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  1. With all due respect, you are so far off point. As a former enlisted man " placed in positions of responsibility and trained in skills of management/ command" in combat and non combat situations I am insulted. " So ya' non officers are less than able to understand the big picture of a situation and tend to react to things more often than not." Give me a break. Your " Next time your on a flight do you consider going up and lecturing the flight crew on how you think they should fly the plane...... ???? " is not relevant to your point. In response to Pinotlover's statement military officers "fully understand the efficiencies and operations of a line" that may be true if you are running a mess hall in Germany but I would note that the US has not used a military infantry combat line tactic since the civil war.
  2. I agree with everything Flatbush Flyer posted. I am 6' 4" and 195lb and find they work for me just fine and we have taken many extended cruises on the R ships. Then again I grew up using outhouses and being third in line for the Saturday night bath water which was heated on the kitchen stove. Never spend much time in them.🙂
  3. Because of this update today maybe? “ Barclays raises NCLH to overweight from equal weight and raised price target to $26 from $17.“
  4. Here is the link from Oceania concerning the Insignia cancellations: https://www.oceaniacruises.com/coronavirus-statement
  5. We were notified by Oceania today, via our TA, that our April 26th Departure on Insignia from Dubai to Istanbul has been canceled. The letter from Oceania said all Insignia departures up through April 26th, 2021 have been canceled. Our cruise was a segment of the 2021 ATW cruise.
  6. Check this out. Maybe it is a cruise ship regatta. Never saw so many cruise ships lined up. https://www.cruisemapper.com/?imo=9156462
  7. If you go to Pfizer.com, on their home page is a link for volunteering. It is interesting just to click on the link. They explain about the trial, what happens to the volunteers who are chosen, and so on. Good browsing if you are interested.
  8. Of course every company tries to put out the most favorable news in order to enhance shareholder value and senior corporate officers earnings, if that applies. I have no problem with that as long as it is true, factual and accurate. I just do not like the term "pump." in that context. Press releases are also a way of management communicating directly with shareholders. Providing them with information as to what the company is doing. Again, as long as it is true, factual and accurate I have not problem. As a victim of the Covid-19 virus pandemic (as we all are), I welcome information as to what companies are doing to address the pandemic. Again, it must be true, factual and accurate. As a taxpayer, I want to know how the $1.95 billion is being spent under the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program. And lastly, if I wanted to participate in the phase 2/3 trial I would now know that Pfizer is enrolling Again, the only reason I posted originally was in response to Pinotlover’s post concerning age 55 plus having vaccine availability. Pfizer plans to include in their trial age 55 plus participants. I will not clutter this thread with anything else concerning this subject. Everyone please stay safe and healthy.
  9. Pfizer is hardly a company that needs to pump up their stock price. If you read the press release from the company (my link just happened to be a reposting- sorry, will not let it happen again) you would have noticed Pfizer and their partner have completed the phase 1/2 of their trial.The data has been posted on line and it has been submitted for peer review. I have reviewed the data on line.The FDA, after review, has given them fast track designation and they are starting phase 2/3 with 30,000 participants. This is the same procedure being followed by AstraZenica and Moderna. Will it be safe and effective? That’s what they are going to find out. We can only hope that one or more of the vaccines under going trials work. The only reason I posted this was in response to Pinotlover’s post concerning age 55 plus having vaccine availability. Pfizer plans to include in their trial age 55 plus participants. full disclosure: I have owned Pfizer stock for years but not enough to make a difference.
  10. Maybe there is hope for us plus 55 year olds. I like the possibility of this “shot on goal” as much, if not more, then AstraZ or Moderna. Just hopping one of the “shots on goal” is successful. “NEW YORK and MAINZ, Germany, July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE(Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced the start of a global (except for China) Phase 2/3 safety and efficacy clinical study to evaluate a single nucleoside-modified messenger RNA (modRNA) candidate from their BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine program, against SARS-CoV-2. Phase 2/3 study of up to 30,000 participants aged 18 – 85 years started in U.S. and expected to include approximately 120 sites globally Assuming clinical success, Pfizer and BioNTech on track to seek regulatory review as early as October 2020 and, if regulatory authorization or approval is obtained, plan to supply up to 100 million doses by the end of 2020 and approximately 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021.” https://investors.biontech.de/news-releases/news-release-details/pfizer-and-biontech-choose-lead-mrna-vaccine-candidate-against
  11. Since no one was sick, it was just like a day at sea. From our last port in Chile until we arrived in Miami it was 13 continuous days at sea. We were not confined to our cabins. Shows, trivia, daily activities were normal. Paul Baya, the CD bent over backwards to keep us entertained with new or different activities, the lecturers gave additional lectures, it was possible to make additional specialty restaurant reservations, Terrace Cafe had additional ethnic speciality nights and we had a couple of open bars. There were additional health protocols but nothing which caused us problems or diminished our enjoyable experience. Even though, from March 16 to when we arrived in Miami we were “squatters,” we never felt that Oceania did anything less then when we were paying customers. When we went through the Panama Canal we had continuous commentary. I will have to say though,they ran out of chocolate chip topping for my ice cream two days before we got to Miami.😀 IF anyone on the ship would have had the virus, all would have been different, but because we did not, we were just “the Flying Dutchman” looking for a port that would take us. Not knowing how it would end and facing the virus when we got off the ship did give us some mental anguish. We were living in a healthy bubble. Being retired, we had no reason to get home.
  12. We were on the last cruise of the Marina before the shutdown. We had been on since January when we boarded in Miami. We were to disembark in Lima where the ship was to pick up new passengers and head south. The day before we were to disembark in Lima we were scheduled to stop in Pesco, Peru. Things were getting a little “dicey” but until that scheduled stop in Pesco we were under the understanding that we would have a day and Pesco and sail overnight to Lima for disembarkation. I Remember waking up that morning and looking out and thinking “ the sun is not where it is suppose to be” and land was no where in sight. We were not going to Pesco and we were heading south. That morning we were advised by the Captain that Peru had closed all their sea ports and airports and we where heading south back to Santiago, Chile which would take three days. A day later the Captain advised Chile had closed their ports and Miami had ordered the ship to sail north. Final destination not known, according to Captain. A day later we were advised we were heading to Panama. When we anchored near the canal we were advised by the Captain that we would not be disembarking in Panama and Miami had ordered us to return to Miami but we had to wait for a slot to go through the canal which happened after another day at anchor. We then spent a day going through the canal and cruised to a Miami were we finally dsimbarked. No one on the ship was reported to have the virus at any time during our time aboard. We had booked our own flights out of Lima so I had to cancel, scramble for fights out of Santiago, cancel that, schedule a flight out of Panama, cancel again and finally schedule flight out of Miami which turned out to be canceled when we got to the airport but was able to fly home the next day. Oceania treated us very well and we had no complains. We ended up getting a 50% FCC which we never expected or asked for.
  13. He was on the Marina. We were on the last cruise when the shutdown happened. He took excellent care of us as always.
  14. Last year we did two segments of the ATW cruise. One of the segments included two stops in Vietnam. We did not have a Veteran's meeting but there were at least 4 of us who had served a tour in Vietnam on that segment. None of us knew each other before we met on the cruise. The interaction we had with each other and returning to Vietnam was something I will never forget. Concerning this most recent cruise on the Marina wherein CD Paul hosted the Veteran get togethers , we had at least 20 to 25 Men and Women Veterans from as many as 5 different countries with service spanning from the Korean War through the present. The cruise was, for us, a back to back to back so each segment had some of us who stayed on and new Vets who got on as each new segment began.
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