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  1. With so many requirements Princess must meet to resume cruising including securing crew and provisions, and the restrictive "Rules" we are reevaluating our decision to sail in April 2021. The overall value of paying the equivalent of a first class plane ticket for economy class service is our conundrum. Will the shops in Charlotte Amalie be open? Will the casino, buffets, specialty restaurants, shops on board ship be open? Will the perks of paying for a premium cabin vanish ? Will everything we enjoy and are willing to pay a premium for be in place by the time final payment is du
  2. It is painfully clear IMHO the details, specifics have not been ironed out. For example, why are cruise lines requiring passengers to wear non- medical masks? Will Broward and Miami Dade county mask mandates and associated fines be communicated by the cruise lines to all visitors, tourists? Will the health risks to healthy people wearing non- medical masks be communicated by the lines to passengers or will the lines eliminate informed medical consent? Will the welcome back Captains Circle gala be eliminated? Will early, late seating be eliminated and replaced by a reservations req
  3. IMHO these published guidelines are only to make people feel good about BOOKING a cruise, paying a deposit versus actually SAILING on one.
  4. Requiring passengers to wear a medical device ie: mask that has not been prescribed by nor recommended for you in consultation with your physician with an explicit threat of negative consequence should IMHO really be reconsidered by the cruise industry. If they want to prevent one passenger from harassing another passenger onboard and the situation escalating into a physical assault then the travel industry has bigger problems than they are letting on--kinda like the State Department issuing a Level 4 do not travel to The Bahamas. Are the cruise lines implying "bare face" is a t
  5. These published aspirational goals will no doubt be comforting to some potential passengers. I'm curious how they plan to deal with the legal liability of requiring US passengers, as a condition of passage / boarding at US ports, to contract away their right to informed consent.
  6. https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/4592?q={"search"%3A["S+4592"]}&s=4&r=1 Per Congress.gov it appears the bill filed in the Senate is S. 4592, however there is no published bill text to read.
  7. Princess exclusive port-of-call, Princess Cays, is in The Bahamas. https://www.princess.com/ports-excursions/princess-cays-bahamas-excursions/ The Bahamian Government announced the requirement of a "health visa" to be completed prior to arrival, including an upload of a negative RT PCR COVID- 19 test. https://travel.gov.bs/international.
  8. This Florida folk and her hubby are doing just fine during the Florida summer. We don't wear masks and on the one occasion when a restaurant in a neighboring town told us we had to wear one to enter, we left and found another place to eat that didn't.
  9. 2020 vs 2019 TSA passenger count https://www.tsa.gov/coronavirus/passenger-throughput .
  10. The report provides comprehensive data on the Luxury Cruise Tourism market and its trends to assist the reader in formulating decisions to accelerate the business. The report provides a complete overview of the economic scenario of the market, along with benefits and limitations. https://www.icruiseguide.com/2020/08/24/luxury-cruise-tourism-market-size-2020/
  11. Mask mandates, cleaning protocols, cutting service to small cities, lowering airplane ticket prices, sidelining airplanes, not taking delivery of new planes are all a smattering of steps the airlines have taken to improve profitability and those steps are clearly not working,, not with reports of up to 75,000 airline employees facing layoffs and address their pension issues. The airlines must get smaller. Its the last step they must take to restore profitability. The cruise industry would be wise to pay attention.
  12. IMHO more detail is needed however this CC post is a good start. "The family of four left an organized shore excursion in Naples to explore on their own, directly contravening the line's new conditions of carriage that require passengers to stay with the group. Because they broke the "bubble" onboard, they were subsequently denied boarding, the line said." https://www.cruisecritic.com/news/5540/. So the family did take an organized excursion (per the rules) after all. In what port & on what excursion did this occur? Did someone not "stay with
  13. Except mandatory mask policies and banning passengers for refusing to wear them has not helped the airlines at all. And all the airplane cleaning isn't helping either. The business travelers are not flying and the domestic leisure traveler isnt flying either. CLIA would be wise to pay attention to why the flying public has a sour taste for the domestic airlines.
  14. Forget uncertainty around which ports the ship will visit, what about even uncertainty over EMBARKATION? Imagine two couples book a Caribbean voyage. All four show up for check-in at Port Everglades. The cruise is supposed to stop in the USVI, so according to this CC news item, as a condition of BOARDING the ship all four must show "proof" of a negative COVID-19 test. One person gets a positive; the remaining three test negative. Would the three people who tested negative drive to Port Everglades, embark and leave the fourth person behind? Who in the world would even BOOK a cruise
  15. I hope MSC is successful however imagine two couples boarding the ship; one of the four tests + for COVID and is denied boarding. Gotta think the partner, spouse, relative of the person denied boarding would not sail without their partner. The MSC COVID-19 Protection Plan is currently available only to guests from Schengen countries. This really looks like a scam designed to artificially inflate revenues from people who buy the MSC COVID-19 Protection Plan; and it looks like only the person denied boarding due to sickness can leverage the MSC COVID-19 Protection Plan benefits and n
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