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  1. Thanks for sharing. This is what irritates me about Carnival sometimes. Why can't they just announce this? Why do they make us go through our PVPs or customer service to find this out? I'm sure they have better things to do, and surely the cruisers have better things to do than to wait in line to hear this.
  2. I wasn't sure where to put this, so I'm putting it here. There's a test being developed that can detect the virus in a variety of bodily fluids within 45 minutes. They say it's accurate (mmm hmmm), inexpensive, and could be ready for wide use in a month or so. It sounds like what the cruise lines really need, short of a vaccine - and it's mentioned as such in the article. It's at https://www.clickondetroit.com/health/2020/07/01/beaumont-says-new-covid-19-test-can-detect-virus-in-saliva-urine-blood-within-30-45-minutes/ .
  3. UPDATE: As was speculated, the Ultimate Disco Cruise (UDC) has been delayed and rescheduled to February 26-March 3, 2022. The ship is now TBA, though they want to keep the Infinity or another Millennium class ship. The itinerary is also now TBA. They still plan to leave from Miami. Most, if not all, of the bands and singers from the '21 cruise are heading to the new '22 cruise. I might actually rebook this cruise for '22 if enough things go right.
  4. The Fascination is scheduled to move to Mobile in January 2022. There's currently no replacement ship in San Juan.
  5. http://hd.ingham.org/About/ArticlesPublications/tabid/3378/ctl/ArticleView/mid/4286/articleId/9051/Ingham-County-reduces-restaurant-capacity-as-outbreak-linked-to-local-bar-grows.aspx It's up to 107 now. Ingham County is now cracking the whip, as much as they can. In addition to a 50% capacity limit, there will also be a hard 75 person limit for any bar or restaurant. Can you imagine your favorite cruise ship MDR with only 75 people? Anyway, the bar/restaurant that's become ground zero is CLOSED until the county says they can reopen. https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/2020/06/29/ingham-county-limits-restaurants-75-patrons-harpers-outbreak-covid-19-coronavirus-michigan/3281300001/ There's still a chance our Governor will crack down further and shut down the bars and/or restaurants statewide.
  6. A couple of weeks ago I said Michigan and its COVID-19 response was a compelling story that hadn't really been covered. I would have to say it's now been covered. The New York Times Magazine has a big article about our Governor. It's at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/25/magazine/gretchen-whitmer-coronavirus-michigan.html . I should warn everyone that it's long, it covers a lot more territory than that virus, and it has some political moments in it. In another post of mine, I mentioned a bar/restaurant that was traced as the source for 34 cases. Well, it's up to 85 now. To put it in perspective, the Grand Princess only had 103 confirmed cases. So yeah, I'm still worried about Michigan. 309 more cases today means another day above 300 when the 7-day moving average was less than 150 two weeks ago. Sundays are usually slow, so if we get yet another day over 300, then I know we've entered into the deep waters. Again. 😨
  7. I remained curious about this, so I went back in my files and checked. On the Breeze in January, they posted it in a lump sum. On the Freedom in November, they posted in a lump sum. On the Horizon in January '19, they posted it in a lump sum. And on the Conquest in September '14, they posted it in a lump sum. Maybe I was grandfathered in? Maybe I don't have any other rooms/accounts attached to me, so that's why they do it differently? Maybe they did some experimentation on other ships?
  8. So this is what they're going to use to pay off their near-term loans. Thanks for sharing. It looks like the US$ notes will yield 8.5% and the Euro notes will yield 7.5%, plus they're offered at a discount, which will add more yield. It's a better deal than they got in April.
  9. Since when? I've done over a dozen Carnival cruises since 2014, never prepaying, and they've ALWAYS posted for me as a lump sum 1 to 3 days before the end of the cruise.
  10. They might... Carnival has fallen behind its peer group in grats/day, and the workers are going to have to work REALLY hard - especially in the first few months. Or they might not... I'm not sure Carnival is willing to raise prices yet, no matter how small the increase would be.
  11. Thanks for sharing this. And thanks for sharing the article link. I found a few more details in an article at http://www.tribune242.com/news/2020/jun/23/cruise-passengers-wont-be-downtown-year/?news&fbclid=IwAR1rLpuPmjdS5TGslruklqB4J7guxfePO1kkxsbish1pSTSkE7NFP5kpo3M . To answer your questions from my perspective: 1. I don't think Carnival really wants to restrict cruisers, but their hand might be forced. Limiting where cruisers can go limits possible exposures on both sides and makes it much, much easier to trace in case someone catches something. This is part of the reason why I think private islands/destinations will be heavily relied on during the first few weeks after cruises resume. 2. It depends on the restrictions and the island, but I generally don't mind being limited to the cruise terminal plus authorized excursions for most stops.
  12. A few updates from Michigan: The bad news keeps coming. 323 new cases yesterday, our most this month. The 7-day moving average is up to 223. There are several outbreaks of note. Another tier of freedom has been delayed. A good summary of the depressing tale is at https://www.freep.com/story/news/health/2020/06/24/michigan-coronavirus-cases-rising-again-after-flattening-the-curve/3251993001/ . A more detailed look at an outbreak a little too close to home. 34 college-aged people test positive, and they all trace back to a single bar/restaurant. https://www.wilx.com/content/news/People-not-surprised-COVID-19-outbreak-at-East-Lansing-bar-571470251.html In the mixed news department, gyms get to stay closed a little while longer thanks to a last-minute stay: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/local/2020/06/25/appeals-court-grants-michigan-gov-whitmers-motion-to-keep-gyms-closed/
  13. Hi guys, if anyone else is around... I just received a note in my e-mail box that the '70s Rock and Romance cruise scheduled for this year has been rescheduled for February 19-26, 2022. Most of the same artists from the cruise that was scheduled to sail next year have committed to doing so for the new date. They haven't confirmed the ship yet, but they say it will be the Infinity or a similar Celebrity ship. That would seem to leave the Ultimate Disco Cruise in some jeopardy of the same fate, since it was scheduled for the cruise immediately after R&R. Alas, I couldn't wait. I decided to cancel. With my CFAR insurance, I should get some money back - eventually. I'm sure the UDC would be an a-ma-zing experience in '21 or '22, but I want to take some time to reevaluate what I truly want from life and what I'm willing to risk to get it. I want to thank you all for commenting in this thread. It gave me much to think about then, now, and as I move forward.
  14. It's starting: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/24/new-york-new-jersey-and-connecticut-impose-14-day-quarantine-on-travelers-from-coronavirus-hotspot-states.html Travelers arriving to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from Florida, Texas and other states with spiking Covid-19 infections rates will be subject to a 14-day quarantine and fines if they don’t self-isolate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday. Cuomo had previously said he was considering imposing a quarantine on travelers arriving in the state from places like Florida where coronavirus cases have spiked. “We worked very hard to get the viral transmission rate down. We don’t want to see it go up because a lot of people come into this region and they can literally bring the infection with them,” Cuomo said at a press conference with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. “Because what happens in New York happens in New Jersey and happens in Connecticut.” Cuomo said travelers coming from states with a high infection rate will be subject to the quarantine. The infection rate is based on the number of infections per 100,000 residents on a 7-day rolling average. People who don’t voluntarily quarantine for 14 days will be subject to fines and a mandatory quarantine. He said the fines will be $2,000 for the first violation, $5,000 for the second and up to $10,000 if they cause harm.
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