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About RMMariner

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  1. Glad to see this thread resurrected. I had given up on bringing my bike on Princess, but who knows after this all shakes out Princess may be more amenable to allowing bikes. I initially wanted to bring my touring bike, but I now that I have done the research, I may well purchase a folding bike. I really cannot see why Princess would object to this. The bike would never be used on the ship, and it would be the equivalent of carrying a suitcase on and off the ship. Thanks for everyone's support.
  2. We have several cruises still booked. Lost two to the shut down, but I will rebook them. Princess has done quite well through this crisis, and has done a great job of taking care of their passengers. There is one area that Princess absolutely has to improve the cleanliness of the vessel. The handwashing and table wiping etc. needs to be reexamined. The two sinks at the Horizon Court did not cut it. Many people walked by because there was a line up or they just did not bother washing their hands. Tables were often reused without wiping, and the self serve in the buffet itself was exceptionally problematic. We have been on several trips where norovirus was a concern, so it was not surprising that this happened. We will cruise again. Princess is a great company. I think they have probably learned a lot from this, so there is no reason the experience will not be even better after this crisis passes.
  3. I figured this was coming. The threat of quarantine alone was enough to make most cruisers think twice.
  4. I would not be surprised to see some consolidation in the cruise industry as well. Highly leveraged, cyclical companies that rely on continued cash flow do not weather events like this very well. Carnival is probably best set to handle this. Have not looked at Norwegian that closely, but my assumption (possibly wrong) is that it may be the weakest of the big three North American cruise lines.
  5. At the very least there should be a quarantine reward system. Say you are quarantined twice, you should have your third quarantine for free. Maybe make quarantine cruise cards and people can get all uppity if they have been quarantined more than 15 times or 150 days and they are now considered elite quarantiners.
  6. You misunderstood me. I have been looking to buy back in and dollar cost average, but I would like to do it when it is not in free fall. As far as all stocks rising again. That is not a given. Carnival is highly leveraged and relies on cash flow. That is a perfect recipe for bankruptcy. I doubt it will happen, but still a slow and shaky recovery is a very strong possibility. I am willing to throw enough money in to buy another couple hundred shares when the price gets low enough, but I am not near confident enough to put real money into Carnival now. I hope you are right, and in the long term I think it is a given they will. Carnival maybe not so much. The clientele is mainly older, and very risk adverse. Many will think twice before cruising again for a while. The whole cruise line model has been under pressure long before this panic. Last week was what is traditionally called a dead cat bounce. They almost always occur in these situations. I bought in on some quality stocks today. Carnival was not one of them. I know I did not time the bottom, but they are great long term holds. Totally agree with you.
  7. Yep. I hate to say it but this is not the bottom. We are in at $45. Cost averaging only works if the stock rises again.
  8. Still not safe enough. We will never be in the cabin at the same time. We will sleep in shifts. Once again, you can never be too careful.
  9. You can never be too careful, so my wife and I are going to be requesting two tables for one.
  10. We are booked for an April cruise to San Francisco. At this time, all the people around us seem to have cancelled. There is no on within 6 cabins of us on either side anymore. We won't have to worry about social distancing, and if we are quarantined, we can probably have access to a whole section of cabins. Also, getting a seat in the dining room should be easy. I will be able to run the Promenade during the day because there will be hardly anyone walking. Using the gym and the pool should be a breeze. Best of all, I am looking forward to winning trivia and other games on a regular basis. Just looking for the bright side of things.😉
  11. We are going on our cruises in April and May, but we are quite young (and apparently healthy) for people on this board. The way things are going, by then, you will be as likely to catch it at home anyways. My father and in-laws are not going. You will have to decide your own tolerance for risk. As others have said, if you have underlying medical issues, I would not go. Also, if you would worry the whole time, it would best to pass on it. Of course, I have concerns about being quarantined. While I like trying new things, that is one experience I think I will take a pass on if possible.
  12. We bought in at around $45. So we have taken a bit of a paper loss. The nice thing is how much can you really lose if you only bought a hundred shares. I would think at this time both the dividend and the OBC may be in trouble for a while. Carnival is going to be hurting for cash flow. I started thinking of cost averaging down, but I can't really see a bottom at this point. I agree, I don't see bankruptcy as an problem at this point, but it is certainly going be an ugly ride for the foreseeable future.
  13. I think the death rate is presently far overstated. Right now we know about the people who were hospitalized and died. Easy numbers to get. Most of these events far overstate the death rate until after the total number of people who had the disease are counted. I think, in the case of COV -19 there are going to many, many people who have it right now that are not being counted because their symptoms are so mild. I am not trying to minimize the severity to those impacted, just trying to look at the situation realistically. Despite this, if I was older or had a suppressed immune system, I would not be taking a plane or cruising. My father or in-laws will not be coming us in May. They may come to Alaska in August, but we will make that decision in May. I have two cruises booked for April and May. One of them is on the Grand. I will not be cancelling. I am young and healthy. My only real concerns are passing the disease along to others or being quarantined. If Princess cancels, I will take my money and go on a bike trip. If they don't - I will be going on a 3 day to San Francisco and then a 4 day back. Each person has to look at the situation in their own light. For healthy, young people this is less than the flu. For older or immune compromised people this is a very serious situation.
  14. Star is fine. Some people just look for problems. Go with the idea that you will enjoy yourself and you will.
  15. Yes. I agree with you. That is a real problem. My wife loves cruising. I am okay with cruising, but I much prefer adventure bike touring. I think after our next family cruise, I will go on some bike trips by myself. The idea of a quarantine or missing seeing the ports (the thing I enjoy most about cruising) is my main concern. I fear this disease far less than I fear peoples' behaviour. Can you imagine if this coronavirus had the lethality of ebola? I hate to think how people would behave.
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