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  1. RKA - curious on your comment about the timing on the vaccine if one by chance is out in the fall - do you feel it would be rushed and approved to quickly without proper testing and could have side effects that may only come to light after the fact ? I for one keep saying I’ll be first in line ..... but my wife keeps saying not so fast !
  2. I should caveat my earlier posting about enhanced cleaning and sanitizing was in no way critical to Seabourn - we thought our sailing on the Odyssey in January was perfection - we found the ship to spotless and we had no issues with cleanliness at all - it was meant to combat the germs and or virus' that may be brought on board by other passengers. One thing I would love to see (but I know would never happen) would be a day between sailings....where a ship would be disembarked by noon - thoroughly cleaned over a 24 hr period and then new passengers on boarded the following day. For those sailing on a B to B it would be an overnight in the port (not a bad thing) and would add another day to their B to B - would just have to figure out the pricing of that "extra day" for them. Always feel that those turn-around days must be dreaded by the crew for the amount of work they need to do in such a short amount of time.
  3. Tapi As one of those who are placing all hope on a vaccine - I agree with you that I should really view it as a level of safety. As my wife said last night over our take-out - dine in on Friday night routine - think of it as a flu shot - you can still get the flu even with a shot - its just a hopeful preventative. I do hope that with a vaccine that the protocols on a ship would return to something similar to the "way it was"... the thought of wearing a mask on vacation and the current protocols that lines are enacting now in Europe are not what I want to do on vacation. Increased cleaning, sanitizing, no self serve buffets I am all for and think those should have been in force already well before this pandemic - (sorry was never a big fan of the "buffet" with EVERYONE touching everything!). For me it will be a wait and see scenario - Curious how the lines that are restarting in Europe will fare over the next few weeks - hoping that their protocols as strict as they are prove effective and that none of the lines/sailings experience a case / incident on board. We have all seen that it takes just one person...... Sorry all for the early morning vent.....just want the world to get thru this - and I know we will - its just the daily toll of those sickened and the number of those passing each day is really getting to me.
  4. Once there is a vaccine and my family and I are inoculated - first thing I am doing is booking a sailing! Hoping to sail next spring! Bob
  5. Great perspective Jeni - totally agree on all your comments (as well as all your informative posts - esp liked your perspective and posts about the new president of seabourn ) Being a recent seabourn passenger - would definitely be more comfortable on a seabourn ship in the future vs a mass market line (don’t think we can ever go back after seabourn actually!) or perhaps a river cruise. Once a vaccine is out and widely available I can see the industry ramping back up quickly - I know that’s when we will be sailing again.
  6. Thank you all for comments on my vaccine question - after I posted I mentioned my question to my wife and she responded with a similar statement about countries that require vaccinations prior to travel....so maybe this will be the case in the future for cruising one a vaccine is available. Sign me up ! Would give me some piece of mind at least on the ship with fellow passengers and crew.
  7. Living 15 miles outside of Manhattan it is so sad to see what is currently happening in the rest of the US after everything NY and our neighboring states did successfully to try to contain the virus and bring about some sense of a new normal to life. Resigned myself to the fact that until a vaccine is out, widely available and I am inoculated - ANY cruise is out of the question. Wondering if once a vaccine is out - will it be a requirement to show proof of inoculation? Do you think a cruise line could make that a stipulation / requirement for sailing?
  8. I was impressed by the email I received earlier - luv the fact that he is a vacation defender! Can't wait to be back on board in 2021 Bob
  9. KKsunfun Thank you for the great video - we were lucky enough to sail on the Odyssey mid January - your video brings back WONDERFUL memories and it is what is getting me thru these tough times without a cruise booked for the foreseeable future 😪 I do have my eye set on Alaska for next year - on the Odyssey again! fingers crossed !
  10. One your receive your refund - speak with your spending and sail with one of the other lines who you feel has handled this situation better.
  11. SLSD - so true unfortunately. Every company/organization is holding onto every dollar they can. I work in the ad industry - clients have extended payments to us for MONTHS past their standard payment terms for television/radio/digital/print/outdoor placements that occurred going all the way back to pre-covid times. They did not ask us - they told us. We in turn are not paying the radio and TV stations - until we are paid. It is a vicious circle everyone is playing. Is it right - no. But what choice do we have? Customers can only respond with their dollars (when they have them back in hand) once the industry is sailing again. And I agree with an earlier poster - read every other board - it is happening to everyone effected with a cancelled sailing. If by chance there is a cruise line out there that is the exception - then I guess we know where all the frustrated posters will be sailing. I for one will be on Seabourn as soon as I can !
  12. Fletcher - FABULOUS PHOTO! Thought I would add our lunchtime photo from our sailing when it was the food of Mexico for lunch 😉 Best way to start lunch!
  13. Koalapanda Would that be Jose on the Odyssey? If so...that is a very small world! After a somewhat stand-offish waiter in The Restaurant the first evening - we were fortunate enough to be seated in Jose's section the second evening - and he took great care of us every evening after that for the remainder of the sailing! And we always tried to grab an outside table in the mornings in his section to the left 😉 !
  14. My pleasure rkacruiser - the memories of that cruise are what is getting me thru these unprecedented times - now and for the foreseeable future or at least until a vaccine is available. Already told my wife and my adult kids/with their significant others that as soon as a vaccine is out and available we are talking that long overdue family get away. One thing that this situation has opened my eyes to is to live in the present and enjoy what you have and don't take anything for granted! I look at the Seabourn site every day - can't tell you how many (of the same!) searches I do looking at sailings for next year! Will be back on that outside deck of the Colonade at some point !
  15. Fortunate enough to be on a January Caribbean sailing only 4 short months ago (seems like a lifetime ago looking back now) and enjoying a leisurely breakfast outside every morning that would last sometimes longer then I care to say! with our closest friends. We would joke with each other at how long our breakfasts would last over way to many cups of coffee! Nothing better then a relaxing early morning in the Caribbean when it is freezing and snowing in NY! Looking forward to when we will be doing that again in the future !
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