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rimmit

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  1. While the vast majority may have been negatively financially impacted, I know many that are doing better now than ever before (401k/403b Included). People who were lucky enough to not lose their jobs and work from home or were considered essential continued to bring income and at the same time reduced expenditures down to zero due to lack of eating out, entertainment, vacations, etc. While the vast majority have been negatively impacted there is a sizable portion who is doing better than ever. Just look at the contractors. They’ve never been busier in their lives with all the home improvement projects people have started. I have been waiting for new siding and a new deck since May and it won’t be till the end of this month/beginning of Sept when they can finally install it. Realtors are killing it right now as well as the housing market is on fire. Physicians after their initial loss after two months of virtually nothing are now busier than ever from the shutdown. My wife has been waiting a month to just see her pain specialist.
  2. Agree. That has a zero percent chance of happening.
  3. The bigger surprise these days would be a lack of a cancellation.
  4. As much as I want to cruise, the chance of having an outbreak is considerably higher than not at this point given that nearly Every cruise that has tried to take off has been interrupted and had issues. Like I have been saying since the beginning, what have cruiselines and the world done to make an outbreak less likely now than back in March before this was a widespread pandemic? Without a vaccine or miracle cure cruiselines will basically need to totally revamp cruise ship design to have significantly improved ventilation, and increased space in crew and pax spaces on top off all the measures they have added and even then there is a good chance it won’t be enough.
  5. Well this far practically every cruise line other than TUI (just a matter of time), that has started sailing has had a a pax test positive or an out break. The first one out of Alaska just did. Paul Gauguin, and Hurtigruten and also SeaDream. These ships were carrying between 400ish to 37 pax. I’d say the implications are that these issues are not making the CDC any more likely to clear cruise ships. Looks like the name of the game is to cancel the cruise the moment someone is positive and quarantine all the pax to cabins. Given how few cruises are sailing and that the ones that are having issues, it’s about at least an 80 percent chance on these smaller lines that your cruise will not complete so far. I can’t imagine the larger lines will do any better. Cruising is dead in the water for a loooong time sadly.
  6. Yep. I live in rural KY, and while I do not believe people are actually moving to our area, the real estate market has exploded here, especially the larger 3000-4000 sq ft home market. Prior to the pandemic these homes average time on the market could be years as the population of our area year over year is shrinking and there is no one to buy these homes. Since May when things started opening up, the supply has disappeared. Homes that sat for 2 years have all sold and anything in that size range is under contract in 1-2 weeks if that even. It’s unbelievable. While our population is definitely not growing, I believe as people have to spend more time at home they are looking for more home space and upgrading their homes. Plus many that can afford to buy those homes have surplus cash now that they can’t take vacations or at least anything exotic.
  7. Agree. I am a die hard traveler and typically spend at least 3 months a year or more traveling, about half of which is on cruise ships. I am relatively young and have no risk factors, and the longer this goes on the less and less likely I am to travel as much, when this hopefully gets to the point where international travel is at least somewhat feasible. I have taken a two week vacation to see all the national parks in ND, SD, WY, and MT, a one week vacation to Orlando, and have a weekend in New Orleans coming up, all requiring plane flights and even I am starting to question cruises and international travel when this resumes. It will never be what it was. Will we still go overseas and Continue to cruise? yes, but not likely as much as we used too. The cruise product will be so changed when this is over it will be a shadow of what it was and that is truly depressing. The longer this continues the more new travel habits are forming. Whether that be RV travel, all inclusives, National Parks, staycations, it is a new habit that is forming, and the longer the new habit stays the more likely it can become the old habit. It is gonna take FOREVER for travel to recover from this.
  8. Looks like Paul Gauguin first cruise with international travelers (has one cruise before with only domestic travelers) is testing positive now. Between Hurtigruten and now Paul Gauguin having Outbreaks with smaller ships mainstream Cruises ain’t going anywhere anytime soon. 😞 https://thepointsguy.com/news/paul-gauguin-cruise-ship-covid-crisis/
  9. Our group won progressive on our Australian/NZ which came with a basket of stuff including water bottles and a plaque. I actually won a Tshirt on Spin to win which I felt was like winning the lottery given the odds of win I g anything of those free spin to wins.
  10. They must be slightly different on the mariner as the grandeur only had standard size windows. The big negative to this room on the grandeur is it’s huge but only two small windows, so it’s very dark and poorly lit. The Grandeur is right next to the bridge so can see a little bit of the bridge extension out the forward most window. still more light than an inside. Lol.
  11. We have had this room as well. Great room. It’s obvious they just used the extra space and they didn’t know what to do with it, and Just made a cabin as it’s just such an awkward design but the amount of space is massive. We were able to book it with just 4 people, and because of our TA getting a group rate, was just $3100 for a 6 night cruise. Best money ever spent. Wish we could book this cabin more often, but it gets booked fast.
  12. Thanks for the article. Well written and informative, but I in all honesty I didn’t realize this was news. Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention. Since the beginning of this and especially after two months of lockdown, I thought the assumption was that this would become an endemic disease. While vaccination will help, the obvious hesitation from a large portion of the public in getting a vaccine was never going to allow us to eliminate this disease like small pox. I didn’t think the end goal at this point was elimination as it just isn’t feasible given the widespread nature and the level of anti vaccination sentiment. The assumption was that we would eventually hit a steady state of deaths much like flu, heart disease, etc.
  13. Jealous. I have done it twice. Once on the akademik vavilov and it had stabilizers and once on the kapitan khlebnikov. The Vav was so much smoother but still not great. The other passengers on the KK who had done several crossings said the crossings on the KK are the worst as due to it being an ice breaker with a flat bottom and no stabilizers it makes it miserable. I never in my life thought I would rather be at work than on vacation but for the three days we were crossing, I definitely was banging the ceiling (I was in a top bunk) screaming “what was I thinking!!!” But Antarctica is beautiful and sure enough it called me back, and I will continue to go back any time I have a chance.
  14. Same here. Was on the Kapitan Khlebnikov. No stabilizers as she’s an ice breaker. Bobbed around like no other. Watching the inclinometer in the library was my primary for of entertainment on that crossing of the Drake. In terms of actual cruise ship, we were on the Celebrity Mercury on a round the horn cruise in South America Dec 2000. We were in the channel that comes out of Buenos Aires, when a Huge storm came out of no where broadsided the ship. Since we were in a channel we couldn’t turn into the wind. The storm lasted about 1.5 hours and the ship kept tilting more and more. I was a teenager at the time and found it fascinating and was on deck during this as the wind was incredible. Deck chairs were getting sucked of the deck like a vacuum. Some crew members saw me and some friends on deck, and ran out and grabbed us and pulled us in. Water was coming up the side of the deck on deck 5 and the crew was coming up from below deck in an all out panic with their life jackets on. The crew was useless and it was mass chaos. All the furniture on the ship was flung to one side including all the merchandise in the gift shops. All the hummels and sharovski crystals were broke as well as anything breakable. All the furniture in our cabin was against our door when we got back to our cabin. During this our stabilizer broke and we continued the 2 week trip with the ship always in a tilt. They lost a large number of plates and most of our food was served on whatever plate they may have had available. If there was social media back then, this would have been massive as the ship was a wreck. There were rumors onboard that the ships safety officer attempted to launch a lifeboat but I didn’t think anything of it. Come to find out many years later, in 2010 on a different cruise I was just having small talk with a waiter on the Solstice. When I told him about our experience he IMMEDIATELY knew what we were talking about and said it is used to this day in their safety training on what NOT to do in an emergency. He said the ships safety officer was blackballed in the industry for wanting a life boat launched with only him on it and that it is a teaching case they use for safety.
  15. We are frugal cruisers and cruise about 35 days a year or so, go to Disney about twice a year, and typically a couple other week kind vacations. We’ve done cruises where our balance at the end is less than a $100 And that’s for a family of four. (We prepaid grats.) We have never done a specialty restaurant. Don’t buy drinks as we are diamond, and never buy souvenirs except for a magnet. Our kids are trained at this point with the knowledge that we are not buying a bunch of junk from the souvenir stores. That being said, due to Covid, and the loss of practically any travel which has increased our travel budget and the fact our daughter is 5 now and finally getting to the age where we can start doing some more exciting tours rather than just bus tours, we have started to expand our budget some. We still won’t spend for a drink package or specialty restaurants, but will spend a little more on the pre and post cruise hotel and experiences and some other smaller amenities like maybe actually getting a drink at a restaurant rather than ordering water every time or getting a little nicer hotel room. You only live once!
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