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  1. For entertainment, Diane Fast is/was the best piano bar player. She beats the socks off anyone.
  2. This is funny - I’ve not seen or heard a peep from Celebrity. I see HAL, RCCL, Princess, Crystal and Sewbourne stuff allllll the time though.
  3. Very sad news to log in and read - she so loved helping fellow cruisers and giving advice/answering questions to/from new sailers.
  4. It is against US law to which the UK is proposing, so you’re comparing apples and skyscrapers.
  5. Since America is months and months away from mass immunization, not it’s not. This isn’t unexpected whatsoever. Cruises will only have a few Caribbean islands and mayyyyybe a SE Asia country to visit in 2021, at best. Punt to 2022,
  6. The issue cruise lines will face is where to go. Many - many - countries aren’t letting cruises in this year at all imo and 2022 is skeptical for many. It’ll be the Caribbean, and that’s about it I think, that allows cruises before 2022. The virus isn’t going away this year.
  7. The fact RCCL didn’t put money into expanding the line I tend to think they had the same issue. They bought but then didn’t know what to do.
  8. They buy companies and strip out anything that cost money, don’t reinvest, and let it bleed for profit. It sorta kinda works for Staples (and Aeropostale which they have done) but an asset-heavy cruse line is a different animal.
  9. This is bad news for Azamara. A private equity firm's entire premise is to buy and strip down to bare minimum. This one in particular has a pretty storied history of it. I can't see Carnival Corp spinning off Seabourn. Of all Carnival brands, Cunard and P&O are likely the most at risk of being sold off for for equity scrap.
  10. No joke! Thought the exact same with the QM2. The P&O ships looked a bit fresher, but could be a mixture of lighting and just how long it's been since they were touched up pre-shutdown.
  11. I follow a boat reviewer Aquaholic on YouTube and he is out for a ride in Tor Bay and circles around several ships - notably Westerdam, Volendam and Zaandam (QM2 and two P&O ships earlier). One thing's for sure - these blue-hull beauties need paint stat. The Volendam's white around the 3/4 aft name area is badly oxidized! YouTube link starting at the Westerdam ...
  12. Bar Harbor Ale House. Her husband Alfred runs a fishing charter business out of Ketchikan. Diane did the Grand World bVoyage in Amsterdam this year, fwiw. She was only in through Sydney - lucky her! She was on the Masadam some last summer/this past fall. Shes by far our favorite cruise entertainer we have ever come across.
  13. Diane and her man (at that time) was Bob. She is remarried and living in Ketchikan and does a piano bar at a brewery there.
  14. As others have said, sailing Rotterdam out of Rotterdam is an incredible experience.
  15. I don’t think any US-based ship sails until at least March 2021. My only question is if NCL survives.
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