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CurlerRob

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    Viking Ocean, Holland America

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  1. This was from the Health & Safety FAQ section ... the emphases are mine. "Guests with a positive COVID-19 test will be isolated on board and then disembarked at the first opportunity for quarantine at an appropriate facility ashore. A second test will be performed to validate the first test. If the second test confirms COVID-19, we will arrange for the guest to recover ashore before returning home once their recovery is complete. Upon their return home, Viking Customer Relations will contact the guest and their travel advisor directly regarding any necessary refunding or resche
  2. I'd happily settle for the ability to sail Viking again (although given the jumps in Carnival and NCL stocks right after the Pfizer comments, that would likely mean the Cdn gov't would have made a fortune on their investment as well!) 🍺🥌
  3. Perhaps Andy can help with Vancouver, he’s nearer to the scene 😎 Good news is the influx of capital to help weather the storm. A positive sign for Viking’s survival.
  4. Some of my tax dollars at work 🍺🥌 https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/viking-cruises-announces-additional-investment-from-tpg-and-cpp-investments-824079584.html
  5. RV Sun morphed into HAL Prinsendam. Here’s a bit from a HAL blog: Prinsendam was built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line. The ship was operated by Cunard Line from 1994 through 1998 and then transferred to Seabourn Cruise Line, where it became Seabourn Sun in 1999. In 2002 the ship joined the Holland America Line fleet and was renamed Prinsendam. Much to the anger of her many loyal pax, she was sold in 2019 to Phoenix Reisen , a Germany-based travel agency that also operates a fleet of cruise ships. We had a number of great trips on her - at just over 800
  6. Yep, and the book provides one of the most detailed and horrifying descriptions of drowning that I have ever read. I still cringe when I think about it! The movie was fun, but the book is outstanding.
  7. Gordie was an avid sailor, participating in a number of Mackinac races. I have a vivid memory of the 1980 race, which featured one of the most intense electrical storms I had ever experienced. Gord's 45 foot wooden sloop, the Golden Goose, was hit by lightning, lost all radio and electronics and forced him to withdraw. His yacht was gorgeous, a pleasure to see 🥌
  8. Winner! (and Tennessee is a fair ways from Superior 😈)
  9. OK, one in return for the others provided ... The ship was the pride of the American side Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most With a crew and good captain well seasoned 🥌🍺
  10. Cross-post from the Virtual Lounge: Disappointing news from Hurtigruten, one of the earliest restarters.. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/one-of-the-first-cruise-ships-to-resume-operations-reports-covid-19-cases-1.5048206 Also, a Paul Gauguin incident according to another poster. Fingers crossed for the industry.
  11. Disappointing news from Hurtigruten, one of the earliest restarters.. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/one-of-the-first-cruise-ships-to-resume-operations-reports-covid-19-cases-1.5048206
  12. Andy and Jim, having learned how to sail and race in Lake St. Clair and the Detroit river, with massive commercial traffic, I have a heathy respect for the “gross tonnage rule”. 🍺🥌
  13. A few pics to enhance your planning. The tree is in the courtyard of the Monasterio hotel in Cusco. The others should be self-explanatory. I found it nearly impossible to properly capture how steep the mountains are around the site! One other note - Cusco is quite a bit higher than Machu Picchu, at 11,100 ft vs about 8,000, and the difference can be noticeable. I suspect the earlier time in the valley will allow folks to get used to it. When we flew from Lima to Cusco, we were warned not to sprint off the plane 😁 You're in for a fabulous experience! Cheers 🍻🥌
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