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donaldsc

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    Travel; photography
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    Any line w small ships
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    Antarctica

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  1. Who or what is Dick Barnett? Never heard of him DON
  2. The most important thing in AK is the itinerary and not the ship that you do the cruise on. Not the broad outline of the itinerary but the exact details including ports, port arrival and departure times, how many other ships are in port at the same time and a whole bunch of other stuff. Until you come back w all these details, none of us can intelligently answer your question. You also have not told us the exact details of your proposed land tour. DON
  3. What makes these points specific to Princess? It will impact all the lines and not just Princess. DON
  4. I can't remember his name but I did one cruise with a guy who was a really great saloon singer along the lines of George Shearing. The lounge was packed whenever he sang and it was impossible to get a seat. I only heard him on one cruise but he was great. DON
  5. In theory you are right. But we all know that Princess isn't going to provide her with squat so is there some sort of reasonable plan B as opposed to just ignoring the problem. Paying a reasonable cancellation fee is not going to break me and if it helps keep her in business so that she is around to continue to provide me with good service once things open up again is to me a reasonable plan B. I get really annoyed when people on CC work really hard trying to extract a few bucks from the people who work hard to make my trips enjoyable. I have done business with her late father and with her for years now and I have even cruised with her father. As I said, I don't have a problem with helping her with a reasonable cancellation fee. DON
  6. Have you ever looked at the side effects of Bayer aspirin - https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-11646/bayer-aspirin-oral/details/list-sideeffects. If aspirin was developed by a drug company now, it would probably never been approved by the FDA. Read the entire WEBMd data sheet on aspirin and ask yourself if you would ever take such a drug if your did not know that it was aspirin. My standard comment when anyone suggested that we worry about drug side effects is the following scenario. You have an illness that will be fatal unless it is treated. There is only 1 drug that will treat the illness. There is only one slight problem with the drug. If you take it, there is a 50% probability that it will cure you w/o side effects but but there is also a 50% probability that it will kill you immediately after you take it. What would you do? I realize that this is an absurd scenario but there have been some excellent drugs where the FDA has withheld or withdrawn approvals because the side effects are less dire and/or less frequent than my 50% scenario. DON COMMON side effects If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression Conditions Of Excess Stomach Acid Secretion Heartburn Irritation Of The Stomach Or Intestines Nausea Stomach Cramps Vomiting RARE side effects If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression A Decrease In Platelet Clotting A Rupture In The Wall Of The Stomach Or Intestine A Significant Type Of Allergic Reaction Called Anaphylaxis A Type Of Allergic Reaction Called Angioedema A Type Of Blood Disorder Where The Red Blood Cells Burst Called Hemolytic Anemia A Type Of Kidney Inflammation Called Interstitial Nephritis Anemia Bleeding Bleeding Of The Stomach Or Intestines Bleeding Within The Skull Blistering Of The Skin Blood Coming From Anus Bronchospasm Damage To The Liver And Inflammation Decreased Blood Platelets Hives Inflammation Of The Skin Due To An Allergy Large Purple Or Brown Skin Blotches Low Levels Of White Blood Cells Seizures Stomach Or Intestinal Ulcer Trouble Breathing Wheezing If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression A Skin Rash A Type Of Stomach Irritation Called Gastritis Abnormal Liver Function Tests Black Tarry Stools Bleeding Gums Decreased Appetite Drowsiness Erythema Or Skin Redness Hematoma, A Collection Of Blood Outside Of The Blood Vessels Indigestion Itching Nosebleed Ringing In The Ears
  7. Sounds like you will be having a fairly large group. I am sure that there must be lots of really good TAs in the UK who would love to have your business and would work w you. DON
  8. I have not read all the replies on this thread but I am going to play sort of a devil's advocate here. When you book w a TA, you are sort of paying for her services when the cruise is booked and also for her services when problems occur after the cruise is booked. The fact that Covid occurred is not her fault and she has to do still more work to either ensure your refund or to arrange a new delayed cruise. She gets no compensation for either service and she has lost the commisskon for the cancelled cruise. I am not sure what I would do under these circumstances but I do not feel that it is unreasonable for her to receive some compensation to cover her costs for booking and then dealing with the cancelled cruise. If you have a great TA who goes out of business because of the Covid pandemic, both of you lose. She looses because she is out of business and you lose because you can no longer get the excellent service that you are used to receive from her. DON
  9. The problem w written protocols is that the cruise lines do not follow their own clearly written protocols. That has what has happened with all the companies that have attempted to cruise thus far. The protocols were reasonable but actually enforcing them was immediately ignored. Whatever else is done, it has to be made clear to all the cruise lines that once their protocols are accepted, the consequences to the line if they do not follow them will be so catastrophic to the line, to upper management and to the ship captains that the lines and all personnel involved will be out of the cruise business forever; i.e, ship captain licenses will be revoked; every ship owned by the line will be bared from every port in the world for a long period of time and upper management will be thrown into jail in a third level country for a long time. DON
  10. Obvious answer is yes for people living on cruise ships. As far as the ships where you buy an apartment, I assume yes as they can't move the ships. DON
  11. You left out several very important items. You need to have a coverage limit that is high enough. Many of the cruise company policies have unreasonably low coverage limits. I have seen cruise company policies that have a maximum payout of $20,000. While medical costs overseas are lower than in the US, $20,000 is not enough. If the limits are not high enough, the facility where you are being treated may require that you pay for your care before they release you. Also, you should have some say as to where you will be treated. If the policy says that you will be evacuated to the nearest "appropriate" medical facility, your definition of "appropriate" may be different from what the insurance company feels is appropriate. DON
  12. My dislike of large ships has nothing to do w the number of people w the number of other people that I will be sharing the pool deck with. I have been on large 2000+ passengers and I just don't enjoy the cruising experience. Sharing a ship with 2999 other people definitely does impact the actual cruise experience. I don't want to have to make a reservation for going to the show as you have to do on a large ship. I like the idea that I can walk from one end of the ship to another in 3 minutes. I like the idea that it takes me only 2 minutes to walk from my cabin to a any spot on the ship. I like the idea that especially on Azamara ships, the captain wanders around the ship and actually talks to the passengers. I like the idea that after a few days on board, you can actually recognize and chat with other people on the ship. Most of all, I prefer to cruise on a ship that was designed as a ship that gets me to interesting places and not as a floating amusement park. I cruise to see things and go to places and not to spend my time in floating shopping malls. What worries me about the results of the Covid disaster is that the affordable smaller ships will disappear and we will be left with horrible mega ships and really expensive small ones. DON
  13. The Explorer is more than 3000 passengers. That is hardly a small ship. To me, any ship that is more than 1000 passengers is over sized. I have been doing most of my cruising recently on R class ships which are typically 650 passengers and that is plenty big enough for me. You are traveling on a ship and not on a floating amusement park. DON
  14. How can they? Simple. They own the ships so they make the rules. Also simple. If I don't like the rules, I don't cruise w them. My rule trumps theirs so if this comes to pass, I just that I just will not step foot on any of their ships. One thing about the delays to get test results. Politicians, athletes and self important other people get more rapid results all the time. It is just us ordinary people who have to wait so long that the results are useless. The cruise companies could bundle the cost of rapid testing into their cruise fares and make arrangements at the ports for rapid turn around. It is possible to do it if you set up the infrastructure. I was at Mayo Clinic a while ago and I got the results back on my required nasal swab test in less than 24 hours. DON
  15. 1) My wife insists that we cruise and she does not want to go on long (>30 day) land trips which is what I prefer. 2) There are places that you can only reasonably get to by ship such as islands or very isolated land areas. For example, a couple of years ago I did a 21 day cruise to the Falklands and to S Georgia Island. That is a hard trip to do in any other way except by ship. No other reasons. DON
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