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  1. I continue to review and refine my "understanding" of Viking's operational pause announcements, and this morning have come to realize that I may have overlooked a key element of Tor's timing. Therefore, I am revising my "refined prognostication". I now believe he will announce a two-month (at least) extension of the operational pause on 11 November. You heard it here first!
  2. Well (adjusting my Carnac hat), I would guess that Viking might re-schedule the invitational cruise to get Venus to the proper port after operations resume. It would provide Viking an opportunity to get some of the kinks out of the on-board experience with a test load of (non-paying) guests.
  3. First time user of your spreadsheet - very interesting and helpful. It sure seems like a fulltime J-O-B! Thanks for taking the time to create and maintain this tool.
  4. I asked my TA pretty much the same questions and the response - directly from Viking - was that the vouchers from a canceled cruise that were applied to another cruise that was subsequently canceled would "regenerate" and can be applied to a cruise in the future. As for the other items of value, it may depend on your negotiating skills. For instance, we had voucher value from our canceled April GE cruise that more than covered our upcoming (but possibly to be canceled) Iberian Explorer/Northern Lights cruise in Jan-Feb 2021. By means of several inquiries to Viking Social (Tellus@VikingCruises.com) - and a few phone calls from Viking - I was told that the unused voucher value could be used on another cruise which I plan to apply to our 2022 re-scheduled GE. Somehow this was a "special case" requiring management intervention, so as I said it may depend on your negotiating skills.
  5. I apologize for cluttering up this topic (again) but I omitted what is probably the most significant reason for Viking to make another announcement about operations before the end of the year: If Viking intends to resume operations after the end of the current pause - after 31 December 2020 - they will have to describe what precautions will be taken, requirements for passengers (and crew), and a host of other considerations. In short, some kind of an announcement is due by next month at the latest. How did I forget to include that in my original post? Maybe it was the martinis (but it was probably just old age...).
  6. Here is another article with interesting insight into Costa's process for assuring crewmembers are covid-free: Costa Diadema Crew Member Tests Positive for Covid-19 During Screening Phase
  7. If that is what cruising will be for the next ten years, I agree with you. But if my August 2021 Alaska cruise has similar conditions, I'll probably go ahead. We will be celebrating our anniversary with our daughter who will be belatedly celebrating hers, too, so there will be more to the cruise than just the cruise. Beyond that I think I'll sit on the sidelines with you until it gets a lot more "normal."
  8. I think we should wait to see if it is just the martinis talking...
  9. I also posted on another thread: I now offer for your amusement my refined prognostication of Tor's next announcement regarding resumption of Viking's cruise operations, or a further extension of the "pause": Wednesday, 18 November 2020, and if the announcement is an extension of the pause, it will be for at least until the end of February 2021. This is based on an analysis of the pattern of prior announcements, and NOT on any official or leaked information I may have received, because I don't have any inside contacts at Viking! Please regard this only as an idle speculation and just because it is based on "data", remember what they say about the stock market: "past performance is no guarantee of future results." Unless I'm right - then I will change my screen name to "Carnac the Magnificent!"
  10. I now offer for your amusement my refined prognostication of Tor's next announcement regarding resumption of Viking's cruise operations, or a further extension of the "pause": Wednesday, 18 November 2020, and if the announcement is an extension of the pause, it will be for at least until the end of February 2021. This is based on an analysis of the pattern of prior announcements, and NOT on any official or leaked information I may have received, because I don't have any inside contacts at Viking! Please regard this only as an idle speculation and just because it is based on "data", remember what they say about the stock market: "past performance is no guarantee of future results." Unless I'm right - then I will change my screen name to "Carnac the Magnificent!"
  11. That’s … slack. You would think…
  12. Monty - I know that HAL provides the card punch “service” - as it were - but I was wondering about Viking. I also have card holders for my lanyard but they are slightly more bulky and are slightly less secure. Maybe someone else knows about the PS staterooms. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.
  13. We haven't had a trivial, dumb question in a while, so here I go: do Viking Ocean (and River, for that matter) have a tool onboard to punch an oblong hole in my stateroom card so I can clip it onto my lanyard? I am optimistic that I may cruise on Viking sometime in the future, with two cruises booked... Thanks!
  14. I read the whole thing, and agree with CB! It is apparent that Costa is doing their utmost to (a) assure safety, while (b) not ruining the cruise experience (one of my chief concerns). I would certainly entertain the possibility of cruising under those conditions - in the interim until more "normal" operations are possible. I think the key takeaway is that Costa is getting some real-world experience in dealing with the current situation (that other lines are not). I hope they will share what they learned with the industry.
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