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  1. 1) There is no certainty that Royal Caribbean and Carnival will “avoid bankruptcy at any cost” (whatever that means) - if they run out of money in a prolonged shutdown bankruptcy will be a certainty) 2) The economy has not yet been impacted - wait till the massive tax increases - or printing press money supply resulting from the billions already thrown at COVID start hitting the fan. 3) The worst is hardly behind us - a majority of states are just beginning to be seriously impacted.
  2. Many hotels will accept reservations without payment - and most which do not will let you cancel without penalty (or with very small penalty) up to a day or so before booked check in. Flights are a different matter - you usually want to book early to get the best fare, and if you do cancel you might not get any recovery. If you can do the drive in 10 hours that is how you should plan to spend the day before embarkation. When you consider getting to an airport, going through security and check in and getting from other airport to your hotel, you would likely be spending at least 3-4 hours anyway, so that 10 hours is not that big a deal.
  3. There are differences between being intelligent, being articulate, and simply being glib; you need to pay attention to what is actually being said. It is also virtually axiomatic that the better ones basketball skills are, the less will his academic ability count for in college admissions.
  4. Well a lot of them talk about their rights — what they seem not to have learned is the hard fact that one person’s rights depends upon other people having the obligation to respect those rights —— and you rarely hear anyone saying “I know my obligations” (much less ever see them acting as though they do).
  5. Exactly — chair hogs are simply annoying, and people who insist on wearing what they want rather than what is requested dampen the mood - but for the most part can be simply ignored. Self-absorbed, ignorant louts (and we know there are millions of them from what is happening across the South) who feel health precautions do not apply to them are more than unattractive — they are dangerous. Just as I now avoid crowds on shore who fail to observe requested precautions, I am not inclined to want to expose myself to them on a cruise. The marginal protocols now being discussed will not be effective given the fact that the cruising public is the way it is. I’m out, for the time being.
  6. You would think this is self-evident, yet there are some in Florida, Texas and elsewhere who insist upon their constitutional rights to not wear masks or practice social distancing. There are those who cannot grasp the notion of doing something the least bit inconvenient if they do not see a direct benefit to themselves.
  7. What???? You certainly could get that on a menu if it was being served that day; and you could never get it at a buffet if it was not being served that day.
  8. The GOOD thing about how cruise lines handle service charges is that it enables you to put the extra money in the hands of those who deserve it. The shared auto-tip (over the distribution of which you have no control) is intended to cover the “good” service from the ship’s company as a whole - and if you are unsatisfied, you can reduce/remove it. As a matter of fact, that $12 per person per day, or so, is not all. that generous when you consider what tipping for three meals per day and chambermaid tips on shore might come to. If you have received really superior service from a room steward or waiter, you can give him/her a bit extra at the end of the cruise - and he/she gets to keep it all. Of course, those who do not like the notion of tipping in the first place would not care — but then, perhaps their sense of ethics might impel them to avoid cruising - where tipping is kind of imbedded.
  9. “Fake news!!!”: The typical response from one who wants not to believe something. In table-served restaurants a 10% for good service (which is appropriate in most countries) is appropriate. In a taxi it is typical to round up to the next pound.
  10. I have to ask: how many hours were you on the bus, was it direct or did you have to change, and - finally - was the money saved enough to justify the experience?
  11. Great idea combine concepts ... how much more should we tip on board ship to recognize the extra work staff has to perform because of COVID - while probably having fewer passengers contributing tips?
  12. One interesting tangential item which may cause some ruffled feathers is the report that Arison sold 10,000,000 shares of Carnival Corp. for about $43 back in mid-February, not too long before everything hit the fan. His timing was great - he’s about $280,000,000 better off now than if he had held on to it.
  13. Where was that list, and who made it? How about the UK ? Kind of big in the news lately about its leaving the EU.
  14. The fact that the tip is a percentage of the check means that the same percentage should track increases in the cost of living- as the price of the meal goes up, so will the tip.
  15. The underlying purpose of bailout money was to keep people employed. A tax exempt organization can have a lot of (tax paying) employees needing to keep their jobs —— as do regular domestic business which (because of operating losses or simply clever accounting) also do not themselves pay taxes - but still have tax-paying employees who need to keep their jobs.
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