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chrism23

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    West Hartford ct usa
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    silversea
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    alaska

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  1. Does anyone know when the full 2022 schedule is going to be released. Looking far ahead to see if I take FCC's or cash Thanks.
  2. It seems like I started this topic light years ago. The whole world has changed since. I am glad to see people are receiving their cash refunds. It is more than understandable that it is taking some time. I too am waiting for a refund, for a cruise on the Silver Cloud around Scotland and Iceland. I was also scheduled to fly out to Dublin today. Somehow I think we all have to find a way not to be put off of cruising. Sailing on Silversea. which I have done twice a year for the last 7 years provided some of the best experiences of my life. But I truly do not see a way forward without a vaccine. I think every pharmaceutical company in the world is going 24/7 in a quest to be first. That holds out some hope that they typical 4-5 year process can be compressed into a year. I am trying to be optimistic and I keep checking the Silvesea site looking for their full 2022 schedule. Stay safe every one.
  3. I took the cash. I am booked on a Athens to Venice Cruise in the spring next year. The 125% cruise credit plus the $1000 credit and the $1000 in on board credits would have been very sweet but you can't use those for cruises already booked. So we are looking at other options. I don't know if the deal they have up apply to 2022 cruises. All they have up on their site for 2022 are the Galapagos cruises. Been there. Best cruise I have done in my life. One caveat is that you have to be comfortable snorkeling, it makes the whole trip. So if the current incentive deal which runs to 6/30 is still on the table when the rest of the 2022 schedule comes out I will definitely be booking something. I definitely will be booking something in any event. My biggest disappointment about the Cloud expedition ship being cancelled is that I spent a whole year watching TV series based on the outer islands, like Hinterland, and reading novels by folks like Peter May that are set there. I had a whole list of nooks and crannies to explore.
  4. This to the group. For the past month or so I have been strident, and at times uncivil, in some of my interactions with people active in this forum. That is not me and I truly regret I wasn't able to let things go. I am a Silversea lifer, the next cruise would have been my 10th. An inside joke is that I finally would have been able to get free laundry. For me, in my travels, Silversea has always been the best small ship cruise line in the business. I would not sail with any other company. Any negativity in my exchanges here does not change that. I have been trying to find a way to delete my posts from this period and I have not been able to. So I ask that you allow me to hit the restart button with you and clear the slate. There might have been too much ill will created for that to happen. So in any event I can only apology. chris
  5. Thanks for picking this up and posting this. I think many of us thought this is what they were doing. The financial hit all at once would have been too much
  6. You are right on all fronts of course. I have to learn here to have perfect grammar, to have all of my decimal points in the correct places, and probably to have all of my spelling correct. I expect to start having my grammar corrected soon as well. All's ok, except that I feel like I am third grades. cheers.
  7. Thanks be being understanding. 😎 I have to make a rule not to type until I have had several cups of coffee.
  8. Yeah I got that backward. 1/5 rather than 5 to 1. I used 7 to 1 below just to sew more confusion. The R factor of COVID 19 thus far is 2, The mortality rate is 4.5, which may decrease as more US numbers are brought in, but I believe will increase significantly as African and South American numbers start coming in. And the gold standard of comparisons for the 1918 pandemic, the R Naught was 1.8 and the morality rate was 2.5% and the world population was 1.8 billion. Except for my typo above implying we were breeding like rabbits, can you say a word to those who question my math skills below, that they don't know what they are talking about, and ask them to do the analysis I just did.
  9. That book was also published in 2011, seven to eight years before the period of time you believe she was writing about. Can we start getting this stuff straight please. She was indeed writing about the 1918-1919 Spanish Flu panidemic, and not the "seven to eight years before the period of time " you say .
  10. I don't want to beat this stuff into the ground, but anyhow read The Flu by the New York Times science writer Gina Kolata. She puts the world wide death toll in the 2 years 2018-9 savaged the planet as 40 million. I have seen this number in other sources. Now back to my 3rd grade arithmetic skills again. If the earth's population was then 1/5 of what it is today, and this comes with much conjecture, the death toll may have been has high as 200 million. We are only dealing with our lower numbers today because of the greatest public health effort, the mitigations, which have been more successful than I ever thought possible.
  11. Oh come folks. Its a pile up on Chris time. Under the wire is a common used euphemism to indicate that one made it to the finish line just under the deadline, hence 254 passengers is getting in under the wire which was a minimum of 250 passengers.. Another example, suppose the qualifying time for the finals of a road race was 4:00 flat and I made it in at 359.2 I would say I finished just under the wire. If you are going to criticize me at least get it right.
  12. Thank you for this post. Going to the link it says all RCL ships will suspend operations until 6/11/2020. The headline includes Silversea. The tricky part is it says for ships under 250 passengers. This gets the Silver Cloud-5/19 from London and 5/29 from Dublin barely in under the wire as its stated capacity is 254 passengers. I don't know how the smaller expeditions ships, like the Galapagos ships will fare under this. But again. Thanks for picking this up. (And Stumblefoot, I can stop being so neurotic now) Cheers Chris 😀😀😀
  13. Sorry StumbleFoot. But in good conscience I have to be both alarmist and negative. I would keep my debates totally internal if I felt they might be of no value to others. For example, my references to the future viability of RCL as well as Carnival and Norwegian, the 3 largest cruise lines comes from the NYTimes, the WSJ and other sources, RCL's stock has dropped 76.9% as of this writing. The have applied for and received, I don't have the exact number here, a $350 million line of credit which is nearly expended. A reorganization might be impossible in the event of their debt load and future business prospects. Even if a reorganization is possible prior financial commitments, like fees paid be future passengers could be reduced or wiped out. To gauge the magnitude of this problem Carnival has applied for, and probably will not receive a $6 billion dollar loan. In either a reorganization or a straight bankruptcy all debtors, including pre payments for cruises are at risk Secondly I am also finding, in print and and elsewhere the near overwhelming belief on part of the general public that they believe a vaccine is just over the horizon and are basing decisions, such as booking winter 2021 cruises and beyond thinking this pandemic will be over by then. I have not heard one respected voice in the medical community say that is possible, the earliest estimate is one year, the longest is never. Not all people read, as you do, multiple 'news' sites, for some reason I feel at least 40% of people's sole source of information seems to be Fox News. I believe strongly that they need to hear from disparate and varied sources. So I feel in cases like this I believe making my "internal" debate public provides a service. In this vein, there is history. The flu of 2018-2019 which killed over 40 million people world wide had a second wave which was more devastating and deadly that the first wave. Again nearly every medical voice I respect from Tony Fauci to Zeke Emanuel says there is going to be a second wave with COVID 19. I am actually worried that SS put a 2 year limit on FFC's in their latest iteration. This horror show might not have run its course by then. So in a word I am trying to provide SS clients a certain perspective for the sole purpose of saving them time, money and disappointment. I view this as a service. However, I will shut up and not restate the obvious, unless something changes of import that no one else mentions. I do appreciate the erudite response to my postings above, it is clear much thought went into it and it wasn't just a string of insults and cheap shots. I do hope we can converse so civilly in the future, because sadly, this issue is not going to go away. If you read my past posts you will see I am an avid SS fan. I have been for 9 cruises. I only wish SS, and all the people who travel with them the best. I am simply trying to look out for their interests and not my own. chris
  14. Alturia- We have been going back and forth on this. I am more than stunned, what do the Brits say, I am gobsmacked by their 4/16 update. When in the hell are they going to cancel. SS has lost their minds. I can envision the situation where about 10 of us show up on the pier ready to board for what would essentially be a private cruise. We would have a very private yacht and SS would lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. We would each have 4 or 5 private butlers. Upgrades to the high price suites. This makes so little sense they will have to cancel. Same with the 5/19 London to London cruises, maybe they would have more people show up 20 or so. SS made their reputation on impeccable service which has consistently given them one of the highest repeat customer rates in the business I have got to think RCL has its hand in this. Perhaps the reason they are doing it is to stretch to stagger the cash flow that would come from mass cancellations because they are in trouble. I can't see any other reason they are pissing so many of their customers off. We'll see what next week brings. Cheers. Chris
  15. I just bought a large 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle-Van Gogh. Should last a couple of weeks.😀😀
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