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  1. Glad to see some reasonable, thoughtful responses. With 86 cruises under my belt and 5 cruises scheduled this year (2 in June that I'm waiting for them to be canceled, a family cruise on the Getaway in July from Rome!!!, Celebrity Apex in Nov) I'm definitely a Cruise vacation fanatic, but not at the expense of my health. Some of the more extreme comments about sailing right away ASAP border on a dangerous addiction like to drugs and alcohol. Cruises are not a necessity no matter what anybody says. Even though a person might not be afraid of catching the disease what about all the potential problems that can arise and cause you to de denied disembarkation? As I'm typing this we still have ships that are disembarking passengers with the virus. The Coral Princess is docked this morning in Miami with 7 people with the virus. The time will definitely come when we can all sail safely and be able to have an enjoyable cruise experience, but that is DEFINITELY NOT next month. https://www.wpbf.com/article/coral-princess-cruise-ship-with-covid-19-patients-docks-in-port-miami/32040786
  2. For those that are itching to get on a cruise the moment they become available, here are the pitfalls with the current system. As I said in another post unless cruise lines and Port Authorities have new agreements and procedures of how to deal with sick passengers, I don;'t see how cruising can startup again. It really has nothing to do with whether you're afraid of catching the virus. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/03/us/costa-luminosa-passengers-ordeal/index.html
  3. As I've said in other threads the issue is more complicated than just passenger demand. There has to be agreements and plans in place as to how the ports and the cruise companies are going to move forward with reports of illness, whatever that may be, on cruiseships that are looking to port. We cannot have a viable cruising industry if every time there are reports of illness on a cruiseship that ports refuse to let ships dock. The way the situations are being handled AS WE SPEAK is not sustainable if we want a healthy cruise industry. And as I said, that goes beyond passenger demand and speaks DIRECTLY to the Cruiseline companies and the Port Authorities.
  4. https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/us/emergency-room-doctor-dies-coronavirus-husbands-arms/index.html
  5. I realize that. I've been on more TA"s, both Eastbound and Westbound, than I can count(86 cruises under my belt). Also multiple transpacifics, the furthest being Vancouver to Sydney. The point of my post was to gauge what was in NCL's or any of the other cruise lines CURRENT thinking about this year's European itineraries. Our July cruise is a family cruise,4 cabins which my parents paid for, and considering my dad is 91 and mom is 82 we have no intentions of going on this cruise even if it does sail.
  6. This year. Weren't most of the TA's this month? I have a July Greek Islands cruise on the Getaway.
  7. It will be interesting to see if they reposition ships without passengers for a shortened European cruise season.
  8. I have been to Labadee with Royal several times. LOVE it! Great setup with multiple beaches and different places to go.Places with lounge chairs, places with shade. Bathrooms. Attractions for extra fee. Places to browse and buy souvenirs. Highly recommend!
  9. Doesn't that get you crazy mad when you know that's an impossibility?
  10. https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/nearly-5500-coronavirus-in-florida-half-in-miami-dade-and-broward/2212921/
  11. Not going to happen. The state of Florida is under near total lockdown. In fact, the Governor doesn't even want the Holland America Cruiseship to dock in Florida since there's passengers with Covid19 on board. Just because a cruiseline WANTS to sail doesn't mean they have any possibility of actually sailing from any port. There is Zero chance, ZERO ZERO ZERO
  12. https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/27/stranded-at-sea-cruise-ships-around-the-world-are-adrift-as-ports-turn-them-away
  13. I'm not sure why people hope things will magically go away and get better. Life doesn't really work that way. People need to take a more pragmatic approach to these things. There will be no cruises leaving in April anywhere, end of story. People should be planning for that reality and make sure you know what you're going to do what the inevitable announcement comes.
  14. Not going to happen and why would you want that? The virus is going to peak next month. It would be very foolish to travel on a cruiseship in April. Do you realize as we speak there are STILL cruise ships that have passengers on board and there's Covid-19 on MULTIPLE cruiseships?
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