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  1. https://www.wesh.com/article/central-florida-couple-refund-cruise-line/35543981
  2. Surprised by this update. Last I saw was the the new HQ building in Miami had $15.8 million worth of mechanics liens filed against it.
  3. Paying for an excursion to go into town on Cozumel to drink some cheap beers? No thanks! No problem with mask requirement. Land based trips within the US seem the way to go.
  4. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/24276-norwegian-s-first-kloster-visionary-award-goes-to-robert-wilkinson.html Hats off to NCL! Remembering Knut Kloster with this award. Us older folks appreciate the SS Norway and how NCL was in the forefront in the cruise industry back in the 80's and 90's. I gave up on NCL with 'freestyle' after the hostile takeover by Star Cruises. I still like assigned dining with the same waiter every night. Met so many good table mates we have bonded with over multiple nights also. Why I jumped ship over to Royal Caribbean over 20 years ago whi
  5. Unpaid crew have a $375,000 lien on Grand Celebration according to Miami Herald. Not surprised it is reported to be scrapped.
  6. Local Tampa media is sharing concerns on sailings resuming. You really need to have a high tolerance level to board a ship right now. https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/region-hillsborough/its-a-suicide-mission-fla-couple-quarantined-on-cruise-ship-reacts-to-cdc-lifting-no-sail-ban?fbclid=IwAR3JaJTLEbskMMdLASeLDAvkEQzyhgqVRng_N708NzLXRlt_QJM48OYofgQ
  7. I didn't notice that part. Checkin a day or two early at a hotel near the port and the cruise line will have representatives to notate if they hear any of the volunteers cough or sneeze? Creepy..... Like being a part of a lab experiment.
  8. Unfortunately, any winnings in the onboard casino during the 'simulated' sailings will be just that. No cash value.
  9. More sympathy here for the mom & pop stores that don't participate in the 'preferred' game with kickbacks to the cruise lines. I rather patronize businesses who don't share their revenue with cruise lines that feel the need to get a cut of everything their passengers spend.
  10. Healthy sail recommendation #66 below is going to be tough on Empress. It currently have quad cabins for crew. You are talking about a huge increase in converting passenger cabins to accommodate crew if the single occupancy crew cabin recommendation is enacted. 66 - Crew should be placed in single-occupancy crew cabins whenever possible to minimize extended periods of close contact with other crew members.
  11. CLIA should be the one expressing any dissatisfaction with the CDC. Some CEO's who are just taking upon themselves to release their personal displeasure are not accomplishing much. Cruise lines need to work together. A powerful impact is only accomplished if the major cruise lines unite and have a common message and common safety guidelines they agree upon. No need for CLIA to exist anymore if the major cruise lines who are CLIA members have their own 'experts' and CEO's that feel the need to be more dramatic and outspoken than others.
  12. The major cruise lines should be on the same page. CLIA should be the one in charge of submitting a unified safety plan to the CDC. The splintered safety initiatives from their members is eroding any confidence that the industry is working together to get cruising back to a safer place. CLIA should be taking a lead role. Cruise lines should be using CLIA to be the unified voice for them, but it is not happening. It is like the 'wild west' now where some cruise lines think they have the better formula for safety.
  13. Remember Knut saying the hull of the SS Norway was good for 100 years. He almost lived as long.
  14. Sad news. A true legend in the cruise industry. Those of us who loved the SS Norway will be forever grateful for his bold move to convert her from an ocean liner to cruise ship. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23526-in-memory-of-industry-founder-and-visionary-knut-kloster.html
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