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  1. I believe it was posted today. I originally accessed it from Google News and was able to view it once, but not after that... it's behind a paywall. At the moment it is still showing on the FT page.
  2. Blunt statement from a Financial Times article today: Cruise lines warn of ‘severe blow’ if social-distancing rules are imposed “One of the hallmarks of the cruise industry is that we always sail with full ships. It’s one of the basic tenets of our business model,” Frank Del Rio, chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise operator, told the Financial Times. Lower capacities “would be a severe blow” to financial performance, he added. https://www.ft.com/content/7a4a0d2b-52b3-4a6d-a9ca-629fc093ce82
  3. Good to see that NCL is leading the effort, along with RCL. Interesting that Carnival is not participating, but it would seem likely that they would closely follow any recommendations which might eventually be endorsed by the CDC.
  4. Refund of FCD requested on June 22. The credit posted on my credit card July 1, so was refunded in less than 30 days from the original request. Happy.
  5. Yes, the mortality rate is an important indicator. Thankfully, as the medical community has made progress in treatment techniques, the death rate has been going done. However, IMO, a more important indicator is the hospitalization rate. When our hospitals become too crowded with those having severe COVID symptoms, others who might need a hospital visit for non-COVID reasons may have trouble gaining access to the health care they need.
  6. As best I can understand, the rate per 100,000 is apparently a rolling 2 week average of what the EU is currently experiencing vs. to what the non-EU countries are experiencing. I think I read that the current rate in the US is about 10 times that of the EU, so we have a-ways to go. Cut and paste from a recent CNN piece: The criteria requires that confirmed Covid cases in countries on the list are similar or below that of the EU's per 100,000 citizens over the previous 14 days (starting from June 15). Countries must also have a "stable or decreasing trend of new cases over this period in comparison to the previous 14 days," while the EU will consider what measures countries are taking, such as contact tracing, and how reliable each nation's data is. ... US infection rates will need to dramatically drop if Americans are to be allowed entry to European countries, just as the European tourism industry enters what are traditionally its peak months.
  7. Thanks for this update, and congrats on being able to resume travel to much of the EU. Sadly, based on the metrics that the EU is using, it will be awhile longer before US citizens can join you. 🙁 Hopefully we can turn things around here sooner rather than later.
  8. I had not read that the beach photos were photoshopped. What is your source? I did find this OC Register story explaining one of their photos. Perhaps this is what you are talking about? https://www.ocregister.com/2020/04/28/oc-beach-photo-real-news-sometimes-stranger-than-fakenews/ Yep, the Governor is apparently announcing additional measures today. As Caroldoll suggested, hopefully the additional restrictions can be targeted and not broad-brush. Totally understand the comment that the situation at a nice cocktail lounge is quite different than a late night dance club. The EU's decision on restricting US travels is not surprising. Hopefully this most recent uptick can be turned around quickly and we can demonstrate that we are on the downward path. The sooner that happens, the sooner we're all able to more widely travel, and hopefully cruise!!!
  9. Or perhaps even 'overbooked'. Who knows? Will be interesting to see how things unfold. It will be telling if people start posting about move-over offers.
  10. Yes, this news is being reported across multiple media outlets, and the message seems to be the same. I am certainly disappointed that the US (and others) may be excluded from the initial list of countries able to travel to the EU, but I can understand the position of EU countries who have made progress and don't want to backtrack. Of course, they themselves may be facing the same situation as parts of the US as they more widely reopen activities. Time will tell.
  11. Just an update... I was able to take care of our FCD cancellations in a chat session with HAL today. Only took a moment to connect, and the entire session was fast. The agent did warn me that it might take longer to see the credit on my card account because of the current situation. No worries there. I am impressed with HAL that this was so easy to handle.
  12. Thanks for all the responses. The main feature is the ability to apply it ($100) as a full deposit (for a 3-21 day cruise). You also receive a shipboard credit as noted above. The net cost of whatever cruise you've selected is the same, you just are able to have less money tied up as a deposit, plus getting the nominal OBC.
  13. Back in 2018, we purchased a FCD on our last HAL cruise, on the Prinsendam. The FCD has a fairly long term, 4 years. At the end of 4 years, if it has not been applied to a cruise, the deposit amount ($100) is supposed to be automatically refunded to the credit card. Has anyone had any experience in getting a FCD refunded prior to the 4 year expiration date? Just wondering if that is possible.
  14. With infection rates and hospitalizations dropping in some areas, yet rising in others, to me it seems there is still a lot of room for improvement before an activity like cruising could resume. This story from USA Today closes with a not-so-optimistic statement from a CDC spokesperson. Friday, when asked about the no-sail order ahead of CLIA's decision, Caitlin Shockey, spokesperson for the CDC told USA TODAY that the CDC was still monitoring the situation on cruise ships and was reviewing cruise lines' plans regarding to COVID-19. "At this point in time, we do not have enough information to say when it will be safe for cruise ships to resume sailing."
  15. Yes, you can pass along the virus well before having symptoms, such as a temperature or cough. How soon after I'm infected with the new coronavirus will I start to be contagious? The time from exposure to symptom onset (known as the incubation period) is thought to be three to 14 days, though symptoms typically appear within four or five days after exposure. We know that a person with COVID-19 may be contagious 48 to 72 hours before starting to experience symptoms. Emerging research suggests that people may actually be most likely to spread the virus to others during the 48 hours before they start to experience symptoms. If true, this strengthens the case for face masks, physical distancing, and contact tracing, all of which can help reduce the risk that someone who is infected but not yet contagious may unknowingly infect others. https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/if-youve-been-exposed-to-the-coronavirus
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