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  1. Good luck and hope you get out of quarantine and home soon.
  2. And HAL should also: lower cruise fares and eliminate the single cruiser fare premium, increase the quality and variety of entertainment, increase the wages/salaries of ALL ship personnel, allow passengers to bring unlimited amounts of wine, liquor and beer on board (without corkage fees, of course), provide better and more ship excursions (at no charge, of course), keep the libraries fully supplied with both new and classic books with full-time professional librarians, improve Mariner Society benefits with more and larger discounts and "freebies", and host more cocktail parties for guests (w
  3. You may be correct, RocketMan, but to accurately analyze any retirement/re-sizing plan would require a detailed knowledge of the depreciation history on each ship. Just out of curiosity, what "useful life" does HAL assign to each new or remodeled (re-sized) ship and what depreciation schedule does HAL use?
  4. Spot on, RocketMan275, and thanks for sharing your on-the-mark comments!
  5. While Mr Ashford did not cause the current mess, a fairly compelling argument can be made that he has totally mishandled HAL's response to it.
  6. RIP, Sirio, and Godspeed on your journey Home. Thanks for all the great meals and wonderful memories at Le Cirque - both on land and at sea!
  7. Notwithstanding today's news about Zaandam's flu problem, my choice would be Zaandam ... although, in all fairness, I must admit that I've never sailed on Amsterdam.
  8. Thanks, John, for the info - as usual, it is to-the-point, accurate, timely and non-hysterical. May God's blessings continue to be on you and your family as we work our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  9. I'm wondering if this might be a new twist on the old saw that the squeaky wheel gets the grease ...
  10. Not to put too fine a point on matters, but I believe 50,000 guest refunds at $1,000 each would equal $50,000,000 and NOT $100,000,000.
  11. IMO, no ... but since you obviously are, you may want to ask your TA when your money will be refunded to you.
  12. Makes sense to me - unfortunately to this point in time no one appears to have understood what you wanted. So I'll jump in: When I've encountered similar situations, the "negotiation strategy" I've used is to enlist the help of our TA, since TAs have as much clout with airlines as anyone. That is also one of the very good reasons to have a regular TA who values you as a customer and is willing to go the extra mile for you when necessary. Good luck.
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