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  1. The only reason private equity buys a company is because they believe they can grow revenue, grow profit and then divest at a multiple of 3x or more ideally after 3 to 5 years. The most interesting question to me is who would buy Azamara in 2025?
  2. Looks like Sojourn is arriving in Gibraltar tomorrow/Sunday at 7 am local time. Great to see a Seabourn ship on the move, even without guests, for the first time in quite a few months!
  3. Looks like Seabourn is currently repositioning Sojourn from The Caribbean to the Mediterranean, which makes sense given that’s where currently her first sailing is scheduled for.
  4. Seabourn just informed all guests booked on its 2021 7 day Alaska cruises that B2Bs will not be permitted. Not sure if that’s just them or CDC.
  5. We mostly cruise smaller ships, specifically Seabourn and Azamara, but thoroughly enjoyed our 2019 Celebrity Edge cruise in Suite Class, so for us it’s never say never.
  6. We have a B2B2B booked on Seabourn for June 2021 and a B2B2B on Azamara for November 2021. We have not yet booked for 2022 as not all cruise lines have released their itineraries yet. Floris
  7. Agree. Deception is the wrong word. Seabourn acted precisely in accordance with its offer. The opp is clearly disappointed in the offer but that’s something else.
  8. Very well said. When this post appeared I wanted to ask what future bookings are like if you take out all bookings made with vouchers or credits... but I held back as I didn’t want to stir the pot.
  9. 100% agree. If they resume cruising it’ll be select Caribbean or European ports. There’s no way South America, Africa or Australia / New Zealand will happen this upcoming season. Although there is now talk about a travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand starting January that would allow for cruises to operate with Australian and New Zealand residents only.
  10. Love these questions. They give me a sense of normality that in the middle of a global pandemic and uncertainty whether some cruise lines will ever sail again one can still discuss a clothesline 😝 Awesome!
  11. Yes indeed. Quest was scheduled to sail the Caribbean November 2021 - March 2022 but those sailings have now been cancelled and she’s being redeployed to Antarctica. Venture is launching December 2021 but she’s scheduled to stay up north sailing the Norwegian fjords in winter... now there’s something new!
  12. Seabourn just cancelled its entire South America season with most ships now out of commission until May 2021 except for one ship in the Caribbean. Azamara will follow.
  13. I haven’t made any new bookings since the covid crisis started but am still booked on Seabourn in June 2021 and Azamara in November/December 2021 for a 6 week B2B2B... Keeping all my fingers crossed too!
  14. It baffles me that Seabourn (and others) are still selling cruises to Australia and New Zealand starting November despite the fact that both governments have clearly stated their international borders won’t reopen until well into 2021 earliest. Taking deposits for cruises that will never sail is a really poor business practice, even more so given that it takes Seabourn 4+ months currently to process a refund.
  15. Indeed. And really strange to post this now in the middle of a global pandemic.
  16. I fully agree. Same for cruise lines still selling Australia & New Zealand sailings for November 2020 - April 2021 with both countries very unlikely to re-open their international border before mid 2021 and Qantas already having cancelled all international flights until June 2021...
  17. Australia’s Prime Minister has said repeatedly not to expect Australia’s borders to re-open before 2021 yet many cruise lines are still selling AU/NZ cruises this side of Christmas and taking deposits. Just one example. I would be highly surprised if any ships sail anywhere this year. Just assembling a crew is all but impossible with border restrictions and a total lack of international flights.
  18. Seabourn just cancelled all cruises into November.
  19. “Time to start fresh.” I’ll be happy to do so once my $160,000 refund is in my bank account. Floris
  20. “ Patient zero for coronavirus on board the Ruby Princess may have been a crew member serving meals to hundreds of passengers on the cruise ship. In Australia, at least 18 deaths and more than 700 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to the cruise ship, including two people who died in NSW overnight. “
  21. Thank you Phil. Yes it is. They’ve had a wonderful cruise until passengers started getting sick. Uruguay is refusing to let them disembark; they’ve been floating offshore Montevideo for about 10 days now with everyone confined to their cabins. Apparently the Staff Captain, Chief Engineer and First Officer are all sick so it’s getting pretty dire on board.
  22. Let me start by saying that Captain Carl is absolutely amazing and that every Azamara crew I’ve sailed with has been outstanding. The onboard teams are what sets Azamara apart and why we keep returning. That said, when South American countries suddenly closed their ports, many ships got “trapped” and ended up making the long journey to either California or Florida. Some, like Pursuit, fortunate that nobody on board got sick but others less lucky. Zaandam’s horror journey comes to mind. And as I type this I still have friends trapped on a ship floating near Montevideo, confined to the
  23. I would strongly recommend that everyone who is waiting for a refund from Seabourn speaks to their credit card company and requests a chargeback, before Carnival files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. When Seabourn told us getting our 6-digit down payment on next year’s World Cruise refunded would take them 12 weeks, we got Amex to sort it within 24 hours.
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