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Jim Avery

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    Valley of the Sun, Arizona
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    SeaDream, Viking Oceans
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    A day of cruising anywhere is better than a day at work.

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  1. Tests are an instant in time. Just as when I appraise a boat for a bank. Yep, that good ole Sea Ray is worth a bunch at 12:03PM Mountain time on the 25th. 5 minutes later when ole Ragnar runs it across a reef, not so much...... Just walk out of the test and come across a sneezer........😳
  2. Right you are Ragnar. And threats coming from a govt. cubicle rat bureaucrat are never appreciated. Bet he could get in trouble for that one.
  3. We like the Pier 66 Marina Hotel. Old but still nice. A tower room with a view of the port and you can see the ships coming and going. They have a nice restaurant on the ICW waterway and lots of mega yachts to view. Lots of options in Ft. Lauderdale.
  4. Hope all is well on ships at sea. We know Charlie is extremely busy in The Office but us poor stay at homes would like to hear how it is going, passenger makeup, inside intel, etc. Hope y'all are having fun for a change. 🍸
  5. I see on the SD website that SD II is crossing also. Showing heading for San Juan. Is this for real or am I just behind? San Juan is lots easier to get to for us. Have to see what develops. 🍸
  6. I would absolutely love to board SD in Portsmouth. We really enjoy the Hampshire area and have a Cousin with a lovely country home with all important spare bedrooms just outside Romsey. The feel of history in Portsmouth is very vivid. What I would need is for my Cousin to think it's ok for me to visit, for the UK to think it's ok for me to enter without quarantine, and then reasonable flights. As to the negative test, my opinion is that the negative test does not say I don't have the virus at boarding, it simply says I did not have the virus a few thousand miles ago. Assuming it is not a false negative in the first place....
  7. The secret is in the medication.....🍸
  8. Haha, Ragnar the only "glass half full" you have is full of Tequila. I am pretty sure we are all destined for exposure to Covid at one time or another. Like all diseases, some get it some don't. I hope all goes well for SD sooner rather than later. Hope to sail with you guys.🍸
  9. Good point Hattie. Several worries for us are that it is difficult and un reliable trying to get to Portsmouth from Phoenix co ordinated with same day boarding of the ship. Also, what a shame to not be able to spend time in the interesting, historic, and lovely Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, New Forest area. Easily several days can be needed. And finally, the rules in both the UK and the US are subject to change with little to no notice.
  10. Is your pool finished yet? Casa Ragnar is the only place in California where we can eat good food without a mask.....
  11. Good advice Andy. I was going to respond and say, though we have not used it, several on the Inaugural WC did and reported good results. But then that is ancient history compared to whenever we are able to cruise again. I would bet terms and conditions will be quite different.
  12. Ha, Ragnar, only ships burn more cash than you. But I agree with you on this. All the money represented by these vouchers are paying for some of the expenses on the fleet this year. Next year those expenses will be there and more so but the ships will be full of voucher pax. Can't buy fuel with a redeemed voucher. Sorry to say, I think next year will be harder on the cruise industry than this terrible year. Even the scrappers don't want any more ships right now. Saddens me to see the travel industry hurt so badly.
  13. And after they absorb the mountain of vouchers. Until then I think prices will be higher.
  14. Haha, "Shipbreakers" is an old and honored term in the maritime trades. Most in the maritime trades are religiously politically incorrect. I am proud to be part of such a group. And as to the use of the "recycled" steel, more likely to turn up in refrigerators, washing machines, etc. I have it on good authority that the upcoming Phoenix of the Seas is to be constructed entirely of recycled liquor bottles using a 3-D printer.....🍸
  15. Ship breakers are only concerned with profits, not homeless, seniors, etc. First they strip out anything of value for resale then the steel of the ship is chopped up into pieces and sold to steel makers. When the breakers are done there is nothing at all left of a ship...🍸 RIP....
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