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  1. Thank you so much for the pictures and comments. It is greatly appreciated. I looks to me that it does not have an L-couch nor bidet like the other Navigator Suites have. Howie
  2. Actually I just found this on the Regent site. It appears the room is smaller, but the balcony is larger. I just like he location because you are not under the pool hearing the dragging of he chairs, etc. Numerous people have commented about that. Suites 495 sq. ft. Suite: 448 sq. ft. | Balcony: 47 sq. ft. SUITE 1125 | 441 sq. ft. Suite: 385 sq. ft. | Balcony: 56 sq. ft.
  3. Yes, unfortunately I could not find anything about this suite. Howie aka Bowie 🙂
  4. The only reason I thought this was what I read when I was searching around: https://www.regentcruisedestinations.com/regent-seven-seas-navigator-navigator-suite.html
  5. By an chance does anyone have any pictures/videos of this suite? I realize it is smaller than the other Navigator Suites, but I do not like to location of the other suites (as they are below the pool) as people note that they hear noises from the dragging of the chairs, etc. Any guidance, help or pictures would be greatly appreciated. As always, thank you for your input. Stay safe. Howie
  6. Have a few questions I would like to throw out there for some advice and guidance. To preface my questions, we are referencing a London - Copenhagen - Copenhagen - Amsterdam (B2B) on the Navigator. 1. Has anyone stayed in suite (or have knowledge of) 1125? If so, any thoughts? 2. For the remaining Navigator Suites (on deck 9), do you get disturbed by the noise from the pool above? 3. A general question. In your experiences, what were the seas like July/August? Thanks in advance for any assistance. Howie
  7. I also found it interesting that the cruise lines and/or their representative entities have not filed nor joined. On a separate note, by the professional experience noted within your post, I would not be surprised if our paths have not crossed over the years.
  8. After years in clinical practice, I moved into the world of Medical/Healthcare Quality Analytics. Over the years, I have sat on numerous professional advisory panels at three different Federal Agencies (CDC, CMS and FDA). Overwhelmingly I have found very dedicated Physicians, Scientists and Researchers. I have never witnessed nor encountered this conspiratorial animus you articulate. What I have found are clinicians and researchers who care about the work they are entrusted to do.
  9. After reading the PACER filing, you feel this motion has standing?
  10. Pure political theater. The wacky part about the filing, the motion references the APA yet the plaintiffs failed to seek any relief under the APA.
  11. Pure political theater. The wacky part about the filing, the motion references the APA yet the plaintiffs failed to seek any relief under the APA.
  12. First, I have no political bias whatsoever. When a politician (regardless of party) holds a news conference to threaten an entity, it is theater. There are plenty of avenues open to apply pressure to potential litigants. When in comes to dealing with Federal Agencies, having a news conference (threatening to sue) is not one that I have found with over 30 years of (in this arena) experience tend to be fruitful. Anyone (including yourself) can make application as a litigant and request Injunctive Relief.
  13. As we all know the Districts have been in flux. We will have to wait to see what the new DOJ really wants to pursue and what will die on the vine. I still believe that this was purely political theater.
  14. The Ninth Circuit has always been a very unusual Circuit. Interesting how they rule on behalf of two States not in their Circuit. Additionally in the cases referenced, they were seeking Injunctive Relief (which was granted). This case will see a long and arduous road ahead. I am interested how you see this as precedence in regards to Florida's political theater of threatening to sue the Federal Government circumventing the APA?
  15. Although sounds good, unfortunately it is totally political theater. For a State to have a “Standing” in Federal Court pursuant to any actionable matter set for via Regulations set forth in the CFR, requires an amazing amount of legal expertise. Certainly there are others who can claim “Standing” (ie cruise lines, other States, etc.) yet they have failed to apply for relief from the Federal Judiciary. Should the amazing hurdle be made and “Standing” is granted, you are looking at many years of litigation before this would even be heard.
  16. Although potentially an interesting argument (on an academic level) as to whether a State can have standing as a affirmative action to bring such a matter before the Federal Courts, my gut feeling is this has much more to do with theatrics than legal principle. There are certainly other entities (other States, Cruise Lines and other potential parties) that have explored such an action, and to date have failed to bring action. I retired (from full time employment) over 8 years ago and have been involved as an expert witness in several complex Federal cases (all dealing with standing in regard to administrative law pursuant to CFR actions). Here I sit 8 years later and they are still seeking trial time. If Florida thinks they will rattle the Federal bureaucracy by having a news conference and threatening legal action, boy did they waste their time.
  17. As my dad used to say...that is way above my pay grade. I have been a bit out of touch with CC. I did not even realize that Crystal was cruising. One additional tidbit....I recently (along with many other physicians and nurses) volunteered in an inner city drive to get people vaccinated. I had several people tell me that the reason they are refusing the vaccine is that the Government is using this vaccination to implant a 5G chip in people to control them. When this is is a thought process, how to you make sense out of anything.
  18. Another hiccup I have just learned about was that since the mRNA vaccines are being administered under an EUA order, they are not considered approved vaccines by the FDA. It turns out there appears to be both a Federal Law and an International Agreement that unapproved vaccines cannot be mandated as a requirement. As a disclaimer, I heard this while attending a Continuing Medical Education Zoom (to obtain credits required to renew my license). This topic was certainly not part of the purpose of the training, but came up (almost as an aside) as an unexpected consequence of utilizing a EUA vs getting FDA approval. Once again the presenters are physician scientists not attorneys, so it would be interesting to hear from anyone that is versed in FDA compliance law.
  19. Thanks so much for your response. I was able to find your amazingly comprehensive review with accompanying pictures. I was unable to find the video, but I am not the best with the nuances of Cruise Critic. Once again, thanks for answering my question. Howie
  20. In the Royal Suite have they ever added electric plugs by the bedside? Last time (pre refurbishment) there were no electric plugs. Thanks in advance.
  21. Eventually things will level out, albeit we will probably have a new level of normal. Taking off my clinicians hat for a second, my real concern if how the cruise lines and public health officials react when there are positive cases identified on a cruise ship forthcoming. My personal concern is that I do not want to be held captive like we have seen earlier. An additional concern I have, should I test positive, quaranting in a third world country because that is where they decided to dump me off.
  22. Although cruising is important to us, I am not sure (given what is going on as a public health extent) that cruising is high on their list of priorities.
  23. I have been attending several continuing medical education (for licensure renewal requirements) online events during the past few months. For some reason people think that once vaccination occurs and we obtain herd immunity (70 to 80 percent of the general population vaccinated) that life will return to normal. Once we obtain herd immunity, that will be the beginning of a long and arduous task towards normalization. Given the premise that everyone is immunized on a cruise ship, continued social distancing, etc. will be needed for some time. I deliberately do not bring up masks as they for some reason have turned quite political. The other concern of the Infectious Disease and Epidemiology communities is the lack of information regarding length of immunity and how the current mRNA vaccines will deal with variants.
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