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  1. Yes I do remember how fast it was shut down. I was on Harmony in May of 2019 out of P.C. when I booked onboard for Empress to Havana and Cienfuegos. Just one month later the cruise was cancelled and re-routed to the Western Caribbean. I went ahead with the cruise to Cozumel and Costa Maya. Some people on that cruise had made custom T-shirts with "The Cruise that was supposed to go to Cuba" emblazoned on them.
  2. Cruise stocks are up in futures trading this morning in anticipation of positive news from the CDC. According to CNBC just now, Barclays upgraded cruise stocks and they are up in futures trading this morning while the general market is down. Hopefully the no-sail order news will be out soon -- whether good or bad -- at least we'll know something. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/25/stocks-making-the-biggest-moves-in-the-premarket-costco-astrazeneca-novavax-harley-more.html "Carnival (CCL), Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH), Royal Caribbean (RCL) – Barclays upgraded the cruise line stocks to “overweight” from “equal weight.” The firm said that although the call may be early, the risk/reward profile is attractive and anticipating that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may make positive comments about a return to cruising when it addresses the issue within a few days."
  3. As far as I know those are the only 2 RCI ships that ever docked there -- (Empress out of Miami and Majesty out of Tampa and P.E.) for the short time the sailings were allowed (2016-2019). Maybe some Vision class ships could have docked there but they never went. Empress was going to the port of Cienfuegos, Cuba as well -- don't know if Majesty was going there as well.
  4. Question: What kind of water do you use in these toilets; salt or fresh?? Answer: Why? Are you planning on drinking it?
  5. 😃 JW would do away with this Act if he could. Lots of cases filed here in Miami-Dade County where some of the cruise lines are headquartered.
  6. Is it true what the news reports are saying that the UK might be headed for another lockdown in a few weeks?
  7. Not to be morbid but I had no idea this law even existed... "If a ruling Monday by a Los Angeles federal judge is followed by others, it could offer the cruise line something of a safe harbor under the Death on the High Seas Act. The century-old federal law limits payouts for survivors to “pecuniary” damages such as how much the deceased contributed through wages or housework. One maritime lawyer said that in the case of retirees, who make up a large portion of Carnival’s customers, the recovery may amount to little more than burial costs. The ruling comes as Carnival and other major cruise lines including Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. are seeking a nod from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to return to sailing after the CDC’s “no sail” order expires at the end of the month. The industry, one of the most heavily battered by the virus, is putting in place new rules to entice vacationers back onto its boats, announcing through a trade group this week that it will require Covid-19 tests for guests and crew. Masks will be mandatory whenever social distancing isn’t possible. https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2020/09/23/583823.htm
  8. I see the cruise industry as shifting, consolidating, scaling down, but not entirely going away. The experience and form of cruising will no doubt be in flux and only those lines that can quickly reinvent themselves will survive. I read an interesting statistic the other day "71 percent of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water" as long as this remains there will be ocean travel. So don't despair, it will come back, maybe not as we knew it, but cruising is here to stay.
  9. Getting back to the possible extension of the no-sail order -- chances are it will be after the stock market closes - that's the time it was announced for the previous extension and it was on a Thursday. My money is on tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 24th at 4pm.
  10. Yup, I believe it is forthcoming. The last no-sail extension was announced on a Thursday, right after the stock market closed. Tomorrow is a Thursday and six days before the expiration on September 30th. My money is on tomorrow at 4pm for the announcement.
  11. Yes rightly so. The problem here was a lot of young kids and party goers along with tourists from other areas going to South Beach bars and night clubs getting out-of-control until the wee hours, that spoiled it for the rest of the County.
  12. Miami-Dade has a soft school opening starting October 14. Restaurants are now open indoors at 50 per cent capacity. Some sports venues have opened. Zoo Miami is open. Bowling alleys, arcades, entertainment venues, movie theaters are open. The only places that remain closed are bars, and night clubs. The mayor is getting a lot of pressure and protests from owners and he is now considered allowing some to open on a case by case basis.
  13. Interesting...one thing I don't get is they scrapped Monarch which is a year younger than Empress?? Doesn't make sense.
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