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  1. I believe I read above that CCL does not want to be held to a higher standard than the rest of the travel and entertainment industry. But is there any other industry that poses a higher threat to disease spread than the cruise industry? Is there any other corporation which seeks to bring together UNVACCINATED passengers from all over the world with UNVACCINATED crew from all over the world and place them in a confined space for days and weeks at a time. And then sail to ports all over the world with local populations that may not be fully vaccinated? All while new vari
  2. Wow what an itinerary on Windstar! Thank you. We have friends who speak highly of their cruise to the Galapagos. We are also intrigued by Antarctica (even just a sail by). But it all goes back to the first question we are struggling with. Is is better to do something you know you will love or have a new adventure. We haven’t reached an agreement on that. Truthfully either would be wonderful and it is fun to think of and plan for both. Sometimes I joke that we should just return to FP until we get sick of it...but then we might not ever go anyplace else.
  3. Thanks TBK, those pictures are beautiful. Do you recommend actually staying overnight there?
  4. TE35 and TBK: The Cook Islands are a wonderful idea. Aitutaki looks amazing. We especially enjoy being able to snorkel directly from the shore and it looks like this is doable in Rarotonga. This is also one of the reasons we love Moorea. Petoonya: Thank you for those itineraries that stop in Amalfi, it would be easy to visit Positano from there! We’ve been to Italy twice in April and had great weather. When you visited each May was it part of the late April transatlantics? Any advice or suggestions for a land based stay? Once we were able to combine a March transatlantic (F
  5. Thanks TBK. You have given me a lot of happiness today! Petoonya, it was funny you should mention, with the exception of Fiji, the very alternatives to FP that we’ve been talking about. Although we’ve been to Italy a number of times, we never made it to Positano and I’ve been a bit fixated on the idea lately. We were so close....Capri, Sorrento, Pompeii. Australia would be a totally new place that has also come up in discussion. Hopefully, we have have a chance to visit these places someday.
  6. Thank you for the pictures, TBK. We only spent two hours here in February 2020 (seems very long ago) and didn’t have my camera. These pictures bring back good memories! I see the chairs where we sat.
  7. Thank you both for your thoughts. We talked and agreed that if we knew it was our last vacation, it would be cruising French Polynesia and maybe adding a week on Moorea. Staying overnight on Moorea wouldn’t be a new island, but it would be a new experience. The beach at Tipaniers is nice, maybe we would stay there and visit Motu Farone again. This pandemic puts travel in a new light for us. You never know when the window of opportunity will open and when it will close again. I think for our next trip we want relaxation and enjoyment and not too much adventure.
  8. FP is by far our favorite destination. We have traveled more than some, but we haven’t been everywhere. I think we have a reasonable frame of reference and we don’t really expect to find a place we’d like better. I think if we went back to FP we would probably enjoy it (while we were doing it) more than the alternatives we’re considering. On the other hand, afterwards, we might find we have more clearly distinct memories when looking back if we go someplace new. So is it better to maximize the joy while in the moment or to create many distinct (and hopefully still pleasant) memories.
  9. Wider promenade decks with lots of full length loungers. Paper Patter by request only.
  10. I understand that cruising may never return to normal, but assuming it does, where would you go first: 1) return to your favorite cruise itinerary, or 2) go to on a bucket list cruise to new places? I always knew that we had a finite window of opportunity to cruise because health and life are finite. But now I realize that a pandemic can also close the window of opportunity and another pandemic is always possible. What if the next window is very short. Is is better to do what you know you will enjoy or explore a new place.
  11. Utah is a really beautiful state. After the last cruise, following Dr. Fauci’s advice, we drove home from CA instead of flying. It took a long time, but gave us a chance to see some of Utah. We were able to briefly visit both Zion and Arches National Parks. For years, we’d talked about a road trip to see some more of the National Parks. Anyway after that unplanned cross country road trip, it would be fun to do a planned one, with less driving per day. I would love to go back to Utah...but first the beach.
  12. It is now just about 1 year since our last cruise ended, a 28-day round trip LA to Tahiti. This is our favorite itinerary and our fourth time doing it. A few days into this trip we learned about the Diamond Princess. We still bought future cruise credits because we thought the virus would be under control soon. But we couldn’t help consider the horror the Diamond passengers were enduring. Samoa and American Samoa would not allow us ashore, so we got extra time in Hawaii and Bora Bora and Moorea (by ferry). We were able to scout out some options on Moorea and Bora Bora for a land based va
  13. Before coronavirus, I believe Princess used cost saving strategies as trivial as rationing the so-called butter and as serious as the “magic pipe.” Since they apparently felt the need to do these things when they were profitable, one wonders what types of cutbacks will they may resort to going forward and how might it change the cruise experience? Some of these cutbacks may be very apparent (like the “butter”), others might be hidden (like the pipe). We will take our time returning to cruising. We won’t do it while masks are required. And I don’t want to be on a cruise ship whe
  14. Many here are diehard cruisers who can’t wait to sail. Although I wonder if the volume on these boards is reduced since Covid. When cruising really starts up again, I believe many people who fall into the following groups may think twice. 1. People who had to wait so long for a refund. Especially those who really needed their money back due to Covid related hardships. 2. People who booked after March and had their cruises canceled and are waiting for refunds. These people may rightly or wrongly believe Princess expected to cancel and is effectively using them for a loan.
  15. I believe most of the recent trends in ship design and furnishing choices may encourage COVID spread. Small nearly unusable balconies and no real promenade deck. This was clearly done to encourage people to crowd inside the ship where they can spend money, rather than relaxing in privacy on their balconies or reading in the fresh air on the promenade deck. No midships elevator means more crowing of existing elevators. Social distancing wouldn’t be easy on the Royal class. But fleet wide furniture decisions may also encourage virus spread. let’s not forget the heartless decisio
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