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  1. Followed one just yesterday.. looked like a one handed aircraft carrier
  2. caused them to reconsider … "some" of them may have had a look at the Worldwide Covid positives graph which has been climbing steeply for the past month. "some" of them may have also quietly considered the likely state of the proposed ports that the ship "hopes" to visit.
  3. I remember that ta, good doctor, it was instrumental in us booking the same route in 2102. We had a great cruise BtoB Tokyo>Vancouver ; in spite of my fears I/we was/were so settled that I felt quite displaced on embarkation...
  4. the young men and women we see on Silversea and other cruise lines won’t be at the head of the line They may , in fact, be at the head of the line as cruise companies need vaccinated staff and will find a way to make it happen.
  5. Good to see a few engineers here, love to chat on board sometime.. I actually did what the cartoon alludes.. Massacred a very very v….. expensive design for a flood plain development with a left field proposal for a Roman road. I won the job , saved the developer a mint and made myself a few dollars in the process…..
  6. My contributions to these discussions have been generally negative. I would like to redress the balance a tad and say that the combination of vaccination and a quite mysterious "x factor," has the infection rate worldwide falling like a stone. I am nowhere near ready to give my money to a cruise company , BUT opine that cruising and travel in general now seems likely to slowly ramp up as time passes. There is a world of hurt out there and the Renaissance will be slow.. but at least I now believe it is happening.. Hallelujah !!!! ..the x factor??.. someone prophesied
  7. I love to see this. It would make driving the ambulance so much easier Here ( downunder) folks are very sensitive to the ambulance sirens and make a path like Moses turning back the sea. ( not so bothered about the law tho.. they can find their own way through..) On a crowded freeway there are cars going everywhere frantically trying to clear the way and.. always.. one dopey dunderhead in la la land who has no idea and sits there in the way with the sirens screaming behind him…sigh...
  8. In their enthusiasm for personal protection from active Covid, folks forget that although vaccinated , they may still carry and spread the disease. How many countries with limited vaccination programs , will welcome a ship or aeroplane load of happy super spreaders? This is a long game and we are just at the beginning.
  9. Hey JP, heard anything about abstention from alcohol prior and post vaccination ? We are freaking out here 😰
  10. Cruise companies have had plenty of time to plan for the future. If they decide that a clean sheet is the best option, there will be no warning. The whole point of liquidation in a planned way is to cut clean and fast, minimising share selling and opportunities for the disaffected to act. I have no idea what will happen , the vaccination fairy may wave a magic wand or…..
  11. I wish everyone the compliments of the season and hope for a better life in the future
  12. Always atmospheric to read about you folks all snowed in. We are starting our summer wet season with a bang ; this week we have had periods of high winds , torrential rain and power outages with the main cyclone season still a month or so away.
  13. JP, with my apologies, I pinched and cross posted your truly brilliant dummies guide to Covid Vaccine
  14. I perceive that there was almost unanimous support for the original lockdowns and border controls. As a nation, we were and remain , united and accepting of the physical and financial discomfort. I hear little real angst about continuing travel restrictions, although we are truly "chomping at the bit" to be free... We look at other places and are grateful for our unity and the good management of all tiers of government regardless of their left or right philosophy. United we stood…Amen...
  15. There seems no sense at all for functionally bankrupt Cruise companies to continue once the end game is clear. It makes financial and marketing sense to plan for a fast collapse with an orderly rebuild ; dumping all the debt (including all the cruises prepaid) and starting as a bright ,new , well funded , can do cruise line ready for the brave new Covid suppressed world.
  16. Silversea has likely introduced this "enhancement" as part of a raft of measures to manage ( and protect) their "guests". It may soon become possible to go for a cruise.. but many many cruise destinations will now look at a cruise ship with some scepticism. The ships now bring money.. and the prospect of disease…just like in the old days.. Control of and responsibility for… cruise visitors will likely become a large factor in destination planning for Cruise companies.
  17. A Tad o/t , but just wanted to say a big thank you to all the contributors to this thread. The quality of the continuing discussion makes the thread prescribed reading
  18. Jim Walker (Cruise Law News) has named the elephant.. it is called Ponzi... Carnival is essentially running a quasi-Ponzi scheme, he said. "It is collecting money for new cruises, which will probably not take place, to be used to eventually refund fares which Carnival owes to it's customers for the past several months." I opine that this may turn out to be one of the biggest consumer rip offs ever….is anybody listening ? There is a sense of despair here in Au about the state of the US and the functional IQ of many of it's constituents.. very sad times….
  19. The cruise lines and associated peripheral orgs, must find a way to be sailing soon.. or perish. One option is to create 'in house' travel insurance that covers all the possibilities. They can sell the insurance at a discount to get things started and then ramp up the charge until it covers the costs. This option gets them sailing and creates a monopoly insurance spin off that , in time , might be very profitable.
  20. Don't pay in full Indeed, and I am truly sorry for you and very sad to see the once great Silversea reduced to greedy penny pinching to survive
  21. Accurate and fast testing is indeed a primary requisite for cruising to prosper, however the incubation issue will likely prevent any meaningful restart. There is probably a statistical numbers game happening atm , where very short cruises produce only an occasional traveller who becomes symptomatic during the cruise. How many are actually boarding negative , incubating , spreading and escaping at cruise end without being "caught" ? It took quite a while before all the Hurtigruten infections were testing positive. Leads to a very damning reinforcement of the petri
  22. Are you pessimistic enough about the prospect of the cruise lines surviving to think no one should have any money on any future cruises? Yup….there are better gambling odds about .. ymmv of course
  23. OT , but very interesting that Terry needed a refresher on QE. If one assumes that Terry occupies, say , the upper 15% of financially informed US citizens, what hope do the bottom 60% of citizens have of understanding the world financial situation and their personal risk status ? Leads to .. no wonder so many folks seem comfortable giving cruise lines extended, no cost/no effective liability, lines of credit.
  24. Very interesting discussion and the umpire seems unnecessary. I agree with you both The world has an unprecedented volume of liquidity sloshing about and looking for something to attach to. Cruise lines (and airlines and hotels and…...) may indeed attract enough long term cash to stay afloat and restart. Conceptually this coterie may soak up much of the worlds loose cash which might lead to… er anyway... Historically there has always been a day of reckoning and there have been some doozies. Atm , we appear to be in uncharted fiscal territory as the mone
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