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  1. Not sure who took it but today (Monday) she docks in Rotterdam on her last voyage as MS Rotterdam. Has been sold to Fred Olsen and will sail as MS Borealis.
  2. I second both parts of this. Loved the Amsterdam inside cabins midship on deck 3. There's a block of 7 inside cabins between the atrium and the midship stairs. It's the Promenade deck so there's doors to outside between the midship stairs & elevators. Despite how much I loved it, don't think I'd ever be comfortable in an inside cabin again.
  3. AIDA has three ships sailing next month with no port calls.
  4. It's up on youtube for those who don't do facebook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpmxSbueOP4
  5. Captain updated again. http://captainjonathan.com/15th-may-manila-bay/ The wheels of officialdom and paperwork grind very slowly but among many other things he says his relief lives in the Philippines and the crew threw him a retirement party.
  6. Cruise fares are going to be very high. They have to be. It costs cruise lines X numbers of dollars monthly to park a ship with a skeleton crew. Running cruises costs them several time X dollars monthly. Running cruises under any social distancing of passengers, so fewer of them, plus increased operational costs at the very least for constant cleaning and sanitizing, will be significantly more expensive per passenger. They're don't have to turn a profit on every cruiseto be better off, but they have to generate enough cash so that the average net loss per cruise is less than the net loss to park a ship with a skeleton crew. A large percentage of passengers will be using cruise credits which means even fewer passengers paying actual cash money. Fewer passengers overall, a significant percentage of them using credits for all or part of their fare, means cash paying passengers will have to pay big numbers for any of this to work.
  7. Amsterdam at 17 knots headed away from Jakarta. No idea if she's leaving or just moving. https://www.cruisemapper.com/?imo=9188037 ETA: oops sorry for the version I posted with six copies of the screen grab.
  8. Guessing here but probably at least a couple of hundred? Officers, a couple of office/HR people, deck crew, security, engine room, environmentals, food service, laundry, cleaning crew who also maintain the hotel areas.
  9. The captain posted a 4/20 update. http://captainjonathan.com/20th-april-2/
  10. Change in plans. Originally it was going to be west the long way around. Freemantle to Durban, down around Cape Good Hope, up & across the Atlantic to Florida.
  11. How dare they defer usual levels of customer service (to people who are home and safe) just because other people are actively dying on their ships right now in the midst of a global pandemic. Not their highest priority. Not even top ten. Repeated outraged emails and phones calls over refunds aren't going to move anyone up the priority list in the current crisis. Might be a good idea to at least wait until passengers stop dying.
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