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  1. Have a look at Windstar -- https://www.windstarcruises.com/ and here: and https://www.windstarcruises.com/beyond-ordinary/ Sample their shore excursions here: https://www.windstarcruises.com/voyage-plan/shore-excursions/ They combine adventure and luxury - and each ship has a water sports platform. We have a couple of "go-to" cruise lines and Windstar will always be part of our sailing life. And they have the best sailaway music ever:
  2. To put the condition of the SXM airport in perspective, it was named "Caribbean Airport of the Year" in 2016. https://www.sxmairport.com/news-20160418-SXM-Named-Caribbean-Airport-of-the-Year-2016.php More photos of SXM (posted by Winair) in 2016, focusing on the departure hall, shops, and the executive lounge. https://morepremium.com/review-winair-st-maarten-st-barths/ Then, in September 2017, the island was devastated by hurricane Irma. The airport was heavily damaged. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2017/09/07/hurricane-irma-may
  3. If this "revised" "revised" "revised again" policy is true, I am so DONE with Celebrity.
  4. And....the answer is always available on the Southwest website: https://www.southwest.com/air/flight-schedules/ I suggest Southwest customers bookmark the link.
  5. Serenity is out of drydock - underway using engine. https://crystal-cruises.panomax.com/serenity https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:375062/mmsi:311536000/imo:9243667/vessel:CRYSTAL_SERENITY
  6. If oral arguments are today, then the judge's decision will definitely not be revealed today. However, astute observers can get clues from the questions framed by the judge. For the curious here's the complaint (a legal term) filed by Florida: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/TDGT-BZVLFJ/$file/Fla+v+HHS+and+CDC+complaint.pdf Here's the motion for a preliminary injunction: https://www.law360.com/articles/1378097/attachments/0 Very interesting reading - of course the feds have filed counter arguments. That's the way it goes.
  7. I plan to get a window seat flying into St Maarten - this is a photo of the approach - and yes, it really does look this:
  8. I understand that Crystal wants continuity of theme amongst the fleet. However, Endeavor is an expedition ship, a ship of adventure and exploration. All of the available choices are familiar, warm and fuzzy. I'd much rather hear something like the theme from Chariots of Fire by Vangelis, or his theme from Conquest of Paradise. Music with strength, power, aspiration, and inspiration is more relevant for a ship that will follow in the paths of explorers like Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen, Ross and Peary. Please Crystal, give us something more to choose from.
  9. Serenity is now moored in Sembawang on the northern shore of Singapore. https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:375062/mmsi:311536000/imo:9243667/vessel:CRYSTAL_SERENITY Likely the dry dock work is happening now at the Sembawang shipyard. Here's what the process looks like: https://gcaptain.com/sembawang-shipyard-photos/
  10. Just found out Jon is performing tonight (November 29) for the Royal Variety Charity. It's a bit late (or perhaps not) to register to watch the virtual show, hope it will eventually be posted to youtube. https://www.royalvarietycharity.org/royal-variety-performance-home/royal-variety-announcement
  11. Cruises to nowhere are now specifically prohibited. Details are in this post: Post #4 by chengkp75 spells it out: "According to CBP [U.S. Customs & Border Protection], while cruises to nowhere are specifically allowed under the PVSA, they were never legal from CBP's viewpoint regarding crew visas, and were only allowed on periodic scheduling when one or two were needed to align itineraries. The court case mentioned above was Resorts World Bimini Superfast (owned by Genting Group, a past owner of NCLH, and owner of Star and Genting cruises) v Winkowski, and
  12. I've always taken a box of disinfectant wipes in carry-on. Planes are filthy - swiping the armrests and tray tables will eliminate some of the bacteria. Don't expect the wipes to kill any viruses though.
  13. Found this info on marinetraffic.com https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:369704/mmsi:309168000/imo:9066667/vessel:CRYSTAL_SYMPHONY Where is the ship? Passenger Ship CRYSTAL SYMPHONY is currently located at INDO - Riau Archipelago at position 1° 41' 3.793" N, 104° 54' 29.16" E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2020-08-16 08:05 UTC (2 days, 15 hours ago) Where is this vessel going to? The vessel departed from SEMBAWANG, SG on 2020-07-05 09:52 LT (UTC +8) and is current
  14. "We'll get you there", okay RC. How about a closed loop cruise where the guest brings along birth certificate and ID, but no passport? Just try to get them on a plane to the first port (which might be the Bahamas or Mexico) without a passport. Or how about a getting to a trans-ocean cruise where the first stop is many days from embarkation rendering the cruise experience an exercise in futility? Or how about flying to a cruise where the first port stop requires a visa but guest relied on the cruise ship to get the visa. Oops, can't get on the plane without a visa.
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