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About philw1776

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  • Location
    New Hampshire
  • Interests
    Astronomy, History, Ancient History, WWII
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Viking, Silversea, Uniworld
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  1. The late Michael Crichton wrote an insightful essay on the topic of media disinformation. http://larvatus.com/michael-crichton-why-speculate/ Media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved. You have all experienced this, in what I call the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect. (I refer to it by this name because I once discussed it with Murray Gell-Mann, and by dropping a famous name I imply greater importance to myself, and to the effect, than it would otherwise have.) Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray’s case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the “wet streets cause rain” stories. Paper’s full of them.
  2. Gotta admit, my wife loves the Penthouse Veranda cabin. Great layout. Smaller bathroom than the lowest fare cabins on Siilversea's Silver Spirit & Silver Muse but fine for us.
  3. To show you how desperate USA Today reporters are for stories on this incident, USA Today reached out to me to be interviewed. I declined. What do I know???
  4. Key off your daughter's interests. If she's notably into some period of history or some country, pick the cruise itinerary and then choose a cruise line. If price is important, shop around. Look for deals. I'm taking 3 generations including teenage* granddaughters on Viking's Paris to Normandy cruise this July. They are both fluent in French (AP French courses). The Bayeux Tapestry which they studied in history is a particular interest. I bet they like all the Joan of Arc (she was 16) sites we'll see. Their parents are taking them post cruise on a Loire Valley chateaus self-excursion we'd done previously. They like that stuff. I'd looked into Uniworld Generations and it's likely to have lots of much younger kids with activities that a college entrant probably will not enjoy. I'm interested in what you find suitable as I'm shopping for a non-Viking alternative for teens. * viking raised minimum age from 12 to 18 after we paid in full. viking wants to keep the money. go figure. :)
  5. Maybe. Recent history: Two VO cruises, one port cancelled. One Silversea ocean cruise, one port cancelled. High winds both times.
  6. I sincerely hope that posters here who strongly object to Viking's "pay WAY in advance policy" either cancel their booking or avoid booking with Viking altogether. I'm tired of having to pick my Viking cruises 2 years out because of high consumer demand making them fully booked. Please stop booking so that I can book the Viking cruises I want within less than one year lead time.
  7. Penthouse Veranda also has daily replenished adult beverages included.
  8. I'm an electrical engineer and also knowledgeable of things astronomical. First, the possibility of a solar CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) powerful enough to knock out ships electronics IS possible in physics but such CMEs except for rare ones (For Extreme Example, Google: Carrington Event 1859) would have been detected and reported and would have big time effects felt elsewhere. No such CME occurred. They are monitored by solar physicists (astronomers). No danger from "normal" Northern lights events. No sailing expert at all but been to sea enough in small boats to appreciate above normal waves in wave sequences and have a healthy fear of them. Randomness of the sea conditions could well have caused (back to electrical engineer again) the overspeed and waterfall consequence shutdown scenario you hypothesize. As someone who made a living designing fault tolerant redundant systems, I'm eager to learn the outcome of the incident investigation and GUESS that maybe some better design improvements may emerge addressing overloads and response.
  9. Capt_BJ's statement that the huge diesels generate electricity and then that electricity is routed & switched to the twin props and to the powerful side thrusters is what I was told by the Sky's Chief Engineer when I was aboard in October on the Med Odyssey cruise. Hope the wonderful crew who served us well then stays well. If the ship can be towed & make it under power to its next port ?Stavanger? or nearest viable port it will be much safer for passengers than being air hauled up to a copter at night in high winds. Best wishes to all involved
  10. Thinking of bringing a yellow vest to blend in & not look like a tourist.
  11. Pont du Garde and its new, excellent museum was a highlight of our Viking Southern France river cruise.
  12. You're not kidding. Danes tried kidnapping wife while onboard Viking Sea on Viking Homelands in Stockholm.
  13. Remember, Vikings are really, really tall
  14. Have friends who had done extensive big ship cruising. They hated Viking Ocean, finding it boring with too little going on. Lame entertainment. I just wish more people felt that way so I didn't have to book my Viking cruises 2 years ahead.
  15. Elsewhere on the net (Facebook) folks claim the new excursion booking window now opens at 12 NOON PST on the date cited. Several people say that called Viking & confirmed. This means booking at 3PM EST and after dinner in the UK. Australia and NZ get the shaft. IF this is so. Confirmation by soon to cruise folks solicited. EDIT: Just read Questions about Excursions thread where OP had to wait to book until 3PM. This looks real.
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