they can buy vaccine from non-western sources like China, India, etc...
  17. I wonder if the standard is maintained during this trying time for the industry. Truly, it is not an industry that the best and the brightest are aspiring to at this moment.
  18. My TA mentioned the loss of veteran reps at HAL this past week. The agency rep retired also. The newer folks seem very likable but certainly don't have the same knowledge.
  19. What the Europeans have allowed is tests and experiments and that is key to getting it right and allows the cruise companies to survive.
  20. Texas only updates once a week but as of last week they have vaccinated over 1 million people. NONE of those were in pharmacies. They have asked the pharmacist to only administer the nursing home vaccines. The hospitals are just now starting to administer vaccine to the riskiest patients in their pool. The vast majority of vaccines are being distributed at state-sanctioned public hubs monitored by the county health departments.
  21. I think it is an excellent policy and I think many lines will be issuing the same or similar rule within the next few weeks including Holland America. Now how long that policy will be enforced is questionable. the CDC and their international counterparts, which have been modifying their guidance, may decide that children below a certain age don’t need the vaccine.
  22. With the full drive through there is a section of the parking lot for the designated wait. There is a paramedic attendant assigned to the lot. They mark the windshield with a time you can leave.
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