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  1. But there are very effective therapeutics for HIV and I think developing those for C19 is where we have the best hope for controlling this.
  2. I was booked on Empress for a June NE/Canada cruise that was canceled with a NR deposit and got a full refund. I don't know if you can lift and shift after a cruise has been canceled. Just my opinion - I would rather get my money back and rebook once I know what is happening - taking a chance with prices sounds a whole lot less of a gamble than rebooking and having no idea what Royal will be doing next year.
  3. Tell me about it. I retired on 3/13 - Friday the 13th! This is nothing like I ever expected retirement to begin. All the time in the world and nowhere to go.
  4. I think they can start showing up in a few days but I believe it takes a full 2 weeks to see the effects, if any, of mass gatherings.
  5. 10 pages of previous post have nothing to do with me responding to something that was just posted. No, I don't understand the opposing views - people are entitled to them, but that doesn't mean I have to agree. As long as there isn't a medical reason involved where wearing a mask is not a good idea, (and those people are probably high risk and shouldn't be out anyhow), I don't understand what the big deal is about wearing one right now. As far as preventing the flow of air - give me a break. Some of the things I see people wear in no way can impede breathing, but I do believe they keep infected people from spreading SOME droplets. Again, I do it out of respect for others, not because I think it will protect me.
  6. My favorite is the day we sailed into Venice with Pavarotti singing on the big screen. It was magical.
  7. I really don't understand what the big deal is about wearing a mask in public - I do it as a sign of respect for others and honestly it makes sense to me that it does help contain some viral droplets. Why not do it? Do you not wear a seatbelt in a car? Are your personal freedoms compromised because we are required by law to wear one?
  8. And you could really be happy just staying in your cabin and balcony for an entire week or more? Other than the sea view how is that really much different from what we are doing now at home? I have a lovely patio with a beautiful view - I can stay here and and relax while reading a book with a cocktail and save thousands with no worry about a mask, social distancing, or contracting a virus.
  9. Agree, just my opinion but I don't see them doing that - how would they possibly give refunds quickly enough not to have a situation where they were accepting money for new bookings before refunding the original bookings?
  10. This is the way to go. I made a claim and within two weeks received the credit for a canceled June cruise.
  11. My guess is most cruises, especially the ones until the end of this year, are already booked at 30% so why would prices increase? I think a lot of 2021 cruises are also booked at 30% also - just because of Lift and Shift, if no other reason.
  12. It's my understanding that RCI and Carnival Corp do have a financial plan for that exact thing, so apparently they are planning for that possibility. Any business would be crazy not to have one - because it very well could happen. Do you think they are really just winging it day by day? It's NCL that looks a little dicey as far as surviving, but I haven't followed that as closely, so perhaps they also have a plan.
  13. All it will take is for an outbreak to occur on any cruise ship and it will be the end of the industry - at least for a long time. They can't afford for that to happen, so regardless of how much people want cruising to start back up, IMO it isn't going to happen anytime soon.
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