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  1. Hi RK, Back in those days the bartenders had time to chat with the patrons. Most of the bartenders of the French Line and Cunard had been there for decades. Some were second and third generation. They were full of information and sea stories and readily willing to recount their stories and advice. If you took the time to make conversation you were usually rewarded with good advice, and more often than not, a refill on the house...lol. On an Atlantic crossing I would seat myself at one of the bars every morning at 11:30 AM and order a draft beer...biere a pressure on the French Line. After the second beer I would be in conversation with the bartender. They all had interesting stories...some of them were very funny. There would be bowls of whole green olives and cheese crackers. Maybe a third beer and then it was time to meet my wife and go to lunch...great memories. The beer and Brandy Alexander worked for me! In those days you were well cared for.
  2. Funny how we remember the Brandy Alexanders. I got used to a very curious combination when sailing through rough North Atlantic weather...when the ship was rocking and rolling. I asked a bartender onboard the SS France...what to drink to stave off seas sickness. He made me a Brandy Alexander with a draft beer chaser. I thought he was crazy but he insisted I try it. It worked!! I still enjoy that combination when at sea...occasionally of course.
  3. Hey RK, How do you think I make all those great Tiki drinks? 🤪
  4. Hi RK, Just go to a Hispanic grocery. You will find plenty of guava juice as well as mango, papaya, passion fruit, peach, apricot, etc.
  5. Skeet shooting was a normal activity back when...in the 70’s. I remember being on the QE2 transatlantic in 1975 and they offered skeet shooting twice a day, morning and afternoon. They had a British double barrel shot gun that was worth $10,000. We would put together a group of 4 or 5 of us and the ones with the lowest scores had to stand a round of drinks...lol. Great fun...I still have a picture standing on deck gun in hand. I shot skeet off of many ships in those wonderful times...the Amerikanis, Bremen, Leonardo DaVinci, Galileo (became Meridian...Celebrity’s first ship) and Norway to name a few...what fun! The great Atlantic liners always had passenger lists in booklet form published the first day onboard. They were placed in your cabin and would show who was onboard in First Class or Tourist. Cruising was only one class...First! Sometimes you would recognize a famous name. I once ran into a man, on the SS France, who grew up across the street from me...lol. Those days of elegance (tuxedos and ball gowns three nights per 5 day crossing) violins at tea time with silver service, fine china and Viennese pastry, lavish midnight buffets, table side preparation, flowing Champagne and occasional Beluga Caviar on ice thrones are all gone now...great memories.
  6. It appears increasingly unlikely that cruising will resume this year. The CDC is already setting guidelines that will make it very difficult to get started. Significant redesigning will have to happen on MSC ships before they will be able to sail again. I would find it difficult if not impossible to board a ship without a reliable quick test for each passenger.
  7. A reliable quick test will also be a necessary ingredient to cruising and flying along with a credible vaccine. As Fouremco said...many more hurdles. I seriously doubt that we will be cruising in October or early 2021.
  8. Since you will be cruising from Rome and heading westward I would choose the port side. Most of your days and nights will be spent at sea. I would like waking up to the sunrises and enjoying evening sunsets from the port side. Just my own preference. Docking is another matter all together. The best view when entering or leaving port would be outside your cabin.
  9. Grand suites on RCI are very nice...but that is about as far as it goes. Sure the RCI Concierge Lounge is good for espresso and cappuccino and evening cocktails. The Yacht Club blows RCI away when it comes to all the extras. The whole YC enclave dwarfs anything RCI has to offer.
  10. Gambling adds another component to the restart. There will be those pax who choose to cruise in order to play. Keeping the casino area clean and disinfected will present its own set of problems.
  11. Well said...thank you. It will be interesting to see which cruise line jumps off first. My money is on Carnival. Who knows...maybe they will promote cruises for those under 50 since they seem to be able to survive the virus.
  12. New York Times March 13th. The antibody question is most likely the key to restart cruising.
  13. Now that we have covered the entire gamut of Covid models can we get back to the main topic?
  14. The so-called experts predicted 3 million deaths...they were wrong.
  15. Sorry but so many of these doctors have been wrong. Their predictions of gloom and doom were rampant...hundreds of thousands were going to die and hospitals were going to be over-run and unable to cope. Some of us can see more positive solutions on the horizon and some of us will stay home until the CV 19 has disappeared entirely. I’m not even remotely concerned with what Gwyneth Paltrow would do.
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