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Fogfog

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About Fogfog

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About Me

  • Location
    Mostly Near the Atlantic unless we are in the Mts for a break
  • Interests
    Travel. Cooking. Historical Drama Series. Martinis. Wine. Bocce.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Regent, MSC Yacht Club, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Baltics

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  1. I like that we maintain our status for the extra year. I think that is very fair. For what its worth.... on B2B on Meriviglia in Feb--at the Diamond party--the CD Gene commented that whether one had sailed with MSC since the inception of the company OR was new to the company---- they appreciated ALL of the avid cruisers AND made the comment that there are those who have been working/employed with MSC since the beginning-- or like him--are new to MSC (shorter # of years) SO the "I did it the hard way" puuulease... MSC is looking for avid cruisers and trying to skim the cream off the top. Its a good move for them. How long will it last.. no one knows. Given this viral season and lack of cruising--I suspect they will keep the program of matching for a bit longer. There are plenty of cruise companies out there. Which survive remains to be seen. It seems every cruise line board has some pax complaining right now about that company's policies. Will they go to other lines? Will MSC pax complaining here go to other lines?
  2. We've got something towards the end of 2020 and will hold it-- and something in 2021 as well We expect to be cruising as soon as hot spots are dealt with ... People are still flying... without vaccines
  3. Beaches were closed--- -----and Bars/clubs had been previously closed. 20 somethings are "adults" and yet don't listen Sadly--despite being asked to stay home for over a week now-Many are not coooperating... We will flatten the curve if folks cooperate... There was a man who KNEW he was wuhan-covid positive and flew JetBlue to FL Was in our news yesterday.... Extended family in NC reports that people from NY/NJ have come to the community to stay with their retired parents... What made these NYers think that temporarily moving from a KNOWN hot spot--to another part of the country wasn't a risk for those they would now be with ...family/grocery store workers etc... We Shouldn't need marshal law to know how to behave We cancelled our August sailing...
  4. Sadly--many are not staying home despite being asked to for days... We will flatten the curve if folks cooperate... There was a man who KNEW he was wuhan-covid positive and flew JetBlue to FL Was in our news yesterday.... Extended family in NC reports that people from NY/NJ have come to the community to stay with their retired parents... What made these NYers think that temporarily moving from a KNOWN hot spot--to another part of the country wasn't a risk for those they would now be with ...family/grocery store workers etc... We Shouldn't need marshal law to know how to behave
  5. We enjoyed AQ very much and mostly for Blu In our last few sailings (Celebrity and others) we haven't made much use of the spa--though included as unlimited with our room. BLU food is a good fit for us. We also really enjoy Murano
  6. I saw a post on social media from a spokesman of another line--asking about interest in "cruise to nowhere" things and interest In the past it wasn't possible because of maritime law right? Or trade law? So I believe there would have to be changes in the US law for any "cruise to nowhere" Does anyone know what that is? We are looking fwd to sailing again. We have a port intensive in late 2020 on the books- fingers crossed We have a TP-Asia sailing set for 2021... and have plenty of time to make choices about that There have been other destinations we wanted to book--- and will look for deals/opportunities. We had a sailing booked for 2 yrs--set to sail in August--we have sadly cancelled that Changes I'd like to see --- staff serving at buffets-- I noted a spokesperson for another cruiseline say that they saw DRAMATIC drops in food waste when the pax were served by staff in the main buffet. ---temperature screening for all crew and pax upon embarkation.... and for lengthy sailings perhaps midway? ---temp/health screening for crew before embarkation ---better personal hygiene of pax--- (If we can smell your BO from across the YC pool deck-- you two really need a shower! It was disgusting!) ---STRICT adherence to pool/hottub rules (shower before entering--and NO children in swim diapers etc) We were pleasantly surprised at how immaculate the MSC Meriviglia was in Feb. They were on top of things
  7. We did B2B in Feb and came home with 4. Ate one over the course of several days about a week ago - with this stay-at-home thing going on Want to wrap the others in saran and freeze for future use. Did some googling on how to best save high quality chocolate--and evidently moisture is a major issue... Can be stored (securely wrapped) in a fridge too. Won' keep forever-- that said-- the chocolate is too yummy to just binge through them
  8. We bought a bit of stock today. Even if there is bankruptcy/reorganization and the dividend is impacted for a time...we expect the industry to survive. We bought several other attractive stocks ... for some industries and companies--this could be a generational opportunity. It may not make a big difference for us in short term--yet may make a nice difference for our adult kids and future grands
  9. Does anyone know WHY the refund takes 30 days... They are happy to charge my Visa and typically a refund from a retail agent is back on the card within 7-10 days (which is also ridiculous in the age of digital transfers etc) We cancelled a sailing for August-- Celebrity has had the deposit since the cruise was announced almost 2 yrs. ago... The big box sent a confirmation within 24 hrs that it was "processed"... now we wait for the $.
  10. Looking at WHO charts the UK is in much better position and has less than 10% of the confirmed cases of Italy... I hope the UK continues to fair well and that the spread slows. Friends living in Italy complain that Italians flaunt rules as though they don't pertain to them... A poster on fb indicated a friend of hers was with a group that took a ferry to Croatia and when they arrived--they were rounded up by authorities and put in quarantine. My question is-WHY are ferries still running from Italy to Croatia when Italy is supposed to be closed MSC's new policy as of 3/11 indicated FCC of amount paid + OBC... I suspect that given "government intervention" and other causes listed in the initial lines of the terms of carriage.. that they have the flexibility to handle it that way. Other cruise lines had already begun the same thing--FCC and OBC. The OBC is not necessary and certainly a nice gesture of good will Other out of pocket costs like airfare-- evidently airlines are accommodating. Don't know where travel insurance comes in--I suppose it depends on how long ago you booked.. but the WHO action to call it pandemic makes it problematic In the end--we have to remember this is a "a first world problem", ie a problem of convenience/luxury I have the crew friends we made on Meriviglia on my mind -- people traveling back to Bali, Madagascar, Columbia etc... and praying they stay safe and healthy
  11. I hope MSC survives this unusual circumstance. Imagine all cruise lines will face hurdles, yet being a family line I have a soft spot for them. We enjoy YC very much and the style of cruising/hospitality We have 2 other sailings this yr and had planned on cancelling them and finding something on MSC instead...We will be keeping our eyes open for that opportunity Cheers
  12. A friend on a world cruise with Oceania reports ALL asian ports were cancelled a couple weeks ago... last I heard from him they were in NZ. No idea how many ports of the original itinerary they will make now Before POTUS closed the border to folks from the EU (which is now considered the new epicenter of Wuhan virus/covid 19)... Carnival had moved port stops from Italy to France/Spain. MSC had already cancelled some sailings altogether
  13. Do you know port vs starboard? 🤣 If the bow is in front of you--stern behind you..what is on your right?
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