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ducklite

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    Near Orlando but California Dreaming
  • Interests
    Travel, reading, history, wine
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Windstar
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Europe

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  1. We had rescheduled to a sailing next July that has gone dark. There is a sailing mid June, then the next three or so weeks are missing (including the 10 day cruise we had booked) and then it resumes again. I'm not going to be happy if they've chartered the ship, particularly because we opted to not wait for a cancellation with a FCC to jump on the great fare we had found. Our first cruise was cancelled due to the delays in the shipyard, the replacement due to COVID and it looks like the next replacement might be cancelled due to a charter. I'm not sure what we'll do if this is the case, but I'm leaning towards just accepting that the universe is whispering in my ear and outright cancelling.
  2. The difference is that most cruises in French Polynesia never leave that country, so there are no immigration issues.
  3. If they can prove a causal link between anyone getting off that ship and someone being infected as a result, I believe it might be possible to charge someone. It would definitely be enough to bring a cause of action for a tort.
  4. Domestic terrorism. Attempted assault. It's no different than not disclosing HIV status to intimate partners. The cruise line, Governor, and President were accessories.
  5. I can't speak for Celebrity, but Windstar has changed final payment to 30 days prior from 90. It's possible Celebrity has done the same. I'd call to get a definite answer rather than relying on these boards.
  6. We've gotten into the habit of carrying a mini hand sanitizer on the key ring and after using a credit card or license, we pour out sanitizer, use it liberally on our hands, the card, and the sanitizer bottle before putting them away. If we've touched anything, we also use sanitizer before retrieving the card to begin with. We were never "hand sanitizer" people before this. We just believed in washing hands frequently. But the new reality is that we use a lot of hand sanitizer when we're (rarely) out of the house. I expect that to continue for quite some time.
  7. It was utter crap that it was allowed into Florida without all of them going into a full two week quarantine on either their or HAL's dime. Instead sick and exposed people were allowed to walk off without a quarantine and to the public airport and get on commercial passenger airplane and spread the virus further. That was criminal behavior.
  8. Enron off the top of my head. I'm sure there are numerous others.
  9. I think they mean that people will flock to your country and then suddenly need medical care which they have no plans to pay for.
  10. The summary of benefits page that has the policy number, names of insureds, and limits of liability for coverage.
  11. This is the type of thing that infuriates me. The port workers KNEW the ship was going to be significantly delayed, why not just be honest about it from the start? Tell people so they can make plans to go sightseeing or have a meal or get a day room or whatever. I can't imagine 99.9% of people having a problem with the situation if they were just old the truth from the start. Leaving people in the dark just creates angst and anger.
  12. I learned long ago that the best way to handle a screw up is by acknowledging the error and sincerely apologizing for it, and then working together on a solution. I had a couple of times earlier this year that a former coworker had made a pretty serious mistake with a few of our customers. She had been fired so it was up to me to fix the problems. I called, explained the issue, apologized (and I truly was sorry even though it wasn't my fault), gave them the options we could use to resolve it, and immediately told them we'd also be giving them a small "extra" for their trouble. Every single one of them ended the conversation happy. One sent an email to my CEO telling him that they wanted me as their rep from now on, and another wrote a testimonial on my LinkedIn page!
  13. I have two. The first was receiving a written invitation to a bridge tour by the Captain that was held entirely in Norwegian. About halfway through the Captain looked at us and asked why we were there. We tried to explain that we had been invited--even had the invitation in hand--and he informed us that it was an invitation only tour and we should go speak to the concierge. Very embarassing. The concierge didn't even apologize but set us up for an English tour. The time and meeting place were wrong. There was another guy waiting at the same time/place who had been invited as well. No one even apologized. That was on RCCL Mariner. That was just one of many problems we encountered on that ship. The other was when a pair of pants (and some other items) I sent out to laundry on the Paul Gauguin weren't returned. Long story short I was accused of lying about even having them--until I showed them a photo that had been taken with the Captain on that cruise with me wearing the pants. They also went digging through our stateroom looking for them as if I had hidden them between the mattress and box spring. I caught them in the act when I returned in the middle of dinner to get something I needed from the room. I get it that things can go wrong, but service recovery is everything and the way these two ships handled bad situations made me vow to never sail with them again.
  14. I've been self-isolating for nine weeks now. I've been out of the house (off my property) six times, mostly to pick up curbside delivery grocery orders from Whole Foods. I haven't worn makeup in six plus weeks. My hair is long enough to be impossible but too short to pull back into a pony tail. I had been talking to my hairdresser about growing out the grey at my last appointment back in mid-February. This has given me the opportunity to do so. I'm about halfway there.
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