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  1. Hoping that I am not sharing too much. BUT, there is lots happening, both good and not so positive, out there affecting the cruise lines being able to re-open and operate world-wide. Would you like to be a cruise line executive right now? When back to normal??!! From the Associated Press/AP newswire this morning, they had this headline: “US plans to require COVID-19 shots for foreign travelers” with these highlights: “The Biden administration is taking the first steps toward requiring nearly all foreign visitors to the U.S. to be vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official said Wednesday. The requirement would come as part of the administration’s phased approach to easing travel restrictions for foreign citizens to the country. No timeline has yet been determined, as interagency working groups study how and when to safely move toward resuming normal travel. Eventually all foreign citizens entering the country, with some limited exceptions, are expected to need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the U.S. The Biden administration has kept in place travel restrictions that have severely curtailed international trips to the U.S., citing the spread of the delta variant of the virus. Under the rules, non-U.S. residents who have been to China, the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and India in the prior 14 days are prohibited from entering the U.S.” From the below-linked trade publication yesterday, they had this headline: “Royal Caribbean Sees Entire Fleet Sailing by Spring 2022” with these highlights: “Royal Caribbean International, which operates the biggest cruise ships in the world including 'Symphony of the Seas', said on Tuesday its complete fleet of ships would resume sailing by spring 2022. Its next group of returning ships would restart sailing in September. Cruise operators are facing uncertainties caused by rising Delta variant cases globally. Royal Caribbean International requires all crew members and guests who are of the eligible age for vaccination to be fully inoculated against the COVID-19 virus.” From the Wall Street Journal this morning, they had this headline: “Moderna Recommends Booster Shots to Protect Against New Variants” with these highlights: “Moderna Inc. said Thursday that its vaccine remains more than 90% effective for at least six months, but added that people who received it will likely need a third dose before the winter to keep strong protection against newer variants of the coronavirus. The company, based in Cambridge, Mass., has been studying what form of booster shot could provide the best ongoing protection. In a Phase 2 study, a third shot of the original formulation, as well as shots with vaccine candidates with adjusted designs, all showed robust antibody responses against Covid-19 variants of concern. Of the roughly 165 million Americans who are fully vaccinated, nearly 64 million have gotten Moderna’s two-dose vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 88 million have received the vaccine made by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE, while around 13 million have gotten Johnson & Johnson’s shot.” BUT, the World Health Organization (WHO) opposes doing booster shots for this headlined reason: "to Tackle Shortfall in Developing World" with this sub-headline in the Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon: "Recommendation highlights tension between governments’ national priorities and risks of new variants developing globally." Confusing and challenging situation? Full stories at: https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-health-travel-coronavirus-pandemic-a312ebaf72844c5b75246fb10b0f2ba7 https://www.marinelink.com/news/royal-caribbean-sees-entire-fleet-sailing-489651 https://www.wsj.com/articles/moderna-says-vaccine-remains-effective-for-six-months-11628165429?mod=hp_lead_pos7 https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/who-calls-for-halt-to-covid-19-booster-shots-11628091445 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 91,294 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  2. As nice, true and positive as was the Gene Sloan column, below is another perspective and angle that raises serious questions as to how long it will take to "beat" Covid and have it under effective control world-wide. From the Washington Post and Bloomberg News' experienced biosecurity senior editor this morning, they had this headline: “Why Delta Is Making Herd Immunity Harder to Reach” with these highlights: “Many countries are counting on vaccines to build sufficient immunity in their populations so that Covid-19 isn’t able to find enough people to infect, causing transmission to eventually stop. But even in countries with a high proportion of people inoculated with highly effective vaccines, it’s unclear whether it’s possible to reach the so-called herd immunity threshold anytime soon. Researchers warn that the virus is apt to be circulating among us for a long time. Can Covid be eradicated? No. So far, only one human disease -- smallpox -- has been officially eradicated. That was thanks to a good vaccine plus the fact that humans are the only mammals naturally susceptible to smallpox.. By contrast, many species are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, including bats, minks, cats and gorillas. Some countries, such as New Zealand, have achieved zero new cases for lengthy periods using lockdowns, diligent case detection and isolation, and border closures. But keeping this up over the long run is challenging as the emergence of more-infectious variants leads to even stricter public health and social measures, while people hunger for a return to normal life." Here is more, including this question: "Will vaccines eliminate Covid-19? There’s considerable uncertainty about that. One scientific paper calculated that if a vaccine could provide a lifelong, fail-safe shield against infection with SARS-CoV-2, it would need to reach 60% to 72% of people to establish herd immunity. But if a vaccine is only 80% effective at preventing any infection, 75% to 90% of people would need to be immunized -- a high bar. The Covid vaccines in use today have been shown to offer 50% to 97% protection against becoming sick, but it’s mostly unknown how well they prevent people from getting an infection without symptoms that could still be passed on. The rapidly spreading delta variant, which is about twice as infectious as the original strain, is weakening vaccine effectiveness too. Another question is the duration of protection. The shorter it turns out to be, the higher the rates of immunization required to establish herd immunity. How do variants of the virus factor in? The more the coronavirus circulates, the more opportunity it has to mutate in ways that enhance its ability to evade the immunity people have gained. Over the past year, such variants have spread internationally, leading to new surges in cases and hospitalizations. Studies from the U.K. have shown delta, discovered in India in October, is more resistant to vaccines than the alpha variant that emerged in England in late 2020, particularly in people who have received just the first of two doses. Again, that means a higher proportion of people in the community will have to be immunized to reach herd immunity. Scientists say the vaccines should still work at stopping severe disease in the vast majority of cases, but some shots may be less effective at protecting against mild infections. Inoculations may need to be updated periodically to maintain their efficacy, and several countries plan to roll out additional or “booster” shots, though the World Health Organization called for a moratorium on them until at least the end of September to enable poorer countries to catch up in vaccination rates.” There are many more serious questions and background information raised in this column/summary. I wish it were easier, more simple and quicker. Clearly, it seems that it "ALL" will take longer and more patience as this Delta variant rises up. Am I too pessimistic? Full story at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/why-delta-is-makingherd-immunity-harder-to-reach/2021/08/04/188be4a2-f59c-11eb-a636-18cac59a98dc_story.html?amp;amp THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 233,718 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  3. From former USA Today travel expert Gene Sloan and MSN News this morning, they had this headline: “When it comes to housekeeping, cruise ships blow hotels out of the water right now” with these column highlights: “Do you miss the good old days of travel when you didn’t have to make a special request just to get the most basic housekeeping service at a hotel? Maybe it’s time you consider a cruise. As I’ve seen firsthand in recent weeks as I’ve sailed on some of the first cruise ships to restart operations in North America, the over-the-top service culture that has long been a hallmark of the cruise industry is alive and well, particularly when it comes to housekeeping standards. Even as a growing number of hotels and resorts cut back sharply on housekeeping services (some are no longer offering daily room cleaning at all; others only offer it every few days), cruise lines are starting back up with a commitment to continue to provide not just daily housekeeping service but twice-daily housekeeping service.” Here are more of his keen observations: "Not only have I received twice-a-day room cleaning service on all three cruise ships on which I’ve sailed in recent weeks (two operated by Royal Caribbean, one by Celebrity Cruises), I’ve also had a knock on the door within hours of boarding all three vessels from the persons assigned to clean my room just to introduce themselves. These room attendants also all announced they were there should I have any special requests. This above-and-beyond service promise included offers to take my laundry out for cleaning if I needed it, and bring me buckets of ice, should the desire arise. When’s the last time you experienced that sort of personal service from a room attendant at a hotel, even before the pandemic? The end of daily housekeeping service at many hotels over the past year and a half has been a well-documented trend, with hotel chains such as Hilton and Marriott saying they’ve done it to keep us safer during the coronavirus crisis. As Hilton Hotels recently put it in a statement, the end to daily room cleaning at many of the company’s brands is 'for your comfort.' The cynic in me notes that it saves hotel companies a lot of money as they cut down on cleaning staff — savings that, as far as I can tell, haven’t been passed on to me in the form of a reduction in hotel room rates or resort fees." Good , interesting summary and sharp contrast for cruises versus hotels these days??!! Full story at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tips/when-it-comes-to-housekeeping-cruise-ships-blow-hotels-out-of-the-water-right-now/ar-AAMYaLO?ocid=BingNewsSearch THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 242,355 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  4. More great information and background from our Philadelphia-area friend and Angie in Dallas. Much appreciated and very helpful comments and follow-ups. Just talked with our friends who depart early tomorrow morning for their flights to Houston and Quito. They are not quite ready, nor fully packed. Both are attorneys and he has had crazy recent days with many various mini-crises, twists and turns, travel to do depositions, etc. They will be taking lots of pictures, making many notes, sharing info with me, etc. I hope to share much back from them here on this CC Board. Let me know any special questions, requests and needs for posting and sharing. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 233,718 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  5. From CNBC cable news this afternoon, they had this headline: “Royal Caribbean CEO on quarterly earnings and future outlook”with various questions and highlights as to the slower than originally-planned re-opening. Listen to this segment to gain a fuller flavor for his outlook during the months ahead. Royal Caribbean, including Silversea, now has 42% of their overall fleet operational. They expect to be at 100% by the Spring of 2022. Fain admitted that these challenges have been "longer-lasting" than original expected and he is happy they were able to start U.S. operations in June. He said they will have 62% of their fleet operating by the end of this month. It was indicated they they now have $5 billion in liquidity and that they are replacing now much of their earlier debt with lower interest-rate cost borrowings. Interesting interview segment. CEO Fain is never lacking in his positive spin and optimistic hopes/outlook, even when facing good, solid questions. Full video at: THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 253,700 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474 From CNBC, here is a visual from during this interview with Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain discussing the financial and operating details from today's quarterly report to the Wall Street financial analysts.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see this visual larger/better!)
  6. From CNBC cable news this afternoon, they had this headline: “Royal Caribbean CEO on quarterly earnings and future outlook” with various questions and highlights as to the slower than originally-planned re-opening. Listen to this segment to gain a fuller flavor for his outlook during the months ahead. Royal Caribbean, including Silversea, now has 42% of their overall fleet operational. They expect to be at 100% by the Spring of 2022. Fain admitted that these challenges have been "longer-lasting" than original expected and he is happy they were able to start U.S. operations in June. He said they will have 62% of their fleet operating by the end of this month. It was indicated they they now have $5 billion in liquidity and that they are replacing now much of their earlier debt with lower interest-rate cost borrowings. Full video at: THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 242,355 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923 From CNBC, here is a visual from during this interview with Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain discussing the financial and operating details from today's quarterly report to the Wall Street financial analysts.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see this visual larger/better!)
  7. From the financial briefing this morning by the top Royal Caribbean officials, including CEO Richard Fain, my summary and take-away would be:, things are getting better, but, it is going to take longer. From my notes, here are some highlights: Much was asked about “economics” as relates to the higher costs due to the various Covid preparations required on the ships and needing to operate at lower passenger capacities. Clearly, the cruise lines are losing money now with these re-start costs and lower revenues coming into their accounts. BUT, future optimism was a key future talking points as these executives look hopefully ahead. As to being able for a ship to operate at a break-even point, they noted it takes about six months to get a ship up to a cash-flow positive. A key point from their CFO is that certain of their ships require only a 35-50% occupancy to achieve a break-even point. The newest ships have a lower break-even point and can operate more efficiently. They were honest in noting that their bookings have slowed in the past two weeks due to the Delta variant ramp-up/worries. As all of these events evolve, they noted cases of “a blip and a bump” affecting bookings, marketing plans, etc. On a question of steel prices going up affecting new ship construction costs, their CFO indicated that there is no impact as all of those are set-up and protected by long-term contracting. It was clear that 2022 will still not be a normal year per CEO Fain’s various comments. There was significant discussions about international travel versus customers looking more at national and closer-to-home cruising options. There is more focus to later 2022 to when certain international cruises will gain more bookings. There is still pent-up demand, but it was noted that this "will ramp up when the timing is right.” They look to September when they will up marketing for future cruise bookings. As to pricing, they noted that people are willing to “spend up” as they move into the 4th quarter. The future cruise booking curve has shortened and contracted due to various uncertainties. Both short-term and long-term factors are at work with consumer as to booking timings. As to their pricings for bar, excursions, spa, etc., they note that consumers are being smart. Yes, consumers will up spending significantly. There is wealth and demand. They are seeing it, but they do not want to be too aggressive in uping those price margins. They expect to have 80% of their fleet back this fall and in the 4th quarter. On liquidity, they stated that they have a "strong position” and cited significant advance deposits coming in to their accounts. They stated that 80% of their bookings are new, not just FCC conversions. They noted "dynamic and changing factors”, including consumers looking more now at closer-to-home sailing products that are selling better, quicker. In summary, CEO Fain is optimistic and noted how they are focused on being more efficient and re-establishing credibility that cruising is going well. He pushed the strong consumer interest in their new ships that being placed into service. Fain also cited their better use of technology as working in their future favor during the re-opening. Sorry for being so long with such a variety of details. Hope this background is of interest and help. Questions? Reactions? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Summer 2019 Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska on Silver Muse, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  8. From the financial briefing this morning by the top Royal Caribbean officials, including CEO Richard Fain, my summary and take-away would be, in my words/opinion, things are getting better, but, it is going to take longer. From Barron's this morning, they had this headline: “Royal Caribbean CEO: Covid Vaccines ‘Are the Ultimate Weapon’ ” with these highlights: “Royal Caribbean Group on Wednesday reported the latest in a string of quarterly losses due to the pandemic, which until recently had mostly shut down the industry and triggered billions of dollars of losses. Royal Caribbean, however, was the first the big three U.S.-based cruise operators to set sail from a domestic report since the reopening started, having done so in late June.” From my notes, here are some highlights: Much was asked about “economics” as relates to the higher costs due to the various Covid preparations required on the ships and needing to operate at lower passenger capacities. Clearly, the cruise lines are losing money now with these re-start costs and lower revenues coming into their accounts. BUT, future optimism was a key future talking points as these executives look hopefully ahead. As to being able for a ship to operate at a break-even point, they noted it takes about six months to get a ship up to a cash-flow positive. A key point from their CFO is that certain of their ships require only a 35-50% occupancy to achieve a break-even point. The newest ships have a lower break-even point and can operate more efficiently. They were honest in noting that their bookings have slowed in the past two weeks due to the Delta variant ramp-up/worries. As all of these events evolve, they noted cases of “a blip and a bump” affecting bookings, marketing plans, etc. On a question of steel prices going up affecting new ship construction costs, their CFO indicated that there is no impact as all of those are set-up and protected by long-term contracting. It was clear that 2022 will still not be a normal year per CEO Fain’s various comments. There was significant discussions about international travel versus customers looking more at national and closer-to-home cruising options. There is more focus to later 2022 to when certain international cruises will gain more bookings. There is still pent-up demand, but it was noted that this "will ramp up when the timing is right.” They look to September when they will up marketing for future cruise bookings. As to pricing, they noted that people are willing to “spend up” as they move into the 4th quarter. The future cruise booking curve has shortened and contracted due to various uncertainties. Both short-term and long-term factors are at work with consumer as to booking timings. As to their pricings for bar, excursions, spa, etc., they note that consumers are being smart. Yes, consumers will up spending significantly. There is wealth and demand. They are seeing it, but they do not want to be too aggressive in uping those price margins. They expect to have 80% of their fleet back this fall and in the 4th quarter. On liquidity, they stated that they have a "strong position” and cited significant advance deposits coming in to their accounts. They stated that 80% of their bookings are new, not just FCC conversions. They noted "dynamic and changing factors”, including consumers looking more now at closer-to-home sailing products that are selling better, quicker. In summary, CEO Fain is optimistic and noted how they are focused on being more efficient and re-establishing credibility that cruising is going well. He pushed the strong consumer interest in their new ships that being placed into service. Fain also cited their better use of technology as working in their future favor during the re-opening. Sorry for being so long with such a variety of details. Hope this background is of interest and help. Full story at: https://www.barrons.com/articles/royal-caribbean-ceo-covid-vaccines-are-the-ultimate-weapon-51628096497?adobe_mc=MCMID%3D10249300861657595120148815011014364367|MCORGID%3DCB68E4BA55144CAA0A4C98A5%40AdobeOrg|TS%3D1628097563?mod=article_signInButton THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 253,700 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474 From the Wall Street Journal early this afternoon, below is the chart for the stock value during the past five trading days, Downward has been the trend, especially today with the release of this financial quarterly update.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these visuals larger/better!)
  9. From the Wall Street Journal's publication of Barron's early this morning, they had this headline: “Royal Caribbean Earnings Reveal Larger Than Expected Loss. Its Stock Is Dropping.” with these highlights: “Royal Caribbean stock is falling after the cruise-line operator reported earnings that showed a larger-than-predicted loss. Royal Caribbean reported an adjusted second-quarter loss of $5.06 a share, missing forecasts for $4.35 a share, on sales of $50.9 million, well below expectations for $152.4 million. The company also said it expects to report a loss for the third quarter and the full year. Royal Caribbean also said it was operating 29 ships that were about 42% full. Royal Caribbean stock was down 1.8% in premarket trading. 'We’re thrilled to be back on the water at accelerated speed in the U.S. and elsewhere,' Royal CEO Richard Fainsaid in the release. 'After 16 months of being at a virtual standstill and another painful financial result this quarter, the flywheel is clearly picking up momentum.' ” More to come during the 10 am today RCL Conference Call with Wall Street firms. Will listen and report more later. Full story at: https://www.barrons.com/articles/royal-caribbean-earnings-stock-51628079322?adobe_mc=MCMID%3D17457994311988872132337339525644541668|MCORGID%3DCB68E4BA55144CAA0A4C98A5%40AdobeOrg|TS%3D1628082743 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 19,965 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  10. From the Wall Street Journal's publication of Barron's early this morning, they had this headline: “Royal Caribbean Earnings Reveal Larger Than Expected Loss. Its Stock Is Dropping.” with these highlights: “Royal Caribbean stock is falling after the cruise-line operator reported earnings that showed a larger-than-predicted loss. Royal Caribbean reported an adjusted second-quarter loss of $5.06 a share, missing forecasts for $4.35 a share, on sales of $50.9 million, well below expectations for $152.4 million. The company also said it expects to report a loss for the third quarter and the full year. Royal Caribbean also said it was operating 29 ships that were about 42% full. Royal Caribbean stock was down 1.8% in premarket trading. 'We’re thrilled to be back on the water at accelerated speed in the U.S. and elsewhere,' Royal CEO Richard Fainsaid in the release. 'After 16 months of being at a virtual standstill and another painful financial result this quarter, the flywheel is clearly picking up momentum.' ” More to come during the 10 am today RCL Conference Call with Wall Street firms. Will listen and report more later. Full story at: https://www.barrons.com/articles/royal-caribbean-earnings-stock-51628079322?adobe_mc=MCMID%3D17457994311988872132337339525644541668|MCORGID%3DCB68E4BA55144CAA0A4C98A5%40AdobeOrg|TS%3D1628082743 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Summer 2019 Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska on Silver Muse, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  11. From the AP/Associated Press and Arizona Republic this afternoon, they had this headline: “Puerto Rico cautiously welcomes first cruise since COVID-19, Carnival's biggest ship yet” with these highlights: “The Carnival Mardi Gras docked Tuesday in Puerto Rico — the first time a cruise ship has visited the U.S. territory since the pandemic began. Some cautiously celebrated the arrival. It comes as Puerto Rico has reported an increase in COVID-19 cases blamed on the delta variant but also as it seeks to restart its crucial tourism sector, which depended largely on record numbers of cruise ship passengers in recent years. Carlos Mercado, executive director of Puerto Rico’s Tourism Company, told The Associated Press that the government took several precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including allowing only those who are fully vaccinated to disembark. He said the ship was traveling at 70% capacity, with some 4,500 people aboard, and that he estimates a total of 3,500 will disembark. Some 1.9 million cruise ship passengers visited Puerto Rico in 2019, a record for the island.” Loved San Juan and Puerto Rico from our first visit there in 2016. Good luck with this re-start for cruise ship visits. But, how long will this re-opening continue? Full story at: https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/08/03/puerto-rico-first-cruise-since-covid-pandemic-new-carnival-mardi-gras-largest-ship/5467685001/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal. Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 30,724 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580
  12. Super appreciate these wonderful comments, details and follow-ups from Angie and others. Very, very helpful and interesting. Have followed-up with Angie and ask these added questions where she and/or any others might have added info related to this new Silversea ship. 1. Was there any music and/or entertainment offered in the evenings? What type and where on the ship? 2. Was there a quiet, "hide-a-way” place on the ship that you discovered and really liked for chilling and relaxing? 3. Any ship staff members that you especially loved and found super helpful and interesting to talk with? Always enjoy interacting with certain Silversea staff "STARS". . What else would be of interest to know, share? Biggest ship surprises and/or secrets? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Summer 2019 Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska on Silver Muse, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Many visuals and details from our first in these scenic areas! Live/blog: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  13. Appreciate this added and various responses/info. Keep it coming! From the Wall Street Journal last week, they had this PR release and headline: “Royal Caribbean Group to hold conference call on business update and second quarter financial results”with these highlights: “Royal Caribbean Group has scheduled a conference call for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, August 4, 2021, to provide a business update and discuss second quarter 2021 financial results. The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations website, www.rclinvestor.com. To listen to the call by phone, please dial (833) 608-1479 in the US and Canada. International phone calls should be made to (270) 240-0549. The conference call access code is 2368300. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.” How will the RCL CEO answer the challenging questions that will be raised by the Wall Street analysts tomorrow? Things are, sadly, ramping back up. Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/royal-caribbean-group-to-hold-conference-call-on-business-update-and-second-quarter-financial-results-01627505869?tesla=y THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Live/blog, June 2017 from Portugal to France along scenic Atlantic Coast on the Silver Spirit. Now at 31,887 views. Many interesting pictures, details for history, food, culture, etc.: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358
  14. Excellent "double-down" confirmations from both our friend in Miami, plus Angie in Dallas. Very helpful. Might have a couple more questions in the next couple of days. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio
  15. WONDERFUL!!! Have just sent these menu pdf's to our friends who depart on Thursday for Ecuador, the Galapagos, etc. My friend noted after receiving that great batch of info: "so nice to have up to date info…..very helpful and much appreciated!! I keep adding or taking away things in my suitcase based on new information. And if my research is correct Ecuador uses American money and no need for electrical converters. Also no need for malaria prevention. These are all 'plusses'." Is this correct about Ecuador accepting American dollars and no need for electrical converters? Keep it coming!! All very excellent for those preparing to do the Galapagos on the Silver Origin. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal. Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 30,724 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580
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