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  1. Ha! He is so happily retired by the way. Unlike most lawyers who never want to retire, he is loving it. I do miss discussing all the legal issues of his cases. The situation of the cruise lines is most interesting--just from a business and financial point of view. We would love to know who their lenders are. My husband thinks they probably use asset based lenders.
  2. My husband, the long time business bankruptcy lawyer says that it IS likely that a new buyer WOULD honor past obligations as goodwill would be a part of he value of the cruise line. He says this based on a careers's worth of business cases.
  3. This is an interesting case to follow. There ARE legal cases (relating to an ammonia spill of all things) which the lawyers for Thomas Keller will be using. At the same time, there was insurance available for purchase to guard against risk for infectious diseases. Most businesses did not purchase this insurance--and the insurance companies will use this fact in the court cases. The issue involves the fact that most of these insurance policies are a form of property insurance and assumed that a fire, a flood, an earthquake, or some other disaster would be the cause of loss. Personally, I wish Thomas Keller and others well as they battle the insurance companies. There is such a thing as "all risk" insurance policies--and even those policies supposedly exclude infectious diseases. The litigation will be interesting and crucial for both businesses and insurance companies.
  4. Indeed. A true nightmare. Most of us are sheltering in place (by mandate or by choice) and concerned about family members and friends who are far flung in varying degrees of danger. I cannot even imagine thinking about booking a cruise at the moment. First, we have to get through a truly daunting crisis (wherever we live) and hope for the best going forward. Only then, and when there is a vaccine we can have administered --will we turn our sights to leisure travel.
  5. Sad news from Holland America: https://www.businessinsider.com/holland-american-coronavirus-covid-19-zaandam-rotterdam-2020-3?fbclid=IwAR0SKpx9nmcBjxgg9hYzS3vYncYC7P4cC609Eo5PfNcKMLbutB8XZt_8Of8 Four passengers have died aboard Holland America Line's MS Zaandam ship, according to leaked audio from a sister ship sent to rescue stranded passengers.
  6. We have purchased our flights through SB two times. Both times, they were immediately booked and we paid for them--all long before the final payment for the cruise.
  7. The United States is not going to bail out the cruise lines. I agree with this policy. There are very few American employees and the cruise lines have done everything in their power to avoid paying taxes in the United States and have avoided the labor laws of the United States. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/03/26/cruise-line-bailout/?fbclid=IwAR00p8RZus7EXwpc4aMbd6yCTvcqXJXyxWm_ya9D4CAOi3kB6evAkQ8XYvY&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook
  8. I beg to differ. Every American citizen should know what the president is saying---whether we think he is fit to be our executive branch leader--or not. It's part of keeping up with important current events in this crisis. This is not intended as a political comment, but intended to say--don't tell someone not to listen to the president. We have that right--and the right to express our opinions--last time I checked.
  9. Judging from this article, Carnival is still trying to decide what to do going forward. https://www.fool.com/investing/2020/03/25/carnival-still-isnt-sure-if-it-will-continue-its-c.aspx From the article above, "Potentially bucking the trend other cruise lines are setting, Carnival Corp. (NYSE:CCL) still hasn't decided whether it's on board with keeping its ships in port after the 30-day cruise suspension, which began on March 13, expires. A post this morning on the company's Facebook page said that the decision is still up in the air, but promised a final answer by this Friday, March 27."
  10. From the articles and reports I have seen, the situation in NYC is quite dire. One nurse has already died and they expect to approach capacity for ICU (Intensive care) beds shortly. The infection rate continues to rise. According to Gov. Cuomo of New York, NYC is a precursor of what is to come for other areas of the United States.
  11. I didn't want to say that---but you may well be right. I was castigated for suggesting that Summer 2020 was probably a no go.
  12. I am basing it on everything I've read about the spreading of the Covid-19 virus and the steps countries are taking to protect their citizenry. Yesterday, I read that Hong Kong started loosening up restrictions and has seen a resurgence of the virus. I think in view of these situations and the lack of an effective cure or vaccine, our wonderful cruises may well be postponed through the summer.
  13. We know the owner of TJ's Fish Market! He was a high school friend of our older son and he has catered several parties for us. Great guy--wonderful restaurant with delicious food. The shopping center that houses one of his restaurants was almost demolished by a tornado last fall. His restaurant was mostly undamaged but surrounded by devastation--which made it hard for him to reopen. Just a few days ago, we received an email from him pleading for people to order take out to keep him in business. With the shut down of all restaurants in Dallas, he is in danger of going under. I'm so happy that Jon, the owner, got this great publicity. I hope his restaurant survives.
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