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  1. Yes, both groups are very difficult to comprehend but I agree they are out there.
  2. But how much of those are cash bookings vs. utilization of all of the FCC that have been issued recently and continue to be issued, most all of which have an expiration date within two years.
  3. You're like Princess' favorite punching bag. Such a shame as you seem or seemed like such a good cheerleader and TA for them, and for your clients. This thread an oldie but a goodie! I'd spend more time reading it but I don't think by blood pressure could handle it.
  4. Don't take this as a flame but my perspective on some of your posts regarding the re-startup. You have been repeatedly over the top in your characterization of people's opinions (skepticism) regarding when cruising will start again. I'm not sure why you get so defensive considering you are fully aware of all that has gone on and continues to go on. I think most everybody wants to see cruising again. I'd even like to see Princess get their act together and start cruising again. But wishing ain't going to make it happen.
  5. I certainly can let it go, but for the record, I don't ever try to keep any thread alive. That's another thing about human beings I'll never understand.
  6. Once again, I am all for live and let live. I'm just trying to satisfy a curiosity that apparently can't be satisfied according to you.
  7. I totally hear what you're saying. But I guess I just don't fathom the logic. And the fact that it can't really be explained is what's perplexing for me. Mind you, I am not trying to get anyone to change their minds by any means. Just trying to understand. Like your RV example, I agree with you, it holds no appeal to me either. But I very much understand the thinking behind it and WHY some do like it and the advantages that it possesses to other forms of vacationing if that is their thing. I just don't with the concept of cruises to nowhere.
  8. All of that I perfectly get, but why? What is it about getting cramped in a very small cabin, with a very tiny bathroom, and mediocre food, and mediocre entertainment at best, and virtually no shopping so appealing? I'm not trying to bash the cruise lines as I understand why the product is what it is, I just can't understand what the appeal is when you can get all of that in a more luxurious format for arguably less. Is it just the mental thought of being on a ship or on the ocean THAT cathartic?
  9. Just a few comments, and I knew it was going to go down this path, but as many have suggested, no one is surprised that a cruise is attractive. I'm talking only about cruises to nowhere. I'm not even criticizing sea days as they can be very good recuperative relaxing days. But I don't want (and couldn't remotely stand) 5-7 straight days of it, unless it was a part of having to go somewhere (like a world cruise or get to Hawaii). I'm just saying that for me, there better be a "destination". Totally agree that some cruises would be awesome even if just sea days such as Alaska, other fjords, etc. As for my "low brow" comment, it was probably the wrong word choice and I was going for connotation more than anything in the split second moment of writing. I was just saying that the activities are rather basic to coordinate (like trivia, shuffleboard, exercise classes, etc.) and things that can be readily done locally anywhere. I was not trying to make any aspersions about the individuals or their preferences. I'm just saying that it's not like every activity is going to see the theater show or a symphony play or something that might be deemed an attraction on its own.
  10. This has been happening for me on an intermittent ongoing basis since almost a year ago. I just assume it is what it is as there are so many glitches with their site and that this is just another to add to the list.
  11. I have no issues with any of that. I was speaking more toward the concept of a "cruise to nowhere" and how that could possibly be attractive. As for a 2-day cruise, sure that makes sense since it is just 2 days.
  12. All that's true but once again, apart from #4, all that can be had elsewhere is my point with a lot more variability and choices. If those things could only be essentially accomplished on a cruise ship, then I would totally get it. It's not so much that it surprises that there is appeal to it (even if there isn't for me), it's just that I would think there are better alternatives but obviously I'm getting well into the realm of preferences which can vary greatly.
  13. I've been curious about this for months with a handful of threads that address the topic, and I still don't quite get it. What exactly is the appeal of going on a ship that does not go to a port. If you want to stay in a "hotel city", you can check yourself into Vegas, Manhattan, Chicago, SF, etc. or various "boutique downtown villages" spread throughout the country that accomplish everything that you would get on a cruise, likely for cheaper. The room would be MUCH bigger and more luxurious. Food options are definitely better. Entertainment quality is much better. And on land, you can go well beyond just the hotel and explore various other things. I love cruising to the extent that I get the itinerary I want but the only things I can see that differentiate a cruise ship are two fold: -it floats on water (if it's THAT important) -there are plenty of low brow activities (but these can be gotten often free in senior centers, community centers, local activity groups, etc.) So just what is it that is SO special about being on a cruise ship, if it's just gonna float around some on the water. Maybe it's because I live close to the ocean and have seen it so many times that "it's not that big of a deal" but even being as objective as possible, it doesn't seem like that big of a deal.
  14. I don't need to wait my turn. I disputed the charges long ago. I'm not stupid enough to be jerked around by some incompetent corporation.
  15. First off, NCL raised their financing 5 WEEKS after CCL did. That's a HUGE difference. But even if NCL had delayed it as long, I don't see the benefit in having a corporate position of: "Everyone is as bad as us!" Especially considering CCL had the money and could have came out of this looking like they actually cared about their customers.
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